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Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona elects 3 to Board

Three new members were elected to the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona (BIAAZ) Board of Directors at the non-profit organization’s annual member meeting last month. Ray Norris, Sharon Phillips and Amanda Wigal-Schlosser will serve their first terms December 2013 through 2016.

“The Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona is incredibly excited to include these three experienced and dedicated individuals to our already wonderful board,” said Kim Halloran, executive director of BIAAZ. “We look forward to the strong leadership this board can provide to carry out our mission, and the support they will bring to community members with brain injuries, their families and professionals.”

Ray Norris
Ray Norris is an attorney at Gallagher & Kennedy who specializes in plaintiffs’ catastrophic personal injury, with particular experience in brain and spinal cord injury, along with medical malpractice, product liability, wrongful death and mediation of disputes. He also conducts trial preparation and jury selection focus groups. Throughout his career, Norris has spoken extensively in the areas of traumatic brain injury and trial advocacy.

Sharon Phillips
Sharon Phillips is the owner and president of Freedom Manor, Inc. Freedom Manor specializes in the care of brain injury survivors in an assisted living home setting. Phillips has owned and managed Freedom Manor for 19 years. She has experience in many volunteer boards, including the Assisted Living Federation of Arizona, Assisted Living Federation of America and Arizona Governor’s Council on Spinal and Head Injuries. Phillips also previously served on the board of Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona.

Amanda Wigal-Schlosser
Amanda Wigal-Schlosser is the owner of Brandables, a promotional products company. Wigal-Schlosser suffered a traumatic brain injury in June 2007. Since her rehabilitation, she has made it her personal mission to teach people about brain injury.

In addition to these three new board members, the BIAAZ board has elected new officers. These officers will serve one-year terms on the Executive Committee:

> President: Becky Armendariz, public relations director, Banner Health Arizona East Region
> Vice President: Dr. Robert Djergaian, medical director, Banner Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Institute
> Treasurer: Sean Badding, partner and owner, Everlasting Services
> Secretary: Tom Nielsen, father of brain injury survivor

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Giffords Will Share Inspiring Story in Scottsdale

In partnership with the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present An Evening with Captain Mark Kelly and Gabrielle Giffords: Endeavor to Succeed, on Friday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m.

Tickets are available for $89, $69 and $59 online at www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org or through (480) 499-TKTS (8587).

On Jan. 8, 2011, Capt. Mark Kelly would face the toughest challenge of his life when an assassination attempt was made on his wife, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. His dedication to family and Giffords’ road to recovery would captivate the nation. For Kelly, focus equals success – even in the face of adversity.

Personifying the best of the American spirit, Kelly is a homegrown hero who was a combat pilot in Iraq, an astronaut on four space shuttle missions and commander of the final flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour. He has combined teamwork, leadership, communication and family in an unwavering commitment to succeed.

Kelly will show audiences how to accomplish their mission while maintaining the love and devotion to family that is the foundation of true success. A book signing will follow. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona.

Senate Judiciary Committee Hears From Prominent Voices On Both Sides Of Gun Control Debate

Giffords Will Share Inspiring Story in Scottsdale

In partnership with the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present An Evening with Captain Mark Kelly and Gabrielle Giffords: Endeavor to Succeed, on Friday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m.

Tickets are available for $89, $69 and $59 online at www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org or through (480) 499-TKTS (8587).

On Jan. 8, 2011, Capt. Mark Kelly would face the toughest challenge of his life when an assassination attempt was made on his wife, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. His dedication to family and Giffords’ road to recovery would captivate the nation. For Kelly, focus equals success – even in the face of adversity.

Personifying the best of the American spirit, Kelly is a homegrown hero who was a combat pilot in Iraq, an astronaut on four space shuttle missions and commander of the final flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour. He has combined teamwork, leadership, communication and family in an unwavering commitment to succeed.

Kelly will show audiences how to accomplish their mission while maintaining the love and devotion to family that is the foundation of true success. A book signing will follow. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona.

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Armendariz named PR director for Banner East Region

Rebecca Armendariz, 27, public relations specialist at Banner Health, has been named public relations director for Banner Arizona East Region, effective June 24. She will oversee the public relations efforts at the following Banner Health facilities: Banner Baywood Medical Center, Banner Behavioral Health Hospital, Banner Desert Medical Center, Banner Gateway Medical Center, Banner Goldfield Medical Center, Banner Heart Hospital, Banner Home Care and Hospice and Banner Ironwood Medical Center.

Rebecca Armendariz has served as a PR specialist at Banner Health since September 2008. She is also the vice president of the board of directors for Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona, where she has held a board position since November 2009. Prior to joining Banner Health, Armendariz was an account coordinator at a local PR agency.

Armendariz received a bachelor’s degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University in 2008.