Shaping the Future2

Conference Agenda

  • 10:00 -10:10 Welcome

    Daniel Pietrzak, Executive Director
    Brain Injury Association of NC

  • 10:10-11:00 a.m. Connecting the Dots: A Path to the Future

    Paul Rogers

  • 11:00-11:10 Break

  • 11:10-12:00 p.m. Myth Busters: Concussion Facts & Fiction

    Johna Register-Mahlik & Wes Cole

  • 12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch Break & Meet & Greet

  • 1:00-1:50 p.m. Acquired Brain Injury: The Silent Epidemic

    Wendy Waldman

  • 1:50-2:00 p.m. Break

  • 2:00-2:50 p.m. The G.R.I.T. of Caregiving

    Karee White

  • 2:50-3:00 p.m. It's A Wrap!

    Daniel Pietrzak



Paul Rogers
Best Selling Author & Podcast Host

Karee White
Chair Emerita Board of Directors
Brain Injury Association of NC


Wendy Waldman

Wendy Brooke Waldman, BSW, CBIST
Resource Facilitation Coordinator
Clinicl Research Coordinator
Department of Physical Medicine & Rehab
Indiana University School of Medicine

Wes Cole
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a world-leader in the study of concussions and traumatic brain injury research with the Matthew Gfeller Center, which includes the Transforming Health and Resilience in Veterans (THRIVE) Program, and the athlete-focused Center for the Study of Retired Athletes. The clincians, staff, and student researchers of the two centers are pictured on Monday, October 3, 2022 at Kenan Memorial Stadium on UNC's campus. The THRIVE Program is made possible due to a $12.5M pledge made by the Avalon Network to UNC-Chapel Hill. The THRIVE Program enables Carolina to establish a new outreach program dedicated to treating traumatic brain injuries and related health conditions, promoting overall wellness for veterans. The Centers are headed up by Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz, who is also the current Chancellor of UNC-CH, and Dr. Jason Mihalik. (photo ©2022 Kevin Seifert/RTP.Studio)

Wes Cole, PhD, Clinical Psychologist
Research Associate Professor
Matthew Gfeller Center

Justine Strand de Oliveira
Duke University
Vice Chair for Education for the Department of Community and Family Medicine
Affiliate Faculty
School of Medicine
Community and Family Medicine
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
(©2014 Kevin Seifert Photography | | 919-208-9458)

Johna Register-Mihalik, PhD, LAT, ATC, FACSM, FNATA
Associate Professor
Co-Director STAR Heel Performance Laboratory
Matthew Gfeller Center

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