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.


Carrie Collins, MPA

Carrie Collins, MPA


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


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.



Julie Rake,


Arizona Integrative Medicine & Spa

Sabrina Taylor

Vice President

Phoenix Police Department

Sean Badding


Everlasting Services


Jessica Brown, PhD

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

Ian Crain, MD

Brain Injury Center at Banner
University Medical Center Phoenix

Chester Hayes III, MS, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant
Valley Surgical Clinics

Scott Palumbo, Esq.

Palumbo Wolfe & Palumbo

Katie Pierce, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist
CoreBalance  Therapy, LLC

Ileana Ratiu, PhD, CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor
Assistant Program Director

Midwestern University


David Adelson, MD


Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Scott Palumbo, Esq.

Immediate Past Chairman

Palumbo Wolfe & Palumbo

Carrie Collins, MPA

Executive Director
Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona

Dena M. Baldwin, EMSL


Go Big!

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

Marisue Garganta

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

Acts of Kidness Pediatrics

Chandan Krishna, MD

Mayo Clinic

Erica Krobot

Executive Director Risk & Litigation Counsel
Banner Health

Christina Kwasnica, MD

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

David Moffitt

Networking Specialist | PR
City of Phoenix, Captain • Paramedic

Natasha Moyes

Networking Specialist | PR
Fancy Life Pro

Michael Murphy


Cindy Owens

Senior Regional Manager
& Vice President

Austin Peterson

Financial Planner
Backbone Financial

Patricio Reyes, MD

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

Mike Robertson

Finance Director
American Express

Ed Sandidge

AZ Mass Mutual

Kelly Sample

Cucina Tagliani Restaurants

Bridget Seeley, PhD

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

Dina Shacknai, PsyD

Maxie’s Hosue

Ken Smith

Area Manager

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


Addiction & Brain Injury Arizona Workgroup

This workgroup takes a much needed and unique look at the relationship between brain injury and addiction, with a focus on supportive resources and modified programming.

Meets March 6, June 5, Sept 4, & Dec 4, 2020, from 2:00-4:30 p.m. throughout the state

CLICK HERE to volunteer
Email: info@biaaz.org

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

Arizona TBI Services Advisory Board


This statewide board is made up of professionals, survivors, and community members, and takes a comprehensive look at TBI services with a person-centered approach.

Email: info@biaaz.org

Brain Health Gala 2020

Members of this committee plan and prepare for this signature BIAAZ fundraising event that will support outreach and services statewide in 2021.

Meeting details shared with members

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Email: info@biaaz.org

Brain Health Gala 2020: Silent Auction Committee

Members work with merchants and service providers in the Valley to facilitate donations and arrange promotional opportunities for the Brain Health Gala, a signature BIAAZ fundraising event that will support outreach and services statewide in 2021.

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Email: info@biaaz.org

Brain Health Symposium Planning Committee

This committee supports the planning and marketing for the December 1, 2020 conference for allied health professionals.

Meeting details shared with members

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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.

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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

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Email: info@biaaz.org

Chrissy's Closet - Medical Supply Committee

CHAIR: Kathy VanDerworp

This Committee works to sustain and promote Chrissy’s Closet, a durable medical supply loan closet named after Chrissy Gonzales, who fought valiantly against a pediatric brain tumor.

Meets quarterly at Chrissy’s Closet in Phoenix

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Email: info@biaaz.org

Dream It Forward!


This committee oversees financial awards for the following programs:

  • Scholarships for students impacted by brain injury towards college, trade school, or after school programs.
  • $300 Certified Brain Injury Specialist Credential scholarships for Arizona professionals.
  • Instructor stipends for Brain Injury University and Living Life Fully.

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.

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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.

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Email: info@biaaz.org

Re:Start! Resale Store Committee

Re:Start! is the BIAAZ’s resale shop where survivors of brain injury learn needed skills to ready themselves for volunteer work and new careers.

Meets quarterly at the Re:Start! Store in Phoenix

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Email: info@biaaz.org

Run, Walk, & Roll Committee

Jim Ledgewood,
Swaback & Associates

Angela Womack,
Caliente Construction

This committee will plan and prepare to make the Run, Walk, and Roll fundraiser on March 22, 2020 at Kiwanis Park a fun, safe, and successful event.

January – March, on Fridays from 4:30-6:00 p.m.

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Email: info@biaaz.org

Services for Vulnerable Populations Committee


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.

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Email: info@biaaz.org

State Opioid Response & Cognitive Impairment Services Implementation Committee


Dr. Jessie Brown
Dr. Ileana Ratiu

This committee works to ensure effective communication and optimal program spending for Opioid Use Disorder grant funding.

Meeting details shared with members

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Email: info@biaaz.org

Strategic Planning Committee

This committee plans and oversees the implementation of the 2020-2023 Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona Strategic Plan.

Meeting details shared with members

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Email: info@biaaz.org

The Noggin | e-Zine Committee

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.

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Email: info@biaaz.org

Tucson Concussion Run

This committee is responsible for putting on the October 17, 2020 Concussion Run at Rillito Park in Tucson. The primary goal is to bring attention to the seriousness and prevalence of “mild” traumatic brain injury.

Committee meets June – September in Tucson

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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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Email: info@biaaz.org

Veterans & Brain Injury Services Statewide Workgroup

This committee harnesses the power of veterans serving veterans, and strives to engage in current services, as well as identify growth opportunities to assist active duty service members, veterans, and military families in living well after brain injury.

Meets Feb 7, May 1, Aug 7, & Nov 6, 2020, from 9:30 a.m.-noon in Phoenix

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Email: info@biaaz.org












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Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona

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


(602) 508-8024

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1 (888) 500-9165

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BIAAZ is a chartered affiliate of the
United States Brain Injury Alliance.