Who We Are

B.R.A.I.N. is an acronym for Brain Rehabilitation And Injury Network.  It exists to give resource to families who have brain injury as their constant companion.

In 2006, our family discovered the reality of our own daughter’s brain injury and we realize that injury continues to impact us to this very day.  After being told that Kristin was schizophrenic and needed long term mental health care, we began a journey to find how who and what would be helpful to our daughter.  We were shocked to find the resources to be scarce and the living facilities available to our daughter were way less than adequate.

Our experience within the county mental health system often made us wonder who was the patient.  We went through conservatorships, dual diagnosis facilities, psychologists, psychiatrists, truck loads of paper work and were given no real answers to our need for true caring help for Kristin.  We desperately knocked on doors, called phone numbers, emailed organizations for help. We learned that there are a lot of people with salaries and names on doors in the mental health field whose sole purpose is to tell families that there is no real help available to them.

In the middle of our muddle of trying to find assistance, we were encouraged to get a brain scan to be able to accurately diagnose our daughter’s disability.  The scan showed brain trauma to Kristin’s frontal lobes which made all kinds of sense to us as we went back on her 31 years of life.  I was given an overdose of pitosin and had a rushed forceps delivery. The brain injury diagnosis made no difference in getting adequate care and housing for Kristin.  She has been in at least 12 different housing facilities since her disability was diagnosed in 2001.

Knowing the urgency of having adequate care for our daughter in the future gave us the motivation to begin B.R.A.I.N.  a foundation where families can gain insight, information as well as investment return as they donate to the brain injury cause.  We want to create a home atmosphere facility for those who have sustained a brain injury for adults 18 years of age and older.  We believe that those with brain injuries deserve a lifestyle that is full of purpose, grace and beauty.  We believe that there is much to learn and much to be grateful for as a family moves forward with a loved one with a brain injury.  B.R.A.I.N. exists to give those with brain injuries hope for the future.

Board of Directors:

Susan Rueb
President/Cofounder of B.R.A.I.N.
Business Consultant, WorkWithMe Communications
Huntington Beach, CA
Joe R. Mendoza
Deputy Director
Department of Parks and Recreation
Los Angeles County, CA
Todd Clements M.D.
Psychiatrist
Jonesboro, Arkansas
Art Laos D.D.S.
Business Owner
Laos Dental Office
Los Alamitos, CA
Jerry Rueb D.Min.
Cofounder of B.R.A.I.N.
Lead Pastor, Cornerstone Church
Long Beach, CA
Glen Thomas Ed.D.
Educator
Former California Secretary of Education
Sacramento, CA
Joan Jensen
Treasurer
Retired Business Owner
Huntington Beach, CA
John Fuqua
Board Member
Owner, Carol Electric
Los Alamitos, CA