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Mary Lee Salzer

Mary Lee Salzer EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Salzer 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. “I am excited to be part of this great organization…

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Center for Head Injury Services Hires New Executive Director

***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*** CENTER FOR HEAD INJURY SERVICES HIRES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The Center for Head Injury Services is proud to announce that Mary Lee Salzer has accepted the position of Executive Director of the organization. Salzer brings over 25 years of non-profit management experience to the leadership of the non-profit organization.  Her…

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Jodi Warden

Jodi Warden MIDWEST ADULT AUTISM PROJECT (MAAP) COORDINATOR  Jodi Warden has over 20 years of experience working in the social service field providing care to individuals with disabilities. Jodi is currently working toward getting certified in behavior therapy. Jodi has been with The Center’s MAAP program since 2019. Jodi has extensive experience working…

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Kenda Curativo

Kenda Curativo Director of Career Development In summer 2020, Kenda Curativo became the interim director of career planning and placement at the Center. This past December, she permanently took over the role. For 10 years, Kenda was a general manager in the fast-casual restaurant industry. A representative from the Center’s employment team came…

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Alyssa Bergman

Alyssa Bergman DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE Alyssa Bergman has a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Tulsa. After graduation, Alyssa started her career in nonprofit as an advancement apprentice for Lifeteen International, where they exceeded their Annual Appeal goal by 87%. She then spent 2 years as an Event and Program Coordinator at…

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Jay Smith

James (Jay) Smith, IV Board Liaison James (Jay) Smith, IV, previously volunteered at the Center and on its Board of Directors for over 30 years.   Jay earned his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1985 and his Master of Business Administration from St. Louis University in 1995.  He is a licensed CPA.  He specialized…

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Taking Measures for Health and Safety

Updated: July 21, 2020, 1:00 PM CT The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is top of mind for the Center for Head Injury Services. We understand the importance of health and safety and what it means to our employees and the community we serve. The Center is releasing this statement to make our communities and those…

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Coronavirus Update

Dear Friends of the Center, It has been a difficult three months as we deal with the challenges of the coronavirus crisis and the many ways it has turned our world upside down. We hope you have been safe and healthy during this time we have been sheltering in place. Our staff has...
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The Center opens new social enterprise: Destination Café

On November 13, the Center celebrated the grand opening of our newest social enterprise: Destination Café. Over 60 people attended the celebration, including staff, family, friends and business partners. Attendees enjoyed a buffet of heavy appetizers and desserts and joined in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Destination Café will help further the Center’s mission of...
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McAlister’s Deli: a valued employer partner

McAlister’s Deli is one of the Center’s best partners in helping people with disabilities receive vocational training and long-term jobs. Since 2015, 11 consumers of the Center have worked or are now working at one of nine area locations. It all started when our Site Coordinator, Darcell Fleeman, placed a consumer for vocational…

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