Our Board of Directors
Robert Fey – President
Edmund Ayoub, MD – Medical Director
Allan H. Jensen, MPA – Executive Director
Allan H. Jensen joins the Neuro Vitality Center as the new Executive Director. Allan brings with him over twenty-five years of healthcare and research administration. Allan began his journey in Chicago working for Advocate Health Care as a Manager over their call center for eight hospitals. He then moved to Ravenswood Hospital, part of the Advocate system, where he assisted in opening one of the first Alternative Healthcare Center, an alternative medical center focusing on alternative healthcare for its patients. This is also where Allan became a certified massage therapist. Allan then transferred to Evanston Healthcare System in Evanston, Illinois, where he became a manager of a Family Practice center.
n 2002, Allan relocated to Los Angeles, CA where he started working at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In his roles as Executive Assistant and Administrator Coordinator in the Research Administration and Academic Affairs offices, he reported directly to the Vice President of Research and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs. Over the eleven years at Cedars, Allan had the privilege working directly with some of the leading researchers in Regenerative Medicine, stroke & blood diseases, cancer, and Alzheimer’s research. During this time Allan also worked with the Volunteer Department at Cedars to create a Music for Healing program. In 2013, Allan moved to the University of Southern California to work directly with Dr. Terrance Town and his lab as the Lab Administrator, focusing on Alzheimer therapy.
In 2015 Allan relocated to the Palm Springs area where he became a Grant Manager for the Annenberg Center at Eisenhower Medical Center, working directly on CME grants for Faculty and nursing. In 2018 he transferred the Desert Reginal Medical Center, working with Dr. Javad Siddiqi in the department of Neurosurgery, working with the Residency Program. In 2018 he fulfilled a lifelong dream of moving to New York City, but do to Covid in March 2020, his dream came to an end and has moved back to the Palm Springs area.
Allan obtained his BA in Religious Studies in 2013 and his MPA in Public Administration in 2015 for California State University, Northridge. Allan is also known for his theatrical and vocal appearances around the Coachella Valley.
Allan is thrilled to be part of the Neuro Vitality Center team and looks forward to this new adventure.
Erin Ward, MSN-ed, RN, SCRN – Clinical Director
Erin Ward joins the Neuro Vitality Center as the Clinical Director bringing her many years of experience in Neuroscience Nursing, Inpatient Acute Rehab, and Nursing education. She recently relocated to the Palm Springs area from San Diego where she resided for the past 30 years. Erin has over 18 years of experience as a Neuroscience Registered Nurse at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, CA, spending 6 years in Inpatient Acute Rehab as a bedside nurse and Clinical Liaison/Case Manager, and 12 years on a critical care, certified Stroke unit as an Advanced Clinician and Clinical Nurse Educator.
Erin holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a Master of Science in Nursing Education (MSN-Ed) from Western Governors University. Erin also holds national certification in stroke care as a Stroke Certified Registered Nurse (SCRN) from the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) and is an active member of the American Nurses Association (ANA).
During her tenure with Sharp Healthcare, she was instrumental in the hospital’s achievement of obtaining Joint Commission Comprehensive Stroke Certification and in the development and continued improvement of the Stroke Code Response process. Erin was a member of the Rapid Response Stroke Code Response Team, participated in the development and instruction of many educational in-services and classes, and could be found on many Saturdays at community health fairs educating the public about stroke.
Erin brings a calm and empathic approach to care which will surely benefit the Center’s current and future participants and she looks forward to learning about and exploring her new community in the desert.
Beverly Greer, MBA – Administrator
Bev has had the privilege of working with clients at Center since 2005 first supporting Stroke and Traumatic Brain injured survivors at the Stroke Recovery Center, next expanding services to aid those with other neurological disorders as the Neuro Vitality Center, and now expanding to medical and social services for all those disabled and/or chronically ill. Her continued devotion to making sure these populations in need are not left behind has resulted in many thousands of people receiving services that have made their lives better and allowed them to overcome the challenges and thrive.
