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Advisory Council

Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program

Council Membership

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.

Membership Representation:

  • 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
Suzanne Doswell Professional 07/14/2015 07/13/2019
Marsha Martino 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