BRIDGES Inc, BOARD OF DIRECTORS

NAME (16 Active Members) EMAIL ADDRESS
Carlee Clark, CTRS, CDP

Bio

Carlee is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, achieved Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation and Parks Administration with a major in Therapeutic Recreation, minor in American Sign Language. She has worked in healthcare since 2007 and became a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) in 2017. She became involved in Bridges as a volunteer early on and became a Board Member in 2014. She was the recipient of the Clara B. Hughes Caregiver Award in 2017. Carlee serves as the Raffle Chair to help support Bridges’ mission after younger brother survived two TBI’s.

carchristman@gmail.com
Curt Dorsel, TBI Survivor

Bio
Curt is a brain injury survivor and took early retirement due to cognitive issues caused by his brain injuries.  He suffered a TBI on February 6, 2014 and has had multiple strokes (acquired brain injuries).  He has been a member of Bridges since March 2015, joined the Board of Directors in April 2016 and was the 2017 recipient of the Bridges Benevolence Award.  He is on the conference planning committee, raffle committee and the Christmas party planning committee.  He has also participated in helmet giveaways and health fairs. Curt is married with three children and two grandchildren.  

curtdorsel@fuse.net
Tracy Dorsel

Bio

Tracy is the spouse and caregiver of a brain injury survivor.  She has been a member of Bridges since March 2015 and joined the Board of Directors in April 2016.  She is on the conference planning committee, raffle committee, Christmas party planning committee and the education subcommittee.  Tracy has also participated in helmet giveaways and health fairs.  She works full time, but is available in the evening for survivors and family members to call for support. Tracy enjoys traveling and spending time with family.

tracydorsel@fuse.net
Jessica Embry, CTRS, MBA, CBIS

Bio

Jessica’s father sustained a brain injury from a motor vehicle accident when he was 24 and Jessica was 7. Given the experience of her father’s brain injury, she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in recreational therapy and later obtained a Master’s degree in business administration. Having spent her career working in brain injury, Jessica is currently program director at NeuroRestorative. She is a founding member of Bridges, 2011 recipient of the Lisa Combs Horizon Award, and serves on the NKY TBI Conference Planning Committee.

jessica.embry@neurorestorative.com
Julie Fronk

Bio

Julie has 30+ years of office management experience and works full time in an insurance company.  Her desire to help those with brain injuries and their families comes from years of living with an acquired brain injury from a childhood illness. She became involved with the NKY TBI Conference since its inception in 2007 and with Bridges since 2008. She joined the Bridges Board of Directors in 2009 and currently serves as director, treasurer and chair of the NKY TBI Conference Planning Committee.  She was the recipient of the Lisa Combs Horizon Award in 2011 and was a member and treasurer of the NKY Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky (BIAK) Board from 2013 to 2016.

julie@bridgesnky.org
Colleen Gribben, OTR/L

Bio

Colleen is a single mother of five special needs children.  Her children have a variety of diagnoses/disabilities including but not limited to traumatic brain injury, seizure disorders, autism, diabetes, cardiac conditions, genetic syndromes, cerebral palsy, lung disease and a whole host of psychiatric and mental health diagnoses.  She works closely with other parents to offer support and advocacy with the goal of giving them the tools and resources needed to successfully meet the medical, psychological and rehabilitative needs of their children.  Her main area of focus is the awareness and prevention of childhood TBI.  She is also an occupational therapist who currently is working in the home care setting.  Colleen has also worked as a special educator for the hearing impaired, sign language interpreter, and case manager for the hearing impaired population.  She was the recipient of the Clara B. Hughes Caregiver Award in 2009 and the recipient of the Lisa Combs Horizon Award in 2015.

gribbencolleen@yahoo.com
Christian Hamilton, TBI Survivor

Bio

Christian survived a TBI as a teenager.  He became involved with Bridges in 2013, has been active on the Conference Planning Committee since 2014, and has served on the Board since 2015.  He lives with his wife and daughter in Pendleton County, Kentucky and works in Cincinnati as a data scientist.

ch@christianhamilton.com
Jennifer Jones, MA, CCC-SLP

Bio

Jennifer is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Director of Therapy Services at Gateway Rehabilitation Hospital in Florence, KY.  She received her Master’s Degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY and has been working in an acute rehabilitation setting for 20+ years.  Jennifer joined the Bridges Board of Directors in 2017 and is also a member of ASHA, ACHE, and the 2017 Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati Walk Committee.

jjones@vrhgateway.com
Katy Lawrence

Bio

Katy is a lawyer with experience with brain injury survivors and families. She joined the board in 2019.

ktlaw@lostbranchfarms.com
Larry Lawrence

Bio

Larry graduated Georgetown College and University of Cincinnati 1968 – 1972 with a Bachelors of Science before attending Chase College of Law from 1972 – 1976, where he acquired a Juris Doctor Degree. From there, he worked in the inland river towing industry from 1973 – 1978, farmed, studied and practiced river and cowboy ways. He had a private law practice from 1978 – 2012 in Ohio, Kentucky, Texas and various federal district and appellate courts, and provided legal representation to catastrophically injured clients including brain injuries from 1978 – 2012. He was admitted to Supreme Court of the United States in 1996. He is currently only licensed in Ohio and still ranching beef cattle in Gallatin County Kentucky. By volunteering his five decades of experience, his wish is to connect the caregiver / survivor to
needed available assistance. He joined the board in 2019.

