BIAC Staff


 

Julie Peters, CBIS, Executive Director
Oversees all facets of the organization including, but not limited to, Board of Directors activities, legislative advocacy, affiliation with the United States Brain Injury Alliance and developing local partnerships with individuals, corporations and organizations.
Julie has been BIAC's Executive Director since 2002.  She has over 30 years of experience in nonprofit management.  She was a founding member of the Board of Directors for the United States Brain Injury Alliance, where she served as Governance Chair.

Phone: 860.219.0291 ext. 301  Email: jpeters@biact.org

 

Bonnie Meyers, MS, CRC, CBIST, Director of Programs & Services
Provides overall management and supervision for BIAC's programs and services including the Helpline, Community Education, Outreach and Support Groups.
Bonnie has been working in the field of brain injury for 30 years. She holds a graduate degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), and a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer. Bonnie has overseen brain injury services throughout the continuum of recovery, including sub-acute programs in rehabilitation hospitals as well as within a variety of community settings, including ABI waiver services, adult day programs, vocational/supported employment programs, and independent living programs.
Phone: 860.219.0291 ext. 304  Email: bmeyers@biact.org

 

Rene Carfi, MSW, LSW, CBIST, Education and Outreach Manager
Community education, outreach, support groups, professional training, annual conference
Rene has 20 years experience in the field of brain injury, having previously held management positions at the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey for 17 years. She also served as Vice Chair of the New Jerey Special Education & Traumatic Brain Injury Task Force.  She holds a master's degree in Social Work from Rugers University.

Phone: 860.219.0291 ext. 306  Email: rcarfi@biact.org

 

John Hampton, Fund Development and Communications Director
Directs all fund development, marketing and communications activities
John has served in this capacity since 2016.  He also serves as a Connecticut State Representative representing the town of Simsbury.  Previously, John served as a marketing and media consultant, as Manager of Advocacy and Outreach for the UConn Alumni Association and Director of Development & Marketing at Vietnam Veterans of America in Washington, DC.
Phone: 860.219.0291 ext. 303  Email: jhampton@biact.org

Laura Bellizzi, OTR/L, CBIS 
Links people to community supports and services. Addresses individual issues about living with brain injury.
Laura holds of Master of Education in Occupational Therapy from Springfield College and an MBA from The Hartford Graduate Center.  She has 13 years of experience in outpatient rehabilitation and home health care.
Phone: 860.219.0291 ext. 302  Email: lbellizzi@biact.org

Michelle Brey, Office and Events Manager
General administrative support, event management, IT support, membership,  general information
Phone: 860.219.0291 ext. 310  Email: mbrey@biact.org

 

Many thanks to long-time BIAC supporter, Lynn Damon, for generously donating her time and talents to provide the BIAC staff with the portraits shown above. Please visit Lynn's website for additional samples of her work and don't forget to mention that you found her on the BIAC website.