Our Staff


Anne McDonnell

Executive Director



Anne is BIAV’s Executive Director and is responsible for all aspects of running a successful non-profit. She finds joy in making a positive difference in the lives of people around her. Before coming to BIAV, Anne worked as an Occupational Therapist at Sheltering Arms Rehab Hospital. In addition, she is also a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer, holds a clinical faculty position in the School of Occupational Therapy at VCU, serves on the Virginia Brain Injury Council, and is chair of the VCU TBI Model Systems Advisory Board. In her free time, Anne enjoys baking, reading and traveling.


Laura Bennett

Director of Programs



Laura oversees BIAV’s programs and operations. One accomplishment she is especially proud of is streamlining the organization’s operations and encouraging people to use technology to further BIAV’s mission. She has nearly 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and likes knowing she makes a difference in her community. When she's not in the office, Laura enjoys rescuing animals and quoting her favorite television show, Seinfeld.


Debra Rogers

Development & Operations Manager



Debra (Deb) is originally from the DC area and has been in Richmond since 2002. She joined BIAV's staff to oversee daily operations like phones, mail, and general office needs, but also to manage our sponsors and grants. With more than 15 years working in nonprofit development, Deb has a knack for finding new businesses and people to support our mission. Fun fact about Deb: she owns every season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on DVD!


Theresa Alonso

Senior Data Coordinator



As the Senior Data Coordinator, Theresa is responsible for managing, compiling, analyzing, and summarizing program data for a variety of reports and initiatives. She previously worked in inpatient physical rehabilitation at Sheltering Arms for 20 years. As a graduate of Michigan State, you can find Theresa surrounded by green and white memorabilia at all times. Theresa has a strong love for the outdoors, hiking, and traveling, and you will often find her out and about during her free time.


Christine Baggini

Community Resource Facilitator



If you’ve spoken with someone from BIAV on the phone, it was most likely Christine! She provides persons with brain injury, their family, and professionals with information about how to better understand the impact of brain injuries and the services available to them. Christine enjoys leading support groups because she gets to see firsthand how generous people can be, even when faced with tough times. She also works with support group leaders around the state in help them make their group a local source of fellowship and help those in need. Christine is also the office’s bargain finder, and often frequents yard sales and thrift stores.


Debra Holloway

Education Manager



Debra develops and conducts educational activities such as BIAV's two annual conferences, webinars, and develops new educational materials. The variety of her daily work activities keeps her engaged and eager to come to work every day. She even serves as the office's "plant mom" and makes our environment feel fresh and green. In her spare time, Debra enjoys kayaking and eating at any restaurant that serves Mexican food.


Erin Tyra

Communications & Special Events Manager



Erin is the brains behind BIAV’s social media, event marketing, graphic design, newsletters, Legacy Dinner, Charity Golf Classic, and our Young Professional networking events. Some accomplishments she is proud of since working here are new printed pamphlets and re-branding materials for membership, volunteers, and recruitment. Before holding this position, she was the digital media intern for BIAV during her senior year at the University of Richmond. Erin's favorite part about living in Richmond is finding quirky eateries around the city and scoping out the best dog-friendly spots to bring her rescue pup Tinsel.

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