About The Fund
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History and Mission
The Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF) is a nonprofit organization, a 501(c) (3) public charity, established and incorporated in January 1995 by the former Orthotics and Prosthetics National Office. The Orthotics and Prosthetics National Office is now three separate organizations including The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA), The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP) and The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC). Each of these organizations still supports OPAF through both financial and in-kind support. OPAF was initially dedicated to providing financial and in-kind support to the 1996 Paralympics, OPAF now generates its own initiatives through partnerships with individuals, organizations, and institutions engaged in:
- improving the quality of life for O & P patients through health and fitness programs, and
- raising public awareness of physical disability.
OPAF aims primarily to enable individuals served by the orthotics and prosthetics community to enjoy the rewards of personal achievement, physical fitness, and social interaction.
In achieving this goal, OPAF also seeks to:
- provide adaptive sports programs, clinics and activities that appeal to those served by the orthotic and prosthetic community.
- raise public awareness of the benefits that individuals with physical disabilities receive from physical activity, orthotics, and prosthetics.
- facilitate continuing education programs for allied-health professionals who serve as members of the rehabilitation team.
From 1996-2005, the core operations and programs of OPAF have been made possible through generous contributions from the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP), ABC, and American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA). Since that time we have generated our own funding from both within and outside the orthotic and prosthetic community to support our programs and initiatives.
Growth of OPAF and its programs depends on the generosity of all contributors who share our commitment to enhance the quality of life for all individuals with disabilities. We welcome your support. All financial and in-kind donations to these events are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by U.S. law. We welcome your support through the following initiatives. Thank you!
OPAF is a nonprofit organization, a 501(c) (3) public charity, incorporated in the state of Delaware. Our incorporation papers are on file at 13303 Hunting Birds Lane, Charlotte, North Carolina 28278. A copy of this document is available upon request.
Certificate of Authority
OPAF holds a valid certificate of authority to transact business in North Carolina.
OPAF holds a Disability Organization Membership of the Amputee Coalition (www.amputee-coalition.org). The Amputee Coalition is a national, non-profit amputee consumer educational organization representing people who have experienced amputation or are born with limb differences. The ACA includes individual amputees, amputee education and support groups for amputees, professionals, family members and friends of amputees, amputation or limb loss related agencies, and organizations.
OPAF is also an Organizational Member of the United States Tennis Association (www.usta.com) as a Community Tennis Association in conjunction with our nationally recognized adaptive tennis program, First Volley™.
Governance and Board of Directors
A Board of Directors governs OPAF according to bylaws written in 1995 and revised in subsequent years.
The 2016 - 2017 Board, effective December 1, 2016, includes:
Sue Borondy – OPAF President
Sue Borondy is Marketing and Communications Manager for North America for Endolite, Inc., a division of parent company, Charles A. Blatchford & Sons in the United Kingdom. She has been with Endolite since 1996 beginning as an office manager and moving to Marketing and Communications Manager where she coordinated the rebranding of the company in 2008. She is also a member of the new product development and implementation teams which brings new products to market. "I have the privilege of working for a company whose core values parallel those of OPAF. Charles A. Blatchford & Sons was founded over 120 years ago with the sole purpose of helping those with limb loss and limb difference. In 2008 we adopted the tag line "get busy living" and this is reflected in everything we do, the products we develop and the organizations we align ourselves with. OPAF supports this philosophy by providing an avenue for amputees to reach personal goals and get busy living." Sue loves running, backpacking, arts and crafts and anything around the water.
Karen Henry – OPAF Vice President
Karen is an independent content and communications consultant based in the Denver metro area and brings more than 15 years of professional experience in communications, marketing, public relations, and event planning to OPAF. She works closely with Ottobock North America on a variety of content marketing projects and is also a contract writer and editorial consultant for the Amputee Coalition. Before striking out on her own, she served as editor in chief for The O&P EDGE and Amplitude Media Group. She helped to launch EDGE Custom Publications, a division of Western Media, and Amplitude Media Group's Limb Loss Resource Guide. Throughout her career serving the O&P professional and consumer audiences, she has helped to promote OPAF's mission and goals.
