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
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 military’s first above-knee and hipdisarticulation patient to walk on a daily basis. After completing his recovery in 2012, Dan founded Two-Six Industries, a plastics manufacturing and distribution company. 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 Stanford, California where he is attending Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business as a member of the class of 2015.
Immediate Past Chairman
Thomas Dennis Strickland, III, is an upper-limb amputee due to trauma. He is retired from the BellSouth Corporation after a 30-year career in which he held a variety of executive positions, including executive director; president, Bellsouth Information Systems; vice-president, International Operations; general network manager; chief engineer; and assistant vice-president, Human Resources. He served on the boards of several multinational companies and several BellSouth subsidiaries. Strickland has had significant experience in the nonprofit arena, having served as a volunteer in a variety of positions for over 25 years with the American Heart Association, including chairman of the Georgia Affiliate of the AHA. In addition, Strickland served as chief financial officer of the Amputee Foundation of Greater Atlanta. He currently serves on several committees with the Amputee Coalition. Strickland’s education consists of a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech, an MBA degree from Georgia State University, and attendance at advanced management programs at both Harvard and Williams Colleges. He and his wife Julie, a lower-limb amputee, live in the North Georgia mountains and enjoy the great outdoors.
Jack Richmond, CPOA, is the director of sales for Fillauer, Inc. He also chairs the Amputee Coalition’s Education and Conference (EdCon) Committee. Jack has supported limb loss education since an accident in 1987 that led to the amputation of his leg below the knee. He has been involved with the Amputee Coalition since 1992, when he attended his first conference. Jack is a past president of United Amputee Services, the Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation and the Barr Foundation, where he continues to serve on their board. Jack’s desire to stay active after his amputation helped him to return to competitive cycling and begin endurance running. He ran his first marathon in 1999 and has since completed five marathons, including Boston, New York and Chicago. He and his wife Laurie, also an amputee, became coaches for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Team in Training” program. Jack and Laurie live in Cleveland, Tennessee.
David S. Sanders
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.
Col. Gregory D. Gadson*
Col. Gregory D. Gadson was the director of the U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program before accepting command of Fort Belvoir Garrison. Col. Gadson has served in the U.S. Army for more than 20 years as a field artillery officer. He has served in major conflicts and contingencies of the last two decades, including Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm in Kuwait; Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia-Herzegovina; Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan; and Operation Iraqi Freedom. It was there he commanded a new unit as part of the surge to secure Baghdad in 2007. While serving in Iraq, Col. Gadson was severely injured by an improvised explosive device, resulting in the amputation of both legs above the knee and severe damage to his right arm. Col. Gadson emphasizes that his injuries are not the important part of his story; instead, he now focuses on his accomplishments since the incident.
Statesville, North Carolina
Michael Estrada consulted for THOR-LO in 2011 as the leader of a think tank called The Tomorrow Team. He was recently hired by THOR-LO as executive vice-president, new business initiatives. Prior to THOR-LO, Estrada was vice-president at Restore Earth, which dealt in real estate ventures. Previously, he held executive roles in marketing for Reebok International, Rockport, After Hours Formal Wear and The Sport Shoe. Estrada has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He was appointed for two terms to the North Carolina Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Health and served on the Board of Directors of Champs Sporting Goods.
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.
Dennis Fields is an above-knee amputee as the result of a high school football injury. He joined SourceAmerica as its chief operating officer in December 2001. Previously, he was president of the Consolidated Group, a supplier of graphic services that actively served major textile, wall covering, consumer goods packaging, automotive and other industrial applications in the U.S. and Canada. As CG’s president, he led the effort to automate and improve processes, and enhance the company’s position. Fields has built a strong pedigree in general management with private sector services and the manufacturing business. He earned an MS in human services, nonprofit management, from Capella University and a BS in business administrationfrom Miami University.
Jeffrey S. Lutz
Jeffrey S. Lutz, CPO, and his wife Tara, are the parents of three children, one with congenital limb loss. Professionally, he serves as central zone vice-president of Hanger Clinic. Lutz joined Hanger as a staff prosthetist in 1986 in Orlando, Florida, and subsequently worked as a manager and area manager in Louisiana and Florida. Lutz holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia Southern University, with postgraduate work in prosthetics and orthotics at the department of orthopedics at Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Illinois. He completed an orthotic residency at Children’s Hospital, New Orleans, Louisiana, and a prosthetic residency at the Myoelectric Institute of Orlando, Florida.
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.
