KAC Mission Statement
We are a disability rights advocacy-watchdog group dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals with brain injury disabilities, their families and providers, and preventing abuses of those rights through advocacy, research, education, and action.
The Leadership Team
Memorial: Chris Albee died unexpectedly at age 49 in July of 2017. He was and is one of our co-founders. There are no words available to do justice to the loving, smart, compassionate, honest, and honor-filled man he was. He was truly humble. He was a health care executive with more than 20 years of human services experience. He has held several leadership positions including program administrator, program director, executive director and director of residential services.
Chris served as director of residential services at Erie Co. ARC dba Heritage Centers. Albee is responsible for the overall administration of all residential, nursing and behavioral services. He was an appointed member of the Town of Amherst Committee on Disabilities and the Chairman of the Board of the New York Chapter of Fishing Has No Boundaries.
A resident of Williamsville, NY, Albee earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Special Education from The College of Saint Rose.
Mark Berger Planned and managed start-up and oversight of Datahr Home Health Care, a nonprofit special needs certified home health agency, with specialty in the Developmentally Disabled population as well as the Traumatic Brain Injury population. Certified in 3 counties with home office in Westchester County. Facilitated successful implementation while working with State officials and attorneys to obtain a management agreement. Over time, grew this agency to provide quality home care services with positive outcomes without compromise, while maintaining high standards and compliance.
Peter S. Kahrmann is a co-founder and former board member of the New York City Chapter of Victims for Victims (VFV), a nonprofit organization founded in 1985. He chaired VFV’s Victims Advocacy Committee. He is a former board member of the Brain Injury Association of New York State and during his tenure chaired both the ethics and membership committees. He also served on the New York State Independent Living Council. Mr. Kahrmann lives with a brain injury he suffered when he was held up and shot in the head; the bullet remains lodged in his brain.
AnneMarie Todd has been a free-lance photographer/videographer since 1989. Have much experience in various disciplines of projects, including weddings, children, architecture, sports, documentaries and local t.v commercials for Saratoga Cablevision (now Time Warner).After my traumatic brain injuries (4 – spanning from ages 19-30 – car crashes) diagnosis (March 2002) at Sunnyview Rehab Hospital, I joined BIANYS – Brain Injury Association of N.Y.S – where I both learned about my ‘new world’ & have been photo documenting it’s activities. I’ve become a passionate advocate for awareness & education about TBI. I’ve been granted a platform at the TBISCC to speak passionately about the ineffectiveness of the UAS – Uniform Assessment tool – in place of the PRI. The services of the Waiver need to be re-secured again.
My recent video work & speeches can be found on my YouTube channel: AdventuresofLife.