Newsletter – November 2011

November 2011
In This Issue
Dr. Richard Adams

B.R.A.I.N. Goes To San Diego

Coastline Community College
Highlight Guest Speaker
Biking For .B.R.A.I.N.

Message From Our Founder



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B.R.A.I.N. November Newsletter

Dear B.R.A.I.N. Family,


We are so grateful this month on so many levels. We have produced an outstanding marketing booklet to show our community what brain injury looks like. This booklet was financed by numerous, generous donations that we are truly thankful for; one of which was the Brandon Pentz Foundation. Brandon lost his life in a freakish accident and his family felt the need to do something special in his honor. Well, they surely did! These donations provided us with a show piece when meeting those who want to understand brain injury even more.


Click Here To Read More…


Many blessings to you this holiday,  

Angela Mandas, MA CCC 

Speech Language Pathologist 

F.B.I. Group Facilitator 


Dr. Richard Adams – Top US Doctor

We are happy to report that Dr. Richard Adams, a rehab physiatrist at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and a friend of B.R.A.I.N. received the title of Top Doctors in the Nation award by US World and News Report.

B.R.A.I.N. Goes To San Diego 

For National Convention


Angela Mandas along with Megan Boudreau and Jennifer Carr, two former students from Chapman University, presented a poster at the American Speech and Hearing Association in San Diego November 17-19 2011. This conference drew over 15,000 clinicians to the seaport town to learn about autism, fluency, adult language and more. The poster presentation featured the faces of our F.B.I. members and student volunteers. The presentation focused on what occurs weekly and the impact it has on the quality of life for both survivors and volunteers. Clinicians from all over expressed their excitement of having a weekly group like ours and the need for socialization post brain injury. The comments ranged from “We need this now” to “Can you start a chapter in Virginia?”! 



Coastline Community College


We had the pleasure of having Coastline Community College counselor, Kim Peterson, join us at one of our F.B.I. Meetings this month. She shared the benefits of Coastline’s ABI Program, a demanding one-year educational program designed to provide structured cognitive retraining for adults who have sustained a brain injury due to traumatic or non-traumatic injuries.


Coastline’s ABI Program has developed a unique curriculum to address these special needs. The ABI Program emphasizes cognitive retraining, socialization, and career development to promote individual responsibility and independence. Students in the program learn strategies to compensate for deficits in:

  • Verbal skills
  • Memory
  • Figural skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Attention
  • Organization

With a strong focus on emotional adjustment to brain injury and appropriate psycho-social skills, the program teaches students to apply these skills to practical, real-life home and work environments.


Tours of the ABI Program typically are scheduled for Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m., but other arrangements can be made upon request. The tour provides an overview of the program and an opportunity to observe classroom interaction. Tours must be scheduled in advance. To schedule a tour, please call (714) 241-6214 and speak with Erica Valle.



Highlight Guest Speaker: 

Michael Warkentin


On October 25th, at the Farmers and Merchants Bank Meeting Room, Michael Warkentin provided information to the F.B.I. group about how to navigate the system after your brain or spinal cord injury. Mr. Warkentin knows first hand as he suffered a spinal injury at age 22. He suffered a spinal cord injury in February of 1990 and despite his injury has built a successful financial advisory practice.  He provided excellent resources and ideas on what you can do now to protect yourself and to gain the help you need.


He had  answers to topics such as: Special Needs Trusts, repositioning assets to cover new expenses, family dynamics around the injury, hiring in-home support, transportation (both personal and public), pitfalls to avoid and a very open question and answer segment.


Biking For B.R.A.I.N. 

bike ride 


Two of our B.R.A.I.N. Board Members, Art Laos and Jerry Rueb, led a Century Bike Ride from the Starbuck’s at Peter’s Landing the day after Thanksgiving, raising funds for B.R.A.I.N. Jon Levin, father of brain injury survivor Ashlyn, rode his bike  as well, along with several other interested B.R.A.I.N. supporters. They rode from the Sunset Beach coffee shop to the gate at Camp Pendleton and then turned around and rode back….all in 7 hours! One hundred  miles whisks by when you are driving the 405 freeway. One hundred miles riding on the slender seat of a racing bike is quite another subject. Thanks guys for riding for B.R.A.I.N. Next year, B.R.A.I.N. will sponsor a ride and invite many to join the ride in raising funds for our great organization. Thanks too, for all of the sponsors this year who donated $2000 as our bikers rode for B.R.A.I.N.! 


If anyone wishes to support the bike ride by donating, there is certainly still time to do so. Send your donation to 5267 Warner Ave. #306 Huntington Beach, CA 92649 or online at

Message From Our Founder


Dear Friends,


Thanksgiving is a time to thank God for all of His blessings.  I am especially grateful this year for a huge group of volunteers who work tirelessly on behalf of our survivors each week. Thank you for caring and for following through on your commitment to encourage those involved at B.R.A.I.N.  


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Warmest Regards,

Sue Rueb

B.R.A.I.N. Founder/President


Sue Photo (Flowers)


 5267 Warner Ave, #306

Huntington Beach, California 92649
(714) 625-7225

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