Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse is a place for brain-injured adults to work together in a supportive environment to move from hospital patients to contributing community members.
The satisfaction of contributing to your family and the people who support them can be yours even though you are living with the life-long challenge of having a brain injury.
Side by Side is a place to get the skills you need to achieve a new normal life with the joys and accomplishments you want to experience.
Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse advances the long-term well-being of people with brain injury-related disabilities and their families through skills development, support, and advocacy.
People with brain injury-related disabilities have access to services that assist them in managing health and well-being so they can contribute interdependently and safely at home, work and in the community for the best possible quality of life.
A community based, voluntary, member-directed program which builds on strengths to optimize the social, financial and vocational success of members and guarantees their rights to meaningful work and a place to return. Members and staff work side by side to accomplish measurable goals and keep the clubhouse going.
An advocacy organization using community involvement, education and research to guarantee the opportunity for all people with brain injury to lead a quality life.
A financially sound business that consistently meets or exceeds local and international accreditation standards and has the resources to meet the members’ programmatic needs in a competent, safe and effective manner.
- DIGNITY of each individual who is inherently entitled to personal esteem and respect.
- INCLUSION of each individual who is expected, accepted and valued.
- INDEPENDENCE of each individual recognizing autonomy, self-sufficiency, and individuality while offering support and empowerment.
- RELATIONSHIP in community emphasizing accountability, enjoyment, safety, and justice
A CARF Three-Year Accreditation was awarded to Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse in Community Services: Community Integration, Governance Standards awarded in March 2018.
This is the third accreditation that the international accrediting body has awarded to Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse. This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable, and accountable.
For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at www.carf.org, or contact Side by Side at 770-469-9355.
In addition to our CARF accreditation, Side by Side is licensed and regulated by the Georgia Department of Community Health to operate as an Adult Day Center.
If you believe you, your client, or caregiver received poor quality care from us, you may file a complaint here or by calling the Division of Healthcare Facility Regulation at 1-800-878-6442.
Board of Directors
- Jim Long, Esq. – Board Chair
- Tracey Wallace, MS, CCC-SLP – Vice Board Chair
- Yogita Tailor, DO – Secretary
- Catherine Mickle, CPA – Treasurer
- Dick Brookfield
- Elizabeth George, Esq.
- Jocelyn Smith
- Lloyd Bell, Esq.
- Lorie Hutcheson
- Wanda Staebell
- Ex-officio: Cindi Johnson, MA, CBIST – Executive Director, Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse
- Ex-officio: Jennifer Broom, MPH, RN
Alexis Torres, MA is our Development Director. She has previously worked with local nonprofits like Southface Energy Institute and the Georgia Conservancy. At Side by Side, she looks for opportunities to partner with those in the community who want to make a positive contribution in the lives of people with brain injuries and their families.
Bill Francis, MA, LMSW, CBIS joined the staff after completion of a Masters in Social Work at the University of Georgia. He brings the experience of having worked 3 years at an in-patient neurobehavioral center as both a neurobehavioral counselor and a case manager. Bill brings a wealth of experience working with persons of various backgrounds, particularly marginalized populations.
Cindi Johnson, MA, CBIST is our founder and Executive Director. Cindi has worked with people disabled by brain injury as a cognitive rehabilitation therapist, administrator and author since 1986.
Greta Ann Hurst, BA has been our Office Manager since 2004. Her extensive background in administrative support and her 16+ years of caring for her brother who had a brain injury make her a great resource for members, staff, and families.
Jason Hughes BS, MSHSA has worked in the Human Services field for over ten years. Jason comes to the Clubhouse from the Shepherd Center, which he began in 2010. At Shepherd, Jason worked with military patients who acquired brain injuries.
Judy Wissing, MS, CRC, CBIS is our Vocational Specialist. She assists Clubhouse members in our work preparation program including job development activities and volunteer placements. She has worked in brain injury rehabilitation and taught psychology coursework at the college level before coming to Side by Side.
Julie Waller, MSOT, OTR/L, CBIS joined us as an intern during college. After earning a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy degree from Brenau University, she joined our staff and is excited about working with individuals for Life Skills Training and increasing their independence with instrumental activities of daily living.
Melissa Holmes, BS joined us as a volunteer and intern during college. After earning a degree in Psychology & Human Services, she joined our full time staff and brings a fresh energy and healthy perspective.
Nicole Washington, BA earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology at Virginia State University and has a ten year history working in human services, including mental health and developmental disabilities.
Teresa Little, MS, CBIS is our Program Director who also provides life skills training and service coordination for Clubhouse members. Teresa’s educational background is in psychology and she began working in brain injury rehabilitation in 1995.
Theresa Burrough, CPA is the Finance Director at Side by Side. She is a proud graduate of the School of Business at Florida A&M University where she earned both her bachelor’s and MBA, with a concentration in accounting. Theresa comes to Side by Side with 18 years of experience working with nonprofits of all sizes.
Viviana Finol, MPA joined Side by Side after completion of her Master’s Degree in Public Administration. As a Quality Assurance Coordinator, Viviana develops and monitors policies and procedures, assists with accreditation process, and coordinates activities in accordance with current CARF standards.
Rob Pegel, R.L.S.