Brain Injury Association of America Announces New Officers and Directors
January 29, 2024
The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) announced the election of new directors and officers for the term beginning January 1, 2024. The new directors and officers were elected following the December 7, 2023 board meeting.
“BIAA relies on the expertise, skills, and passionate commitment that our officers and directors have for the brain injury community,” said Rick Willis, President and CEO of BIAA. “I am excited to work alongside this extremely talented and knowledgeable group to advance awareness, research, treatment, and education to improve the quality of life for all people affected by brain injury.”
The following officers were elected to BIAA’s board of directors to serve a one-year term:
Chair: Page Melton Ivie
Page Melton Ivie is the owner and manager of The Source Group LLC, a government affairs and corporate intelligence firm. She has worked in corporate, nonprofit, and government settings as a reporter, speech writer, communications professional, manager, and consultant. This is her second term as chairperson of the board.
Vice-Chair: David Harrington, MBA, OTR/L, CBIST
David Harrington is the president and chief executive officer at Centre for Neuro Skills. Harrington has worked in the field of post-acute brain injury rehabilitation since 1993 and is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and Trainer (CBIST) and an adjunct instructor at the School of Business at California State University Bakersfield. His professional interests include heightening awareness of acquired brain injury, improving the efficacy and quality of brain injury rehabilitation, and facilitating better business practice in health care.
Secretary: Eleanor Perfetto, PhD, MS
As caregiver for a spouse who suffered from dementia due to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Dr. Eleanor Perfetto has been a recognized advocate for people with head-trauma-related dementia and their families by the Alzheimer’s Association New York City and National Capital Area Chapters and the Concussion Legacy Foundation. She has worked in government, industry, consulting, and academia. Today, she holds a part-time faculty appointment at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Her research and policy work focus on patient engagement in health research and care. Previously she was the National Health Council’s Executive Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, a U.S. nonprofit organization leading on patient issues and prior was in government affairs at Pfizer Inc. She has served as a member of the CMS MedPAC, National Quality Forum committee and Health Industry Council Board of Advisors member; and past president and board member for the Drug Information Association. Dr. Perfetto holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island, and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health. She served in the U.S. Public Health Service at the Agency for Health Care Policy & Research and began her government career in the Indian Health Service. Dr. Perfetto has contributed book chapters, authored journal articles, and served as a peer reviewer. She has also presented at many national and international conferences and scientific meetings.
Treasurer: Kevin Bingham, ACAS, CSPA, MAAA
Kevin Bingham is the Chief Results Officer of Subsidiary initiatives at Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company and President and CEO of the company’s corporate venture capital subsidiary iCubed Ventures, LLP. Bingham leads the Statistical Analysis and Reporting department of Chesapeake Employers’ and is responsible for the ratemaking, reserving, predictive modeling, research, and statistical reporting for the organization.
Board of Directors
The following directors were elected to serve a three-year term:
Andy Steinhubl, MBA
Andy Steinhubl has more than 35 years of energy industry and consulting experience. He currently serves on the Board of Green Hydrogen International (GHI), a global hydrogen project development company. Steinhubl also currently serves as an instructor on the Energy Transition and Hydrogen at the University of Houston.
Angie Jackson, CBIST-AP
Angie Jackson is the Director of Referrals and Admissions at On With Life. She has more than 30 years of experience in the health care industry, with expertise spanning marketing, business development, management, and payor relations for brain injury rehabilitation programs. Jackson has served as a member of the BIAA Business Practice College planning committee since 2014 and chair of planning committee from 2017-2021. She has been a member of Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists, Board of Governors since 2009 and was nominated chair in the Fall 2023.
The following director was newly elected to serve a two-year term:
Monica Vaccaro is the Director of Programs, Chief Staff Position, for the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania, where she has been responsible for managing day-to-day operations and providing programmatic leadership and direction since 2008. She represents BIAPA on the Pennsylvania Brain Injury Coalition, the Office of Long-Term Living Managed Long Term Services and Supports Committee, and the Brain Injury Committee of the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association of Pennsylvania. Prior to her role as Director of Programs, she served as the association’s Support Group Coordinator. She has 32 years of experience working with individuals with brain injury and their families as a clinician in medical rehabilitation, research, and advocacy. In addition to her role with the association, she is a Research Associate at Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute, co-chairing the Advisory Council, serving as a co-investigator for local research projects, and representing the TBI Model Systems on the PA Department of Health Brain Injury Advisory Board.
The following directors were newly elected to serve a one-year term:
Michael Jaffee, MD, FAAN, FANA
Dr. Michael Jaffee is the Chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of Florida and the Bob Paul Family Professor of Neurology, where is the founding Director of the Trauma, Concussion, and Sports Neuromedicine Program (TRACS), and has developed an innovative multidisciplinary clinic and a state-of-the-art concussion research and education program. Prior to his role at UF, Dr. Jaffee spent 21 years in the U.S. Air Force, where he served in many capacities, including National Director of the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, where he managed a network of 18 sites and his team’s efforts resulted in the publication of more than 100 peer-reviewed articles. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in neurology, psychiatry, sleep medicine, and brain injury medicine, and has additional certifications from United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties in behavioral neurology, neuropsychiatry, and neural repair and rehabilitation. Dr. Jaffee has developed educational and research collaborations between the Department of Defense, federal and state agencies, academic institutions, and other stakeholders, including the National Football League and the Alzheimer’s Association. He serves as a national consultant for multiple federal agencies and national professional organizations.
Michael McFadden, CEO of Alpha Cognition, has more than 30 years of leadership experience spanning pre-IND drug discovery through commercialization, and has launched more than a dozen therapies in neurology, psychiatry, endocrinology, and urology. He has more than 16 years of experience in neuroscience. His previous leadership roles have included Chief Commercial Officer at MPower Health, Chief Commercial Officer at Urovant Sciences, and SVP of Sales and Marketing at Avanir Pharmaceuticals. He also held leadership roles at Amylin Pharmaceuticals and Pharmacia, and serves on advisory boards at MPower Health and MindLab.
David Storto is the Senior Health Care Executive Advisor at Tandem Solutions. He served as the President and long-time leader of the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network and Continuing Care Division of Mass General Brigham (formerly Partners HealthCare), where he developed and led two inpatient rehabilitation hospitals with 28 outpatient sites, two long-term acute care hospitals, two skilled nursing facilities, and one of the largest home care organizations in Massachusetts. During his tenure, he also served as a member of Partners’ senior management groups, working with the system’s acute care hospital and physician leaders to integrate care across the full continuum. More recently, Storto has served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Tufts Medicine (formerly Wellforce), anchored by Tufts Medical Center and including community hospitals, home care organizations, and the Tufts Medicine Integrated Network of more than 2,000 physicians.