Joanne Finegan, MSA, CTRS, FDRT
Creating a culture that supports ReMed’s employees and clients – through mission, vision and values
Joanne leads ReMed utilizing her skills as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, her Masters Degree in Administration (West Chester University, 1990) and her years of experience specializing in brain injury treatment. She has worked continuously on educating others on the impact and lifelong effects of brain injury and utilizes ReMed’s “real life rehabilitation” model as her foundation. Finegan has served on the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for many years as a board member, trustee and Chairman of the Board in 2004. She has also served as the Chairman of the Board of the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) and has been honored by the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) as a Distinguished Fellow, the organization’s highest distinction, in 2005. During 2010, she was presented the Distinguished Alumni Service Award by the Penn State University’s College of Health and Human Development and is the President of a non-profit, Council on Brain Injury (CoBI). Finegan is also an Advisory Board member at Penn State’s Brandywine Campus. In 2013, Joanne received the Alumni Fellow Award from Penn State, the most prestigious award given by Penn State’s Alumni Association.
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David Krych, MS, CCC-SLP
Vice President of Market Development
Builds relationships; digs into the background for the details.
David has spent his professional career serving people with traumatic brain injuries. While at Southern Illinois University, where he earned his graduate degree in Speech/Language pathology , he was part of the country’s first post acute community based program for survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury, the Centre for Comprehensive Services. Putting what he’d learned to work, he co founded the Centre for Neuro Skills, also a postacute brain injury facility, opening programs in California and Texas. David received the Distinguished Alumni Award from SIU for contributions to the field of brain injury rehabilitation. He was also an adjunct professor at SIU and served on the SIU President’s Council.
Book publications include Brain Injury Rehabilitation, CRC Press and Working with Behavior Disorders; Strategies for Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation, Communication Skill Builders.
He has authored a number of brain injury articles and he lectures in various educational, professional and community venues. He has presented extensively in the United States and abroad on a variety of brain injury related topics.
He is active in The American Speech Language and Hearing Association, the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania and The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.
Vice President of Corporate Development, Mergers and Acquisitions
A knowledgeable, resourceful and disciplined leader, Dave was inspired by a family member’s disability to bring his expertise to the human services industry.
Dave Turgeon brings an exceptionally strong record of achievement and expertise in the area of corporate development. After spending years in the environmental industry, Dave was inspired by a family member’s disability to bring that expertise to the human services industry in 2009. He has a demonstrated track record of successful leadership in all areas of the acquisition process and has managed hundreds of transactions.
Prior to joining ReMed, Dave led the Mergers and Acquisitions group for Civitas Solutions. His responsibilities included defining its strategy, creating the processes required to support transactions, determining valuations, negotiating deals and managing all aspects of diligence and integration. Civitas Solutions is the parent company of The Mentor Network, NeuroRestorative and CareMeridian.
Dave is a valuable addition to ReMed’s Executive Team.
Elaine Lecatsas, MBA, SPHR
Vice President of Operations
A dynamic and detail oriented professional who strives for equality and consistency.
Elaine Lecatsas, MBA, Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) has been at ReMed for over 13 years and currently holds the position of Vice President of Operations. After receiving her MBA from Penn State University, Elaine worked for a large Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Autism provider where she developed a passion for working with individuals with disabilities. She is responsible to implement the overall direction and philosophy for company operations within ReMed’s overall strategic plan. Elaine serves as ReMed’s Compliance Officer while overseeing risk management and legal issues, Human Resources, Facilities Management, Accreditation and Licensing and Management of ReMed’s Administrative functions. Under Elaine’s leadership, ReMed was honored by the American Psychological Association is 2012 as a Psychologically Healthy Workplace National Award Winner as well as a Best Practices Honoree. In addition, Elaine recently completed 7 years as the Treasurer of the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania.
James F. Richter
Vice President of Business Development
Driving growth of the business, so that more individuals in need can gain access to high quality services.
