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The Brain Injury Association of Illinois (BIA of IL) is a not-for-profit, statewide membership organization comprised of people with brain injuries, family members, friends and professionals. BIA of IL is part of a network of brain injury associations across the United States, and is an Affiliate of the national Brain Injury Association, Inc. (BIA) which was founded in 1980. The BIA of IL is the only statewide organization in Illinois serving individuals with Acquired Brain Injury, their families and professionals who treat them. We work to assist in developing communication channels between families and professionals in a way that improves relationships and cooperation, enhances teamwork and helps decrease potential issues that might arise . Due to decreased resources, lengths of stay, rehabilitation and care needs, and changing family structures, the BIA of IL feels collaboration is critical for effective service delivery. The Brain Injury Association of Illinois works with local, state and national organizations to consistently lead Illinois in providing quality, affordable and accessible services to people with brain injuries and their families. The BIA of Illinois is dedicated to providing information, resources, advocacy, and support.

This is accomplished through:

  • Acting as an information and resource clearinghouse

  • Providing educational programs and an annual educational conference

  • Hosting therapeutic recreational camps for children and adults with brain injury

  • Fostering brain injury prevention and public awareness

  • Promoting participation in statewide support groups

  • Actively participating in legislative advocacy

  • Encouraging research


 Brain Injury Association of Illinois
 P.O. Box 64420
 Chicago, IL 60664-0420

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Irene Pedersen

Executive Director:

Philicia L. Deckard, BSW, LSW, CBIST

Board of Directors

Ginny Lazzara, BSN CRRN CBIST, Chair
Dawn Wentar-Henry, MHA CCC-SLP CBIST, Vice Chair
Mary Kay Reed, RN BSN MPA, Secretary/Treasurer

Mark Doyle, BA
Nelson Escobar, MD
Hunter Hillenmeyer, MBA
Diana Nawrocki, ATR MAAT M.Ed
Elizabeth Pieroth, Psy.D.
Melanie Rak, MD
Alicia Roman, BS
Thomas P. Routh, esq.
Anjum Sayyad, MD
Alex Shelton
Reggie Smith, BA
Michael J. Staab, JD LLM

Honorary Board Members

Whitney Arado, MA
James Cantelupe, BS
Michael Gelbort, Ph.D.
Mary Halper
Doug Koltun, MD
Bob Love, BS
Donald J. Nolan, J.D.
Marvel Vena
Roger Weitz, BA
James Young, MD
Larry Zachary, MD
Ginger Zee, BS


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Brain Injury Association of Illinois
P.O. Box 64420
Chicago, IL 60664-0420
Phones: 312-726-5699 or  800-699-6443  Fax:312-630-4011