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ACBIS Board of Governors

Chairperson:

Brant A. (Bud) Elkind, MS, CBIST

Robin Hill Farm, Inc., Hillsborough, NH

Bud Elkind holds an MS in Human Service Management, has a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis, and has worked in clinical and administrative brain injury settings since 1985. His work experience includes A-typical Sub-acute, Dual-diagnosis-Neuro-behavior and Residential Treatment and Rehabilitation. Bud is currently the Director of Clinical Operations at Robin Hill Farm, Inc. a brain injury specific Residential Treatment and Rehabilitation company with six programs operating in three New Hampshire communities. In addition, Bud is in his second term as President of the NH Brain Injury Association, he chairs the Wings of Hope Foundation and is in his fourth year as chair of the NH Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Advisory Council.

 

Vice-Chairperson of Governance:

Thomas Hall, MA, CBIST
Riverside Community Care, Dedham, MA

Tom Hall, MA, CBIST is employed as the Associate Division Director for Clinical Services for Riverside Community Care in Massachusetts. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology with a concentration in learning theory, and a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling.  Tom has worked for 30 years in the field of applied behavior analysis, including 25 years with individuals recovering from brain injury.  He is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer, and has presented at numerous conferences. Mr. Hall also serves as the chair of the ACBIS International Committee, which is developing certification in Ireland and the United Kingdom.

 

Vice-Chairperson for Information Management:

Heidi Reyst, Ph.D., CBIST
Rainbow Rehabilitation Centers, Livonia, MI

Heidi Reyst Ph.D., CBIST began her career in the field of Brain Injury in 1991.  She has experience on both the care side as a Rehabilitation Assistant and Residential Program Manager, and the administrative side as a Program Director, Systems Director, and Director of Clinical Administration.  Dr. Reyst is an advocate for ensuring that those who work with brain injured individuals  are trained in the specific issues salient to brain injury.  She is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer, and is a member of the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists.  In 2008, Dr. Reyst was the recipient of the Brain Injury Association of Michigan’s Legacy Society, “Professional Service Award.”  This was awarded based on her involvement in advocating for those with brain injuries, and for her training of individuals working in the field of Brain Injury through the ACBIS program.

 

Past Chairperson:

Jim Misko, Psy.D.
CORE
Health Care, Dripping Springs, TX

 

As co-owner and president of CORE Health Care, Jim Misko, Psy.D. has specialized in neuropsychology for the past 20 years. He has committed his time and energy to helping improve the quality of life for people who have survived traumatic brain injuries and other neurological disorders.  Besides coordinating treatment at CORE and a number of other local programs, Dr. Misko lectures nationally and throughout Texas endeavoring to raise awareness of brain injury-related issues. In appreciation of these efforts, the Brain Injury Association of Texas awarded him the 2003 Professional Contribution of the Year. Dr. Misko is past Chair of the Academy of Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) and is also a board member of the Brain Injury Association of America. Dr. Misko received his doctorate from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1988 and is licensed as a Clinical Psychologist.

Sharlene Adams, CBIST, LSX

Goodwill Industries of NNE, Portland, ME

Sharlene Adams, LSX, CBIST is the Senior Director of Clinical Services for Goodwill Industries of Northern New England.  Sharlene oversees two outpatient clinics devoted to individuals with brain injuries.  She began her career in brain injury 8 years ago.  She has worked as a program manager in a residential home for adults with brain injuries, as well as a case manager.  In her current role, advocacy and education are priority.  She serves as an associate member of the Acquired Brain Injury Advisory Council for the State of Maine.  Sharlene also serves on the board of directors for NAMI Maine.  She is currently working towards her Master's degree in Justice Administration.  She would like to incorporate her education in justice administration towards working with correctional facilities and inmates with brain injuries. 