Jamie Richter serves as the Vice President of Business Development at ReMed, applying his 25 years of diverse experience within the health care industry to various growth initiatives throughout the company. He has a proven track record of achieving results by focusing on the needs of the customer and the market, while driving financial and organizational accountability.
Prior to joining ReMed, Jamie was a Principal at Jericho Equity Partners, investing in and operating small, regionally-based, growth-oriented health care services businesses. Previously, he served in a variety of senior executive roles with high-growth health care companies, ranging from early-stage start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. These included SymCare Personalized Health Solutions, an internal venture within Johnson & Johnson’s Diabetes Care Franchise; CardioNet, a leader in wireless medicine; CorSolutions, a pioneering disease management company; and Oxford Health Plans. Jamie began his career as a medical products management consultant at The Wilkerson Group.
Jamie earned an M.B.A. with a major in Health Care Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Psychology with Honors from Brown University. He served on the Board of Directors of the Wharton Health Care Management Alumni Association from 2003 to 2012.
Outside of work, Jamie delights in trying to keep pace with his wife Kim and their four children.
Joseph Baldassarre, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Leadership that encompasses both compassion for others as well as doing the right thing.
Joe Baldassarre, CPA, CGMA currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of ReMed where he oversees the accounting, business support, financial planning and analysis, revenue management, audit, tax and information technology functions. Joe is also an active participant in the development and implementation of the company’s business strategy.
Joe joined ReMed in 2010 coming from Fresenius Medical Care – Dialysis Services, whereas the Business Unit Controller, he focused much of his time on business development and financial strategy. Previously, Joe has held senior management positions in Puratos Corp, Narricot Industries, Yale Materials Handling Corp, GE and RCA Corp.
Joe graduated from LaSalle University with a BA in Accounting and is a licensed CPA. Joe is a member of the Board of Directors of Special Teens Project, an organization that provides social activities for special needs adults and teens. He is also a certified coach in Softball and Bowling for Special Olympics in Bucks County.
When Joe is not working, he enjoys reading and spending time at the beach.
Mary Pat Murphy, MSN, CRRN
Vice President of Clinical Services
Loyal to her nursing roots, no job is too big or too small and a philosophy that teamwork takes more than talent, it takes heart.
Mary Pat’s standard is that ReMed provide exceptional rehabilitation, but beyond that, ReMed staff be seen as leaders in the country in niche areas of brain injury – behavior, community integration and co-occurring disorders. Her commitment to ReMed is to ensure that what we do is “evidence based”. When there is limited evidence in the field of brain injury to guide care , she encourages the team to look at other medical areas for guidance. Through her professional affiliations with the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) and American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM), she provides a clinical perspective that ensures ReMed continues to be a leader in the field.
As a nursing student at Penn State University, Mary Pat realized that she was destined for rehab after taking her final course which focused on rehabilitation and stroke care. In 1991, after spending time in acute care and rehabilitation, which solidified her passion for working with the catastrophically injured, she was looking at different professional opportunities and applied to be a Case Manager at ReMed. She was offered the opportunity to develop and clinically manage ReMed’s new outpatient program. Promoted to Vice President of Clinical Services in 2001, she enjoys the professional challenges each day brings. As the challenges become more difficult, she looks for a different, positive perspective and keeps her sense of humor.
Chief Information Officer
Embraces collaboration to get things done and a strong belief in helping people lead better lives.
Mike serves as Chief Information Officer of the US Community Behavioral Group of companies, which include the Embassy Group of Companies and ReMed. Prior to joining USCB, Mike was responsible for all aspects of technology for a large nonprofit healthcare organization including strategy, business alignment, organization and implementation. His career in IT began following four years as a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force with experience in advising Fortune 1000 organizations with IT strategy development, organizational change management, IT governance, spending, management and technology architecture.
Mike loves to solve business problems using technology and data in smart ways and uses what he learned during his five years in the United States Air Force about teamwork and leadership to implement his collaborative style of management. His management belief is people working together toward a solution is what matters, especially in the field of human services where the ultimate goals is to help people lead better lives.
