Leadership

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the governing body responsible to the public for the Amputee Coalition’s mission and effectiveness. The Board is responsible for establishing the strategic direction of the organization and ensuring accountability nationwide.

* Indicates member is an amputee

THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE BOARD

Dan Berschinski*Chairman
Dan Berschinski*

Atlanta, Georgia

A native of Peachtree City, Georgia, Dan Berschinski attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, graduating in 2007 with a commission in the infantry. After losing both of his legs in combat, Dan became the first person in the military with above-knee and hip-disarticulation level amputations to walk on a daily basis. After completing his recovery in 2012, Dan founded Two-Six Industries, a plastics manufacturing and distribution company. His experience with limb loss, with the military, and with business bring a unique combination of skills and leadership to his role as Board Chairman.

Dan has served the Amputee Coalition as a board member since early 2012, and he takes particular pride in his involvement with the annual Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp. Dan currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia after graduating from California’s Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in 2015 with a Master in Business Administration.


Kenney JohnVice Chair
John Kenney*

Lexington, Kentucky

John “Mo” Kenney has a passion for amputee care because of a car accident that resulted in a below-knee amputation at the age of seven.  He currently owns and manages Kenney Orthopedics, Prosthetic and Orthotic Practice, with nine locations in Kentucky and Indiana. He is also the clinical director of the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education.  Kenney is currently involved in a project volunteering in a clinic in Queretaro, Mexico with other American prosthetists, and has continued this practice of humanitarian efforts for the past 20 years.  Kenney earned his BA from Emory University and certificates in prosthetics and orthotics from Northwestern University. He holds CPO and FAAOP certifications and is licensed in O&P in the state of Kentucky.


Thomas Coakley*Treasurer
Thomas Coakley*

Canton, New York

Thomas Coakley is a transtibial (below-knee) amputee resulting from combat during the Vietnam War. He is retired from St. Lawrence University, where he had a 28-year career holding several positions, including vice-president for administrative operations for the last 15 years of his career. He has significant nonprofit leadership experience, including having served on his local community hospital board for 25 years, his local junior college foundation for 25 years, and 12 years with The ABC Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics. Coakley holds a BA degree in economics from Brown University and an MBA in finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Coakley’s wife, Nellie, served as an Army nurse in Vietnam and as a head nurse at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, working with wounded amputees. She just completed her career as a war trauma therapist. Both work with the amputee and veteran communities as volunteers.


David S. SandersSecretary
David S. Sanders

Washington, D.C.

David S. Sanders is a partner with Foley & Lardner, LLP. He is co-chair of the firm’s Transactional & Securities Practice and co-chair of the Trade Secret/Noncompete Specialty Practice. As part of his practice, David counsels medical device and healthcare clients on matters involving formation, operation and growth, as well as employment matters. He is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center (JD, 1995) and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan (BA, 1992). David is a recipient of the Foley & Lardner Carl Hitchner Mentor of the Year Award; an annual award to recognize outstanding mentoring to young attorneys by partners and senior counsel (2009). He is also a recipient of the “Stars For Children” award (2003) in recognition of his individual achievements and philanthropic generosity on behalf of The Children’s Charities Foundation, Inc.


THE DIRECTORS

Jeffrey J. Cain, MDJeffrey J. Cain, MD*
Denver, Colorado

Dr. Jeffrey Cain is a family physician who teaches and practices at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, a past president of the American Academy of Family Physicians and co-founder of Tar Wars, the national youth tobacco-free education program. After bilateral below-knee amputations from trauma 20 years ago, Dr. Cain has continued an active life that includes flying vintage airplanes, long-distance cycling, adaptive skiing, and  winning the Gold Medal in slalom in the first U.S. national adaptive snowboarding championships. Dr. Cain is a passionate champion for amputee advocacy and has served the Amputee Coalition in the past as a member of the board of directors and its Medical Advisory Board, as well as the founding chair of its Advocacy Committee, and in Colorado he led the Coalition’s efforts to successfully pass the first state law to mandate coverage of prosthetic devices.


