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Ryan Farrell

"My recovery continues each day"
Ryan was performing with her cheering squad when a flyer on top of her stunt group fell and landed on her. A short time later, she collapsed and did not regain consciousness. She had sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI), along with a collapsed lung and fractured vertebrae in her neck. Read Ryan's story

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BIA-MA Leadership Team

Executive Director, Nicole Godaire, CBIS

Nicole Godaire

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.


Board of Directors


Teresa Hayes

Teresa Hayes, MSW, LICSW


Harold Wilkinson, MD, PhD

Matthew Martino

Matthew Martino, CFA
Executive Board Member


David "Chip" Bradley, Jr.
Survivor Council,


David Dwork, Esq.


Kenneth Kolpan, Esq.
Immediate Past President



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

Evan Gray
Sales Director, OneAmerica and Family Member

Laura Herman
CEO, Insurance Marketing Agencies

Lisa Saba
State Director, MA, RI, NH, ME NeuroRestorative

Marilyn Price Spivack
Founder of Brain Injury Association and Family Member

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

Immediate Past Executive Director, Arlene Korab


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.