UBIC was founded in 2009 one year after the TBI fund passed Utah Legislation. It is a growing council of members from state and private agencies and members from the community with the desire and ambition to enhance the lives of people in Utah that live with traumatic brain injuries.
Executive Committee 2018
Rolf M. Halbfell manages the Acquired Brain Injury and Physical Disabilities 1915 c Medicaid Home and Community Based Service Waivers. He is currently employed as a Program Administrator with the State of Utah, Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD).
He earned his German Master Degree in Social Education at the Polytechnic University of Duesseldorf, and a Master Degree in Social Work from Brigham Young University in Provo.
He wrote his German Master Thesis comparing the Forensic Psychiatric Systems of Germany (North Rhine Westphalia) and Utah, USA.
Over the past 20 years, Mr. Halbfell has worked with numerous populations like Children, Youth, Geriatrics, Individuals in Forensic Psychiatry in both Germany and the United States, and Individuals with Disabilities (including brain injury).
He himself has had a brain injury and therefor can relate well to individuals who are undergoing this kind of experience.
Next to other responsibilities, Mr. Halbfell develops strategies to help waiver participants with brain injury develop a greater potential in gaining back their independence and increase their confidence.
Mr. Halbfell likes to ski, play tennis, the great outdoors, riding motor cycles, spending time with his family, and working for people with disabilities.
Glenn is a Virginia native who has been a part of the local non-profit community since 1993.
Glenn began serving as Executive Director for the Brian Injury Alliance of Utah in December 2015. Prior organizations served include the University of Utah, Special Olympics Utah, Utah Symphony/Utah Opera, and the Huntsman Cancer Institute.
Glenn is a caregiver for one of his sons who suffered a stroke at age 5 and a subsequent significant brain injury, and who later received a full heart transplant at age 17. Glenn brings to his work a keen sense of the day-to-day reality of the impact of brain injury on a family, and the vital importance and challenges of such daily care. In his free time, Glenn enjoys spending time with his family, composing original music for piano and guitar, singing, acting, and pursuing all things sports.
Austin was born and raised in Utah and has been working with the disability community for 20 years. He is currently a Counseling Supervisor in the Downtown Vocational Rehabilitation Office. Austin has a Master Degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
Austin has worked closely with individuals with Brain Injuries during his professional career and is always seeking out additional education and resources for these individuals. He is compassionate about helping people in both his personal and professional life. In his leisure he enjoys exploring nature with his family, traveling, and volunteering in his community.
For more information contact
Utah Department of Health
Violence and Injury Prevention Program
Traci Barney TBI/SCI Coordinator