1 San Diego Brain Injury Foundation Brain Injury Press 2nd Quarter 2006, Issue 205 Serving brain injury survivors and their families since Foundation News Howard House: SDBIF is seeking an administrator for Howard House, in Escondido, CA. Administrator will oversee the 24 hour care of six disabled residents with brain injury and supervise a staff of 12. Appropriate work and supervisory experience required; qualify for CA ARF Admin. Certificate. Benefits package available. Contact SDBIF Board Member, Maureen: or Fax resume to Board of Directors: Big thanks to retiring board members! Jim McBride, a family member of a suvivor, served on the board for 6 years as secretary, and helped with public relations. Bill Smith, founded Howard House in 1986 and has chaired the SDBIF Charity Golf Classic for 21 years. We welcome new board member, Lisa Gunner of WowWee Company, sponsor of our upcoming video series, along with UCSD. Acquired Brain Injury Program: Classes will be starting for the summer session at the San Diego Community College Continuing Education Brain Injury Programs for brain injury survivors 18 and older. For more information on the ABI program at Mesa College, call Sco Bankston at (619) ; the ABI program at ECC (Southeast San Diego) call John Bromma at ; the ABI program at West City, call Dawn Stoll at SAVE THE DATE 6th Annual Friendraiser to benefit SDBIF Sunday, October 22 21st Annual SDBIF Charity Golf Tournament A successful event thanks to the players & sponsors Just a few of the 120 golfers participating in the SDBIF event on April 24th. SDBIF Board Officers In April, Clair Jones, Director of Sharp Rehab, was elected to Board President. Vice President is Pamala McCain, of Distintive Properties, and mother of a brain injury survivor. Julie Hom, of Ability Rehabiliation Specialists, is Secretary and Michael Turbit, brain injury survivor, is treasurer. Meet the Board SDBIF thanks Patsy Sholders for her volunteer service as Board President for the past 4 years. Patsy will remain on the Board, and we d like to tell you about her. Patsy Sholders was 1 ½ when she was diagnosed with polio. She spent many months in Children s Hospital in San Diego followed by 16 years of surgeries and physical therapy. Patsy Sholders Being a patient for so many years motivated her to look at the medical field as a career choice. When Patsy was in her 20 s, she was in a head-on collision. The car was totaled. She wasn t wearing a seat belt as a passenger, and suffered a mild brain injury in the crash. She was in a coma at Scripps, La Jolla for a week or more. Patsy finished school and went on to complete her Masters at Cal State, San Marcos. She interviewed hundreds of brain injury survivors and their families doing her thesis on Life A er Brain Injury. She continues to serve on the SDBIF Board of Directors, and currently teaches at Maric College.
2 Scholarships Awarded to Mesa College ABI Students In March, at the Continuing Education ABI (Acquired Brain Injury) Program on the Mesa College campus, 12 former or current ABI students were awarded a check for $200 and a certificate in recognition of their matriculation to Mesa College classes. Dr. Steven Guber, an ABI student in 2003, donated $5000 for scholarships to be used to assist ABI students in furthering their education at Mesa College. Dr. Guber, a surgeon who suffered a traumatic brain injury while riding a mountain bike in 2001 was very appreciative of his experience in the ABI Program and wanted to give back. ABI teachers and Mesa counselors selected the following students for the monetary award: Gary Bell, Donna Benson, Yve e Cisneros, Debra Cool, Mark Cunningham, David Cuprisin, June Jenkins, Richard Rise, Jared Stodelle, Annie Stokes, and Ma Wilder. How to Become A Member of SDBIF Name: Company: Address: City: State: Zip: Telephone: Amount: $ Brain Injury Survivor (fi rst year is free). Family/Friend/Student: $20. Professional: $50. Organization: $100. Patron: $500. Corporate Sponsor: $1,000. Your contribution