Residential Clinical Staff

Jason Schwartz, LMSW, ACSW – Clinical Director – Jason has been with Dawn Farm since 1994 and has served as the Clinical Director since 1999. Jason is also an adjunct faculty at Eastern Michigan University’s School of Social Work. Service activities include:

  • Eastern Michigan University School of Social Work, advisory board member
  • Eastern Michigan University School of Leadership and Counseling, advisory board member
  • National Association of Social Work – Michigan Chapter, Legislative and Social Policy Committee
  • The Governor’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect, Mental Health Standards Committee member
  • Livonia Save Our Youth Coalition, board member
  • Michigan Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, board member

Jason blogs at and has been published in Addiction Professional magazine and in an Addiction Technology Transfer Center monograph.

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Julie Boster, LMSW, CAADC – Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Julie received a BSW from the Ohio State University. She earned a MSW from the University of Michigan in 2000. Julie started with Dawn Farm in 2004. She helped develop our Daybreak Program and worked as a therapist providing substance abuse treatment to adolescents and their families. She is a therapist in our adult residential treatment program now and recently became the Clinical Team Leader. Julie also supervises the Evening/Weekend Resident Aides. In her free time, Julie enjoys spending time outdoors, being active with her two children, reading and traveling.

Kara Bunton, LMSW – Kara was born and raised in Washtenaw County, and received her B.A. in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University in 2007. She received a Master of Social Work Degree from EMU in 2010, and a Behavioral Health Certificate in Serving Our Veterans in 2012. Prior to entering the field of mental health and substance abuse, she worked in housing/homeless services at both SOS Community Services and Interfaith Hospitality Network at Alpha House in both clinical and volunteer capacities. During her graduate studies, she completed clinical internships at Dawn Farm and the University of Michigan Health System in Psychiatric Emergency Services. After receiving her master’s degree, she was an outpatient mental health therapist and evidence-based DBT therapist at Recovery Technology, LLC in Jackson, a provider of Community Mental Health services. She is currently a fully licensed social worker, and joined Dawn Farm in March of 2013. She is very excited to be a part of this team, and is looking forward to working with clients to build healthy lives in recovery! Kara’s focus is on treating clients with dually diagnosed mental health and substance use disorders, trauma histories and veterans. Kara’s other interests include spending time with her family and friends, reading any Janet Evanovich novel she can get her hands on, visiting Lake Michigan in the summertime, participating in continuing educational opportunities and learning how to cook.

Bart Catalfio, LLMSW – Bart has been a therapist at the farm since July 2011. He had a previous career as a healthcare foods manager for 25 years prior to completing his MSW in 2010. He had an opportunity to explore the field of social work with employment at the Shelter Association of Washtenaw county and at Alpha House, a homeless facility for families, while obtaining his graduate degree.

Bart completed his internship with the University of Michigan’s Addiction and Treatment Services (UMATS) and has carried this knowledge into his current practice. During this experience his focus was in the provision of services to those with co-occurring diagnoses. Bart’s commitment is to stay abreast of the latest developments in the field of addiction have led him to explore Mindfulness practices including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

Bart’s personal interests include his love of dogs, Vespa scooters, and travel. He has three grown children with whom he enjoys spending time with travelling, cooking and just plain hanging out.

Shayna Hall, LMSW, CAADC – Shayna obtained her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan in 2008. She’s worked for Dawn Farm for 4 ½ years, starting her career with the Daybreak adolescent program as a youth and family therapist. She transitioned to a primary therapist position at the Farm in January of 2013. Shayna specializes in the treatment of addiction and trauma and has training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She facilitates Seeking Safety groups, an evidenced-based gender group which focuses on coping skills for clients in early substance abuse and trauma recovery.

Shayna is originally from Western New York but currently resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She enjoys running and practicing barre.

Edward McSwain, CADC – Ed has been with Dawn Farm since 1994 and has been a Residential Therapist since 1999. Ed has been a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor since 2001. Ed also co-facilitates the Dawn Farm Family Educational Program.

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Cassandra James, MA, LLPC, CAADC – Program Coordinator –Cassandra has been with Dawn Farm since 2002 and has held several roles as Residential Counselor, Clinical Team Leader and currently is now the Program Coordinator for Dawn Farm Downtown. She has received a Masters of Counseling from Webster University. She is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor and Limited License Professional Counselor. She started out in the addiction field through her field placement at the Salvation Army (S.A.U.L.) program in South Carolina. Upon relocating to Michigan she has continued in this field and loves being a part of an agency that is transforming lives for the better. She is married and lives in Ypsilanti with her husband and 2 children.

Ashley Chamberlain, LLMSW, CAADC – Ashley joined Dawn Farm in 2012 as a detox counselor while working toward her Masters of Social Work at Wayne State University. She became a residential counselor in 2013. Ashley’s previous experience includes domestic violence, treating co-occurring addiction and severe mental illness, and treatment in correctional settings.

Mark Albulov, LLMSW – Mark joined Dawn Farm in 2007 as a resident aid while working toward his Bachelors of Social Work at Eastern Michigan University. After completing his BSW he enrolled in University of Michigan’s Masters of Social Work program, which he completed in 2013. He was made a residential counselor in 2014. Mark’s other experience includes medical social work and community based treatment of severe and persistent mental illness.

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