At the completion of the conference, participants will be able to:
1. Implement strategies designed to significantly improve positive outcomes for those living with brain injury and neurological conditions in all communities.
2. Summarize recent brain injury-related research with corresponding practical application and best practices.
3. Identify clinical management practices, specifically new strategies in behavioral management, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment guidelines.
4. Understand health care delivery trends and their impact on long-term brain injury and neurological conditions management, acute care, and what that can/will mean to your business.
5. Analyze past brain injury and neurological conditions -related interventions and weigh their value in today’s world-what is working.
6. To understand brain injury as a chronic disease which affects the person throughout their lifetime
7. To consider co-morbid conditions which affect the process of aging with a brain injury
8. To understand the accelerated process of aging related to people living with a brain injury
9. Create networking opportunities and build partnerships with key brain injury researchers, clinicians, and prevention professionals.
CEUs Offered/Applied for:
DC, DO, CGC, CLE,
SLP, OT, PT, CCRC, CDMS, CCMC Hours:
Thursday: 8 hours; Friday: 8 hours; Saturday: 8 hours;
all three days: 24 hours; Friday and Saturday
Total: 16 hours
Glen Zielinski, DC,
DACNB, FACFN, is a chiropractic neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Functional Neurology. He graduated as the Valedictorian of his class from Parker College of Chiropractic, and studied functional neurology with the Carrick Institute. He earned his board certification in 2003, and was appointed as Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology with the Carrick Institute in 2004. He has spent the last decade lecturing on functional neurology, functional medicine, and neuroimmunology throughout North America and Europe.
He is the clinical director of Northwest Functional Neurology, in Lake Oswego, Oregon. His practice focuses on rehabilitation of traumatic brain injuries, as well as on vestibular disorders, neurodevelopmental challenges, and movement disorders.
He has published on mechanisms of persistent post-concussion syndrome. He was honored as the Neurologist of the Year for 2014 by the International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation, the highest award in the functional neurology profession.
As a Functional Neurologist, he is a firm believer in treating the root cause of neurological dysfunction, not just the reduction of symptoms. His goal is to maximize the function of neurological systems in order to promote the fullest expression of health.
grew up in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood, home
of lutefisk and bad driving. Before her work
appeared in The Oregonian, Hovde worked for a
decade as an editorial writer and columnist for
The (Vancouver) Columbian, winning several
Society of Professional Journalists awards. She
started her newspaper career writing community
columns for The Bellingham Herald and is a
former communications director for the nonprofit
Washington Family Council, working with former
Seahawk turned visionary Jeff Kemp.
Dr. Rolf Gainer, PhD,
Brookhaven Hospital, is the founder of the
Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at
Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well
as the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of
Ontario, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Gainer is a
psychologist with more than twenty-five years of
experience in the treatment and rehabilitation
of individuals with brain injuries and a dual
diagnosis. Dr. Gainer has designed and operated
innovative rehabilitation programs in the United
States and Canada for individuals who have been
regarded as difficult to serve. He is currently
involved in conducting two outcome studies
related to the long-term issues faced by
individuals with brain injuries and a dual
diagnosis. He has presented papers throughout
the United States and Canada in many
professional conferences and educational forums.
Debbie Wilson, PhD,
patient/survivor for about 25 years after being hit by a pickup truck as a pedestrian, and for the past 23 years has struggled with epilepsy, which was never able to be controlled by any pharmaceutical. She has recently also been diagnosed with suspected CTE and the early stages of dementia, which is expected for a traumatic brain injury victim. My brain trauma from the car accident caused my epilepsy and since it couldn’t be controlled until about four and a half years ago, I suffered countless more brain trauma incidents and concussions from the seizures themselves for 19 years. This repeated trauma then caused the CTE and brought on the early stages of dementia. I wasn’t even told to wear a helmet until 10 years ago, so I had a lot of years before that that I was suffering from frequent head hits during my seizures. My son said he stopped counting after I surpassed 25 concussions when he was growing up. The amount of seizures I had over those past 25 years were uncountable; I was literally having thousands a month. I’ve been a brain injury survivor for quite some time and have come to recognize when my memory is bettering or worsening. I’ve done my research and have become a specialist on my brain. I play different memory games to help my condition, many of which have been recognized by the Ontario Memory Clinic for being exemplary for patients like myself. I have been published in many different journals for patient care.
