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Amy Fedel Memorial Benefit Concert21-Aug-2017

Click to enlarge ( /Flyers/flyer.jpg) BIAMI is excited to be included in the Amy Fedel Memorial Concert being held on September 9th at Green Wood UMC. We appreciate the chance to be in.. Read More...

"STATE CHAMPS!" Highlights Concussions07-Aug-2017

This past Sunday, "STATE CHAMPS!" aired a special on concussions. While this program is usually directed at teens, this episode was made with parents of student athletes in mind. It details what c.. Read More...

A Response to the Recent CTE Study27-Jul-2017

Written by Dr. Sean Rose A newly published research study, titled “Clinicopathological evaluation of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in players of American football,” diagnosed CT.. Read More...

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20-Jun-2016 Nathaniel Smith to manage communications activities; Jacey VarnHagen to take over as Administrative Assistant

Brighton, Mich., May 9, 2016 – The Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI) has announced the hiring of Nathaniel Smith as Communications Associate and Jacey VarnHagen as Administrative Assistant. Smith will be primarily responsible for the Association’s communications activities, social media outlets, and maintaining their website. VarnHagen’s responsibilities will include being the first point of contact for BIAMI, and assisting with the Board Members and MBIPC related matters.

The announcement was made today by BIAMI President Michael F. Dabbs. “We’re delighted to have Nathaniel Smith and Jacey VarnHagen join BIAMI as a staff member,” said Dabbs. “They are a wonderful addition to our team and their talents will be put to good use.”

Prior to joining the BIAMI, Smith served as a Business Relations Representative with the Better Business Bureau in Louisville, KY. While there, he created and maintained their blog and handled small graphic design projects, in addition to the regular duties his position entailed. He also aided the Louisville Sustainability Council and Volunteers of America in Louisville with various communications projects, including the creation of fact sheets and guiding social media strategy. Smith is a 2013 graduate of Bellarmine University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music and a Master’s of Arts in communications. His community service includes work as a sound engineer for events at the Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve and a communications volunteer for the Louisville Sustainability Council.

VarnHagen holds a Master’s degree in nonprofit management and a Bachelor’s degree in gerontology. Prior to joining the BIAMI, VarnHagen worked primarily with older adults, having worked as an Activity Director, Outreach Coordinator and Office Manager, including time spent in the older adults program for Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County. She is from the Brighton area where she lives with her family. She enjoys volunteering at her boy’s school and local animal rescue organizations.

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About the Brain Injury Association of Michigan
The Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI) is dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by brain injury while reducing the incidence and impact of brain injury through education, advocacy, support, treatment services and research. Founded in 1981, the Brighton, Mich.-based BIAMI serves Michigan’s brain injury community through comprehensive educational and prevention programs. The BIAMI is the primary conduit between survivors and an extensive network of facilities, programs and professionals in the state of Michigan, which is nationally recognized as a center of excellence in brain injury treatment and rehabilitative care. The BIAMI also supports 20 statewide chapters and support groups that meet monthly. For more information, visit or call the toll-free helpline at (800) 444-6443.

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