“Michael’s Dad”, born in Biddeford Maine and a 1974 Graduate of Biddeford High School. He graduated with honors from Maine Maritime Academy in 1978 and sailed 22 years in the United States Merchant Marine as Chief Engineer of Product and Chemical Tankers both in domestic and international trades. In 2000 Brad joined Sappi Fine Paper NA at its Westbrook Maine Manufacturing facility and currently is the Manager of its six hydroelectric projects on the Presumpscot River and Engineering for the sites utilities complex.
Brad’s goal for the foundation is to create an organization that can make a positive change in the lives patients and families afflicted with and affected by Traumatic Brain Injury and Epilepsy Disorders. Living with Michael as he struggled with the challenges of recovery, rehabilitation, and re-integration provided an intimate knowledge of the enormous difficulties for both patients and families navigating to normalcy after Brain Injury. In addition to its mission the foundation provides an opportunity to keep Michael’s legacy and dreams alive in the people it helps.
“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” —James Dean
Michael’s eldest sister was born and raised in SACO, Maine. After attending Thornton Academy she received her BS in Business Administration from the University of Southern Maine, Continuing her education in the field of interior design.
Danielle is the mother to three children, Luke, Richie, and Michael. She currently owns her own interior design company and is the managing partner of Williams Brothers Construction Inc.
She is so proud of the accomplishments of this foundation and is passionate about her work within it. Danielle has been an advocate for patients and families affected by TBI and Epilepsy. She has attended brain injury and epilepsy conventions as a representative for the Michael T. Goulet TBI and Epilepsy Foundation. Through networking and increasing publicity of the foundation and other similar organizations, Danielle hopes to increase the knowledge and awareness of brain injury prevention as well as advocate for treatment changes.
Michael’s brother in law was raised in Saco, Maine. He attended Thornton Academy, graduating in 2001. In 2002, John was selected in the fourth round of the NHL Draft. He was the 114th overall pick to the Vancouver Canucks. He went on to attend four years of college at Boston University, where he played ice hockey for the Terriers. In 2006, John graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management from the BU School of Hospitality Administration. Since then, he has played ice hockey professionally. He spent two seasons playing mostly in the American Hockey League for the Milwaukee Admirals. He now plays in the DEL of Germany, a top European league. He has led his team in scoring for the past two seasons.
In the spring of 2009 John married Michael’s sister Candace. His interest in joining the Michael T. Goulet Traumatic Brain Injury and Epilepsy Foundation came from his personal relationship to Michael and the Goulet Family.
John’s career path, along with his dedication to the foundation were assets in the formation of our first charity fundraiser, The Michael T. Goulet “Face off For a Cause”. The event was a charity hockey game that took place the summer of 2011. John’s hope is to help make this foundation one that proudly represents Michael.
Noel is a registered nurse in the adult/pediatric special care unit at Maine Medical Center. She was honored to care for Michael and his family after his last seizure in October 2010. Noel is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Southern Maine and a member of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing. She is also a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and was awarded their Most Promising New Critical Care Nurse Award by the Southern Maine Chapter. Noel has a particular interest in traumatic brain injuries and seizure disorders in the pediatric population.
Andrew R. Turcotte is regionally recognized for leadership as a consultant, educator, provider, and innovator in the fields of EMS and public safety. His body of work, spanning nearly 20 years, includes the development and implementation of operational and strategic solutions for individual organizations, as well as the broader systems in which they operate.
Mr. Turcotte currently serves as the Fire Chief for the City of Westbrook, where he oversees all areas of the operation. He previously served with Lifeflight of Maine as a Flight Paramedic and HPS facilitator. He also served with Pinellas County EMS, overseeing the Specialty Services division which included Critical Care Services as well as leading Lifeflight Miami as the Operations/Clinical Manager.
Chief Turcotte holds degrees in Paramedicine, Community Paramedicine and Nursing. A graduate of the Medical Leadership Transport Institute’s Certified Medical Transport Executive program and a Business Administration Certificate from the University of Southern Maine, Certificate in Lean Six Sigma from Villanova University, Critical Care Paramedic Certification (CCEMT-P) from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Additionally, he holds advanced provider certifications to include Critical Care Nursing (CCRN), Critical Care Flight Nurse (CFRN), and Flight Paramedic (FP-C).
Chief Turcotte also holds instructorships in ACLS, PALS, BLS, PHTLS, and is a lead Paramedic Instructor (IC) for Maine EMS. He is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, an active member in the EMS section and is also a member of NH1 DMAT Team.
