NAAOP Directors

“We have a very dedicated group of volunteer leaders. I have often said that our Board of Directors are like the conscience of the O&P profession. I am honored to have been involved with NAAOP since our inception, and I look forward to our continued efforts on Capitol Hill in the 115th Congress (2017-2018).”

  George W. Breece, Executive Director, NAAOP

NAAOP’s Officers and Directors invite all those participating in comprehensive O&P care to bring their energy and passion to support our profession. Contact us.

President

mcgillDavid McGill is the Vice President of Reimbursement & Compliance at Össur Americas. Since joining Össur in 2006, he has obtained 2 of only 5 reimbursement codes granted by Medicare during that time for lower extremity prosthetics. He provides in-person and web-based presentations to practitioners, business owners, and billing personnel in the orthotics and prosthetics industry. These unique offerings help �ssur�s customers navigate an increasingly hostile reimbursement environment. David also authors two blogs (Össur R&R and lessis more) and records a monthly podcast (Amp’d).

David has been interviewed by Psychology Today magazine (2013) The Christian Science Monitor (2013), CNN (2011), BBC Radio (2011) and The Wall Street Journal (2003). He has been featured in Mazda’s Conviction, Creativity and Courage ad campaign (2013), as well as the documentary, Out On a Limb (2012). InMotion Magazine featured him on the cover of its January/February 2014 issue for an article he wrote about parenting with limb loss.

David also has a successful history of business leadership and innovation, co-founding a prosthetic patient-care facility in 2001. Under his guidance, the company won more than 90% of its insurance appeals.

He has served on the NAAOP board since 2009 and is a former board member/Chair of the Amputee Coalition (2003-11).

Vice President

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Jim Rogers, CPO/L, FAAOP is managing CPO for Pinnacle Orthotic and Prosthetic Services in Chattanooga, TN. He is a graduate of New York University�s Prosthetics and Orthotics Program and has been in clinical practice for over 30 years. He is Board Certified and Licensed in Prosthetics and Orthotics and is a designated Fellow of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists.

Jim has a long history of service to the O&P profession and is a past-president of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists. He is a recognized clinical presenter at national and state meetings and a certified Alpine Skiing coach for Special Olympics. He participates in a variety of events aimed at providing athletic opportunities for physically and mentally challenged individuals. He also participates in the Advantage Program Les Cayes through Medical Teams International providing orthotic and prosthetic care to the citizens of Haiti. Jim is married to Caroline his wife of 26 years, and they have three children.

Secretary

Kathy L. Mascola, LPO, CO, BOCPO, is a Prosthetist and Orthotist at Next Step Orthopaedics in West Orange, New Jersey. She is the Immediate Past President of the New Jersey Chapter of American Academy of Orthotist and Prosthetist (AAOP) and joined the NAAOP Board of Directors in 2016. After receiving her Associate of Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University and Physical Therapy Assistant Certification, Kathy attended New York University and received a Bachelor of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics. She has over twenty-eight years of clinical experience, specializing in pediatrics and sports medicine and has extensive clinical, fabrication and design experience. Kathy served for three years as the NJAAOP President and has been an active Board and Committee member for the past eleven years. She also served on the AAOP nominating committee in 2014. She is married and the proud mom of four young adults.

Treasurer

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Glenn Crumpton, CPO, C-ped is President of Alabama Artificial Limb and Orthopedic Service, Inc in Montgomery, Alabama. AAL&OS is a private practice with offices in Montgomery, Opelika, Dothan and Selma. Glenn has spent his life in orthotics and prosthetics and is active in advocacy for the physically challenged. As a third generation prosthetist/orthotist, he has had the opportunity to witness the dramatic changes and advances in the O&P world that allow for remarkable results never before possible, while maintaining a connection with traditional methods and techniques for those who desire it.

Glenn’s time spent in graduate school for prosthetics and orthotics at Northwestern University in the late 1980’s and subsequent educational opportunities combined with over 30 years of experience in prosthetics and orthotics allow him to address the needs of his patients on many different levels to suit their needs and desires. Glenn was instrumental in the establishment of a licensure law in Alabama in 2002.

