Our Staff

Nick OstryhonNick Ostryhon

Board of Directors President

Nick has been president of BICR since 2001 and is one of the original group of parents, who in 1984 started meeting to address concerns families were facing in assisting their family members who were living with the effects of a brain injury.

At that time, there were no rehabilitation options in the region. People with brain injuries were released from hospital to their families or institutionalized. In 1988, after much letter writing, visiting and talking to politicians at all levels, and 10 people needing assistance, the organization received its charter status.

When the organization was incorporated, a short time later, funding for staff and programs was received from the Ministry of Health. Nick said, "It snowballed from there."

Nick's focus has always been "to help where there was no help" and to make sure people could receive 24-hour service if required. Nick often visits the residences operated by BICR and he said, "I have accomplished what I set out to do when I see residents joke and laugh and see the improvements they make."

 

Frank GrecoFrank Greco, B.A.

Chief Executive Director

Before becoming Chief Executive Director in 2003, Frank's career at BICR started in outreach in 1997.

Throughout his tenure Frank's positions included the inaugural short-term case coordinator and Community Outreach Support Services manager.

Frank has an undergraduate degree in psychology and physical education with several post graduate courses in counselling.

He enjoys a good round of golf and devotes some of his spare time participating and supporting the agency's two major fundraising events, the annual bowl-a-thon and the golf tournament.

Frank believes, "the work performed everyday at BICR is essential to allow participants to obtain the goals they have identified."

 

Dr. John R. DavisDr. Linda Cudmore

Psychologist and Clinical Director

Dr. Linda Cudmore obtained a BA in Psychology in 1992 from Brock University and a PH.D in Psychology from the University of Waterloo in 1999. She then completed a year-long internship in the Acquired Brain Injury Program at Hamilton Health Sciences. Dr. Cudmore has been registered with the College of Psychologists since 2003. Her area of pratice is Clinical Neuropsychology with Adult and Pediatric populations. Special interests include psychotherapy after brain injury and understanding and managing emotion regulation from a brain-behaviour perspective. Concussion management and education is also an area in which Dr. Cudmore has experience and a keen interest.

Dr. Cudmore lives in Niagara-on-the-Lake with her husband and two sons, who are active in both minor hockey and lacrosse.

 

Sandra HardingSandra Harding, CGA

Director of Finance

Sandra joined the agency in 1990 and oversees the agency's accounting and finance functions.

She has been involved in various planning and development committees during her tenure.

Sandra received her diploma in Business Administration - Financial Management from Niagara College in 1986 and her accounting designation from the Certified General Accountants Association of Ontario in 2002.

In addition, she is the treasurer for the CGA Niagara Chapter and sits on two other community-based boards. She is married, has two children and lives in Fonthill.

 

Joe TalaricoJoe Talarico

Intake Coordinator

Joe graduated from Niagara College with a diploma in Human Relations. He completed the OBIA level 1 and 2 and continues to attend workshops and education sessions that relate to brain injury education.

Prior to his career with us, Joe worked with several support agencies within the Niagara region.

Since employment with BICR in 1998, Joe has worked in various departments and brings years of experience, dedication and invaluable knowledge to the Intake Coordinator role.

Joe enjoys being involved in his community and volunteers his time at several community events.

 

Heather OlszewskiHeather Olszewski, B.A.

Project Manager

Heather joined the agency as Manager of Administration in 1997. She now provides leadership to technology and systems initiatives, as well as numerous other projects such as participant safety, emergency response planning, and participant & family satisfaction surveys.

She oversees scheduling and records management and is the agency's CCHSA Coordinator as well as the agency's Privacy Officer. For Heather, her work at BICR has been more than just a job.

Heather completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration at Brock University in 1990.

She has enjoyed being a part of the organization and watching it grow. When Heather is not working, she spends her time with her family and participating in sports.

 

Darlene StevensonDarlene Stevenson, B.A.

Modular Services Manager

Darlene has worked in the field of acquired brain injury for over 15 years, most of which has been with BICR, working in the life skill /day activity program, which later evolved into Community Outreach Support Services.

In 1994, BICR created the position of Intake Coordinator to which Darlene was well suited. She continued expanding her professional experience working for a private firm as a rehabilitation consultant.

In 2003 she became BICR's Modular Services Manager, overseeing the Case Management team, Personal Effectiveness Training (PET) and Recreational programs, Vocational Services and the Buckley Towers apartment program.

In addition, Darlene manages third party funded contracts including automobile insurance, WSIB and LTD claims. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Rehabilitation Professionals.

Darlene graduated from the University of Waterloo with a BA in Social Development Studies acquiring additional certificates of study in social work and child abuse.

Darlene is married and a mother of two and enjoys family activities, which provides a balance to her career.