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News from the 25th Anniversary of the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey

March 13, 2007Harrison J. Gordon, co-chair of the 25th annual Brain Injury Association of NJ Gala

Harrison Gordon, member of the Board of Trustees served as Co-Chairman together with John Tiene, President Elect of the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey for the 25th anniversary Gala of the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey.  The event took place on March 13th, 2007 at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston, New Jersey with over 200 people in attendance. 

The event honored Amy Mansue, President & CEO of the Children's Specialized Hospital; Richard Bagger, Senior Vice-Prsident of Pfizer, Inc.; and, David N. Grubb, Senior Partner of PERMA.  The Mistress of Ceremonies was Rebecca 'Becky' Quick, Anchor of CNBC's 'Squawk Box'.

Harrison Gordon presenting the award to David Grubb
Harrison Gordon presenting to David Grubb


Barbara Geiger Parker, Exexcutive Director of the Brain Injury Association and Glenn McCreesh, President, Brain Injury Association of N.J

Barbara Geiger Parker
Exexcutive Director of the Brain Injury Association
Glenn McCreesh
President, Brain Injury Association of N.J.

John Tiene, President Elect, Brain Injury Association of N.J.

John Tiene
President Elect,
Brain Injury Association of N.J.

For more information about the Honoree's, please see below.


Amy Mansue
President & CEO
Childrenís Specialized Hospital
Amy Mansue

Appointed to lead the nationís largest pediatric rehabilitation hospital in September 2003, Ms. Mansue is a highly regarded executive in the social services and healthcare sector, a skillful leader, and a long-time advocate for quality healthcare.

As President of Childrenís Specialized Hospital, she provides leadership to a highly skilled team of clinicians providing specialized care for children. An affiliate member of the Robert Wood Johnson Health System, Childrenís annually serves over 12,000 patients at nine sites throughout New Jersey including inpatient hospitals in Mountainside and Toms River. The hospital offers Centers of Excellence in Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Dysfunction, Educational and Rehabilitation Technology, Respiratory Care and Ambulatory Services

In her public sector career, Ms. Mansue oversaw programs for children, people with developmental disabilities, mental health and Medicaid as a Deputy Commissioner in the New Jersey Department of Human Services. She served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor James McGreevey and as a policy advisor to Governor Jim Florio.

Ms. Mansue was President and Chief Executive Officer of the former HIP of New Jersey, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for HIP of New York, and Vice President for Cablevision of New Jersey. She has served in many public service capacities including the Childrenís Specialized Hospital Board of Trustees from 1995 to 1999. Ms. Mansue is a graduate of Leadership New Jersey. She also served on the boards of the Organ and Tissue Sharing Network and the New Jersey Community Development Corporation. In 2004, Ms. Mansue was elected to the New Jersey Hospital Association Board of Trustees.

In 1998, Modern J-Jealthcare named Ms. Mansue as one of its up and coming healthcare executives and NJ Biz named her as one of the top 40 executives under age 40. Among Ms. Mansueís many achievements, she has been honored by the New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, New Jersey State Nurses Association, United Cerebral Palsy Association, the Institute for Nursing Community Access, and received the Bloom Award from the University of Alabama for interfaith relations. In 2004, Ms. Mansue received the Women of Distinction Award - World of Medicine from the Girl Scouts of Delaware-Raritan, Inc. and was one of the women honored by the Executive Women of New Jersey, Salute to the Policy Makers. Ms. Mansue received her bachelorís degree in social welfare and masterís degree in social work, planning and management from the University of Alabama. She lives in Hightstown.


Richard Bagger
Senior Vice President
Pfizer Inc.
Richard Bagger

Rich Bagger is Senior Vice President of Government Relations for Pfizer Inc. He has responsibility for federal government relations, state government relations, U.S. public policy, alliance development and public affairs activities. Prior to joining Pfizer in 1993, Mr. Bagger was Assistant General Counsel of Blue
Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey and was previously an attorney with the law firm of McCarter and English in Newark, New Jersey.

Mr. Bagger served in the New Jersey Legislature for eleven years. Prior to
his election to the New Jersey Legislature, Mr. Bagger served as a Councilman and Mayor of Westfield, New Jersey. He was also a Legislative Aide in the New Jersey General Assembly and the United States House of

Mr. Bagger received an A.B. degree from Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a J.D. degree from Rutgers University Law School. He and his wife Barbara are the parents of three daughters. He has been a Trustee of the NJN Foundation since 2005.


David N. Grubb
Senior Partner
Public Entity Risk Management
Administration, Inc. (PERMA)
David Grubb

A 1969 graduate of Susquehanna University, Mr. Grubb was the Corporate Safety Engineer for Lipton Tea when he volunteered to assist the Federal DOTís National Pedestrian Safety Program. Grubb developed the swing arm that reduced the frequency of child related pedestrian accidents around ice cream vending trucks by 75%. After Lipton, he joined A&P Supermarkets as Director of Insurance and Pension Investments. In 1985 while Mayor of Park Ridge, he founded the first municipal Joint Insurance Fund (JIF) in New Jersey. During the mid 80s insurance crisis, Governor Kean appointed Grubb as a Deputy Insurance Commissioner responsible organizing the stateís response to the crisis. In 1990, he acquired PERMA. the management company that administers the Joint Insurance Funds and built the organization to its current membership of 375 municipalities. As a volunteer with the Brain Injury Association of NJ, he innovated such projects as the Community Safety Leadership program to teach Mayors and Council Members how to organize effective safety programs in their towns. Mr. Grubb also serves on the Board of Directors of the N.J. Skylands Insurance Company.





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