Steven Benvenisti is a partner at the Injury law firm of Davis, Saperstein & Salomon. He is included on the list of the National Trial Lawyers “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” and as a “Super Lawyer.” He is of the 3% of attorneys designated by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a “Certified Civil Trial Attorney.”

He is the President of the Board of Trustees of BIANJ and one of the Directors of Mothers Against Drunk Driving New Jersey.

Steven has received over 30 awards as an attorney, along with a US Congressional Citation, US House of Representatives Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition and being named “Citizen of the Year”.

While in college, Steven sustained a traumatic brain injury. While in a coma, his family was asked to consent to his organ donation. Steven fully recovered, became an award winning attorney, and authored Spring Break: A True Story of Hope and Determination which credits the doctors, nurses and rehabilitation professionals for the wonderful work that they do in improving the lives of patients and their families.

He has been a keynote speaker at hundreds of conferences and gladly donates 100% of his honoraria to charity.

Wally has a richly diverse professional background that includes 15 years in the publishing industry with Time Warner. Before joining the financial industry, he was also a small business owner, artist, and lobsterman. He joined Smith Barney in 1999 as a Financial Advisor. In 2012, he joined UBS, where he offers financial planning and portfolio management services to his clients, who consist of multigenerational families, successful business executives and retired executives. His keen analytical skills and talent for listening and connecting with people have all contributed to Wally’s success as a Wealth Manager. 

Wally dedicated himself to altering the stigma associated with brain injuries and works with other individuals who share his interest. He is the former Chairman of the Board at the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey.

Wally attended Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in art in 1977. Wally is married, has two daughters and a son, and is devoted to his family, who enjoy a healthy lifestyle that involves regular exercise, sports and adventure on family vacations.

Michael Greenwald, EdM, is the Secretary of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey’s Board of Trustees.

Richard Sackin, Senior Tax Partner at EisnerAmper, LLP, has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of accounting and taxation, with specialties in state, local and international taxation. He holds a BA in Accounting from Upsala College. Sackin co-authored the New Jersey Tax Handbook and speaks before various groups on international taxation. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants. Sackin is also an active member, and Treasurer, of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey’s Board of Trustees.

Sarah Allen, PhD, CBIS is a Vice President of the Board of Trustees at the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey. Sarah is the Chair of the Support Services Committee.

Brian Greenwald, M.D., is the Medical Director of Center for Brain Injuries and the Associate Medical Director of JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute. He is the Fellowship Director for JFK Johnson’s Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)- certified Brain Injury Medicine fellowship. Additionally, Dr. Greenwald is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and is a Core Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine.

Dr. Greenwald completed his residency training in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He was fellowship-trained in brain injury rehabilitation at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Brain Injury Medicine. Dr. Greenwald is the Medical Director for JFK Johnson Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems research grant which is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research.

Dr. Greenwald has served on the Board of Trustees for the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey since 2002 and is currently the Vice President. Dr. Greenwald has been the recipient of multiple awards for his clinical work, research and teaching. Since 2009 he has recognized by his peers through the Castle Connolly surveys as one of the Top Doctors in the New York Metro Area. Dr. Greenwald has published multiple articles and book chapters in the areas of brain injury rehabilitation. Currently he is involved in several research studies to improve the care of brain injury survivors.

 

Neil N. Jasey, Jr., is a Vice President of the Board of Trustees. He is the Co-Chair on the Fundraising Committee.

Richard is disabled due to sustaining a TBI in 2004. However, he is currently the Chair of the Council for the Head Injured Community. He is a strong advocate for brain injury awareness and pseudobulbar effect (PBA).

Prior to the TBI, Richard had received a BS degree while attending school at night and was a Bureau Director of the Finance Office of the Human Resource Administration of the City of New York.

Marie Blistan, a high school special education resource center teacher in Washington Township public schools, is the Vice President of the New Jersey Education Association. Blistan previously served as NJEA’s secretary-treasurer (2009-2013). 

