NERSCIC Community Advisory Board


CAB members inform all phases of our research, clinical coordination, and knowledge translation activities, as well as continuous quality improvement. Currently, the CAB consists of 21 members:   15 consumers, five professionals, and a family member. The CAB establishes subcommittees for each NERSCIC research project, the New England Spinal Cord Injury Toolkit (NESCIT), and our Knowledge Translation activities.

NERSCIC Community Advisory Board Members

Chandler Bullard
Consumer advocate;  Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Northeast Passage

Daniel Cummings
Consumer advocate;  Founder, Boston-based Journey Forward

Midge Dawicki
Consumer advocate;  Support Group Facilitator and Peer Visitor, Greater Boston Chapter NSCIA;  President, Board of Directors, Independent Living Center-North Shore and Cape Ann;  Secretary, Commission on Disability, Saugus, MA

Derrick Dominique
Executive Director, Multicultural Independent Living Center of Boston

Debra Freed
Executive Director,  Government Relations Director, and Women Veterans’ Liaison, New England Paralyzed Veterans of America

Rob Heist
Consumer advocate;  Tax Consultant, John Hancock Insurance Company

Lisa Hemmerle CPA, MPA
Consumer advocate;  Founder and Past President, New Hampshire NSCIA

Jonathan Hobbs
Consumer advocate;  Peer Visitor, Greater Boston Chapter of the NSCIA

Karen J. Hutchinson PT, DPT, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training at Boston University’s Sargent College;  Chair of the SCI Special Interest Group, American Physical Therapy Association

Bill Mancini
Consumer advocate;  President, Connecticut NSCIA;  Special Needs Educator

Steve Marx
Television Producer and Director; Founder, Webshare Video, an internet video service for non-profit organizations focusing on issues of health and disability; Past Director, Original Programming- New England Region, Comcast

Kristen McCosh
Consumer advocate; City of Boston Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities; former Ms. Wheelchair America title bearer; Board Member, Greater Boston Chapter of the NSCIA

Bob Nichol
Consumer advocate;  Founder and CEO, South Shore Medical Supply;  Peer Mentor, Greater Boston Chapter of the NSCIA

Emeka Nwokeji
Consumer advocate; Director of Consumer Involvement Program, MA Rehabilitation Commission

Girard Plante
Consumer advocate;  Peer Mentor;  Journalist; Co-Chair, Commission on Disability, Newton, MA

Mark Race
Consumer advocate;  New Hampshire NSCIA and Granite State Independent Living Peer Group Supervisor

Travis Roy
Consumer advocate;  Founder, Travis Roy Foundation

Eric Ruby MD
Father of a son with SCI;  Chairman of Massachusetts Walks Again

Robert Sagherian
Consumer advocate;  NSCIA- CT Peer Assistant;  Senior Software Engineer, Accu-Time Systems

Molly Sebo MPT
Clinical Specialist in Spinal Cord Injury, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Outpatient Department;  Former Senior Physical Therapist, Neuro Inpatient and Outpatient Departments, Boston Medical Center

Anne Walczak OTR/L
Supervisor of  Therapy Services, Gaylord Specialty Healthcare

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