Over 200 guests attended the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey’s (the Alliance) 11th Annual Gala at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston, New Jersey on Thursday, March 16 to celebrate the leadership of our honorees and to recognize 35 years of service by the Alliance. The Gala kicked off with a cocktail and dinner reception, silent and live auction, and concluded with an awards presentation. The Gala raises funds to provide programs and services to people impacted by brain injury.

The Alliance presented Leadership Awards to John Tiene, CEO of Agency Network Exchange, Barbara Geiger-Parker, past President and CEO of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey, and Benjamin Kurland, CEO of Allaire Health Care Group.

Mr. Tiene has conducted extensive research into building effective independent agency distribution systems, and has been active in community and non-profit organizations for most of his life. He is a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey, and has served on numerous non-profit Boards of Directors. Mrs. Geiger-Parker served as President and CEO of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey from 1987 to early 2016. During that time she was able to develop the community-based services of the organization to better meet the needs of individuals with brain injury. She also led an effort to establish the United States Brain Injury Alliance in 2012 as its founding Board Chair. Mr. Kurland has fostered the growth of a specialized neurological program with a multidisciplinary approach, meeting the clinical, social-emotional and spiritual needs of patients. He is an ordained minister and has officiated the wedding of a resident and is an active member of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey.

Highlights of the evening included David Musicant, Brain Injury Survivor and Partner at American Securities, who brought attendees to tears with his emotional speech reflecting on his family’s experience with brain injury and their dedication to helping the Alliance improve the lives of others affected. “We are committed to this organization for the rest of our lives,” said Mr. Musicant.

Thank you to all of our guests for your support of our organization. There is still time to make a donation towards our Gala at bianj.org/gala-donation.

Congratulations to our Honorees:

John Tiene
Chief Executive Officer
Agency Network Exchange

Barbara Geiger-Parker
Past President and Chief Executive Officer
Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey

Benjamin Kurland
Chief Executive Officer
Allaire Health Care Group

Thank you to our generous sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible:



Allaire Health Care Group

Bancroft NeuroRehab

The Hartford

Horizon NJ Health

RWJBarnabas Health

JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute

Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation

Wallace McD. Kyle

Cooper Bone & Joint Institute

Donny and Arielle Rosenberg Greystone Funding

Selective Insurance Company

John Allen

Ronald Parker and Barbara Geiger-Parker

David Grubb

David Klein P & G Brokerage

Eisner Amper

Encore Rehabilitation Services


New Jersey Skylands Insurance


Rita Steindlberger

Shore Neuropsychology


Thank you to our Corporate Circle Partners, without whom events like these would not be possible.