A graduate of Camden County Community College and Glassboro State College (now Rowan University), Blistan continued her graduate studies and earned a Master’s degree in reading. Blistan holds certificates as a teacher of the handicapped, reading, secondary English, and as a reading specialist. She has also earned a supervisor of instruction certificate from Rowan University.

Cynthia L. Boyer, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with more than 30 years experience in neurorehabilitation. Her professional career has focused on neuropsychological evaluation, psychological treatment, and cognitive rehabilitation of individuals with acquired and degenerative brain injuries and developmental disabilities. Dr. Boyer earned a BA in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and a MA and PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Delaware. An accomplished clinician, Dr. Boyer also has a strong background in administration, strategic planning, program development and clinical quality. She served as Executive Director of Brain Injury Services and Vice President of Quality for Bancroft. 

Currently, Dr. Boyer serves as Chief Clinical Officer for Hope Trust, a technology based trust company serving the special needs community and provides neuropsychological consultation at Assurance Behavioral HealthCare.

In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Boyer holds faculty positions at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Wiedner University and is a trainer for the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS). She serves on the Board of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey and is a medical rehabilitation surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). 

Lamyra Clarke-White is an Assistant Vice President of Program Management at MetLife Insurance Company.  She has over 30 years of experience in Technology and is PMP® certified by the Project Management Institute.  Lamyra holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Programming / Business Management and an MBA in Marketing / International Business both from Seton Hall University.   

Lamyra is firm believer that “to whom much is given, much is required”. Active membership in her church, professional, and community based organizations allows her to live up to this standard. In addition to Trustee on the BIANJ Board, she is a member of Abyssinian Baptist Church (Newark, NJ), Life Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Raritan Valley Chapter (NJ), Links Incorporated, National Pan-Hellenic Council of Essex County, and MetLife DiverseAbilities Business Resource Network.      

Other affiliations include membership in the National Association of Parliamentarians Project Management Institute NJ Chapter, and United Who’s Who of Executives and Professionals.

Lamyra is a graduate of the Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) Management Academy, recipient of the Black Achievers in Industry Award and New Jersey’s 100 Influential People.

After seven years of service in the United States Army Reserves, Lamyra received an honorable discharge as a sergeant.

For 23 years, Ronald Czajkowski served as a Vice President on the executive staff of 100-member New Jersey Hospital Association There, he oversaw all media relations, public relations and publications activity. In addition, he coordinated a variety of member service activities. He was responsible for the planning and facilitating of communications among member hospitals, the media and a variety of external publics. He spoke frequently to various groups throughout the state and nationally on healthcare issues. Ron is a former reporter and editor with both weekly and daily newspapers. He began his career as a municipal and feature reporter at the Hunterdon County Democrat and worked for nine years at the New Brunswick Daily Home News as a business news and assistant news editor.

Ron graduated Muhlenberg College in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in English. In 1975 he received his master’s degree in journalism and public communications from Syracuse University. After completing his studies, he taught English and journalism for three years at Blair Academy in Blairstown, NJ. He has served on the Advisory Board of the US Bicycling Hall of Fame and the New Jersey Press Association Foundation Board.

David B. Gealt, DO, a South Jersey native, is the Assistant Director of Sports Medicine and Director of the Sports Concussion Program at Cooper Bone and Joint Institute, Cooper University Health System. He is an Assistant Professor of Cooper Medical School at Rowan University and and Assistant Professor of Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. He received his fellowship training in Primary Care Sports Medicine at the University Hospital Health Systems in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Gealt completed his residency in family medicine from UMDNJ-SOM newly named Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine and is board-certified in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine.

Dr. Gealt specializes in medical orthopaedics, sports medicine and concussion medicine. He lectures nationally and regionally on various sports medicine topics. He has both authored publications in peer reviewed journals and has contributed to sports medicine textbooks. He serves as team physician for Rowan University, Haverford College, Rutgers Camden and various high schools throughout Southern New Jersey. He served as the team physician for the Philadelphia Wings Professional Indoor Lacrosse team. He recently had the opportunity to be a team physician for USA Olympics at the Olympic training facility in Colorado Springs.

