ADA Staff

JosephJoseph Barksdale, MSW, LMSW, CAAC, earned his Bachelor of Social Work (1992) and Master of Social Work (1999) degrees from Wayne State University. He has worked for the City of Detroit Department of Human Services Drug Treatment Division (DHSDTP) since 1994.

Joseph’s experience includes:

  • Working with patients who are dual diagnosed with mental health and substance abuse problems in an outpatient treatment setting.
  • Works as the HIV coordinator for DHS/DTD.
  • Developed and facilitated skill building workshop groups to address patient needs.
  • Works with Family Services of Wayne County as a domestic violence facilitator and Individual/Family therapist.


JeffrieJeffrie K. Cape ACSW, LMSW Joined the ADA Team in May 2001. She received her Masters in Social Science Administration from Case Western Reserve’s School of Applied Social Science in 1984. She is the director of Charron Services where she provides individual counseling to adults, children and families with a variety of issues.

Jeffrie’s experience includes:

  • Designing and facilitating programs for women arrested for using force coordinated with community corrections.
  • Worked with foster care programs where she developed an expertise in survivors of child sexual assault and substance abuse.
  • Outpatient substance abuse programs.
  • Was an early member in a grass roots group that developed into BISC-MI (Battering Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan) and has served on the board ever since.
  • Served on the Governor’s Task Force for the development of Batterer Intervention Standards.
  • Was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Wayne County jail based Batterer Intervention/Substance Abuse program.


JorgeJorge Luna Cruz, is a native of Oaxaca, Mexico. He joined ADA team in 2008, and co-facilitates the Spanish speaking group NoMás. He received his bachelor’s degree in Teaching Foreign Languages from Universidad Benito Juarez de Oaxaca.  While studying his bachelor’s, Jorge received a one year fellowship in Kalamazoo College in Michigan, in 2001. During this year, Jorge taught Spanish language laboratories at different levels.

Jorge’s experience includes:

  • Working as the director of an exchange program that would send students wanting to learn Spanish to Oaxaca.
  • Teaching English as a foreign language at a shelter for indigenous girls.
  • Volunteering for the community of Santiago Zoochila, teaching groups of teenagers how to use computers, about reforestation, gender equity and tutoring English.
  • Translating children’s books into Spanish.
  • Currently volunteers as a Spanish teacher for adults participating in a prevention of Alzheimer program and teaching English as a second language at a local church.


David_GarvinDavid J.H. Garvin, MSW, LMSW received his Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University (EMU) in 1983 and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Wayne State University in 1986. David served as the Interim CEO/President of Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County August 2016 – June 2017 and also serves as the Vice President of Programs and Facilities of Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County in Ann Arbor, Michigan where he founded, supervised and directed the Alternatives to Domestic Aggression (ADA) Program. He has been directly involved in the anti-domestic violence movement since 1986 when he founded the ADA Program. He is an Adjunct Lecturer with The Eastern Michigan University, School of Social Work and Concordia University in Ann Arbor, MI

David is a co-founder and current Chair of the Battering Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan (BISC-MI). He has served on numerous local and state boards and committees. He has conducted trainings, around the country. David was named the 2009 National Association of Social Workers-Michigan (NASW-MI) Social Worker of the Year. In 2017 David was awarded the Glenn R. Winters Award from the American Judges Association.

David’s experience includes:

  • Featured in local, regional and national television, as well as highlighted in newspapers, magazines and social work publications for his work in batterer intervention.
  • ADA Founder and Former ADA Program Director.
  • Co-developed the prison-based Bridges program.


WendySadlerWendy Sadler, M. Ed – Leadership, holds degrees in History, English and Education Leadership. She has worked in the Metropolitan Detroit Community for over 25 years and the Greater Community of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County for the past five years.

Currently she facilitates batter intervention programs for men and women at Charron Services in Oakland County and CSSW. Wendy also serves as the Executive Director for a private religious organization.

Wendy’s experience includes:

  • 25 years as Director, mentor and educator in private education in Metropolitan Detroit Community
  • Director of Shalom Street, Children’s Museum
  • Winner of the Goldie Levine award for Outstanding Curriculum development
  • Developing and implementing programming, conferences and educational support for teachers and educators
  • Chair of CAJE  29 conference – serving more than 1600 participants from 12 countries.
  • Serving on Boards in local communities to support cultural diversity; GLBT communication and religious understanding.



Trenita Womack joined the ADA Team in the Fall of 2002. Treaty brings with her a diverse wealth of experience ranging from work with abused and neglected adolescents to a career spanning over 20 years as a professional musician. Treaty has a strong interest and devotion to creating change through this unique blend of social work and the arts.