Speakers and Presenters

This is a growing list of individuals who give lectures, workshops, and presentations on various topics related to brain injury. Some are peers with brain injury, and some are clinicians and providers. Please follow up with each individual presenter to arrange a presentation for your group or organization. These speakers may or may not be associated with BIRRDsong and the BIRRDsong Speakers Panel. They are provided for your information.

Joan Miller (peer)

Experience: Eleven years experience with public speaking.

Type of Presentations offered: Informational and motivational. I present on my own or with other individuals and organizations including:

▪   Dr. Bruce Wojciechowski

▪   Panel of people who have been personally impacted by the effects of drinking and driving, addressing a court mandated audience going through diversion for DUII

▪   Oregon Impact

▪   Rehabilitation Institute of Oregon (RIO)


▪   Grade school through college

▪   Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association International conference (NORA)

▪   Annual Brain Injury Conference in Portland OR

▪   VIP (Victims Impact Panel) in Clackamas & Portland

▪   Marine / Navy ROTC

▪   Chiefs of Police


▪   Alcohol & effects on the teenage brain

▪   Successful living with TBI as opposed to what society says

▪   Optical function & treatment with TBI

▪   Using humor for coping, healing & ultimately success

▪   The importance of continuing rehabilitation

▪   Success by the hands of skilled therapists

▪   Most effective therapies that worked for my success

Fees: Please inquire.

Contact: joanwins@comcast.net or 503-251-5821-H; 503-969-1660-C

Website: www.joanwins.com/blog


Cheryl Green, MFA, MS (peer)

Experience: Public speaking and lecturing since 2000. Member of Brain Injury Resource Center of Wisconsin Speakers Bureau.

Type of Presentations offered: Informational, incorporating the arts in rehabilitation, film screenings with lecture, educational. I present on my own, with other peers (survivors), and with speech-language pathologists depending on the topic.

Audience: Brain injury survivors and family, speech-language pathology students and clinicians, artists


▪   Living Creatively after Brain Injury: Using improvisational theater techniques to explore creativity

▪   Mild≠Minor: How mild traumatic brain injury creates specific barriers to rehabilitation

▪   Personal Narrative Film: A social participation approach to cognitive rehabilitation after traumatic brain injury

▪   “Cooking with Brain Injury” and” Friending with Brain Injury!”: presentation of one or both short comedy films with discussion on topics shown in the autobiographical films (executive dysfunction, social isolation, emotional control, stigma, stereotypes, cognitive difficulties)

▪   Other topics can include:

  1. personal narrative
  2. Disability arts
  3. brain injury arts
  4. filmmaking and documentary
  5. how folks with brain injury can create an online presence through blogs, video posting, and audio posting

Fees: Please inquire. Depends on length and type of presentation.

Contact: info@storyminders.com or 503-432-3169

Website: www.storyminders.comLinkedIn


Gordon Viggiano (peer)

My Brain Has A Hole In It

Experience: 31 years of experience with public speaking

Type of Presentations offered: Inspiring and motivating corporate and non-profit groups to:

▪   Envision success

▪   Overcome adversity

▪   Execute winning plans

In most events, I present, and my wife handles the Q and A.

Audience: Sales Teams, hospitals, education, churches

Topics: Presentation titled “My Brain Has A Hole In It”

Fees: Please inquire:  (503) 305-8722

Contact: Gordon Viggiano  (503)305-8722  gordon@mybrainllc.com


▪   www.mybrainllc.com

▪   http://www.linkedin.com/in/gordonviggiano

▪   http://www.facebook.com/gordon.viggiano

▪   https://twitter.com/gordonviggiano


Dr. Rik Lemoncello, CCC/SLP

Assistant Professor

School of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Pacific University

Forest Grove, OR


Experience: Public speaking and lecturing since 2004

Type of Presentations offered: Informational and educational lectures on acquired brain injury in adults.

I present on my own, and also have several colleagues and survivors of brain injury with whom I co-present on a variety of topics related to acquired brain injury in adults.

Audience: Any professionals, survivors, and public interested in learning more about the brain and brain injury.


▪   overview of neurology & brain injury in adults

▪   traumatic brain injury 101

▪   overview of interdisciplinary cognitive rehabilitation for adult survivors of acquired brain injury

▪   assistive technologies for cognition

▪   direct attention training following acquired brain injury

▪   evidence-based practices for acquired brain injury

▪   compensatory memory systems following acquired brain injury

▪   systematic instruction following acquired brain injury

▪   management of executive dysfunction following acquired brain injury

▪   assessment of cognitive-communication functioning for the speech-language pathologist

Fees: Please contact me for details.

Contact: rik@pacificu.edu

Website: http://www.pacificu.edu/coe/csd/faculty/index.cfm


Laurel Kirby, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS

Experience: Public speaking and lecturing since 2009

Type of Presentations offered: Informational, training, educational, and medical. I present on my own and through Providence Health & Services.

Audience: Rehabilitation therapists, physicians, nursing staff, brain injury survivors, speech-language pathology students, and community members


▪   Stroke Rehabilitation: Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist. Providence Annual Rehabilitation Symposium 2010. Portland, OR (with Lauren Berman).

▪   Banding Together: Improving the Quality of and Access to Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Services in the Portland Metro Area. Oregon Speech-Language and Hearing Association (OSHA) 2011 Annual Conference. October 15, 2011, Salem, OR (with Rik Lemoncello and Fern Wilgus).

▪   Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI): Cognitive-Communicative Rehabilitation. Guest lectures for PSU graduate courses. Portland State University. March 6, 2011 and November 28, 2011, Portland, OR.

▪   Providence Regional Concussion Management Team Training. December 15, 2011, Portland, OR (with Michele Shivack, Jamie Caulley, Sybil Fisher, and Lizzie Scanlon).

▪   Concussion: 
An Interdisciplinary Approach. Oregon Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference. April 1, 2012, Portland, OR (with Michele Shivack, PT, ATC, COMT, CSCS).

▪   Post-Concussive/MTBI Rehabilitation: Role of the SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST. Providence Annual Rehabilitation Symposium 2012. Portland, OR.

▪   Traumatic Brain Injury: A Panel Presentation. Annual Conference of the Multnomah County Adult Care Home Program. July 27, 2012, Portland, OR (with Rik Lemoncello and Fern Wilgus) .

▪   Rehabilitation for Patients following Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI): Role of the

▪   Speech-Language Pathologist. Providence Home Health 1st Annual Conference. October 2012, Portland, OR.

▪   Cognitive-Communication Rehabilitation: Considerations for Patients with “Mild” Deficits. Guest lecture for PSU graduate course. Portland State University. November 21, 2012, Portland OR.

▪   Rehabilitation for Patients following Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI): Role of the  Speech-Language Pathologist. Oregon Speech Pathology Academy. January 10, 2013, Portland, OR.

▪   Upcoming presentations:

▪   Outpatient Speech-Language Pathology: Documentation and Funding. Guest Lecture for PSU course. February 8, 2013, Portland, OR.

▪   Promoting Therapeutic Progress: Working with Patients with Cognitive Deficits. May 21, 2013, Portland, OR.

Fees: Please inquire. Will depend on the length of the presentation.

Contact: laurelkirby@gmail.com or 503-936-2114