is tax deductible as allowed by the law. Please send your check (or contribute online to: SDBIF, PO Box 84601, San Diego, CA Thank you! A Home for Pia Le er from a San Diego mom By Beverly Thompson My daughter suffered a brain injury five years ago, affecting Pia. Before TBI. her short term memory. I have worked in mental health programs for the past fi een years, supervising programs for the mentally disabled. My daughter participated in the programs, as I could not leave her unsupervised at home. Three years ago, I began looking for a permanent placement for her that would enable her to become more independent. That search has been very disappointing. There are few programs that offer aid to people with her condition. Those that do are so costly the average person cannot afford them. There is no funding at all for this particular population. I was forced to place Pia in a Pia. Now. facility 600 miles from home because I was unable to find a suitable residence locally which had a population of residents closer to her age. The distance makes it financially difficult to visit her very o en. She has learned no skills that will benefit her in the future. She is allowed to stay in bed all day, if she chooses, and her personal care is irregularly supervised. There are few viable options for appropriate levels of care with this type of brain injury. Most families do not have the financial resources to care for someone like Pia, and nursing homes tend to be more of a place to pass time rather than rehab. The skilled nursing facility has been good to Pia but, again, she needs a facility with a strong behavioral component to help her relearn the basic skills of everyday living. There must be many of us with the same problems. I ll continue to search for the more acceptable place and keep writing to our government and State to inform them of this lack of aid to a very special group. I would like to hear from you and the solutions or suggestions as to how we might begin to solve this problem. me, Beverly Thompson, at March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month There is Concurrent Resolution 20 sponsored by Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS), awaiting action in the United States Senate. We encourage you to contact your Senator and ask for his or her support of this important legislation. Please check to make your voice heard.
3 Friends of the Foundation Thank you to all who have contributed to SDBIF over the last few months. Alanna Bodenstab M.D. Barbara & Carol Allee Dr. Louis & Brenda Alpinieri Walter Anderson Ken Archer Melody Bacha Arle e Ballew Donna M. Benson Tom & Donna Bloomer Diana Brotherton-Ware Nancy Bruce Vince Burne Milton Callero Lorraine Camenzuli Jack & Jill Campbell Carstarphen Family Foundation Erika Chanley Helen Chimits Frances Maday & Sally Clamp Susan Avery Clark Joseph Colton Robert & Gail Conrad Coop & Pa i Cooprider Helen E. Cox Tom Crabbe Clark Clipson Ph.D Gadi A. Revivo O.D. Irene & Steven DeAmbrogio Glenda Deems Chuck Degeneffe John & Jeanne DeMeules R. Sco Deming Dan Derbes Robert & Susan derose Cleopatra & Agapito DeVera Sheila A. Douglas Louise Dyas James & Mary Easterly Harold Elkan Gita Endore Murray & Jeanne Feldman Dawn Stoll/Philip Fernandes Jane Finn Jack & Maureen Fischbeck Jay Flaherty James A. Forcier Gary Fuller George & Robin-Russell Gall Dr. Daniel Gardner George Gates Gary George Law Offices Of David Goldin A professional corporation Please call the law offi ces of David Goldin for free consultation. JD Stanford Law School MBA Stanford Business School Practicing Law in San Diego since 1969 SDBIF Board Member Highest legal ability and ethical rating by Martin Hubbell Legal Directory Specialize in Civil Litigation with Special Emphasis on serious brain injury cases Personal concern for brain injury survivors and their caregivers 401 West A Street, Ste #2200, San Diego, CA phone toll free: 866/headlaw phone: Nancy Gerrish Ronald Gilhang Nina Gladir David Goldin Linda Gomez