Bev has not only written extensively on treatment of these clients so often ignored but she has expanded her influence by working with the Office on Aging, Riverside for 15 years, by spending 9 years on the program committee for the Desert Healthcare District, by working for a number of years on the western regional task force with the American Stroke Assoc. as well as being and active speaker throughout the region to promote long term care. Her passion for caring forms a truly remarkable model that will continue bring joy to future generations.
Trenton Allmang-Wilder – Social Worker
Born and raised in Palm Springs, California, Trenton Allmang-Wilder remains dedicated to improving his local community. He currently has 7 years of social work experience following his sports career in American Football. He earned a scholarship with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology.
While balancing the workload of a student-athlete, Trent earned honors for his academic and on-field performance. Upon graduation, he pursued a career in professional athletics while engaging in volunteer social work. In 2013, Trent began his first job in social services as a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialist after retiring from his sports career.
Trent grew more passionate in the field of social work and decided to relocate back to Southern California to continue his education. During this time, he maintained a working position as a case manager/facilitator for at-risk families with open court cases. Trent was responsible for conducting family and team meetings in conjunction with the Department of Social Services in order to advocate for family needs and/or concerns. After working in case management for 3 and a half years, Trent decided to engage in clinical social work to gather additional experience in mental health.
During the foundation year of his master’s program, Trent interned at a military academy as a school social worker. Students were referred to his caseload depending on their immediate mental health needs as he provided therapeutic strategies to facilitate improvement in their academic performance. The following year, Trent earned a competitive paid internship position at Patton State Hospital as a forensic social worker. He conducted individual and group psychotherapy sessions with severely mentally ill Clients with criminal backgrounds. He was recognized for his ability to build a strong professional rapport with his clientele and leading successful group sessions.
In 2020, Trent earned his Master’s degree from California State University, San Bernardino. Trent brings in a unique skillset and has a wide variety of social work experience. His passion to benefit future generations is motivational and inspiring. “The choices we make define our character. Don’t let someone else write your book.”
Sylvia Martinez – Activities Director
Sylvia is currently the Activities Director at Neuro Vitality Center. Her job is to provide activities for clients within the facility on a daily basis. This is a challenging role as the Center has a variety of clients with numerous diagnosis all within the same facility. Sylvia is also bilingual, and Neuro Vitality Center is thrilled to have her provide a multi-cultural experience to all that she provides.
Sylvia has numerous years of experience in the customer service field and has worked at many of the big box retailers. Her passion for working with diverse populations and assisting others is evident in her career paths. Sylvia comes to us after working in a skilled nursing facility as their program director. Within the facility she provided numerous activities that were person-centered and truly engaged the participants to live a rich and full life. At the Neuro Vitality Center, we consider ourselves fortunate to have the assorted talents and experience that Sylvia brings to the table.
Brenda Crawford – Director of Exercise Therapy
Brenda “Bootsie” Crawford has been aiding clients in maximizing their full physical potential at the Neuro Vitality Center for the past ten years building on her passion for exercise and nutrition as the pillars of good health for all people, young and old, infirm or healthy.
As a young child in Louisville, KY, Brenda or Bootsie as her Dad fondly called her, was challenged by digestive issues and was early to realize with the help of her Mom and Aunt, the benefits of good eating habits and exercise. Together they encouraged walking, playing in the park, and steered away from fried foods and the attraction of the local fast foods. Not an easy thing to do in Kentucky. As Bootsie grew up she volunteered in a local nursing home and it was there that the genesis of her life-time passion for helping those in need to move and be independent was born. She was quick to understand that the ability to be active and independent was the key to good health for elderly frail individuals. She also realized that an individual’s home is the place that everyone needs to be afforded the comfort of for an improved quality of life.
