Our Leadership

Board of Directors

Mary I. O’Connor, MD

Chair, Board of Directors, Movement is Life
Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer, Vori Health
Emerita Professor of Orthopedics, Mayo Clinic
Past Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Yale School of Medicine
Past Director, Center for Musculoskeletal Care at Yale School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Hospital

Carla Harwell, MD

Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Movement is Life
Medical Director, University Hospitals Otis Moss Jr. Health Center
Associate Professor of Medicine, CWRU School of Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine
Associate Program Director, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Ramon Luis Jimenez, MD, FAAOS

Treasurer, Board of Directors, Movement is Life
Co-Founder and President, American Association of Latino Orthopaedic Surgeons
Former Chair of AAOS Diversity Advisory Board
Chair of The Foundation for Hispanic Education Schools Governing Board
Past President California Orthopaedic Association
Past President Western Orthoapedic Association
Past President Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation
Former Chief of Staff, O'Connor Hospital Medical Staff
Past President Santa Clara University Board of Fellows
Emeritus Member Santa Clara University Board of Regents

Charla B. Johnson, DNP, RN-BC, ONC, FNAON

Secretary, Board of Directors, Movement is Life
System Director, Nursing Informatics, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System

 

Verona Brewton

Member, Board of Directors, Movement is Life
Director of Minority Initiatives, Zimmer Biomet

Michelle A. Leak, DEd., MBA

Member, Board of Directors, Movement is Life
Operations Administrator, Mayo Clinic Florida

Keri P. Mattox

Member, Board of Directors, Movement is Life
Senior Vice President, Chief Communications and Administration Officer, ZimmerBiomet

Tamara Huff, MD, MBA, FAAOS, FAAHKS

CEO & Orthopaedic Surgeon, Vigeo Orthopaedics, LLC
Member, Board of Directors, Movement is Life

Claudia H. Zamora, MPA

Representative, National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA)
Founder and CEO, Zamora Consulting Group, LLC
Member, Board of Directors, Movement is Life
Member, Board of Directors, National Hispanic Medical Association

Advisory Council

Dwight W. Burney, III, MD

Advisory Council, Movement is Life
Team STEPPS Master Trainer

Thomas Green, MD

Advisory Council, Movement is Life
Emeritus Physician, Virginia Mason Medical Center
Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine

Frank M. McClellan, JD, LLM

Advisory Council, Movement is Life
Professor Law Emeritus, James E. Beasley School of Law, Temple University
Board Member, AIDS Law Project

Nur Nurbhai, DO, FAOAO, FAAOS

Advisory Council, Movement is Life

Augustus A. White, III, MD, PhD

Advisory Council, Movement is Life
Director, Culturally Competent Care Education Program
Ellen and Melvin Gordon Distinguished Professor of Medical Education
Former Advisory Dean, Oliver Wendell Holmes Society
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School

Steering Committee

Kirsten Ambrose, MS

Representative, Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA)
Associate Director, OA Action Alliance

Mary Behrens, MS, FNP-BC, FAANP

Representative, American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)

Eileen Bodie

President, EBU Productions

Leigh F. Callahan, PhD

Representative, United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI)
Distinguished Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine and Professor, Departments of Social Medicine and Orthopaedics
Adjunct Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Associate Director, Thurston Arthritis Research Center (TARC)
Director, Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA)

Shreyasi Deb, PhD, MBA

Senior Director, Health Policy, Office of Government Relations, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

Thomas Dorney, MSW

Representative, The Root Cause Coalition

Yolanda Fleming

Representative, National Medical Association (NMA)
Director, Biomedical Education and Research, Project I.M.P.A.C.T.  (Increase Minority Participation and Awareness of Clinical Trials)
Director and Convention Team Leader, Mission and Community Services Division, National Medical Association

Bill Finerfrock

Past President, Capitol Associates (CAI)

Hadiya Green Guerrero, PT, DPT

Representative, American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy, Senior Practice Specialist, American Physical Therapy Association

Jannifer Drake Harper, MD, CPE

Former Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, Anthem National Accounts, Elevance Health

Melvyn Harrington, Jr., MD, FAOA

Professor, Residency Program Director, Adult Reconstruction Fellowship Director, Vice Chair for Diversity and Inclusion
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine

Sarah Hohman, MPH

Senior Associate, Capitol Associates, Inc (CAI)

Doreen Johnson, MSN, RN, ONC

Retired Nurse Educator, Hospital for Special Surgery
Adjunct Nursing Faculty, Adelphi University

Lynne C. Jones, PhD

Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Donna Kurek, MSN, RN, MHA, ONC, CMSRN, CPHQ

Representative, National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON)
Director of Quality and Patient Safety, OrthoVirginia

Sharon LaSure-Roy, MS

Vice President of Social Marketing, VyStar Credit Union

Zachary Lum, DO

American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons Representative, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Klarisse Mathis, MS, PA-C

Physician Assistant, Department of Orthopedics, Lenox Hill Hospital
Spokesperson, Physician Assistants and Finance

Randall C. Morgan, Jr., MD, MBA

President and CEO, W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute
Practicing Orthopedic Surgeon, Sarasota, FL

Charles L. Nelson, MD

Past President, J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society
Chief of Adult Reconstruction and Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Matt Reiter

Principal, Capitol Associates, Inc (CAI)

Chiara Rodgers, MPH

Representative, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS)
Director, Research and Humanitarian Activities, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS)

Erick Santos, MD, PhD, FAAOS

CEO, South Central Texas Bone & Joint Center, PA
Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Treasurer, American Association of Latino Othopaedic Surgeons

Sonya M. Seymour

Representative, Nth Dimensions Educational Solutions, Inc.
Director, Partnerships and Programs, Nth Dimensions Educational Solutions, Inc.

Willis Steele, MDiv

Representative, Conference of National Black Churches (CNBC)
Region Lead, Diversity Inclusion & Belonging, JAPAC, LATAM, Middle East & Africa, Amgen Inc.

Rolf Taylor

Founder and Executive Director, Project Advocacy

Melissa Walker, DO, MPA

Owner and Founder, Carol Clinic for Family-Centered Healthcare

Yashika J. Watkins, PhD, MPH

Professor, Chicago State University

Daniel Wiznia, MD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Yale University School of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Yale University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Christin Zollicoffer, PMP

Vice President, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Lifespan