About Us

Our Mission

To improve the quality of life for everyone impacted by brain injury by providing advocacy, education, information, support, and resources, while promoting brain injury prevention

Our Vision

A world where all individuals impacted by brain injury thrive in their community

Our Values

Integrity: Being dependable and following through on commitments

Excellence: Modeling a positive example as we pursue high expectations

Collaboration: Actively listening and working together for a common purpose

Making the invisible visible since 1983

Today, you can make a difference for people impacted by brain injury.

OUR BOARD of directors

Bryan Bates, MSHA, BSN, RN

Bryan Bates, MSHA, BSN, RN

PRESIDENT

Katie Pierce, PT, DPT

Vice President

Jessica Westmiller, MSW

Vice President

Tamara Valovich McLeod, PhD

Treasurer

Scott Palumbo, Esq.

Immediate Past President

Sean Badding, MPA

Ian Crain, MD

Jyothi Gupta, PhD

Edward James, PhD

Kevin Keenan, Esq.

Larry Niemann

Julie Rake, MSPAS-PAC

Ileana Ratiu, PhD, CCC-SLP

Tamara Valovich McLeod, PhD

OUR STAFF

Statewide Info-line
1 (888) 500-9165

info@biaaz.org

MAIN OFFICE
(602) 508-8024​

Carrie Collins, MPA

Carrie Collins, MPA

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Shawna Fellenz

Shawna Fellenz

Program Operations Director

Anne Adkinson, BHPP

CAREGIVER ADVOCATE
Brain Health Coach

Suzy Albanese, OTR/L

RESOURCE FACILITATION
Certified Brain Injury Specialist

Randy Elston

ADAPTIVE RECRATION & ACTIVITIES
USMC Veteran

Luke Fadell, MVHPA

DIRECTOR VETERANS SERVICES
ADDICTION & DISABILITY SERVICES NAVIGATOR
U.S Army Veteran

Will Grove

RESOURCE FACILITATION
Certified Brain Injury Specialist

Laura Johnson

SURVIVOR ART PROGRAMS

Kristin O’Shaughnessy

CLIENT EXPERIENCE NAVIGATOR

Suzanne O’Connor, PsyD

ADDICTION, EMPLOYMENT, &
BRAIN INJURY TECHNICAL ADVISORY 

Janice Podzimek

DRUNK & DISTRACTED DRIVING SURVIVOR ADVOCATE
Certified Brain Injury Specialist

Brittany Sweeney-Lawson

STATEWIDE NEURO-INFO LINE DIRECTOR
Certified Brain Injury Specialist
BILINGUAL—Spanish

ADVISORY
COUNCIL

Carrie Martz

Chair, 2023

Owner
Carrie On Consulting &
Clean Light Laboratories

Christina Kwasnica, MD

Immediate Past Chair, 2022

Medical Director Neurorehabilitation
Barrow Neurological Institute
Dignity Health | St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center

Dina Shacknai, PsyD

Immediate Past Chair, 2021

Founder
Maxie’s Hosue

P. David Adelson, MD

Past Chair, 2020

Director
Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Karla Baning, NP

Neurology, HonorHealth

Clint Borman, DPT

Partner & Director of Physical Therapy
Foothills Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

Patrick Bosarge, MD

Trauma Program Medical Director

Tina Buck, PhD, LPC, BCN

Biobalance Integrated Wellness LLC, Bisbee, Arizona

David Dodick, MD

Professor of Neurology,
Director of the Headache and Concussion Programs,
Mayo Clinic Arizona

Marisue Garganta

President
Marisue Garganta & Associates

John Heick, PhD

Associate Professor
Northern Arizona State University

Rob Hunter

On-Air Host | Assistant Program Director
550 KFYI and iHeartMedia

Ashutosh Jadhav,
MD, PhD

Department of Neurosurgery, Barrow Neurological Institute Dignity Health | Neurological Surgery, HonorHealth

LaShawn Jenkins, Esq.