Director of Marketing and Communications
ReMed’s voice; committed to bringing ReMed’s clinical expertise to the outside world and ensuring communication is clear and easily understood.
Since 1993, Ann has directed the marketing and communications process for ReMed. She is responsible for concept, design and development of brochures and written information, as well as developing web site content and design aspects which support ReMed’s marketing process. She works closely with the marketing and admissions staff and ReMed’s executive team to develop internal and external communication vehicles for ReMed. Ann is committed to bringing ReMed’s clinical expertise to the outside world and her marketing philosophy is to educate the public not only on ReMed, but about brain injury and its effects on individuals and their families. She works with ReMed staff to plan and execute continuing education events which support the marketing process, including lectures presentations and seminars (on site and off site), and webinars.
Ann has worked in many areas of marketing since graduating from Skidmore College in 1983, including advertising, sales, national accounts management and graphic design.
When she is not working, Ann enjoys reading, movies, cooking and exercise as well as spending time with her family. She is a lover of Cape Cod, upstate New York and the Rocky Mountains.
Cheryl Ambush-Mansfield, MBA, CBIS
Director of Corporate Compliance and Quality Management
Detail oriented, organized and committed to ensuring data is valid and valuable.
Working in healthcare since the age of 14, Cheryl’s background includes home health, nursing home administration, physician practice management and, most recently, brain injury rehabilitation. Cheryl’s experience, undergraduate degree in Sociology with a concentration in health care from the University of Delaware and her MBA in Health Administration from Temple University, make her a perfect fit for her position. At ReMed since 1999, Cheryl has held several positions including Quality Management Assistant, Brain Injury Specialist, Case Manager, Program Manager, Assistant Director of Quality Management and Training, Director of Quality Management prior to being promoted to her current position. Cheryl has also earned her certification as a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) and has recently become a Surveyor for CARF International.
During her personal time she enjoys traveling, socializing with family and friends and giving back to her community thru volunteer opportunities such as Girl Scouts, Big Brother/Big Sisters, and Adult Literacy Programs.
Director of Provider Relations
Dedicated to working across all aspects of treatment to make sure people can access the services and resources they need – when they need them most.
After beginning her career in business, Christine moved into the healthcare field and found her niche. Dedicated to helping people access the services and resources they need is challenging and rewarding to Christine. Christine has been in the field of Brain Injury Rehabilitation since 1991 and specifically with ReMed since 1995. As the Director of Admissions, Christine oversees the referral and admissions process for all ReMed programs – residential and outpatient, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. She works closely with the program staff to ensure that our families and funders are satisfied and receiving the information they need to successfully support the clients. She also works closely with the Marketing and Finance staff to share information about our services and develop relationships with potential payers and referral sources. Christine is also responsible for managing relationships with payers and providers that work with ReMed.
As a long-standing member, and chairperson, of the David L. Strauss Award Committee, Christine has the honor of reviewing nominations and announcing recipients of this prestigious award – created in honor of ReMed’s founder and mentor, David L. Strauss – which has been a wonderful, annual experience.
In her free time, Christine enjoys gardening, cooking, traveling and spending time at home with her husband and dogs. If she were to win the lottery, she and her husband would buy a farm and start a dog rescue.
Director of Contracts and Reimbursements
Continuously improving systems to streamline the process from beginning to end.
Deb Brown has been in healthcare reimbursement and contract management for over 25 years and joined ReMed in 2010 as the Director of Contracts & Reimbursement. Prior to joining ReMed, Deb worked for Fresenius Medical Services for 22 years, 15 of those years in management roles with responsibility for revenue cycle management. She has also done consulting work with medical practices and hospitals, assisting them in streamlining their billing and collection processes.
Deb leads the ReMed’s Billing Team and works collaboratively with Admissions, Marketing and Operations to provide clients, family and funding sources with accurate and timely information about billing and reimbursement for services provided. She also manages the contracting and credentialing processes for ReMed.
Deb has an Associate’s degree in Business Administration from University of Phoenix.
Deb loves the theater and music and spending time with her 3 children and 4 grandchildren.