Leslie Pitt Schneider*
Leslie Pitt Schneider offers 22 years of regulatory compliance, legal and healthcare industry experience. Beginning her career as a registered nurse, clinical research coordinator, and researcher, she advanced through the ranks to become a regulatory affairs compliance officer for Fairview Health Services and more recently, clinical & regulatory affairs manager for Otto Bock Healthcare in Minneapolis. Having earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology at St. Olaf College in 1990, an Associate in Nursing degree, and a Juris Doctor degree at Concord University School of Law in 2009, she has acquired a unique blend of professional expertise and embraced a global healthcare outreach perspective. Challenged, tempered and inspired by her own limb loss, she has nurtured her focus on healthcare accessibility for the less fortunate, and become a passionate advocate for the betterment of people of all cultures and backgrounds. As cofounder of Amputees Getting into Life Energetically, Amputee Coalition board of directors member, and Government Affairs Committee chairman, she has contributed much to the life quality and healthcare access of those coping with limb loss and diverse healthcare challenges. Follow her advice as a limb-loss lifestyle expert on fashion, fitness, and travel at onelifeonelimb.com.
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Miles O’Brien is a veteran freelance broadcast and Web journalist who focuses on science, technology and aerospace. He is the science correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, a producer and director for the PBS science documentary series NOVA, and a correspondent for the PBS documentary series FRONTLINE and the National Science Foundation’s Science Nation series. For nearly 17 of his 30 years in the news business, he worked for CNN as the science, environment and aerospace correspondent and the anchor of various programs, includingAmerican Morning. Miles has won numerous awards, including a half-dozen Emmys, and a Peabody and DuPont for his coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. O’Brien is an accomplished pilot and is frequently called upon to explain the world of aviation to a mass audience. Earlier this year, a heavy equipment case fell on his left forearm while he was on assignment. He developed acute compartment syndrome, which necessitated the emergency amputation of his left arm above the elbow. Miles lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland just outside of Washington, DC.
In 2003, Ron Drach became a founding board member of the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). He has served on the WWP board ever since and also as board president from 2007 to 2011. Currently, he serves on the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Recovering Warrior Task Force. He is president of Drach Consulting. Drach has worked at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Disabled American Veterans, and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS). Drach lost his right leg in combat in Vietnam and was medically retired from the U.S. Army with a Purple Heart. He and his wife, Carolyn, live in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C.
Terrence P. Sheehan, MD
Dr. Sheehan is the chief medical officer of Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, an acute rehabilitation facility specializing in traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, strokes, amputations, orthopedic injuries and surgeries, and neurological disorders. Dr. Sheehan is the director of the amputee program and has worked for more than 15 years in the care of patients with limb loss. He is also the Amputee Coalition’s medical director. Dr. Sheehan received his medical degree from State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and completed his residency in Boston at Tufts University – New England Medical Center Hospitals.
Susan Stout is the president & CEO of the Amputee Coalition. Susan has over 20 years of experience as a lobbyist, working mainly on healthcare reform and healthcare access issues. Prior to starting her lobbying career, Stout served as director of nursing at Tracy Municipal Hospital in Minnesota and as community health administrator for Minnesota’s Freeborn and Redwood Counties. She has been with the Amputee Coalition since January 2011 as the chief communications officer and director of government relations, and most recently heading the Peer Support programs as well.
Staff Leadership Team
Susan Stout, President & CEO
Susan has over 20 years of experience as a registered nurse and as a lobbyist, working on healthcare reform and healthcare access. She served as director of nursing at Tracy Municipal Hospital in Minnesota and as community health administrator for Minnesota’s Freeborn and Redwood Counties. She has been with the Amputee Coalition since January 2011 as the chief communications officer and director of government relations, and in 2012 heading the Peer Support programs. Susan became the president & CEO in the fall of 2014.
Carole Folta, Chief Financial Officer
Carole has a Bachelor’s degree in both psychology and accountancy from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and became a certified public accountant in the State of Georgia in 1987 and a certified management accountant in 1989. She has more than 30 years experience in various industries, including public accounting, distribution and manufacturing. Carole has been with the Amputee Coalition since July 2012 and is responsible for the finance, accounting and administration of the Amputee Coalition.
George Gondo, MA, Director of Research & Grants
George has 15 years of progressive nonprofit experience. Since 2007, he has served the limb loss community at the Amputee Coalition. His responsibilities include providing leadership and strategic guidance to the National Limb Loss Resource Center and managing the Coalition’s National Conference programming. George is also tasked with developing new and innovative programs, partnerships and collaborations, and evaluating the Coalition’s programs and services. Additionally, George liaises with researchers and clinicians working in the field of amputee care and rehabilitation. He holds a Master of Arts degree in sociology from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville
Abra Hogarth, Director of Communications
Abra has been the director of communications since 2014, where she leads a team responsible for developing communications strategies that help advance the Coalition’s impact on the limb loss community. These strategies include publications, Web site management, social media, media outreach, education and events. She has over 15 years of experience in various industries, working in public relations, event management, education and training.
