The Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program Advisory Council is comprised of 16 members appointed by the State Surgeon General (Chapter 381.78, F.S.). Appointed members serve a four-year term on the council.
- Four members who have a brain injury or are family members of individuals who have a brain injury.
- Four members who have a spinal cord injury or are family members of individuals who have a spinal cord injury.
- Two members who represent the special needs of children who have a brain or spinal cord injury.
- The balance shall be physicians, other allied health professionals, administrators of brain and spinal cord injury programs, and representatives from support groups that have expertise in areas related to the rehabilitation of individuals who have brain or spinal cord injuries.
Advisory Council Member Directory
|NAME||APPOINTMENT||TERM BEGINS||TERM ENDS|
|Natalie Alden||SCI Survivor or Family Member||07/14/2015||07/13/2019|
|Mary Gallagher||SCI Survivor or Family Member||07/14/2015||07/13/2019|
|Evan Piper||SCI Survivor or Family Member||07/14/2015||07/13/2019|
|Peter Szymanski||SCI Survivor or Family Member||07/14/2015||07/13/2019|
|Erick Collazo||TBI Survivor or Family Member||11/01/2012||10/31/2016|
|Sean C. VanGerena||TBI Survivor or Family Member||12/01/2011||11/30/2015|
|Annie Jackson, MSW||TBI Survivor or Family Member||07/14/2015||07/13/2019|
|Richard Zeidman||TBI Survivor or Family Member||07/14/2015||07/13/2019|
|Dr. Bonnie Rice, DNP, ARNP, FNP-C, CPHQ, CRRN||Special Needs of Children with TBI or SCI||07/14/2015||07/13/2019|
|Paul Kornberg, MD||Special Needs of Children with TBI or SCI||12/01/2012||11/30/2016|
|Joanne Hoertz, RN||Professional||01/03/2014||01/02/2018|
|Julia Paul, RN||Professional||09/01/2013||08/31/2017|
|Dr. Josephine Baluga, MD||Professional||07/14/2015||07/13/2019|
|B. Randall Thompson||Professional||07/14/2015||07/13/2019|
Would You Like to Serve on the Advisory Council?
As vacancies on the council occur, the Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Secion pulls submitted applications from the file and reviews them to determine if the applicants meet the statutory requirement to serve in the vacant seat. Those that meet the requirement, are then submitted to the Office of Performance and Quality Improvement, to review the applicants and make a recommendation to the State Surgeon General. The State Surgeon General reviews the recommendation, and if in agreement, appoints the individual to Advisory Council.
If you would like to apply to serve on the Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program Advisory Council and have your application on file, complete the application and mail it to the following address:
Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Section
4052 Bald Cypress Way
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Attn: Teresa Hall