Director of National Accounts
A strong advocate for the people ReMed serves and a liaison between ReMed’s clinical team and the insurance company.
Georgi Dodd is the Director of National Accounts for ReMed. Prior to being promoted into this position, Georgi had been a Senior Marketing Representative for ReMed for over 15 years. In her tenure with ReMed she has covered an extensive geography which has included New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. In addition to those territories she has successfully managed several of ReMed’s major accounts and represents ReMed at a number of national conferences. Georgi holds board positions on the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey, the New Jersey Claims Association, the New Jersey chapter of the Case Management Society of America and is a member of the Central Jersey Claims Association, the South Jersey Claims Association, and the Danville chapter of the Case Management Society of America.
In her free time Georgi enjoys spending time with her two children, spending time on the Jersey Shore and is an avid fan of both the Giants and Bruce Springsteen.
Director of National Accounts
A business partner who builds authentic relationships, Michael brings a fantastic attitude that sets a tone for collaboration and culture.
Before joining ReMed as Director of National Accounts, Michael served as Managing Director for Paradigm Management Services. Michael works to build steadfast relationships and he earns and maintains an impeccable level of trust in his relationships by listening and developing creative solutions that benefit both customers and the organization. He began his career as a Workers Compensation Examiner and has a deep understanding of both the insurance and the provider aspects of rehabilitation. He is perceptive and an excellent communicator, tailoring his style to his audience. He is readily available to provide help and guidance for our customers and takes the time to explain issues so that they are fully understood. Michael has an enjoyable sense of humor and fosters positive team work among his colleagues. He serves on the Board of Directors for both the Brain Injury Association of California and Kid’s Chance of California.
Deborah McKeel, MA
Director of Human Resources
Collaborative, methodical and employee focused.
Deborah McKeel has been at ReMed since 2011, combining her years of corporate Human Resources experience with her training and expertise as a human services counselor. She has over 20 years as a Human Resources Generalist, with an emphasis in employee relations, benefits, staff development and recruiting. Additionally, she has over eight years experience with non-profit organizations in a combination of management and therapist positions. Deb’s undergraduate degree is in Business from Gettysburg College and she has a Masters degree in Counseling from Lenoir-Rhyne University in North Carolina. Outside of work, Deb enjoys spending time with family and friends, volunteering and racquet sports which include paddle tennis, tennis and her new discovery – pickle ball.
Vicki Eicher, MSW
Director of Quality Management and Training
A leader and an advocate with a strong voice for improving service and access.
Well known for making many contributions to the field of brain injury based on what she has accomplished in her 28 years at ReMed, Vicki is responsible for developing ReMed’s training, quality assessment and outcome systems, along with ensuring ReMed’s ongoing compliance with accreditation and licensure requirements. Active in a number of forums in the State of Pennsylvania she is a strong voice and advocate for improving services and access to services for people with brain injuries. She was instrumental in the development of the PARF Outcomes Benchmarking Project which began in 2004. In 2009, Ms. Eicher was awarded the Individual Distinguished Service Award by the Pennsylvania Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (PARF) and received the Leadership Award from the Brain Injury Association of PA in 2013 in recognition of her substantial contributions to the brain injury field. She currently is the Chair of the PA TBI Advisory Board, and has been a CARF surveyor for over 17 years. She has worked for ReMed for the past 28 years, and has worked in the field of brain injury rehabilitation for the past 30 years as a social worker, staff trainer and quality and outcomes specialist.
Ann Marie McLaughlin, PhD
Director of Outpatient, Home and Community Based Services of Philadelphia
A mentor and clinician who brings compassion to every encounter with clients, families, colleagues and staff.