larry@lostbranchfarms.com/a>
Jarred Payne

Bio

Jarred got his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky with a double major in Business Management and Finance. He got his MBA from Xavier with a concentration in Finance. He has been working in the financial services industry since 2010. In January of 2018 he got an infection in the brain that took 6 months of antibiotics to clear up. He has been YouTubing his progress since September of 2018. He joined the board in 2019.

jwpayne15@gmail.com
Meg Prescott

Bio

Meg received her BA from Transylvania University and worked in finance management for several years while acquiring her MBA. She is a part-time caregiver for an acquired brain injury survivor while managing her own illness. She runs several successful blogs online with approximately 42,000 followers and works as an analyst. In 2018, Meg began volunteering with Bridges and helps Bridges run social media, email campaigns, and other marketing media. She is on the Conference Planning Committee and assists with other events. She has been a Board Member since 2019.

maprescott11@gmail.com/a>
Alice G. Rini, JD, MS, RN

Bio

Alice G. Rini is a nurse-attorney currently working as a private consultant primarily to long-term care agencies. Her past experience includes many years as a university professor in Kentucky and New York. She has also worked in an ‘of counsel’ position to a local law firm and as a practice consultant to health care facilities and a curriculum consultant to educational institutions. Her publications include contributions to books in the subject areas of elder law, elder housing and long-term care, nursing leadership and management, nursing and legal ethics, and communication and documentation. She has also published articles in professional journals and presented papers and research to professional groups of nurses, attorneys, and educators. Volunteering with the Northern Kentucky Traumatic Brain Injury Conference Group is also an important activity. Alice was recently chosen as one of the most outstanding 65 graduates of Adelphi University School of Nursing in its 65 years of existence. Alice is also skilled with the rifle and handgun and often serves as a range officer during shooting sport events as well as being a certified instructor in Kentucky for the concealed carry of weapons. Her other interests include travel, reading – particularly mystery and suspense by both American and British authors, mountain biking, and several kinds of needlework.

alicegr@fuse.net
Bob Stark, NEMT (Retired)

Bio

Bob currently works for the City of Covington as Risk Manager. In 2009-2010 the Mayor of Covington, requested nine fellow employees to attend a TBI conference in Covington, Bob being one of the chosen few.  When the Mayor asked if he would like to be the first Chairperson of the Covington TBI Task Force, he accepted not knowing where it would lead. He then began attending Bridges meetings and soon became a Board member. As with other community involvements, he strives to give as much time as possible. As a Bridges Board member, he is the coordinator of the Bicycle Helmet program and was the recipient of the Lisa Combs Horizon Award in 2014. Bob is married with three children and twin grandsons. His hobbies are gardening, fishing and outdoor activities. He also enjoys reading and traveling.

robertgstark55@gmail.com
Tommy Tredway, CBIS

Bio

Tommy is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) and the Residential Director for A Brighter Future ABI, which offers brain injury recovery services throughout Kentucky.  He studied psychology at Ohio University and has over 15 years of healthcare experience. Tommy has been working in the Brain Injury Rehabilitation field since 2004 when he joined Radical Rehab Solutions LLC as a Life Skills Trainer.  He has served in various clinical, operations, and marketing roles since that time.  In addition to his current role with A Brighter Future ABI, Tommy is the Exhibitor Chair for the Northern Kentucky Traumatic Brain Injury Conference and serves on the Bridges Board of Directors. Tommy lives in Lexington, KY with his wife Jen and their two rescue dogs.

trtredway@gmail.com
Debra Turner, PT, MBA

Bio

Debra is Director of Rehabilitation Services for St. Elizabeth Healthcare, responsible for strategic growth and development for physical, occupational, and speech therapy services for the healthcare systems four hospital-based locations for inpatient, outpatient and skilled nursing settings. She received her Bachelors of Health Science Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky and her Master’s in Business Administration from Western Governor’s University in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is a licensed physical therapist and has experience working in the acute care and outpatient area for over 25 years. Debra joined Bridges Board of Directors in 2018 and is also the Treasurer of the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association, a member of American Physical Therapy Association, and a member of the Grand County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Debra received the Mount St. Joseph University DPT program’s Distinguished PHysical Therapy Administrator Award in 2018. She has a passion for quality patient care and building highly effective therapy teams. She lives in Northern Kentucky with her husband and two teenage sons.

debra.turner@stelizabeth.com
Amy Christman, Honorary N/A
Lisa Combs, Founder (Retired) N/A

DIRECTORY

Phone: 859-667-2766

Julie Fronk
Executive Director
julie@bridgesnky.org

Carlee Clark, CTRS, CDP
Support Group Coordinator
carchristman@gmail.com

Colleen Gribben, OTR/L
Pediatric Caregiver Coordinator
gribbencolleen@yahoo.com

Bob Stark
Helmet Program Coordinator
robertgstark55@gmail.com

Remembering Amy Christman BRIDGES Board of Directors Honorary Member 1960-2014
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