November 2021 Newsletter

October 28, 2021

Dear Friends of the Center,

The Board of Directors for the Center for Head Injury Services thank you for everything you do to support the organization. In the last few months, the Center has experienced some exciting changes! In August, staff completed the tri annual CARF Accreditation survey with flying colors. In September, we welcomed our new Executive Director, Mary Lee Salzer. Mary Lee brings over 25 years of non-profit management experience to the leadership of the non-profit organization. Her experience includes management, regulatory compliance, fundraising, grant writing and marketing. Salzer holds a Masters Degree in Non-Profit Management from Duke University.  The Board is thrilled to have Mary Lee joining the Center and we look forward to her leadership in the years ahead!

Thank you,
Mark R. Stallmann
Board President

A word from our new Executive Director, Mary Lee Salzer!

Dear Stakeholders,

The first two months I have served at The Center have flown by!  I quickly learned I underestimated the honor it would be to work with such caring and dedicated staff and Board of Directors who are so passionate and diligent in accomplishing the Center’s mission.  I am genuinely impressed and touched by the efforts of all who serve our clients. I, like many at The Center, am personally motivated by the mission.  My son, who is now 17, sustained a significant head injury when he was just 11 years old.  We are still learning, even now, the impact of that injury and what it means to live with TBI.  As a result, I have a special appreciation for everyone involved in this community.

In the coming months, I look forward to getting to know all the stakeholders including funders, donors, families, and fellow providers.  I am interested to learn more about insights on how we can work together to optimize the services we offer and create a successful network of care and support for those we serve. In effort to achieve this, I plan to start a Parent and Guardian Board and a Client Commission so all voices can be heard and considered. If you are interested in participating in one of these roles, please reach out to one of our Program Managers.

We are also gearing up for the hockey, er, holidays season! (Both my sons and my husband play, and I am a “hockey mom”) We have very meaningful programs planned and of course, are once again offering our baked goods from Destination Desserts and dog treat packages from Wags in a Bag as holiday gift packages for your clients and loved ones. (Orders are due by November 30th) The smells coming from the kitchen are heavenly. Just imagine the German Chocolate Gooey Butter, Walnut Brownies, Peppermint Hot Chocolate cookies, among others comforting you and yours this holiday season! And wouldn’t it be special to tell everyone you ordered for that our clients participated in putting together each package? Fortunately, with us, you have local delivery!

We continue to follow the CDC suggestions regarding keeping everyone safe from all infection, but particularly COVID 19.  That has not stopped us, however, from pushing full steam ahead on our programs and services.  From our award-winning Job Club to our fun programming in MAAP and Karaoke in the Day Program, we are keeping busy and moving forward.

These days are anything but “normal”, but we continue to pivot to make sure everyone is cared for.  If you are reading this, I am interested in your input regarding The Center.  I can’t wait to further our relationship and thank you for your connection to our mission.  On behalf of everyone at CHIS, we hope you have a peaceful and healthy end to your 2021.

Thank you,
Mary Lee Salzer
Executive Director

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