Dr. Gealt is an active member of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, and American Osteopathic Association, as well as various state and local medical societies. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees and the Sports Concussion Committee for the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey. He has been named Top Doc and Top Doc for Kids in Sports Medicine in SJ Magazine. He is an avid runner who participates in several road races each year. Dr. Gealt resides in Voorhees, NJ with his wife, son and daughter.

A senior partner with Gordon & Gordon, P.C., and a nationally-recognized attorney who is Past President of the New Jersey Association for Justice (formerly ATLA NJ) and Past Chairman of the American Association for Justice Motor Vehicle and Premises Liability Section.  Harrison J. Gordon concentrates his practice in Brain Injury litigation, Wrongful Death and Serious Personal Injuries, Mass Torts, Legal Malpractice and Professional Negligence. Mr. Gordon is considered to be a pioneer in brain injury litigation and has been practicing in the area of brain and personal injury litigation for over twenty-five years.  He is admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York and Washington, D.C.

Harrison J. Gordon, has been named to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The American Trial Lawyers Association, a professional organization of America’s top trial lawyers. He has also been named as a Super Lawyer and a top 100 lawyer for the year 2007 by Law and Politics and the Publishers of New Jersey Monthly Magazine in recognition of his achievement as one of the pre-eminent lawyers in his field. Mr. Gordon was also named as Super Lawyer for the years 2006 to the present.   Mr. Gordon was also named one of New Jersey’s Top Rated Lawyers.  New Jersey’s Top Rated Lawyers was created by Lexis Nexis Martindale-Hubbell, the company that has long set the standard for peer review ratings and appeared in the Special Section of the New Jersey Star Ledger. (New Jersey’s largest newspaper).  He has also recently been named as a Lifetime Charter Member of Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America.

Harrison J. Gordon has dedicated his professional life to representing persons with brain injuries and their families by fighting for their legal rights.  He is also an advocate for the rights of people with brain injuries and their families addressing the State Legislature, public forums and in the courts.   In addition, through various seminars he has presented, Mr. Gordon educates attorneys, physicians, rehabilitation specialists and the public.

He was a past member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Trial Lawyer’s of America – Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group. He is Past Chair of the Supreme Court of New Jersey Ethics Committee, District VC.  For his service as Chair of the Ethics Committee, Mr. Gordon received a Certificate of Appreciation from the New Jersey Supreme Court in recognition of his meritorious service to the legal profession and citizens of the State of New Jersey. Harrison J. Gordon was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey, Inc. The Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey, Inc. is a non-profit organization that brings together people with brain injury, their families and friends, and concerned allied health professionals to improve the quality of life people experience after brain injury.

Harrison J. Gordon has been involved in many precedent setting cases involving Pan Am 103, the Dupont Hotel Plaza fire in Puerto Rico and was chosen by the Attorney General of New Jersey to be a member of the Tobacco Litigation Team representing the State of New Jersey in a landmark case against the tobacco industry which resulted in a 7.6 billion dollar settlement for the State of New Jersey.

Harrison J. Gordon practices in the areas of drug litigation and other Mass Tort cases solely on behalf of injured people. His experience in mass tort matters includes handling prescription drug cases that have caused serious injury or death such as Propulsid, Rezulin and other prescription drugs. He has also served on the New Jersey Plaintiffs Steering Committee in the Propulsid litigation. Mr. Gordon also took the deposition of the drug company’s CEO on behalf his clients and the New Jersey Plaintiffs Steering Committee.

He has lectured extensively in the field of trial tactics, personal injury and Traumatic Brain Injuries throughout New Jersey, the United States and Canada and has been included in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law from 1987 to the present and in Who’s Who in the World 1997 to the present.