Richard Adler, JD,
is an honors graduate of Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., where he received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1980. He was called to the Bar in Washington State that same year. Mr. Adler
is the founding
principal for the law offices of Adler Giersch
ps, which is exclusively dedicated to
representing victims of traumatic brain, spinal,
and musculoskeletal injuries. Mr. Adler volunteers his time with the Brain Injury Association of Washington having served as its President (2006-2009) and current serves as its Chairman of the Executive Board. He is credited with turning around the BIAWA’s organization with initiatives to implement BIAWA’s mission of prevention, education, support, and advocacy for brain injury survivors and their caregivers. In 2009 he organized a powerful coalition of healthcare, businesses, and community partners to enact the “Zackery Lystedt Law,” names after this client, that requires medical clearance before a young athlete can return to competition or practice following concussion.
Mr. Adler has authored many publications on traumatic injuries for attorneys, healthcare providers, and the injured. His most recent book, Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury: A Guide for Survivors and Families (2006) joins prior top-rated writings, The Medical-Legal Aspects of Soft Tissue Injuries, and Spinal Trauma and the Personal Injury Case. He is currently writing From Injury to Action: Navigating Your Personal Injury Claim, scheduled for release in the latter part of 2009.
Mr. Adler has co-produced several educational and instructional videos for doctors on testifying at deposition and trial. Also, he writes and edits the law firm’s monthly newsletter, “The Advocate,” which focuses on various medical-legal-insurance aspects of personal injury claims. Frequently, he lectures on traumatic brain injury, personal injury and insurance law to attorneys, medical doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, and psychologists.
Mr. Adler and the law firm of Adler Giersch PS are “AV” rated, the highest rating available, as established in a confidential survey of other attorney conducted by Martindale-Hubbell. In 2005, Mr. Adler was inducted into the Million Dollar Advocate Forum, an organization of the top trial lawyers in America. He has also received the Pro Bono Award from the Washington State Bar Association for his commitment and leadership in providing legal services to those in need every year since 2003. In 2008, Mr. Adler received the President’s Award from the American Massage Therapy Association, an award that is reserved for those who have advanced the profession of massage therapy statewide. In 2009, he received an award from the American College of Sports Medicine for “protecting the health and safety of young athletes,” in establishing the “Zackery Lystedt Law.”
Mr. Adler is licensed to practice law in federal court and all jurisdictions in the State of Washington. He is a participating member of the Washington Bar Association, Washington State Association of Justice (Eagle Status), American Association for Justice,
the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington and the
Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon.
is the founder and director of Homeward Bound Rehabilitation Services and Bridges to Independence, providing services for those with acquired brain injuries for over 30 years. Bridges to Independence is a clinical site for Pacific University Occupational Therapy students which further supports Carol’s goal for each brain injured survivor to be motivated, encouraged and supported in a goal-directed, stimulating environment as they heal. In her work developing and overseeing residential and day programs, she has gained insights into best practices for addressing and mitigating those behaviors that prevent clients with ABI from fully experiencing and enjoying life.
Deana Altman, RN, BSN, is currently pursuing her Masters degrees in Business and Nursing, Deana has worked over 25 years in mental health and long-term care. As the Senior Vice President of Operation of a national senior care organization, she was responsible for the program development and nationwide operations of a large group memory care communities. She has also been a certified trainer for nurse leadership for the American Health Care Association and provided training and consulting to care providers and state associations with a focus on leading systematic changes to improve the experiences of those living and working in long term care.
Steven J. Anglés, JD, is a first generation Cuban-American. Mr. Anglés graduated on the Dean’s List with degrees in Political Science and Spanish Language Arts from Berry College, in Georgia. He remained in Georgia and went on to earn his Juris Doctorate from The Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in 2000.
