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NeuroRestorative Iowa and REM Iowa Honored by Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa

NeuroRestorative Iowa and REM Iowa, both partners of The MENTOR Network, have been honored by the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa for their service to Iowans with brain injuries.


Deborah Gutteridge, Clinical Evaluator, accepts the award on behalf of NeuroRestorative Iowa. Also pictured: Geoffrey Lauer, Executive Director, Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa.

NeuroRestorative Iowa received the Corporation/Organization of the Year Award for their continuous support of the Alliance’s mission of brain injury prevention, advocacy, education, research and support.

“NeuroRestorative Iowa works every day to improve quality of life for people who have sustained brain injuries and to ensure they have the supports they need to reach their goals. We are honored to receive this award and to continue partnering with an organization like the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa, which shares our mission,” said Jim Para-Cremer, NeuroRestorative’s Executive Director for the Northern Region.

REM Iowa received the Alliance’s Distinguished Service Award, in recognition of its service and advocacy on behalf of Iowans with brain injuries. REM Iowa works to raise awareness about the number of individuals impacted by brain injury and help make their voices heard. On February 17, more than 70 staff members and individuals served by REM Iowa assembled at the state Capitol building in Des Moines for Brain Injury Advocacy Day to educate legislators on the needs of people with brain injuries and advocate for expanded access to high-quality services.

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Tracy Kennis, Brain Injury Specialist, accepts the award on behalf of REM Iowa.

“We are honored to receive this award,” said Lisa Pakkebier, Executive Director, REM Iowa. “Our mission is to help those who have experienced brain injury develop independence and foster personal growth so that they may live life to the fullest. Part of that mission involves advocating for individuals with brain injuries to ensure that they have the community supports they need to thrive.”

NeuroRestorative is the nation’s largest provider of community-based, post-acute rehabilitation services for people with brain and spinal cord injuries. REM Iowa, a leading provider of services to adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other complex challenges, offers a full array of Acquired Brain Injury Services, including rehabilitation and supported living services.