The Amputee Coalition announced today that Jack Richmond was chosen as the next President and CEO. Richmond will bring strong focus to ensuring that the voice of people affected by limb loss and limb difference is heard and that their needs are addressed, whether in the community, in the legislature, or in the boardroom.
Richmond brings a long history of philanthropic work with a special focus on organizations that serve people affected by limb loss and limb difference. He has been involved with the Amputee Coalition for 23 years. During that time he has served as interim president and CEO, as board chairman, as a board member, and as a participant in several committees at the Amputee Coalition. He has also served as a board member and president of the Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation, the Barr Foundation, and the United Amputee Services Association (UASA). In these roles he worked to provide peer support, to educate, and to improve access to care and technology that improves outcomes.
His most recent position was as Director of Sales for Fillauer Companies where he was responsible for all sales functions in the United States and spent extensive time delivering educational seminars and training. Another dimension of expertise includes his work as a technician and as an ABC Certified Prosthetic Orthotic Assistant (CPOA), where he worked closely with patients and the technology that help drive mobility and independence.
“Jack Richmond is dedicated to the mission of empowering people through support, education, and advocacy, and his role will encompass the strategic leadership of all aspects of the Coalition’s work,” said Dan Berschinski, Amputee Coalition Board Chairman. “The Board is anticipating great growth in our partnership and individual outreach under Jack. His unique combination of passion for the community, business acumen, years of experience with the Amputee Coalition, and non-profit expertise a great benefit to the staff, our amazing volunteers, and the community that we work with.”
2016 marked the Amputee Coalition’s 30th year with record-breaking attendance at both the Coalition’s National Conference and the Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp. These flagship events combined with an ever-growing demand for the services of the Peer Visitor and the National Limb Loss Resource Network show us that our efforts are needed more than ever before. The growth indicates the organization is ready for strong, visionary leadership that ensures the community’s voice drives the policies and decisions that impact coverage, care, and opportunities for living full and productive lives.
“I am honored to have been selected to lead the Amputee Coalition.” commented Jack Richmond. “As a person with limb loss, it is more than a job to me – and I look forward to leading the Amputee Coalition as we reach out and empower more people than ever before.”
Richmond will transition in the coming weeks.