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

Jack Richmond*Chairman
Jack Richmond*

Cleveland, Tennessee
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.


Dan Berschinski*Chair-Elect
Dan Berschinski*

Stanford, California
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.


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.


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.


Dennis Strickland*Dennis Strickland*
Atlanta, Georgia
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.


MEDICAL DIRECTOR

Terrence P. Sheehan, MDTerrence P. Sheehan, MD
Rockville, Maryland
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.


Staff Leadership Team

Jack Richmond, Interim President & CEO
Carole Folta, Chief Financial Officer
George Gondo, MA, Director of Research & Grants
Dan Ignaszewski, Director of Government Relations & Marketing
Karen Lundquist, Chief Communication Officer
Michelle Wolfe, CFRE, Director of Development
Tonya Osborne-Simpson, Director of Peer Support Prorgams


Program Staff to Contact

Keith Canady, Resource Specialist
Bill Dupes, Editor-in-Chief, InMotion
Tammie Higginbotham, Peer Support Specialist
Caitlyn Hurley, Resource Specialist
Mariah Mabe, Information and Resource Center Manager
Cynthia Nelson-Runyan, Marketing/Fulfillment Coordinator
Amber Smith, Outreach Manager
Kelly Wood, Marketing Coordinator, advertising, exhibit and memberships