About us

GENERAL INFORMATION


Get to know BIAI

ABOUT US

Founded in 1981, the Brain Injury Association of Indiana is the first charter chapter of the national Brain Injury Association of America. Our members include people with brain injuries, family members, friends, and professionals who work with people who have had brain and head injuries.

We support and advocate for persons with brain injury and their families throughout the state of Indiana. We advocate for them by responding to their challenges and representing their concerns through legislative efforts and active support of programs created for their needs.

We serve the brain injury community by working to secure and develop community based services, encouraging research, establishing support groups and providing access to pertinent information and resources.

We educate the public and increase statewide awareness of brain injury as a serious disability with lifelong consequences through the development and distribution of informational materials, news, and notices of conferences, symposia and other meetings.

We strive to prevent brain injury through public awareness, education and legislation—the only known cure!


Our Team

BOARD OF DIRECTORS



President and Treasurer

Jeff Lilly


Vice President

Daniel J. Buba


Dan is a partner with the personal injury law firm of Doehrman Buba in Indianapolis, Indiana.  He has served on the Board of the Brain Injury Association of Indiana since 2013, and as an Executive Committee member since 2015.  Dan is a personal injury attorney who represents traumatic brain injury survivors and other personal injury clients.  He and his law partner, Tom Doehrman, have been supporters of BIAI for over 30 years.


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Secretary

Tom John


Board Member

Wendy Waldman


Wendy Waldman earned her BSW from the University of Georgia and worked in mental health until she moved to Florida where she began working for Brain Injury Association of Florida (BIAF).  Wendy worked as a Resource Facilitation Coordinator for BIAF for 9 years and earned her certification as a Certified Brain Injury Specialist though the Brain Injury Association of America which she maintains yearly.  She provided direction, support, advocacy, resources, education and empowerment to individuals who have suffered a traumatic brain injury.  She also helped to identify and build existing support systems in order to assist the individual with TBI to remain in his/her home setting.

Wendy moved back to Indiana in 2013.  She now works as a Local Support Network Leader with the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana’s Department of Resource Facilitation.  Wendy educates and presents on the Resource Facilitation Program and brain injury throughout Central Indiana and assist survivors and families to access the resources and services that may benefit them.   She also works with clients and their families to assist them in going back to work and reintegrate back in to the community.

Wendy also has been a co-facilitator of a Brain Injury Education Group at PACE (Public Advocates for Community Re-entry) for the past 4 years. This group is intended to provide Brain Injury Education, Coping Skills and Strategies to help ex-offenders who have screened positive for a possible brain injury cope with the possible effects.

Wendy serves as a board member for INAPSE (Indiana Association for Persons Supporting Employment First) and also as a Board Member for the Brain Injury Association of Indiana. Wendy is nationally certified as a Brain Injury Specialist Trainer and provides trainings all over the state to professionals on becoming a nationally certified Brain Injury Specialist through the Brain Injury Association of America.


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Board Member

Gary Turner


Gary is a traumatic brain injury survivor since an auto accident in 1988. He is a retired Occupational Therapist, and has served on the National Speakers Panel with Jim Brady (1990 – 1993) and as a Head Injury Foundation of Indiana Board member (1989-1993).   Gary is an active volunteer with Brain Injury Association of Indiana since 2006 (Board member since 2014; Executive Committee member since 2015).  He also serves as a facilitator of Marion, Indiana TBI support group, 2012 – current. Gary resides in Van Buren, Indiana, and is a self-proclaimed educational/motivational speaker.


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Board Member

Tim Pohlman


Board Member

Jason Brown


Board Member

Paul Mullin


Board Member

Kristin Hull


Kristin is an Occupational Therapist serving children ages birth through adolescent years and their families in Indianapolis, Indiana. She transitioned to the pediatric population in 2016 from an adult inpatient rehab setting working with adults with brain injury for six years within Cincinnati and Indianapolis. In 2014, Kristin became a Certified Brain Injury Specialist, and joined BIAI in 2017 wanting to bring support and awareness to all families, especially the families with children with brain injuries


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Board Member

Sachin Mehta


Board Member

Julie Workman


Board Member

Scott Haigh


In January 2007, I fell 35 feet while doing home improvements, sustaining multiple traumatic injuries, including a TBI that left me in a coma for two months. I felt completely alone during my recovery and consider myself lucky to have regained my ability to be fully functioning.   Unfortunately, however, I lost my marriage, my connection with my family, my career, and my standing in my community.   I joined the board of the BIAI with the goal of helping other TBI survivors access available resources, and to assist survivors with the difficult and emotionally challenging aspects of TBI recovery.


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Board Member

Wendy Pullen

Wendy is an Occupational Therapist serving the adult population in Lafayette, Indiana. She was driven to become an OT after her father sustained an acquired brain injury in 2007. In 2017, Wendy became a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and Certified Stroke Rehab Specialist. She serves as a facilitator for the Lafayette TBI and Stroke Support Group and is passionate about helping survivors and their loved ones cope and navigate through the various challenges of recovery.


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Honorary Board Member

Nancy Ritter


Honorary Board Member

Lance Trexler



Honorary Board Member

Dan Kidwell



What we stand for

OUR VALUES


MISSION

The Brain Injury Association of Indiana is a nonprofit 501 c (3) service organization dedicated to reducing the incidence and impact of brain injury through education, advocacy, support, prevention and by facilitating inter-agency commitment and collaboration.


GOALS

To provide education and resources to help prevent brain injury—the only known cure.
To ensure that those impacted by brain injury are not alone in navigating the multiple systems of services and resources throughout their continuum of care and beyond.
To empower those impacted by brain injury to understand their value, self-worth and strength in every aspect of their lives.
To advocate for legislation to increase awareness, understanding and services in order to enhance the life and longevity of brain injury survivors.


VISION

We envision that people with brain injury and their caregivers will be well served, understood, empowered, and supported in living full and meaningful lives.