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Staff

 

Office & Administration

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Heather Denney
Compliance and Business Development

Heather came to Hinds’ Feet Farm as a volunteer with a passion for helping people maximize their potential in life. She now serves as a member of our administrative staff. With more than 8 years of experience in healthcare administration, Heather specializes in continuous quality improvement, health services policy, compliance, accreditation, business development, healthcare marketing and communications. Heather earned her associate’s degree in Business Administration from College of the Canyons, bachelor’s degree in Health Services Leadership and Management from Cabarrus College of Health Sciences, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration.  As a promoter of health and wellness, Heather is also professionally and technically trained in gymnastic, classical and contemporary jazz, ballet, and modern dance. In her free time, she gives private dance lessons to children and adults

Martin Foil
Executive Director

Marty was born in Concord, NC.  He is a 1985 graduate of Davidson College with a degree in Economics.  After 16 years in the computer consulting and software industry, he joined Hinds’ Feet Farm.  Marty is an enthusiastic advocate for persons living with brain injury and has spoken at briefings in the U.S. Congress and Senate and has also been involved in numerous state and national lobbying efforts on behalf of the greater brain injury community. As a former member of the NC Governor's Brain Injury Advisory Council, Marty is very active in the areas of prevention, education and outreach. He speaks frequently to local area elementary school students on the importance of helmet safety and has organized events where hundreds of bike helmets were given to area youth.  Marty is also a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS).

Christine Walls 
Office Manager

Christine brings to our staff a strong background in the medical and health and human services fields in office management, administration and billing. She received her bachelor of arts in Psychology and Communication Studies - Public Advocacy from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Christine also volunteers as a Guardian Ad Litem for the North Carolina Court System. Christine is a enthusiastic and a creative and dedicated problem solver and we're thrilled to have her on the team!

 

 

Huntersville Day Program Staff

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Susan "Suess" Fraser
Day Program Director

Suess is a self-proclaimed student of the “University of Life” who joined our team in 2010 with diverse professional skills to enrich our program. Suess has an undergrad degree in Speech Pathology and Communication Disorders from the University of Connecticut, a graduate degree in Audiology from the University of Denver, and a second graduate degree in Education and Counseling from the University of Colorado. Suess is also a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS), a North Carolina Qualified Developmental Disabilities Specialist (QDDP), a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) Certified Riding Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, a Special Olympics International Equestrian Coach, a Nationally Certified Massage and Bodywork Therapist (NCTMB) and Equine Sports Massage Therapist. An avid horsewoman for many years, Suess enjoys fox hunting, dressage, eventing and sharing her love of horses with our HFF members. Her credos of “Never give up hope” and “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams“ serve as her guide in her lifelong work with people of all ages, health conditions and walks of life.

Amanda Krise
Day Program Coordinator

Amanda came to Hinds’ Feet Farm as an intern completing her master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling with a passion for brain injury.  Prior to joining Hinds’ Feet Farm as the Day Program Coordinator, Amanda worked at Puddin’s Place as a residential caregiver.  Her past experiences include working in inpatient rehabilitation for individuals with spinal cord and brain injuries and with vocational rehabilitation.  Amanda earned her bachelor’s degree in Recreation Therapy from University of North Carolina Wilmington and her master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.  Professionally, Amanda is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).

 


 

Asheville Day Program Staff

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Erica Engelsman
Day Program Director

Erica joins Hinds' Feet Farm with a broad background in the human service field as a provisionally licensed clinical social worker (PLCSW).  She has worked with adults and children across the spectrum of developmental disability in a wide variety of settings including: summer camps, day programs, residential care homes and schools.  Erica has extensive experience in working with individuals and families, and has a true gift for helping others!  Erica received her bachelors of arts in Social Work from Warren Wilson College and her masters degree in Social Work from the University of Louisville.  Erica also earned a masters degree in special education from the University of Louisville and has served as an adjunct faculty member in the Education Department at Warren Wilson College.

Joe Barrett
Day Program Coordinator

As a survivor of a traumatic brain injury himself, Joe has a deeper appreciation and understanding of what our members live with daily than anyone.  Struck by a car while cycling, Joe turned his tragic, life-changing event into a drive an passion to serve others.  During his recovery, Joe changed his career and life path and decided to pursue a degree in Recreational Therapy so he could use his experience and knowledge to help other survivors of traumatic brain injury.  Joe, our "Mayor of Hope", received his CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist) from the University of New Hampshire.

 

Dennis Berndt
Day Program Coordinator

Dennis brings a wide spectrum of talents, energy and enthusiasm to our program in Asheville. Dennis comes to Hinds' Feet Farm with an 11 year history of working with adolescents and adults with a wide array of developmental and intellectual disabilities in a variety of settings.  A true "renaissance" man, Dennis is also a talented singer/songwriter/musician and artist with an overabundance of creativity! Dennis earned a degree in Recreation management with a concentration in Experiential Education from Appalachian State University with a minor in Studio Art.  We are excited to have Dennis involved in the life of our program!

 

Residential Staff

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Pam Halter
Residential Director

Pam's nursing career began in acute brain trauma rehabilitation, and then went on to include ICU, hospice, wound care and most recently, as an assistant professor of nursing at Kent State University in Ohio and Cabarrus College of Health Sciences in Concord. Pam has undergraduate degrees in Business Management from Malone University and in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati. Her master’s degree in Nursing is from the University of Phoenix.