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From the Courtroom to the Ballroom

As one of the Valley’s premier divorce attorneys, Angie Hallier knows her way around the courtroom. But on Saturday, January 14, 2023, her best moves will be on the dance floor.

She will be a featured celebrity at the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona’s Brainiac Bash Supporting Brain Health, to be held at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia.

With an eye toward constant improvement and learning, Angie became aware of the great work done by the Brain Injury Alliance when her son-in-law, Jon Hancock, was honored at last year’s Brainiac Bash with the Courageous Veteran award.

From the Courtroom to the Ballroom

As one of the Valley’s premier divorce attorneys, Angie Hallier knows her way around the courtroom. But on Saturday, January 14, 2023, her best moves will be on the dance floor.

She will be a featured celebrity at the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona’s Brainiac Bash Supporting Brain Health, to be held at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia.

With an eye toward constant improvement and learning, Angie became aware of the great work done by the Brain Injury Alliance when her son-in-law, Jon Hancock, was honored at last year’s Brainiac Bash with the Courageous Veteran award.

This prominent Arizonan is originally from Nebraska. She was married at 19, had a daughter at 21, was divorced at 23, then earned her law degree from the University of Nebraska.

She was then recruited by a large Phoenix law firm and headed west. Within six years, Angie had her own firm, specializing in family law and divorce matters. Since she had been a young single mother herself, she understood many of the challenges that followed the breakup of any marriage.

That’s when she developed the concept of “Your Next Best Life” and authored the book, The Wiser Divorce: Positive Strategies for your Next Best Life. She sought to help men and women realize that divorce can be a transition to something better, a gateway to a brighter future.

By preparing individuals for post-divorce life, she struck a responsive chord. Angie says, “My job is to prepare them for the future. You don’t want to be in a situation post-divorce asking yourself, ‘what do I do now?’”

With an eye toward constant improvement and learning, Angie became aware of the great work done by the Brain Injury Alliance when her son-in-law, Jon Hancock, was honored at last year’s Brainiac Bash with the Courageous Veteran award.

Jon experienced several traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) while deployed to the Middle East. His subsequent 6,000-mile march across the United States to bring awareness to the difficulties veterans faced while rebounding from trauma was the subject of an award-winning documentary, Bastards’ Road.

The more Angie learned about the Brain Injury Alliance, the more she wanted to be involved. When she was invited to be a featured celebrity dancer this year, she jumped at the chance to be turned, spun, and even (with permission) flipped.

“I’ve been rehearsing with my partner Igor Ustymovych from the Fred Astaire Dance Studios in Paradise Valley and am loving every minute of it,” she shares enthusiastically. “Even though my back is hurting from throwing my leg around him, I’m doing better than I thought I would. Of course, much of that is because of Igor.”

Angie is ready to have her performance judged by the likes of Dr. Dina Shacknai, Lin Sue Flood, and Johnjay Van Es. “This will be one fantastic night for a very worthy cause. In addition to dancing, there will be great food, an auction, and lots of surprises,” she says.

Chair for the Brainiac Bash Kathryn Pidgeon will also oversee the honoring of prestigious awards to Letitia Frye (Woman of Courage), Brandon Lee (Man of Courage), Missy Byrd (Courageous Veteran), and Bryan Danielson (Courageous Athlete).

“This organization and these individuals are doing so much to promote awareness of brain health,” Angie notes. “I’m glad I can help advance their mission on what I know will be an unforgettable evening.”

The Brainiac Bash Soirée Supporting Brain Health will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2023, from 5:30-10:30 p.m. at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia.

ABOUT BRAIN INJURY ALLIANCE OF ARIZONA

The Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona (BIAAZ) is the only statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of adults and children with all types of brain injuries through prevention, advocacy, awareness and education. BIAAZ also houses the Arizona Brain Health Resource Center, a collection of educational information and neuro-specific resources for brain injury survivors, caregivers, family members and professionals.

What began in 1983 as a grassroots effort has grown into a strong statewide presence, providing valuable life-long resources and community support for individuals with all types of brain trauma at no charge.

The Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona:

  • Works with Congressional Brain Injury Task Force
  • Houses Arizona Brain Health Resource Center
  • Hosts virtual and in-person support groups for survivors and families
  • Has Statewide Opioid Use Disorder & Cognitive Impairment Response team with peer support, training, and family wraparound services
  • Facilitates Brain Health Advisory Council
  • Manages statewide Neuro Info-Line: 888-500-9165

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