Who We Are

The Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona is a social benefit organization dedicated to creating a better future through brain injury prevention, advocacy and education. We support, connect, and empower survivors and caregivers on their journeys to recovery.

Thirty-five years ago, the Brain Injury Alliance was founded in Tucson by a group of parents who joined forces to network and assist their pediatric and adult children who survived brain injury. They were particularly interested in identifying and working with professionals who truly understood the complex journey that life-after-brain-injury entails.

Today, the Brain Injury Alliance is a statewide organization that supports individuals with brain injuries and the professionals that serve them, through prevention, education and awareness.

our staff

Carrie Collins-Fadell, MPA

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Carrie brings her passion for well-run nonprofits to the Alliance. She has an extensive background in nonprofit management, government, and public policy, joining the Alliance in 2015 after a long career with United Way and the Alzheimer’s Association.  Carrie enjoys the challenges that come with being at the helm of the only organization in Arizona providing lifelong support, resources, and empowerment activities for survivors of brain injury. Born in Michigan, when not planning the annual conference or Camp Can Do, the Arizona transplant can be found honing her desert green thumb or spending time with her three rescue Chihuahuas.

Britanny Sweeny-Lawson

BILINGUAL RESOURCE FACILITATION MANAGER

Brittany is responsible for vetting and researching brain injury resources and information so those who need them most—survivors of brain injury, their families, and the professionals who serve them— have reliable access to them through the BIAAZ website database. As the bilingual resource facilitation manger, she strives to offer the highest-quality resources in English and Spanish, and is continuously in the process of translating BIAAZ materials into Spanish. She is proud to be on the BIAAZ team, providing education and raising awareness for the invisible injury of brain injury. In her spare time, Brittany loves attending and acting in theater productions, baking, reading, karaoke, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her husband and their cat, dog, and hedgehog.

Laura Johnson

PEER OUTREACH

With a background that includes a Business Administration degree and minor in art history from Northeastern University in Boston, and a Bachelor of Fine Art’s in Interior Design and Architecture from The Art Institute of Phoenix, Laura deeply appreciates the power of visual creativity and interpretation, and has a keen grasp of entrepreneurial organization and project management.

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivor herself, Laura has embraced her journey to help tell the stories of others.  She has worked in the non-profit sector for the past 7 years in Phoenix as a health navigator, assisting individuals and their families within the disability community, connecting them to resources, organizations, and most importantly for survivors, new friendships.   Laura enjoys spending time with her family and friends, especially her dog Sophie, as well as seeing bands, anything art and design related, sailing, hiking, and traveling. 

our board

executive committee

Julie Rake,
MSPAS-PAC

President

Arizona Integrative Medicine & Spa

Kay Wing, PhD

Past President

President & Founder
SWAN
Neuro-Rehabilitation

Sabrina Taylor

Vice President

Detective
Phoenix Police Department

Beka Francis,
JD, MBA

Treasurer

Chief Financial Officer
Aurora Behavioral Health

members at-large

Sean Badding

Owner
Everlasting Services

Jessica Brown, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Speech Language & Hearing Sciences
University of Arizona

Tom Collins,
CPCU, AU, AU-M, CRM, CIC

Senior Vice President,
Chief Underwriting Officer
CopperPoint Insurance Company

Ian Crain, MD

Director
Brain Injury Center at Banner
University Medical Center Phoenix

Chester Hayes III, MS, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant
Valley Surgical Clinics

Scott Palumbo, JD

Partner
Palumbo Wolfe & Palumbo

Katie Pierce, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist
CoreBalance  Therapy, LLC

Ileana Ratiu, PhD, CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor
Assistant Program Director

Midwestern University

advisory council

Scott Palumbo, JD

Chairman

Partner
Palumbo Wolfe & Palumbo

Dena M. Baldwin, EMSL

Facilitator

Owner
Go Big! 

David Adelson, MD

Director
Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Clint Borman, PhD

Partner & Director of Physical Therapy
Foothills Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

Paul Dabrowski, MD

Trauma Program Medical Director
Banner University Medical Center—Phoenix

John Heick

Associate Professor
Northern Arizona State University

Rob Hunter

On-Air Host | Assistant Program Director
550 KFYI and iHeartMedia

Jennifer Jermaine

State Representative

Erica Krobot

Senior Director Claims Council
Banner Health

Christina Kwasnica, MD

Medical Director Neurorehabilitation
Barrow Neurological Institute
Dignity Health | St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center

Brandon Moon

Quality Director
McCarthy Building Companies

Natasha Moyes

Networking Specialist | PR
Fancy Life Pro

Michael Murphy

Entrepreneur, Author, & Lawyer

Patricio Reyes, MD

Chief of Neurology | TBI | Alzheimer’s Disease | Cognitive Disorders
VA Medical Center

Mike & Marianna Robertson

Finance Director, American Express (Mike)

Kelly Sample

Owner
Cucina Tagliani Restaurants

Ken Smith

Area Manager
Intel

Scot Taggart

Field Sales Manager
SIMS Business Systems

Steven Threet

Former Arizona State University Quarterback

COMMITTEES

Brain Health Gala Silent Auction Committee

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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Butters Fund Committee

Allison Marshall, Chair

Camp Can Do Committee

Education Committee

Katie Pierce, PhD, Co-Chair
CoreBalance

Sean Badding, Co-Chair
Everlasting Services

Run, Walk, & Roll Committee

Jim Ledgewood, Co-Chair
Swaback & Associates

Angela Womack, Co-Chair
Calienta Construction

Public Policy Committee

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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Dream It Forward

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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Services for Vulnerable Populations Committee

Jay Mankey, Co-Chair
Childers & Coventry

Shanna Mays, Co-Chair
Arizona Complete Health

Strategic Planning Committee

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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Tucson Concussion Run

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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Utility Assistance Fund

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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BIAAZ is a chartered affiliate of the
United States Brain Injury Alliance.

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