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Advisory Council


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

Natalie AldenSCI Survivor or Family Member7/14/20197/13/2023
Kevin MullinSCI Survivor or Family Member11/4/201911/3/2023
VacantSCI Survivor or Family Member
VacantSCI Survivor or Family Member
Erick CollazoTBI Survivor or Family Member11/03/201611/2/2020
Sean C. VanGerenaTBI Survivor or Family Member8/16/20168/15/2020
VacantTBI Survivor or Family Member
Richard ZeidmanTBI Survivor or Family Member7/14/20197/13/2023
VacantSpecial Needs of Children with TBI or SCI
VacantSpecial Needs of Children with TBI or SCI
Joanne Hoertz, RNProfessional1/03/20181/02/2022
Larissa SwanProfessional11/14/201911/13/2023
Patricia DorrellProfessional11/14/201911/13/2023
Suzanne DoswellProfessional7/14/20197/13/2023
Marsha MartinoProfessional7/14/20197/13/2023


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 for future openings, complete the online application.

Webinar Recordings
BSCIAC December 2019 - ZIP File
Instructions on How to Open a ZIP File

Meeting Agendas
BSCIAC Agenda September 2016
BSCIAC Agenda March 2017
BSCIAC Agenda June 2019
BSCIAC Agenda December 2019

Meeting Minutes
Coming Soon

Council Documents
Coming Soon