December 9, 2019 – Charlotte, NC – OPAF has brought on a total of six new board members beginning December 1. They include Rebecca Snell, Matt Swiggum, Neal Siegfried, Michelle Jamin, DPT, Jackie Valdez, CO, FAAOP and Jena Baxter. Each will serve either a two or three year term, renewable.
Rebecca “Becky” Snell serves as the IT and Marketing Director for Dankmeyer, Inc. a patient care facility in Maryland. Her last name- Snell- has a long and rich history in the O & P industry, though her husband did not go into the family business! Becky brings her story telling talents, her people skills and her athletic background to the OPAF world of adaptive sports. She and her husband live in San Antonio, TX.
Matt Swiggum also has a family background with the O & P industry as his step father in Don Hardin, long considered the grandfather of OPAF. Matt’s interest in OPAF is in raising awareness of the self esteem aspect that OPAF First Clinic offer and how people feel about themselves. Matt is serving as President of Proteor-USA, the prosthetic foot manufacturer of the RUSH Foot.
Neal Siegfried is a long time volunteer and fan of the OPAF First Clinics and is himself a transtibial amputee for over 15 years. Neal has a passion for advocating for those facing limb loss and limb difference and brings his sideline cheerleader enthusiasm, his service as a peer visitor as well as his business experience from Tulsa, OK.
“We are thrilled with this new slate of board members and look forward to their input to the work of OPAF & The First Clinics. We have brought forward a diverse group with great energy and enthusiasm!” said OPAF Executive Director, Robin Burton.