The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics Inc. recently announced the transition of its board of directors for 2013, and elected two new members and bid farewell to three retiring members.
James H. Wynne, CPO, FAAOP, was elected secretary treasurer of the board and joins fellow executive committee members Curt A. Bertram, CO, FAAOP, president elect, Donald D. Virostek, CPO, immediate past president, and Timothy E. Miller, CPO, president. New members Dennis W. Dillard, CPed, CTO, and Eric Ramcharran, CPO, joined the board on Dec. 1. John Kenney, CPO, FAAOP,Donald L. Pierson, Jr., CO, CPed, and Charles H. Dankmeyer, Jr., CPO, retired from the board.
Dillard has volunteered for The American Board for Certification (ABC) for many years and currently serves on the facility accreditation committee and is chairperson of the ABC pedorthic exam team. He is also vice chairperson for the Illinois Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics Board. Currently working for Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics in Peoria, Ill., Dillard completed his pedorthic education at the University of Oklahoma, Okmulgee.
Ramcharran completed his orthotic and prosthetic education at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He has volunteered for several years as an exam site coordinator and clinical patient management prosthetics examiner and committee member. He has also participated in several humanitarian projects providing services to Mexico and Haiti. He currently works for Hanger Clinic as an area clinical manager.
Kenney joined the ABC board in 2003 after several years of volunteering. He served as ABC board president and played a major role in creating many of ABC’s current policies throughout his time on the board. He earned his CPO credential from ABC in 1995 and has more than 17 years of experience working in O&P. Kenney owns and operates four O&P facilities and his company, Kenney Orthopedics, has been involved in several humanitarian ventures over the years.
Joining the ABC board of directors in 2008, Pierson served as board liaison for the ABC facility accreditation committee and has been a key voice representing the pedorthic and central fabrication aspects of the profession. He also served as liaison to ABC for the Board of Certified Pedorthists board of directors. Pierson is currently vice president of operations for Arizona AFO.
Dankmeyer has volunteered for ABC as an examiner, orthotic exam development committee member and chair of the orthotic exam team. In 1974, he was elected to the ABC board of directors and served as president of the board from 1976 to 1977. During his tenure, he played integral roles in helping ABC lobby Congress for the funding of O&P schools and the development of ABC’s facility accreditation program into the practice evaluation tool it is today.