Nikki Hooks, CO – OPAF Treasurer
Nikki Hooks, CO is a native of the Carolinas and entered the O&P field in part because of her grandmother's use of orthotic bracing to continue her lifestyle as an artist. She is a graduate of North Carolina State and the Newington Program for Orthotics and Prosthetics and has been a certified orthotist since 2007 and a member of the Ability staff since 2012. Nikki, along with the entire Ability Greenville staff were instrumental in the creation of OPAF's First Cycle clinic, launched in October 2014. She has continued her involvement with OPAF, receiving her Adaptive Athletic certification and leading a First Fit Clinic in 2015. Speaking of her grandmother, Nikki said, "She relied upon and therefore loved her braces because they allowed her to achieve her goals. At a very young age, I knew I wanted to 'help' people, like my grandmother, continue to live passionate, fulfilling lives."
Angela Courtade, CPO, LPO
Angela Courtade, CPO, LPO is an instructor at the J.E. Hanger College of Orthotics and Prosthetics at St. Petersburg College in Florida. She is also currently working on her master’s degree in science in Instructional Design at St. Leo University in Florida as well. She has also worked as a clinician for a small practice and with a large organization. ln both settings she had had the pleasure of sharing the field of Orthotics and Prosthetics with many different health care professionals. As a national member of a Lower Extremity Specialist team, she traveled to different parts of the country to evaluate patients to ensure that they had the best prosthesis to meet their needs and activity levels. Through meetings and information sessions she has established interdisciplinary teams that worked together to assist our patients to achieve the best possible outcome for their rehabilitative process. These team members included doctors, physical therapists, insurance companies, nursing staff, administrators and occupational therapists. “I have worn a prosthesis for 39 years and have experienced the advancements of this industry that have allowed me to join activities that previously I was unable to participate in both safely and with comfort of my prosthesis. lt is a pleasure to educate and demonstrate the abilities of patients with physical challenges to raise awareness of the benefits of physical activities and the rewards of personal achievement. I have participated in the First Swim and First Climb and met the participants and their families. The experience and exposure to these activities offered had such a tremendous personal physical and mental benefit to the lives of the all that participated and observed at the event. The smiles on all of the faces were enough to know that this is the organization that I would like to promote.” Angela and her family, including three sons, reside in Florida.
Bruce Jaster is Executive Director of the Turtle Creek Chorale, an Emmy-award winning men's chorus in Dallas, Texas. Bruce has been linked to the orthotic and prosthetic community since 1986 when he lost his left leg below the knee to trauma. He is a founding member of the Dallas Amputee Network, one of the nation's oldest and most active amputee support groups, and he also has served on the Amputee Coalition's Board of Directors. Bruce has been honored by the Center for Computer Assistance to the Disabled for management of technology events on their behalf and is also a Certified Peer Visitor for the Amputee Coalition. He has been instrumental in developing trade events for Walk FAR for NAAR (now Autism Speaks) and the March for Respect sponsored by the Developmental Disabilities Network of North Texas. Bruce is a strong advocate for using technology and social media to build communications and support networks for amputees and others with differing abilities. He says, "OPAF's growth and evolution have established it as a significant force within our community. But there is so much more that can and should be done to improve the quality of life for those with physical disabilities."
David Glontz is the Director of Sales for Paceline, Inc. He has been with Paceline, Inc. (formerly Rx Textiles and SPT Technology) since 1997. David has worn many hats during his tenure staying constantly involved in research and development as well as marketing. In 2013, David approached OPAF with the idea of sponsoring a First Kick Clinic in Charlotte. His 16 year old son was an integral part of the event by designing the flyer and volunteering at the clinic. David has coached youth basketball and soccer over the past 12 years and sees parallels between youth sports and The First Clinics. "Many of the kids I have coached lacked confidence and were afraid of what other people would think if they messed up. With The First Clinics, amputees lack confidence and worry about messing up or looking funny. OPAF through the First Clinics allows the amputees to regain their confidence and ultimately their quality of life."
David currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife, Anne and two sons, Andrew and Alex. In his spare time, he likes to play tennis and basketball, coach and travel.
Davie Mendelsohn, RN, is the Vice President of Sales and Clinical Services for Myomo, an innovative startup company for upper extremity myoelectric orthosis. She is responsible for all sales, clinical development and education for the company. She has years of leadership experience with major manufacturers within the O&P community, in sales, marketing, product launch, staff management, education and more. Davie brings a wealth of experience in the medical community as well with her background as a registered nurse, specializing in women's health issues and care. She understands patients needs as a clinical level and has a true passion for people. Davie has a strong network within the O&P industry and we look forward to working together.
JoAnne Kanas, PT, CPO, DPT
JoAnne earned her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy degree from Northeastern University, a postgraduate certificate in Orthotics & Prosthetics from Northwestern University, Orthotic and Prosthetic Certification from the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics (ABC), and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Boston University. JoAnne began her career in O&P at Shriners Hospital for Children, in Philadelphia, PA and subsequently worked at American Prosthetics in Iowa City, IA, Atlantic Prosthetic & Orthotic Services in Smithville, NJ, Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics in Linwood, NJ, and the returned to Shriners Hospital for Children in 2008. Her current position is Corporate Director of Orthotics & Prosthetics for Shriners Hospitals for Children. JoAnne's passion has always been both patient care and education. She served as a member and then Chairperson on the AAOP Annual Meeting Clinical Content Committee. She has also served a similar role in addition to being a board member and past president of the NJ AAOP Chapter. She has presented at many State, national meetings, and at lectured for O&P and Physical Therapy programs as well as having authored several journal articles and chapters in medical publications. JoAnne resides in Tampa with her daughter Danielle.
Lesleigh Sisson, CFom
Lesleigh Sisson, has been committed to serving the O&P community since 1992. Prior to starting O and P Insight, she served as Director of Administration for a multi-practice company. During her experiences in administrative and clinical support roles she recognized the need to assist dedicated professionals working toward this common goal: to provide excellent patient-centered care while achieving successful reimbursement.
Lesleigh helps independent O&P practices to not only survive but also to thrive in today’s challenging and ever-changing healthcare environment with its demands for efficient work flow and successful compliance.
Lesleigh makes her home in fabulous Las Vegas with her husband, Ed, where they serve the community as owners of Prosthetic Center of Excellence. Lesleigh enjoys spending time with their 2 sons, 2 daughters-in-law and two granddaughters.
Mary is an Area Manager for Prosthetics with Ossur Americas. She is responsible for sales and marketing of prosthetic products, clinical and product education in a 3-state territory. She has worked in both upper and lower extremity prosthetics for the past 7 years and has a varied background in the DME medical and reimbursement industries. "Working in the prosthetics industry is not only challenging but extremely rewarding. To enable individuals to improve their quality of life through the programs offered through OPAF will be a privilege to be part of."
