Advocacy & Public Affairs Committee

Our Advocacy & Public Affairs Committee advises the Alliance’s public policy and advocacy goals and endeavors. The staff liaison to this committee is Thomas F. Grady, MPA, ACG, ALB, Director of Advocacy & Public Affairs. Current committee members are:

Barbara Geiger-Parker
John W. Indyk
Al Pressler


Governance Committee

Our Governance Committee is responsible for the continual development of our Board of Trustees. The staff liaison to this committee is Rita Steindlberger, President & CEO of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey.
This committee is currently in the process of new member selection.


Children & Adolescents Committee (CAC)

Our Children & Adolescents Committee (CAC) was developed to address the specific needs and issues of school-aged children. Staff liaison to this committee is Barbara Geiger-Parker, Chief Strategy Officer.
Current committee members are:

Bradford J. Ross, PhD – Committee Chair
Stephanie Bar Am
Doreen Bridgman
Doborah Brown
Barbara Couvadelli, MD, PhD
Connie Domingo, MD, FAAP, FAAPMR
Kerry Ellmer
Paula Henry
Wallace McD. Kyle
Lenore Laracuente, Esq.
Linda Levine
Thomas McBride, PhD
Lois Mishkin, MA, CC/LDTC
Drew Nagele, PsyD, CBIST
Susan Paradise, M.Ed
Erin Seigh
Dale Starcher
Sue Stephens, LCSW
Judith Woop, M.Ed, RN


Concussion Committee

Our Concussion Committee is responsible for spearheading the activities of the organization’s Concussion in Sports Campaign. The staff liaison to this committee is Joanna Boyd, Public Education Coordinator.
Current committee members are:

Kimberly Beckwith-McGuire, PhD
Mary Blackborow, RN
Jill Brooks, PhD
Ronald J. Czajkowski, MS
Annegret Dettwiler, EdD, MS
Connie Domingo, MD, FAAP, FAAPMR
Dave Feigley, PhD
Arlene Goodman, MD
Pamela Griffen, MPH, CTRS
M. Bruce Kaufmann, CPRP
Kristine Keane, PsyD
Daniel Klim, MS
Emil L. Matarese, MD
Chris Mueller
Mustafa Naematulla, BS
Robb Rehberg, PhD, ATC, NREMT
Stephen Rice, MD, PhD, MPH, FAAP, FACSM
Moshe Roth, OD
Rosemarie Scolaro-Moser, PhD, ABN, ABPP-RP
Derek Shendell, DEnv, MPH
Erica Silverman, BS
Diana Toto, MS
Jessica Viana, MEd, ATC
Paul Vidal, PT, DPT, MHSc, OCS, FAAOMPT
Jerry Voelbel, PhD


Council for the Head Injured Community (CHIC)

The mission of the Council for the Head Injured Community [CHIC] is to champion and publicize the advocacy, rights, and needs of people who have survived a brain injury. CHIC is comprised of people with brain injuries, who empower themselves and others to become effective self advocates and advocates on brain injury-related issues.

The staff liaison to this committee is Thomas F. Grady, MPA, CTM, CL, Directory of Advocacy and Public Affairs. The current Chair of this committee is Richard S. Anderson. CHIC always welcomes new members. Please visit our CHIC page to learn more or contact Tom Grady at tgrady@bianj.org. You can also call for more information at 732-745-0200.


Finance Committee

Our Finance Committee serves in an advisory capacity for the overall operations of our organization. The staff liaison to this committee is Gisela Rutch, Director of Finance.
Current committee members are:

Richard A. Sackin – Committee Chair
Anthony Cuzzola
Wallace McD. Kyle
Barbara Geiger-Parker


Gala Event Committee

Our Gala Committee is responsible for planning the Alliance’s Annual Gala every March. The staff liaison to this committee is Wendy Berk, Vice President of Development and Communications.
Current committee members are:

Anthony G. Cuzzola – Committee Co-chair
Steven Benvenisti, Esq. – Committee Co-chair
Virgilio Caraballo
Robert Gordon
Kristine C. Keane, PsyD
Wallacy McD. Kyle
Joseph W. Manger
S. Moshe Roth ,OD, FCOVD


Resource Development Committee

Our Resource Development Committee is committed to increasing sources of funding to help provide the programs and services of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey. Staff liaison to this committee is Wendy Berk, Vice President of Development and Communications.
Current committee members are:

Richard Anderson
Wendy Berk
Heather Boccassini
Joanna Boyd
Ronald J. Czajkowski
Barbara Geiger-Parker
Julie Ann Glaz, MPA
Thomas F. Grady, MPA, ACG, ALB
John W. Indyk
Neil N. Jasey Jr., MD – Committee Co-chair
Wallace McD. Kyle – Committee Chair
Judith Lutzy – Committee Co-chair
Kristen Olsen
Susan Quick
Rita Steindlberger
Jennifer Suresh


Seminar Committee

The Seminar Committee is responsible for planning and coordinating the Annual Seminar, Fall Family Conference and Health and Regional Professional Trainings. The staff liaisons for the committee are Chad Thompson, Brain Health Network Training Coordinator, Joanna Boyd, Public Education Coordinator and Julie Ann Glaz.

Alicia Bartlett, BA
Steven Benvenisti, Esq.
Joanna Boyd
Jaya George
Julie Ann Glaz, MPA
Brian Greenwald, MD
Janet Gwiazda, RN, BSN, MBA
Marisa King, PT, DPT
Kimberly McGuire, PhD, ABPP
Lois Mishkin, MA, CCC/LDTC
Bradford J. Ross, PhD
Nidhi Shah, PT, DPT
Mary Sharlow-Galella, LCSW – Chairperson
Dianne Simmons-Grab, MA, CCM, CdMS, CLCP
Chad Thompson, MS, BS
Judy Woop, M.Ed, RN, NJ-CSN

Every May, after the Annual Seminar the committee accepts applications for new members to join the Seminar Committee. If you are interested in applying, please contact Chad Thompson at cthompson@bianj.org or you can call 732-745-0200 for more information.


Walk for Brain Injury Awareness Committee

Our Walk for Brain Injury Awareness Committee is responsible for planning and running the Alliance’s Annual Walk for Brain Injury Awareness. The staff liaison to this committee is Wendy Berk, Vice President of Development and Communications.
Current committee members are:


Lorraine Adawi
Richard Anderson
Wendy Berk
Cynthia Boyer, PhD
Reena Chawla
Ronald J. Czajkowski
Brie Gallo
Barbara Geiger-Parker
Julie Ann Glaz, MPA
Jessica Gray
Brian Greenwald, MD
Janet Gwiazda
Kris Hopwood
John W. Indyk – Committee Chair
Jennifer Jervis Babish
Donna Jones
Kristine C. Keane, PsyD
Wallace Kyle
Sarah Levin Allen, PhD, CBIS
Karen Lindergren
Susan Quick
Robb Rehberg
Nancy Sambucci
Lori Shaffer
Jodi Silverman
Nancy Somerville
Rita Steindlberger
Jennifer Suresh

The Walk for Brain Injury Awareness Committee takes place each fall and the committee welcomes new members and/or volunteers to assist with the event each year. If you want to become involved in this annual event please contact Wendy Berk, Vice President of Development and Communications.  You can also find more information on our Walk for Brain Injury Awareness page or call the Alliance at 732-745-0200.