NeuroHope Board of Directors

aitkenEric Aitken, M.D. is a leading physiatrist at the Rehabilitation Associates of Indiana, and also practices within the Community Health Network. Dr. Aitken is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Indiana State Medical Association, and the Indianapolis Medical Society. He has special interest in the areas of movement disorder, stroke, and amputee rehabilitation. Dr. Aitken received his medical degree from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.


nora HSNora Foster, PT, DPT is the Director of Therapy at NeuroHope and also serves as the clinic Administrator. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), has completed courses at the NeuroRecovery Training Institute, is a certified clinical instructor, and has served as an adjunct professor at the Krannert School of Physical Therapy at the University of Indianapolis. Nora specializes in spinal cord injury rehabilitation and has clinical experience at the inpatient, outpatient and sub-acute levels. Nora is a graduate of Bethel College and earned her Doctorate (DPT) from the Krannert School of Physical Therapy at the University of Indianapolis.


KellyStephanie Kelly, PhD, DPT is the Dean of the College of Health Sciences at the University of Indianapolis, which oversees the Krannert School of Physical Therapy, the School of Occupational Therapy, and departments of Kinesiology and Athletic Training. Her background as a physical therapist includes specializing in the rehabilitation of individuals with stroke, brain injury and amputations. Dr. Kelly received her M.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis, and earned her PhD from Nova Southeastern University.


Nick Laviolette, partner in the Laviolette Group and cofounder of JHJ Holdings, is a real estate broker and entrepreneur. The Laviolette Group is a family real estate team with the FC Tucker Company since 2008.  They specialize in estate marketing and providing an enjoyable buying and selling experience. Nothing gives Nick more satisfaction than serving his community and helping clients create homes for their families. The Laviolette Group is consistently one of the Top 20 Producers in the state of Indiana and was the #1 sales leader for Zionsville/Boone County in 2016 with a sales volume of $24 million.  A Ball State Graduate, Nick cofounded JHJ Holdings in 2014, putting a strong emphasis on bettering communities through responsible real estate development practices.

Allison_headshotAllison Leeuw, MPA serves as a Senior Fiscal Analyst within the Legislative Services Agency at the Indiana General Assembly.  Allison has an extensive background in economic and data analysis, previously serving as the Director of Research at the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. She has experience in non-profit management, fund development, and revenue consulting in the private and public sectors. Allison earned her Masters of Public Administration from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and is a founding member of the NeuroHope Board of Directors.


Leeuw head shot Chris Leeuw is the Founder of NeuroHope, serves as the clinic’s Executive Director.  Prior to his spinal cord injury and recovery, Chris served as Communications Specialist at ChaCha Search Inc. He also formerly worked in television news at stations in Indianapolis, Ft. Wayne, and Ft. Myers FL in both production and as an on-air reporter.  He currently serves as Sr. Technical Instructional Designer at Indianapolis-based, a cloud-based CRM specialized for healthcare providers. Chris is a graduate of Indiana University and earned his Masters Degree from the University of Miami (FL).


shaw headshotRob Shaw is a FINRA Series 7 Registered Representative and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary. He is a partner at Langdon Shaw Associates, Inc., an independent financial planning firm formed in 1983 whose focus lies on helping individuals to plan and invest for their retirement and beyond, as well as working with small business owners to create and maintain retirement plans for their business and employees. Rob is an Indiana University graduate, and has worked closely with NeuroHope as a board member since 2014.


Kurt Suppiger is a Registered Architect with over 30 years of Architectural Design & Planning experience, with primary focus in the field of Healthcare Facility Planning, Design and Construction.  In his previous position as Facility Architect and Project Manager for Indiana’s Community Health Network, Kurt acquired comprehensive expertise in bringing together all aspects of healthcare operations.  In 2015, Kurt sustained a spinal cord injury which resulted in a significant adjustment in his daily life.  Kurt now focuses full-time on his recovery from paralysis, which includes physical therapy and wellness at the NeuroHope clinic. Kurt also actively participates in vocational rehabilitative services through the State of Indiana.  Kurt’s unique perspective on recovery from paralysis is gained from his participation in multiple types of rehabilitative services, including 4 different Inpatient Programs (2 in-state and 2 out-of-state), several Outpatient Programs, including participation in Locomotor Training through the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s Neuro Recovery Network (NRN).  Kurt is a Ball State University graduate and received his Architectural and Environmental Design degree from Ball State’s College of Architecture and Planning.

vance head shotJenny Vance is an entrepreneur and a revenue and go-to-market expert in technology. She founded LeadJen, a lead generation company, which she grew to nearly 75 employees serving hundreds of companies across the United States. She is also a co-founder and a board member of Salesvue, a CRM software solution.  Jenny’s unique expertise is helping business-to-business technology companies develop revenue and go-to-market strategies, including Fortune 50 clients, and early stage entrepreneurs at seed level.  Jenny received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from DePauw University, where she was a Management Fellow. She also is the founder of the Indiana chapter of The American Association of Inside Sales Professionals (AA-ISP) and is an active member of the National Association of Women Business Owners.