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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
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 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!
Will has specialized in community-based, brain injury rehabilitation for fifteen years, specifically in the areas of independent living, neuropsychological/cognitive rehabilitation, vision therapy, behavior management, psychological rehabilitation, vocational counseling, admissions/marketing, and administration. Prior to joining Hindsí Feet Farm in spring 2007, Will was the Program Director of SteppingStones, a program of The Krempels Brain Injury Foundation, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He was also an adjunct faculty at the University of New Hampshire's Department of Occupational Therapy, Durham, New Hampshire and the Granite State College, Rochester, New Hampshire where he taught Career Development and Life Planning. Will received his associateís degree from Nassau Community College, Garden City, New York, his bachelorís degree in Psychology and masterís degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Scranton, Scranton, Pennsylvania. Professionally, Will is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), Certified Case Manager (CCM) and Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS).
Susan "Suess" Fraser
Suess is a self-proclaimed student of the "University of Life" and joins our team with a tremendous background of wonderful skills which will enrich our program. Suess has a Bachelors degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Connecticut, a Masters degree in Audiology from the University of Denver and second Masters degree in Education and Counseling from the University of Colorado. Suess is also a nationally certified human and equine massage therapist, NARHA Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and certified Special Olympics Equestrian coach. An avid horsewoman of many years, Suess is an avid foxhunter, eventer and dressage enthusiast. 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 clients all of ages, health conditions and walks of life.
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.
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 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!
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.
Katie received her B.S. from the Ohio State University in 2007 and her M.A. in Counseling from the University of North Carolina Charlotte in 2011. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA). Katie is currently perusing her full licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPC-A). She has both training and experience in individual, group and family counseling. Specifically, Katie has worked with children, adults and families dealing with crisis, traumatic brain injury, loss and grief amongst other various life struggles. As a mental health professional, Katie hopes to help residents and members gain insight into their unique life experiences by focusing on the person as a whole. By increasing social skills, adaptive behavior and self- awareness, an individual’s potential and freedom is also increased, allowing the individual to become more fully functioning in all aspects of life.