Brain Injury Services is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors whose perspectives and talents contribute to the strategic direction and successful operation of the agency.

The current Board of Directors:

Scott Paulin


Scott graduated from McMaster University with a Honours B. Comm in 2005. He has been working as a Chartered Accountant since. For the past few years, Scott has been primarily focused on personal injury economic loss quantification for litigation and has had the opportunity to meet and work with many individuals with brain injuries.

Larry Rosenberg


Larry is a Businessman & Investor Larry is President: Crown Mfg. Co. & Howard-Ray Limited Larry is a Board Member & Past President of Shalom Village – Jewish Home for the Aged of Hamilton, a Member of Beth Jacob Synagogue and a Member of Beverly Golf & Country Club Larry enjoys Opera, Modern Art & NFL Football and is a student of ancient Greek & mathematical philosophy. Larry is married to Jay and has a daughter Morgan

Sarrah Lal


Appointed to the Board January 24, 2018

Mike O'’Brien


Bio still to come.

Lucy Bower


Lucy is a registered Social Worker who recently retired from Hamilton Health Sciences where she was a Clinical Manager for the Acquired Brain Injury Program for the past 13 years. Prior to her professional focus with Acquired Brain Injury, she also worked for many years in Geriatric Medicine and Psychiatry. Lucy has also served with the Provincial Acquired Brain Injury Advisory Committee as well as with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

Mike Vanderzee


Semi Retired, Sales representative. Family Member of Brain Injured Client since 1984.

Judy D’llario


Judy D’ilario is a Registered Nurse who has been employed at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) for more than 30 years. She also has many years of research experience at McMaster University, as both a Clinical Research Nurse and Research Nurse Consultant for several international trials. Judy is currently a Patient Safety Specialist at McMaster Children’s Hospital (HHS), focusing on Surgical Quality Improvement Programs internally, across Canada and the U.S.

Denise Sartor


Denise Sartor has worked as a rehabilitation therapist for over 20 years and has experience in both hospital and community-based acquired brain injury programs. Currently, Denise is a Quality Specialist with Hamilton Health Sciences. In this role she helps to facilitate the design, planning, execution and evaluation of improvement initiatives. Denise has an interest in research and healthcare process and system improvement and is currently completing her Masters in Health Management at McMaster University. Denise’s previous volunteer experience includes working with the ‘Bikes, Blades & Boards’ helmet safety program as well as a local community association.

Kaela Millar


Kaela Millar is a Recreation Therapist and is currently working as a Multi-Sensory Environment Technologist at Mohawk College, Fennell Campus. Additionally Kaela is involved with the Recreation Therapy program at Mohawk and supervises both first and second year students during their field placement component of the program. With a passion in working with individuals of all ages and abilities, Kaela completed her Bachelor Degree with Honours in Child and Youth Studies from Brock University and then went on to complete a 2 year Diploma Program in Therapeutic Recreation at Mohawk. Additionally, Kaela has undergone extensive training in Multi-Sensory Environments and is in the process of completing a research study within this field.

Jane Blums


Appointed to the Board January 24, 2018

Jessica Moore


Appointed to the Board November 23, 2016.

Paula Garshowitz


Rob Payne


Join The Board

The Board of Directors always welcomes applications for the volunteer position of board member. The Board is particularly interested in individuals with business, financial management or public relations experience, and those with experience in providing public service to the community.

Brain Injury Services is a community-based agency providing a full range of rehabilitation services to individuals with an acquired brain injury. With a primary service area of Hamilton, Burlington, Niagara, Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk, the agency has been operating since 1987 and provides a continuum of services ranging from 24-hour, complex-care residential programs to community outreach and group services programs. Brain Injury Services is funded primarily by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network. The agency also has a fee-for-service division, Step Up! ABI Recovery, for privately funded clients who can be drawn from across the province. The agency has received the highest possible designation “exemplary” from Accreditation Canada for quality care and service.

Further information about membership on the board, board member roles and responsibilities, board committees, ethics and conflict of interest, and practices related to public disclosure are available on request. Please contact for details.

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