Our Board of Directors

As a charitable organization, we rely on the volunteer efforts of the community - individuals willing to bring their experiences and skills to the organization.
Our Board of Directors consists of such volunteers. We are a working board and appreciate the skills and efforts each member brings to the organization.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our dedicated board members.

Kathy Gaudun  President Kathy was appointed to the HBIA board in 2012 and sits on both the Walk/Run and Annual Fundraising Dinner Committees. She worked as a nurse in the Neurology Ward of the Hamilton General Hospital before accepting a position as the Clinical Coordinator for the Out-Patient Clinic with the Acquired Brain Injury Program at Chedoke. Kathy joined the Morris Law Group in 1997 and remains on staff as the Medical Rehabilitation Consultant. Her role at The Morris Law Group includes acting as a liaison between the medical and legal teams to ensure that clients receive the best possible rehabilitation. Kathy has acted as an advocate for individuals with brain injuries since her first work on the Neurology Ward and continues that role in her Board fundraising committee work to help raise awareness and funds for the survivors and the families of brain injured victims.  

Kathy Gaudun  President

Kathy was appointed to the HBIA board in 2012 and sits on both the Walk/Run and Annual Fundraising Dinner Committees. She worked as a nurse in the Neurology Ward of the Hamilton General Hospital before accepting a position as the Clinical Coordinator for the Out-Patient Clinic with the Acquired Brain Injury Program at Chedoke. Kathy joined the Morris Law Group in 1997 and remains on staff as the Medical Rehabilitation Consultant. Her role at The Morris Law Group includes acting as a liaison between the medical and legal teams to ensure that clients receive the best possible rehabilitation.

Kathy has acted as an advocate for individuals with brain injuries since her first work on the Neurology Ward and continues that role in her Board fundraising committee work to help raise awareness and funds for the survivors and the families of brain injured victims.

 

         Dave Gaylor                 Vice President Dave was appointed to the Board when survivor openings became available in 2011 and is chair of the Communications Committee. His background before injury included both chemical engineering and occupational hygiene that included several leadership, consulting and training roles. Dave was very interested in contributing to an organization which had given much to him and other brain injury survivors since he moved to Hamilton in 2005. Of particular interest were ongoing efforts to establish a permanent home for the organization, maintaining and improving communications to members and the public through the newsletter and website and integrating the facilitator more as opportunity presented into these project areas while making the most of their talents.

         Dave Gaylor                 Vice President

Dave was appointed to the Board when survivor openings became available in 2011 and is chair of the Communications Committee. His background before injury included both chemical engineering and occupational hygiene that included several leadership, consulting and training roles.

Dave was very interested in contributing to an organization which had given much to him and other brain injury survivors since he moved to Hamilton in 2005. Of particular interest were ongoing efforts to establish a permanent home for the organization, maintaining and improving communications to members and the public through the newsletter and website and integrating the facilitator more as opportunity presented into these project areas while making the most of their talents.

     Diana Velikonja                 Secretary Dr. Velikonja is a licensed Neuropsychologist in Ontario. She is a practicing Neuropsychologist in the Acquired Brain Injury Program at Hamilton Health Sciences, where she was the Chief of Psychology Practice from 2004 to 2011. She has worked in the Acquired Brain Injury Program since 1996 providing assessment as well as developing treatment for patients suffering from mild to severe injury and impairment. Dr. Velikonja is a founding partner of Storrie, Velikonja & Associates (SVA), a full-service psychology clinic located in Burlington, Ontario, Director of the SVA Concussion Clinic and an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neuroscience at McMaster University. Dr. Velikonja joined the Board of the Hamilton Brain Injury Association in 2000, serves as its Secretary and is on the Fundraising, Facilities, Administration, HR and ABI Supports Committees. Her significant knowledge and experience with acquired brain injury patients brings a very important perspective to all Board actions.

