Meet your team

The staff at the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina are dedicated to the mission of providing help, hope, and a voice for individuals living with brain injury.  They are available to provide resources, information, and training opportunities.

Daniel started his tenure as the new Executive Director at the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina in 2019. Daniel comes to the organization with a 17 year career in nonprofit management and resource development having most recently worked for Boys & Girls Clubs. His number one goal is to make sure those in the Brain Injury Community have the support and resources they need.

Daniel Pietrzak

Executive Director
Daniel started his tenure as the new Executive Director at the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina in 2019. Daniel comes to the organization with a 17 year career in nonprofit management and resource development having most recently worked for Boys & Girls Clubs. His number one goal is to make sure those in the Brain Injury Community have the support and resources they need
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Susan Baker

Financial Director
Susan has been with the Association since 2017. She is the Finance Director and is tasked with handling all accounting information for the association, in addition to maintaining the budget. Susan works closely with DHHS, ensuring that the budget aligns correctly with state contracts. Susan loves working at the Brain Injury Association of NC because of the cause. Having a member of her family who sustained a brain injury in 1994, Susan has a great interest in helping within the brain injury community.
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Alyssa Madden

Marketing & Community Development Manager
Alyssa came to BIANC in the Fall of 2020 as the Marketing Coordinator. She is now the Manager of Marketing and Development, focused on initiatives to increase visibility and resources for the organization. She is a graduate of the UNC Chapel Hill School of Journalism and has experience in several industries, none of which include Journalism. Alyssa feels lucky to have arrived at BIANC when she did and hopes to make a difference in the organization and the community.
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Sandy Pendergraft

Neuro Resource Facilitator
Sandy has been with the Association since 2016 as Neuro Resource Facilitator (NRF). She works through a collaborative process involving individuals with brain injury and their personal support systems to increase the independence and quality of life of individuals living with brain injuries. Sandy helps to coordinate the annual BIANC Family Conference.
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Lauren Costello

Statewide Training Coordinator
Lauren has been the Statewide NC Training Coordinator for BIANC since 2016. Her duties include developing online modules and webinars and creation of BIANC publications, educational materials and specialized trainings. "Everyday is a new day to help people struggling to find resources or access knowledge about brain injury." Lauren often sees that individuals living with brain injury, families, and providers, feel alone or like there is no where to turn after the initial diagnosis or hospital stay.
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Molly Twiss

Communications Coordinator
Molly came to BIANC March of 2022 as the Communications Coordinator. She works closely with the Manager of Marketing and Development in increasing community visibility; as well as social media and updating the BIANC website. She is a graduate of UNC Charlotte where she majored in Communications. Molly is grateful to be part of an organization that strives to make a difference in the community.
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Kitty Barringer

Outreach Coordinator
Kitty volunteered for BIANC when the association was newly formed. She became the Outreach Coordinator for the BIANC Triad Regional office in 2008. She provides training and support for people with brain injuries and their families in her area. Kitty feels that providing resources and information about brain injury is key for patient and families prior to discharge from an in-patient brain injury unit. Kitty values BIANC because it provides a map for navigating through the world of brain injury
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Susan Fewell

Outreach and Training
Susan has a Master's degree and has been with the Association since 2004. She provides outreach to the military and to families in the Central and Eastern region and is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) Trainer. "I value BIANC because I get to meet awesome people with brain injuries and their families and help train the professionals who serve them."
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Beth Overby

Resource Call Center Coordinator
Beth holds a BS in Business with a specialization in Health Care management in addition to NC Licensure as a holistic bodywork therapist. She holds a seat on the Brain Injury Alliance Council as a family representative and also volunteers on the public policy committee. She feels working for BIANC is a true honor because she knows firsthand how challenging it can be to navigate a complex healthcare system and the positive impact of having guidance, resources and education can have on the community.