press release

The Brain Injury Association of Virginia (BIAV), the only statewide association dedicated exclusively to improving the lives of people impacted by brain injury in Virginia, is pleased to announce its officers and directors for 2021. The Board of Directors volunteer their time and talents to govern the association, raise public awareness, and engage in strategic planning. BIAV’s board is made up of professionals, persons with brain injuries, family members and caregivers, and interested community members from across the state.

“As we embark on a new year, new challenges and opportunities await and I couldn’t be more pleased to tackle them with this class of officers and directors. Each of them brings a unique perspective, skillset, and drive to help us implement our strategic goals and carry out our mission,” said Executive Director Anne McDonnell.

2021 Officers:

  • Dr. Kelli Williams Gary, assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University, will continue as the Board President for a second term.
  • Bryan Meadows, attorney with Marks & Harrison, will begin his first-term as Vice-President.
  • Yael Israel, a clinical social worker with Hands on Your Health, will stay on as the Secretary for a second term.  
  • Dan Raper, Vice-President of Data Science and Risk at Capital One, will begin his first-term as Treasurer.

New Directors:

BIAV newest directors are Trish Smith, Alex Watson, and Spencer Koch. Ms. Smith is a Licensed Professional Counselor with Richmond Creative Counseling LLC, and former BIAV intern. Ms. Watson is a Veteran Advocate in the Supported Services for Veteran’s Families Program in Virginia Beach, who previously worked in Virginia’s community based brain injury service system. Mr. Koch is an Assistive Technology Professional for NuMotion from Richmond, Virginia who was introduced to BIAV after spending two sessions as a counselor at Camp Bruce McCoy, a two-week recreational camp for adults with brain injury hosted by BIAV.

Rounding out the board is Scott Bucci, Partner, Breit Cantor Grana Buckner; Dr. Chad Dillard, Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters; Meg Kelly, Wells Fargo; Derek O’Neal; and Debbie Leger-Ybarra.

To learn more about the BIAV Board of Directors, visit


About The Brain Injury Association of Virginia: The Brain Injury Association of Virginia is the primary source of information and personal support for thousands of individuals, families, and professionals living in Virginia whose lives have been touched by a life‐altering, often devastating brain injury. The mission of the Association is to advance education, awareness, support, treatment and research to improve the quality of life for all people affected by brain injury. For more information visit