Sarah Key-DeLyria is an associate professor of speech-language pathology at Portland State University, where she has been researching and teaching about communication and cognition after brain injury since 2012.
Sarah teaches students, healthcare professionals, and other professionals about how to be better communication partners and supporters of brain injury survivors because she believes that this will benefit everyone. Sarah is currently working on a research paper exploring how cognition and communication may differ in those with undiagnosed mild traumatic brain injury.
Sarah holds a Bachelor’s degree in linguistics and cognitive science from Rice University, a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Texas, and a Ph.D. in speech-language pathology from the University of Florida.
In her free time, Sarah can be found reading fiction in her garden hammock or greenhouse depending on the weather, playing outside somewhere with her kids, or playing the flute or piano inside with her musical family.
Chunming Liu, OD, PhD
Dr. Liu is a graduate of Washington State University where she earned her PhD in neuroscience. She received her OD degree from New England College of Optometry. She has extensive experience in providing high quality care in neuro-optometric rehabilitation for patients with acquired brain injury such as stroke, neurological diseases and traumatic brain injury.
Dr. Liu’s primary research goals are directed at advancing the scientific knowledge in visual function relating to acquired brain injury. She aims to promote better understanding of the basic neuronal mechanisms of visual function, to explore the pathophysiology underlining clinical visual function loss, and to develop effective treatment strategies for visual rehabilitation.
In her free time Dr. Liu enjoys reading books in a quiet corner, watching movies with booming sound effects as well as exploring new cooking recipes.
Jane Parker, MS, CCC-SLP
Jane is an outpatient speech-language pathologist for Providence Health & Services. She grew up in Southwest Michigan but has lived in the beautiful Pacific Northwest since 2002. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2006 from the University of Portland, her Post-Baccalaureate in speech & hearing sciences in 2013 from Portland State University and her Master’s degree in communication sciences & disorders in 2015 from Pacific University.
Jane is committed to providing patient centered, evidence-based care in her field and provides treatment for a range of diagnoses including neurogenic speech, swallowing, voice, language and cognitive-communication disorders.
In her free time, she enjoys playing basketball and tennis, hiking, yoga, cooking, reading and listening to music. Jane is passionate about working with brain injury survivors and their loved ones; she strongly supports the mission of BIC-NW in connecting survivors to the people, resources, and services that will best serve their needs.
Dana Penilton RN, BSN, CCM, CLCP
Ms. Penilton is a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon Health and Sciences University. She has a clinical background in critical care, while holding certifications in life care planning and case management.
For the past 28 years, Ms. Penilton has been active in rehabilitation specializing in catastrophic case management and life care planning. In the last 20 years Ms. Penilton has been owner and president of an independent nurse consulting firm. Her work has focused on providing catastrophic case management and provision of life care plans for survivors with diagnoses that include: spinal cord injury, brain injury, burn injury, amputation, and multiple traumas.
Ms. Penilton has served in multiple leadership positions. In the past, Ms. Penilton served on the Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon Board of Directors (previously Brain Injury Association of Oregon) as Vice President, conference planner and advisory board member as well as the Oregon Medical Case Management Group Board (Case Management Society of America, local chapter) President, Immediate Past President, Vice President and Secretary.
Ms. Penilton currently serves on the Advisory Board of Brain Injury Connections-Northwest (BIC-NW), International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals, International Association of Life Care Planning Section (IARP-IALCP Section) member-at-large; IARP-IALCP conference planning committee and IARP-IALCP legislative affairs committee.