Brain Injury Services, a community-based nonprofit headquartered in Springfield, VA, has selected Denise Hyater-Lindenmuth as the new Executive Director to replace outgoing Executive Director Karen Brown. Ms. Brown has served as Executive Director since 1999 having previously served as the Director of Programs since 1996. This will be the third Executive Director selected to serve in the last 28 years since the organization’s inception. The Chair of Brain Injury Services Board of Directors Rick Ferraro stated, “The warm and effective working relationship that I have watched quickly blossom between Denise and Karen and the whole BIS team shows that this will be a smooth transition of leadership.”
Ms. Hyater-Lindenmuth has significant experience with non-profit leadership as well as serving as Chief Development Officer of an organization serving individuals with disabilities. She brings over 20 years of strategic communications, operational management and fundraising experience to the Board. As a thought leader and consultant in non-profit and for-profit enterprises, she is skilled and highly valued for innovating and executing initiatives that resulted in exceptional team engagement and financial sustainability.
Over her career, Ms. Hyater-Lindenmuth has raised more than $60 million dollars, managed over 100 staff, mentored many and rallied thousands of volunteers to advocate mission. Recently Ms. Hyater-Lindenmuth completed her MBA at The George Washington University where she focused on financial management and organizational development. Ms. Hyater-Lindenmuth received a master’s degree from Trinity Washington University in Health Education and her bachelor’s degree at Howard University in Public Relations, and is conversational in Spanish and Portuguese languages. She lives Washington, D.C., with her husband Philip and has three children.
After serving as the Executive Director during the organization’s “growth spurt”, Karen Brown reflected, “I am very pleased that our Board was able to find such a well-qualified individual that can further our mission and continue the quality and services that we provide. Her knowledge, experience and skill set will certainly help Brain Injury Services through the next stages of organizational development” Ms. Hyater will officially begin working on May 1st, 2017 with Ms. Brown who will formally retire on June 30th, 2017.