While putting himself through law school, Mr. Anglés worked for the Floyd County District Attorney’s office prosecuting criminal cases. During his service, he secured funding to protect victims of domestic violence by enabling attorneys to more effectively prosecute and convict abusers through the use of enhanced technology designed to display photographic evidence to judges and juries.
Prior to joining Adler♦Giersch ps, Mr. Anglés was admitted to the Georgia and Washington Bars and worked as in-house counsel for Progressive Insurance Company defending at-fault parties as well as the corporation itself when sued for failure to provide benefits. Over a 12-year period, his practice focused on cases involving severe injuries, insurance coverage, and complex personal injury claims. He has extensive courtroom experience, having tried over 35 jury trials and 100 bench trials in his career.
In addition to his active trial practice, Mr. Anglés developed and taught legal education courses on emerging issues to insurance agents, claim representatives, and their supervisors about issues facing injured parties and how they effect the settlement of personal injury claims and jury verdicts. He also co-founded a nationwide Employee Resource Group to enrich the holistic customer and employee experience as well as address the unique needs of the insured within the Hispanic community.
With time and experience, Mr. Anglés became increasingly disenchanted with unjust practices of insurance companies and the resulting impact those practices were having on injured parties. He wanted to put his well-earned and highly specialized knowledge of the insurance industry’s inner-workings and claim practices towards the reason he became an attorney in the first place: to stand up for those in need and advocate for those who have been harmed.
Eddie Black , B.S. Psychology and Philosophy, is an Infantry instructor with the Oregon National Guard who served in Iraq in 2004-2005. Eddie Black specializes in R3SP - Risk Reduction, Resiliency, and Suicide Prevention. The Resiliency portion follows the guidance from the Army's CSF Program - Comprehensive Soldier Fitness - in making stronger, resilient soldiers able to adapt and bounce back from obstacles that occurs in different phases of deployment, training, and life.
is the Traumatic Brain Injury Program
Coordinator working within the Behavioral Health
Services Division of the Washington State
Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA). He, has
been with the WDVA since 2009 having previously
retired from the Army, as a Chief Warrant
Officer and Aviator. Today, he continues to
serve the veteran community as a Certified Brain
Injury Specialist and Veterans Service Officer.
Scott has spent the last several years providing
awareness trainings to thousands of individuals
on Traumatic Brain Injury, Post-Traumatic Stress
Disorder and Military Culture across the state
of Washington, as well as offering peer to peer
mentorship to former service members suffering
from the lasting effects of Brain Injury. Mr.
Bloom is also the Co-Chair for the Disability
Rights Washington; Disability Advisory Council;
a member of the Washington Traumatic Brain
Injury Strategic Partnership Advisory Council,
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), American
Veterans (AMVETS), and the Iraq and Afghanistan
Veterans of America (IAVA).
Karen Campbell, BA, is the owner operator of two TBI homes in the
greater Portland area. These homes provide
services to persons with Traumatic Brain Injury, Acquired Brain Injury, as well as Neurologically Disabled Persons.
Karen has over 30 years of providing incredible service for
The two programs offer: The first program being geared for medically dependent residents, the second phase of our program focuses more on cognitive and restorative training to maximize each residents full potential. The mission of
their program is to develop a person centered care plan, with the goal to gain as much independence as they are capable of in a home like environment. This is achieved by limiting it to a maximum of five residents per home.
Residents usually come to the home straight out of the hospital, some still in coma status.
They place high emphasis on the residents relearning their basic activities of daily living; such as, basic range of motion, swallowing, eating, and toileting. After they learn the basic activities of daily living
they then start encouraging the resident to enhance the skills they have learned. At which point the resident will be ready to move on to the next phase of
theirr program. When a resident starts their restorative program
they concentrate on large motor skills such as, standing, bearing weight, walking, or other forms of mobility, much of the residents time is spent in the gym, Hippo Therapeutic riding( horse Back riding), as well as community based programs. Through out all of these programs
they are continually introducing cognitive training, during individualized and group cognitive programs
they provide one to one staffing, and other services to support.
