Tami Lack, MA, CFRE
Executive Director
Tami has been in the nonprofit world for nearly 30 years, serving in various roles such as Program Director,Grant Writer and Development Director. She has been Executive Director of the Napa Valley Mental Health Association in California and the Sister Carmen Center in Lafayette, Colorado. In her early career, she was a successful registered music therapist and eventually became a rehabilitation supervisor at the beautiful 1800 bed Veterans Home of California. Throughout her career, she has worked with many MS, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and stroke patients, which she still enjoys. She has her master's degree in organizational leadership, serves on several boards (including an international health care clinic in Sierra Leone, Africa) and has three wonderful sons that she adores!
Ellen Belle, MA, PT, MSSC
Director Of Patient Services
Ellen has been the Director of Patient Services since 2007 and is a member of the Leadership Team at CNI. Ellen has been practicing physical therapy for over 30 years in a variety of settings including inpatient, home care and outpatient rehabilitation. Her focus for the clinic is to provide quality team based rehab as well as promoting research. Ellen is certified in adult NDT, Parkinson PWR! clinician, Walk aide, is a Multiple Sclerosis certified specialist, is a certified leader for the Stanford based chronic disease self management program, and has participated in research at CNI. She enjoys working with complex neurological patients and providing anticipatory guidance for them in their journey. Ellen enjoys gardening, hiking, and cooking.
Sheila Kutzer, MPS
Development Director
Sheila comes to CNI from the University of Denver where she worked on the University Advancement’s Annual Giving team. Prior to DU, Sheila worked with the Cherry Creek School District as Program Director for the Extended Childcare Service Program. Sheila also has over 10 years’ experience in retirement planning and mortgage lending. Sheila has a BS in Marketing from Metropolitan State University and a Master’s of Professional Studies in Organizations and Leadership with specialization in Philanthropy and Fundraising from the University of Denver. In her off time, Sheila enjoys family time with her husband of 25 years, daughter, son and a few pets, usually centered around the kitchen counter where Sheila enjoys cooking their favorite meals. Sheila also enjoys their yearly family trip to Maui and is working on checking other world destinations off her bucket list.
Alicia Novak, PhD, MBA
Director Of Research
Alicia joined CNI in May of 2012, contributing a wealth of knowledge, which she attained working as a Neuroscience Research Scientist for more than 20 years. Her professional experience includes management of research laboratories, as well as the oversight of both basic and clinical research projects. Previous to partnering with CNI, Alicia served as the Supervisor of the Neurotrauma Research Laboratory at Swedish Medical Center. There she focused on molecular mechanisms involved in stroke and traumatic brain injury. Her impressive research background has been a significant asset to CNI. Already, CNI's research program has grown by leaps and bounds. We strongly believe that with Alicia's guidance and expertise, we can continuously achieve new levels of success. Alicia enjoys running marathons and hiking fourteener’s in her spare time as well as spending time with her husband and two daughters.
Phil Krall
Accounting Manager
Phil has a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He has worked as an accountant for the last 20 years, originally starting at the Harvard Institute for International Development in Cambridge, MA. Most recently he was a controller for Clean Designs, Inc., a commercial laundry equipment distributor in Lakewood, CO. As a former Public Policy major, he is pleased to return to a non-profit environment.
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