About us

Board of Directors





President and Treasurer

Jeff Lilly

Jeff Lilly, of Indianapolis, is the Board President of the Brain Injury Association of Indiana, Inc.  He has been a board member since 2011, serving a Board Treasurer prior to assuming the presidency in December 2015.  Professionally, Mr. Lilly is the Director of Governmental Relations for RCR Technology Corporation, Inc., and has served on numerous non-profit boards in central Indiana over the last 15 years.  He holds a bachelor of arts from Millikin University, as well as a master of public affairs from Indiana University-Bloomington.

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Vice President

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 Vice- President and 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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Secretary

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

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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Board Member

Dawn Westfall

Dawn Westfall has a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. She has specialized in neurological patients (specifically in traumatic brain injury) for the past 29 years, in the Evansville IN area. Dawn received her Brain Injury Specialist Certification in 2018 and became a board member of Brain Injury Association of Indiana in 2019. For twelve years Dawn lead a day treatment program that assisted adults who had sustained a brain injury, back to school, work or living independently. Dawn currently works at Progressive Health Ortho-Neuro Outpatient clinic, as a Speech-Language Pathologist specializing in cognitive rehabilitation. She has been a local support group leader in the Evansville area for most of her career. Dawn speaks at conferences on varying topics of brain injury.

Dawn lives in Newburgh, IN with her husband Carl and her son Dalton. She enjoys quilting, traveling and attending car shows.

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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

Dr. Timothy Pohlman is a board-certified surgeon who specializes in Trauma Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, and he is also board-certified in Neurocritical Care.  Dr. Pohlman is former Professor of Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine. During that time, Dr. Pohlman was a staff surgeon at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, IN., Medical Director of Trauma Intensive Care, Director of Trauma Outreach, and Assistant Medical Director for LifeLine Critical Care Transport for Trauma. Dr. Pohlman originated the Methodist Hospital Surgical Field Response Team, for which he served as medical director. He has served as co-chair of the Indiana University School of Medicine Transfusion Safety Committee.  For a number of years Dr. Pohlman was the track surgeon for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Dr. Pohlman joined BIAI as a board member in 2013. He served previously as Special State Appointee on the Traumatic Spinal Cord & Brain Injury Board for the Indiana State Department of Health.  He was appointed to the Medical Executive Committee of Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI) and was previously a member of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Rural Health Association.

Dr. Pohlman is a member of over 20 professional organizations, including the Society of University Surgeons, the Neurocritical Care Society, and the Chest Wall Injury Society. He has authored or coauthored over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, eMedicine articles, and scholarly book reviews.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society.

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Board Member

Jason Brown


Board Member

Heidi Whitrock


My name is Heidi Whitrock, I live in Greenwood, Indiana.  I have been married for 24 years to my husband, Cliff. We have a daughter; Abagail who is 21 years old. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, the outdoors, concerts and plays, exercise, crochet, puzzles.  When we moved here 10 years ago was an Occupational Therapy Assistant.

August 20, 2014 I was with my personal trainer when I thought I was having the beginnings of a migraine, eventually I went to the hospital was tested via CAT Scan, was diagnosed with a Aneurysm as well as a Subarachnoid hemorrhage.  I was sent to Methodist Hospital where I had an MRA scan and diagnosed with a LMCA Aneurysm (Left Middle Cerebral Artery Aneurysm.) I had a Clipping the following day. I spent 11 days in the hospital total.

I am active in Brain Injury Support groups, Aneurysm Support Groups, Brain Bolt 5K, Brain Injury Advocacy and Education, Telling my story, How one can advocate for themselves or a loved one. And exercise and stretching to keep yourself healthy.  

There are so many things that I have learned through this experience, I want help patients and their families and community.  Teach about advocacy.

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Board Member

Sachin Mehta

Dr. Sachin Mehta, MD is a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation specialist with Franciscan Physician Network Rehabilitation Specialists, specializing in neurologic rehabilitation.  He graduated from medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine Indianapolis, IN and completed his residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Indiana University and RHI.  Dr. Mehta holds memberships with the International Brain Injury Association, is a Board Member of the Brain Injury Association of Indiana, a member of the American Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Association of Academic Physiatrists.  He also holds board certification in Brain Injury Medicine.

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Board Member

Tina Funkhouser


Tina Funkhouser is the mother of son with a TBI.  She holds a Bachelor of General Studies which focused on special education, mental health and psychology from Indiana University and is currently pursuing a Masters of Educational Psychology degree through Ball State University. Currently, she is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.  Tina was previously employed as a Resource Facilitator for persons with brain injury for the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana for almost five years.  During her time at RHI, Tina identified resources and created resource guides for the local areas she service in northern Indiana. She achieved and continues to maintain her CBIS (Certified Brain Injury Specialist) credentials through the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists. Tina continues to provide support and resources to those referred to her by the local support groups in Fort Wayne, IN and surrounding areas.

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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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Board Member

Dr. Jared Treiber

Jared Treiber, Ph.D., BCN, QEEGD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who has provided services and support to adolescent, adult, and geriatric populations. He has worked in hospitals, outpatient clinics, university settings, therapeutic day schools, and private practices. Dr. Treiber is also board certified in Quantitative EEG administration and analysis, and board certified in neurofeedback.

Dr. Treiber began his career in New Jersey working as an in-home therapist for children and adolescents. He moved on to a therapeutic day program to work with individuals who have psychological and developmental disabilities. Subsequently, he worked at the Epilepsy Foundation in Long Island, NY, where he provided therapy as well as psychological and neuropsychological evaluations for individuals. Currently, he works in Chicago as well as the northern and southern suburbs, and northwest Indiana treating a wide range of neuropsychological issues including traumatic brain injury.

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Board Member

Michael Freeman

Michael Freeman brings a unique perspective to the board of BIAI.  His son, Patrick,  is the survivor of a car vs. pedestrian accident back in 2013.  Patrick suffered extremely severe injuries and still has severe impairments.  Mike and his wife Cheri have spent the years since that accident focusing on finding every way possible to help Patrick recover.  Being in California at the time of the accident allowed them to see a large variety of brain injury programs and resources that they hope they can translate to improved care here in IN.  Mike is also an Accredited Investment Fiduciary and the owner of Saratoga Wealth Management in Plainfield, IN.  Having over 30 years of business experience has helped him find and acquire the necessary resources that Patrick has needed to improve.  Mike and Cheri are committed to helping others benefit from their experience.  Mike also has the goal of creating a brain injury recovery program in the Plainfield area that will provide a continuum of care after other covered programs have ended.

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Honorary Board Member

Lance Trexler


Honorary Board Member

Dan Kidwell


Honorary Board Member

Nancy Ritter