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
Jeffrey J. Cain, MD*
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.
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.
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.
William “Bill” Perno*
William Perno’s expertise in healthcare strategy and operational management is a timely 2018 addition to the board. His past roles include serving as Vice President / COO of Mount Camel Health Partners in Columbus, OH and President of West Florida Health in Tampa, Florida. He earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix, is an Air Force veteran, and has held volunteer leadership roles with the American College of Healthcare Executives, Junior Achievement, Forest Lake Retirement Center and the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Perno has a lower limb amputation and believes in providing everyone the opportunity to live the life they choose.
Immediate Past Chair
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. His practice is an NCOPE accredited residency program and he is an NCOPE residency director, helping future prosthetist get vital hands-on experience. 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 orthotics and prosthetics in the state of Kentucky.
Ex Officio Chief Legal Counsel
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.
In 1978 while a freshman in college, Don lost his legs to bacterial meningitis. This tragic event led him to his career in prosthetics and gave him a deep desire to help others. Mr. Cummings went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in special education in 1981 and in prosthetics and orthotics from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 1984. In 1987 he became director of prosthetics at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas.
Don has a special interest in youth programs. He has worked with children with amputations for more than 30 years and coordinates an annual amputee ski trip for teenagers to Winter Park, Colorado. He helped create a summer camp for children with multiple amputations, known as “Camp Out on a Limb.” Cummings has served on several Boards of Directors including the Association of Children’s Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics, the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, and the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics (ABC).
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.
Chad Jerdee JD*
Chad Jerdee most recently served as the Global Lead of Responsible Business, Corporate Sustainability and Citizenship at Accenture. Prior to that role, Chad served as Accenture’s General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. He also was the global executive sponsor for Accenture’s Persons with Disabilities initiatives, a member of the Accenture Diversity Council and serves on the national board of directors for the Challenged Athletes Foundation, as well as board chair for Disability:IN. He is an adaptive sports athlete and enjoys downhill skiing, backpacking, running, cycling and swimming. He obtained his undergraduate degree in economics and English at St. Olaf College and his Juris Doctor in law at the University of Minnesota. Jerdee lost his leg from the knee down as a result of a collision with a drunk driver and is dedicated to leadership and service for people with disabilities.
Seth McLaughlin joined the Amputee Coalition Board in January of 2017. He has a personal connection with limb loss, having experienced a recent upper limb amputation. He brings a strong, in-depth background in branding and business strategy acquired through leading and working on large national brands for the past 30+ years. His expertise will serve the Coalition well as it works to continue expanding outreach, support and education. Seth added that “I’m excited to join the Board of the Amputee Coalition, as I am committed to helping improve the lives of all amputees.”
He gained his business experience working for Procter & Gamble, The Boston Consulting Group and Luxottica Retail where he led the marketing organization and was a Senior Executive. Seth is now an independent consultant helping companies on business strategy and marketing effectiveness and is located in Wyoming, Ohio.
Joining the Amputee Coalition Board of Directors in January 2020, Justin Moore is the CEO of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). “I am honored to have been elected to the Board of Directors of the Amputee Coalition. It is a responsibility I will embrace,” Moore said. “Clearly the Coalition’s mission closely reflects APTA’s own vision — transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience — which makes this position all the more significant to us. I look forward to working with the Coalition to advocate for those they serve.” Prior to being named CEO, Moore was APTA’s executive vice president of public affairs. Before that, he served in several government affairs positions at APTA, including work as the association’s lead lobbyist on Capitol Hill. Moore, a licensed physical therapist, received his doctor of physical therapy degree from Simmons College in Boston, his master of physical therapy degree from University of Iowa, and his bachelor of science degree in dietetics from Iowa State University.
Mona Patel, MA, MSW*
San Antonio, Texas
Mona Patel was 17 and a student at California Polytechnic State University when she was struck by a drunk driver. After undergoing 21 surgeries in seven years, she chose to have her right leg amputated below the knee. Patel earned her undergraduate degree in behavioral science and criminal justice. She earned her Master’s in psychology at Pepperdine University and her Master’s in social work at Texas State University. Mona is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with Hanger Clinic. She created the first amputee support group in San Antonio, Texas and is the Founder and Executive Director of the San Antonio Amputee Foundation. In 2017, she was one of the top 10 finalists for CNN’s Hero of the Year award.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
John Register became a board member in January of 2018, bringing not only his personal experiences living with limb loss but also a passion for empowering the community to share their stories and enhance perception, policy and passion. He is a Gulf War Army Veteran, a four-time track and field All-American and a two-time Olympic trials qualifier. After amputation of his left leg, he won the long jump silver medal at the Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia in 2000.
He has appeared on national television, counseled US Secretaries of State on Disability Foreign Policy, and is a well-respected public speaker and coach.
He founded the United States Olympic Committee’s Paralympic Military Sports Program helping wounded, ill and injured service members use sport as a tool for their rehabilitation and is Associate Director of the U.S. Paralympics.
He also hosts a blog talk radio show entitled “Life’s new normal” where listeners are introduced to and interact with guests who have overcome a life challenge.
Matt Swiggum joined the Amputee Coalition Board in January of 2017. He has worked in the field of prosthetics since 1997 and believes that delivering advocacy tools and access to care are critical for the long-term success of people with limb loss and limb differences. He brings decades of experience in executive leadership, sales, and marketing which benefit the limb loss community by strengthening our relationships with our professional partners. Matt has his MBA from the Carlson School of Management in Minneapolis, Minnesota and a degree from Morehead State University in Kentucky. He lives in Austin, Texas with his two children and his wife, Heather, a Certified Prosthetist.
ADVISORS TO 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 first person in the military with above-knee and hip-disarticulation level amputations to walk on a daily basis. After completing his recovery in 2012, Dan founded Two-Six Industries, a plastics manufacturing and distribution company. His experience with limb loss, with the military, and with business bring a unique combination of skills and leadership to his role as Board Chairman.
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 Atlanta, Georgia after graduating from California’s Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in 2015 with a Master in Business Administration.
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.
Amputee Coalition Medical Director
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.
Staff Leadership Team
Mary Richards, President & CEO, ext. 7107
Dan Ignaszewski, Chief Policy & Programs Officer, ext. 7102
TaKeisha Walker, Chief Operating Officer, ext. 7101
Nathalie Atkins, Director of Events, ext. 8145
Andrea DeLuca, Director of Research and Education, ext. 8107
Mike Zwolinski, Director of Government Relations, ext. 7104
You can reach the staff by calling 865-524-8772 and dialing their extension.
For other support or information, please dial 888-267-5669 and select from the following:
|#1||To dial by name|
|1||Questions about limb loss and limb difference|
|2||To place an order for Amputee Coalition resource materials|
|3||For media and marketing calls|
|4||For gov’t relations|
|5||Development/make a donation|
|8||National Conference or regional events|
|Ext. 7103||Advertising and Membership|