^You're reading too much into it. Remember, in PoN/RtD, Geordi was
back where he'd been at the end of PoD. His stint on the Challenger
was referenced, but he was still back at commander's rank aboard the Enterprise
. And there's exactly zero mention of Leah Brahms in PoN/RtD. So there isn't any major conflict between that duology and Dave's trilogy, except that one makes a passing reference to the events of IFM and the other doesn't.