Dan Ignaszewski, Director of Government Relations & Marketing
Dan is responsible for developing the positions of the Amputee Coalition on public policy issues, integrating public policy development with grassroots organization aimed at implementing strategy. Dan works on federal and state issues, including the Amputee Coalition’s primary legislation, the “Insurance Fairness for Amputees Act,” funding for limb loss initiatives, research, veterans’ issues, and other issues affecting the limb loss community. Additionally, Dan works with our National Sponsor Program and on the Amputee Coalition National Conference. He also markets memberships and publications for professionals. Dan has been with the Coalition since 2008.
Michelle Wolfe, CFRE, Director of Development
Michelle joined the Amputee Coalition in 2015. She has over 20 years of fund development experience, working for organizations such as American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and Florida Easter Seals. Michelle is responsible for the fundraising program at the Amputee Coalition, including sponsorships, direct mail, corporate giving, workplace giving, planned giving, individual gifts and events management. When she is not at work, she is volunteering in her community. Giving back is a critical part of Michelle’s life.
Kate Anderson, Communication & Events Manager
With a combination of eight years working in academic communications and events, Kate came to work at the Amputee Coalition in 2015. She is responsible for planning, communicating and executing Limb Loss Education Days and the Amputee Coalition National Conference. Kate holds a Master’s degree in women’s studies and as a result holds dearly the concepts of diversity, equality and inclusion in her communications and event planning.
Keith Canady, Resource Specialist
Keith has a Bachelor of Science degree in education from the University of Tennessee. He has been with the Amputee Coalition since 2012, working in the Resource Center. Keith is responsible for researching questions from the public related to limb loss, including identifying community resources for the consumer and assisting with the development of educational materials.
Bill Dupes, Editor-in-Chief, InMotion Magazine
Bill has over 20 years of experience in technical writing and communications. He received his Bachelor’s degree in audiology and speech pathology from the University of Tennessee. He served as a technical editor for Geo-Marine, Inc. and as project coordinator for SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation), supporting and coordinating environmental studies for the U.S. Air Force. He joined the Amputee Coalition in 2002 as an information specialist in the Resource Center and was promoted to associate editor in publications in 2003, to senior editor in 2005, and his current position in 2014.
Caitlyn Hurley, Resource Specialist
Caitlyn has a BA in Mass Communications from Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia. She has been with the Amputee Coalition since August 2015. Caitlyn is responsible for providing information and referral services to clients who contact the Amputee Coalition’s Limb Loss Resource Center.
Christina Johnson, MSSA, LCSW, Information & Resource Center Manager
Christina has been with the Amputee Coalition since January 2015. Christina has a Master’s of Science degree in social administration and is a licensed clinical social worker. Christina is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Information & Referral Resource Center. She supervises and trains Resource Center staff and oversees the development of fact sheets and patient education materials for people with limb loss. Christina is also responsible for providing information and referral services to clients contacting the Amputee Coalition’s Limb Loss Resource Center.
J. Kevin Manuel, Web site & Graphic Design Coordinator
Kevin coordinates the design and maintenance of our Web site. He is also responsible for many of the organization’s graphic design projects, such as email communications and various printed documents and signage. He has been with the Amputee Coalition since 2011.
Yvette Martin, Peer Support Coordinator
Yvette began working with the Amputee Coalition in June 2015 as the peer support coordinator and youth camp coordinator. Yvette is a graduate of The University of Tennessee with a BA in psychology and a Master’s of Science in social work. She is responsible for ensuring that certified peer visitors and support group leaders have the resources needed to provide support to the limb loss community. Additionally, Yvette provides staff support to the Peer Support Advisory Committee and the Camp Advisory Committee.
Tonya Osborne-Simpson, Peer Support and Youth and Family Programs Manager
Tonya joined the Amputee Coalition in November 2015 as the Peer Support and Youth and Family Programs Manager. She holds a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Social Work and has more than twelve years of experience working with non-profit organizations doing training and staff development as well as managing programs. Tonya is responsible for managing the activities and functions of the Amputee Coalition’s youth and family programs as well as the peer support programs. She also oversees the Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp and is tasked with developing additional services to serve amputee families, including a parent & caregiver support network and a youth leadership program.
Cynthia Runyan, Administrative Coordinator
Cynthia started with the Amputee Coalition in the Knoxville office in January 2015 as the administrative coordinator. She has an Associate’s degree in liberal arts from Sierra College in California. She is currently enrolled at Pellissippi State Technical Community College, pursuing an Associate’s degree in media technologies. Cynthia processes, ships and maintains all Web site orders, OPIE and phone orders. She also manages the Amputee Coalition inventory and pulls together all materials for events the Amputee Coalition holds across the country.