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.
Sandra Mabry has the responsibility of spreading the word about Community Connections for Independent Living, an easy task for her as she loves talking about a company that has so much integrity, dedication, compassion. Her 38 year background in auto insurance and 20 years of working on traumatic brain injury cases helps her ensure residents get the necessary care and programming they need. Sandy believes everyone at Community Connections has the same goal — to get each resident to their best.
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.