Board of Directors

President

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Roger O. Smith, PhD, OT, FAOTA, RESNA Fellow
Term: 8/16 - 7/18
Phone: W (414) 227-5625

Roger O. Smith, PhD, OT, FAOTA and RESNA Fellow is the Director of the R2D2 (Rehabilitation Research Design and Disability) Center at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and Professor of Occupational Science and Technology within the College of Health Sciences. Dr. Smith is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association as well as RESNA, with his major contributions to these fields primarily in the area of measurement and outcomes of assistive technology and accessibility interventions. Dr. Smith has been Principal Investigator or Director of more than 30 grant funded projects to develop and promote more effective measurement instruments to improve the documentation of outcomes in the field and to create new and better resource materials to support practice. He has led five national training projects to improve the skill level of assistive technology and universal design practitioners. Dr. Smith’s more than 25 years of active teaching in the field of assistive technology continues with a focus on interdisciplinary practice and with a major commitment on training the next generation of Assistive Technology Practitioners and Rehabilitation Engineers. Dr. Smith has authored many dozens of interdisciplinary publications on these topics and hundreds of national/international presentations and workshops to advance assistive technology and universal design. A key to Dr. Smith’s contributions to the field are his interdisciplinary backgrounds in psychology/communications, occupational therapy, and industrial engineering, which offer a broad perspective when tackling problems. In RESNA he has served as Chair of the Special Interest Group on outcomes and measurement, the Quality Assurance Committee during the early development phases of the RESNA certification processes, and the Ad Hoc Committee or Rehabilitation Engineering. He has also served on national level committees in the AOTA, including on the charter Special Interest Section standing committee on Technology and has been inducted into the American Occupational Therapy Foundation Academy of Research.

President-Elect

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Mary Ellen Buning, PhD, OTR/L, ATP/SMS
Term: 8/15 - 7/18
Phone:(502) 407=3272

Mary Ellen Buning, PhD, OTR/L, ATP/SMS is an occupational therapist with a specialty in assistive technology. She has developed an Assistive Technology Resource Center (ATRC) to serve Frazier Rehab and Neuroscience Institute. This program supports the translational research goals of the Frazier Spinal Cord Medicine and the Neuroscience Collaborative Center within the Department of Neurological Surgery. The ATRC provides evidence based evaluation and treatment for individuals needing wheelchairs and specialized seating, alternative, augmentative communication and adaptive computer access and control of the environment. In this role she is also directing the clinical aspects of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology graduate certificate within the Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville.

Treasurer

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Maureen Linden, MS
Term: 8/16 - 7/18
Phone:(404) 894-0561

Maureen Linden is a research engineer at the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA) at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). She received a Master of Science in biomedical engineering from the University of Virginia in 1993, and has since managed clinical programs and research projects both in seating and wheeled mobility within the medical model, and job accommodations through the vocational rehabilitation model. Her current research interests include job accommodation use and related employment barriers, seating support surface development and characterization, mobility device use characterization, and facilitators for post-secondary education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for students with disabilities. Within RESNA, Linden has served on the Meetings committee and Standards board, and has chaired the Student Design Competition committee. In 2012, she received of the RESNA Distinguished Service Award.

Secretary

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Meghan Donahue, MS, ATP
Term: 8/15 - 7/18
Phone:(715) 232-1419

Meghan Donahue, M.S., ATP currently works as a Rehabilitation Engineer at Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute of the University of Wisconsin Stout assisting people with disabilities by providing assessments, assistive technology interventions, and education in the areas of computer access, workplace accommodations, cognitive/learning supports, ergonomics, and electronic aids to daily living/phone access. She specializes in serving people with spinal cord injuries, motor impairments, and learning/cognitive impairments.Meghan has been a member of RESNA since 2007 and is the Chair of RESNA's Engineer’s and Technologist’s Professional Specialty Group, and a member of the RESNA Education Committee. She started her career in AT in 2009 at the University of Michigan Health System as a Clinical Rehabilitation Engineer. She received her Master's in Bioengineering, with a focus in Rehabilitation Technology, from University of Illinois at Chicago and Bachelor's in Biomedical Engineering from Michigan Technological University.

Immediate Past President

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Ray Grott, MA, ATP, RET
Term: 8/14-7/16
Phone: (415) 338-1333

Ray Grott, MA, ATP, RET is the Director and Head Technologist of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology (RET) Project at San Francisco State University. He has over 20 years of experience working directly with hundreds of people with a wide range of disabilities and is nationally known for his unique equipment modifications and custom design work for workers, students, and parents with disabilities. Grott has taught classes in assistive technology at San Francisco State University since 1992 and has made numerous formal presentations, led workshops, and taught conference courses on various aspects of AT. He has previously served as RESNA President-Elect, Board Secretary and Chair of the Membership and Meetings Committees. He has been honored with RESNA’s Mentor, Distinguished Service, and Fellow Awards and his program was presented with the W. F. Faulkes Award by the National Rehabilitation Association for "a contribution of national importance to the increase of knowledge in the field of rehabilitation."

