A Glimpse into the World of Brain Injury & Brain Injury Recovery
Meet the Staff: A Conversation with Caitlin Starr
At least 5.3 million Americans live with a traumatic brain injury related disability. Our guest today on the Brain Injury Connector is Caitlin Starr, Associate Director of the Brain Injury Association of Maryland. Caitlin has worked within the brain injury field for over a decade and wears many hat. She primarily oversees full time case managers, works closely with the Behavioral Health Administration and is also a certified brain injury specialist and trainer. Caitlin says that no two conversation with brain injured individuals are alike. Everyone who comes to her for help has a unique situation — whether it’s their socio-economic status, insurance coverage & resources or the severity of the brain injury itself. Through the ongoing collaboration with other partners and specialist in the community, Caitlin connects each person to the resources they need, even if it’s outside of the Brain Injury Association. Because it’s very disheartening when you have to walk away and say ‘there’s really nothing else I can do’. Caitlin finds great satisfaction in the smallest victories helping even one person with a brain injury improve their quality of life and find a little hope. For more information you can visit www.biamd.org or call the free help-line at 1-800-221-6443.
#5Thoughts Flashback: Reports, Rowers, and Readers
5 Thoughts Friday Every Friday, we carefully select relevant news updates, stories, book reviews, inspirational quotes as well as highlighting Maryland’s Board of Tourism. One of the stories this week is about Jessica Sevick, current Olympic Rower who overcame a severe brain injury 2 decades ago. Her story brings hope to thousands suffering from a traumatic brain injury.
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Bryan Pugh celebrated his tenth year as Executive Director of the Brain Injury Association of Maryland in February of 2021. He spends the majority of his time working to create a better future for the citizens of Maryland through brain injury prevention, education, advocacy and the promotion of research. Bryan’s passion for serving individuals with a brain injury stems from his wife’s work as an advanced practice neurology nurse, his adopted son’s challenges with Autism and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and his sister’s diagnosis with inoperable brain cancer. In his role as Executive Director, he has the privilege of working with dedicated survivors, families, professionals, and legislators on important issues affecting Maryland’s brain injury community. Prior to being named the BIAMD’s Executive Director, Bryan worked for the University of Maryland School of Law in the Dean’s Development and Communications office. A native of Florida, an attorney and mediator by training, Bryan has also served as Assistant and Associate General Counsel representing various state agencies, including the Florida Department of Corrections, the Florida Highway Patrol, the State of Florida Board of Regents, and several state universities in Florida.
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