Board of Directors

Cindy Pahr

President of the Board

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.

Susan Biffl, M.D.

Vice President

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...

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...

Tim Scheidt


Tim is an Adjunct Professor of Educational Leadership for National University and Managing Partner of GSP Publishing GP. Tim's daughter suffered a severe TBI and he wants to help others in similar situations.

Andreia Barbosa

Board Member

Andreia is a mother of a brain injury survivor since 2016 and has dedicated her time to raising awareness.

John Gomez

Board Member

Information to come...

Heike Kessler-Heiberg, MA, SLP-CCC

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.

Kristine Negrete, DPT, NCS

Board Member

Kristine Negrete, DPT, NCS is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist and Assistive Technology Professional. She graduated from A.T. Still University with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy and then went...

Angela Pennella

Board Member

Angela Pennella is a "Hope Angel" and car accident TBI survivor. She shares her personal story and experiences to educate, inspire, bring awareness, and hope to the brain injury community and their families.

Serving the Brain Injury Community Since 1983