University alumnus to speak at Brandywine commencement

From recreation and parks to patients with brain injuries, Penn State Brandywine’s Spring 2009 Commencement speaker Joanne Finegan has had nothing but success since graduating from the University in 1983.

Earning her degree from Penn State was an early stepping stone for Finegan, a recreation and parks major in the School of Health and Human Development. As CEO and managing partner at ReMed Recovery Care Center in Paoli, Finegan serves as a rehabilitation and long-term care provider for people with acquired brain injury, utilizing her skills as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, her master's degree in administration (West Chester University, 1990), and her years of experience specializing in brain injury treatment.

She has worked continually on educating others on the impact and life-long effects of brain injury and utilizes ReMed’s “real life rehabilitation” model as her foundation. She leads ReMed by applying practical management, communication, and leadership skills in today’s fast-paced healthcare environment.

Finegan is a well-known presenter and publisher on key issues related to brain injury, such as funding and resources, long-term support, adjustment, socialization, sexuality, recreation and leisure. She has served on the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) as a board member, trustee, and chairman of the board in 2004. She has also served as the chairman of the board of the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification and has been honored by the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRS) as a Distinguished Fellow, the organization’s highest distinction, in 2005.

Currently, Finegan is an advisory board member at Penn State Brandywine and also serves as rehabilitation editor for, which is dedicated to providing information and resources to survivors, families and professionals. During 2007she was presented the Alumni Recognition Award by the Penn State University’s Recreation, Park,and Tourism Management Department and has recently accepted the Chairmanship of a newly formed nonprofit, the Council on Brain Injury (CoBI).

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Last Updated May 11, 2009