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Joanne Susi

"I lost consciousness in the helicopter and I remember thinking I was dead, and that this was the end…then nothing,” Jim has no memory of his time in the hospital during his stroke, but came out the other side dedicated to fight his way back. And fight he did!
Read Jim'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 has 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.
Board Chair
Teresa Hayes Teresa Hayes, MSW, LICSW
chipbradley David "Chip" Bradley, Jr.
Survivor Council,
Laura Herman Laura Herman
CEO Insurance Marketing Agencies Board Chair-Elect


kenkolpan Kenneth Kolpan, Esq. Law Office of Kenneth Kolpan
marillyn spivak Marilyn Spivak
Family Member, BIAA Founder
haroldwilkinson Harold Wilkinson, MD, PhD Neurosurgeon




Board of Directors - Members

John C. Byler
Survivor and Author

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

Eileen Chernoff, RN, MBA, LicNHA
President/Owner, Community Rehab Care

Shelly M. King, MA, LMHC
Executive Director, Northeast Region

Matthew Martino, CFA
Family Member

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