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Joanne Susi

"It's the difference between surviving and thriving...and I'm thriving here."Joanne Susi was BIA-MA's keynote speaker at the 35th Annual Brain Injury Conference. On March 16, 2011, Joanne Susi's life was transformed. After three long years in a nursing home, she moved into the community as a result of the ABI Waiver Program. Read Joanne's story

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BIA-MA Leadership Team

Nicole GodaireNicole M. Godaire, CBIS, Executive Director of the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA), has been with BIA-MA since 2005.  She most  recently served as the Assistant Executive Director prior to being named to this position in 2013.  

Advocating for the brain injury community is Nicole’s passion.  Her most recent accomplishments in advocacy include increases in both the Head Injury Treatment Services Trust Fund (HITS) and the FY’16 Statewide Head Injury Program (SHIP) budget. These increases have made more programs and services available to survivors and caregivers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Nicole’s relationships within the provider community have made it possible for for BIA-MA to increase brain injury awareness and close gaps in services for individuals in Massachusetts who live with brain injuries.

Board of Directors - Officers

daviddwork David Dwork, Esq.
Teresa Hayes Teresa Hayes, MSW, LICSW
Immediate Past-President
Matthew Martino Matthew Martino, CFA
chipbradley David "Chip" Bradley, Jr.
Survivor Council,
Matthew Martino Stephen Butera, Esq. Family Member Laura Herman Laura Herman
CEO Insurance Marketing Agencies
haroldwilkinson Harold Wilkinson, MD, PhD kenkolpan Kenneth Kolpan, Esq.
Past President
marillyn spivak Marilyn Spivak
BIAA Founder


Board of Directors - Members

Helen A. Brown-Bryant, JD
Attorney At Law

John C. Byler
Survivor and Author

Robert C. Cantu, MD, MA, FACM
Neurosurgeon & Co-Founder, Sports Injury Institute

Jay Fraga
Brain Injury Survivor, The Knockout Project

Evan Gray
Sales Director, OneAmerica and Family Member

Arlene Korab
BIA-MA Immediate Past Executive Director

John Paul Weaver, MS, MD
Department of Neurosurgery, UMass-Memorial Medical Center
University of Massachusetts Medical School