Tony L. Strickland, MS, PhD Chairman & CEO
Joe Bernstein Vice President of Operations
Danny Strickland Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy
Diana Huston Finance Manager and Controller
Aaron McMurtray, MD, PhD Sports and General Neurologist
Gena Pitts Director of Marketing Communications & Public Relations
Neda Pourfathi Medical Office Coordinator & Executive Assistant to the CEO
Tony L. Strickland, MS, PhD
Chairman & CEO
Dr. Strickland is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist with considerable experience in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of concussion and related disorders.
He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (Behavioral Medicine) at the University of Georgia. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship and research practicum in psychopharmacology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center; and a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the Semel Neuropsychiatric Institute, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
He is a fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, the American Psychological Association Division 50 (Addictions), and the American College of Professional Neuropsychology.
Dr. Strickland is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology. He is a member of the pop Warner Medical Advisory Board, and he consults on Concussion Management Programs for hundreds of club, high school, collegiate, and professional organizations. Dr. Strickland’s research seeks to better characterize traumatic brain injury, dementia, and related neurobehavioral disorders across the life span.
Dr. Strickland utilizes multi-project investigations that employ brain imaging, neuropsychological, and other neurobehavioral assessments to pursue two overarching research themes:
• the understanding of potential differential expression of neurobehavioral disorders among underserved populations across the life span.
• the identification of effective assessment and diagnosis, and potentially promising treatment interventions to be explored in future clinical service and research.
An underlying focus of his work is the development of a research program consisting of experienced and committed professionals conducting innovative clinical neuroscience investigations that attract scientists from regional, national, and international communities.
He has been the principal investigator of a number of National Institute of Health supported research investigations, and has managed a large number of other projects primarily related to clinical neuroscience. He is the author of numerous research articles and has presented nationally and internationally.
In 2005, concurrent with a distinguished career as a clinical neuropsychologist, professor, researcher, and entrepreneur, Dr. Tony L. Strickland established the Sports Concussion Institute (SCI) to provide state-of-the-art assessment, treatment, and prevention services to: 1) Address the comprehensive concussion care needs of athletes, military populations, and other individuals playing high velocity sports or performing military service; and 2) Provide specialized neurobehavioral care to people with brain injuries, vestibular/balance disorders, as well as memory and learning disorders. Dr. Strickland oversees corporate strategy, and works with the SCI management team to optimize key partnerships and initiatives. Dr. Strickland has built and managed corporate brands, has extensive experience within the healthcare, informatics, as well as product development spaces, and has led multi-disciplinary teams. He has managed P&Ls, demonstrated entrepreneurial drive, and has experience in merging and integrating companies and/or business units. With the help of its Board of Directors, Scientific Advisory Committee, Staff, and Community Partners, SCI has successfully served thousands of patients with a focus on individualized treatment and state-of-the-science of neurocare including telehealth. SCI’s management service organization (MSO) platform is regarded as a premier network of concussion care facilities in the United States. The health care practitioners that comprise SCI MSO– work conjointly to provide outstanding, comprehensive neurobehavioral health care for everyone ranging from school-age children to senior citizens in the prime of their lives. Also, SCI has developed a unique TBI and PTSD program for active military personnel, veterans, and their families.
SCI has conducted thousands of concussion consultations on military, youth and other athletes, and continues to expand concussion education, prevention, and clinical management services nationally.
Vice President of Business Operations
Joe Bernstein serves as the Vice President for Business Operations of the Sports Concussion Institute Global (SCIG), and is responsible for linking strategy and execution, overseeing and launching new business opportunities, and managing the day-to-day activities and HIPAA compliance.
Mr. Bernstein is a business operations expert with over 20 years of experience developing strategic plans, managing simultaneous complex projects, and delivering excellence in operational management. Prior experience includes international operations management in banking (FIBI, Israel) and other heavily regulated industries both as a business executive and a co founder. Joe holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and Economics, and currently participates in various Executive Leadership and Management programs in Healthcare. He currently lives in Agoura Hills, CA with his wife and two daughters. In his spare time he is a pilot and flight instructor and frequently takes his friends and family to fly with him.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy
Danny Strickland is the Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy for SCI. He currently is the owner of Innovations Frameworks, LLC and has 39 years of experience with leading blue chip companies in all areas of innovation related to consumer products, all aspects of technical management specifically in areas related to quality, regulatory, sustainability, environment, and safety; and broad experience in turnaround situations and international markets in both large and small organizational settings.
Mr. Strickland received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from Georgia Institute of Technology and his graduate degree in chemical engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Previous positions held include the Senior VP and Chief Innovation and Technology office for the Coca-Cola Company and General Mills; Executive VP Worldwide Consumer Products, Research & Design, Quality and Engineering for Johnson & Johnson; VP Technology for Kraft Foods; Research and Design Director for Procter & Gamble Europe; and Director of Research & Design in various divisions for Procter & Gamble.
