Meet the Team
Hello! The Ambrose Team is a diverse and dedicated group of people with one common goal – to help our clients get back into life after a serious injury or illness. Welcome to our team!
Elizabeth Piner, LMSW, ACSW, CCM
President and Executive Director of Ambrose Rehabilitation Consultants
Elizabeth has over 22 years of experience working with people with life changing medical and mental health disorders, with the last 14 years focused on catastrophic and traumatic brain injuries. Elizabeth founded Ambrose Rehabilitation Consultants in 2005. Prior to Ambrose, Elizabeth worked as a Director of Hope Network Lansing Rehabilitation, Consulting Executive Director of the Michigan office for Coordinated Care Solutions, Director of Emergency Services, Access and Utilization Management for Shiawassee Co. Community Mental Health, Volunteer Coordinator and Social Worker for Visiting Nurse Hospice, Supervisor of Community Services for Montcalm Co. Community Mental Health, Intake and Outpatient Therapist for Family Services in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In all roles, Elizabeth has worked as case manager and therapist and used her knowledge and skill in her management positions,
Julie has been with Ambrose from the inception in 2005 and has been instrumental in developing, organizing and systematizing necessary client service delivery systems and managing key administrative functions as Ambrose develops and grows. Prior to Ambrose, she worked at Hope Network as a coordinator for physician appointments where organizing the details of the client’s care was important for communication with various providers. She works directly with the executive director in managing the daily activity of the executive processes of Ambrose where her attention to detail is an asset to the company quality.
Kathleen Bonhaus, MA, CBIS, CCM
Director of Clinical Services
Kathleen joined Ambrose in January of 2012 and brings over 28 years of experience and dedication in working with people who have sustained life-changing brain and catastrophic injuries to her job. Prior to joining Ambrose, she worked for Hope Network Rehabilitation Services for 16 years as a Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapist, Case Manager, Supervisor of Social Services and oversaw a very busy PM&R clinic. Prior to Hope Network, she worked for Tamarak Brain Injury program for 11 years providing Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy to people with Traumatic Brain Injuries. Kathleen has dedicated her professional life to helping people get back into life after a serious injury.
Debra Garcia, RN
Senior Case Manager
Debra joined Ambrose in 2010 and brings with her over 10 years of nursing experience. Prior to coming to Ambrose, she worked with the Battle Creek Health system in the surgery and pediatric units providing direct nursing care and as a charge nurse overseeing the staff and nursing operations on her shift. She also worked with Aureus Travel Nurse Agency where she worked in different hospitals and in a diversity of medical departments and roles. Debra is the pediatric case manager for Ambrose. Her diversity of skills and specialty in pediatrics gives Debra the ability to navigate the challenging and unexpected situations that occur with case management with excellent problem-solving skills.
Cheryle Zillmer, RN, CRRN
Cheryle joined Ambrose in 2011 and brings over 35 years of experience in the healthcare field with her. Before coming to Ambrose, Cheryle worked as the supervisor of case management for Home Care and Hospice for eight years compassionately overseeing the care coordination for individuals and who face end-of-life. Prior to Hospice, Cheryle worked in brain injury rehabilitation and obtained her CRRN during that time. Cheryle has a long-term diverse background dedicating her professional career to skilled nursing, case management, and supervision in hospitals, long-term care, rehabilitation and home and community-based settings. She joined Ambrose as a case manager after a long-term job as a supervisor because she values working directly with her clients and helping them with their care and toward their personal achievements.
Beth Fowler, LMSW, CBIS
Beth joined Ambrose in 2013 and brings over 18 years of experience working with people with life-changing injuries and medical conditions. She worked for Origami Brain Injury program for over seven years as a life skills instructor and residential supervisor as she obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work. Prior to Origami she worked for Rosewood and Passages AFC programs for ten years in direct care roles and in management. Her longevity with employment where she performed hands-on direct care, community integration work, and held supervisory positions demonstrates Beth’s dedication to serving people who need help adapting to catastrophic injuries and living independently and safely as possible.
Rebecca Knieling, BS, CCM, CBIS
Rebecca joined Ambrose in March 2014 and brings over 17 years of experience in case management and clinical services to our clients. Prior to joining Ambrose, Rebecca worked 11 years with Hope Network Rehabilitation Services as a Program Case Manager and PM&R Physician Clinic Coordinator serving individuals with brain injuries and other catastrophic injuries. Prior to Hope Network, Rebecca worked for 6 years with Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center providing direct care, substance abuse counseling, and care management to the clients of the program. Rebecca’s wealth of experience with traumatic injuries, rehabilitation experience, community resources and tenacity are a great value to our clients and case management team.
Dan McCune, BA, CCM
Dan joined Ambrose in April 2014 and brings over 21 years of experience working with traumatic brain and catastrophic injuries, physical and mental disabilities and emotional and behavioral disorders. Prior to joining Ambrose, Dan worked with Hope Network Rehabilitation Services for 10 years as Program Case Manager and PM&R Physician Clinic Coordinator. Prior to Hope Network, Dan worked 11 years at Rivendell Youth Center with pediatric and youth clients who experience psychiatric and behavioral disorders, learning disabilities, and substance abuse. Dan’s long-time experience and dedication in helping adults and children with challenging injuries and disabilities makes him a great asset for our clients and team.
Theresa Bartley, BS, CCM, CBIS
Theresa joined Ambrose in December 2016. Theresa’s passion began as a college student in 2003 providing direct care in home and residential programs for individuals who have sustained traumatic brain injuries and/or spinal cord injuries. Theresa’s passion continued to grow as she worked as a rehabilitation assistant, implementing therapist established rehabilitation programs for a neuro rehabilitation program. Theresa continued her professional career for 6 years at Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation as a care coordinator for residential, community and outpatient programs, in addition to coordination of psychiatry and physical medicine and rehabilitation clinical services. Theresa values community awareness and advocacy for individuals with disabilities and has severed as a member of district 1 regional medical coalition for emergency preparedness, speaker presentations for Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine residency program, educational presentations and consultation for educators for implementation of strategies in the classroom when working with students whom sustained brain injuries and other neurological conditions.
Book Keeper, Social Media Consultant
Nick Piner joined Ambrose in 2015 as our bookkeeper. Nick is a junior at Haslett High School, a member of the Haslett High Honors Society and Vice President of the Student Council. He is also a starting defenseman on the Haslett High Lacrosse team. He is preparing to attend U of M to major in accounting and actuarial science. Nick brings mathematics know-how, diligence and new ideas to our team.
Social Media Director
Luke Ezzo joined Ambrose in 2015 and oversees and keeps current the social media venues and content management for our organization. Luke is a junior at Haslett High School and a member of the Haslett High Honors Society. He is also the kicker for the Haslett High Varsity football team and is a starting attackman on the Lacrosse team. He is preparing to attend college and major in business finance. Luke brings energy, creativity, and know-how about current information venues to our team.