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
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.
Immediate Past Chair
Marshall J. Cohen*
New York, New York
Marshall J. Cohen is a partner in the law firm Cohen & Perfetto. Before becoming a lawyer, Cohen received a PhD in American History from Harvard. He has taught at Harvard, MIT and Columbia Law School. Cohen lives with his wife, Jean Keh, in New York City. His passions are opera and tennis. Born with a malformed and enlarged right hip and leg, at 64, Cohen and his orthopedist decided that amputation was the best solution for the deteriorating condition of his right leg. On September 11, 2003, he had the amputation, and on October 13, 2003, he received a C-leg for field testing. He is now back on the tennis court and is actively involved in his legal practice.
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.
Mahesh Mansukhani (MBA)
Laguna Beach, California
Mahesh Mansukhani (43) has over 18 years of experience leading international businesses both within and outside of healthcare, and currently serves as CEO of sBioMed®, a manufacturer of infection prevention and contamination control products for hospitals, clean rooms and consumers. Most recently, he served as president at Össur (2008-2013). Össur is the second largest global manufacturer of noninvasive orthopedic and prosthetic devices ($400M+ in sales). Prior to this, Mansukhani’s roles include leading a $1.1 billion revenue global business unit at DuPont for three years (Tyvek®). He also spent three years heading up Global Marketing and Sales Effectiveness for DuPont, an initiative that yielded over $1 billion in revenue gains through the upgrading of marketing and sales personnel and processes across all 30 of DuPont’s business units. Mansukhani has also worked as a director for AlixPartners (turn-around restructuring services), Answerthink/Hackett and Capital Consulting & Research, the former strategic consulting arm of Young and Rubicam. Mansukhani gained his MBA from Yale University, an MPhil Finance degree from Warwick Business School in the UK, and an MA in Multinational Accounting and Finance from the University of Reading in the UK.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, including American 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.
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.
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.
Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlie Steele has been a below-knee amputee since 1990. Before retiring from IBM, he held numerous management positions during his 28 years of service. He was a support group leader in New York City for 14 years and currently serves as chair of the Amputee Coalition Peer Support Committee. Steele is a peer visitor/trainer and served on the National Consumer Advisory Panel for the Limb Loss Research & Statistics Program (LLRSP). He is also an advocate for literacy and mentor programs and enjoys the arts, reading, writing, traveling and health/fitness.
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.
Scientific & Medical Advisory Committee (SciMAC)
The SciMAC is a body of volunteers from prestigious backgrounds and organizations in the healthcare arena that coordinates and advises the Amputee Coalition on health, wellbeing and research issues and initiatives. SciMAC reviews all patient education materials used in the National Limb Loss Resource Center, curricula for educational programs, data and statistics used by the Coalition, and research projects of the Amputee Coalition. SciMAC complements the work of the Board of Directors and provides a natural flow between the more strategic and visionary work of the Board and the day-to-day work of the Field.
Danielle H. Melton, MD (Chair)
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of PM & R and Orthopedics
University of Texas Health Science Center of Houston
Director of Amputee Program
TIRR Memorial Hermann
David G. Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD
Professor of Surgery
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Roberta Cone, PsyD
Costa Mesa, California
David M. Crandell, MD
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
Scott Cummings, PT, CPO, FAAOP
Next Step Bionics and Prosthetics
Manchester, New Hampshire
Joseph M. Czerniecki, MD
Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
University of Washington
Director, Veterans Administration
Regional Amputee Clinic
David J. Dunville
Amputee Support Coordinator
H‐Care, Hurley/Benson's Medical Equipment, INC.
President, Amputee Firefighters Association
Certified Peer Visitor
Troy Farnsworth, CP, FAAOP
Upper Extremity Prosthetic Program
San Antonio, Texas
Col. Donald Gajewski, MD
Center for the Intrepid
Brooke Army Medical Center
Fort Sam Houston, Texas
Jacqueline S. Hebert, MD, FRCPC
Medical Lead, Amputee Rehabilitation
Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital
University of Alberta
Samuel H. Johnson, PharmD, MPH
Durham Regional Hospital
Durham, North Carolina
Carol A. Miller, PT, PhD, GCS
Professor and Department Head
Physical Therapy Program
University of North Georgia
Bruce Pomeranz, MD
Medical Director, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation
Chester and Saddle Brook campuses
Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation
Saddle Brook, NJ
Terrence P. Sheehan, MD
Medical Director at Adventist Rehab Hospital of Maryland
Amputee Coalition Peer Visitor/Trainer
PALS trainer (Promoting Amputee Life Skills)
Support Group Leader (Triangle Area, NC)
Durham, North Carolina
Troy A. Turner, MBA
Research Portfolio Manager
Advanced Prosthetics and Neural Engineering
Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC)
U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command
Deborah J. Velez
VA San Diego Health Care System
San Diego, CA
Staff & Consultants
George Gondo, Research & Grants
Dan Ignaszewski, Director of Government Relations & Development
Abra Hogarth, Director of Communications
Linda Mash, Director of Continuing Education & Curricula Design
National Limb Loss Resource Center
Keith Canady, Resource Specialist
Melinda Park, Development Manager
Kandace Massenburg, Education & Marketing Coordinator
Sarah Hoover, Research & Evaluation Assistant