 

Susan Bartlett, LCSW, CRC
Lakeview NeuroRehabilitation Center,
Effingham, NH

Susan Bartlett, LCSW, CRC is Director of Admissions for Lakeview NeuroRehabilitation Center and Lakeview Specialty Hospital and Rehabilitation, national leaders in brain injury rehabilitation and neurobehavioral treatment. She oversees community outreach, admissions, program development and contracting. Susan has extensive experience in brain injury rehabilitation working with various facilities in New England and Northern California.  Susan is an experienced case manager for occupational health and vocational rehabilitation. Susan is the co-chairperson of the Maine Extension of the Case Management Society of New England. Susan is the Chairperson for the Cumberland and York Counties Branch of Maine’s National Association of Social Workers Chapter. Susan is the Public Policy Liaison to the Case Management Society of America for the New England Region.  She serves on the Business and Professional Council of the Brain Injury Association of America.  Susan is an Advisory Group member of the Traumatic Brain Injury Resource Optimization Center (TBI-ROC). Susan has a Masters Degree in Social Welfare Organization, Planning and Administration from the University of California at Berkeley. Susan presents in the areas of Advocacy, Outcome Measurement, Funding for Brain Injury Rehabilitation, Service Plan Development, and on Discharge Planning for Individuals with Severe Neurological Deficits. 

 

Cynthia Boyer, PhD

Bancroft, Cherry Hill, NJ

Cynthia Boyer, Ph.D. serves as Executive Director at Bancroft NeuroHealth.  She has worked in the field of neuropsychology and brain injury rehabilitation for more than 20 years. She has adjunct faculty appointments at Rowan University (Department of Special Education), Widener University (Department of Clinical Psychology), and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (Department of Clinical Psychology).  Dr. Boyer has ancillary privileges in the Dept. of Neurology at Cooper University Hospital and is a medical rehabilitation surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). She has a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Delaware with a specialization in neuropsychology and is licensed as a clinical psychologist in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

 

Rita Cola Carroll, PhD, CPCRT, CBIST

Main Line Rehabilitation, Exton, PA

Rita Cola Carroll has worked in the field of Cognitive Rehabilitation for over 30 years, initially in an acute rehab setting, and for the last 26 years as President of Main Line Rehabilitation Associates, a home and community based program serving Pennsylvania. At Main Line she has been responsible for clinical program development for community based services, the development of supports and training for staff, and the coordination of individualized, evidence based rehabilitation services for individuals with brain injuries or other neurological diagnoses. She has her B.A. in Psychology and Education, her M.A. in Education Leadership, and her Ph.D. in Organization and Management.  She is certified as a Brain Injury Specialist Trainer and certified in the Practice of Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy (SCR). Rita has served on the Executive or Advisory Boards of the Society for Cognitive Rehabilitation since 1991. She has also served on various state committees to advance the accessibility of services for individuals with cognitive impairments.

 

Caroline Feller, MS, CBIST

Lakeview Specialty Hospital and Rehabilitation, Waterford, WI

Caroline Feller MS, CBIST has demonstrated a passionate commitment toward individuals directly affected by brain injury and their families for nearly 25 years. This passion was awakened early in her career as an occupational therapist while she was working with a client who had sustained a traumatic brain injury. Subsequently, her vocational pursuits have been consistently focused in the area of brain injury. Her work history includes positions as a cognitive specialist, clinical supervisor, case manager, program director of post acute services, and director of brain injury services. In addition, Ms. Feller has extensive background in program development, quality assurance, and grant deliverables with CDC and the Federal TBI Grant Program. She served as the first executive director of the Brain Injury Association of Wisconsin, past board member of the Brain Injury Association of America, and as the Director of Affiliate Services for the Brain Injury Association of America. Ms. Feller’s advocacy has focused on the local, state and federal levels to promote quality, accessible services for individuals with brain injury and their family members.  Ms. Feller is currently the Director of Community Development for Lakeview Rehabilitation.

