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Staff Members

Kimberly Hill, MS, CTRS, CCT

Executive Director

Kimberly Hill, MS, CTRS, CCT, is the Executive Director of the Brain Injury Association of Louisiana/Louisiana Chapter of United Spinal Association. Additionally, Kimberly serves on the Board of Directors for United Spinal Association, and is the South Central Regional Coordinator and Louisiana Chapter Leader for United Spinal Association. Kimberly also represents Louisiana as the state's Chapter Leader for the Brain Injury Association of America and serves as a member of the education committee.

Kimberly brings a wealth of professional and personal experiences to her position. She provides a deeper understanding and personal perspective to her role as the mother of a child who survived a spinal cord injury and as a relative to a close family member who sustained a traumatic brain injury. Drawing from these experiences, Kimberly feels compelled to share hope, compassion and understanding with others who have experienced similar challenging situations in their lives.

After completing undergraduate school at Louisiana State University, Kimberly received her Masters of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of South Alabama. She is a nationally board Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist as well as a Certified Cognitive Therapist. Kimberly’s work experience includes inpatient rehabilitation where she worked with both neurologically and orthopedically impaired patients, private practice working with developmentally disabled children, inpatient geriatric psych hospital working with the elderly population and lastly, Kimberly worked for many years in outpatient and residential brain injury rehabilitation as a therapist and case manager.

Kimberly Hill, MS, CTRS, CCT

Executive Director

Dawn Vest is the Outreach and Resource Coordinator.Dawn has a background working in the non-profit world serving in the foster care community and supporting those that have been rescued from Human Trafficking. Additionally, she taught Life Skill classes to middle school students for several years. She has genuine compassion to help others feel connected and to provide tools and resources that are useful to improve their everyday lives.She is a Louisiana native and recently moved back after living in California and Texas. She has greatly enjoyed spending time with family and savoring all the New Orleans cuisine.One of her favorite quotes is by Mother Theresa, “Do small things with great Love”.

You’ve been so very helpful to us and we can’t thank you enough for all the information and assistance you provided us. Your help and direction has given so much confidence that we’ll get our beautiful son back because we’re making sound decisions based on your help.

Donna McCaleb

Caregiver

On a day that everything seemed to be going against me, I reached out for some help and was surprised that they actually were there to help me. My wheelchair was broken, and they were able to find a place to fix it for me. They educated me about the trust fund for people with spinal cord injuries and sent me an application. When I had questions about the application, I called back and was given the time and help needed to complete the application. They made me feel important so I am very thankful.

Robi Harsch

Individual with SCI

Living with a spinal cord injury has been a challenge but the peer mentor program has definitely assisted me in adjusting to my new normal. Thank you for giving me hope.

Emerson Moss

Individual with SCI