Melissa D. Carter, JD,
was born and raised in Washington and received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington in 1996. She then attended law school in Boston, Massachusetts and received her Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University Law School in 1999.
While in law school, Ms. Carter worked as a legal advocate for its Battered Women’s Clinic and assisted hundreds of victims of domestic violence to obtain and enforce restraining orders against their abusers. During her time in Boston, Ms. Carter was selected for the prestigious fellowship with the Suffolk Public Interest Law Program, which involved providing legal representation, counseling and advocacy to indigent and underprivileged individuals at the Justice Resource Institute’s Health Care Center. She also held positions at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, where she researched, investigated and prosecuted discrimination cases involving public housing, education and employment.
Prior to joining Adler♦Giersch PS, Ms. Carter followed her calling for courtroom advocacy by representing insurance companies and at-fault parties for over twelve years in claims involving complex traumatic injury, insurance contracts and commercial insurance disputes. During this time, Ms. Carter conducted and completed well over 30 jury trials to verdict in state and federal courtrooms in Washington and Massachusetts. Her most recent trials involved traumatic brain injury, wrongful death and insurance bad faith.
is the Medical Director of the OHSU Sports Medicine Program and has been an Assistant Professor at OHSU for 19 years. He is full time faculty in the
Orthopedics and Rehabilitation and Family Medicine departments. Jim has been a Team Physician for
20 years and teaches and practices sports medicine full time. Jim grew up in Portland. He attended Stanford for his undergraduate, and went to OHSU Medical School and had his residency with the Air Force. Dr Chesnutt was the President of the Oregon Academy of Family Medicine from 2004-5. He is a member of the OSAA Medical Aspects of Sports Committee, that governs Oregon HS sports. Jim is the co-director of the Oregon Concussion Awareness and Management Program. Dr. Chesnutt specializes in Pediatric and Adult Sports Medicine and treats athletes and recreationalists of all ages. He has a special focus on the comprehensive care of the adolescent athlete through his work in high school sports medicine programs.
Dr. Chesnutt specializes in comprehensive non-operative diagnostic and treatment options, but is very knowledgeable about specialized surgical treatment options available to patients. He has a special interest in treating runners, cyclists and triathletes as well as those involved in outdoor recreational activities. He can evaluate medical problems associated with exercise and has developed a comprehensive set of specialists who can assist in the care of specialized problems.
One of Dr Chesnutt’s unique specialty areas is concussion evaluation and management. He is the Co-Director of the Oregon Concussion Awareness and Management Program and serves on the OSAA Medical Advisory Committee. OHSU Sports Medicine is the only credentialed ImPact provider in the Portland metropolitan area and can provide consultation to other doctors and medical personnel.
has over 20 years of
experience serving the Beaverton/ Hillsboro area
and was awarded Outstanding Graduate of the Year
from Pacific University College of Optometry in
1993. He was born and raised here in the Pacific
Northwest, and is a graduate of Jesuit High
School in 1984. Then later graduated at
University of Portland in 1989. Dr.
Remy has a diverse practice specializing in
difficult to fit contact lens patients, medical
management of eye disorders, vision therapy for
children with reduced visual function, and, of
course, offering standard vision care for a
family oriented practice.
is the Chief Executive Office at
Brookhaven Hospital and the Vice President of
Rehabilitation Institutes of America. He is the
founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation
Institute of Ontario (Canada). Dr. Gainer is a
psychologist who has been involved in the design
and operation of treatment programs since 1977.
He has published numerous articles on mental
health and rehabilitation topics and has
presented at many international conferences. He
remains active in outcome research.
Jacob W. Gent, JD,
began working at Adler ♦ Giersch ps as a Case Manager in June 2002 and since then has been effectively assisting those with traumatic injuries.
