Dr. Scott Falci
Chairman/President – Falci Adaptive BioSystems
Scott P. Falci M.D. is the Chief Neurosurgical Consultant of Craig Hospital and the Craig Center for Spinal Cord Injury Research. Dr. Falci graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University in Princeton, N.J., and received his medical degree and neurosurgical residency training from the Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washinton D.C. He is a board certified member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and has a private practice in Englewood, Colorado.
Dr. Falci is a world leader in the neurosurgical treatment of sequelae from spinal cord injury including posttraumatic tethered spinal cords, posttraumatic syringomyelia, spinal cord injury neuropathic pain, and spasticity. With the Craig Center for Spinal Cord Injury Research, Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, U.S. Air Force Academy and Air Force Research Laboratory, Dr. Falci leads research programs in spinal cord regeneration, posttraumatic syringomyelia, neuropathic pain, and adaptive technologies for the disabled.
Matthew Autterson is a member of the Board of Directors of Falci Adaptive Biosystems (FAB). As a leader in Colorado’s business community, FAB represents Mr. Autterson’s current philanthropic interests following many years of leadership roles with the Board of the Denver Zoo and Denver Zoological Foundation and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Denver Hospice.
Mr. Autterson spent 25 years in the financial services industry where he was president of one of the largest state charted financial institutions in the country.
Jeffrey Berliner, DO
Jeffrey Berliner is on the medical staff at Craig Hospital. He previously worked as Clinical Director of Spinal Cord Injury Medicine at TIRR Memorial Hermann. He completed his fellowship in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine after graduating from residency at Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine in June 2008. He received his medical degree in 2004 at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Berliner’s primary focus is on caring for patients recovering from spinal cord injuries. His clinical and research include current concepts in neurorecovery, treatment of paraplegic and tetraplegic patients, and prevention of secondary complications related to spinal cord injury. He is a member of the American Spinal Cord Injury Membership and Program Committee, Association of Academic Physiatrists, American Academy of Physiatrists, International Spinal Cord Society, and The Neurorecovery Network-Health Committee. Clinical Interests include: Spinal Cord Injury, Dual diagnosis injuries—Brain Injury/Spinal Cord, general rehabilitation, spasticity management and pain management.
Dr. James Christensen is the portfolio manager for Airman Sensing and Assessment, Warfighter Interface Division, Air Force Research Laboratory. He received his B.S. from the University of Michigan in biopsychology and his PhD from Ohio State University in cognitive psychology. His work for the Air Force has focused on the neuroscientific assessment of cognitive function, with a particular interest in real-time workload estimation, trust, and adaptive performance augmentation. This work has heavily involved the application of machine learning approaches to large, complex, real-world data sets generated by multiple sensors such as EEG, ECG, and eye tracking. His current research interests include applying the results of previous successful projects to address trust in automation, operational workload, and credibility assessment. Dr. Christensen is one of the Air Force technical experts in neuroscience, and is proud to have been part of the 2014 SAM team.
Joe Garone is General Manager for the Furniture Row Warehouse NASCAR Team. A native of Denver, Colorado, Joe Garone turned his first wrench in his father’s garage when he was only three-years old.
Garone grew up in a racing family where both his parents raced around the local Colorado circuits. His dad raced for years in the Modified Series, and his mom took home several Powder Puff Championships over the years. He, too, raced around the local Colorado circuits for several years while running his father’s garage, before going full-time into professional motorsports in 1989.
In 1989, Garone took over as the crew chief for driver Rick Carelli in NASCAR’s Southwest and Winston West Tours and the Craftsman Truck Series. After six years with Carelli and hundreds of victories, Garone joined Bill Elliott Racing in 1995 as a suspension specialist and moved up to crew chief for the 1998 season. During his four years with Elliott, the team had 35 top 10 finishes; in 1997, it won the Union 76 World Pit Crew Competition with a time of 20.870 seconds, beating out Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing.
In 1999, he helped form a new team with PPI Motorsports, where he worked as a program manager and crew chief for the team’s two-car Winston Cup effort, which included the No. 32 Tide Ford and the No. 96 McDonald’s Ford.
From 2001 through 2003, Garone worked directly for NASCAR. He initially was responsible for building, staffing and running NASCAR’s Research and Development Center in Hickory, North Carolina and then moved on to become NASCAR’s director of officiating.
