Starting 7/18/2016, Woodrow Lucas is the Executive Director of the Brain Injury of Association of Tennessee. Woodrow can empathize with the courage and persistence that it takes to live with Brain Injury, because he has walked his own journey of recovery from Schizoaffective Disorder, a severe and persistent mental illness, since 2001. Woodrow received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences from Northwestern University and his MBA and MTS (Master of Theological Studies) from Vanderbilt. Woodrow comes to BIAT with 19 years of experience in Healthcare Analytics, Mental Health Advocacy, Non profit Board Membership, and Disability Coaching and Mentoring. Woodrow has plans to impact the lives of those who live with Brain Injury in references to the services and training they receive, the way in which they are celebrated for the uniqueness of their journey, and the recovery that they can experience in their functionality and life mastery. Woodrow spends much of his spare time with his children Autumn and Gabrielle, doing public speaking, and writing poetry and prose about a variety of topics.
Angela Pearson, M.S. is the TBI Service Coordinator for the middle Tennessee region. She has a background in Social Work and Public Service Management, and has worked with various populations including underprivileged youth, domestic violence victims, and early childhood development. Throughout her 15 year career, Angela has built relationships within the Metro Nashville Davidson County and Rutherford County school systems, Department of Children Services, Centerstone and other organizations such as the YMCA of Middle Tennessee and STARS Nashville. For just as long, she has also enjoyed being a mentor to several young women who have gone on to become successful young adults. Growing up with a mother with a disability, Angela's passion for advocacy and serving others helps her to understand the importance of community resources and support as with the families and survivors of TBI.