Dr. Bilsky currently serves as the Associate Provost for Research and Scholarship at the University of New England. He received his B.S. (physics) in 1989 and M.S. (Behavioral Neuroscience) in 1991 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy in 1996. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona, he became an Assistant Professor at the University of Northern Colorado in 1997. He received that institutions highest honor, the Faculty Member of the Year in the spring of 2001, for his outstanding teaching, research and service to students. In the fall of 2001, he joined the faculty at the University of New England where he is currently a tenured Professor of Pharmacology and serves as the Director of the Center of Excellence in Neuroscience. He lectures on a variety of topics to students in the colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Health Professions, Arts and Sciences and Pharmacy. Dr. Bilsky’s laboratory conducts translational research in the areas of pain, addiction and other neurological disorders. He has received over 5 million dollars in extramural funding through a variety of federal, state and private grants and contracts including the National Institutes of Health, the Office of Naval Research and biotechnology/pharmaceutical companies. He has published over 65 peer-reviewed publications in leading pharmacology journals, and has presented nationally and internationally in a variety of different venues. Dr. Bilsky is a co-founder of a small biotechnology company (Aiko Pharmaceuticals) that is developing a unique class of opioid antagonists for the management of opioid-mediated side effects. He also serves as a consultant for several pharmaceutical companies developing CNS-based therapeutics. He has served as the chair of the University of New England Faculty Assembly and is an Associate Editor for Life Sciences, a journal publishing research in the biomedical sciences. He was recently awarded the 2011 AOA Research Mentor of the Year Award.
Dr. Seder is currently serving as Medical Director of Neurocritical Care at Maine Medical Center in Portland Maine. He also serves as Associate Director of Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Programs at MMC, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.
He completed his medical training at University of New Mexico, Albuquerque in 2001 and residency in Internal Medicine from 2001-2004 at Maine Medical Center. Dr. Seder completed a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical care also at Maine Medical Center, and fellowship in Neurocritical Care at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York in 2008.
Dr. Seder is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care Medicine, and Neurocritical Care. He serves as an Administrator of the International Cardiac Arrest Registry.
He has extensively participated in the publication of numerous articles pertaining to the intersection of Neuroscience and Critical Care Medicine. His research interests include hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, respiratory management of the neurologically ill, novel therapeutic approaches to intracerebral hemorrhage, and therapeutic temperature management.
Dr. Seder is an active member of the Neurocritical Care Society (NCS), for which he chairs the Cardiac Arrest Research Subcommittee and has helped develop the Emergency Neurological Life Support course. He is also involved with the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). At Maine Medical Center (MMC) he is chair of the Resuscitation and Rapid Response (Code) Committee.
Dr. Faucette is a board certified Pediatrician at Maine Medical Partners, Saco Pediatrics. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979, obtaining his residency and also completing an internship from Maine Medical Center. He has clinical and research interests in Pediatric Dermatology. Dr. Faucette was Michael’s Pediatrician, treating him from birth throughout adolescence.
Lauren, born in Natick, Massachusetts, graduated from Livermore Falls High School in 2011 with honors and as a top ten student. She currently works as a Certified Nursing Assistant and is finishing up her senior year as a nursing student at Saint Joseph’s College, Class of 2016, in Standish, Maine. She had the honor of receiving the Michael T. Goulet Traumatic Brain Injury and Epilepsy Foundation Scholarship at St. Joseph’s College, after experiencing a traumatic brain injury in 2011 due to a motor vehicle accident. She continues to follow her dream of becoming a nurse, with the goal of becoming a Neuropsychologist. She was honored by Goodwill Industries in October 2012 as one of the Most Inspirational Clients of the Year and received an award from Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, the granddaughter of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Lauren became a member after meeting the Michael T. Goulet Traumatic Brain Injury and Epilepsy Foundation family in February of 2015. Her reason for joining the foundation is related to her personal experience in 2011, and her passion for the promoting and educating about brain safety. For her, she hopes to inspire others and help them reach their goals and dreams because, “You define who you are; other people, events, and experiences should not.”
Dr. Michael A Burman is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of New England. He received his B.A. In Psychology from Carleton College in 2001. He went on to earn a Ph.D. In Biological Psychology and Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota in 2006. He joined the faculty at UNE after positions at the University of Delaware and Bates College. In addition to teaching, he is active in faculty governance and advancing the research mission of the University. His laboratory is currently funded by National Institute of Mental Health and focuses on the intersection of memory and emotion, with a focus on the biological mechanisms underlying early life anxiety. He has published 10 peer-reviewed scientific papers on these topics. In addition, Dr. Burman coordinates UNE’s active neuroscience K-12 outreach program, which reaches over 2,000 area students each year with lessons about the brain, brain safety and brain health. He is active nationally in k-12 neuroscience outreach and works with a variety of groups on neuroscience related curricula and activities.