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Kristin Olliney and Isabella

"She’s come really far … but she has a long journey ahead of her, but we’ll take that together, too."

In 2010, Kristin Olliney and her daughter Isabella's lives were changed forever when Isabella came down with sudden acute encephalitis, which caused brain damage. Despite the number of challenges they face every day, Isabella and her mother face them head on and work on her rehabilitation every day.

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About Us

aboutbiamaBIA-MA's Mission

The mission of the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts is to create a better future for brain injury survivors and their families through brain injury prevention, education, advocacy and support.

The vision of the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts is a world where all preventable brain injuries are prevented, all unpreventable brain injuries are minimized, and all individuals who have experienced brain injury maximize their quality of life.

The purpose of the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts is to provide support to brain injury survivors and their families, to offer programs to prevent brain injuries, to educate the public about the risks and impact of brain injury, and to advocate for legislation and improved community services.

About the Organization

The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts is a private, nonprofit organization that serves individuals with brain injury and their families and offers award-winning prevention programs to individuals of all ages. The Association was incorporated in 1982 and is a chartered affiliate of the Brain Injury Association of America. BIA-MA collaborates with the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, the Department of Public Health, the Veterans Administration, the Registry of Motor Vehicles, and other groups to prevent brain injuries and serve survivors.

BIA-MA annually provides support, information and resources to approximately 14,000 survivors, families and medical professionals. BIA-MA sponsors more than 30 support groups throughout Massachusetts which provides a forum for sharing information about brain injury and an opportunity to meet others who share similar experiences and concerns. It also organizes a variety of educational, recreational and social activities.

BIA-MA has been honored with numerous honors and awards, including an Outstanding Advocacy Award from the Brain Injury Association of America, a National Lifesavers Award from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, two Gold Awards from the New England Society for Healthcare Communications for a veterans with TBI billboard and the Faces of Brain Injury banners, and a Leadership Award from Riverside Community Care, Inc.

Nicole Godaire

Nicole Godaire, Executive Director

Nicole began as Executive Director of BIA-MA on July 1, 2013. Joining the organization in 2005, Nicole has served in several capacities including, but not limited to Manager of Operations and Education Programs, and most recently Assistant Executive Director. Nicole has played a large role in advocating for those affected by brain injury, increasing the Head Injury Treatment Services Trust Fund (HITS) from 60 % to 100% during 2012 and 2013. In addition, she facilitated an organization-wide strategic plan.


Arlene Korab, Immediate Past Executive Director

Arlene became involved with BIA-MA in 1984 while seeking non-existent services for her son who was severely disabled by a traumatic brain injury. For ten years she served on the Board of Directors and in 1992, Arlene assumed the position as Executive Director. Under her direction, BIA-MA has become a national leader in assuring that persons with brain injury and their families have adequate funding for services and support.

2013-2014 Annual Report

annual report 2014

Last year, BIA-MA staff provided information and resources to approximately 2,607 survivors, families, friends and professionals. The Association advocated at the EOHHS hearing for the primary seat belt bill and on behalf of the motorcycle helmet bill. The need for brain injury services, support and information is greater than ever and BIA-MA is at the forefront. Read more about how BIA-MA is reaching out to the brain injury community in the 2013-2014 Annual Report!