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.
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
Patricia Carroll, Member at Large: Retired Service Coordinator for Missouri DHSS Adult Brain Injury Program
Timothy Dalaviras, Member at Large: Healthcare Executive, LPC
Dina McPherson, Member at Large