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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 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
Treasurer (Open)
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
Matthew Martino Matthew Martino, CFA
Family Member


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

Evan Gray
Sales Director, OneAmerica and Family Member

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

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