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Joanne Susi

"I was suddenly unable to do the things I once enjoyed, struggling to come to terms with my injury, frustrated and angry”

Bob's life changed completely in 2013 when he fell two stories while shrink wrapping a boat at the marina where he worked. With the help of his family and BIA-MA,he has found ways to enjoy most of the things he used to, just a little differently. Click here to support BIA-MA efforts in creating better futures for those affected by brain injury.

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BIA-MA Leadership Team

Nicole GodaireNicole M. Godaire, CBIS, Chief Executive Officer 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

daviddwork David Dwork, Esq.
Board Chair
Laura Herman
Laura Herman
CEO Insurance Marketing Agencies Board Chair-Elect

chipbradley David "Chip" Bradley, Jr.
Survivor Council,
Teresa Hayes Teresa Hayes, MSW, LICSW
Teresa Hayes Shelly M. King, MA, LMHC
marillyn spivak Marilyn Spivak
Family Member, BIAA Founder
haroldwilkinson Harold Wilkinson, MD, PhD Neurosurgeon


kenkolpan Kenneth Kolpan, Esq. Law Office of Kenneth Kolpan
haroldwilkinson Eileen Chernoff, RN, MBA, LicNHA
President/Owner, Community Rehab Care



Jody Crowley, MS
Vice President Atlas Lift Tech


Board of Directors - Members

John C. Byler
Survivor and Author

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

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