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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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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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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Molly Twiss

Marketing Coordinator
Molly came to BIANC March of 2022 as the Marketing 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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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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Libby Wilhelmson

Outreach and Training Specialist
Libby Joined BIANC in October of 2022, She graduated from NCSU and has worked in the education field for many years. She supports our outreach initiatives and participating in virtual and in-person training. Libby's goal is to increase BIANC's visibility with community exhibiting, educating and training brain injury survivors and all who support them in their journey. Libby is excited to be part of something that allows her to express her passion for community and awareness.
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Paula Harrell

Eastern NC Community Outreach Coordinator
Starting in 2023, Paula is BIANC's Eastern NC Community Outreach Coordinator. After graduating from East Carolina University I was honored to serve the people of Eastern North Carolina for over 25 years in the fields of psychology/sociology as an associate professor, social researcher and counselor. It has been my calling to support, educate, investigate, report, advocate and comfort persons with disabilities. I am very excited and eager to now provide these services for those impacted by brain injury.
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Brad Blackwell

Statewide Training Coordinator
Brad has been with the Association since 2023 as Statewide Training Coordinator. Brad works to educate individuals who are thriving with brain injuries, their families and professionals. During his time with Americorps/VISTA, Brad developed an unquenchable fervor to contribute to the process of dismantling systemic and institutional barriers that act as a conduit through which the shameful condition of social and economic inequity.
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Alisha Street

Central Community Outreach Coordinator
Alisha Pruett-Street is BIANC's Central Community Outreach Coordinator. She is excited to work with BIANC in the Charlotte area as her goal is connecting to the community to bring awareness and support to brain injury survivors and family members. Alisha graduated with a BA in Psychology at Hunter College, City University of New York, with a certification in nonprofit management. She has over 12 years experience working within social services, particularly housing services. Also, she has worked largely with local food systems and in increasing nutrient dense food access in the Carolinas. Overall, she is deeply passionate about advocating for all individuals to have access to health and wellness resources so as to support a meaningful and healthy life.