BRAIN INJURY ALLIANCE OF UTAH OFFICERS
President: L. Michelle Sugerman, Ph.D., CIC
Neuropsychologist and owner of the Steinmann Institute.
Dr. Sugarman 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, dementia 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 completed FAA neuropsychological evaluations of aviators with medical, neurologic and psychiatric conditions as well as evaluation of pilots with performance deficiencies and baseline evaluation for airline new hires. Evaluation includes CogScreen-AE if necessary.
Dr. Sugerman is active within her community and serves a board member and neuropsychologist for the Brain Injury Alliance of Utah and the Alzheimer’s Association, Utah Chapter. Dr. Sugerman is also a member of the Utah State-Level Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Coordination Team.
Dr. Sugerman is married with three children; twin boys and a daughter. In her free time, she enjoys competing in triathlons, painting and refurbishing antiques.
Vice President/Secretary: Elizabeth M. Cardell, Ph.D, 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.
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: Glenn Lanham
Prior to this position, Glenn served as the Executive Director for American Lung Association in Utah, CEO for Special Olympics Utah, VP of Development for Utah Symphony/Utah Opera, Director of Development for the Cancer Institute, and the Director of Corporate and Foundation Programs at the University of Utah. As a Virginia native, he graduated from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
(in alphabetical order)
Lindsey D. Adams
Robert E. Benda, CEBS, CBDS
Rob is married to his wife of 26 years, Chris, has 2 boys and one daughter ages 23, 18 and 21 respectively. Works as a health care consultant with Mercer for last 9 years and has worked for Intermountain Health Care (Selecthealth) for the previous 13 years working in the actuarial and sales areas. Rob is a licensed health and life consultant with designations of GBDS (Group disability benefit specialist) and CEBS (Certified Employee Benefits Specialist). Rob is active with the National Ski Patrol for the past 22 years and recently volunteers with PCMC and IMC with their PFAC (patient family advisory boards). He has led various fundraising efforts for his local church as well as for the BIAU utilizing his connections with the HealthCare community.
Kenneth L. Christensen, Esq.
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.
Alina K. Fong, Ph.D.
During her academic career under the mentorship of Dr. Erin Bigler and Dr. Mark Allen, she received the national American Psychological Association Clinical Neuropsychology Division 40 Graduate Student Research Award in 2004 for her research on “Cortical Sources of the N400 and ‘The N400 Effect.” Dr. Fong’s interest in brain mapping soon turned to functional MRI, and since then, her research efforts have been focused on the clinical applications of fMRI. In tandem with Dr. Allen, she has published numerous articles combining neuropsychology and neuroimaging, along with deriving normative data for various populations, including concussion, eating disorders, and moderate to severe brain injury. She was able to complete an internship at the Veteran’s Affairs Salt Lake City Healthcare System and worked extensively with OIF and OEF veterans with both traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. In addition to her continuing research activities, Dr. Fong is currently the Director of Cognitive FX, the premiere concussion treatment center that utilizes functional NCI. Through the Cognitive FX facility, Dr. Fong has been able to treat and diagnose leading professional athletes in almost every sport, including the NFL, NHL, and Olympic athletes. Her expertise in the area of concussion care has led to the creation of Notus EPIC Care, which integrates fMRI into the latest mTBI treatment. Notus EPIC Care represents the most comprehensive concussion care and brain rehabilitation available and vastly improves the diagnosis, treatment, and long-term planning of mTBI. Notus EPIC care is currently utilized by professional athletes in several different sports leagues.
David Gill is an executive vice president of the Corporate Services Division at Zions Bank. In his role, he manages sales and operations for Treasury Management, Foreign Exchange, 1031 Exchange, Correspondent Banking departments and Commercial Services Offices. With more than 100 employees under his supervision, Gill leads the non-interest banking division with P&L responsibility of more than $50 million annually. His teams and processes have been recognized with 44 Greenwich Excellence Awards, which are the highest honors in the Treasury Management industry. Through his expertise, Gill focuses on increasing sales, growing revenue, controlling risk and building a culture of excellence. Active in the community, Gill is involved with United Way, Boy Scouts of America, coaching soccer for his son’s team and supporting his wife through her musical achievements and involvement with the Utah Chamber Artists. Gill has also participated in Zions Bank’s Paint-a-Thon service project every year, where he has given up his evenings after work to volunteer painting homes in his community of the elderly, disabled and military service members. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Brigham Young University and an MBA from University of Phoenix. He also holds Series 6 and 63 security licenses and a Life and Health Insurance license for Utah. Prior to Zions Bank, Gill worked at Discover Financial and Mutual of New York. Gill and his wife have four children, and reside in Taylorsville.
Rolf Halbfell, MSW, QMRP ABISC
Julie McCauley, LCSW
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.
Robb Reger joined Security Service Federal Credit Union in February of 2016 and is responsible for managing client relationships with local and regional businesses. He has been in commercial banking for over 17 years. Robb received a BS in Finance from Indiana University and an MBA from the Marriott School of Management at BYU. In his free time, Robb and his wife, Ellie, and three children enjoy sports and music. Robb served for four years on the Huntsman Cancer Institute Auction Committee. He enjoys serving in the community and hopes to bring ideas and manpower to moving the BIAU vision forward.
Matthew J. Storey, Esq.
Matt is a graduate of the University of Utah and Pepperdine Law School and has established his practice in the Salt Lake Valley. Over the past 30 years, Matt has had the opportunity to help thousands of clients recover the restitution they were entitled to because of personal pain and suffering. He finds great joy in helping others within and outside of his practice. Having volunteered to help the Youth Village provide for local children in their time of need he is committed to making a difference in the community. Matt enjoys skiing, hiking, golfing and the beautiful Utah lifestyle. He holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, loves concerts and all types of music and resides near downtown Salt Lake with his lovely wife and youngest son.
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.
(in alphabetical order)