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Office & Administration


Heather Denney
Compliance and Business Development

Heather came to Hinds’ Feet Farm as a volunteer with a passion for helping people maximize their potential in life. She now serves as a member of our administrative staff. With more than 8 years of experience in healthcare administration, Heather specializes in continuous quality improvement, health services policy, compliance, accreditation, business development, healthcare marketing and communications. Heather earned her associate’s degree in Business Administration from College of the Canyons, bachelor’s degree in Health Services Leadership and Management from Cabarrus College of Health Sciences, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration.  As a promoter of health and wellness, Heather is also professionally and technically trained in gymnastic, classical and contemporary jazz, ballet, and modern dance. In her free time, she gives private dance lessons to children and adults

Martin Foil
Executive Director

Marty was born in Concord, NC.  He is a 1985 graduate of Davidson College with a degree in Economics.  After 16 years in the computer consulting and software industry, he joined Hinds’ Feet Farm.  Marty is an enthusiastic advocate for persons living with brain injury and has spoken at briefings in the U.S. Congress and Senate and has also been involved in numerous state and national lobbying efforts on behalf of the greater brain injury community. As a former member of the NC Governor's Brain Injury Advisory Council, Marty is very active in the areas of prevention, education and outreach. He speaks frequently to local area elementary school students on the importance of helmet safety and has organized events where hundreds of bike helmets were given to area youth.  Marty is also a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS).

Kathy MacAlear 

With a background of over 30 years in accounting and bookeeping, Kathy brings an exceptional work ethic, attention to detail and a passion for numbers to the Hinds' Feet Farm team!

Huntersville Day Program Staff


Alison Spasoff
Day Program Director

Alison Spasoff was born in Connecticut, and moved to the Charlotte area in 1985. Alison and her daughter currently reside in Kannapolis, NC and share their home with their two horses and a dogi.  Alison has been an avid equestrian since age five and is looking forward to sharing the therapeutic value of horsemanship with the members and families of Hinds’ Feet Farm.  Alison earned her degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Western Carolina University in 1996 and has over seventeen years of experience in the human services field. Her career began in 1996 at Tri-County Mental Health, working with troubled children and their families as a High Risk Intervention staff. She was recognized for her work by the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services in 2001 with the Sandra Wells Peterson “Outstanding Case Manager” award. Alison comes to us from RHA Health Services, where she served as Regional Director, overseeing a vast array of behavioral health programming across central North Carolina.

Amanda Krise
Day Program Coordinator

Amanda came to Hinds’ Feet Farm as an intern completing her master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling with a passion for brain injury.  Prior to joining Hinds’ Feet Farm as the Day Program Coordinator, Amanda worked at Puddin’s Place as a residential caregiver.  Her past experiences include working in inpatient rehabilitation for individuals with spinal cord and brain injuries and with vocational rehabilitation.  Amanda earned her bachelor’s degree in Recreation Therapy from University of North Carolina Wilmington and her master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.  Professionally, Amanda is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).



Asheville Day Program Staff


Erica Engelsman
Day Program Director

Erica joins Hinds' Feet Farm with a broad background in the human service field as a provisionally licensed clinical social worker (PLCSW).  She has worked with adults and children across the spectrum of developmental disability in a wide variety of settings including: summer camps, day programs, residential care homes and schools.  Erica has extensive experience in working with individuals and families, and has a true gift for helping others!  Erica received her bachelors of arts in Social Work from Warren Wilson College and her masters degree in Social Work from the University of Louisville.  Erica also earned a masters degree in special education from the University of Louisville and has served as an adjunct faculty member in the Education Department at Warren Wilson College.

Joe Barrett
Day Program Coordinator

As a survivor of a traumatic brain injury himself, Joe has a deeper appreciation and understanding of what our members live with daily than anyone.  Struck by a car while cycling, Joe turned his tragic, life-changing event into a drive an passion to serve others.  During his recovery, Joe changed his career and life path and decided to pursue a degree in Recreational Therapy so he could use his experience and knowledge to help other survivors of traumatic brain injury.  Joe, our "Mayor of Hope", received his CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist) from the University of New Hampshire.


Dennis Berndt
Day Program Coordinator

Dennis brings a wide spectrum of talents, energy and enthusiasm to our program in Asheville. Dennis comes to Hinds' Feet Farm with an 11 year history of working with adolescents and adults with a wide array of developmental and intellectual disabilities in a variety of settings.  A true "renaissance" man, Dennis is also a talented singer/songwriter/musician and artist with an overabundance of creativity! Dennis earned a degree in Recreation management with a concentration in Experiential Education from Appalachian State University with a minor in Studio Art.  We are excited to have Dennis involved in the life of our program!


Residential Staff


Dawn Thompson
Residential Director, Puddin's Place

Dawn comes to Hinds' Feet Farm with 13 years of experience in long term care, as a director of a two building facility with over 100 residents and a staff of almost 50. She is passionate about providing quality of life while maintaining dignity and independence; always keeping each resident a priority. Dawn has been a licensed practical nurse for 30 years with an emphasis on geriatric and Alzheimer's care. She is enthusiastic and dedicated to providing exceptional medical and personal care as people journey through life.