Toral Family Foundation is dedicated to providing hope and improving the lives of all persons and their families whom have experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI) through research, education and access to community resources. The foundation is chartered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Frank Toral is Senior Partner of Toral Garcia Battista, Founder of Toral Family Foundation. Frank Toral resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his wife, Olivia and their children, Nina and Noah. The Toral family is very active in their community church and The Toral Family Foundation. The Foundation is committed to improving the lives of persons with brain and spinal cord injuries and their families throughout Florida.
Frank Toral is the Senior Partner at the Law Offices of Toral Garcia Battista, a statewide law firm concentrating in brain and spinal cord injury. He has successfully represented many families throughout Florida whose loved ones have sustained a brain and spinal cord injuries. The law firm was recently listed by Newsweek Magazine as one of the top twenty personal injury law firms in the country. He is the immediate Past President and currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Brain Injury Association of Florida. He serves on the Legal Advisory Board of the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation, has served as a Director for the Brain Injury Association of America and authored the handbook “Brain Injury. Where do we go from here?”.
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LATHA GANTI STEAD, MD, MS, FACEP
Toral Family Foundation Endowed Professor of Traumatic Brain Injury and Chief of Clinical Research at the University of Florida College of Medicine
Dr. Latha Stead is a Professor and Chief of Clinical Research the College of Medicine in Gainesville Florida, and holds an adjunct appointment as Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Dr. Stead’s research focuses on exploring translational science that can have immediate impact on patient care. Her research program brings together a core group of faculty and research trainees from the McKnight Brain Institute, the Aging Institute, and the departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Anesthesia and Critical Care who continuously analyze the basic processes that directly impact delivery of care in the Emergency Department (ED) as a way to improve patient outcomes. Current areas of investigation focus include Acute Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
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GISELLE REID, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Giselle Reid was appointed Executive Director of the Toral Family Foundation in January 2013. In this role, she oversees the broad portfolio of Foundation activities, working closely with its Founder and President Frank Toral, as well as its community partners to execute its strategic goals. The Toral Family Foundation is committed to collaborating with the healthcare community to improve the lives of all persons with a brain or spinal cord injury through research, education and access to resources.
Ms. Reid has more than a decade of experience in the healthcare and nonprofit industry, with a primary focus on non-profit strategic management, communications, development, and community relations. Ms. Reid spent the majority of her career with the Broward Children’s Center, a nonprofit organization providing an array of medical, educational, and daily living services to the most medically fragile to those with mild developmental delays. There she held various positions, most recently as Executive Director of the Broward Children’s Center Foundation. Ms. Reid also served as the Communications and Community Relations Director for Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine.
Ms. Reid earned her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in International Relations from the University of Florida. An avid community volunteer, she has been a student mentor for Take Stock in Children, an event committee member for Sallarulo’s Race for Champions benefiting the Special Olympics of Broward County, a host committee member for Miami Children’s Hospital Brain Institute Superhero Holiday Adventure, and is an annual United Way Day of Caring volunteer. She participates in various community events throughout the year including Light the Night for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; Joe DiMaggio’s Tour de Broward; March for Babies for March of Dimes; and Walk Now for Autism Speaks among others. Ms. Reid has served on the Board of Children’s Comprehensive Care Center; the Special Olympics of Broward County’s Management Team; and currently serves on theAdvisory Board of Sprouting Scholars.