Reggie Showers joins the OPAF Board of Directors with a deep and ongoing desire to serve people and live an altruistic life of service. After attending his first First Clinic – First Dive Intro to Scuba in Dayton Ohio this year, Reggie found a natural attraction to the organization and the service being provided to the disabled community. Our values were alike. How could I help? As an inspirational speaker he routinely shares his story with the public. "As an extreme sports enthusiast, I hope to bring fresh new ideas to the development of more First Clinics. I want the opportunity to show the disabled, and the world, that we are not defined by our physical condition. That we can be champions within our own rights! As an entrepreneur, I am well aware of the ongoing economic challenges faced with providing the programs that you do. Coming from a professional motorcycle racing background, I have an extensive relationship with corporate sponsors. I hope to use my existing relationships as well as develop new ones to attract the resources needed to further support OPAF's vision. For 35 years I have lived as a bilateral below knee amputee. In the early years I tried hard to conceal that fact. I didn't want to be labeled as 'handicapped' or less than. In my mind that meant that I was weak, when I knew I was strong. I believed that people would judge me on my condition before they got a chance to see that I was capable of anything that I set my mind to. As I matured and gained more personal confidence, I began to disclose my condition to the general public, and the overwhelming response was one of positivity and love. People embraced my story and were so inspired by my accomplishments until they themselves were empowered to face their own life challenges with a renewed sense of strength. Realizing my purpose, that this was a way for me to serve people, I dedicated my entire adult life to helping people, especially our children, realize their true potential." Reggie is the CEO of RS Group Motorsports in Philadelphia as well as an instructor with the Urban Youth Stem Academy of Philadelphia and a member of the American Association of Snowboard Instructors, Rocky Mountain Division. He is also a two time World Champion in motorcycle drag racing and a noted motivational speaker.
Stacey Minton returns to the OPAF Board of Directors as the Creator and Developer of the Adaptive Scuba Instructor Course for Scuba Schools International. She has been teaching Scuba Diving since 1993 and was inducted as a Platinum Pro 5000 Instructor in 2007. As Instructor Certifier and coordinator of adaptive scuba events, she is working with other non profit organizations to get people with physical disabilities to dive with able bodied divers. She is also a Health Fitness instructor with the "American College of Sports Medicine" which works closely with physicians and physical therapists during rehabilitation programs. She owns and operates New Mexico Scuba Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Stacey is also very involved with Dive Pirates Foundation, based out of Houston, Texas as the Director of Training. Stacey brings both her focus on adaptive diving and her skills with the physically challenged population to the board. "I believe that a person with a physical disability should be able to enjoy activities without a 'handicapped label'. We adapt the sport to the diver and not the diver to the sport. I would like to see more doors open up and give those individuals a chance to at least experience what it is like to be free," says Minton.
Vibhor Agrawal, Ph.D., ATP is an Assistant Professor in Physical Therapy at the University of Miami, where he has served since 2010. His research on lower-limb amputees is focused on improving movement biomechanics and reducing secondary health conditions through novel rehabilitation techniques and optimal components. He is also a member of ISPO’s Publications Committee and Associate Editor of the journal Prosthetics and Orthotics International. His unique background in prosthetics research, exposure to clinical practice, experience in the prosthetics industry along with his assistive technology professional (ATP) certification make him well qualified for service on the OPAF board of directors. His goal is to assist with international outreach, help establish new relationships with academic philanthropists and foundations, utilize his grant writing skills to secure external funding and facilitate development of continuing education programs for rehabilitation professionals.
OPAF Executive Director
Robin Burton, OPAF Executive Director, has brought years of administrative experience, and her personality to OPAF, along with a genuine desire to work towards health and fitness programs for those we serve. The First Clinics are doing just that. She has held the position of Executive Director since May of 2005. Robin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Coker College in Hartsville, SC and has 17 years of funeral home management on her resume along with serving as Customer Service Manager for a prosthetics manufacturer. Robin has held leadership positions in both community organizations as well as professional groups, both inside and outside of O & P. OPAF's visibility at state and regional meetings has greatly increased under Robin's leadership as well as the development of the First Clinics. "The reality of OPAF's mission comes to us so many times and in so many ways...to help to bring anyone with a physical challenge back to a life style level that they may enjoy. We are working to remain vital and integral not only to the O & P industry, but also to the people that we serve."
The OPAF Advisory Board
The Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation, Inc. Advisory Board is comprised of individuals who have been invited to participate in the ongoing work of OPAF. Each member possesses a special talent or field of interest which is a vital part of the volunteer aspect of OPAF. While no formal meetings are held for the OPAF Advisory Board, they each serve to further our programs, our mission and our goals.
