The Amputee Coalition announces Mary Richards as President and CEO

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Manassas, VA – The Amputee Coalition is pleased to announce Mary Richards as the Coalition’s new President and CEO. After conducting a thorough and thoughtful national search, Richards replaces Jack Richmond who has served in leadership for the organization as a volunteer, a Board member, and most recently as President and CEO.

“We are excited to move forward with Mary Richards as President and CEO. She will work with the Board, staff, and limb loss and limb difference community to continue growing our critical efforts in advocacy, education and support,” said Mo Kenney, President of the Amputee Coalition Board of Directors.  “The Board is excited for Mary to bring her track record of success leading national patient advocacy organizations to serve our deserving community.”

Richards joins the Amputee Coalition after serving as the Executive Director of Partners for Better Care, a patient advocacy-led coalition working for the next generation of health care. With more than 20 years in Washington DC, Richards brings non-profit executive experience and a passion for patient community advocacy to the Amputee Coalition.

“I feel privileged to bring to the Amputee Coalition my experience and passion for patient advocacy. I am delighted to have been selected by the Board of Directors to lead and grow an organization that is uniquely connected to the community it serves,” said Richards. “Having had the pleasure of working with the Amputee Coalition over the years, I am familiar with its stellar support and education programs as well as its sophisticated policy and advocacy efforts.  I’m excited to work with this team and community to continue improving the lives of people living with limb loss and limb difference.”

Delighted with the accomplishments made over the past few years, the Amputee Coalition will always be grateful for the leadership and dedication Jack Richmond, retiring President and CEO, has shown to the organization and its mission to serve the community.

“We have a talented, professional staff and a great community that welcomes Mary to the organization. With her leadership, the Amputee Coalition will continue to reach more people in the limb loss and limb difference community, maintain and build strong partnerships and allow the organization to reach new heights,” said Richmond.

The Amputee Coalition’s National Limb Loss Resource Center, Support Group Network and educational events and programs like the National Conference and Youth Camp help people with limb loss and limb difference to live a full and productive life by teaching life skills, providing health and recreation tips and creating opportunities to network with others. Advocacy and raising awareness are a critical part of the organization’s mission — making sure legislators and policymakers are educated about the needs of the community, amplifying the voice of individuals impacted by limb loss and limb difference, and securing the services, supports, and resources for individuals to live the lives they want to live.

The Amputee Coalition values its sponsors and supporters and feels confident that great things are ahead for the Coalition, its partners, and the community.

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About the Amputee Coalition

The Amputee Coalition is a donor-supported, voluntary health organization serving more than 2 million people with limb loss and more than 28 million people at risk for amputation. The Amputee Coalition is the nation’s leading organization on limb loss, dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for amputees and their families, improving patient care and preventing limb loss through its management of the National Limb Loss Resource Center. With the generous support of the public, we are helping amputees live well with limb loss, raising awareness about limb loss prevention and ensuring amputees have a voice in matters affecting their ability to live full, thriving lives. For more information about limb loss, please call 888/257-5669 or visit the website at amputee-coalition.org.