 

Paul Folkert, MBA

Rehab Without Walls, Phoenix, AZ

Paul Folkert, MBA is the National Director of Development for Rehab Without Walls (RWW), a member of the ResCare family of services.  Mr. Folkert oversees RWW’s national business development, sales team, and contracting for traumatic and acquired brain injury, spinal cord, and other neurological trauma services. Mr. Folkert was the Chairman of the Membership Committee for the Business Professional council affiliated with the BIAA, Brain Injury Association of America for the past 3 years.  He also is current council member for Health Leaders research; council member for research participation with the Aberdeen Group; and a participant with the Legislative Committee for the Brain Injury Association of America.  Mr. Folkert was on Capitol Hill to meet with 5 Senatorial offices to support, educate, and endorse the need for the ~$500 million funding that supported Poly I centers.  Mr. Folkert also led the “Are you covered?” legislative initiative to educate legislators and their offices on the lack of coverage for catastrophic injury under common health insurance policies. Mr. Folkert has been in healthcare for over 23 years with an emphasis on home based care; home infusion therapy services, DME, respiratory, home health nursing, ABI/TBI, SCI, and in recent pursuits assessing the expansion of rehabilitation into telerehab in the home.

 

Angie Jackson, MS-CCC/SLP, MBA, CBIST

Pate Rehab, Dallas, TX

Angie Jackson, MS-CCC/SLP, MBA, CBIST holds master’s degrees in Speech-Language Pathology and Business from Missouri State University.  She has practiced in multiple settings and has been at Pate Rehabilitation in Dallas, TX for the last six years focusing on her area of greatest interest, brain injury.  She initially came to Pate Rehabilitation as a Program Manager for the Residential Program which included managing, training and providing on-going education for the residential staff.  She now works in the Marketing Department doing assessments and insurance negotiation for pending patients to admit to Pate.  As a CBIST, she has also been instrumental in the training and certification of 60+ staff as CBIS, and that number continues to rise.  Outside of work, Ms. Jackson enjoys traveling the world to soak up as many cultures as possible.

 

Stephanie A. Kolakowsky-Hayner, PhD, CBIST

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, CA

Stephanie A. Kolakowsky-Hayner, PhD, CBIST is the Director of Rehabilitation Research at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) in San Jose, CA.  She is the Project Co-Director of the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) funded Northern California Traumatic Brain Injury Model System of Care.  In addition to being the proud mom of 5 school-aged children, Dr. Kolakowsky-Hayner holds an appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor Affiliated in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine and is also a member of the Brain Injury Association of California Board of Directors, the ACBIS Board of Governors, the Bay Area Brain Injury Task Force (BABIT) and the SCVMC Rehabilitation Leadership Team.  Dr. Kolakowsky-Hayner’s main interests include ethnicity and cultural issues, return to work, family and caregiver needs, and substance use after injury.  To date, Dr. Kolakowsky-Hayner has published over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, and other information materials for professionals and consumers with brain injury.  She has presented more than 50 papers, posters, and workshops at regional, national, and international conferences and training seminars. 

 

Todd J. Levy, MS OTR/L, CBIST

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Todd Levy, MS OTR/L, CBIST is a senior occupational therapist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where his efforts include direct clinical care, research investigation, program development, and training. Mr. Levy’s interests include pediatric stroke and traumatic brain injuries, including post concussion syndrome.  Mr. Levy has worked with children with brain injury and their caregivers from acute care, to inpatient rehabilitation, to outpatient and school settings.  He began his career at Washington University in St. Louis studying the effects of neonatal hypoxic ischemic brain injury, neuroprotective agents, and environmental enrichment, on neurodevelopmental outcomes. Mr. Levy has been involved in brain injury education and prevention endeavors through the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania and as an ACBIS course instructor.

 

Arthur C. Maerlander, Ph.D.

Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Lebanon, NH

Dr. Maerlender is a neuropsychologist and director of Pediatric Neuropsychological Service at Dartmouth Medical School and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He also serves as the chair of the New Hampshire Advisory Council for Sports Concussion, and the Board of the BIANH. In addition to outpatient evaluation services, he consults to over 25 school, college, professional and youth concussion management programs. His research and publications are in the areas of sports-related concussions and brain injury, developmental disorders and learning disorders.

