BRAIN INJURY ALLIANCE OF UTAH OFFICERS
President: Tony J. Washington, MBA Healthcare Admin, CBIS
Tony 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.
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.
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.
Sherrie Johnson: Treasurer
Sherrie owns and operates Accounting on Us, providing accounting and bookkeeping services for businesses and individuals. Sherrie has over 30 years accounting and bookkeeping experience. She joined the Board as Treasurer in March 2015.
Executive Director: George Gehling, CBIS
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)
Kenneth L. Christensen
Kenneth L. Christensen, founder of Christensen & Hymas, has extensive legal experience in negotiation, settlements and litigation of various types of legal matters. These legal matters include serious personal injury claims, wrongful death cases, car accident claims, truck accident claims, motorcycle accident claims, brain injuries, dog bite cases, and insurance bad faith claims. Mr. Christensen is the author of several books.
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.
Dr. L. Michelle Sugerman, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist/Neuropsychologist and owner of Steinmann Institute.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Bio Chemistry from The University of Arizona, and a Clinical Psychology doctoral degree from Capella University. Prior to obtaining her doctoral degree Dr. Sugerman worked for C.O.D.I.S. and Myriad Genetics in the discovery and sequencing of disease related genes. During this time she also assisted in sequencing the genomes for Rice and Corn. Her doctoral dissertation research focused on visuospatial memory in adults utilizing the test of memory and learning.
Dr. Sugerman completed her internship in clinical psychology at Utah State Hospital, in Provo Utah, specializing in pediatric care of those with learning disabilities, developmental disorders, traumatic brain injury, and severe and persistent mental illness. In addition, Dr. Sugerman completed a specialized fellowship rotation at Dartmouth Medical School in Pediatric Neuropsychology. More recently, Dr. Sugerman has begun treatment of newly discovered developing illnesses such as Morgellon’s Disease. She is particularly interested in treatment outcome research with pediatric neuropsychological disorders.
(in alphabetical order)