Consumer Advisory Board

Kathleen Castillo, BA,MA
Speech Pathologist
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

Ms Castillo has been a Speech Pathologist at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC; San Jose, Ca.) since 1987. She is currently a Senior Speech Pathologist on the Spinal Cord Injury, Brain Injury General Rehabilitation Unit and Acute Inpatient Units managing 13 Speech Pathologists hospital wide in addition to the supervision of a Clinical Fellow. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Speech Pathology, with a minor in Deaf Education, as well as a credential in Clinical Rehabilitation. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing.

Her interests have been in swallowing impairments and communication/cognitive needs in the tetraplegic population, specializing in high risk complicated diagnoses. She has developed and coordinates the Dysphagia Program on the Rehabilitation Trauma Unit (specializing in acute SCI) as well as the Acute Inpatient Units. Diagnoses include progressive neurological disorders, congenital abnormalities and syndromes. She is certified in CCS (California Children’s Services) allowing her to evaluated and treat the pediatric population.

She has co-authored four articles related to swallowing incidence in high tetraplegia individuals at SCVMC. She is currently concluding research on a NIDDR funded grant related to the incidence and assessment of dysphagia and the tetraplegic population. Ms Castillo has participated in a field initiated NIDDR grant evaluating the use of the PEAT (Planning Execution Assistant & Trainer) with the cognitively impaired population. In addition, she is an adjunct Professor at San Jose State University, teaching Advanced Motor Speech Disorders and graduate Neuro Practicum.

Ms Castillo has spoken at the state and national level on the topic of traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury. Lectures included memory impairments, returning to work and dynamics of group therapy. In addition, she has spoken on an international level regarding dysphagia and the tetraplegic population.

General Peter Chiarelli, Ret.
Chief Executive Officer
One Mind for Research

General Peter Chiarelli, USA (Ret.) was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of One Mind for Research in 2012. He is a retired four-star General with 40 years of experience designing and implementing American defense policy for the U.S. Army and Department of Defense in peace and during combat operations. As the 32nd Vice Chief of Staff in the Army, Chiarelli was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Army and its 1.1 million active and reserve soldiers. This included the Army's research, development and execution of studies followed by the implementation of recommendations related to the Army's behavioral health programs, specifically its Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention Program. As commander of the Multi-National Corps-Iraq, Chiarelli coordinated the actions of all four military services and was responsible for the day-to-day combat operations of more than 147,000 U.S. and Coalition troops. He was also the Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense from March 2007 to August 2008. Chiarelli pioneered efforts to restore government, economic stability and essential services during two tours in Iraq; exercised command and control of combat operations; and trained, prepared and mobilized reserve forces for critical response operations. He retired from the Army in 2012 after almost 40 years of service. As the CEO of One Mind for Research, Chiarelli continues his advocacy for eliminating the stigma associated with Service Members and Veterans seeking and receiving the assistance they need for the treatment of the invisible wounds of war: Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS), and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Co-founded by former Congressman Patrick Kennedy and mental health advocate Garen Staglin, One Mind for Research (currently a division of IMHRO) is an independent, non-profit organization bringing together health care providers, researchers, academics and the health care industry - on a global scale - with the goal to rapidly develop new treatments and cures for all illnesses and disorders of the brain. Chiarelli holds a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Seattle University; a Master of Public Administration degree from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington; and a Master of Arts degree in national security strategy from Salve Regina University. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Naval Command and Staff College and the National War College.

Susan H. Connors, BA
President/CEO
Brain Injury Association of America

Susan Connors is president and chief executive officer of the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA). She was executive director of the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators from 2001 to 2005 and BIAA's national director of state affairs from 1995 to 2001. During the past 15 years, Ms. Connors has served in advisory capacities and on expert panels for several federal agencies, universities, and nonprofit organizations and has authored numerous publications, position statements and articles. She has a bachelor's degree in public communication from George Mason University. She is a non-voting member of the Board.

Charles Gatlin, MA, MPA
TBI Advocate
U.S. Army Veteran

Mr. Gatlin and is a retired Army Captain (Light Infantry) and holds a Master's Degree in Political Science. He was deployed to Iraq in 2006 where he suffered a moderate TBI as the result of a roadside IED. He currently is a consumer reviewer for CDMRP and estimates that he had reviewed close to 500 applications over the past few years. He works closely with a number of veteran and TBI advocacy groups and is very is very interested in being involved in the CAB because veteran patient care is what drives him. He has expressed an interest in serving as chair of the board.

