Foundation Leadership


Dr. Chrisanne Gordon, Founder, and Executive Director

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician

Dr. Gordon graduated summa cum laude from The Ohio State University College of Medicine after completing her undergraduate studies at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. She has experience in internal medicine, emergency room medicine, occupational medicine and rehabilitative medicine and is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Since 1988, Dr. Gordon has served as Medical Director of Rehabilitation Services at Memorial Hospital of Union County in Marysville, Ohio. Her special interest is with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) since she has experienced TBI recovery both as a physician and as a patient.
In 2008, Dr. Gordon was called to action. Her one year “tour of duty” (2008-2009) included a part-time position at the Chalmers P. Wylie Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic in Columbus, Ohio, where she performed second-level screening for the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suspected with traumatic brain injuries. Her experiences with young heroes affected by TBI led to the production of a documentary to educate the military world about the signs and symptoms of the injury and to educate the civilian world about the difficulties with reintegration our heroes were experiencing as a result of their service.

Her documentary entitled, Operation Resurrection, was completed by Patton Productions in February 2013. Benjamin Patton serves as narrator for the film which demonstrates solutions for health care, education, and employment for our returning 450,000 Veterans with TBI. In 2012, Dr. Gordon founded The Resurrecting Lives Foundation which attained 501 (c) (3) status in July, 2012. This non-profit follows through with the solutions set forth in the documentary, promoting collaborative efforts between military and VA resources, and the civilian community. Resurrecting Lives Foundation continues to serve as a voice for our heroes with TBI and the families who struggle to care for them.

Her primary goal in establishing the foundation was to provide educational, vocational and employment opportunities for the more than 60,000 veterans of the OIF/OEF conflicts currently living in Ohio. However the goal has now expanded to providing a national networking community to assist the nearly 450,000 veterans currently affected by TBI.


Dale BugayDale Bugay, Operations Consultant

Business Development, Marketing, Leadership, Occupational Health Advocate

Dale Bugay is a recognized leader with a distinguished 25+ year career in the occupational health industry. Our company goal was to provide integrated solutions between medical providers, employers and employees that advocated objective “ability management ” working relationships. Dale is also a frequent guest speaker addressing legislative changes affecting healthcare in the workplace to audiences attending local, state, and national industry events. His role with Resurrecting Lives is to assist in coordinating the health care and employment needs of separating military members transitioning to the workplace as civilians. He will advise about the day to day operations of our employment initiative, and assist with the growth of the program throughout OHIO and the Midwest.

Dale founded and served as president of the Ohio Hospital Association, Society of Ohio Occupational Health Professionals, and served six years on the board of Synergy Workers’ Compensation Insurance in Pennsylvania. Dale is a graduate of The Ohio State University and a Licensed Agent through the Ohio Department of Insurance.

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Juan VallarrealJuan Dino Villarreal, Military Liaison

Medical Technician, US Air Force Retired

Dino Villarreal is a medical technician at the Columbus Military Entrance Processing Station where they process over 600 applicants monthly for enlistment into the United States Armed Forces. He assists Medical Officers with applicant physical examinations, identification of physical abnormalities, to include discovery of disqualifying enlistment/retention factors, and determination of applicant’s fitness for military duty.

Juan was born and raised in a small town in South Texas, and entered the United States Air Force (USAF) in September 1991, where he served for 23 years. He started his USAF career as a Medical Services Technician. As a medic, he was assigned to Sheppard Air Force Base (AFB), TX, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, Andrews AFB, MD, Lackland AFB, TX and the Columbus Military Entrance Processing Station, Columbus, OH. He also was deployed to Eskan Village, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Southern Watch. He then finished his USAF career as an Enlisted Accessions Recruiter in Chillicothe, OH and became a Flight Chief in Wilkes-Barre, PA. As a Flight Chief, he managed 6 recruiting offices covering Northeastern PA and led his Flight to back to back top ten finishes in the nation for recruiting. He is a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal and numerous other awards and decorations.

Juan lives in Dublin, OH with his wife Shawnna Villarreal.