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The Brain Injury Foundation of Saint Louis has been the collective dream of many professionals and students in the brain injury field since 2008. Despite the enthusiasm and passion of the originating members, BIFSTL development took a backseat to other pursuits within the brain injury community. The first efforts to convene a Board of Directors and Officers occurred in 2011 based upon the Clubhouse model of rehabilitation that has been used successfully with individuals who live with mental illness. BIFSTL is based on the vision and philosophy of "jobs first” and “community involvement” with the long term goal of using the Clubhouse Model to support individuals with brain injury. With renewed enthusiasm to serve those who have experienced brain injury, BIFSTL originators formed a new team in Spring of 2016. In addition to the direct services being provided, BIFSTL looks forward to offering Transitional Employment and St. Louis Brain Injury Clubhouse in the future.

The BIFSTL Mission

It is the mission of The Brain Injury Foundation of Saint Louis to provide innovative community based solutions to meet the specific social and vocational needs of individuals with brain injuries.

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Patricia Nance M.A. CCC-SLP
Executive Director
Original developer of BIFSTL mission in 2008, over 20 years dedicated to the rehabilitation and reintegration of individuals with brain injury. Speech Language Pathologist with years of experience supporting individuals with brain injury in the acute and post-acute settings.
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Sarah Davis, CBIST
Director of Client Services
Veteran public school teacher pioneering innovative inclusion approaches for children of all abilities. Vocational Evaluator, job developer, and director of Brain Injury Vocational and Community Services. Has devoted many years to working exclusively with individuals who have a brain injury.
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Hillel Goldstein, PsyD, LPC
Brain Injury Psychotherapist
Earned his Doctor of Psychology in clinical psychology from Adler University, Chicago; Master of Science in experimental psychopathology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; and Master of Arts in social psychology from Princeton University.

More Information on Services Provided

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Paula Carney
Chief Business Officer
Joined BIFSTL in 2017 as the Business Manager. Has a background in corporate accounting. Improved accountability and transparency in the accounting and finance practices. Appointed as the Chief Business Officer in 2018.

Our Governing Board

John Kindschuh, Board President: Attorney, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLC

Colleen Murphy, Vice President: Inspirational Speaker, Author and Care Partner Advocate

Kurt Steinmetz, Treasurer: Charter Communications Sales Specialist

Carol Dumm, Stakeholder Advocate: Care Partner Advocate

Open, Recording Secretary

Elizabeth Burke, Member at Large: Occupational Therapist, Mercy Therapy Services

Lorie Hagl, Member at Large: Physical Therapist, TREE House of Greater St. Louis

Shameem Hubbard-Clark, Member at Large: Alderwoman representing Ward 10 in the City of St. Louis

Dina McPherson, Member at Large

Lynn Hughes, Member at Large