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The Board supports the work of BIAVT and provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While BIAVT’s Executive Director leads day-to-day operations, the Board-Director relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected.
Board of Directors
Bob Luce, Esq.
Bob Luce, Esquire, has been a board member since 1999. He is the Coordinator of Legal Affairs for the Brain Injury Association of Vermont. Bob is the chairman for the Down, Rachlin & Martin Litigation Group. He is a member of the Traumatic Brain Injury Group of the American Association for Justice (formerly called The Association of Trial Lawyers of America). Bob is listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2008, and is recognized in the International Investor, Benchmark: Litigation guide as one of the preeminent litigation practitioners in the country. Bob was recently ranked among the top five percent of attorneys in Vermont by Super Lawyers magazine.
The listed attorneys were identified by their peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics magazine. Bob received Martindale-Hubbells AV peer rating, which is the highest rating possible. Bob regularly lectures to other members of the Vermont Bar on litigation topics and periodically organizes a legal conference on representing traumatic brain injury victims. Bob received his Law Degree from Boston University Law School (J.D., 1979) and graduated from Williams College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1975) Phi Beta Kappa. Bob’s Bar Admissions are as follows: Vermont (1979), U.S. District Court, District of Vermont (1980), U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (1998).
Sue Zamecnik, M.Ed, CBIS
Sue Zamecnik has nearly 30 years experience working in human services programs in Vermont. Sue has been a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with VocRehab-VT since June 2008, with specialty areas working with individuals with traumatic brain injury as well as veterans and active duty service personnel. She also worked in the fields of early childhood education, childcare licensing, and Therapeutic Recreation.
Sue has a BS in Therapeutic Recreation and M.ED from the University of Vermont in early childhood Special Education. Sue is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist.
Leigh Clark has been a board member since 2002. She is the Support Group Coordinator for the Brain Injury Association of Vermont. In 2003, she was awarded the “TBI Survivor of the Year / Governor’s Award” for her outstanding commitment, perseverance and advocacy. Leigh is a Brain Injury Survivor from a motor vehicle accident in 1998. She’s been a Physical Education teacher since 1979.
Leigh has a BA in Physical Education and Health from Johnson State College and a Masters in Education (Adaptive Physical Education) from the University of Vermont. She’s been a Ski Instructor since 1975 and an Assistant Ski School Director since 2002.
Peter Daigle was one of the founders of the Brain Injury Association of Vermont and has been on the board since it’s inception in 1999. He facilitated the Newport Support Group for 4 years. Peter has proficiency in computer research skills and was instrumental in researching brain injury information and helpful links for our website.
David King, M.A., Pd.D
David King has been a Senior Information Security Analyst at National Life Group/NTT Data, Inc., Montpelier, VT for 15 years. Dave is married to Mary Ellen Lynch and has two daughters, Anna (26) and Sarah (24). Anna suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2005. She received the Governor’s Survivor of the Year Award in October, 2009, and continues her recovery.
Dave has a B.S. in Psychology, and a M.A. in Experimental Psychology, and a Ph.D in Experimental Psychology from the University of Vermont.
Katherine Ross, MS, CCC-SLP
Kate is a wife and a mother of two young adult women. Her oldest daughter was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor about a month after she graduated from high school, two weeks shy of her 18th birthday. Kate is a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) specializing in early childhood (ages birth – 8 year olds) being in private practice for about 15 years. She has worked with a variety of diagnoses, mostly developmental delay, but also autism, communication disorders, Down Syndrome, and some with TBI.
She coordinates two online programs for UVM’s Continuing Education and Communication Science Disorders programs: Speech Language Pathology Assistants Training Program and the SLP Post Baccalaureate Pre-Master’s Program. She is also an adjunct instructor, advisor, and graduate student mentor in off-campus placements. Kate also works with the state of Vermont Agency of Education as an Inclusion Coach, guiding educational programs throughout the state into inclusionary services for all children.
She is a member of the following organizations:
- American Speech Language Hearing Association (including VT affiliate)
- National Association of the Education of Young Children (including VT affiliate)
- Council for Exceptional Children (including Division for Early Childhood and Vermont affiliate)
- Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (including New England affiliate)
Dean J.M. Mooney, Ph.D, N.C.S.P.
Dr. Dean Mooney is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist – Doctorate and a Licensed School Psychologist in the state of Vermont. In addition, he is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. He is co-author of Nonverbal Learning Disabilities: A Guide to School Success (May 2006), Nonverbal Learning Disabilities: A Guide to School Success – The Teacher’s Manual (September 2007), and A Train Ride to Grandma’s (With NO Chocolate Donut!) (September 2009).
Maple Leaf Clinic, founded by Dr. Dean Mooney, provides neuropsychological, educational, psychological, speech and language, and social thinking assessments of children, adolescents and adults. Therapy for people of all ages is provided. Our services also include social skills development for all ages, educational or clinical consultation (in person, by phone, or through iChat/SKYPE), and professional development.
Maple Leaf Clinic is also proud to sponsor Camp Maple Leaf, a summer camp that caters to the social needs and relaxation skills of campers with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Mooney has lectured on the topic of Nonverbal Learning Disabilities for local and national organizations throughout the United States, Canada, and England. Additionally, Dr. Mooney serves on the Professional Advisory Board for The College Internship Program; on the Medical Advisory Board for the Turner Syndrome Foundation and the Turner Syndrome Society of the United States, the Child First Advocacy Center of Rutland County, and most recently the Brain Injury Association of Vermont.
Jennifer LeSouzac, Disability Rights Vermont
Sara Lane, Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL)
Dr. Katrina Ducis, Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery, Pediatric & Adult Neurosurgery, University of Vermont Medical Center
Dr. Alex Torstrick, Vermont Neuropsychology, LLC