Board of Directors

2021.0104 Meadows - Round-01

Bryan Meadows



Bryan Meadows has been a member of the board since 2016 and became Vice-President in 2021. Bryan lives in Fredericksburg and works as a personal injury attorney with Marks & Harrison.

2021.0104 Kelly - Round-01

Meg Kelly


Meg Kelly joined the board as a member in 2018. Meg lives in Glen Allen and works as a Solutions Engineer at Wells Fargo. One of Meg's family members has a brain injury and that connection inspired her to join the board. 

2021.0104 Israel - Round-01

Yael Israel, MSW, RMT


Yael Israel has been a board member since 2018 and started as Secretary in 2020. Yael lives in Northern Virginia with her family and works as a clinical social worker in private practice at Hands On Your Health.

2021.0104 Raper - Round-01

Dan Raper


Dan Raper has been a board member since 2019 and Treasurer since 2021. Dan lives in Glen Allen and works as the Vice-President Data Science and Risk at Capital One.

2021.0118 Joseph Cantor

Joseph Cantor


Joseph Cantor joined the board as a member in 2022.  Joseph lives in Richmond and works as an attorney at Cantor Grana Buckner Bucci. He specializes in representing individuals and families affected by brain injuries.

2021.0716 Natalie Drawdy

Natalie Drawdy


Natalie Drawdy joined the board in 2021. She is a Nurse Practitioner working in a Richmond-based psychology practice serving individuals with brain injury.

2021.0511 Gary DuPriest

Gary DuPriest



Gary DuPriest joined the board in 2021. He is a brain injury survivor from Lynchburg and also the current Chairman and CEO of Central Virginia Disability Association, Inc.

2021.0702 Kathleen Hardesty

Kathleen Hardesty


Kathleen Hardesty joined the board in 2021. She is an Occupational Therapist and Sentara Regional Director for the Acute and Post-Acute Rehabilitation Services.

2021.0105 Koch - Round-01

Spencer Koch



Spencer Koch joined the board in 2021. Spencer lives in Richmond and works for NuMotion in Assistive Technology and Seating. Spencer was introduced to BIAV after spending two sessions as a counselor for Camp Bruce McCoy, BIAV's two-week recreational camp for adults with brain injury.

2022.0121 Daniel Klyce

Daniel Klyce


Dr. Klyce joined the board in 2022. He is a rehabilitation psychologist with specialization in brain injury. He is the co-director of the Richmond VA Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center’s TBI Model Systems project, an assistant professor in VCU’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the rehabilitation psychology advisor at the Sheltering Arms Institute.

2021.0118 Chimdindu Ohayagha

Chimdindu Ohayagha, M.S.


Chimdindu joined the board in 2022. She is a third year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at VCU. Her primary research and clinical interests involves cultural, familial, and international approaches to disability rehabilitation and adjustment, particularly in underserved racially and ethnically diverse groups with underlying neurological conditions.

2021.0104 Smith - Round-01

Trish Smith, LPC


Trish Smith has been a board member since 2020 and lives in Richmond. Trish is a Licensed Professional Counselor at Richmond Creative Counseling LLC. Her previous work includes sexual and domestic abuse counseling, with a special interest in how brain injury and domestic violence intersect.

2021.0104 Watson - Round-01

Alexandra Watson-O'Brien


Alex Watson has been a board member since 2020. Alex lives in Virginia Beach and works as a Veteran Advocate in the Supported Services for Veteran’s Families Program.

2023.0103 Maria Ochoa

Dr. Rhesia-Maria R. Ochoa


Dr. Rhesia-Maria R. Ochoa joined the board in 2022, and is a Clinical Psychologist who began working as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2008. During this time, Dr. Ochoa recognized the tremendous need for brain injury advocacy among marginalized populations and she returned to school to pursue a doctoral degree. Dr. Ochoa is currently employed at Utopia Psychological Services, and also engages in advocacy and leadership around disability and TBI awareness.