Kelli Williams Gary, PhD, MPH, OTR/L
Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
Virginia Commonwealth University

John W. Harris, MA, MPA
Military and Veteran's Program Manager
NC Division of Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities/Substance Abuse

Mr. Harris serves as Military and Veterans Program Manager, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. He has 31 years of direct training in planning, coordinating and administering behavioral health and social services programs. In addition, he has also provided behavioral health services to military, veterans and their family members, to include family violence, veteran benefits advisory, military family resiliency training dealing with pre-and post-deployment issues substance abuse, family violence, mental health, suicide prevention, veteran peer support, and crisis intervention. Mr. Harris has extensive training in all aspects of social service and behavioral health to include screening, triage and referral services, and outreach programs specifically targeting eligible community members' availability for assistance. He has 15 years of providing supervision and oversight development for communitywide programs, solving system issues, and ensuring policy and procedures are consistent with personal outcome models and new initiatives. He has established a military and veterans community reintegration system that provides training, information, and aid for family assistance programs. Mr. Harris honorably served in two branches of the military as an enlisted seaman in the Navy and as an Officer in the Army.

Stephanie A. Kolakowsky-Hayner, PhD, CBIST, FACRM
Chief Operating Officer 
Brain Trauma Foundation (BTF)

Dr. Kolakowsy-Hayner also BTF’s Principal Investigator on the Brain Trauma Evidence-based Consortium (B-TEC) project funded by the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM). Until March 2015, she was the Director of Rehabilitation Research at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) in San Jose, CA, and was the Project Co-Director of the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) funded Northern California Traumatic Brain Injury Model System of Care Follow-up Center and the Northern California Spinal Cord Injury Model System of Care Follow-up Center, and the Partnering-PI for the DoD-funded study of rTMS: A Treatment to Restore Function after Severe TBI; a project to improve functional recovery for persons remaining in vegetative or minimally conscious state 3 to 12 months after severe TBI. In her role at SCVMC she oversaw the brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, spina bifida, and amputee peer support programs with over 100 active participants and was also instrumental in securing funding for TBI Matters, a community-based quarterly education series.

Stephanie serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Brain Injury Association of California, and is a member of the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists’ (ACBIS) Board of Governors and the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Board of Governors. She has over 20 years progressively independent experience in research related activities including literature review, database creation and maintenance, data collection, data cleaning, statistical analyses, coordination of multi-site research projects, maintaining project integrity, dissemination of findings, editing, supervision of junior and senior level research staff and students, and report, manuscript, book chapter, and grant writing.

To date, Dr. Kolakowsky-Hayner has made more than 175 professional presentations and published over 170 peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, and other information materials for professionals and consumers with disabilities.

Keith Musick, MSN
Chief Nurse/TBI Program Manager
Department of Medicine - Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center

Mr Musick has a Master's Degree in Nursing, with six years clinical and five years intensive care. Mr Musick is a Program Manager for Fort Hood's TBI program. Also working on the development and implementation of a Intrepid Spirit intensive outpatient program. Mr. Musick is a healthcare administrator with 18+ years of experience with a broad nursing and administrative background in many venues including military, community, and university teaching hospitals. Since 2009, he has been Chief Nurse/TBI Program Manager in the Department of Medicine at the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood, TX. He is the Program Manager for the Traumatic Brain Injury clinic and is responsible for staffing and program development of the multidisciplinary clinic. Mr. Musick works directly with Southern Regional Medical Command to develop yearly budget and obtain unfunded resources from the Office of the Surgeon General and is responsible for the management of the following departments: Internal Medicine, Rheumatology, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Rheumatology, Respiratory Care, Dermatology, Neurology, Pulmonary, Anticoagulation, Gastroenterology, Infectious Disease, Traumatic Brain Injury, Allergy and Immunology. In additional, he assisted with the design of the new 10,000 square foot Traumatic Brain Injury clinic at Fort Hood.

Julia Zeigler
Family Member of TBI Survivor/Veteran Advocate

Ms. Zeigler is the mother of a TBI survivor. Her son served as an infantryman in the US Marine Corps during Operation Enduring Freedom (2009-2010) in Afghanistan and suffers from both TBI and PTSD. Ms. Zeigler has worked for past four years with the USMC command, the Naval Hospital command, TBI Clinic command, combat casualty nurses, civilian medical personnel, the NC Veterans Military Liaison, the NC criminal justice system and members of the NC Senate to get the help needed for her son and others like him. These experiences inspired Ms. Zeigler to write and produce a documentary telling the story of the battle our injured service men and women fight here at home once they leave the theater of war abroad. Besides a professional background in communications, advertising, marketing and business development, she has a long family history of military service. Most recently she worked in professional sports advertising and marketing, and statewide news and sports radio and these experiences exposed her to professional and amateur athletes with traumatic brain injuries. She has associations with the following organizations "Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc.", "Brain Injury Association of NC", "USA Hockey" and "NC Sports Council".