BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ABIN’s Board of 7 directors represents all regions of Alaska, and at least 50 percent are TBI survivors or family members. The ABIN Board serves as the TBI Advisory Board to the Department of Health and Social Services and serves an adjunct board to the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. The ABIN board members are also responsible for non-profit governance related to the Alaska Brain Injury Network.

 

Dr. Sherry Lentfer, OD
Board Chair, Anchorage, Alaska

Dr. Lentfer has enjoyed practicing in Alaska since 1996. It’s the place she loves to live and play with her family and friends.
After growing up in Alaska, Dr. Lentfer graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and The Eye Institute in 1996 with clinical honors. Dr. Lentfer is co-owner of Katmai Eye and Vision Center, where she provides general optometry care and neuro-vision therapy. She also volunteers as a provider with ABIN’s Brain Injury Screening Clinics.
Dr. Lentfer is the past president of the Alaska Optometric Association, legislative key person for the Alaska Optometric Association, member of the national Alaska Optometric Association, Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, Optometric Extension Program, and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.
Skiing, coaching, mountain and snow biking, hiking, hunting, fishing and flying are just some of her loves

Cheryl Burghart
Vice-Chair, Anchorage, Alaska

Cheryl is an Alaskan transplant, relocating to the state in 2013 after becoming engaged to Olympic Figure skater and coach, Ralph Burghart. She was born in Washington DC where her family claims she exited her mother’s womb with a picket sign lobbying for better accommodations and more food. In late Spring 2016, she fell from a twelve foot ladder at work, and her entire world as she knew it changed. Her hopes as a TBI survivor are two-fold: to help others navigate the corporate side of work related injury, and to lobby for changes to current state legislation concerning injured employees in Alaska.

Michael Horton
Anchorage, Alaska

bio coming soon

Denise Daniello
Juneau, Alaska

Denise Daniello is the Executive Director for the Alaska Commission on Aging, an agency under the Department of Health and Social Services charged with planning, advocacy and public awareness on behalf of older Alaskans. Denise has more than 10 years of experience in senior services. She is the former executive director for the North Star Council on Aging Senior Center in Fairbanks and was the program manager for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geriatric Education Center. Denise holds a M.A. degree in anthropology and B.A. degrees in sociology and anthropology.

Dr. Gerry York, MD
Anchorage, Alaska

bio coming soon

Jeanne Gerhardt-Cyrus
Kiana, Alaska

bio coming soon

Dallas-Lee Brower
Secretary, Barrow, Alaska

Dallas-Lee is a long time resident of Barrow where she came to coordinate the Early Intervention and Developmental Disabilities programs over twenty years ago. Her tenure with the North Slope Borough Health Department culminated with her having been the Deputy Director for Physical Health. She then spent nearly a dallas_fulldecade as the Director of the Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Program for the Inupiat Community of the Arctic Slope, the regional tribal government. Prior to moving to Alaska, she was an Administrative Director for the Children’s Aid Society, serving 100K children, where she focused on Head Start Programs in New York City. Dallas-Lee’s sister, the noted Jazz Singer, Baby Jane Dexter had a concussion from a motorcycle accident decades ago, and has had to work through subsequent barriers caused by the accident at a time when little was known about TBIs. Though Dallas-Lee’s degrees are in education with a certification as a superintendent of schools, she has historically been an advocate for those with disabilities and TBI’s.

Dr. Laura Kompkoff, OD
Anchorage, Alaska

Dr. Kompkoff graduated from the University of Washington and continued her education at Pacific University College of Optometry, graduating with honors in 2000.
After 12 years of practicing in Seattle, she had the fortunate opportunity to move to Alaska. Its people, beauty, wilderness, and adventure makes her so happy and proud to call Alaska home.
Dr. Kompkoff is co-owner of Katmai Eye and Vision Center, where she provides general optometry care and neuro-vision therapy. She also volunteers as a provider with ABIN’s Brain Injury Screening Clinics.
Dr. Kompkoff is past president of the King County Society of the Optometric Physicians of Washington, member of Alaska Optometric Association, American Optometric Association, College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, and the Optometric Extension Program.

Ex-Officio Mark Regan
Representing the Disability Law Center of Alaska

Mark Regan is the Legal Director at the Disability Law Center. He grew up in Juneau, Anchorage, and California, and graduated from Service High School in 1976. He returned to Alaska after law school to work for Alaska Legal Services in Barrow, Fairbanks, Anchorage, Juneau, and Bethel. Mark started work for Disability Law Center in October 2008. He specializes in Medicaid issues and in Social Security litigation, including administrative hearings.

Ex-Officio Lisa Morley
Representing the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services

bio coming soon

Ex-Officio
Representing the Division of Behavioral Health

Ex-Officio Kelda Barstad
Representing the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority

bio coming soon

In Remembrance of Eileen Kotyk – Juneau, AK

The Alaska Brain Injury Network (ABIN) family would like to remember and celebrate the life of Eileen Kotyk, who passed away in November. One of our long-term Advisory Board Members, Eileen became an advocate for TBI prevention after her daughter was involved in a car accident in 2000. She was actively involved with ABIN’s efforts to promote awareness, education and improved services for every Alaskan affected by traumatic brain injury.

Eileen’s contributions and caring spirit will be missed by all. We wish her family the very best and thank Eileen for her passion and commitment to the Alaska Brain Injury Network.