Ann Marie developed her interest in brain injury and cognitive rehabilitation while training in the neuropsychology lab at the VA Medical Center in Washington, D.C. From there, she moved on to a nationally recognized rehabilitation hospital and helped support their expanding brain injury unit. Dr. McLaughlin worked for 20 years in this acute rehabilitation hospital where she held positions including Director of Psychology and Program Manager for the Stroke, Chronic Pain and Brain Injury programs. She was responsible for start up of a 45 bed brain injury unit; focusing on program development, staffing and program outcomes of the inpatient unit as well as outpatient services, including a mild head injury program. In 2001, she brought her wealth of experience and skills to ReMed, as the Clinical Director of ReMed’s Outpatient, Home and Community Based Services. Here, she has championed creative interdisciplinary treatment approaches to serve a range of clients who have sustained mild to severe brain injuries. Dr. McLaughlin is a hands on Clinical Director and works directly with the clients and the team to develop the best possible treatment plans for achieving desired goals in their homes and communities. Clients and staff rely on her ability to listen, support and problem solve. She is known for her quick wit as well as her ability to remain calm in the midst of a crisis; essential skills in the constantly changing and challenging world of brain injury rehabilitation.
Through her years working in acute and post acute brain injury rehabilitation, Dr. McLaughlin has also focused on the needs of caregivers. She developed programs to support brain injury survivors as well as their families through an education series and group therapy. Dr. McLaughlin continues to share her talents to improve the lives of the people who have sustained brain injuries and their families. She is an active member of the Brain Injury Special Interest Group of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, focusing on issues of cognitive rehabilitation and community integration. She has published articles on topics related to brain injury, chronic pain, staff stress and family coping, and has presented on these topics at numerous conferences.
Helen Carmine, MSN, CRNP, CRRN
Clinical Director, Medical, Aging and Community Residential System
Developing and implementing innovative treatment guidelines that will keep a person healthy and active.
Having spent the majority of her rehabilitation and advanced nursing career working with people who have physical and cognitive disabilities, Helen is keenly aware of their complex needs and is committed to treating, supporting and advocating for them. Early on, Helen realized that working with traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury patients was her calling. At ReMed, she is responsible for the clinical oversight of over 70 clients, as well as supervision of clinical staff. She has developed and implemented important and innovative treatment guidelines to keep clients with brain injury, who are aging, healthy and active. She has played a significant role not only at ReMed but in the post acute care arena, influencing care, outcomes and quality, as well as developing early and effective treatment and preventative care along the lifespan that ultimately improve the quality of life for years after injury.
Helen remains dedicated to rehabilitation nursing by participating in the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN), locally and nationally, where she has held leadership positions. She frequently presents and authors articles about the effects of aging and brain injury, falls prevention, medical issues, sleep disturbances and polypharmacy.
In her free time she enjoys cooking, gardening and piano.
Regina Lesako, MA
Clinical Director, ReMed of Pittsburgh
Smart and passionate, with high standards for treatment and care.
Regina began working at ReMed when she was finishing her graduate degree at Duquesne University in 2000. She found her passion working with adults who have suffered brain injuries and has been involved in brain injury rehabilitation at ReMed since. As the Clinical Director for ReMed of Pittsburgh she is responsible for the assessment, development and outcome of treatment for residential rehabilitation, supported living, and outpatient clients. Regina is actively involved in the brain injury community; being involved with the Brain Injury Association of PA and Council on Brain Injury. Regina is committed quality and improvement in the field of brain injury rehabilitation and works as a CARF Surveyor. When Regina is not working, she enjoys training her collie to be a therapy dog.
Scott Peters, MS, OTR/L
Clinical Director, Rehabilitation and Neurobehavioral System
Motivating his team to make a positive impact in even the most difficult of clinical situations.
Scott Peters’ role at ReMed is vital to many people on many levels. His management of the most difficult clinical situations has a positive impact on both clients and staff. He motivates his team to do their best on any given day, regardless of their individual role. The work in ReMed’s Neurobehavioral and Rehabilitation programs is demanding, but each client impacts Scott and he readily will tell you that he is moved by the individual stories of everyone that ReMed serves.