Sarah Gutz Amanda & Walter Hansell Michael Harris Lore a & Jerry Heiser Carl & Melissa Hillier Meredith Insch Janet & Roger Judge Mimi Kamatari Toni & Rudolph Kastelic Philip Kaushall Christian & Sharon Keith Alise M. Kellman Irene King Karma & Kenneth Klauber Walter & Mary Kough Alain Lafontaine Larry Lewis Mary Lewis Workman Morris Molina LLC Lupe Johnston & Michael Lorenzana George & Diane Maguire Carlos Maldonado Mary Malone Maggie Marshall Margaret & Ron Mayer John & Jo McBratney Pamala McCain Patricia McClendon Mark McDonough Michael & Tamara McFarland Donna & Rainer Metz Eleanor Miller Meredith Murray Michael Natalie Janet Nation David & Marilyn Oliver Michael Orgill Ann Orlik Pearl Pacheco Richard Paikoff Kathy Pangborn Stephan Parman Jennifer Pa erson Randall Reinbold Marilyn Reiter Kerstin E. Rinius Jan Robbins Debbie Robertson John Saint Caren & Chris Sax Jim & Linda Schick M.L. Schmidt Linda Seaman Gus & Irene Segade Leo J. Sharkey Mike & Be y Sholders David Geral Stark Virginia Sumner Gil Tanzer Tracy Tortorelli Sue & John Townley Pamela Underwood Susan and William Vacca Gwen Van Wey Mareta F. Turner & Catherine Vargo Ted Verdugo Janet & Peter Wahl Beverly Welsh Dr. Vreneli Wilson Jennifer Wisnoski David Witkowski John Wyer Jerry & Andrea Yablonicky Frank & Barbara Yones Liliana Zapata Lois & Wayne Zaranka Volunteers Needed Please call the office if you would be interested in a ending Health fairs, helping at support groups, mailings, assembling packets of materials for hospitals and rehab centers, driving survivors to meetings and other opportunities. Call (619) or
4 Chuck Hansen at the golf tourney. SDBIF Charity Golf Tournament This years Annual Charity Golf Tournament raised approximately $50,000. One hundred and twenty golfers participated in the tournament. A er golf, the players and their guests enjoyed a silent and live auction and buffet dinner. HUGE Thanks to the 2006 Golf Tourney Commi ee! Co-Chairs Eric Seiken and Bill Smith Commi ee members: Stephanie Bidegain, Gary Cook, Phil Given, Susan Hansen, Tyler Laughery, Mike Peters, John Pion, Ev Ricker, Don Rowean, Dee Smith, Don Strom, Michael Turbi, Yve e Cisneros, and Joe Zakarian Cheryl Lacy, of Escondido Learning Services Corporation and Pamala McCain, board member Platinum Sponsors Mike & Lydia Ginger Union Bank of California Gold Sponsors Alaska Airlines Angelo Damante, Mercedes Benz of Escondido Cobra Golf Jack Powell Chrysler-Dodge KPRI FM Regal Entertainment Group Scripps Encinitas Rehabilitation Center Sharp Rehabilitation Services Taylor Made Golf Company Temecula Valley Bank Titleist Silver Sponsors Barons Marketplace Bank of Escondido Brecht BMW Golf Mart Learning Services Inc. North County Insurance Sony Bob & Be y Spanjian Torrey Pines Bank Vernon Tool Company Union Bank of California Union Bank of California has been a primary sponsor of the SDBIF Charity Golf Classic for over five years. The bank is commi ed to granting 2% of a er tax profits each year to charitable organizations directly and through its Foundation. The Union Bank of California Foundation was formed in 1953 and has cumulatively given millions of dollars to charities since its inception. At this year s tournament, a photo and short biography of a brain injury survivor was posted at each golf hole. Here s SDBIF board member, Steve Easterly, with his bio and photo. Hole Sponsors Blanchard For Others Burger King Calif. Bank & Trust Cardiovascular Disease Foundation Cargo Transportation Concepts Community National Bank Mr./Mrs. Earl Dowdy 1st Centennial Bank First National Bank Foley & Lardner, LLP Ford Financial Srvcs. Frontier Fence Grice Lund & Tarkington Hanson Realty Mr. & Mrs. Dan Harris Hernandez Hideaway Hugins & Associates Donald McLean, CPAs Daniel Martin, APLC Manell & Cooper, Optometrists Greg Meek Plumbing North County Times Pacific Golf Cars Paradise Valley Hosp.- Rehab Services Postal Annex R.B. Quintex Wireless Roden Properties SAE Fraternity Bros. of Don Strom Seiken & Atkins A.P.C. Shuster Oil Bob & Be y Spanjian Dr./Mrs. Nick Tsoulos Walter Anderson Plumbing World Waste Technologies, Inc. Young Pontiac/Cadillac Zuill Signs