Brenda pursued a career while always keeping her passion alive working part time in a health food store demonstrating the benefits of good nutrition and keeping fit herself. In the late ’80’s after a move to California, she left her job of almost 20 years and ventured out to the desert to fulfill her passion. She became a certified personal trainer in 1999 and put out her brand as “Bodies by Bootsie,” working one-on-one with individuals to keep moving, building their strength, and enjoying the benefits of good health. She was recruited by World Gym and worked for a number of years leading groups, doing water aerobics, strength training, and Pilates.
During that time one of her clients was Marilyn Hirshliefer, widow of the founder of the Stroke Recovery Center. Marilyn introduced Bootsie to the work taking place with Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injured (TBI) Clients and all of Bootsie’s passions were realized.
Over the last ten years at Neuro Vitality Center, Bootsie has grown and expanded with the center working with Stroke and TBI survivors, and offering Parkinson’s sufferers classes and now expanding services to CBAS clients. Along the way she saw the value of Yoga and became a registered Yoga instructor in 2013. Bootsie’s gentle but firm hand always assists, never enables, always encourages. She is pillar of our programs and embodies all the spirit of community and help that the Center offers.
Mike Kuldanek – Speech Therapist
Mike Kuldanek our Speech and Language Pathologist at the Neuro Vitality Center. Mike began his time at Neuro Vitality Center as a volunteer and then became a member of the staff in 2019. Previously, Mike worked at Easy Speech Pathology, Inc. and volunteered for Lingraphica at their Virtual Connections Academy.
Mike is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and holds a Master’s Degree in Communication Science and Disorders. Mike also brings a past of extensive work in the public schools, working with children and adolescents with a variety of communication impairments. His passion is to assist all individuals find their voice.
Joe Christopher – Accountant
Joe is originally from Washington State. He grew up in a small town known for growing famous Washington State apples and for it’s beautiful 55 mile long lake. He graduated from Western Washington State College (now Western Washington University) with a double Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business Administration.
Joe began as staff accountant for a small television station in Bellingham, Washington. He has held various accounting positions including a Controller for a printed circuit board manufacturing facility, and Regional Accounting Manager for USA TODAY in Seattle and Los Angeles. In 1990, he became controller of a sand cast aluminum foundry that was included in INC Magazine for their 500 most rapidly expanding privately owned companies in the US (1990-2001).
Joe moved to Coachella Valley in 2001 and worked as an accountant for a CPA firm specializing in home owner association accounting. Joe then moved to Product Accountant at a nationally televised “infomercial” company, as product accountant for products such as Sheer Cover and ProActiv.
In 2016, Joe made the decision to work on a part time basis and became the accountant for Neuro Vitality Center.
Brandon Riggs – Chef/Kitchen Manager
Brandon comes to Neuro Vitality Center with a history of over ten years in the culinary field. Previously he worked at Maletrote in Grand Rapids Michigan, providing meal service to the homeless community. Brandon is our Kitchen Manager and lead Chef at Neuro Vitality Center, responsible for delivering daily nutrition needs to the Community Based Adult Services program. Brandon states, “I love assisting others who are in need. The mission, goals and objectives of Neuro Vitality Center in providing meals for adults is inspiring.” Brandon moved to Pam Springs area to be closer to his sons. He has three boys, twins which are 7 years old, and an 18-year-old. In his free time Brandon enjoys video games and basketball with his boys.
Alfredo Cortez – Head Maintenance and Facilities
Alfredo has been with Neuro Vitality Center for 14 years. He is a well known face for those who used to shop at Jackie Lee’s Thrift Shop, and he is now working diligently with our homebound clients making sure they receive their lunches. Alfredo’s smile and willingness to help has made him an important member of the team here at Neuro Vitality Center. Devoted family man both at home and here at the center. The word “No” is not in his vocabulary.
Alvaro Martinez – Program Aide
Alvaro Martinez joins the Neuro Vitality Center team as a Program Aide. Alvaro will maintain the front desk, working directly with the clients on registration and assisting in areas around the center.
Alvaro enjoys spending time with his family, and he hopes to pursue a career in the sports industry.