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
Lorraine Riche, MPA
Lorraine Riche, MPA, serves as the president of Psych Associates of Maryland, an outpatient mental health organization whose purpose is to ensure that no one should ever feel alone and that societal health hinges on mental health. With more than 20 years of experience working in healthcare, Riche brings both a clinical and operational perspective from a variety of healthcare settings, including physical, behavioral, and mental health, acute care, ambulatory care, and community-based arenas.
Riche has had several leadership roles: she served as the president of Acorn Health a national ABA company providing services for children and adolescences in over 7 states. She served as the chief operating officer of PT Solutions, an Atlanta-based rehabilitation company. 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. She began her career in healthcare as a staff physiotherapist.
Riche holds a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in health policy from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia; a bachelor’s degree 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.
William “Bill” Perno, MBA, FACHE*
William Perno’s expertise in healthcare strategy and operational management is a timely 2018 addition to the board. He is currently the Chief Development Officer for Value-Based Care with Revere Health and held past leadership 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, Food & Care Coalition in Provo 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.
David S. Sanders
David S. Sanders is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP and serves as the managing partner of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He is also the vice-chair of the firm’s Business Law Department and co-chair of the Trade Secret/Noncompete Specialty Practice. From 2010 through 2017, Sanders served as co-chair of the firm’s Transactional & Securities Practice. As part of his practice, Sanders 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). Sanders has been recognized by Chambers USA and Legal 500 for his work in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and venture capital. He 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. He serves on Foley’s Recruiting Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
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.
Immediate Past Chair
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.
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).
Carrie Davis is a nationally recognized leader in patient experience and organizational transformation through empathy and servant leadership. As the vice president of Patient Experience at Hanger Clinic, she designs, implements, and manages programs to help create positive outcomes for patients, families, and employees. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Washington State University and her master’s degree from Gonzaga University in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Servant-Leadership. She is the recipient of the J.E. Hanger Award for Customer Service and the Margaret Golding Award for Service for her work with Inner Wheel and their project that provides myoelectric arms to children. She is a two-time para-triathlon national champion and recipient of the Disability Matters Marketplace Award for her organizational work in advocacy and mentorship and shared her passion for service on the TEDx stage.
As a co-leader on the Hanger Clinic Digital Engagement Strategy Team, Davis works to deploy digital tools to help improve ease of access to care and care team job satisfaction. She also holds leadership positions and serves on several strategic leadership councils to include the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the IGNITE Women in Leadership Council, the Operations Review Committee, the Hanger Advocacy Council, and the Hanger Clinic Quality Committee. She oversees a nationwide Net Promoter Score program at over 800 clinic locations to gain deep insight into patient experience. She also serves as a peer mentor in the upper limb community, oversees Hanger Clinic’s AMPOWER program, participates as volunteer and support group leader at Camp No Limits and co-authored the No Limits Foundation’s Inspire Program.
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.
R. Carter Wood III, C.P.A.*
Carter Wood III, C.P.A. serves as the chief financial officer of Buchanan & Edwards (BE), a government contractor, located in McLean, VA, that provides IT consulting services to the federal government. With more than 22 years of experience supporting both private and publicly held entities, and nearly 10 years at BE, Wood brings a variety of leadership experiences, in the following areas, to Amputee Coalition such as: financial reporting; mergers and acquisitions; company reorganizations; business system implementations; strategic planning/forecasting/analysis; contracts, procurement, and human resources; talent development and retention, treasury/cash management, and board participation.
Wood, a native Virginian, graduated from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce with a bachelor’s degree and a concentration in accounting. He has been an active C.P.A. in Virginia since 2001. In 2013, he was a finalist for the Washington Business Journal’s CFO of the Year and in 2021, he was a founding member of the Washington Executive CFO Council. Wood is also affiliated with the American Institute of C.P.A.s, the Virginia Society of C.P.A.s, and the Association for Corporate Growth.
Wood is a “Symes” amputee, losing his left foot in a lawnmower accident at the age of 4. He is passionate about connecting with others, and especially with fellow amputees. Wood feels fortunate for the opportunity to offer his professional expertise to an organization in which he also feels personally invested.
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.
Staff Leadership Team
Mary Richards, President & CEO, ext. 7107
Mary Richards is the President & CEO of the Amputee Coalition, the only national non-profit, patient-advocacy organization representing the 2.1 million Americans affected by limb loss and limb difference and the 28 million more at risk. Mary also serves on the National Health Council Board of Directors and its policy committee. She is a member of the board of directors for the Center for Orthotic and Prosthetic Learning and Outcomes/Evidence-Based Practice (COPL), and is a member of the external collaborative panel for the National Limb Loss and Limb Preservation Registry.
Richards has been a non-profit executive for nearly 25 years, focusing on organizational leadership, advocacy, policy, and lobbying for voluntary health associations. Before joining the Amputee Coalition, Richards was the Executive Director of Partners for Better Care, Senior Director of Public Policy for the Alzheimer’s Association, and the founding Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM). Mary also worked as the deputy CEO of the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN), which is now part of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
Mary also worked for two Members of the House of Representatives as a senior legislative aide focusing on health policy, working on the Patient’s Bill of Rights and creation of Medicare Part D, as well as participating in the Congressional Democratic Health Care Task Force.
TaKeisha Walker, Chief Operating Officer, ext. 7101
TaKeisha S. Walker is an organizational and programmatic leader who lends her expertise to improving and sustaining nonprofits and other social impact organizations. Her diverse career has included work in the disability, environmental, and education communities as a hybrid operations and programs leader. As a result of her leadership, organizations have successfully provided youth with disabilities their first meaningful work experience through summer internship positions in Washington DC, reduced the gap in STEM readiness for sixth-twelfth grade students, and trained healthcare providers to adopt guidelines based on care practices to minimize environmental triggers that exacerbate asthma in children.
TaKeisha holds a Master of Science in Management and Marketing from the University of Maryland University College, a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from the University of Missouri Kansas City, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Communications from the University of Tulsa. She is also a certified professional development facilitator.