Dale BrandonBrandon Dale
Paradise Valley, Arizona

Brandon Dale is currently a regional vice-president for Hanger Clinic.  He is an American Board-certified prosthetist and orthotist, receiving his training in both disciplines from Northwestern University; he also holds an MBA from the University of Michigan.  Along with his dedication to optimal patient care and unsurpassed customer service, Dale also concentrates on volunteer opportunities in the communities in which he lives and works. He has been married for 15 years to his wife Lisa and they have three children, ranging from age 6 to 13.


Seth McLaughlin
Wyoming, Ohio

Seth McLaughlin joined the Amputee Coalition Board in January of 2017.  He has a personal connection with limb loss, having experienced a recent upper limb amputation. He brings a strong, in-depth background in branding and business strategy acquired through leading and working on large national brands for the past 30+ years.  His expertise will serve the Coalition well as it works to continue expanding outreach, support and education. Seth added that “I’m excited to join the Board of the Amputee Coalition, as I am committed to helping improve the lives of all amputees.”

He gained his business experience working for Procter & Gamble, The Boston Consulting Group and Luxottica Retail where he led the marketing organization and was a Senior Executive.  Seth is now an independent consultant helping companies on business strategy and marketing effectiveness and is located in Wyoming, Ohio.


Lorraine RicheLorraine Riche
Gainesville, Virginia

Lorraine Riche, MPA, serves as the chief operating officer of PT Solutions, an Atlanta-based rehabilitation company with more than 20 years of experience working in healthcare. Ms. Riche brings both a clinical and operational perspective from a variety of healthcare settings, including acute care, ambulatory and community-based arenas. Riche has had a number of leadership roles: she served as vice-president at Clinovations: The Advisory Board Company, based in Washington D.C., vice-president of operations and later senior vice-president of operations for Prospira Pain Care (“Prospira”) in Roswell, and assistant vice-president of Ambulatory Services. Riche previously founded Physiotherapy Associates, an independent practice which served as one of the largest private practices in the community. Ms. Riche began her career in healthcare as a staff physiotherapist. Riche holds a Master’s in public administration with a concentration in health policy from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia; a Bachelor’s in medical rehabilitation with a concentration in physical therapy from the University of Manitoba in Manitoba, Canada; and a diploma in mechanical diagnosis and therapy from McKenzie Institute International. She has served as a CARF surveyor in Medical Rehabilitation for over 16 years.


Matthew Swiggum
Austin, Texas

Matt Swiggum joined the Amputee Coalition Board in January of 2017. He has worked in the field of prosthetics since 1997, and believes that delivering advocacy tools and access to care are critical for the long-term success of people with limb loss and limb differences. He brings decades of experience in executive leadership, sales and marketing which will benefit the Coalition’s by strengthening industry relationships while maintaining the focus on the needs of the community. Matt’s experience has culminated in his current role as President and CEO of Ottobock HealthCare North America. Previous roles included both sales leadership and responsibility for the end-to-end operation of Ottobock’s mobility division in North America.

Matt grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and his education includes an Executive MBA from the Carlson School of Management in Minneapolis, Minn., and a degree from Morehead State University in Kentucky. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his two children and his wife, Heather, a Certified Prosthetist. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, golfing and traveling.


Staff Leadership Team

Jack Richmond, President & CEO, ext. 7107
Carole Folta, Chief Financial Officer, ext. 8130
Karen Lundquist,  MBC, Chief Communication Officer, ext. 7108
George Gondo, MA, Director of Research & Grants, ext. 8124
Dan Ignaszewski, Director of Government Relations & Marketing, ext. 7102
Tonya Osborne-Simpson, Director of Peer Support Programs, ext. 8103
Michelle Wolfe, CFRE, Director of Development, ext. 7105


You can reach the staff by calling 865.524.8772 and dialing their extension.

For other support or information, please dial 888.267.5669 and select from the following:

Dial For
#1 To dial by name
1 Questions about limb loss
2 To place an order for coalition materials
3 For media and marketing calls
4 For gov’t relations
5 Development/make a donation
6 Youth Camp
7 Peer Support
8 National Conference or regional events
Ext. 7103 Advertising and Membership (Kelly Wood)
0 All other