Brain Injury Advisory Council

Commission Details

Board Website 
Board Website
Long Name 
North Carolina Brain Injury Advisory Council
Health and Human Services
Governor Appointments 
Total Board Positions 
Cite Name 
N.C. Gen. Stat.
Cite Number 
§ 143B-216.66
Term Length 
4 years - 2 consecutive
Review how the term "traumatic brain injury" is defined by State and federal regulations and to determine whether changes should be made to the State definition to include "acquired brain injury" or other appropriate conditions. Promote interagency coordination among State agencies responsible for services and support of individuals that have traumatic brain injury. Study the needs of individuals with traumatic brain injury and their families. Make recommendations to the Governor, the General Assembly, and the Secretary of Health and Human Services regarding the planning, development, funding, and implementation of a comprehensive statewide service delivery system.

Current Members

Member Name 
Appointment Date 
Term End Date 
Term Type 
Martin Foil 5/18/20169/30/2023LimitedFamily member of person with brain injury
Carol J. Ornitz 11/27/20199/30/2023LimitedFamily member of person with brain injury
Pier Lucille Protz 4/11/20169/30/2023LimitedFamily member of person with brain injury
Diane T. Westbrook 8/30/20189/30/2022LimitedFamily member of person with brain injury
Josh Bloom 4/25/20199/30/2019LimitedBrain injury service provider in the private sector
Sarah Stroud 5/18/20169/30/2020LimitedDirector of a local management entity of mental health/dev. disabilities & substance abuse services
Thomas W. Henson, Jr. Jr.2/4/20199/30/2020Pleasure of The GovernorExecutive Director or designee of NC Advocates for Justice
Ken Jones 4/11/20169/30/2020LimitedExecutive Director or designee of the Brain Injury Association of NC
Wesley R. Cole 4/25/20199/30/2020Pleasure of The GovernorChair of the Board or designee of the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina
Virginia Knowlton Marcus 10/1/20189/30/2022Pleasure of The GovernorExecutive Director or designee of the NC Protection and Advocacy System
David W. Forsythe 5/30/20199/30/2022LimitedStroke Survivor, recommended by the American Heart Association
Jerome Frederick Jr. 8/8/20169/30/2022LimitedSurvivor of brain injury (eastern NC)
Jordan Franklin Slade 12/5/20199/30/2022LimitedSurvivor of brain injury (central NC)
Geana A. Welter 8/20/20189/30/2022LimitedSurvivor of brain injury (western NC)

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