Meet the Board

Valerie Breen

Djenaba A. Burns
President & CEO, BIAF

Appointed as President and CEO on March 20, 2017, Mrs. Burns joined the organization in 2011 as the Manager of Accounting, Compliance and Personnel, and immediately developed a love and passion for the organization and its mission.  Between 2012 and 2017, she was promoted on the fast-track based on her outstanding performance and leadership. Under Mrs. Burns’ senior leadership, BIAF has undergone an organizational restructuring including programmatic improvements in accounting, fundraising, network and technology, outcome measurement and data collection. Her goal is to better position the organization to bring increased awareness, support and funding to this under-recognized/under-diagnosed illness.

Prior to joining BIAF, Mrs. Burns worked for over 20 years in the private sector including 7 years in management at a 120-bed skilled nursing facility in Tallahassee. Raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Mrs. Burns moved to Tallahassee in 1990 to attend Florida A&M University (FAMU) where she received her B.S. in Business Administration. She has a lifelong devotion to impacting the lives of youth and families affected by disabilities.  Mrs. Burns lives in Tallahassee with her husband and son.

Larry Baxter

Larry Baxter
Chairman of the Board, BIAF

Mr. Baxter serves on BIAF’s Executive Committee and is Co-Chair of the Fundraising Task Force.  He served as the Bureau Chief for Elder Rights for the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.  Throughout his 35-year career, he has maintained an interest and involvement in national, state and community, youth, senior and family issues. He has a wealth of experience involving fundraising, programmatic planning, networking, volunteerism, and long/short term strategic planning. He has served on many professional Boards including the Senior Resource Alliance, Brevard County Advisory Board, and Chairman of Youth Services for the American Red Cross (Harrisburg). His background and experiences involve youth and elder populations, urban and rural communities, and family and individual support.

Jake VanLandingham

Michael Beck
Chair Elect, BIAF

Mr. Beck serves on BIAF’s Social Media Task Force. He is currently an attorney at Wilkes & McHugh, P.A. in Tampa where he practices in the areas of nursing home abuse, personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice. In his practice he primarily represents individuals with injuries, often traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries, caused by the negligence of another individual or corporation. He is an active member of several legal organizations. He comes from a family background of disabilities and disability advocacy, which inspired him to represent people with disabilities and the newly injured. Mr. Beck also has extensive charitable and professional experience in advocating on behalf of people with disabilities. He is the creator of DisabilityInsight.com, a blog designed to provide important news to people with disabilities and their families.

Johnny Jallad

Johnny Jallad
Past Chair, BIAF

Mr. Jallad serves as Chairman of the Board for BIAF. He also serves as Chair of BIAF’s Legislative Task Force and member of BIAF's Fundraising Task Force.   Retired from Accredited Surety and Casualty Company in 2009, Mr. Jallad worked in the private sector for most of his career developing agriculture projects in Northern and West Africa exporting United States agriculture and technology with expertise in turn key operations.  Mr. Jallad is currently a member of the Board for Florida Winter Park Hospital and Co-Chair of the Orange County Sheriff Advisory Board.  He has served as the former Director of the F.B.I. Citizens Academy where he is still a member, Director for the Civil Board in Winter Park, Executive, Director for Crime Line and Chair of the Legislative Committee for the Florida Surety Association.  

Christine Cauffield

Dr. Christine Cauffield
Secretary, Member of the Board, BIAF

Dr. Christine Cauffield serves on BIAF's Legislative Task Force.  She has served as President and CEO of organizations providing integrated health services for children through seniors, including a corporation that provides in-patient, acute psychiatric care to seniors in crisis.  She received her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Florida institute of Technology and completed her Internship and Post Doctoral Residency at Harvard Medical School.  She is a Governor appointee on the State of Florida Substance Abuse and Mental Health Corporation and is a co-chair on Florida's Optimal Aging and Mental Health Board.  Dr. Cauffield has successfully integrated healthcare services that encompass both urban and rural community settings.  She is a passionate healthcare advocate and is adept at working with local, state and national governmental officials to champion policy and funding initiatives.

Jake VanLandingham

Todd Taylor
Treasurer, BIAF

Mr. Taylor is employed at Darden, Inc., as the Vice President of Design, where he is responsible for setting the design direction for new restaurant growth and renovation of the existing portfolio of all Darden brands.  Prior to joining Darden, Inc., Mr. Taylor held leadership roles in design and construction for companies such as Marriott Vacation Club International, The Ritz-Carlton Club, Walt Disney Imagineering and The Limited Brands.  For over twenty-five years, he has been a part of design in the hospitality, retailing, entertainment and food & beverage industries. Mr. Taylor earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Dartmouth College and a Master’s degree in Architecture and Interior Design from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning.

Mr. Taylor’s interest in helping BIAF stemmed from the tragic death of his son, Ian Trent Taylor, in 2012 from a traumatic brain injury.   He and his wife Mary were first introduced to BIAF through Florida State University’s (FSU) Phi Delta Theta brothers’ philanthropic interest in BIAF and brain injury when they hosted the first annual Trent Taylor 5k.  To memorialize Trent and recognize his talents and interests in the field of hospitality as a senior at Florida State University, Mr. Taylor, his wife Mary and their son Tanner recently developed the RIPITT (Rest In Peace Ian Trent Taylor) Foundation Inc. to support FSU’s hospitality program, BIAF and other philanthropic endeavors in memory of their son. 

Ken LaRoe

Patrick Gorman, PsyD, ABPP
Member of the Board, BIAF

Dr. Gorman is a former Chairman of the Board for BIAF from 2010 until 2012.  He has been a Board member since 2002.  He is a neuropsychologist who is board certified in Rehabilitation Psychology. He maintains a private practice in Winter Park, Florida.  Dr. Gorman provides neuropsychological evaluation and treatment to children and adults who have sustained traumatic brain injury and other neurological disorders.  He is a nationally recognized speaker on the treatment of individuals with traumatic brain injury and a well published author on cognition, behavioral changes, and strategies.  Dr. Gorman has held adjunct faculty positions at Florida Institute of Technology, School of Psychology and Rollins College.  He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 22, Rehabilitation Psychology) and a Fellow in the National Academy of Neuropsychology.  He is also a member of the Florida Psychological Association.   

Jake VanLandingham

Jake VanLandingham, Ph.D.
Member of the Board, BIAF

Dr. Vanlandingham earned a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Florida State University in 2004, and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Florida A & M University in 1997. He is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, American Society for Nutritional Sciences, National Neurotrauma Society, Faculty for Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience, and the International Association of Medical Science Educators. Dr. VanLandingham is currently an Assistant Professor for the Florida State University Department of Biomedical Sciences. He is the Director of Research for the Concussion Clinic and Genetics Laboratory as well as the Memory Disorder Clinic at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. Dr. VanLandingham develops new rehabilitation interventions for those who have had a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or stroke. He has published numerous articles in the area of Neuroscience, and has obtained multiple grants for his research in the field. Recently, Dr. VanLandingham has started his own biotech company Prevacus, Inc. The goal of Prevacus is to build and sustain a drug development company that produces a highly productive line of FDA approved pharmaceuticals for use in brain injured patients.

 

 

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