 

Mary Pat Murphy, MSN, CRRN, CBIST

ReMed, Paoli, PA

Mary Pat Murphy MSN, CRRN, CBIST has been at ReMed for over 20 years and currently holds the position of Vice President of Clinical Services.  Mary Pat’s interests include long term management of individuals with brain injury, neurobehavioral issues, and co-occurring disorders as well as community integration after a traumatic injury. Through her professional affiliations with the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) and the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine’s Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Groups (ACRM/BI-ISIG), she continues to gain a clinical perspectives. She is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer as well as a Certified Registered Rehabilitation Nurse (CRRN).

 

Drew A. Nagele, PsyD, CBIST
Beechwood NeuroRehab, Langhorne, PA

Dr. Drew Nagele is the Executive Director of Beechwood NeuroRehab, a life-long living  program for adults who have an acquired brain-injury. A NeuroPsychologist, Dr. Nagele currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Academy for the Certification of Brain Injury Specialists, Co-Chairs the National Collaborative on Children’s Brain Injury, and Co-Chairs the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine’s Pediatric and Adolescent Task Force. Founding President of the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania, he also teaches in the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Post Doctoral Certificate Program in Neuropsychology, and frequently speaks on brain injury prevention and rehabilitation around the country.

 

Barbara O’Connell, CEO

Acquired Brain Injury Ireland

Barbara O’Connell is co-founder of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland (ABI Ireland), where she has been chief executive for over 13 years.  ABI Ireland is a national organization that provides community neuro-rehabilitation for people with an acquired brain injury.  Barbara has built the organization from an idea to a national organization that now serves over 2000 clients across the island of Ireland and has an annual budget of over 12 million Euros.  Prior to setting up ABI Ireland, Barbara worked as an Occupational Therapy Manager in Ireland’s National Rehabilitation Hospital, pioneering the design, implementation and management of social re-integration programs for people with an ABI, bridging the identified gap between post-acute services and return to the community.  Across her career she has worked directly with clients and staff in Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry and Intellectual Disability. Barbara has an MBA in Healthcare & Business from Smurfit Business School UCD.  Along with women in leadership training she completed an Executive Education course in Non-Profit Strategic Management in Harvard Business School in 2012 and Strategic Decision making in the Harvard Kennedy School in 2013.  Additional achievements for Barbara include the two awards she received in 2012; Women Mean Business - Social Entreprener of the Year and National Winner of Ulsterbank’s Business Achievers Award for Social Enterprise.

Cindy Roth Pahr, M.Ed., CBIST

EduCLIME, LLC, San Diego, CA

San Diego Unified School District, San Diego, CA

Cindy Pahr has experience both in special and general education teaching, training and curriculum development since 1984. She is the Brain Injury Service Coordinator for San Diego Unified School District and the founder of EduCLIME, LLC. Ms. Pahr coordinates the implementation of a brain injury service model in a large urban school district, including the development of a high school class for students with Acquired Brain Injuries. She created The CLIME® Program for motor skill improvement and Living Letters® Handwriting Program, an associative learning and multi-sensory approach to teaching handwriting. Ms. Pahr provides training and instruction for school districts and to teachers, students and parents across the United States about strategies to help all students in general and special education environments succeed.

 

Eric Spier, MD, CBIS

Mentis Neuro, El Paso, TX

Eric T. Spier, M.D. is currently practicing as a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician.  He serves as a medical director of Acquired Brain Injury at Highlands Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, and with the Mentis post-acute Traumatic Brain Injury program. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at El Paso, and at The Paul Foster School of Medicine in El Paso. Dr. Spier attended medical school at the University of Texas in Houston Texas. His medical residency training occurred between   the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven Connecticut and the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas.  Dr. Spier is currently working to coordinate a spectrum of resources that will serve Acquired Brain Injury patients in the El Paso community.

 

 




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