Founder/Partner
Jenkins Law Firm

Judge Jennifer Jermaine

San Marcos Justice of the Peace

Chandan Krishna, MD

Neurosurgeon
Mayo Clinic

David Moffitt

City of Phoenix
Captain • Paramedic

Johnathan Monteiro, DPT

AthElite Performance Therapy

Natasha Moyes

Networking Specialist | PR
Fancy Life Pro

L. Elizabeth Mullikin, DHA, FACHE

Arizona Group Director Neuroscience Service Line Abrazo Neuroscience Institute (Phoenix) and Carondelet Neurological Institute (Tucson)

Jessica H. Nathan

Senior Vice President of Operations | Neuro RehabCare Vice President | CPMc

Sharon Noe

Cindy Owens

Senior Regional Manager
& Vice President
CPMc

Austin Peterson,
CFP, CLU, MBA

Financial Planner
Backbone Financial

Aimee Piller,
PhD, OTR/L, BCP

Owner
Piller Child Development

Patricio Reyes, MD

Chief of Neurology | TBI | Alzheimer’s Disease | Cognitive Disorders
VA Medical Center

Mike Robertson

Senior Manager
American Express

Kelly Sample

Owner
Cucina Tagliani Restaurants

Ed Sandidge

AZ Mass Mutual

Ken Smith

Area Manager
Intel

Clint Sundt

Vice President
Sundt Construction

Freddie Thornton

CFO
MC Companies

Steven Threet

Former Arizona State University Quarterback

Phil Wurr

Executive Director at Paramedics Unlimited,
Captain with Phoenix Fire,
PVCC Adjunct Faculty

COMMITTEES

Advisory Council

CHAIR: Christina Kwasnica, MD


The Advisory Council works in tandem with and under the auspices of the Board of Directors to open doors, expand the BIAAZ’s outreach, and de-stigmatize brain injury.

Meeting details shared with members.


Email: info@biaaz.org

Camp Brain Committee

Camp Brain is a four-day camp for survivors of brain injury. The camp relies on physical therapy and occupational therapy students and professionals to staff the camp. Other professionals, caregivers, and survivors are welcome to assist with scholarship fundraising for campers and volunteers.

Meets March – July


CLICK HERE to volunteer
Email: info@biaaz.org

Development & Special Events Committee

This committee meets the first Friday of every month via ZOOM at 4:30PM.


CLICK HERE to volunteer
Email: info@biaaz.org

Education Committee

Join us as we plan the Brain Injury Survivor & Caregiver Expo, Brain Injury University, and Living Life Fully after Brain Injury series.

Meets via Zoom the last Friday of the month from 5:30-6:30 p.m.


CLICK HERE to volunteer
Email: info@biaaz.org

The Noggin | e-Zine Committee

CHAIR
Brittany Sweeney-Lawson


This committee looks at article submissions and advertising opportunities for the beloved quarterly e-Zine, The Noggin.

Meets the last Monday of the month from 3:30-4:30 p.m.


CLICK HERE to volunteer
Email: info@biaaz.org

JOIN THE TEAM!

Please review our current open positions.

Long-COVID Neuro Care Coordinator

The focus of this position is to identify the ongoing needs of survivors of brain injury and their family members. Additional emphasis is placed on serving those who are experiencing long-term neurological impacts due to COVID-19, and those needing continuum of care services due to cognitive/memory issues and limited assistance.

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CONTACT US if you are interested in joining the team!

To apply for this position, please complete the preliminary application form below and upload your cover letter and resume where indicated.


 

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Program Manager-Adaptive Recreation & Activities

Be part of a team of knowledgeable, compassionate, and helpful allies for Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona clients. The Adaptive Recreation and Activities Program Manager oversees components of social activities and recreation programs including planning, implementation, and evaluation. This position also supervises and works with community volunteers. This position is responsible for planning and overseeing regular events and social activities for survivors of all types of brain injury, their families, and caregiver. 

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CONTACT US if you are interested in joining the team!

To apply for this position, please complete the preliminary application form below and upload your cover letter and resume where indicated.


 

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Upload your resume here
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5025 E. Washington St, Ste 106
Phoenix, Arizona 85034

QCO CODE: 22360
EIN 94-2937165

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1 (888) 500-9165

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BIAAZ is a chartered affiliate of the
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