Tiffany grew up the middle child with three brothers in a small town in Illinois. Her father served 30 years in the Air Force. In 1987, she set out on her own path and joined the Army. For 18 years she served our country proud, even volunteering for Operation Desert Storm, what Tiffany calls a “life defining experience.” After leaving the military in 2005, she moved with her family to Houston where she started a very successful career in SAP consulting. She worked for Capgemini, a global leader in consulting, technology services and digital transformation. Eventually she would go out on her own as an independent contractor earning six figures and racking over a million miles traveling around the world.
Tiffany’s life changed in March 2016 when she was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm which ruptured and caused bleeding in her brain. While in surgery to fix the aneurysm Tiffany experienced a stroke. She was left with short-term memory problems, balance and hand/eye coordination issues and contracture of the fingers on her left hand. Following her stay in the ICU, she moved to South Austin, where her parents had retired and went to a couple of neurology programs while she waited for an opening at the Mary Lee Foundation Rehabilitation Center (MLFRC). According to Tiffany it came highly recommended as one of the best brain injury rehabilitation centers in the country.
Providing services to survivors of Traumatic Brain Injuries and Neurological Disorders since 1991, the MLFRC provides individual and group therapeutic services for both
inpatient and outpatient clients. The MLFRC aims to focus on the skills necessary to regain independence through client-centered, community re-integration therapies and activities.
In January 2018, Tiffany was accepted into the MLFRC program. She spent about a year in the program. Upon graduating, Tiffany moved into Mary Lee Foundation’s affordable housing where she volunteered her time in the Leasing office and in the weekly Food Pantry open to all of our clients. She did such a good job that she was offered a job in the Leasing Office as their Office Aide.
Tiffany recently enrolled in college to work on a degree in business. She feels that Mary Lee Foundation really helped her restart her life after her traumatic brain injury. A proud veteran, mother of three and grandmother of four, Tiffany is a great example of the work being done here in South Austin. If you would like more information about the Brain Injury and Neurological Disorders Program please call (512) 443-5777.
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Information Regarding Health Care Services in Austin
Date ~ August 14, 2018 Tuesday Evening
Time ~ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Free of charge
Program Topic: Accessing Community Resources
The Austin Resource Center for Independent Living (ARCIL) will provide an overview of a wealth of services they provide. Information provided will include how and where to access affordable housing, how to secure financial assistance, accessing affordable care insurance, and a variety of other program and services all pertinent to those in attendance. In addition, Sam Joynt will provide participants information on how to secure affordable health care including hearing aids and an affordable dental plan.
John Meinkowsky ~ Policy Advocate for ARCIL
John Meinkowsky has earned B.S. and M.Ed. degrees from the University of Texas, and has worked with ARCIL, Inc. of Austin since 1991. ARCIL provides independent living services to persons with disabilities, their families and communities throughout Travis County and surrounding counties. John provides testimony on public policy issues; promotes and markets ADA technical assistance services; provides disability awareness training, develops educational materials; conducts independent living skills classes and provides individual advocacy to consumers.
Sam Joynt – Independent Insurance Broker
Sam Joynt helps individuals access the most affordable Medicaid and Medicare health care plan that best meets their specific needs. His services are personalized and he does house calls upon request.
RSVP is not needed. Light refreshments served.
If you have any questions, please contact our Program Moderator, Chip Howe at (512) 443-5777
In follow up to Dr. Michael Merzenich’s film series, his next presentation SMARTER BRAINS reveals how a person can improve their physical and mental health regardless of their age or current limitations. Following years of research, scientists have recently discovered an amazingly easy and effective strategy that helps prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease regardless of one’s pre-determining factors. Simply stated, this movie is appropriately titled SMARTER BRAINS as it provides insightful techniques that can easily be implemented that will result in a SMARTER BRAIN. Come join us as we discover the tools that will lead to a more productive and healthier life.
Dr. Merzenich is the brain behind BrainHQ and the author of Soft-Wired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change Your Life. For nearly five decades, he has been a leading pioneer in brain plasticity research. As co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Posit Science, Michael Merzenich heads the company’s science team. In 2016, Dr. Merzenich was awarded one of the world’s top neuroscience prizes, the Kavli Prize, for his achievements in the field of brain plasticity. His work has revolutionized the way we view the brain’s function.
He is the scientific consultant and provided the brain assessments and brain training exercises for the Discovery Channel. His work has also been featured on four PBS specials. Dr. Merzenich earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Portland and his PhD at Johns Hopkins University. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin in Madison before becoming a professor at the University of California in San Francisco.
RSVP is not needed. Light refreshments served.
If you have any questions, please contact our Program Moderator, Chip Howe at (512) 443-5777.
TOPIC OF DISCUSSION: How to improve brain function regardless of one’s age or current condition
Screening of the film “Brain Secrets”
Dr. Merzenich is the brain behind BrainHQ and the author of Soft-Wired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change Your Life. For nearly five decades, he has been a leading pioneer in brain plasticity research.
Dr. Merzenich’s film “BRAIN SECRETS” presents an accumulated research effort by himself and others, which clearly defines how to improve brain functioning regardless of one’s age or current condition. During the one hour movie, he presents seven key principles that will lead to improved brain functioning resulting in a better quality of life and increased longevity. His research has proven that each of us has the power to change our brain, which will lead to improved health and happiness.
If you have any questions or comments please forward to Chip Howe.
Residents and staff are celebrating the grand re-opening of the MLF Food Pantry. Many volunteer hours and donated building materials went in to this complete remodel of the pantry, including new metal shelves, fresh paint, a brand new floor, and LED lighting.
Check out the before and after photos below
Each month, hundreds of low-income people cannot afford well-balanced meals for themselves and their families. More people face this experience each year. As the cost of living increases and government safety net programs weaken, the demand for emergency food continues to climb.
The Mary Lee Food Pantry, operating weekly, since 2002 helps to close the food gap for many of our residents, by providing staples, healthy fresh and frozen foods, as well as necessary household items, like dish soap and laundry detergent.
Thank you to all of our dedicated volunteers and staff who made this remodel happen!
The Mary Lee Foundation Food Pantry is made possible by your charitable donations. Click the link below to donate through PayPal:
Or mail your donation to:
Mary Lee Foundation Post Office Box 3174 Austin, Texas 78764