Glenn’s family is a major part of his life and he enjoys many activities with his daughters; Sara, Jordan and Emilee and his wife, Jennifer. Glenn is also a devoted Auburn Tigers and Atlanta Falcons football fan.

Immediate Past President

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Paul Prusakowski, CPO, FAAOP, is the owner of Gainesville Prosthetics, an independent private practice in Gainesville Florida; President of O&P Digital Technologies, the developers of oandp.com; and lead architect of OPIE practice management / electronic medical records software. Mr. Prusakowski is the former Secretary/Treasurer of NAAOP; former president of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists; founder and moderator of OANDP-L, the global listserv for the O&P profession; co-founder and Director of the Digital Resource Foundation for the Orthotic and Prosthetic Community, www.drfop.org; and serves as adjunct faculty at Georgia Tech O&P program and St. Petersburg O&P program. He was actively involved in the establishment of a licensure law in the state of Florida in 1995. He is a 1992 Graduate of Florida International University O&P program. Mr. Prusakowski lectures nationally and internationally on clinical, computer technology, and business related topics in O&P.

Maggie Baumer is an attorney licensed to practice in both New York and Massachusetts. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University in 2004 and her Juris Doctor degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2011. She has served in advocacy positions for several health care organizations including the Long Term Care Community Coalition and the Office of the New York State Attorney General (Health Care Bureau) in New York City. Most recently, she became a member of the Trauma Survivors Network Advisory Board (2014 to present) and the American Trauma Society’s Board of Directors (2016). She currently serves as a Business Development Manager for Hanger Clinic, educating practitioners on the latest prosthetic technology, as well as a Certified Peer Visitor Coordinator for the AMPOWER program, a peer-to-peer network designed to empower and strengthen those affected by amputation or limb difference through peer mentorship, educational resources, and community events.

Former NAAOP President

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Mark D. DeHarde is the President of Ultraflex Systems Inc, an international manufacturer of dynamic bracing and dynamic orthoses. Mr. DeHarde is committed to working with professionally organized O&P clinicians in all markets for the betterment of patient care. He served as the President of NAAOP for the 109th Congress, 2005-2006. Mr. DeHarde, a long time member of NAAOP, has served in the capacity of Executive Committee member and Chair for the Government Relations Committee. He currently serves as NAAOP’s representative for the O&P Alliance. Mr. DeHarde received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Susquehanna University and a MBA in Finance from Saint Joseph University. Mr. DeHarde is an honorary member of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists. He is married and a father of two. He coaches basketball, soccer, and baseball and is active in his church community.

Former NAAOP President

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Thomas Guth, CP, is the Chief Prosthetist for the RGP Prosthetic Research Center and the current President of NAAOP. With over thirty-five years of experience in the prosthetic industry, Mr. Guth dedicated his career to developing new ways to increase the quality of life and comfort of amputees. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/History from San Diego State University and later postgraduate courses in Prosthetics at New York University and University of California, Los Angeles, Mr. Guth went to work for his father at RGP Prosthetic Research Center. He was the founding Director of the California Orthotic and Prosthetic Association from 1978 – 1980, President of the California Orthotic and Prosthetic Association from 1980 – 1982, and is a founding member of NAAOP.

Rebecca-Hast_DirectorsRebecca J. Hast, is currently Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer for Hanger, Inc. Ms. Hast joined Hanger in 2005 and served as President of Linkia, LLC until January, 2016. Prior to joining Hanger, Ms. Hast was with UnitedHealth Group Incorporated, a healthcare company that offers a broad spectrum of products and services through two distinct platforms: UnitedHealthcare, which provides healthcare coverage and benefits services; and Optum, which provides information and technology-enabled health services. Ms. Hast held a variety of positions from 1999 to 2004, leaving UnitedHealth Group as Senior Vice President, Account Development for the Dental Benefit Providers, a wholly owned subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group’s Specialty Services Division (now Optum). Prior to joining UnitedHealth Group, Ms. Hast held management and leadership positions with Magellan Health Services, Inc., a specialty healthcare management company, and other healthcare insurance and services providers. Ms. Hast holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Pittsburgh and a professional certificate in health care compliance from The George Washington University.