Board Member

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John Anschutz, ATP, RET
Term: 8/16 - 7/19
Phone: (304) 293-0443

John Anschutz is the manager of Shepherd Center's assistive technology program. His leadership at Shepherd Center has helped to create comprehensive services for people with disabilities in the areas of wheeled seating and mobility, adapted driving services including high-tech joystick systems, electronic aids to daily living and computer accessibility. Having a lifetime interest in technology and a bachelor of science in computer and information science from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Mr. Anschutz has a strong ability to review consumer needs in order to create viable technology solutions. Having served people with disabilities for 30 years and running the AT Program at Shepherd since 1995 Mr. Anschutz has an understanding of how assistive technology can support and empower people in so many ways. he also understand the responsibilities of working with a board having served on the Board of the Ralph Braun Foundation, AT&T’s Advisory Panel on Access and Aging, and the NMEDA board.

Board Member

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Barbara Crane, PhD, PT, ATP/SMS
Term: 8/14 - 7/17
Phone: (304) 293-0443

Barbara Crane PhD, PT, ATP/SMS is the coordinator of the Wheelchair Assessment Service at Gaylord Hospital in Connecticut. She has been a Physical Therapist for ten years and has worked in the rehabilitation field specializing in seating and wheeled mobility for much of that time. She earned a Master of Arts degree in 1994 in the field of Gerontology. She has lectured in and coordinated many local conferences focusing on Assistive Technology and its use with people with many different disabilities. She also has been an adjunct faculty member for several of the Physical Therapy programs in Connecticut and has lectured to students on assistive technology and wheelchair and seating evaluation.

Board Member

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Anne Cronin, PhD, OTR/L
Term: 8/16 - 7/17
Phone: (304) 293-0443

Anne Cronin is an occupational therapist and a medical sociologist with special interests in communication technologies across the lifespan. At WVU she is an Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy and a co-founder of the Center for Assistive Technology Education at WVU. Her focus has been on applied and translational research is in resolution of barriers to implementation of evidence-based care, including assistive technologies, into community health practice and wellness initiatives. Dr. Cronin has clinical expertise in pediatric rehabilitation and have demonstrated leadership in this area both nationally and internationally. Trained as a medical sociologist, has extensive experience in gaining access to and building liaisons in diverse communities. Dr. Cronin collaborates with the West Virginia Department of Education in planning and providing services at their summer Camp Gizmo project that addresses assistive technology needs for children from rural areas in the state. Dr. Cronin has been practicing as an occupational therapist for more than 35 years and has been broadly involved in many aspects of assistive technology including seating and mobility, augmentative communication, and computer applications. Dr. Cronin has been involved in inter-professional assistive technology education project at several institutions and has been instrumental in developing continuing education opportunities for assistive technology service providers in West Virginia. NA biosketchDr Anne Cronin has recently authored multiple chapters for a new edition of Human Development and Performance across the lifespan, edited by Dr. Cronin and Dr. Mandich. Dr. Cronin has developed research projects and applied for funding in the use of telehealth to address cancer treatment related cognitive impairment and to explore the impact of touch technologies on children’s play.

Board Member

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Carmen DiGiovine, PhD, ATP/SMS, RET
Term: 8/15 - 7/18
Phone: (614) 293-7876

Carmen P. DiGiovine, PhD, ATP/SMS, RET, has been working in the fields of rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology for over 20 years. Currently he is a Rehabilitation Engineer and Clinical Associate Professor in the Occupational Therapy Division-School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at The Ohio State University. He is also the Program Director for the Assistive Technology Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, where he is developing a state-of-the-art and comprehensive program to expand existing assistive technology and rehabilitation technology services. Dr. DiGiovine’s current research and development interests include assistive technology commercialization, manual wheelchair propulsion biomechanics, power wheelchair driving and pressure ulcer development. He is an active member of RESNA, where he has served as Chair of the RESNA Professional Standards Board (PSB), and holds RESNA certifications as an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP), Seating and Mobility Specialist (SMS) and Rehabilitation Engineering Technologist (RET). He is also a member of the IEEE Engineering and Medicine and Biology (EMB) Society and the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). Dr. DiGiovine was recently recognized by RESNA with the 2015 Samuel McFarland Memorial Mentorship Award, for his past and continuing efforts to mentor emerging professionals and students.

Board Member

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Doug Gayton, MMM, CD, RCA, ATP
Term: 8/16-7/19
Phone: (778) 877-1394

Doug Gayton is a retired ATP with extensive experience in facility and community based rehabilitation focused upon spinal cord injury and acquired brain injury, with a specialized interest in the assessment and provision of augmentative and alternative communication systems. His retirement activities continue to involve provision of service from the perspective of participating on seven not-for-profit volunteer boards including veterans and several RESNA interests.

