Vilia Tarvydas, professor emeritus of rehabilitation and mental health counseling and chair of the department of rehabilitation and counselor education at the University of Iowa, joined the On With Life Inc. Board of Directors in 1998. Her career as a rehabilitation counselor and psychologist for more than 40 years provides a unique provider and advocate perspective on the board.
What drew you to support the On With Life mission?
Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Iowa in 1991, I worked in a medical neurobehavioral rehabilitation setting with individuals recovering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and I found myself missing my work. The opportunity to serve on the On With Life board allowed me to be involved with individuals with TBIs - work that had meant so much to me. This opportunity has enriched me immeasurably, and the high level of dedication and the professional quality of the work done on this board to support the clinical enterprise is humbling.
What makes On With Life so special and unique?
The staff have some of the highest levels of specialized expertise in TBI rehabilitation that you'll see anywhere, combined with a deeply felt dedication and mission. These areas characterize all the efforts and programs that are part of On With Life.
What are your goals for the future of On With Life?
My goals are to continue to serve on the board of directors as On With Life moves forward to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing healthcare environment. Together we will continue to support the excellent and innovative clinical work that distinguishes On With Life. I will continue to integrate best practices in ethics with clinical service, as well as try to move forward the research collaborations. Research in TBI treatment advances the knowledge of what practices most benefit persons living with a brain injury and their families and is critical to improving services available. On With Life has always excelled in these areas and I want them to continue to do so as we move into the future.