Ann Leimkuehler Moss is the President of Union Orthotics & Prosthetics. Union Orthotics & Prosthetics has eleven offices and sixty three employee’s serving western Pennsylvania. Ann is a 3rd generation O&P professional and currently owns and operates the business along with her brother Peter Leimkuehler, CPO and sister Laura Mullin, CPO. Prior to assuming the position as President of Union Orthotics & Prosthetics, Ann served as Vice-President/General Manager, Administrative Manager and Patient Care Coordinator. Ann is a graduate of Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications and Business Administration. Ann has stated that today’s top challenge for the O&P profession is healthcare legislation and regulation and that NAAOP’s advocacy and mission is critical in shaping the future of O&P.

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Michael Rayer, CP is the managing partner for Prosthetic Innovations, a prosthetics only practice located in Crum Lynne, PA. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia and is a graduate of the Newington Certificate Program in Prosthetics. He is an ABC Certified Prosthetist and is licensed in the state of Pennsylvania.

Michael Rayer, CP is the managing partner for Prosthetic Innovations, a prosthetics only practice located in Crum Lynne, PA. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia and is a graduate of the Newington Certificate Program in Prosthetics. He is an ABC Certified Prosthetist and is licensed in the state of Pennsylvania.

Michael Rayer, CP is the managing partner for Prosthetic Innovations, a prosthetics only practice located in Crum Lynne, PA. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia and is a graduate of the Newington Certificate Program in Prosthetics. He is an ABC Certified Prosthetist and is licensed in the state of Pennsylvania.

John Register is the Associate Director, Community and Military Programs for the United States Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs, Colorado and the owner of Inspired Communications International, LLC a professional speaking company. John holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Arkansas where he was a four-time All-American. John served in the U.S. Army for six years but was medically retired after a crippling injury resulted in the amputation of his left leg. Yet, eighteen months later he competed in the 1996 Paralympic Games as a swimmer. Two years later he returned to his first love of track and field, qualified for the 2000 Paralympics Team in Sydney Australia and won the Silver Medal in the Long Jump. John now uses his life story to lift others from their ruts to their rise as an inspirational speaker and a disability rights advocate.

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Gordon Stevens, CPO, is currently President of Baker O&P Texas, which is part of Bulow Clinic Partners. Prior to merging with Bulow Clinic Partners group in June of 2014, Gordon was owner of Baker Orthotics & Prosthetics. He purchased this practice in 2001. Gordon currently practices in both upper and lower extremity prosthetics drawing from his background as the clinical director of NovaCare/Hanger�s upper extremity program. Gordon graduated from the UT Southwestern O&P program and has over 20 years of direct orthotic and prosthetic experience. In 1995, Gordon was the recipient of the NovaCare Chairman�s award. He continues to sit on the advisory board for Otto Bock since 2008 and the advisory board for Ossur since 2012. Gordon has been asked to serve as a clinical expert at Ossur’s national sales meeting for the last two years. As a strong believer in research in the field of O&P, Gordon is an investigator on a study that was recently awarded the Thrandhardt lecture series award at the AOPA national assembly in 2014.

Brittany Stresing, CPO, FAAOP is a Nationally Certified Prosthetist & Orthotist, and is the Founder and President of LimBionics of Durham. Brittany acquired her passion for the profession during her early teenage years as she received orthotic treatment for scoliosis, leg length discrepancy and other spinal issues. Brittany was able to learn a great deal through her medical and orthotic treatment. Brittany attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center for her Prosthetic and Orthotic education and then moved to North Carolina for her residency and then continue on into private practice in North Carolina.

Brittany is currently the President for the North Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Orthotists, Prosthetists, and Pedorthists. In 2015 Brittany was awarded the Triangle Business Journal 2015 Healthcare Hero Rising Star award as well as the Gold Stevie International Award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year for 2015, Silver Stevie International Award for Young Female Entrepreneur, and was featured as one of Durham’s Women of Achievement in 2015. In 2016 she has been selected to be a part of the Forbes 30 under 30. Brittany has been a guest lecturer and location for clinical rotations for the Physical Therapy students and the Biomedical Engineering department at Duke University as well as that she assists with many adaptive sports programs. She is a residency site director and greatly enjoys educating the future practitioners.

