Mayur Patel, President
Mayur B. Patel, MD,MPH, FACS is a general surgeon with subspecialty training in surgical critical care and trauma and currently positioned as an Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt and Staff Surgeon at the Nashville Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He is the Co-director of the Vanderbilt TBI Clinic and the Principal Investigator for a randomized clinical trial in severe TBI. He hopes to improve outcomes for TBI survivors and family members through research, awareness, education, outreach, and advocacy and believes that BIAT is the organization to lead the way in the state of TN.
Frank Meeuwis, Treasurer
Frank is a survivor of a TBI when he was 18. Overcoming the challenges of disability, he graduated the University of Tennessee Summa Cum Laude, studied nearly a year in Europe & Asia, and then completed his Master's in Social Work. Since 2008, Frank has served on the BIAT board.
Gary Gober received his Bachelor of Arts from Harvard, with honors, in 1963. He received his J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University in 1966 and has been in private practice for over 46 years. He received the Life Achievement Award from the Tennessee Association for Justice in 2013. One of his areas of concentration of practice is in the area of traumatic brain injury and he has lectured on this topic to lawyers across the country.
Amber McDonald is the Director of Government and External Affairs for the Tennessee Emergency Communications Board where she is responsible for its legislative, media, public relations, legislative analysis and outreach projects. Amber's experience includes reporting for a Tennessee Fox News affiliate, serving as a guest host for QVC, and appearing in several national television commercials, TV shows, films, and music videos. In January of 2013, Amber's mother was hit by a drunk driver and suffered a traumatic brain injury - this fuels her passion for serving on the BIAT Board of Directors.
Christi is managing partner at nomADic genius, LLC and YOUR Healthy Vending. nomADic genius, LLC is a marketing/ advertising company.
Her brother is a survivor of a Traumatic Brain Injury. Since his accident, she has been actively trying to raise awareness of the need to support TBI survivors and their families, as well as improve resources and programs for the TBI community. She plans to turn BIAT into a powerful force in the community that gives a voice to TBI survivors and their families at the local, state and national level.
Christi has been active with the L.A.P.S WALK with Ernie Irvan, the Brain Injury Association of America, the Brain Injury Association of Michigan and Maryland for the past 10 years.
Cynthia Wiel is the Director of Consumer Affairs for the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance. She was a speech-pathologist and worked in brain injury prior to becoming an attorney.