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.
Associate, Vocational Expert
Sunita Manjrekar received a master’s degree from St. John’s University in rehabilitation counseling with a focus on employment and disabilities. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. She also earned a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Bombay, India.
Sunita currently works as a Deputy Commissioner at the Department of Social Services for Nassau County in New York. In this capacity, she has developed innovative and creative programs to help the public assistance population achieve self-sufficiency and economic independence. She also oversees the SNAP (food stamp program), Temporary Assistance, Day Care, and Summer Youth Employment Program for Nassau County.
She is a member of Hofstra University’s Professional Advisory Board and is also an Adjunct Professor at Hunter College (CUNY) where she teaches rehabilitation education at the master’s level. Sunita is an elected School Board Trustee for the Hicksville, New York, School District. She co-chairs the Curriculum Committee. She is passionate about the field of education and believes in children receiving the finest education.
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