LeAnna works at the TriHealth Rehabilitation Hospital as an occupational therapist. She graduated in 2004 from Indiana University. While working in Indianapolis at a rehab hospital, she began studying on her masters degree and graduated in 2012. She has been a certified brain injury specialist (CBIS) and has spent greater than 15 years working with brain aneurysm survivors.
Leanna is passionate about helping individuals after a brain injury. She joined the Tri-State Brain Aneurysm Support Group in 2019 in order to increase her awareness of the resources available to her patients as well as act as a medical professional resource.
She has volunteered in Indiana and Ohio on the Occupational Therapy Boards. She enjoys participating in community events such as the 1K steps for stroke survivors at the annual Heart Mini race. And she has volunteered at the annual Tri-State Brain Aneurysm Support Group walk.
Roberta works at Mayfield Brain & Spine. She has been helping patients with aneurysms and brain tumors for 27 years. Neurosurgery is her life. She organized the first Brain Aneursym Walk for Awareness in September, 2014. She has served on the steering committee since 2006 including roles as Secretary, Vice President and President. She is currently the Website Administrator.
Marla at age 46, a wife and mother of 2, was working full time at a medical consulting company. She was working to open an additional line of business for the company, running around to support her husband, kids and home. This all came to an abrupt stop when at approx. 10:00 am on 11/17/14, she was outside smoking a cigarette with a coworker. She noticed that she was slurring her words, her balance was off and she had that indescribable headache. Everything on her left side drooped, her face, arm and leg were numb. 911 was called and off she went in the ambulance to hear the EMT calling her husband to let him know where they were taking her. They believed she had suffered a stroke. She can still feel that tear run down her face on the right side.
At the hospital, everyone learned she had an AVM deep in her brain that had ruptured. Treatment then followed with intense rehab; learning how to walk and use her left hand again. After 27 days in the hospital she was able to go home and after 7 months she returned to work.
Marla felt something pulling her to get involved with this support group for herself, at which time, she really wanted to be more involved in this group. She wanted to do everything in her power to spread awareness because she did not want another person to go through this.
For the last couple years, Marla has proudly served as the support group president after spending a few years prior on the steering committee.
Addie works at Good Samaritan Hospital as a nurse in the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2011 and has been working with stroke patients and their families ever since. Currently, she is enrolled at Mt. Saint Joseph University and will graduate in May, 2021 with a Masters in Nursing Administration.
Addie is dedicated to caring for brain aneurysm survivors and advocating for their outcomes. She looks forward to being able to provide more resources to the patients she serves through her participation in the Tri-State Brain Aneurysm Support Group.
Alex works locally as the President of Ace Medical Company making surgical instruments and equipment for surgeons. Alex moved to Cincinnati in 2006 and has worked closely with the Tri-State Brain Aneurysm Support Group.
Alex grew up in Michigan and earned a college scholarship for swimming. Locally, he coached swim teams at Roger Bacon and Indian Hill High Schools.
Alex is passionate about spreading awareness and helping educate survivors and family members of those who have suffered ruptured aneurysms and strokes.