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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
haroldwilkinson Harold Wilkinson, MD, PhD
Matthew Martino Matthew Martino, CFA
Executive Board Member
chipbradley David "Chip" Bradley, Jr.
Survivor Council,
daviddwork David Dwork, Esq.
kenkolpan 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

Arlene Korab
BIA-MA Immediate Past Executive Director

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

Marilyn Price Spivack
Neurotrauma Outreach Coordinator, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network

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