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Board of Directors

BRAIN INJURY ALLIANCE OF UTAH OFFICERS

President: Tony J. Washington, BS, CWDP

TonyWashingtonTony Washington is the new Vice President of Operations and Program Director for Intellegis, LLC., a provider of rehabilitation and supported living for individuals with acquired brain injuries.  Mr. Washington previously held the position of Program Director for Learning Services, Inc., for seven years managing all aspects of a residential support and rehabilitation facility for individuals with acquired brain injuries.  During his tenure with Learning Services, he was instrumental in achieving and maintaining CARF accreditation for all of the years he was employed there.

He received his MBA with a Healthcare Administration emphasis in June of 2012.  He also received his ACBIS (certified brain injury specialist) certification in 2010. Tony has also held management positions with Advanced Rehabilitation Management and ResCare during his professional career.  He presently serves on the Executive Board for the Brain Injury Alliance of Utah as the President.  Tony has been on the BIAU board for approximately three years and is most interested in obtaining services for the “under-served” ABI/TBI population in his home state of Utah.

Past President: Antonietta Anna Russo, Ph.D.

Antonietta is a rehabilitation/clinical – psychologist/neuropsychologist at Intermountain Outpatient Neuro Rehabilitation. Her responsibilities include completing neuropsychological and psychological assessments on patients with various etiologies, cognitive rehabilitation and psychotherapy, biofeedback and relaxation training, as well as treatment of insomnia patients. Additional responsibilities are student teaching and supervision in the classroom and office. Her post-doctoral was on quantitative neuroimaging and patients with frontal lobe gliomas, specifically affective and cognitive changes. She is studying the relationship between MR imaging, affect, and cognition in patients with brain tumors who are referred for neuropsychological testing following tumor resection.

Vice President: Elizabeth M. Cardell, OTR/L

Beth is an occupational therapist and an assistant clinical professor at the University of Utah, Division of Occupational Therapy. Her clinical practice for the past twenty-four years has included providing OT services to people with acquired brain injuries in home and community rehabilitation settings, home health, sheltered workshops, and corrections. Although she is currently a full-time faculty member, she continues to serve this population through a monthly support group, student service learning projects, a weekly life skills class, consultation, and advocacy. Beth received her B.A. in occupational therapy in 1988 from Misericordia University. She received her Master’s in Health Promotion and Education from the University of Utah, where she is currently enrolled as a doctoral student. Beth’s areas of research interest include: promoting health in people with disabilities, increasing participation in people with cognitive disabilities, adaptation to sudden onset disability, and resilience as a concept of rehabilitation.

Vice President: Edward Havas, Esq.

Edward (“Ed”) Havas is a founding member of the law firm of Dewsnup, King & Olsen. His practice is focused on representing victims in negligence, product liability, medical malpractice and other catastrophic injury, and death cases, including those resulting from brain injury. In addition to being a member of the Board of Trustees of the Brain Injury Alliance of Utah, Ed is a past president and member of the Board of Governors of the Utah Association for Justice (formerly Utah Trial Lawyers Association). He is also a member of the American Association for Justice, and a member and officer of a local chapter of the American Inns of Court.  Ed is AV-rated (the highest possible) by Martindale-Hubbell (the preeminent national lawyer-rating organization), has been selected for the past several years as one of Utah’s Legal Elite by Utah Business Magazine, and was selected as a member of Utah Super Lawyers in 2008.

 Treasurer:  Kristopher Smith

Kris is currently the GAAP New Products Analyst in the US Banking Controllership team.  Kris represents the Banks from a finance, controllership, and regulatory perspective in the GAAP New Product/New Initiative process.  He is responsible to identify the Bank impacts/issues of initiatives through engagement with other Bank stakeholders and develop effective working relationships with project teams to ensure that identified impacts/issues are communicated and addressed prior to implementation.  Prior to joining American Express, Kris held finance and accounting roles at Marriott Vacations Worldwide and Zions First National Bank. Kris holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from the University of Utah. Outside of American Express, Kris enjoys spending time with his new daughter and vacationing with his wife. Please join me in welcoming Kris and wishing him success in his new role.

Secretary: Miette Murphy, MS, CCC, SLP

Miette Full Murphy, MS, CCC/SLP, MBA is the executive director of Rehab Without Walls® in Utah. She received her B.S. and M.S. in speech-language pathology from the University of Utah and has extensive experience in the rehabilitation field, having worked in a variety of settings with both adult and pediatric populations.  Miette started her career as a speech-language pathologist at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York, and then at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in both clinical and supervisory roles. Miette received her MBA from DePaul University in 1985 with an emphasis in marketing, and subsequently returned to Utah. She has held positions in the Marketing and Planning Department at IHC, as Program Director for Easter Seal Society of Utah, as Manager of Speech and Audiology at Holy Cross Hospital and as a regional manager at Mountain Land Rehabilitation.  Miette has been with Rehab Without Walls since 2002 and has served on the Board of Directors for the Brain Injury Alliance of Utah since 2004.