     Diana Velikonja                 Secretary

Dr. Velikonja is a licensed Neuropsychologist in Ontario. She is a practicing Neuropsychologist in the Acquired Brain Injury Program at Hamilton Health Sciences, where she was the Chief of Psychology Practice from 2004 to 2011. She has worked in the Acquired Brain Injury Program since 1996 providing assessment as well as developing treatment for patients suffering from mild to severe injury and impairment. Dr. Velikonja is a founding partner of Storrie, Velikonja & Associates (SVA), a full-service psychology clinic located in Burlington, Ontario, Director of the SVA Concussion Clinic and an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neuroscience at McMaster University.

Dr. Velikonja joined the Board of the Hamilton Brain Injury Association in 2000, serves as its Secretary and is on the Fundraising, Facilities, Administration, HR and ABI Supports Committees. Her significant knowledge and experience with acquired brain injury patients brings a very important perspective to all Board actions.

      David Grebenc                      Treasurer David is a Chartered Accountant and Manager with Durward Jones Barkwell & Company LLP. His area of practice includes providing litigation support services on behalf of plaintiff and defence lawyers with respect to tort claims and Income Replacement Benefits. David has been on the Hamilton Brain Injury Association Board of Directors since 2014 and services as Treasurer as well as on the Finance Committee. He brings his extensive business expertise to the Board to serve the brain injury community in Hamilton.

      David Grebenc                      Treasurer

David is a Chartered Accountant and Manager with Durward Jones Barkwell & Company LLP. His area of practice includes providing litigation support services on behalf of plaintiff and defence lawyers with respect to tort claims and Income Replacement Benefits. David has been on the Hamilton Brain Injury Association Board of Directors since 2014 and services as Treasurer as well as on the Finance Committee. He brings his extensive business expertise to the Board to serve the brain injury community in Hamilton.

     Danielle Perkin                    Director Danielle was appointed to the HBIA board in 2012. She has over 14 years experience in community-based rehabilitation programs supporting both adult, adolescents and children with brain and spinal cord injuries as well as addiction problems. She has worked with the Acquired Brain Injury Program, Hamilton Health Sciences since 2003, specifically within ABI Community Services for 7 years as a Senior Rehabilitation Therapist, a privately funded role then later as Community Intervention Coordinator, a Ministry of Health funded role. Danielle has worked with the HBIA walk/run committee since 2005 as an active member in planning/organizing the event as well as participating yearly as a runner. She has also worked in assisting to develop the Caregiver Committee in 2010 which began the first Psycho-educational Series for caregivers starting in October 2012.

     Danielle Perkin                    Director

Danielle was appointed to the HBIA board in 2012. She has over 14 years experience in community-based rehabilitation programs supporting both adult, adolescents and children with brain and spinal cord injuries as well as addiction problems. She has worked with the Acquired Brain Injury Program, Hamilton Health Sciences since 2003, specifically within ABI Community Services for 7 years as a Senior Rehabilitation Therapist, a privately funded role then later as Community Intervention Coordinator, a Ministry of Health funded role.

Danielle has worked with the HBIA walk/run committee since 2005 as an active member in planning/organizing the event as well as participating yearly as a runner. She has also worked in assisting to develop the Caregiver Committee in 2010 which began the first Psycho-educational Series for caregivers starting in October 2012.

      Ted Newbigging              Past President Ted Newbigging is Executive Director of Paradigm Rehabilitation and Nursing Services Inc. and Paradigm Residential Inc. These companies were established in 1994 and offer support services for those living with acquired brain injury. Paradigm specializes in behaviour management, cognitive rehabilitation, and lifeskills training, both in the community and in a residential setting. He joined the Board in 2007 became Vice President, took the reins of the Walk/Run event and has been the chair of that committee ever since. Ted explains that the 5K by the Bay is his favourite HBIA event because it combines all of us (survivors and those who work with survivors) with members of the general public being the only truly integrated event that we have. He sees his work on the Board as giving back to the community which has provided him with a living.

      Ted Newbigging              Past President

Ted Newbigging is Executive Director of Paradigm Rehabilitation and Nursing Services Inc. and Paradigm Residential Inc. These companies were established in 1994 and offer support services for those living with acquired brain injury. Paradigm specializes in behaviour management, cognitive rehabilitation, and lifeskills training, both in the community and in a residential setting.

