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
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.
Dan Berschinski did a tour of duty in Operation Enduring Freedom. During his service in Afghanistan, Dan stepped on an IED, which resulted in the loss of his left leg above the knee and his right leg at the hip. This has not slowed him down. He recently founded and serves as president of Two-Six Industries LLC, a service-disabled veteran-owned small business. He is also a peer visitor and a committed supporter of the Amputee Coalition Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp. Dan is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in International Relations, and is entering Stanford University's Graduate School of Business this fall as a member of the class of 2015.
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 spends his spare time with his children and grandchildren in a variety of settings.
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.
Jeffrey S. Lutz
Jeffrey S. Lutz, CPO, is the central zone vice president of Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics, Inc. He lives with his family in Lafayette, Louisiana. He joined Hanger as a staff prosthetist in 1986 in Orlando, Florida, and subsequently worked as a manager and area manager in Louisiana and Texas. Previously, Lutz worked for Southern Prosthetic Supply (SPS). Lutz holds a bachelor of science degree from Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, 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.
Scarsdale, New York
Annie Berdy serves as president of Lex-Parc Properties, Inc., where she has worked since 1978. She earned her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from New York University. She is a graduate of the Columbia University Center for Environmental Research and Conservation in Conservation Biology, and recently completed the Biomimicry Specialist Program in 2012. While living in Seattle, Berdy volunteered with Arts Corps, where she created, designed and facilitated the implementation of a year-long community sculpture that was installed in Seattle Center for His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Seeds of Compassion presentation. Currently, she is the volunteer coordinator of habitat enhancement for Audubon New York's For The Birds! program, and is part of a team starting up Biomimicry NYC. She is the mother of two amazing teenagers.
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.
Foothills Ranch, California
Mahesh Mansukhani joined Össur in 2008. Immediately prior to that he was a Director at AlixPartners. Between 2005 and 2007, he was the global business director of DuPont Tyvek® and before that, global director of DuPont Marketing and Sales Effectiveness (2002-2005). Previously he held roles in management consulting and finance. Mansukhani is a strong supporter of the Amputee Coalition. Most recently, he spearheaded the development of the Well-Being Initiative to support amputees who may need mental health service referrals from their prosthetic offices. Mansukhani has an MA in Multinational Accounting and Financial Management from Reading University in England, an MPhil Finance degree from Warwick Business School in England and an MBA from Yale University.
Leslie Pitt Schneider*
Pitt Schneider is the clinical and regulatory affairs manager for Otto Bock Healthcare in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she directs the development and management of the U.S.-based Clinical and Regulatory Affairs Department. She is key in Otto Bock's government relations and lobbying efforts as well. She also holds certifications as a clinical researcher and a histologic technician. Pitt Schneider cofounded and was director of Amputees Getting Into Life Energetically (AGILE) in St. Louis, Missouri. In this organization, first of its kind in the regional area, she developed a community outreach program and established a peer visitor program with local hospitals and rehabilitation centers. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from St. Olaf College, an Associate's Degree in Nursing from Washington University College of Nursing (Summa Cum Laude) and a Juris Doctor from Concord University School of Law.
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 and chair of the Amputee Coalition's Medical Advisory Committee. 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 Interim President/CEO of the Amputee Coalition. Susan has over twenty years of experience as a lobbyist working mainly on health care reform and health care access issues, prior to starting her lobbying career Susan served as Director of Nursing at Tracy Municipal Hospital in Minnesota and as Community Health Administrator for Minnesota's Freeborn County. She has been with the Amputee Coalition two and a half years working in Government Relations, Communications and Peer Support.
Science & 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)
Department of PM & R and Orthopedics
University of Texas Health Science Center of Houston
Director of Amputee Program
TIRR Memorial Hermann
Roberta Cone, PsyD
Costa Mesa, California
David M. Crandell, MD
Scott Cummings, PT, CPO, FAAOP
Next Step Orthotics & 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
Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics
Bob Gailey, PhD, PT
University of Miami
Col. Donald Gajewski, MD
Center for the Intrepid
San Antonio, Texas
Jacqueline S. Hebert, MD, FRCPC
Medical Lead, Amputee Rehabilitation
Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital
University of Alberta
Chair – Medical Advisory Council
Amputee Coalition of Canada
Samuel H. Johnson, PharmD, MPH
Durham Regional Hospital
Grant McGimpsey, PhD
Vice President, Research and Sponsored Programs
Kent State University
Nancy Payne, MSN, RN
Limb Loss Clinical Nurse Specialist
Duke University Medical Center (DUMC)
Durham, North Carolina
Bruce Pomeranz, MD
Medical Director, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation
Chester and Saddle Brook campuses
Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation
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)
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
Stephen T. Wegener, PhD, ABPP (Past – Chair)
Associate Professor and Director of Rehabilitation Psychology
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Johns Hopkins University
Staff & Consultants
Lar’Juanette Williams, Education & Marketing Manager
Melinda Park, Annual Fund Manager