5 SDBIF General Meetings Saturdays, 10:00-12:00 am Joyce Beers Community Center in Hillcrest: The Joyce Beers Community Center is part of the Uptown District Shopping Center (Ralphs & Trader Joes) near 163. It is just north of University Avenue on Vermont Street between the Aladdin Café (1220 Cleveland Avenue) and the Terra Restaurant (1270 Cleveland Avenue). Thomas Brothers Map: Page 1269-B5. If you get lost call the Uptown District Shopping Center security guard at North County Coast Meeting: Conference Center at Scripps Hospital, Encinitas. The hospital is located west of Interstate #5 on Santa Fe Drive. Enter the driveway for the Emergency Room and the Conference Center will be on the right. Parking is available in front of the Conference Center. The address of the hospital is 354 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas. For additional directions, call Special thanks to an anonymous donor, who generously contributed $1500, so that SDBIF could continue to mail out monthly meeting reminders to its members. More Golf Tourney Thanks Joyce Beers Community Center (Hillcrest) June 17: Overcoming Your Losses a er a Brain Injury Lisa Davidson, Ph.D./Clinical Psychologist/ Neuropsychologist. Moving through all the emotions following a brain injury can be very difficult. Lisa will discuss grief issues looking at all the areas of ones life that have been affected identity, relationships, finances, work, and cognition. July 15: Opportunities Following Rehab Urban Miyares, President, Disabled Business Person s Association. Urban will be sharing information about the Challenged America Sailing Program as well as other recreational opportunities and opportunities for self-employment. August 19: The ABI Program Sco Bankston, M.S., CRC, S.D. Community College District. What is the Acquired Brain Injury Program? Sco will lead a discussion with a panel of survivors who a end the ABI program at Mesa College. September 16, 2006: Playback Theater Group Pamela Underwood, Certified Expressive Arts Therapist/Educator/Consultant. Playback is a form of improvisational theater that reenacts or plays back stories that are told. Seeing the story reenacted o en helps the teller to perceive their story with a new awareness. At the SDBIF Golf Tourney: Rick Keating, Don Strom, Jim Kelly and Ross Hein have been a dynamic foursome at the golf tourney for the past 4 years. Special thanks to the SAE Brothers of Don Strom, who for the second year in a row, made a generous donation to the Don Strom Brain Injury Scholarship Fund. The survivors who benefited from this year s fund were Chuck Hansen, Yve e Cisneros, Marc Vaillancourt, Donna Benson, Walt Kough, Nate Stoll, Patsy Sholders, and Kerry Leiser and Walt Kough. North County Coast June 10: Optometric Vision Therapy following Trauma William Harpur, Optometrist. Many people experience visual disturbances following a brain injury. Dr. Harpur will discuss cases in which patients recover more comfortable use of their eyes by treating them with phototherapy (color therapy). July 8: Of All The Things I ve Lost, I Miss my Memory the Most - Anuja Kamadar, M.S., Speech Pathologist, Palomar Medical Center. Memory loss is frequently one of the impairments of brain injury. Anuja will demonstrate memory devices and discuss compensatory strategies to aid memory loss. August 12: Options for Continued Therapy Arthur Lupsha, M.P.T., Cindy Malaway, M.S.P.T., & Xenia Holland, OTR/L. Speakers will address how to build endurance, balance and regain normal movement a er a brain injury to promote independence and improved quality of life. September 9: Simplicity and Support How to Organize your Life Karen Wilkening, Professional Organizer who specializes in clients with emotional challenges and disabilities. Karen will share tips on how to keep things simple and how to regain your confidence and clarity.
