Adler Aphasia Center Appoints New President and CEO

The Board of Directors of Adler Aphasia Center recently announced the appointment of Shelby Klein, LSW, as their President and CEO, effective July 5, 2017. She will be replacing Karen Tucker who is retiring after 15 years with the Center.

Adler Aphasia Center, a non-profit organization based in Maywood and West Orange, NJ, is an innovative post-rehabilitative therapeutic program that addresses the long-term needs of people with aphasia and their families. Aphasia is a language disorder caused by stroke or other brain injury and can impair the expression and understanding of spoken language, reading and writing. This frustrating condition affects a person’s ability to communicate, but does not affect his or her intellect.

Commitment to Stroke Survivors Living with Aphasia

In 2002, Tucker met Mike & Elaine Adler, founders of the Adler Aphasia Center. Inspired by their vision and commitment to stroke survivors living with aphasia and their families, she worked in conjunction with the Adlers to build the Center as a place of help and hope for people with aphasia as they recover from their strokes and aphasia. Considered the gold standard of long-term aphasia treatment programs worldwide, Tucker used her experience and background in gerontology in the planning, development and implementation of this community-based center, which opened in 2003. She also helped establish the Aphasia Network of NJ to coordinate advocacy and education initiatives to professionals and consumers in NJ. Tucker has also served as Co-Chair of the NJ Aphasia Study Commission and is a founding board member of AphasiaAccess, a national network of healthcare, business, and community leaders that advance lifelong communication access for people with aphasia.

Klein comes to the Center as a former Senior Vice President of Development for Care Plus NJ, Inc., where she was part of senior staff since 2000 and provided leadership and oversight for corporate development and strategy. She was involved in a wide array of projects there that worked towards population health management. She also managed operations for the Care Plus Foundation. A Park Ridge, NJ resident, Klein completed her Bachelor of Social Work and Certificate in Gerontology at Stockton College and earned her Master of Social Work at Fordham University. Her 20+ years in the non-profit world has been diverse and will serve her well as she leads the Center into a new era of growth.

She currently serves as a volunteer Board Trustee at the Center for Hope and Safety (formerly Shelter our Sisters), is a member of the Park Ridge Mayor’s Wellness Committee and leads the Park Ridge Stigma Free Task Force. Shelby completed a four year term as a Public Member of the Attorney Ethics Committee, appointed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. She is a former Chair of the Bergen County Human Services Advisory Council and former Chair of the Council’s Advocacy Committee. Shelby is a leadnj (formerly known as Leadership New Jersey) Fellow, Class of 2008, and Class Representative.

Aphasia Center is Only Center of its Kind in NJ

With 2,500,000 people diagnosed with aphasia in the U.S., the Center is the only center of its kind in NJ, an area with an estimated 70,000 people living with aphasia. Considered the world leader in long-term, post-rehab community-based care for people with ap