After spending a year as the director of competition for Michael Waltrip in 2004, Garone moved to Denver, Colorado where he accepted the position as crew chief for Furniture Row Racing. For two years Garone has been juggling the dual role as both crew chief and manager. In 2007, he was promoted to general manager for Furniture Row Racing and will focus his efforts on overseeing team operations in the various departments, acting as the liaison between Furniture Row Racing and its partners, and continue to support the growth and development of the entire program.
Ellen Severe is the Director of Occupational Therapy at Craig Hospital. She received her BS in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University in 1986, and has been practicing at Craig for 25 years. Before becoming Director, she spent many years practicing both Spinal Cord and Brain Injury rehabilitation, including both in and outpatient programs. She also was a member of the Assistive Technology team, participated in the pool therapy program, and continues to be the co-leader in the spasticity clinic. Ellen is a board member of the Therapy Leadership council of the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals, and is also a Change agent for Craig Hospital.
Candy Tefertiller, PT, DPT, ATP, NCS is the Director of Physical Therapy at Craig Hospital. Candy received a B.S in Biology from Mount Olive College in 1997 and a Master’s in Physical Therapy from East Carolina University in 2000. She then completed a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Rocky Mountain Health Care University in 2008. Candy has been working in the field of neurological rehabilitation since 2000 and received an assistive technology practitioner (ATP) certification in 2005 and became a certified neurological clinical specialist (NCS) in 2007. She has been involved in numerous research projects and has focused much of her career on interventions and program development promoting recovery after neurologic injury or disease. Candy is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Neurologic Section.
Tom Carr is the Director of Therapeutic Recreation and joined Craig in 2012. Previous to Craig, Tom was the director of athletics and the director of the U.S. Paralympic New England regional program at Northeast Passage, a privately funded program of the University of New Hampshire offering recreational opportunities to individuals with disabilities. His experience also includes his work as coordinator of adaptive skiing at Mount Snow Resort, therapeutic recreation instructor at the University of New Hampshire, and member of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness for the State of New Hampshire.
Craig Falci is a recognized expert in technology development for the Federal Government and Intelligence Community. Over his 30 year career, he has conceived, created and championed the development of numerous state-of-the-art sensors, samplers and analytical methods still in use today. He has received several Meritorious Citations from the Intelligence Community for his efforts in Arms Control negotiations and chemical sensor design. He has recently changed his focus to include the design of biofuels facility and new medical devices and was a member of the 2014 S.A.M. team. Mr. Falci studied Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (Class of 1984).
Tim Worrall focuses on providing sophisticated and comprehensive patent strategies that are designed to achieve the business goals of his clients throughout the United States and internationally.
Dr. Worrall helps clients protect innovation by developing and prosecuting sophisticated patent portfolios, assessing patent portfolios from both an investor-side and company-side due diligence perspective, and providing freedom to practice, non-infringement, and invalidity analysis. He focuses on developing patent portfolios that can be leveraged defensively to protect a client’s existing innovation, and offensively to protect intellectual property in a broader commercial space. In the due diligence context, he assesses the strength and weakness of patent portfolios with an emphasis on providing strategic recommendations to address weakness and increase the portfolio’s value. Dr. Worrall’s opinion practice focuses on creating value from intellectual property by developing strategies related to freedom to practice reviews, non-infringement and invalidity analysis, to identify and address threats from third-party patents.
Dr. Worrall is the winner of the Client Choice Award, Lexology and International Law Office for Intellectual Property in Colorado in 2015, and was selected for inclusion in the IAM Patent 1000 in 2015. Prior to attending law school, Dr. Worrall was a patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
James is a Stephen R. Forrest Professor of Electrical Engineering with Princeton University. His honors and awards include:
- Elected to New Jersey High Tech Hall of Fame, (2008)
- President’s Distinguished Teaching Award, Princeton University (2004)
- IEEE Fellow (2001)
- Princeton University SEAS Distinguished Teaching Award (1999)
- Von Humboldt Fellow (for sabbatical at University of Stuttgart) (1994)
- W.M. Keck Foundation Award for Engineering Teaching Excellence (1994)
- NSF Presidential and IBM Young Investigator Awards (1987-8)