Josephine leads our Case Management and Advocacy and brings with her over 25 years of experience working with individuals with varying abilities across a wide spectrum of disorders. A graduate of SUNY New Paltz, she is one of the first 100 people in the nation to receive the Certified Brain Injury Specialist certification sanctioned by the American Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists. She is a member of the Case Management Society of America, has facilitated more than 300 support groups for people with brain injuries and their significant others, and has received four awards from the Brain Injury Association of New York State for her efforts.
Prior to joining Wilcenski & Pleat, Jo was program director of a nonprofit agency that serves individuals with brain injuries and other neurological disorders. She is past president of the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill and served as a county appointee to the Mental Health Subcommittee to assure advocacy, creativity, and individualization.
Josephine was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in the Bronx. A self-described product of an all-girls Catholic high school, she accredits Aquinas with her organizational skills and ability to prioritize. But it is her tenacity that is recognized and respected most often.
“I pride myself on following a truly person-centered approach and recognizing each person’s unique strength, desire, and potential. I am also a realist—I am not afraid to ask questions and pursue answers.”
She has dedicated her career to the service of others and as a case manager has touched the lives of hundreds, if not thousands, of people from cradle to grave. She is a proud mother (and chaperone, and PTA president, and softball coach…) and avid traveller. She says that a trip to Alaska is on the horizon!