Board Member

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Jim Lenker, PhD, OTR/L, ATP
Term: 8/16 - 7/18
Phone: (716) 829-6726

James A. Lenker, PhD, OTR/L, ATP is an Associate Professor in the Rehabilitation Science Department, and the Program Director for the Advanced Graduate Certificate Program in Assistive & Rehabilitation Technology. Lenker earned his PhD in Industrial Engineering, with an emphasis in the area of Human Factors.

Board Member

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Nathan Moon, PhD
Term: 8/16 - 7/18
Phone: (404) 894-8845

Nathan Moon, PhD, currently serves as a Research Scientist II at Georgia Tech, as well as Associate Director for Research at the Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP) at Georgia Tech. Dr. Moon's areas of expertise are accessible and inclusive STEM education for students with disabilities and workplace accommodations policy. Currently, Dr. Moon leads the NSF-funded Georgia STEM Accessibility Alliance (GSAA) and serves as co-investigator for the NIDILRR-funded DRRP on Universal Design and Workplace Participation. Previously, Dr. Moon served as a researcher for the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Wireless Technologies and RERC on Workplace Accommodations. Dr. Moon also served as evaluator for a number of research projects. Dr. Moon's research in these fields, as well as his relevant policy experience, confirm qualifications relevant for the RESNA Board of Directors.

Board Member

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Rajesh Pagadala, MSBME, ATP, RET
Term: 8/14 - 7/18
Phone: (404) 638-0386

Rajesh Pagadala, MSBME, ATP, RET is the Director of Assistive Technology Services for the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency where he manages a team of rehabilitation engineers, occupational therapists, rehabilitation technologists and rehabilitation technicians. He has over 22 years of experience in the field. Raj also serves on the boards of the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) and the Georgia Chapter of National Rehabilitation Association (NRA). He is the RESNA Special Interests Committee Chair and has also been the Chair of the Accommodations Special Interests Group. Raj was the recipient of the RESNA Distinguished Service Award in 2014. His current interests include ergonomics, vehicle modifications, worksite accommodations and assistive technology service delivery policy.

Board Member

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Julie Piriano, PT, ATP/SMS
Term: 8/14 - 7/18
Phone: W (630) 800-8424

Julie Piriano, PT, ATP/SMS is Director of Rehab Industry Affairs at Pride Mobility Corporation. She graduated with Honors from The University of Illinois in 1984 with a B.S. in Physical Therapy. She worked at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheaton, IL for 10 years and began their seating clinic in 1986. She then worked for a manufacturer of pediatric positioning products where she was responsible for the design, development, marketing and sales of the product line. Julie joined the Rehab division of a large, a national DME provider from 2003-2008 where she was primarily responsible for managing their Medicare operations and compliance. Julie has been a member of RESNA for over 20 years, served on the Professional Standards Board from 2007 – 2014 and is an active participant in the Wheeled Mobility and Seating SIG and the PT PSG. She is a Friend of NRRTS, a member of the AAHomecare Complex Rehab and Mobility Council, serves on the NCART Medicaid Committee and the User’s First Alliance Advisory Board. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Great Lakes Association for Medical Equipment Services and the Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services and is an active member of the 4 DME MAC Advisory Councils. Julie is a highly proactive industry resource on legislative and regulatory issues that impact the complex rehab industry and is actively involved with the coverage, coding and standards work groups as part of the Complex Rehab Separate Benefit Initiative.

Board Member

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Matthew Press, OT, ATP
Term: 8/16 - 7/17
Phone: (321) 427-4442

Matthew Press, OT, ATP has been working in the field since 1999 when Mr. Press became an OT and actively contributing to the field through presentations at conferences, webinars, and development of AT training materials focused on school system practice. The biggest challenge, from his perspective, is attracting school based professionals. School based professionals are often already members of other organizations (ASHA, AOTA, APTA, CEC) and may see RESNA as just another membership. A primary goal is finding ways to make RESNA relevant to teachers by including more webinars, conference strand, development of training materials, or partnering with other organizations that target education based constituents.

Board Member

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Cher Smith, MSc, OT, Reg (NS)
Term: 8/16 - 7/19
Phone: (902) 473-3834

Cher Smith has been working as an OT in research, clinical and educational work for over 15 years. Ms. Smith has a BSc in Occupational Therapy and an MSc is Kinesiology. She is a member of the Dalhousie University Wheelchair Research Team and acts as the Seating and Mobility Coordinator at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Ms. Smith is also an adjunct professor in the School of Occupational Therapy at Dalhousie University. Her interests in global health and wheelchair provision has allowed me to travel abroad to engage in educational opportunities.