888-500-9165 | Statewide Info-line info@biaaz.org

Who We Are

The Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona is a social benefit organization dedicated to creating a better future through brain injury prevention, advocacy and education. We support, connect, and empower survivors and caregivers on their journeys to recovery.

Thirty-five years ago, the Brain Injury Alliance was founded in Tucson by a group of parents who joined forces to network and assist their pediatric and adult children who survived brain injury. They were particularly interested in identifying and working with professionals who truly understood the complex journey that life-after-brain-injury entails.

Today, the Brain Injury Alliance is a statewide organization that supports individuals with brain injuries and the professionals that serve them, through prevention, education and awareness.

OUR STAFF

Carrie Collins, MPA

Carrie Collins, MPA

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Carrie brings her passion for well-run nonprofits to the Alliance. She has an extensive background in nonprofit management, government, and public policy, joining the Alliance in 2015 after a long career with United Way and the Alzheimer’s Association.  Carrie enjoys the challenges that come with being at the helm of the only organization in Arizona providing lifelong support, resources, and empowerment activities for survivors of brain injury. Born in Michigan, when not planning the annual conference or Camp Can Do, the Arizona transplant can be found honing her desert green thumb or spending time with her three rescue Chihuahuas.

Brittany Sweeny-Lawson

Brittany Sweeny-Lawson

RESOURCE FACILITATION MANAGER (Bilingual)

Brittany is responsible for vetting and researching brain injury resources and information so those who need them most—survivors of brain injury, their families, and the professionals who serve them— have reliable access to them through the BIAAZ website database. As the bilingual resource facilitation manger, she strives to offer the highest-quality resources in English and Spanish, and is continuously in the process of translating BIAAZ materials into Spanish. She is proud to be on the BIAAZ team, providing education and raising awareness for the invisible injury of brain injury. In her spare time, Brittany loves attending and acting in theater productions, baking, reading, karaoke, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her husband and their cat, dog, and hedgehog.

Laura Johnson

Laura Johnson

Survivor Engagement Coordinator

With a background that includes a Business Administration degree and minor in art history from Northeastern University in Boston, and a Bachelor of Fine Art’s in Interior Design and Architecture from The Art Institute of Phoenix, Laura deeply appreciates the power of visual creativity and interpretation, and has a keen grasp of entrepreneurial organization and project management.

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivor herself, Laura has embraced her journey to help tell the stories of others.  She has worked in the non-profit sector for the past 7 years in Phoenix as a health navigator, assisting individuals and their families within the disability community, connecting them to resources, organizations, and most importantly for survivors, new friendships.   Laura enjoys spending time with her family and friends, especially her dog Sophie, as well as seeing bands, anything art and design related, sailing, hiking, and traveling.

OUR BOARD

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Julie Rake,
MSPAS-PAC

President

Arizona Integrative Medicine & Spa

Sabrina Taylor

Vice President

Detective
Phoenix Police Department

Sean Badding

Treasurer

Owner
Everlasting Services

MEMBERS
AT-LARGE

Jessica Brown, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Speech Language & Hearing Sciences
University of Arizona

Ian Crain, MD

Director
Brain Injury Center at Banner
University Medical Center Phoenix

Chester Hayes III,
MS, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant
Valley Surgical Clinics

Scott Palumbo, Esq.

Partner
Palumbo Wolfe & Palumbo

Katie Pierce, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist
CoreBalance  Therapy, LLC

Ileana Ratiu,
PhD, CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor
Assistant Program Director

Midwestern University

ADVISORY COUNCIL

Dina Shacknai, PsyD

Chair, 2021

Founder
Maxie’s Hosue

Christina Kwasnica, MD

Chair Elect, 2022

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

P. David Adelson, MD

Immediate Past Chair

Director
Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Scott Palumbo, Esq.

Past Chair, 2019

Partner
Palumbo, Wolfe, & Palumbo

Carrie Collins, MPA

Executive Director
Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona

Dena M. Baldwin, EMSL

Facilitator

Go Big! Enterprise

Clint Borman, DPT

Partner & Director of Physical Therapy
Foothills Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

Patrick Bosarge, MD

Trauma Program Medical Director
Banner University Medical Center Phoenix

David Dodick, MD

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

Marisue Garganta

President
Marisue Garganta & Associates

The Honorable
Barry Goldwater

Former Member of Congress

John Heick, PhD

Associate Professor
Northern Arizona State University

Rob Hunter

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

Jennifer Jermaine

State Representative

Maggie Keane MD

Pediatrician
Acts of Kidness Pediatrics

Chandan Krishna, MD

Neurosurgeon
Mayo Clinic

Erica Krobot

Executive Director Risk & Litigation Counsel
Banner Health

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)

Sharon Noe

Chief Operating Officer
Neuro RehabCare

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

Ed Sandidge

AZ Mass Mutual

Kelly Sample

Owner
Cucina Tagliani Restaurants

Bridget Seeley, PhD

Senior Lecturer in the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University

Ken Smith

Area Manager
Intel

Clint Sundt

Vice President
Sundt Construction

Scot Taggart

Field Sales Manager
SIMS Business Systems

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: P. David Adelson, 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

Butters Pet Care Fund Committee

CHAIR: Allison Marshall


The Butters Fund is a one-of-a kind programs that supports survivors of all types of brain injury in maintaining their pets and service animals through financial challenges. The committee helps raise and direct funds to support the owner and their animal’s health and well-being.

Meets via Zoom the last Monday of the month from 9:00-10:00 a.m.


CLICK HERE to volunteer
Email: info@biaaz.org

Camp Can Do Committee

Camp Can Do 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

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

Public Policy Committee

The end goal of this committee is to work with state, local, and federal officials to educate them about the guts, grit, and support it takes to live well after brain injury.

Meets via Zoom the last Friday of the month from 4:00-5:00 p.m.


CLICK HERE to volunteer
Email: info@biaaz.org

Services for Vulnerable Populations Committee

CO-CHAIRS

Jay Mankey
Childers & Coventry

Shanna Mays
Arizona Complete Health


This committee is set to strengthen and expand services for justice-involved youth, children in foster care, those experiencing homelessness, survivors of family violence, and survivors of human trafficking.

Meets via Zoom the 2nd Wednesay of the month from 6:00-7:00 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

Utility Assistance Fund

Those impacted by brain injury may find themselves facing hardship when their hours at work are reduced or they lose their jobs. This committee helps survivors of brain injury living independently to keep the lights on and the water running during times of financial crisis.

Meets via Zoom the last Monday of the month from 8:00-9:00 a.m.


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Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona

5025 E. Washington St, Ste 106
Phoenix, Arizona 85034

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Statewide Info-line
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BIAAZ is a chartered affiliate of the
United States Brain Injury Alliance.

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