Kimberly Hill, MS, CTRS, CCT, is the Executive Director of the Brain Injury Association of Louisiana/Louisiana Chapter of United Spinal Association. Additionally, Kimberly serves on the Board of Directors for United Spinal Association, and is the South Central Regional Coordinator and Louisiana Chapter Leader for United Spinal Association. Kimberly also represents Louisiana as the state's Chapter Leader for the Brain Injury Association of America and serves as a member of the education committee.
Kimberly brings a wealth of professional and personal experiences to her position. She provides a deeper understanding and personal perspective to her role as the mother of a child who survived a spinal cord injury and as a relative to a close family member who sustained a traumatic brain injury. Drawing from these experiences, Kimberly feels compelled to share hope, compassion and understanding with others who have experienced similar challenging situations in their lives.
After completing undergraduate school at Louisiana State University, Kimberly received her Masters of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of South Alabama. She is a nationally board Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist as well as a Certified Cognitive Therapist. Kimberly’s work experience includes inpatient rehabilitation where she worked with both neurologically and orthopedically impaired patients, private practice working with developmentally disabled children, inpatient geriatric psych hospital working with the elderly population and lastly, Kimberly worked for many years in outpatient and residential brain injury rehabilitation as a therapist and case manager.
Dawn Vest is the Outreach and Resource Coordinator.Dawn has a background working in the non-profit world serving in the foster care community and supporting those that have been rescued from Human Trafficking. Additionally, she taught Life Skill classes to middle school students for several years. She has genuine compassion to help others feel connected and to provide tools and resources that are useful to improve their everyday lives.She is a Louisiana native and recently moved back after living in California and Texas. She has greatly enjoyed spending time with family and savoring all the New Orleans cuisine.One of her favorite quotes is by Mother Theresa, “Do small things with great Love”.
First of all, thank you! Thank you for the magnificent website you have developed! I found some great information to help me with my fight against my own TBI. Resources just around the corner from where I lived that none of my doctors have referred me to are now at my fingertips. I continue to struggle and now am inspired to fight for others. I can't thank you enough for the work you have done.
Living with a spinal cord injury has been a challenge but the peer mentor program has definitely assisted me in adjusting to my new normal. Thank you for giving me hope.
After my son sustained a traumatic brain injury, BIALA was very helpful in providing me information on the TH/SCI Trust Fund. They walked me through the process and helped me every step of the way. It was a very stressful time in my life so I was very grateful for their support and understanding.