The Bridge Line

The Bridge Line
Board Officers* and Directors – 2017

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Jeffrey Barth, PhD* – President
Jeffrey T. Barth, Ph.D., ABPP-Cn
John Edward Fowler Professor Emeritus
Brain Injury and Sports Concussion Institute
University of Virginia, School of Medicine
Dr. Barth presently holds the John Edward Fowler Emeritus Professorship in the University of Virginia School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences. He is the Founder of the UVA Brain Injury and Sports Concussion Institute, and he has been the PI and Senior Scientist for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center: Charlottesville. He is on the editorial board of 10 scientific journals, has co-authored or edited three books, and is an author of over 230 scholarly articles and book chapters. He is a member of the NFL Players Association Mackey White Concussion Committee and has worked with the Department of Defense and the American Academy of Neurology on the development of concussion management guidelines. He is the recipient of the 2005 National Academy of Neuropsychology’s Distinguished Neuropsychologist Award for lifetime achievements in the field of Neuropsychology, and in 2013 he received the “Toggle” Award from the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services for his dedication and leadership in serving veterans with brain injuries. Dr. Barth is best known for his pioneering work on mild traumatic brain injury and sports concussion, and the Sports as a Laboratory Assessment Model (SLAM) for brief baseline and post-injury neurocognitive evaluation of athletes. This method of pre and post-concussion assessment has become the foundation for mild TBI evaluation and management for athlete safety and return-to-play decision-making in the NFL, NHL, NCAA, and many high school programs across the US.

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W. Grant Heggie, Jr.* – Vice President
W. Grant Heggie, Jr. has spent 43 years in senior executive positions in the health care field. A graduate of Tufts University and the University of Minnesota, his career has carried him to 12 states and 3 countries where his organizational and administrative expertise was brought to bear. Mr. Heggie has held faculty appointments at the University of Massachusetts and The Universidade Federal de Alagoas (Brasil), was a winner of a Kellogg Foundation Fellowship in International Development and served as a Consulting Editor for Hospital Topics magazine. He and his wife currently live near Charlottesville, Virginia where he serves in various volunteer capacities.

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Holly Vradenburgh* – Secretary
Holly Vradenburgh is a parter at Denise Y. Lunsford, LLC, and a former Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in the County of Albemarle. She joined the BridgeLine Board after working with victims of traumatic brain injuries as a civil litigator. Holly is married to Michael, who is the choral director at the University of Virginia, and she loves to run, read great books, and watch 30 Rock reruns. She is a Tennessee Volunteer first, a Wahoo second, and owns no fewer than three different Peyton Manning jerseys.

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Brad Armstrong* – Treasurer
Mr. Armstrong has been actively involved in helping to raise money for cancer research for more than a decade, supporting events such as Relay for Life and the Race for Hope. After moving to Charlottesville in 2013 he quickly found the incredible people at the Bridge Line and wanted to support their mission. Mr. Armstrong joined the board in 2015 to serve as Treasurer, leaning on his background as a financial advisor with BB&T Scott & Stringfellow. Mr. Armstrong serves the TBI and ABI community in memory of his mother, who lost her battle with brain cancer, and in honor of his wife and two young boys who motivate him each day to be kind and brave.

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James Clark, MD
James Clark, MD is a board certified Internist who has practiced general medicine in Charlottesville for the last 20 years as well as operated a fitness center for seniors. During this time, he served as the Medical Director of Virginia NeuroCare which specialized in those with traumatic brain injuries. He currently is the owner and CEO of Charlottesville Medical Research, a local research center specializing in conducting clinical trials in the development of new medications and devices for patients. He also serves as the Medical Director of NeuroRestorative, Breezy Hill. Dr Clark enjoys working out daily, traveling, and UVa sports but mostly being dad to two fantastic sons, Adam and Zach.

Ivan S. Login, M.D.

I came to the University of Virginia in 1973 for a Neurology residency through 1976.  After 2 years of obligated military service as a Lt. Cmdr. Neurologist in the United States Navy at the Regional Naval Hospital in Charleston, SC I returned to UVa to join the faculty where I spent my career until retirement July 2016.  I had 4 overlapping career directions during these years.  The entire time included academic clinical adult neurological diagnosis and care along with teaching for residents and students.  The first half of the time I dedicated 50% effort to basic research in neuroendocrinology with NIH funding and good success in disseminating new information about pituitary physiology and the regulation of prolactin secretion.  In the second half of my career I gave up laboratory research to focus time on headache medicine as a subspecialty of my clinical effort.  I welcomed the opportunity to spend 20 years contributing to the Medical Ethics consultation service, which clearly enhanced my own clinical development. My wife and I raised 2 daughters who now have their own families far from VA.  I enjoy time with the daughters and grandchildren, photography and woodworking.  In my newest career as a retired physician I am enthused to contribute to community volunteer efforts.  My initiation into this direction was helping to teach reading skills to second grade students at the elementary school at which our own daughters attended.  Now I am ready for a more vigorous challenge with the BridgeLine program.

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Robin Martin-Lawson

I have been a wedding and event coordinator for more than 10 years. I have over 20 years experience in restaurant, hospitality and catering.  I love to brainstorm and use my creativity to come up with innovative and effective marketing and event ideas, whether for a wedding, birthday party, corporate team building, fundraiser or marketing campaign.  I especially enjoy helping new businesses with website content, branding and marketing. I am currently the Catering Manager for Travinia Italian Kitchen in Charlottesville and the Area Director for Catering Sales in Virginia.  My focus at Travinia has been to grow our off-site catering and to train new catering managers.

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Bob Shields

Upon graduation from Texas A & M University, Bob embarked on a career in the US Army. After stints in Vietnam, Germany, Belgium, the Department of State, graduate school and several state-side appointments, he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel and started a general contracting company in Northern Virginia. There he and his wife, Charlotte, raised their two sons who are now married and parents of two children each. Bob sold the company in 1997, planning to retire, but after a year or so, decided that he just couldn’t play golf every day and on the advice of friends, joined the real estate boom for about eight years. Now fully retired, he enjoys the occasional round of golf, gardening, traveling and being a grandparent, but most importantly, working with The BridgeLine  in support of its mission of assisting those with TBI and ABI.

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