Finance Manager and Controller
Diana Huston serves as the Finance Manager and Controller of the Sports Concussion Institute Global (SCIG), and is responsible for managing the day-to-day financial activities of the organization.
Ms. Huston is a finance professional with over 15 years of full cycle accounting and finance experience. Prior experience includes Finance Manager with non-profits (Para Los Ninos/For the Children in Los Angeles) and Senior Accountant with start-ups (World Championship Sports Network/Universal Sports, partnered with NBC Universal). Diana holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. She currently lives in Long Beach, CA with her husband. In her spare time she enjoys culture, the arts and traveling.
Aaron McMurtray, MD, PhD
Sports and General Neurologist
Dr. McMurtray is a board-certified neurologist with a sub-specialty in Behavioral Neurology.
Dr. McMurtray earned his medical degree in 2000 at Vanderbilt University. His neurology residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center was followed by a Behavioral Neurology fellowship at UCLA/West LA VA Medical Center.
After completing fellowship training, Dr. McMurtray joined the faculty at the University of Hawaii as an assistant professor where he taught medical students, worked on several federally funded population based epidemiologic studies, conducted brain imaging research funded by the American Academy of Neurology, was awarded an American Academy of Neurology Clinical Research Training Fellowship, and completed a Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Sciences. In 2009, Dr. McMurtray was recruited to join the Ventura County Medical Center where he set up and directed the multispecialty Traumatic Brain Injury clinic and also served on the board of the Ventura County Brain Injury Center.
In 2012, Dr. McMurtray rejoined Harbor-UCLA Medical Center as director of the Behavioral Neurology clinic and the Neuro-HIV clinic, where he instructs Neurology residents and conducts clinical research studies. In 2013, Dr. McMurtray along with several of his colleagues founded Neurosearch-Torrance, which is part of a multi-site clinical trials company based in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Neurosearch-Torrance plays a crucial role in providing access to clinical research for people living in the South Bay area of Los Angeles who otherwise would not have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials and research studies.
Dr. McMurtray’s primary areas of expertise include: traumatic brain injury, neuro-infectious diseases, and behavioral neurology. He is a member of the American Neurological Association, and the American Academy of Neurology’s Behavioral Neurology and Neuro-infectious Diseases Sections, an investigator at the Los Angeles BioMedical Research Institute, and an assistant clinical professor in the David Geffen School of Medicine’s Neurology Department. He directs an active clinical research program at the Los Angeles BioMedical Research Institute and his publications include recent studies on memory problems and headache as complications of traumatic brain injury.
Director of Marketing Communications & Public Relations
Director of Marketing Communications & Public Relations is responsible for strategic planning and community outreach to athletes, retired professional players, wives and their families suffering from the effects of cognitive or neurological symptoms associated with concussions and sports related injuries.Gena manages communications, news media coverage, social media, web, print, digital, promotions, press releases, advertising, outreach to celebrities, patient groups and the community at large with analytics through research, implementation, and evaluation of integrated communications to market Sport Concussion Institute Global (SCIG) and develop brand awareness. With over 30 years of experience in sports marketing, Gena is responsible for coordinating and communicating a wide range of information to multiple internal and external groups that include professional teams, leagues, alumni associations, and athletes in order to ensure timely activation of programs and services. In her public relations role, Gena provides support to athletes, wives, caregivers, parents and family members, along with information of approved SCIG’s testing, examinations, treatments, resources and services in order to provide premium care for athletes nationwide. She assists the staff with event planning for patient and community engagement, booking speakers and registering guests for town hall meetings, and coordinating SCIG’s Annual Summit.
She is married to former NFL player, Mike Pitts, and enjoys spending time with him and their two children, Phia and Michael Pitts Jr. In her spare time, Gena publishes Pro Sports Lives, a resource publication that is distributed to pro teams and leagues, and coordinates resources for Professional Sports Wives Association, a non-profit national association of wives of pro athletes, coaches, and sports executives, and is a member of the NFL Alumni Association.
Medical Office Coordinator & Executive Assistant to the CEO
As the Medical Office Coordinator and Executive Assistant to the CEO of Sports Concussion Institute Global (SCIG), Neda Pourfathi is responsible for the many daily workings of the office. She handles everything including but not limited to: providing administrative support for the institute director and office staff, scheduling and registering patients, preparing necessary patient evaluation forms, training and supervising other support staff, and assisting with special events.
Prior to working at SCIG, Ms. Pourfathi received her Bachelors Degree in Mathematics from San Jose State University. She then went on to work as an office administrator and executive assistant for several companies including McIntosh Capital Advisors, Inc. – a financial planning and investment advisory firm based in Los Angeles. There she helped to create comprehensive financial plans as well as manage client investment accounts. In addition to her Bachelors Degree in Mathematics, Ms. Pourfathi also holds a Certificate in Personal Financial Planning from UCLA Extension. Finally, outside of work and school, Ms. Pourfathi’s interests include hiking, playing guitar, learning new languages, and painting.