Scott graduated in 1979 with a degree in Occupational Therapy. He began working in an acute rehabilitation setting and became very interested in traumatic brain injury cases and the clinical challenges that went along with so many of them. He eagerly took a position at Bryn Mawr Rehab, a nationally recognized rehabilitation hospital, as a program coordinator. This gave him the opportunity to develop the program and learn more about treatment options for people who had sustained brain injuries at a time when literature was scant. The program grew and Scott took on more responsibility; eventually becoming Director of the Post Acute Rehabilitation Program.
In 1990, he joined ReMed as a Clinical Director, specializing in developing and overseeing the Rehabilitation and Neurobehavioral programs. Scott is a thoughtful clinician, who enjoys “digging into the literature” from various sources to see how it can be applied to the population he serves. He is well known for his work in the area of dual diagnosis in brain injury and substance abuse, severe neurobehavioral issues, awareness issues and vestibular treatment. Most recently, he has been researching information from the co–occurring disorders field and is finding interesting insights that are applicable to the treatment he oversees at ReMed.
While working full time at ReMed, he also obtained a Master of Science Degree in Health Administration in 2001 from St. Josephs University, with the goal of bringing a clinical sensitivity to business practice for effective administrative efforts.
Scott enjoys working with his team and case conceptualization. Admittedly, his first love is interacting with clients and he readily tells you that he has been highly influenced by ReMed’s co-founder, David Strauss’s view of treatment for brain injury and “this real life rehab thing”. Scott is respected and admired by his colleagues inside and outside of ReMed.
Diane Amicone, BS, MHT
Program Director, Medical, Aging and Community Residential System
Consistent, positive, and always staff focused.
Diane Amicone is Program Director of ReMed’s Supported Living System and has worked at ReMed since 1987. Since 1989, she has overseen the operation and management of the Aging, Medical and Community Residential System which is made up of ReMed’s supported living programs.
In addition to managing the significant growth this system has seen over 20 years, she is also responsible for ensuring appropriate staffing to meet client treatment needs, compliance with policies, human resource administration, legal considerations, facilities management, compensation management and health and safety. Prior to that, she served as a Case Manager at ReMed.
When Diane is not working, she volunteers at a local food pantry where she assists clientele with state benefits enrollment and connecting them with county and local support services. She is also active in the Chester County chapter of Habitat for Humanity and has been know to lend a hand and support to endorsed political candidates at election time.
Julia Nastasi, BA
Program Director, Rehabilitation and Neurobehavioral System
Client oriented, informed and pragmatic.
Three years after joining ReMed in 1998 as a Clinical Specialist working with neurobehavioral clients, Julia decided make a shift to the operations side and became Program Director for ReMed’s Community Outpatient Services (COS) Program in 2001. In 2004, she became the Program Director for ReMed’s Short Term Rehabilitation and Neurobehavioral Services Programs. Julia is compassionate and makes decisions which are pragmatic and focus upon what is best for the clients we serve. Her clinical background, combined with her attention to detail and ability to problem solve issues quickly, have made contributed significantly to the day to day success of running this complex system, as well as assisting with creating a vision for the future of these services.
She graduated from Temple University in 1993 with a BS in Psychology. When she is not at work, Julia enjoys spending time with her husband and children.
Becca Rubish, BS
Program Director, ReMed of Pittsburgh
Staff focused and committed to client care.
Becca Rubish has done it all at ReMed of Pittsburgh. Becca’s roots started in the Apartment Program working as a Brain Injury Specialist in 2003. Before long, Becca was working and covering shifts in all residential programs. In 2005 she branched into the operational side at ReMed and found her calling. Since that time Becca has had the privilege of working as a Site Manager at all five sites in Pittsburgh. Becca has helped to manage the growth and development at ReMed of Pittsburgh; most recently with a new house in 2015. In her role as Program Director, Becca is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of all Pittsburgh Programs, including staffing, budgeting and maintenance. Becca is active in the brain injury community in Pittsburgh; she has dedicated her time to helmet fairs and the HighMark Walk for a Healthy Community.
Becca has a BS in Rehabilitation from Indiana University of PA. In her free time, she enjoys being a fur mom to three dachshunds and spoiling her nieces and nephews.