Board Of Directors

Deana Adams, Ph.D., LPC-S

Deana Adams, Ph.D., LPC-S

Deana Adams, Ph.D., LPC-S

Founder/President

Dr. Adams is President and Founder of Hope After Brain Injury, a nonprofit organization dedicated to equipping, educating, and encouraging those affected by brain injury through counseling, consultation, and connection to community resources. Dr. Adams is also the Executive Director of Hope Behavioral Health, PLLC. As a Licensed Professional Counselor for over twenty-five years, she is dedicated to the recovery of emotional and mental health of persons struggling with traumatic brain injury, depression, trauma, and anxiety. She travels nationally and internationally training other mental health professionals how to effectively counsel brain injury survivors and care partners.

Patti Foster, B.Med.

Patti Foster, B.Med.

Patti Foster, B.Med.

Vice President

As a TBI survivor, Patti shares her story internationally, giving hope to anyone who is dealing with adversity along the journey. Patti’s gripping book, COPING with TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY: One Woman’s Journey from Death to Life was released the winter of 2013. During the fall of 2016, Patti released the first-known, brain injury-based devotional, HOPE FOR THE JOURNEY: A 52-Week Spiritual Journal …offering comfort and courage to anyone going through a tough time in life.

Patti is an urgent advocate of brain injury. She serves as Vice President of Hope After Brain Injury, is a member of the Texas Brain Injury Advisory Council and is Chairperson of the Services and Supports Committee. Patti is also a member of the North Texas TBI Model System Advisory Council, serves on the Brain Injury Association of America -Texas Division Strategic Planning Committee, and travels often as a speaker for Mothers Against Drunk Driving.  Patti leans into life as an inspirational communicator and voice-over actor and strives to live her motto: M.A.D. Now! (Make A Difference Now!) www.PattiFoster.com

Nancy Fletcher

Nancy Fletcher

Nancy Fletcher

Treasurer

Nancy Fletcher’s career began with a degree in Interior Design and Marketing.  She has owned and operated several different businesses from Design Studio, to helicopter glass manufacturing, to furniture showroom design and more. Nancy did a lot of volunteer work with a first responder medical group in Sri Lanka after the tsunami in 2005 and worked in Haiti after the earthquake in 2010 spending the better part of that year in service there.

Nancy became aware of Traumatic Brain Injury in 2006 when her nephew was injured in Lawrence, Kansas at the big rival game of KU vs. KSU.  Her nephew was riding on the party deck of a bus headed to the game when his head struck an overpass.  The nephew was Life Flighted to a Kansas City hospital where Nancy was dispatched to be the family representative.  In 2016 another nephew was involved in a farming accident resulting in a TBI. Nancy joined the Hope After Brain Injury Board of Directors in 2018.

Richard Baldwin, D.O.

Richard Baldwin, D.O.

Richard Baldwin, D.O.

Director

Richard Baldwin, D.O. did his undergraduate work at the University of Oklahoma and received his medical degree from the Kansas City College of Osteopathy and Surgery.

After one year of internship and three years of private practice in Family Medicine, Dr. Baldwin moved to academic medicine.  He was a founding member of the Family Practice Department at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.  After four years at MSU, he moved to Fort Worth to teach at the University of North Texas Health Science Center for most of his career.  He retired in May 2019 as an Associate Professor of Medical Education.

Dr. Baldwin experienced a brain injury came when he was 9th grade.  He was hit from behind by a car while riding on a motor scooter while delivering his early morning paper route.  Helmets were not required at that time and he was unconscious for 36 hours.  Because the accident was the fault of the driver of the car, he had extensive treatment, including electroencephalograms and a closely monitored period of rest for 8 weeks.  The primary long-term effect of his TBI has been a reduced short-term memory. Dr. Baldwin joined the Hope After Brain Injury Board of Directors in 2019.

Amanda Cambra, LCSW

Amanda Cambra, LCSW

Amanda Cambra, LCSW

Secretary

Amanda Cambra, LCSW has worked in the area of neuro-rehabilitation for the last 15 years.  Her experience reflects an impressive history of advocating for the needs of patients and families faced with navigating the journey to recovery following a brain injury.  She has served in diverse medical settings, building relationships with insurers, physicians, case managers, and acute care providers. She joined the Hope After Brain Injury Board of Directors in 2017.

Mike Stedham, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Mike Stedham, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Mike Stedham, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Director

Mike Stedham D. Min. (LPC-S LMFT-S) is an ordained minister who’s professional church life for over forty years was focused in the field of professional counseling. For six years he led a support group for Caregivers to Survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury. He has been a professional speaker, humorist and seminar leader. He and his wife, Mary have two children and six grandchildren and live in Houston, TX. Dr. Stedham has been on the Hope After Brain Injury Board of Directors since its inception.

Kari Hadley, M.A., LPC

Kari Hadley, M.A., LPC

Kari Hadley, M.A., LPC

Director

Kari Hadley is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Arlington, Texas.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her master’s degree in Licensed Professional Counseling from Texas Wesleyan University. She works with adolescents and adults addressing issues including depression, anxiety, and impaired family relationships. She also values working with survivors and family members who are affected by traumatic brain injury.

Kari first met Hope After Brain Injury in 2013 when she attended their professional workshop on counseling traumatic brain injury survivors and families. The topic was of interest to her, as her brother, Adam, had sustained massive head injuries when he was hit by a drunk driver in 1988. While at the workshop, she learned of the HABI support group, and she and Adam began attending soon after. The HABI support group provided the first opportunity either of them had to gather with others who had walked the same road and truly understood the experience. Kari began leading the caregiver support group upon the retirement of its previous leader, Dr. Mike Stedham, has served as a Board member since 2016 serving as Treasurer for 2 years.