About us

Board of Directors





President

Wendy Waldman


Wendy Waldman, BSW, CBIST has worked in mental health and acquired brain injury since 2000.  Wendy worked as a Resource Facilitation Coordinator for Brain Injury Association of Florida for 9 years until moving back to Indiana in 2013.  She now works as a Brain Injury Continuum Outreach Manager with the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI).

Wendy educates and presents on acquired brain injury throughout Central Indiana to build professional capacity. She also provides information and navigation to various programs and services available for individuals with acquired brain injury. In addition, Wendy assists survivors and families to access these resources and services, including RHI’s Resource Facilitation Program.

Wendy is the current President for the Brain Injury Association of Indiana and also the current President for INAPSE (Indiana Association for Persons Supporting Employment First). Wendy is nationally certified as a Brain Injury Specialist Trainer (CBIST) and provides trainings all over the state to professionals on becoming a nationally Certified Brain Injury Specialist through the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists with the Brain Injury Association of America. Wendy is an active member of the Chronic Brain Injury Special Interest Group through the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) and has been published through ACRM multiple times.

Learn more


Vice President

Daniel J. Buba


Dan Buba 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 and are extremely passionate and dedicated to helping BIAI move forward with their mission.

Learn more


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.

Learn more

Secretary

Kristin Hull


Kristin Hull 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

Learn more


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.

Learn more

Board Member

Gary Turner


Gary Turner 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.

Learn more


Board Member

Nancy Ritter


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.

Learn more

Board Member

Heidi Whitrock


Heidi Whitrock lives in Greenwood, Indiana and has been married for 24 years to her husband, Cliff. They have a daughter; Abagail who is 21 years old. Heidi enjoys spending time with family and friends, the outdoors, concerts and plays, exercise, crochet, puzzles.  When she moved to Greenwood, IN, 10 years ago, she worked as an Occupational Therapy Assistant.

August  2014, she was with her personal trainer when she thought she was having the beginnings of a migraine. Eventually, she went to the hospital where diagnosed her through a CT Scan with a Aneurysm as well as a Subarachnoid hemorrhage.  She was sent to Methodist Hospital where an MRA  diagnosed her with a LMCA Aneurysm (Left Middle Cerebral Artery Aneurysm.) She had a clipping the following day with 11 days total in the hospital.

 Heidi is very active in Brain Injury Support groups and Aneurysm Support Groups, the annual Brain Bolt 5K and brain injury advocacy and education where she continues telling her story to provide awareness, education, connection and more; and  promotes exercise and stretching to stay healthy.

Heidi has learned so much through her experience, She wants to help individuals with acquired brain injury and their families and community.  She very much wants to teach about advocacy and bring her voice to this silent epidemic.

Learn more


Board Member

Tranicia Hankins


Tranicia Hankins is a brain injury survivor and a retired Army National Guard Veteran. She was diagnosed with an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) after a stroke in 2016. In 2017, She had brain surgery to remove the AVM and sustained several physical impairments, as a result she was medically retired from the military after 18 years of service. As a civilian, she obtained her master’s in social work from Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis (IUPUI) in 2014, and previously worked as a home-based mental health therapist with children ages 5 to 18 experiencing sexually mal-adaptive behaviors and trauma. She later became a licensed provider in the state of Indiana. Tranicia continues to educate herself in the field of trauma and provide private consultations as a trauma and anxiety coach to adults. She is serving as a member-at- large on the board of directors for the Central Indiana Association of Black Social Workers (CI-ABSW). CI-ABSW is committed to the progression of our communities as well as social justice and equality and with extreme passion, she brings these values to BIAI; She is passionate about the brain injury community and dedicated to ensuring adequate support and treatment is available for survivors and their caregivers. She continues to be an advocate for those without, and a voice for the voiceless.

Learn more


Board Member

Wendy Pullen

Wendy Pullen 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.

Learn more


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.

Learn more

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.

Learn more


Honorary Board Member

Lance Trexler

Lance Trexler, PhD, FACRM is the Executive Director, Brain Injury Rehabilitation Research and Program Development, Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of PM&R, Indiana University School of Medicine, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Indiana University, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University.  He was made a Fellow of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine in 2013 and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the same organization in 2010.  In addition to serving as a clinician in rehabilitation neuropsychology since 1979, his over-riding commitment as a neuropsychologist has been to develop, implement and disseminate rehabilitation and social interventions for those with acquired brain injury.  Dr. Trexler is an author on over forty peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters.

Learn more

Honorary 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.

Learn more

Honorary Board Member

Dan Kidwell