Mr. Gent earned his Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in August 2009. He continued working for Adler Giersch, PS, while attending law school at night and completed a four year part-time law school program in just three years. At school he was a member of the Trial Advocacy Honor Society and participated in mock trials and trial skills workshops. During the summer of 2007, Mr. Gent studied international law and constitutional law at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, through the Widener Law School exchange program. During his final year, Mr. Gent worked in the Widener University Civil Law Clinic, providing free legal services to indigent, elderly, and disabled individuals on a wide variety of matters.
Befitting his ‘rising star’ status, Mr. Gent was admitted to the Bar and sworn in by two Washington Supreme Court Justices, Tom Chambers and Debra L. Stephens, during a private ceremony in October, 2010. Mr. Gent is licensed to practice law in federal court and all jurisdictions in the state of Washington. He is a participating member of the Washington State Bar Association, Washington State Association for Justice (Eagle status), King County and Snohomish County Bar Associations, the Brain Injury Association of Washington, and the Greater Everett Community Foundation.
Shauna Hahn is a Psychiatic Mental health
Nurse Practitioner in Portland, Oregon.
She has been working with a "downton" population
of Severely and Persistently Ill Population for
approximately one decade, her whole career. Shauna became interested in TBIs through the work of her family member and became increasingly aware of the prevalence of unassessed TBIs in her population. It is now her mission to help explain to her patients their unique symptomology post-TBI.
Eric Hubbs, DC,
has been working in the medical field
since 1977, and the Chiropractic field since
1985. While being extremely proficient in many
medical fields, he has also taught
Chiropractic’s at Western States Chiropractic
College. His hobbies are horseback riding,
camping, skiing, and music. He is a fluent
speaker of German, French, and Spanish. He has
been living and practicing in Oregon since 1995.
Dr. Hubbs education includes: BS,
Microbiology 1977, Doctor of Chiropractic 1985,
Certificate in S.O.T. 1985, Scoliosis treatment
1987, Advanced Physiotherapies 1994,
Chiropractic Biophysics 1998; CCST (trauma
specialist) 2007, Certified / Impulse Technique
Arthur D. Leritz, JD,
received his degree in Political Science from the University of Washington in 1996, followed by his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Willamette University College of Law in 1999. Prior to joining ADLER ♦ GIERSCH PS, Mr. Leritz represented and defended insurers for nearly 11 years, handling a wide variety of complex insurance and personal injury cases. It was through his legal representation of at-fault defendants and insurance companies that Mr. Leritz realized his true calling was to advocate, protect, and defend those with traumatic injuries. Mr. Leritz is a contributor to From Injury to Action: Navigating Your Personal Injury Claim (2011), and is a contributor to the firm's Advocate newsletter on insurance and injury issues. He has also lectured to attorneys and healthcare providers. Mr. Leritz is licensed to practice law in federal court and all jurisdictions in the state of Washington. He is a participating member of the Washington State Bar Association, the Washington State Association for Justice-Eagle, the American Association of Justice, and the Brain Injury Association of Washington. Mr. Leritz has been selected and served as court-appointed arbitrator in King, Snohomish, and Pierce Counties to resolve personal injury and insurance cases.
Brad Loftis CBIS/ Founder and CEO
of Cognitive Enhancement Center, Inc. is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and Behavior Support Consultant acquiring over 28 years of professional experience working directly with several different populations of people with disabilities. The Cognitive Enhancement Center is a specialized, structured, comprehensive long -term therapeutic day treatment program designed to serve the evolving comprehensive needs of individuals living with acquired and traumatic brain injury
Mr. Loftis has worked extensively with adults with diagnosis of Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, other Acquired Brain Injuries, Dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
Coupled with his direct care experience, he has also owned and/or directed Adult Care Homes, an
Assisted Living Facility, and a Residential Care Facility specializing in the complex behavioral, healthcare, rehabilitation and psycho-social needs of Residents living with Brain Injury.
Over the years, Mr. Loftis has worked cohesively with many Rehabilitation Specialists, Neurologists, Behavioral Specialists, and other field related professionals who have assisted him in his knowledge to create the comprehensive rehabilitative Program, the Cognitive Enhancement Center Program has become today.