The 2016-17 OPAF Advisory Board Members include:
- Brad Mattear, L.O., CPA - Managing Director for Nabtesco - Proteor, USA
- Chris Doerger, PT, CP - Director of First Stride and First Things First Clinics
- Darren Kindred, PTR - Professional Staff instructor for Princeton Tennis Program in Princeton, NJ, First Volley Director of Tennis - Yardley, PA
- Jacqueline Adolph, CPO - Clinical Director at UT Southwestern - Dallas, TX
- Jason Wening, CPO - Staff Prosthetist/Orthotist with Scheck & Siress & Five Time Paralympian Gold Medalist in Swimming, First Swim Clinic Director - Chicago, IL
- Jena Baxter - Orthotic & Prosthetic Industry Recruiter, Sr. Account Manager at The Newell Group - Greenville, SC
- John Kinder - Amputee Advocate and Patient Care Coordinator for Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics - Greenville, SC
- Lisa Arbogast - President of Eyecandy Creative
- Lisa Watkins - Communications Coordinator for WillowWood - Mt. Sterling, OH
- Marty McNab, CPO - President of Optech O & P - Kankakee, IL
- Pam K. Hale, CO - Director of Clinical Sales and Support for Click Medical - Steamboat Springs, CO
- Sourabh Nagale, CPO - Comprehensive Orthotics and Prosthetics Practice Manager - Chicago, Illinois
- Tammie Higginbotham - Amputee Advocate and Horsewoman - Bath, IL
- Tyler Carter - USA Paralympic Athlete, Downhill skier - Topton, PA
Conflicts of Interest Policy Statement
OPAF operates according to the best practices described in the Conflicts of Interest Policy. This publication is © 1998 Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations.
To the end of upholding best practice in nonprofit organization management, the OPAF Board of Directors expects every member of the Board, as well as every OPAF staff member and volunteer, to sign and abide by the organization's conflict of interest policy, and in so doing, avoid situations that create even the appearance or perception of a conflict of interest. A copy of the OPAF conflict of interest policy is available here.
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Service on the OPAF Board of Directors
The Executive Committee of OPAF, as the organization's nominating committee, coordinates nominations to the OPAF Board of Directors, presenting these nominations to the entire OPAF Board each fall.
The required nomination form is available here.
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Nominees should have appropriate background, a history of 501(c)(3) nonprofit committee/ volunteer work alongside a familiarity with and dedication to fundraising, and a strong commitment to OPAF's primary mission: enable individuals with physical disabilities - especially those served by members of the O&P community - to enjoy the rewards of personal achievement, physical fitness, and social interaction.
Responsibilities of each member of OPAF's Board of Directors are these, among others:
- attend at least one of OPAF's two face-to-face Board meetings each calendar year;
- be empowered to promote and educate others about OPAF's programs and mission;
- respect - and hold in confidence when circumstances require - the teamwork and collaborations of OPAF, including its ideas, proposals, and programs;
- take pride in the mission of OPAF, building and upholding its integrity and reputation within and beyond the O&P community;
- respect the individuals, organizations, and institutions with whom OPAF partners, treating them with courtesy, respect, and civility and empowering them to be part of OPAF's mission;
- maintain open and regular communication - via email, phone, and/or face-to-face conversations - with:
- her/his Board colleagues;
- OPAF's Executive Director and Program Coordinator; and
- the individuals, organizations, and institutions with whom OPAF partners.
- encourage and solicit, in cooperation with OPAF's Fundraising Committee, individuals, organizations, and institutions to make financial and in-kind contributions to our organization; and
- educate individuals, organizations, and institutions about OPAF's mission;
- offer constructive feedback to OPAF's Executive Director, Director of Operations, and fellow Board members to improve upon programs, proposals, and administration.
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