Brittany has taken her own health issues and made it her life goal to ensure the best individualized care and devices are created and provided to those in need. She enjoys helping to advance the profession in patient care as well as legislatively.

Former NAAOP President

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Jan Stokosa, CP, FAAOP Okemos, Michigan. Jan credits and honors his father, the late Walter J. Stokosa, CP, for guiding and mentoring him in Prosthetics. Initiated to prosthetics at age 7, Jan assisted his father in the fabrication laboratory of the private facility where his father was employed, then at the Prosthetic and Orthotic Department at the University of Michigan Hospital, which his father helped create. In 1967, Jan graduated first in his class from Northwestern University’s pilot Prosthetist Practitioner Program, and joined his father in private practice. He was certified as a Clinical Prosthetist by the American Board for Certification in Prosthetics in 1969. In 1976, he co-founded the Institute for the Advancement of Prosthetics with William G. Barr, an above-knee amputee, in Lansing, Michigan. The purpose of this non-profit Institute was to provide the maximum possible contribution to the quality of life of amputees, serving those members of the amputee community who were unable to return to their day to day lives due to complications experienced from amputation surgery and prosthetic care.

Jan has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors which include the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists Distinguished Practitioner Award, the New Advancement Research Award from the Michigan Legislative Council for the Handicapped, the Outstanding Professional Award from the Michigan Rehabilitation Association, inducted in the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame for sponsoring, teaching, and organizing handicapped skiing in Michigan, an inductee in the 95th Congress of the United States for providing “model” professional care to amputees. Jan is a consultant to Private and institutional Prosthetic Clinical Facilities. He is a staunch supporter of new technology and techniques that assist amputees, regardless of the complexities they present. He continues to push for stringent education requirements and participates in many state and national committees to advocate for positive prosthetic rehabilitation legislation.

NAAOP’s General Counsel

Thomas_Directors Peter W. Thomas is a principal at the law firm of Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville, P.C., a Washington, DC law firm specializing in health care and education. He focuses his practice on health care law, legislation and regulation, medical and vocational rehabilitation, and disability law and policy. He has served since 1991as general counsel to the National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics (NAAOP), a national non-profit association of orthotic and prosthetic providers and routinely advises O&P businesses and practitioners on the billing, fraud and abuse, and regulatory requirements of Medicare, Medicaid and private health insurers. He routinely writes articles for industry publications and has been the lead attorney teaching an industry course on O&P compliance with federal and state health care laws. Mr. Thomas is admitted to practice law in New York State and Washington, D.C. and attended Boston College and Georgetown University Law Center.

NAAOP’s Executive Director

georgeAnniversary George W. Breece is the current and founding executive director of NAAOP. Since 1987, Mr. Breece has worked to preserve NAAOP’s unique role as a trusted government relations advocate for professional O&P patient care. Breece’s professional experience includes being a former member of the North Carolina House of Representatives; former Vice President of Special Projects for the National Cable Television Association and chief lobbyists for Ted Turner, Turner Broadcasting System Inc. in Washington D.C. Breece has hosted a local radio talk show for Cumulus Broadcasting as well as a local television show for Time Warner Cable. Breece is very active in his hometown of Fayetteville, N.C. and is currently serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Greater Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce. Breece is a member of the North Carolina Military Affairs Commission and he is a recipient of “The Order of the Long Leaf Pine” which is North Carolinas highest civic award. Breece is a member of the Hay Street United Methodist Church and earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree at Atlantic Christian College and served three years active duty in the United States Army Mortuary Branch. Breece is married to Dena D. Breece, MBA, CPA who is a Department Chair and Professor at Methodist University.

Our Leaders Put the O&P Patient First

NAAOP’s vision has always been to put the O&P patient’s needs first. During our 20th year, NAAOP is celebrating the commitment, loyalty, and dedication of our volunteers, members, and staff. Their support has been generous and untiring. Celebrate with NAAOP by viewing our story on video, reading the NAAOP Director’s commemorative message, and by viewing our photo history and list of founders and past presidents