He joined the Board in 2007 became Vice President, took the reins of the Walk/Run event and has been the chair of that committee ever since. Ted explains that the 5K by the Bay is his favourite HBIA event because it combines all of us (survivors and those who work with survivors) with members of the general public being the only truly integrated event that we have. He sees his work on the Board as giving back to the community which has provided him with a living.

      Ben VanBerkel                    Director Ben was appointed to the Board when a survivor opening became available in 2012. He is a member of both the Administration and Facility Committees. His background is as a Mechanical Engineer with Procter & Gamble's Burlington St manufacturing plant and later as a Consulting engineer with a Burlington based engineering firm, M.R. Byrne and Associates, now part of Ameresco. Ben has been involved with the walk/run event since 2008 as a participant and was pleased to join the Board to investigate ways he could contribute to the Association whose support group he's been attending since 2003.          

      Ben VanBerkel                    Director

Ben was appointed to the Board when a survivor opening became available in 2012. He is a member of both the Administration and Facility Committees. His background is as a Mechanical Engineer with Procter & Gamble's Burlington St manufacturing plant and later as a Consulting engineer with a Burlington based engineering firm, M.R. Byrne and Associates, now part of Ameresco.

Ben has been involved with the walk/run event since 2008 as a participant and was pleased to join the Board to investigate ways he could contribute to the Association whose support group he's been attending since 2003.

 

 

 

 

 

 Brenda Power-Ahmad              Director Brenda is a registered Occupational Therapist and began working in the private sector in 1999 with people who have sustained serious injuries including acquired brain injury. Brenda joined the HBIA Board in 2014 as a Director. She has also been volunteering with the HBIA 5k By The Bay Walk / Run fundraising committee since 2009. Brenda is a Partner in a local large Occupational Therapy company that provides assessment and treatment across Ontario to clients with brain injuries and other traumatic injuries. She is passionate about helping these clients regain their functional potential in the home, community and workplace. Brenda also coordinates regular breakfast seminars at the HBIA clubhouse for members of the local healthcare community which serve to educate and share ideas about acquired brain injuries and treatment modalities.

 Brenda Power-Ahmad              Director

Brenda is a registered Occupational Therapist and began working in the private sector in 1999 with people who have sustained serious injuries including acquired brain injury. Brenda joined the HBIA Board in 2014 as a Director. She has also been volunteering with the HBIA 5k By The Bay Walk / Run fundraising committee since 2009.

Brenda is a Partner in a local large Occupational Therapy company that provides assessment and treatment across Ontario to clients with brain injuries and other traumatic injuries. She is passionate about helping these clients regain their functional potential in the home, community and workplace. Brenda also coordinates regular breakfast seminars at the HBIA clubhouse for members of the local healthcare community which serve to educate and share ideas about acquired brain injuries and treatment modalities.

         Laura Hillyer                     Director Laura Hillyer of Martin & Hillyer Associates was appointed to the HBIA Board in April 2016 and is the chair of the Public Relations Committee. She has been practising personal injury law since 2001 and has represented many clients with traumatic brain injuries. Laura is an active community participant and runs a Helmets on Kids program in Burlington every year, in conjunction with the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association. This program teaches elementary children the importance of wearing a helmet and road safety. Laura was also instrumental in starting a Burlington support group for brain injury survivors and their families in Burlington. Laura is proud to participate on the Board as she believes the Main Street Clubhouse and HBIA support programs provide much needed support and camaraderie for brain injury survivors.

         Laura Hillyer                     Director

Laura Hillyer of Martin & Hillyer Associates was appointed to the HBIA Board in April 2016 and is the chair of the Public Relations Committee. She has been practising personal injury law since 2001 and has represented many clients with traumatic brain injuries. Laura is an active community participant and runs a Helmets on Kids program in Burlington every year, in conjunction with the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association. This program teaches elementary children the importance of wearing a helmet and road safety. Laura was also instrumental in starting a Burlington support group for brain injury survivors and their families in Burlington. Laura is proud to participate on the Board as she believes the Main Street Clubhouse and HBIA support programs provide much needed support and camaraderie for brain injury survivors.