Brad Goulet - Foundation President
“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
Danielle M. Goulet - Foundation Secretary
Michael’s oldest sister was raised in Saco, Maine. After graduating from Thornton Academy, she attended the University of Southern Maine, obtaining a Major in Business Administration and a Minor in Economics.
In 2004, Danielle opened her own women and children's boutique in Kennebunkport, Maine.
Danielle is mother to two children, Luke and Richie. Danielle is currently a self-employed designer. She has high interest in interiors, fashion, events, photography, and film. Danielle is also passionate about sharing her talents as a volunteer within her local community.
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.
Lynda A. LeBlanc
Michael’s mother was born in St. Benoit of Packington, Quebec. She moved to Maine as a young child, graduating from Biddeford High School in 1973. She attended a year and a half at Colby College, followed by Mercy Medical’s Radiological Technology Program, which she graduated from in 1978. In 1979 Lynda graduated from Maine Medical Center’s School of Ultrasound.
She began her career working within the medical field at Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford Maine, as a Ultrasound Technologist. For the past twenty years Lynda has worked as a high-risk diagnostic registered medical sonographer for Maternal Fetal Medicine in Portland, Maine.
Lynda’s ambition for creating the Michael T. Goulet Foundation began with the love she had for her son, Michael. She devoted herself to Michael’s recovery, and is now dedicated to helping other families with similar experiences.
“Resolve to be the sun, then no matter what problems you may face, the dawn will always break, fine weather will always return, and spring will never fail to come.”
Candace Goulet Laliberte
Michael’s older sister was raised in Saco Maine, graduating from Thornton Academy in 2002. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Southern Maine in 2006. Candace attended New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord, New Hampshire, graduating in 2008. Candace became an active registered diagnostic medical sonographer in 2008.
Her ambition to join and help create the Michael T. Goulet Traumatic Brain Injury and Epilepsy Foundation came from her personal experience with her younger brother Michael’s traumatic brain injury in 2003, his recovery, and later his struggle with a subsequent seizure disorder. She witnessed Michael’s incredible amount of valor and strength during his recovery, and was amazed at his perseverance throughout his life. Her hopes are that the foundation will emulate Michael’s character, especially his charitable acts towards others. Candace is dedicated to helping this foundation become a valuable resource for individuals that have personal involvement with TBI and Epilepsy, to facilitate needed adjustments within this field of medicine, and to make a difference in individual lives.
“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do”
Christina H. Richardson
Christina is a Senior Manager at General Dynamics in Saco, Maine where she has held many positions including managing Production Control and Manufacturing Engineering. Additionally, Christina has managed several individual programs, working with all aspects of business and customer relations. Christina has worked in manufacturing since earning her Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine in 1983.
Christina is the mother of two adult sons, Alec and Mitchell. She is a certified scuba diver, has done real estate management, and has been involved in the Saco community including being fundraising chair for the Saco Middle School PTO while her younger son was a student there.
Christina met Michael in 2007 and witnessed the triumphs and struggles he and the immediate family went through during the last three and a half years of Michael’s life. Being a kidney transplant recipient, Christina is familiar with a patient’s need to advocate for themselves and the challenges of navigating a complex medical condition. She is honored to be able to work toward improvements in the treatment of traumatic brain injury and epilepsy.
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 M. Poirier, RN, BS
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.
Dr. Edward Bilsky
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. David Seder
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. Robert Faucette
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.