Ronald J. Urbin, Founder and Co-Owner of Community Connections for Independent Living, possesses a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degree, and a continuing teaching certificate from the State of Michigan with several teaching endorsements. Mr. Urbin has over 3 decades of experience in providing services to persons with traumatic brain injury. His background has helped him develop CCFIL’s Supported Independent Living program. He not only facilitates successful outcomes for residents through best practices, but also ensures that the residents’ living environment encourages ownership, accountability, dignity, and respect.
Michael Assenmacher has been a licensed registered nurse in Michigan since 1981. He began his career in Critical Care Nursing. Michael built up nursing skills working with acutely ill patients with complex diagnoses while providing high intensity treatments. Michael also is a Certified Case Manager and works with patients, families, insurance companies, and health care personnel to provide care for clients. For over 10 years, Michael has helped build a compassionate and dedicated group. CCFIL’s camaraderie allows staff to be self-directed and encourages residents to strengthen independence and build self-esteem. This model is what fuels Michael’s commitment to the program.
Michele Gorski earned a Master of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Wayne State University in addition to a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Michigan State University. Devoted to helping those in need, Michele oversees programming and resident development at Community Connections for Independent Living and is also a licensed, practicing Physician Assistant in Detroit, Michigan. Michele’s commitment to CCFIL is strengthened by the daily progress and success of each resident and the observed dedication of every staff member.
Inspired by her father’s work, Alyson Fikany obtained a Bachelor’s in Nursing from Wayne State University and became a certified nurse case manager shortly thereafter. Before joining Community Connections for Independent Living, she provided case management services to those severely injured in motor vehicle accidents and worker’s compensation accidents. Alyson served as a patient advocate for the past six years. She loves that Community Connections for Independent Living allows her the opportunity to connect with every resident on a very personal level and lets her get to know the resident as a whole person, not just a diagnosis.
As a professional internal auditor for several major corporations, Rand’s career has focused on assisting businesses achieve their goals and mission through a balanced control environment and appropriate risk management. As a former controller, he applied these same principles to daily accounting operations. Rand’s current position at CCFIL blends these two aspects (audit and accounting) of his career into one challenging and rewarding position. During his three years with CCFIL he has been able to work with management and other team members to improve the organization’s efficiency and business controls.
Katie began working at Community Connections for Independent Living in April 2013 after searching for the perfect place to continue her Occupational Therapist career. She chose CCFIL because of the organization’s philosophy, as compared to other companies she had previously worked for. Katie strives to treat every resident as an individual and ensures that each one of their unique stories is honored. Katie enjoys the opportunity to develop her OT skills while simultaneously watching residents gain confidence in the community and transform their goals into a reality that many never imagined for themselves.
Marcus graduated from New York University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music and Business Management. Marcus has worked in various business settings controlling operations for various tech and music companies in NYC for over decade. He joined the CCFIL team in 2018 to help provide leadership for the operation of the organization’s lines of business, which involves making important policy and strategic decisions, as well as the development and implementation of operational policies and procedures.