Harrison Gordon has lectured extensively in the field of traumatic brain injuries for the New Jersey Association for Justice, the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (I.C.L.E.) and the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey, Inc.    He was a featured speaker and moderator of the legal track at numerous times from 1993 to the present at the annual convention of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey, Inc.  He has also presented seminars for the National Business Institute (NBI) on the subject of brain injury, personal injury and trial tactics.  In February, 2013 Mr. Gordon was invited to speak and present at a Video Webcast for the National Business Institute on the subject of Traumatic Brain Injury.  Because of the excellent feedback received back on this Video Webcast, Mr. Gordon was asked to come back and speak at another Video Webcast in October, 2013 on the subject of Winning and Defending Traumatic Brain Injury Cases which will be used to educate doctors, attorneys and other professionals on the subject of brain injury.

Mr. Gordon has also lectured at seminars on trial tactics and personal injury throughout the United States and Canada. He also participated as a Lecturer and Moderator at numerous Seminars on Brain Injury Litigation in San Diego, New Orleans, Chicago, and throughout New Jersey and the United States from 1993 to the present. He is a professional member of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey, Inc. and the Brain Injury Association, Inc. and is the author of numerous articles and written materials on trial preparation in the areas of Personal Injury, Wrongful Death and Traumatic Brain Injury. Mr. Gordon is also the author of an article in New Jersey Medicine, March, 1997, entitled “Point-CounterPoint” – Should Insurance Companies be Held Liable For Not Paying Claims? and several other articles as well. Mr. Gordon has appeared before the New Jersey State Legislature to testify on important bills affecting the citizens and consumers of New Jersey.

Mr. Gordon has been interviewed by and appeared in the following print publications and media: New York Times; Parade Magazine; Newark Star Ledger; Lawyers Weekly USA; The Record, Hackensack, New Jersey; Asbury Park Press, New Jersey; Trenton Times, New Jersey; Passaic Herald News, New Jersey; New Jersey Law Journal, New Jersey Lawyer; WCBS (Channel 2); WNBC (Channel 4); Fox (Channel 5); WABC (Channel 7); New Jersey Network; CBS Radio, New York, New York; 1010 Wins, New York, New York and WOR,  as well as numerous other publications and television and radio stations.

John Indyk is Vice President of the Health Care Association of New Jersey (HCANJ), where he represents long term care facilities, primarily lobbying legislators and government officials on their behalf.

A former Director of Intergovernmental Affairs under for New Jersey Governor Tom Kean, John has over 30 years experience in public policy, community outreach, political campaigns and advertising, crisis management and media relations. Before HCANJ, he served as the lead government affairs agent in a full service public relations firm.

John is a graduate of Rutgers University and an Undergraduate Associate of the Eagleton Institute of Politics. He enjoys mountain biking and road cycling, skiing, golf and spending time with his wife and two grown children.

Casey Holden is currently the Director of Community Development for Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. In this role, she manages a portfolio of relationships with community organizations and donors to raise funds for their adult hospital, children’s hospital, and cancer center through peer-to-peer and patient-and-family special event fundraising. Prior to this role, Casey was a consultant for Deloitte Consulting, helping Fortune 500 companies solve their most complex business challenges. 

Casey became involved in the Brain Injury Alliance of NJ after her father, David, suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of a bicycling accident. Her family began the Musicant Family Brain Trust, a family foundation with a mission of supporting other brain injury survivors, and supported both Camp Trek and the CARES program at BIANJ for multiple years. She now enjoys serving on the Board and Co-Chairing the Fundraising & Operations Committee in her free time.

Trustees Emeritus

Milton S. Hall, 2000
Eugene P. Murnane, 1999
Louise S. Murnane, 1995
Irene Parisi, PhD, 2020 *
Morton Perkoff, M.D., 1997 *
Albert R. Pressler, PE, 2011
Doris Sullivan, 1995
*Deceased