Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado

Who We Are

The Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado is the go-to resource for help and services for survivors of an injury to the brain, their families, and providers.

That all persons with a brain injury thrive in their community.

Through guidance, resources, support, and education, we seek to engage with Coloradans in the lifelong growth of those affected by an injury to the brain.

The Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Board of Directors

Russha Knauer
Colorado Judicial Branch

Jennifer Biggs
Kindred Hospital

Dave Yang
Ernst & Young

Tristen Smith
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Mike Dichario
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Paul Herzog
Cresa Denver

Dan Frank
Craig Hospital

Angela McGraw
Burg Simpson

Sarah Brittain
Colorado Brain Recovery

Keith Fuicelli
Fuicelli & Lee P.C.

Steve Harlan
U.S. Bank

Steve Schaefer
Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital
Colorado Springs

Nicole Schiavone RN-Owner
A Wildflower Assisted Living & Care Home Inc.

Rene Mills M.S., CCC-SLP, CBIST
Learning Services – Rocky Mountain Region

Amanda Pfeil Hood
Ogborn Mihm LLP

Janet Laning-Krug
Douglas County Schools
Summit Grant Studio

Linda (L) Draayers
Brain Care LLC

Diane Byrne
Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing

Eric Spier
BIAC Medical Director

Kenny Hosack
BIAC Founder
Lifetime Honorary Board Member


Gavin Attwood

President/Chief Executive Officer

Kate Kerkmans, LCSW, CBIS
Vice President of Client Programs/MINDSOURCE Director

Jaime Horsfall, LPC, CBIST
Vice President of Professional Programs/MINDSOURCE Outreach Director

Veronica Phelan
Director of Human Resources

Tina Ziwak
Development Officer – Special Events

Liam Donevan, CBIS
Program Manager – Criminal Justice Systems

Mikalia Gray, CBIS
Program Manager – Systems Outreach

Zach Hudson
Program Manager – Peer Mentorship

Lucia Valdez, MSW, CBIS
Program Manager – Clinical Services

Susan Brown, MA, LPC, CBIS
Mental Health Counselor

George Rubinstein, MSW, CBIS
Clinical Services Referral Coordinator

Michael Zavala, CTRS
Program Manager – Adaptive Recreation/Activities

Kevin Taulman, MA
Program Manager – Education Consultation/Youth Services

Mikayla Florian, CBIST
Program Manager – Resource Navigation

Niko Medina, CBIS
Program Manager – Resource Navigation

Peggy Hugger, RN, CBIS
Program Manager – Self-management

Carol Cochran, MA, CBIS
Brain Injury Resource Navigator

Elina Konikova
Brain Injury Resource Navigator

Marissa Oakley
Brain Injury Resource Navigator

Christina Gonzales
Brain Injury Resource Navigator

Angie Combs, MA
Brain Injury Advisor

Christina Johnson, MA
Brain Injury Advisor

Rhea Pedler, CBIS
Brain Injury Advisor

Audrey McNeely, CBIS
Brain Injury Resource Navigator and Advisor

Paula Pyc, CBIS
Brain Injury Resource Navigator and Advisor

Jack Storti, CBIS, ACC, ILST
Brain Injury Re-entry Specialist

Jillsa Aringdale
Programs/Executive Assistant

Jennie Bills