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.
Genevieve Laca, MA, MPA
Genevieve Laca is thrilled to be a part of the development staff at CNI. She has a BA in English from Hanover College, an MA in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy and was named the Hearst Minority Fellow for 2009. She also has an MPA in Nonprofit Management from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She has worked for Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, Project Angel Heart, the Lumina Foundation for Education and The Goodwill Foundation of Central Indiana Community Shares of Colorado. Genevieve serves on the Intern Selection Committee for the Denver Foundation, the Diversity Committee for the Colorado chapter of AFP, and the Professional Development Committee for Denver YNPN. She gives her time to Project Angel Heart’s meal delivery program and Goodwill’s high school resume and career workshops. She is an avid food aficionado and loves trying new restaurants, though her favorite will always be Cowboba. She lives in Lakewood with her husband, two dogs named Charlie and Rosie and goldfish named Gus.
Tami Lack, MA, CFRE
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!
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.