Susan S. Coombes
Throughout her career in the Oregon healthcare delivery system, first as a Master’s prepared Speech-Language Pathologist, and subsequently within both the Quality Improvement and Regulatory Accreditation and Compliance fields of the healthcare industry, her primary focus and passion has been to improve the safe, high quality delivery of care to patients.
Susan has held a number of leadership positions within three healthcare systems in Oregon, Legacy Health System, Oregon Health and Science University and Vibra Specialty Hospital, and has had the opportunity to learn from and work with State and National leaders in the development and enforcement of regulations and to be involved in National projects designed to improve the performance of the healthcare system.
In addition to 15 years of experience working with brain injured adults and children as a clinician, in acute care and rehabilitation settings, Susan also serves as guardian and conservator for her brother, Brian, who experienced a critical traumatic brain injury 31 years ago. This experience has contributed to Susan’s interest and involvement in the brain injured community and commitment to improve the services available to the survivors of brain injury.
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.
After 30 years practicing law as a trial attorney, primarily representing physicians in medical malpractice litigation, Jim is a brain injury survivor whose career ended in December, 2010 when he experienced a significant traumatic brain injury which resulted in permanent memory impairment.
Following an extended period of time learning to accept his new reality, he now volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association, where he is a Board member, attends support group meetings with Brain Injury Connections NW, is a member of Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon, and volunteers at a local Portland, Oregon hospital.
To stay connected with the legal community, Jim mentors newly admitted lawyers with the Oregon State Bar.
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.