BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Richard Wagar

Director Of Brain Recovery

Founder and President of Vancouver Brain Injury Association, Richard originated all Vancouver Brain Injury Association Support Groups. A former executive coach, Richard now specializes in coaching brain injury rehabilitation and recovery.

Richard created the Neuroscience Of Happiness workshop and founded the Brain Recovery Fridays program in September 2015.

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Kim Spracklin

Treasurer

Kim Spracklin volunteered at Brain Recovery Fridays from the very beginning in September 2015 until June 2018. She joined the VBIA Board and went on to serve as VBIA Treasurer in 2016 and 2017.

Kim rejoined the VBIA Board to ensure continuity and support the growth of Vancouver Brain Injury Association.

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Michael Rowan

Founding Director

Founding Director Michael Rowan is a testament to self-improvement and rehabilitation from a cognitive disability. Michael was born with cerebral palsy. He also has epilepsy.

Fighting injustice for brain injury survivors was the germinating seed that grew to become today’s Vancouver Brain Injury Association.

TEAM MEMBERS

Mikaela Johnson

Mikaela Johnson

Graphic Designer

Mikaela is an aspiring designer and illustrator studying at Capilano University.

Her biggest asset? Perseverance.

Her biggest weakness? Dark chocolate.

Mikaela is responsible for assisting with graphics for learning programs, advertisements, social media, and more.

Kiibati Adeojo

Kiibati Adeojo

Webmaster

Kiibati is an aspiring content creator and indie game developer.

He spends most of his time studying new technology or creating content.

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Michelle Santella

Research Director

Michelle is a recent UBC graduate with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. She has experience with self-directed research and is excited to work with the VBIA on the Concussion Diagnosis Project.

She also volunteers at various hospitals and nursing homes with patients who have brain injuries, including her grandfather.
Her interests include playing the piano, painting, and hiking.

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Emily Li

Volunteer Coordinator

Emily is a first-year student studying in the faculty of science at UBC. She is looking forward to being on the VBIA team! Emily volunteers at local hospitals where she interacts with patients who have brain injuries.

She is passionate about studying behavioral health and public health policy. During her spare time, she enjoys playing guitar, golfing, snowboarding, and watching movies with friends.

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Kaho Furukawa

Graphic Designer

Kaho is an aspiring graphic designer studying at Capilano University.

She is responsible for assisting with graphics for advertisements and social media. It’s been an exciting journey for her to be a part of VBIA where she is able to utilize her asset to provide support to the community. Her interests include drawing, skateboarding, and playing the piano.

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Thea Pham

Graphic Designer

Thea is an upcoming graphic designer/illustrator student in Capilano University.

She is in charge of creating informative social media posts for VBIA and she really appreciates the opportunity to be involved in VBIA works. Her interests include learning about how media influence how people think/act, cinematography, illustration.

VOLUNTEER RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

Lydia Ng

Lydia Ng

Lydia is a University of Toronto student double majoring in Neuroscience and Nutritional Science. She is very excited to work with VBIA on the concussion diagnosis project.

Her interest includes learning about brain injury rehabilitation and recovery, exercise and sports medicine, as well as dietetics, including the relationship between nutrition and brain function.

She previously worked with the Sport and Recreation intramural program at UofT in risk management, which involved first aid response to sports-related injuries, such as concussions. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, playing volleyball, and baking.

Harry Chae

Harry Chae

Harry is a student at UBC specializing in Microbiology and Immunology. He loves the city of Vancouver and has been actively involved in the community from a young age. Currently, he is enjoying volunteering at local hospitals and helping patients in the community.

He is enthusiastic about working on the Concussion Diagnosis Project and is committed to helping the VBIA continue conducting their important research work.

In his free time, Harry enjoys exercising and has been a long-time basketball player. He is also very passionate about music and singing.

Megan Pan

Megan Pan

Volunteer Research Assistant

Megan is a UBC student specializing in Behavioural Neuroscience, and is very excited to work with the VBIA on the concussion diagnosis project.

Her interests include learning about psychiatric disorders and destigmatizing and raising awareness for mental health in the community.

She is currently involved with the Science Undergraduate Society as an Academic Experience Coordinator, and also works in the mentorship committee for the humanitarian organization UBC HOPE. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, going for walks, and biking.

Nicole Greig

Nicole Greig

Nicole is a Behavioural Neuroscience student at UBC, and is excited to share her passion for neuroscience by contributing to the Concussion Diagnosis Project!

In her spare time, she likes to run, garden, hike, sing and play the piano. She looks forward to learning more about mild traumatic brain injuries and applying this knowledge to a future career in health care!

Lauren Quigley

Lauren Quigley

Lauren is in her final year of Kinesiology at UBC, with an interest in sport performance and injuries.

She is used to working with athletes in contact sports as an athletic trainer, and is passionate about concussion care and recovery.

In her spare time she can be spotted walking her dog, swimming, hiking or rock climbing.

Simran Dhanoa

Simran Dhanoa

Simran is a fourth year student at SFU studying in the faculty of science to gain a bachelor in Biology.

She volunteers at hospitals where she interacts with various types of patients. She is super interested in neuroscience and wishes to study in this field in the future. Her favourite things to do are reading and travelling when she can!

Samantha Huang

Samantha Huang

Samantha Huang received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Emory University and is currently conducting research at UBC with the Mood Disorders Center.

She is passionate about the neuropsychology of mood disorders, memory and emotions, and is excited to contribute to the research efforts at VBIA that will directly support her local community.

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Shona Reid

Shona is a 4th year sciences student at the University of Victoria focusing on clinical and neuropsychology.

With a passion for learning about brain trauma, psychiatric disorders and exploring better diagnostic and treatment plans, Shona is excited to be involved with the VBIA concussion diagnosis project.

Shona is an Engage leader with UVIC Office of Student Life as well as an executive team member of Vikes Nation Athletics and Recreations. In her spare time, Shona can be found volunteering at St Paul’s Hospital, skiing, singing and travelling.