Dianne Simmons Grab, MA, CCM, CDMS, CLCP
Dianne Simmons Grab holds a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Montclair State College. Dianne is a Certified Case Manager, a Certified Disability Manager, and a Certified Life Care Planner with training in Life Care Planning through the University of Florida and MediPro Seminars, LLC.
For over 40 years, Dianne has been providing rehabilitation services for people with various disabilities and their representatives, with a focus on individuals with brain injuries and their secondary injuries including orthopedic, amputations, burns, and behavioral concerns.
With this experience, in 2005 Dianne founded Simmons Grab & Associates, LLC and developed a network of experts to provide health care services consulting, life care planning, vocational evaluations, and Social Security determinations by working with attorneys, insurance companies, employers, facilities, third-party administrators, trust funds, and private individuals.
Dianne has taken an active role in the rehabilitation industry on a national level by serving on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP, 1997-2004); was the former editor of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals Journal of Life Care Planning (2015-2017); and, on the state level, by serving on the Board of Directors for the Rhode Island Brain Injury Association (2000-2004). She also served on several committees and task forces including the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals Annual Conference as chair (2000-2006); Traumatic Brain Injury Medicaid Waiver Task Force; New Jersey Brain Injury Association Conference Planning Committee for over 22 years and served as co-chair (2001-2005); NARPPS (National Association of Rehabilitation Professionals in the Private Sector) Ethics and Standards Committee (1998); the New Jersey Case Management Society of America Regional Ethics Committee (1996); and served on the Boards of Directors for Padula Institute of Vision and Sage Rehab, Inc.
Dianne has also been published and provides presentations nationally and locally on “Ethics in Healthcare/Rehabilitation,” as well as brain injury, life care planning, and various other topics.
Janine S. Holloman, MA, CRC, CBIS, EDPNA
Associate, Vocational Expert, Disability Representative
Janine S. Holloman has been a vocational rehabilitation counselor for over 40 years in both the public and private sector. Her experience includes vocational counseling and job placement services for workers’ compensation, auto no-fault, and long-term disability recipients. Most recently, she has been working at the Fort Carson Army installation, assisting both able-bodied and disabled soldiers in transitioning to civilian life and securing civilian employment pre-discharge if possible. Her unit has won back-to-back annual awards for the most placements pre-discharge of any installation in the country.
Janine has also developed return-to-work programs for three major west Michigan companies and has consulted with several others on ergonomics and injury exposure concerns. She is a Disability Representative for the Social Security Administration and has extensive expert witness experience.
Janine holds a Master’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from Michigan State University. She is also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a Certified Brain Injury Specialist. She has also successfully completed the examination process and maintains the necessary continuing education credits to remain an Eligible for Direct Pay Non-Attorney Representative for the Social Security Administration.
Janine is a Past President of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals and is still serving on the State Chapter Board, having been awarded their Individual Professional Member Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. She is also a member of the Brain Injury Association of America and the National Association of Disability Representatives, receiving NADR’s Al Gonzales Distinguished Service Award. She also served on the advisory board for the Texas Tech University Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling Master’s degree program. Janine also served for two years on the Occupational Information Development Advisory Panel, advising the Social Security Administration on changes to the disability determination process as it relates to the Dictionary of Occupational Titles.
Despina Vougioukas, MA, EdM, LMHC, CRCC, MCASAC-G, CBIS
Associate, Vocational Expert
Despina Vougioukas currently serves as the Director of Vocational Services at the Lower East Side Service Center (LESC) in New York City. Despina is responsible for Vocational Rehabilitation Services as well as Early Intervention Services of outpatient clients and residential clients. Despina has worked with LESC since 1998, and her current responsibilities include Adult Substance Use Disorder Treatment, Opioid Treatment/Medication Assisted Treatment, and Vocational Re-entry.
Despina has over 25 years of work experience in a variety of chemical dependency and psychiatric treatment settings. She currently serves as an advisor on the AVRASA (Association of Vocational Rehabilitation in Alcoholism and Substance Abuse) supervisory panel.
Despina received two Master’s degrees from Columbia University Teachers College: one is in Counseling Psychology, specializing in substance abuse/addiction counseling, and the other is an Educational Master’s degree, specializing in rehabilitation counseling.
Despina is licensed as a Mental Health Counselor, a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, and Master Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor, specializing in gambling, and a Certified Brain Injury Specialist.
Her academic experience includes serving as Adjunct Associate Professor at Hunter College, CUNY, and at Brooklyn College.
Despina regularly works as a Vocational Expert for Simmons Grab & Associates, LLC. Her current expertise includes analysis and wage loss earning capacity in her vocational evaluations for personal injury cases as well as determining imputed wage loss for spouses who are under-employed or unemployed in divorce cases.
Despina does presentations on site for LESC and at vocational conferences on vocational rehabilitation, employment preparation services, opioid treatment services, and general chemical dependency treatment services.
Jean Turula brings to Simmons Grab & Associates, LLC 21 years of experience in forensic sales cost accounting as a sales cost accounting manager, responsible for cost analysis and compensation calculations for 75 sales personnel. Jean also brings two years’ experience in pharmaceutical marketing with a generic start-up company as the senior marketing analyst. Currently with Simmons Grab & Associates, LLC, Jean is responsible for all aspects of office administration including, but not limited to, scheduling and rotating research assistants; assigning research projects; maintaining a resource data base; collecting and maintaining all medical records and files; and streamlining office processes and procedures to maximize optimal outcomes for accuracy and timely project submissions. Jean’s eye for detail ensures all cost calculations are scrutinized for accuracy and that every report flows seamlessly prior to submission.
Valerie Wengrin – Administrative Support
Jaclyn Croft – Clerical Support
Maureen Lake – Clerical Support
Kim Thompson – Billing, Invoicing and Audits
Erica Dunckley – Researcher