His greatest education has come from the Residents and Participants he has assisted in his many years of service and especially from his late brother "Chuck."
"I believe the esoteric career knowledge and intuitive insight and instincts for preventative behavioral support I hold, were spawned and developed from the age of two when Chuck, my older and only brother suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury while Playing Little League baseball.
I am grateful I was his brother. friend, rival at times and caregiver.
I am equally grateful for all I learned from him.
He was my mentor.
Even though he is gone, he 5till stirs my imagination and creativity, inspiring continued innovation reflected in our Programming."
Melissa McCart, D.Ed., received her doctorate in Educational Methodology, Policy and Leadership, her M.S. in behavioral disabilities and her administrator's licenses from the University of Oregon. She has worked extensively with at-risk children and families as a behavior specialist for school district 4j, as a behavior consultant for Lane ESD and as a special education teacher. Prior to coming to CBIRT, Melissa spent seven years as a school administrator of a Pre-K to 8th grade school. She is currently the Project Coordinator for the Oregon TBI Team and works on various other projects at CBIRT. Her work at CBIRT combines her educational experiences with her passion for helping children and families.
Dr. Bridghid McMonagle, ND, OANP Board Member,
graduated from Bastyr University and completed a residency at the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) where she performed rotations at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) involving dermatology, gastroenterology, women’s health, and emergency care. She is certified in Wilson Temperature Protocol, Prolozone, Major Autohemotherapy, LENS neurofeedback system, IV therapy, and has taken several seminars regarding bioidentical hormones, heavy metal chelation, neurofeedback, and injection techniques.
Dr. McMonagle was the first certified ozone practitioner in Oregon. She has trained extensively in ozone therapies. Dr. McMonagle has trained with Dr. Frank Shallenberger, Dr. Robert Rowen, Dr. Howard Robbins, Dr. Adrianna Schwartz, Dr. Lohadny and many more. Our clinic offers the most extensive options in ozone therapies that we know of in Oregon.
Dr. McMonagle has been practicing family medicine in Lake Oswego since 2006 and sees patients of all ages. She enjoys motivating individuals to improve their health.
Prior to medical school, Dr. McMonagle finished her undergraduate at the University of Washington in Environmental Health with a minor in chemistry. She then completed over 2 years in the Peace Corps in Thailand teaching environmental medicine and writing grants. During her time in the Peace Corps, she became fascinated with herbal medicine and various treatment options which inspired her to pursue naturopathic medicine.
Dr. McMonagle feels very fortunate to practice medicine, and have witnessed tremendous results through blending holistic and standard primary care. She enjoys traveling, soccer, crossfit, rock climbing, gardening, and staying active in the outdoors.
at 23 years old, Kevin was one of the best snowboarders in the world. He earned a fortune in sponsorships and endorsements and was a favorite to win a spot on the 2010 Olympic team. But on December 31, 2009, while performing a cab double cork (a challenging aerial spin) in the half pipe during a training run in Park City, UT,
Kevin slammed face first into the snow and sustained a life-altering injury.
To reduce the lethal swelling in his brain and allow it to heal, Kevin was put into a medically induced coma for 10 days. As he was brought back to consciousness, his family anxiously awaited his prognosis. Doctors had warned the family that
Kevin might not be able to walk or recognize them.
Kevin escaped paralysis and was able to recognize his family, but he needed to relearn how to walk and talk. His traumatic brain injury also affected his memory, vision, concentration, coordination, and, most profoundly, his sense of self.
When Kevin regained consciousness, he wanted to return to training immediately so he could qualify for the Olympics. “I didn't realize I couldn't even walk,” he says.
Laurie Ehlhardt Powell, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is Research Associate Professor at the Center on Brain Injury Research and Training, University of Oregon. She also works for Community Rehabilitation Services of Oregon, Eugene. She has conducted federally-funded research and numerous trainings in the area of evidence-based instruction applied to assistive technology for cognition (ATC) for individuals with acquired brain injury (ABI). As a speech-language pathologist, she has worked with adults diagnosed with acquired cognitive-communication impairments due to ABI across the continuum of care, including inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings.