Executive Director:  George Gehling

George has worked with people with brain injury and other disabilities and their families in Utah for sixteen years. George has experience working with Phoenix Services Corporation and Learning Services Corporation, both Utah leaders in supporting people with brain injury. He joined the Brain Injury Alliance of Utah as Executive Director in October 2013 and is committed to enhancing education and awareness of brain injury and ensuring people with brain injury and their families receive needed support and have a voice in their communities.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

(in alphabetical order)

Brant Bennett

brantBrant Bennett joined Goldman Sachs & Co. in 2005 after graduating from Utah State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Information Systems.  His current role is the Global Head of Mutual Fund Operations within the Private Wealth Management Division.  In 2011, Brant became a Vice President and along with his team, provides trading support for PWM teams in Asia, Europe, and the U.S.  Brant earned his Master’s Degree from Westminster College in 2008 and has served as Chairman of the MBA Alumni Board.  Brant and his wife Jodi are active with their three young children Brody, Laney, and Lizzie.  Brant is excited to be a member of the BIAU board and assist in promoting brain injury awareness throughout Utah.

 

Pauline Fontaine

She attended Brigham Young University and Ohio University.  Pauline’s was a Paralegal for various legal firms.  She was the Executive Director of the Utah Trial Lawyers Association (retired), which is now known as Utah Association for Justice.  Pauline is currently the Legislative & Political Affairs Coordinator for Utah Association for Justice.

Cheryl Hostetter, MS, SLP

Cheryl graduated from Brigham Young University (1974) in Communicative Disorders – Special Education/Learning Disabilities. She is the Special Education Program Specialist/Administrator for Jordan School District (2003 – present), responsible for recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of all special education staff and Highly Qualified status of special education teachers. She has been a member of the Special Education Administrative Team as Team Leader for Traumatic Brain Injury, and participated in a variety of state responsibilities such as New Teacher Induction.

Julie McCauley, MSW

Julie works as a clinical therapist full-time with many patients having a dual diagnosis of mental health and brain injury. She is currently working to modify treatment to be more effective with the brain injury population.  Julie also works at McKay Dee Hospital as a medical social worker, being cross-trained in every aspect of the hospital. Her main focus is trauma and rehabilitation with a specialization and focus on the brain injury population.  Julie also has a son who is a six-year survivor of a severe TBI.

Teresa Such-Neibar, D.O.

Dr. Terry Such-Neibar is a pediatric rehabilitation physician at Primary Children’s Medical Center. She is an assistant professor at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center, as well as an adjunct faculty member for the Department of Pediatrics. She completed her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Utah and a Fellowship in Pediatric Rehabilitation at Primary Children’s Medical Center. Her interests include pediatric brain injury, cerebral palsy, neuromuscular disorders, and spinal cord injury.

Terry is the past board president of both the Brain Injury Alliance of Utah and DDI Vantage Early Intervention Services. She is a member of the Advisory Board for the Traumatic Brain Injury Grant and of the Advisory Committee for the Utah Collaborative Medical Home Project Grant, both administered by the Utah Department of Health.

 

Laura Nordfelt

lauraLaura owns and operates Hands On Promotions, LLC, a promotional advertising specialty business.  Her company provides promotional products, builds brand awareness, and partners with her clients marketing departments to facilitate optimal advertisement and employee recognition.  Hands On Promotions is a Salt Lake City woman owned business with clients ranging from large multinational corporations, universities, and government agencies to small local businesses.  Minority and women owned companies are her passion.  Laura received education at the University of Utah and Westminster.  She has been on several charitable organization boards and committees including Utah Supplier Development Counsel (USDC), and The Children’s Center.  She has also participated actively in raising donations and cycling for Multiple Sclerosis, Cancer Foundation, Diabetes, etc.  She is driven to enhance brain injury awareness and develop additional TBI caregiver support.

John Reinschmidt

JohnJohn Reinschmidt joined Zions First National Bank in 2008 as a transplant to the Salt Lake Valley from Boise, Idaho.  John received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the College of Idaho and subsequently graduated with his MBA from the University of Utah – David Eccles School of Business.  As a Vice President of Commercial Banking at Zions Bank, John is responsible for managing client relationships with local and regional businesses.  In his free time he and his wife, Kristi, enjoy camping, running, cycling, and recreating in the beautiful Utah outdoors.  John is a Past President of the Board of Directors for the Kostopulos Dream Foundation which he has served on since 2009.    John is passionate about giving back to the community and is motivated to help bring forth new ideas to drive the BIAU mission forward.

 

 

ADVISORY BOARD

(in alphabetical order)

Erin D. Bigler, Ph.D.

Elaine Clark, Ph.D.

Sam Goldstein, Ph.D.

Reuel McPhie, M.B.A, M.P.H.

Elaine Pollock, B.A.

John Speed, M.B.B.S.