Current BIAWE Board Members
|Chair/Interim Treasurer, Joanne King|
Joanne is an accountant and has been actively involved in the community for many years. Her involvement has included health care organizations and anything her children were involved with. Joanne is married to Mark Huggard and they have four adult children. BIAWE is important to Joanne as she has a family member with an acquired brain injury.
|Vice Chair, Dr. Marcus Niessen|
Marcus is a plastic surgeon in Windsor. His interest in supporting BIAWE is personal. He was in a London hospital for 4 months after a brain injury. He knows the important work BIAWE does changes people’s lives.
|Board Members – Directors|
Suzanne is a mother of 4, grandmother of 8, and great-grandmother of 3. She’s been a teacher and a social worker in Windsor and retired several years ago.
Suzanne volunteered her whole adult life and has been on many boards. She wants to give both her academic and personal life experience to the Brain Injury Association and also learn the effects of a traumatic brain injury on members and their families.
Theresa is a legal assistant at Wunder O’Brien. Mr. O’Brien represents people with serious injuries, including brain trauma. As a result she has attended seminars, webinars and conferences on brain trauma (as well as chronic pain) to enhance her knowledge and to help others. Theresa is the mother of an adult daughter.
Retired publisher of In Business Windsor magazine. Gordon Hillman is a survivor of a closed head injury obtained in August 2000. A pick-up truck ran a stop sign at a high rate of speed and T-boned his car sending his car approximately one-hundred yards down a street he was not traveling on. The impact was so intense Gordon was found unconscious and upside down in what was left of the passenger compartment, coming completely out of his seat belt. As a result of his injuries he was forced to give up his magazine and relearn many skills from reading and comprehending to writing and mathematics. Not everything was bad however, as Gordon was now able to spend a great deal of time with his family and he made many new friends during his rehabilitation. Today he is able to function on a daily basis including driving. Reading is done with audio books and he leaves the complicated math to professionals. However, in his quest to reeducate himself with numbers, he used cooking as a strategy and has become quite the learned cook. Today Gordon tries to give back to those who helped him and is currently serving on the BIAWE board.
Kim has worked in the public relations field for over 30 years. As an internationally recognized communicator, she has provided public relations support, expertise, and training for numerous organizations in the public and private sectors.
Her group, the Charity Chix hosted a fundraiser for BIAWE in 2018.