7 New California Brain Injury Association Formed There is a newly formed California Brain Injury Association (CALBIA) with offices in Bakersfield, California. Dr. Mark J. Ashley, Chairman of the Brain Injury Association of America, and President/ Founder of Centre For Neuro Skills in Bakersfield, California, spearheaded efforts to start the California chapter to provide much needed resources and information on Brain Injury. Until now, California was one of the few states without an official chapter recognized by the Brain Injury Association of America. Dr. Ashley stated There are far too few resources available for this large group of people and the cost to society is far greater than it should be, due to treatment that is either unable or less effective than it should be. From rehabilitation services to community support services, this group of people is seriously under served. The California Brain Injury Association will help to provide brain injury survivors with the comprehensive statewide resources needed. Information can be found at org, which provides support forums, information on TBI, links to other resources, membership information, and a national calendar of symposiums and events on TBI. For questions, you may contact the CALBIA by at or call (661) STROKE, BALANCE & NEUROLOGICAL DEFICITS Are You Reaching Your Therapy Goals? Finding the right therapist,one who specializes in neurological and balance deficits,can greatly improve your mobility. Ability Rehabilitation Specialists,a private clinic located right in the La Jolla village, promotes physical therapy treatment for diagnoses including but not limited to: Stroke, Head Injury, Balance Deficits, Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson s Disease. Their professional therapists work one-on-one with you,in a nurturing environment, tailoring your sessions to maximize your potential and ultimately meet your goals. They accept many private insurance carriers and Medicare. FREE balance screening and consultation. Julie Stevens Hom, MPT, NCS Ability Rehab Specialists (858) Pearl St. #108 La Jolla SiDNY Deli Providing complimentary bagels & cream cheese for the Hillcrest Saturday meetings for 8 years! Bernardo Plaza Drive San Diego, CA Want to Advertise? Reach 3000 brain injury survivors, family members, Professionals and sister agencies with your message. Call Cognitive Ignition Cognitive Remediation Evaluation and Treatment of TBI Adults David Beba Witkowski ~ FIE.DA 165 S. El Camino Real, Suite F Encinitas, CA Seiken & Atkins, APC Attorneys at Law Specializing in serious personal injuries, including brain injuries, estate planning and Administration. Over $20 million recovered in settlements and verdicts solely on behalf of the injured. Mr. Seiken is a member of SDBIF Board of Directors and Co-chair of the SDBIF Annual Charity Golf Classic. Call for a free consultation (mention SDBIF) Seiken & Atkins, APC Attorneys at Law 3033 Fifth Avenue, Suite 301 San Diego, CA 92103
8 Our Mission The San Diego Brain Injury Foundation s mission is to improve the quality of life for brain injury survivors and their families living in San Diego County. SDBIF Board of Directors Leah Aretz Tom Baker Chuck Degeneffe Steve Easterly Maureen Fischbeck Lisa Gunner David Goldin, Member-at-large Michael Harris Julie Stevens Hom, Secretary Clair Jones, President Miyeko Kohlmann, Member-at-large Mark McDonough Pamala McCain, Vice President Arnie Miller Eric Seiken Patsy Sholders Jerome Stenehjem Don Strom Michael Turbit, Treasurer Susan Hansen, COO of SDBIF, and Don Strom, Board member and brain injury survivor, met with Donna Frye (center) San Diego Council representative District 6, to discus brain injury awareness. Would you like to receive the SDBIF Brain Injury Press via (instead of the paper copy)? You ll receive it early, and save SDBIF money. Please your name, address, city, zip and your address to sdbifnewsle Thank you! The Brain Injury Press, a quarterly publication, reports on what s going on in San Diego and around the country in support of brain injury survivors and their families. We welcome suggestions and articles by readers. SDBIF, PO Box 84601, San Diego, CA Fax: Phone: Return Service Requested San Diego Brain Injury Foundation P.O. Box San Diego, CA Nonprofi t Organization U.S. Postage PAID Permit No San Diego, CA