Board Of Directors
Deana Adams, Ph.D., LPC-S
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.
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’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.
Mike Stedham, D.Min, LPC-S, LMFT-S
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.
Mary Stedham, M.Ed., LPC
Mary Stedham has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 1983. She and her husband began Counseling in Abilene and The Center for Counseling and Enrichment in Arlington. She is also a writer, speaker, and retreat leader. Mary works with individuals and couples specializing in depression, anxiety, grief, creativity and spiritual growth. For over a decade, Mary served as a Vocational Evaluator for Total Transition Services which serves adults with disabilities, including those who suffered a traumatic brain injury.
Rachel Riewe, BSBA
After 10 years in healthcare my past 4 have been direct involvement with patients and caregivers of those who have suffered a brain injury. Although I do not have anyone in my family who has experienced this, the passion for those that have fills my heart. I had the privilege of meeting the HABI team about 4 years ago and am honored to be a part of a team who fights to pave new paths for survivors and their families.