Board of Directors

Clair Jones

President of the Board

Clair brings extensive executive healthcare rehabilitation experience as a former leader for Sharp and Scripps healthcare, Rehab Hospital of the Pacific and the Barrow Neurological Institute.

Chuck Degeneffe, Ph.D., MSSW, CRC

Vice President of the Board

Chuck is a Professor and Coordinator of the San Diego State University Rehabilitation Counseling Program focusing on adjustment and caregiving.

Adrienne Dubin, Ph.D.


Dr. Dubin is a neuroscientist with the Scripps Research Institute and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at San Diego State University, focusing on brain injuries, imaging diagnostics and the psychological...

Ruth Curran, MS


Ruth Curran has more than 28 years of experience as a strategist, business development executive and organizational behaviorist. In 2004 she had a brain injury that changed her life. She is the author of...

Susan Biffl, M.D.

Board Member

Dr. Biffl is bringing her 30+ years of experience in Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation to SDBIF's board as part of her mission to continue to do all she can to support the quality...

Andrea Conboy (Schwarb), LCSW

Board Member

Andrea has been a social worker at Scripps, Encinitas Brain Injury Day Treatment Program since 2010. She is passionate about helping brain injury survivors and their loved ones to connect with one another, and...

Colleen Harmon

Board Member

Colleen has over 25 years experience working as a Rehabilitation Counselor to include counseling clients with brain injuries. Currently she works for Sharp Rehabilitation Services in Business Development and Patient Satisfaction.

Marc Jacobs

Board Member

Marc Jacobs sustained a life-threatening “very severe” TBI in 2005. “As a very grateful survivor, I have a passion to help others going through an analogous challenge.”

Heike Kessler-Heiberg

Board Member

Heike is an Associate Professor at the San Diego Community College District’s Continuing Education’s Acquired Brain Injury Program and has taught at this program since 1989.

Cindy Pahr

Board Member

Cindy coordinates the implementation of a unique brain injury services model for children with traumatic and acquired brain injuries both with school re-entry and throughout the progression through school post-injury.

  • 1
  • 2

Serving the Brain Injury Community for 30+ years