Laurie comes to us with a business and professional athletic background which includes Litigation and Professional Basketball. Responsible for the transformation and growth of Making Headway Center, Laurie is a survivor of Traumatic Brain Injury. Her experience and education (BA, MBA from Ashford University, MA in Behavioral Modification, Istanbul University) makes her uniquely qualified to successfully lead our organization.
Sylvia’s long-term experience at Making Headway Center enables her to perform a variety of tasks from supervising certain personnel, administrating financial matters, human resources, and directly assisting the Executive Director.
With a background in Radio/TV management and a BA in Speech Communications from Humboldt State University, Jeff brings the Making Headway Center story to the public via public speaking and local media. Along with the MHC team, Jeff helps to create, coordinate and on occasion, emcee events which connect MHC to the community.
Lorna contributes her experience in the non-profit world (Arizona, New Mexico and California) in communicating the Making Headway Center story to the public and complementary organizations. She is skilled in grant writing, public presentations, policy writing and creating and coordinating events. When combined with her skills, Lorna’s charm and wit adds the magic that makes her so effective in her job.
Activities Coordinator / Lead Developmental Trainer
With a BA in Social Work from Humboldt State University, Ampha uses her knowledge to plan, create, and implement activities for Making Headway Center’s Day Program. This program helps those with brain injuries to re-learn basic life skills and build a peer group and sense of community. She structures such activities in a manner that helps participants to meet the goals of their Individual Service Plans (ISPs).
Senior Case Manager
Chelsey assesses the specific needs of MHC participants and connects them with appropriate services from Making Headway Center and other local agencies. The Individual Service Plan (ISP) helps participants progress in their goals toward a better quality of life following a brain injury. Chelsey has a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from Humboldt State University.
Susie applies her background in the medical field as well as her organizational and communications talents to assist the Administrative Coordinator and Executive Director in virtually all daily tasks. Her job is difficult to define as she continues to grow in a variety of professional directions. In short, Count on Susie.
With many years of experience in education, psychology and Adolescent Residential Treatment, Melissa works with Making Headway Center as a Low Energy Neurofeedback System (LENS) provider. This practice helps to support individuals in the recovery process. Making Headway Center is proud to have such expertise on staff.
Client Services Coordinator
Oliver has a B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from Humboldt State University and is bi-lingual in English and Spanish. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Social Work and brings his excellent work ethic and organizational skills to Making Headway Center to serve in this leadership capacity.