About DeafLEAD

DeafLEAD is a non-profit agency that provides 24-hour crisis intervention, advocacy, case management, interpreting and mental health services to Deaf, hard of hearing, DeafBlind, and late-deafened individuals who are victims of crime and their families. Individuals, agencies, and organizations that are currently providing victim services to individuals with a hearing loss also receive support through our different programs and services.

Welcome to DeafLEAD

Our Mission 

Our nonprofit organization was founded to provide Deaf and hard of hearing individuals comprehensive, unified and  continuous support in enhancing their own socioemotional development, communication skills, and leadership through  education within the state of Missouri.

Who We Serve

We proudly serve Deaf, DeafBlind, hard of hearing, and late-deafened victims of varying crimes and their families all over the state of Missouri, particularly domestic violence and sexual assault. We also are here to support all individual who are experiencing server distress, disaster or thoughts of suicide through our various call, chat, text, and video phone crisis lines that are all available 24/7. Most of our crisis lines are nationwide while some are designated to a Missouri resident focus.

Who We Serve

DeafLEAD is a safe space for anyone in need of support. We provide 24/7 crisis intervention, advocacy, case management, interpreting, and mental health services to victims of crime who are Deaf, hard of hearing, DeafBlind, and late-deafened individuals and their families. We also lend our expertise to victim service providers—individuals and organizations alike—in ensuring that their services for crime victims with hearing loss are culturally and linguistically appropriate.


DeafLEAD was founded in 1995 and originally began out of a need to further support and manage the L.E.A.D. Institute’s youth summer camp program. Since the beginning of DeafLEAD we have been proud to be under the direct leadership of Deaf individuals and the opportunity as a Deaf lead agency to provide services to hearing people remains unique.

Value Statement

DeafLEAD does not discriminate against or refuse professional services to anyone on the basis of race, color, creed, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, disability nationality, or any other characteristic protected by local or federal law. DeafLEAD respects the privacy and confidentiality of persons served and holds in confidence all information obtained in the course of professional service. All are welcomed and supported here. 


Dr. Stephanie Logan 

Executive Director

Becky Beck, MSW, LCSW

Director of Clinical Services

Teresa Brisley, MSW

Director of Finance and Human Resources

Wendy Logan 

Assistant Director of Finance and Grants Management

Corinne Liedtke

MICS Certified/Licensed Advanced ASL Interpreter, Crisis Interpreter Coordinator

Heidi Rich

Trauma Centered MICS Master Certified Interpreter

Ashley Pappineau, MSW

Social Worker, Community Educator, TCTSY-F

Tyler Hannsz

Director of Crisis Chat and Text Services

Nicole Hohlt

Manager of Best Practices and Quality Assurance

Stephanie Taksel, MSW

Assistant Coordinator of Clinical Victim Services, MICS Master Interpreter, TCTSY-F

Beatrice Church

Victim Advocate, Community Educator

Tricia Garcia


Andrew Lovewell


Kim Williams


Kris Rugen

Ted Chapman

Hans Liedtke

Hayden Kristal

J’den Cox

Megan Steen