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."
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."
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.
Director of Finance
Wendy joined BICR in 2021 as Director of Finance overseeing accounting and finance for the agency.
Wendy is a Chartered Professional Accountant and received her professional accounting designation with the Certified General Accountants Association. Wendy also holds an Applied Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration majoring in
Accounting and Information Technology as well as a diploma in General Business.
Wendy has been fortunate to work at several not for profit agencies during her career and is passionate about supporting the valuable work of the sector.
Kelly graduated from Brock University with a B.A in Psychology. Kelly continued her education at St. Lawrence College in the Behavioural Sciences Technology department. Kelly began her career at BICR in 2000 as a student in the Psychology Department.
Kelly has worked in many roles and departments within BICR including Residential Services, Community Outreach support services and Case Coordination. Kelly assumed the role of Intake Coordinator in 2020.
Kelly enjoys spends her free time camping with family and friends.
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.