Tessa Venell is currently a Research Administrator in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Brandeis University, and and she is also writing a book about her recovery from a brain injury she sustained when a severe car accident left her in a coma. The book Tessa is writing is about the year she spent in three different hospitals—She was rushed by helicopter to the ICU at Maine Medical Center where she was unresponsive for three weeks, did 100 days of inpatient therapy at Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital, and did six months of outpatient therapy at Portsmouth Regional Hospital—while she was recovering from her injuries. The car accident left her with five broken bones and a severe traumatic brain injury. The book Tessa is writing focuses on her recovery from these injuries.
Formerly, Tessa was a grant writer at the Ivy Street School, at a nonprofit that was close to her heart and provided a supportive high school experience for students with brain injuries and other neurological challenges. For undergraduate education, she attended Brandeis University where her work focused on the emerging Chinese environmental movement. She first went to China for her semester abroad in 2005 and went back in 2008 for the Olympics in Beijing. In Beijing she produced an environmental film, THE GREEN REASON, less than two years after the accident that left her in a coma. Tessa has also worked at Harvard University’s Kennedy School in the Ash Center, and in public media at PBS International, where she supported the licensing of PBS films to international broadcasters.