Announcing this Quarter's NeuroRestorative Heroes!

NeuroRestorative Heroes is an employee recognition program through which we celebrate employees whose actions make them a hero to those we serve or their colleagues.

At NeuroRestorative, we are proud to have an amazing team of employees working tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of the individuals we serve with brain and spinal cord injuries and other neurological challenges. From clinicians to direct care workers to administrative support staff, we strive to ensure all our employees feel valued, supported and recognized for the important work that they do. That is why we created NeuroRestorative Heroes, an employee recognition program designed to celebrate employees whose actions make them a hero to those we serve or their colleagues.

Each quarter, we recognize one NeuroRestorative Hero from different NeuroRestorative programs. NeuroRestorative Heroes is open to all NeuroRestorative employees, and co-workers, supervisors, participants and other community members are encouraged to submit nominations. This quarter, we are proud to recognize staff members who are not just dedicated employees, but true advocates for the individuals we serve.

“The NeuroRestorative Heroes program is a great way to recognize and thank our valued employees” said Bill Duffy, NeuroRestorative President. “On behalf of everyone at NeuroRestorative, I want to thank all of our passionate and dedicated employees and congratulate this quarter’s NeuroRestorative Heroes.”

 Q1 NeuroRestorative Heroes:

Debra Jiles, Dietary Supervisor, NeuroRestorative Arkansas

Debra's dedication to providing nutritious meals for participants and staff members knows no bounds.  She is marvelously able to find interesting new foods while regularly serving over 6,000 meals per month.  During times of inclement weather, Debra has been known to sleep in her office to ensure that everyone has hot meals on cold days.  She also works patiently with participants who are relearning the culinary skills needed to thrive in vocational restaurant settings. 

"Ms. Jiles is one of the most dedicated employees that we have.  Her dedication to her team and the participants she serves is very much appreciated.  We look forward to many more years of her soups, chef specials, etc.," said Joseph Wilkinson, Program Director, NeuroRestorative Arkansas.

Mia MininniLife Skills Trainer, NeuroRestorative Maine

Participant's faces light up when Mia comes on shift.  She has become their "go-to" staff member due to her willingness always to make time to listen to concerns and arrange for follow-up.  Mia has taken the initiative to learn the filing system and ensure that everything in the home is well-stocked, clean, and organized for the oncoming shift.  Mia not only exceeds expectations set for her, but she goes to great lengths to set her co-workers up for success. 

"Mia is an important part of the team. Her interactions with participants create an atmosphere of mutual respect that is evident any time she comes to work," said Philip Mason, Team Lead, NeuroRestorative Maine.

Michelle Bourne, Team Lead, NeuroRestorative Virginia

As a Team Lead, Michelle is invaluable to the success of the Blacksburg program of NeuroRestorative Virginia. Her co-workers describe her as someone who shows up every day and pours her heart into everything that she does. Through her caring leadership, Michelle has gained the trust of her fellow staff members, as well as the participants and families that she supports.  She makes excellence a habit and demands nothing less than exemplary work and a positive attitude from herself. 

"Above and beyond cannot begin to describe the work ethic Michelle continuously demonstrates and expects out of everyone with whom she comes into contact. She is the type of person, employee, and friend we all should aspire to be," said Michael Holton, Case Manager, NeuroRestorative Virginia.

Marta Ketter, Speech-Language Pathologist, NeuroRestorative Illinois 

Marta is a skilled Speech-Language Pathologist at NeuroRestorative Carbondale in Illinois. She is a wealth of information and welcomes the opportunity to provide assistance to staff, family members, and guardians.  Along with her day-to-day responsibilities, Marta monitors all swallowing protocols and changes for the supported living participants of NeuroRestorative Carbondale.  Her warm and welcoming personality, along with her tireless work ethic, make her a tremendous asset to NeuroRestorative.

"Any team in NeuroRestorative would be lucky to have Marta, and we are very grateful to have her as our own in Carbondale," said Garrett Cook, Program Director, NeuroRestorative Illinois.