Russell C. Spearman
M.Ed. is the Project Director for Idaho's Traumatic Brain Injury Partnership Implementation grant from the Health Resources Services Administration, Maternal and Children's Health Bureau. Since August 2000 Russ has been employed by the Institute of Rural Health at Idaho State University- Boise. Prior to this Russ was responsible for developing and implementing all aspects related to Idaho's 1915 C Medicaid Home and Community Based Services Waiver for adults with a traumatic brain injury. He is the former Executive Director for Idaho's Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities. He is the lead author of "The Use of Medicaid Waivers and Their Impact on Services". Russ was instrumental in developing and transitioning Idaho's nationally recognized Home of Your Own Initiative, a single family secondary mortgage program, that today has assisted over
100 people with disabilities realize their dream of home ownership.
Over the past 34 years he has personally and in
collaboration with others assisted in the
passage of several pieces of legislation on
behalf of Idahoans with disabilities. Russ
received his undergraduate degree from Manhattan
College and his Master's degree from the College
of Idaho. He is married with two children, one
who experienced a traumatic brain injury in
1993. Russ was recognized by the National
Association of Social Workers - Idaho Chapter in
2002 as the public citizen of the year for his
work with people with disabilities. In 2009 Russ
was honored as a health care hero by the Idaho
Kendra Ward, COTA/L has personal understanding of the kind of emotional and behavioral disturbances that one is often faced with after brain trauma. Kendra has sustained multiple head injuries over the course of her life and is also a spinal cord injury survivor. The first three of her head injuries and spinal cord injury occurred in her 1991-1992 college year. The last head injury occurred in 2005. In the earlier years she had to learn ways of coping with multiple cognitive, emotional and physical deficits in order to achieve her education. Her 2005 injury was more devastating due to accumulative brain trauma. She had to learn how to live life again- with physical and cognitive deficits, speech and language problems, severe migraines, PTSD, and multiple behavioral and emotional changes. Since she has overcome her many life changing experiences with success, she gladly shares her experience, strength and hope with others. She went through multiple physicians, psychiatrists, medications and alternative care methods to achieve continued success of recovery and beyond.
Through all of Kendra’s experiences during her multiple recoveries, she decided to focus, not only on her pursuit for a Psychology degree, but also to become a therapist. She has an Associate’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Baker College of Muskegon - Muskegon, MI. , completed her BA, majoring in Psychology with Thomas Edison State College - Trenton, NJ. Her early professional career was specializing in Stroke rehabilitation and head trauma and has worked for Cleveland Clinic - Cleveland, OH, Lakewood Hospital - Lakewood, OH, Macomb Hospital -Macomb County, MI and is currently living and working in Astoria, Oregon where her professional career consists of hand therapy, cognitive retraining and physical rehabilitation. She is also part of the Clatsop EASA (Early Assessment and Support Alliance) multi-disciplinary team which is a program that works to identify young people who are experiencing psychoses and to provide the information and support they need to continue on their life path. She works as a PRN, part-time lab instructor for Linn-Benton Community College OTA (Occupational Therapy Assistant) program. She started the Pacific Northwest Head Injury Support Group back in 2012, is in pursuit of becoming a Certified Brain Injury Specialist, became a member of the BIAOR in 2012 and is now also serving as a Board of Director. She is also part owner/Vice President of Seaside Brewing, Seaside, OR.
M.A., CBIS, is the Traumatic Brain Injury Case Manager/Clinical Evaluator for the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital. Ms. Weber holds a M.A. in Industrial and Organization Psychology from the University of Tulsa. Ms. Weber’s career path has involved her in advocacy work with disadvantaged individuals and their families and developing psychosocial and vocational re-entry programs for those individuals. At NRI-Brookhaven Ms. Weber works with prospective patients, their families and rehabilitation professionals in making decisions about future care and treatment. She represents the NRI program at local and national conferences and she has presented on issues related to caregivers of brain injury survivors.