On January 1, 2018, John Register and William Passig Perno, MBA, added their skills and passion to the Amputee Coalition board of directors for a three-year term. Board leadership shifts include John “Mo” Kenney, CPO, LPO, FAAOP, stepping into the role of board chair and Jeff Cain, MD, serving as vice-chair.
Perno’s expertise in healthcare strategy and operational management is reflected in his current role as Vice President / COO of Mount Camel Health Partners in Columbus, OH and past President of West Florida Health in Tampa, FL. 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. “I see opportunity in bringing an operational healthcare perspective to the Amputee Coalition,” said Perno. “As an amputee, I believe that helping to shape outcomes by being part of the healthcare delivery conversation is critical for a healthy future for all of us.”
Register, an athletic professional, is a medal-winning Paralympic competitor and is now the associate director of Community and Veterans Programs, United States Olympic Committee, Paralympic Division. His leadership skills are evident in his founding of the Paralympic Military Sport Program and his inspirational public speaking. “Now more than ever is the time for people to share their stories and experiences,” said Register. “Speaking out can help the entire community by clarifying the importance of things like getting the healthcare and support people need.”
Kenney, a prosthetist and an amputee, has served on the Amputee Coalition board for three years. He brings an urgency to the issues facing people with limb loss and limb difference. “Making it easy to get the care and support you need is a high priority for me. As a clinician, I want to be sure that the focus is on getting people the best possible care – not on paperwork and policy,” said Kenney.
Jack Richmond, president & CEO of the Amputee Coalition, believes that the board brings a unique perspective to the goal of growing the impact of the organization. “Our board brings personal experience in living with limb loss as well as expertise in areas like healthcare delivery that we want to influence,” Richmond commented. “We continue to deliver great programs that help support people who are affected by limb loss and limb difference.”