Brain Injury Rehabilitation Leadership Team
Executive Director, Bancroft Brain Injury Rehabilitation
Dr. Boyer has more than 20 years experience as a clinician and administrator in neuropsychology and brain injury rehabilitation. She has adjunct faculty appointments at Rowan University (Department of Special Education), Widener University (Department of Clinical Psychology), and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (Department of Clinical Psychology). Dr. Boyer has ancillary privileges in the Department of Neurology at Cooper University Hospital and is a medical rehabilitation surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). She serves on the board of the Academy of Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS). She is licensed as a clinical psychologist in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Senior Director for Central New Jersey, Bancroft Brain Injury Rehabilitation
Nina Geier is responsible for operations of Bancroft’s residential, outpatient, and home-and-community brain injury programs at the Brick and Plainsboro locations.
Ms. Geier joined Bancroft in 2013. She has worked in the field of brain injury rehabilitation since 1986 and has provided services in acute, sub-acute, and post-acute settings. Ms. Geier is a licensed physical therapist and a certified brain injury specialist. She is a co-chair of the Community-based Treatment Task Force and a member of the Cognitive Rehabilitation Task Force of the Brain Injury-Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Ms. Geier is also an active member of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey, Inc.
Dr. Brownsberger is a rehabilitation neuropsychologist working with individuals who are living with a disability or chronic medical condition. She has worked at Bancroft since 2006. Her area of research interest is in long-term outcomes following physical disability. She completed her doctorate at La Salle University in Philadelphia; her pre-doctoral internship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York; and her post-doctoral fellowship at Bancroft Brain Injury Rehabilitation. Recognized by the National Register of Health Service Providers in psychology, and by the National Association of Professional and Executive Women, she provides neuropsychological evaluations, rehabilitation psychological treatment, program development and evaluation, outcomes research, consultation and training services to Bancroft Brain Injury Rehabilitation programs and the people we serve.
Dr. Lindgren is a senior neuropsychologist for Bancroft Brain Injury Rehabilitation’s Day Treatment Services. She is a licensed psychologist with 15 years of experience in neuropsychological assessment and treatment of brain injury. She has clinical affiliations with the graduate programs at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Immaculata University. Dr. Lindgren has written articles and presented information in the area of neurological development, neuropsychological assessment, neurotoxic exposure, and interdisciplinary treatment of brain injury.
For more than 30 years, Dr. Mayer has provided rehabilitation services to people with acquired brain injuries and has advocated for appropriate services for survivors of brain injuries at the acute and post-acute stages of their recovery. Dr. Mayer is a physiatrist and currently serves as emeritus director of MossRehab at Drucker Brain Injury Center, as well as emeritus professor of rehabilitation medicine of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Temple University School of Medicine.
In addition, Dr. Mayer has pioneered innovative medical and physical treatment approaches. He started one of the world’s first post-acute community-based day-treatment programs. Dr. Mayer is co-editor of The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, a peer-reviewed journal that provides information for brain-injury professionals on clinical management and rehabilitation of persons with traumatic brain injuries.
Mark Alessandrini is the program director of operations for Bancroft Brain Injury Services. He joined Bancroft Brain Injury Services in 1996 as a residential program associate and later became a program manager at Bancroft’s Mullica Hill Campus program. Mr. Alessandrini has extensive experience in both residential and day-treatment settings, and is an active leader and volunteer within the organization.
He is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist through ACBIS and serves as a ACBIS trainer for Bancroft. Mark recently earned his trainer’s certification in Safe and Positive Approached training for Bancroft. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Wilkes University, and has continuing-education credits from Holy Family, Temple, and Rowan universities.
Arleen DeStefano is the senior program director for Bancroft’s Southern New Jersey Programs. She oversees the group homes and supervised apartment program services in Cherry Hill, Voorhees, and Mullica Hill. Ms. DeStefano began her career at Bancroft in 1993 as a direct-service staff member at the Mullica Hill campus program. She has since served as program manager, program director and recently has promoted to senior program director. In addition, she has held positions in Bancroft’s Admissions/Marketing department, and volunteers her expertise in a variety of organizational committees and work-groups, including co-chair of Bancroft Unplugged. An experienced member of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation team, Ms. DeStefano has been actively involved in the start-up of several programs and development initiatives.
Joe Fahey came to Bancroft in 2012 as residential director for our Brain Injury Rehabilitation programs in Southern New Jersey. Prior to this, he worked for a variety of social-service agencies including Catholic Charities, where he spent 15 years managing community residential programs for adults with mental health challenges and developmental disabilities. Mr. Fahey has over 25 years of experience in the human-services field, working with diverse populations in a variety of community and institutional settings. His prior roles have spanned such areas as direct-care, pre-vocational skills training, case management, residential operations and development, management of social-service programs and quality assurance. Mr. Fahey received his bachelor’s degree from Don Bosco College, and has been a New Jersey certified social worker since 1992.
As program director for Bancroft Brain Injury Rehabilitation in Plainsboro and North Brunswick, N.J., Katie Law oversees both residential and day treatment services. She began her career in brain-injury rehabilitation at Bancroft in 2002.
Ms. Law is active in a variety of organizational and brain-injury-related endeavors. She is a certified trainer for the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS), and leads the Camden/Burlington County Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey Support Group for people with brain injuries and their families. She is a member of the Brain Injury Alliance of N.J. and volunteers her time to plan and lead many Bancroft events and activities. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University.
Lorraine Myro is the Senior Clinical Director of Brain Injury Services. Her responsibilities include overseeing quality service delivery and guiding clinical day and out-patient services in Southern New Jersey. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Myro was a member of the clinical team for Bancroft’s Lindens Program, where she worked with high-risk children and adolescents. Lorraine gained extensive experience working with brain injury at MossRehab Drucker Brain Injury Center in Philadelphia where she worked as a cognitive rehabilitation therapist and social worker, and developed the Family Education Program.
Grace Cline is a residential program director for Bancroft’s Southern New Jersey Programs. She currently oversees group homes and supervised apartment program services in Cherry Hill, Voorhees, and Mullica Hill. She began her career at Bancroft in 2009 as a direct-service staff member, and had previous case management experience working with foster children in the Philadelphia area. Ms Cline has since gained extensive experience working in brain injury as a cognitive remediation specialist as well as Program Manager for supervised apartment settings. She is also active in a variety of Bancroft committees and work-groups.
Ms. Cline hold’s a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rutgers University, and will begin studying for her MA in applied behavior analysis at Rowan University Fall 2013.
Janine Yvette Gardner is the Program Director, Brain Injury Services for South Jersey. Janine came to Brain Injury Services in October 2008 as a Clinical Case Manager. At the time, she was beginning a Master of Urban Studies (Concentration in Community Development) program and completely new to Brain Injury. Her career path included positions within the mental health field as a counselor for a partial care facility serving people with severe and persistent mental illness and working as a case manager for youth in the juvenile court system. Her biggest career accomplishment was as a former editor and published author with New York City’s publishing giants. She obtained her Master’s degree in May of 2010 and instead of pursuing Urban Planning, remained dedicated to Brain Injury and our persons served. She co-chaired the Bancroft Unplugged events in both Southern and Central New Jersey locations for 3 consecutive years, she covered Club B manager duties during a pivotal transition time as well.