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O&P Woman of the Year Award

Meet the 2017 Selection Committee

Karen EdwardsKaren Edwards

Karen Edwards is the founder and director of the Össur Women’s Leadership Initiative and is a senior area manager for Prosthetics with Össur Americas in Arizona.

She has 12 years of experience in sales of both prosthetic and orthotic devices as well as significant experience with orthotic fitting. Prior to that, she spent six years as a marketing manager for an imaging center and 13 years as a media buyer in the advertising industry working with national accounts including General Motors, Sealy Mattresses, and McDonalds.

Karen received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and studied creative writing at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Kenton Kaufman, Ph.D., P.E.Kenton R. Kaufman, Ph.D., P.E.

Kenton R. Kaufman, PhD, PE is the W. Hall Wendel Jr. Musculoskeletal Research Professor, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Director of the Motion Analysis Laboratory and Consultant in the Departments of Orthopedic Surgery, Physiology and Biomedical Engineering at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He is a registered professional engineer. Dr. Kaufman’s primary area of research is musculoskeletal rehabilitation science. Throughout his career, he has been funded by NIH, NSF, and DOD for projects aimed at improving the mobility of disabled individuals. He has published over 230 scientific peer-reviewed papers, and holds six U.S. patents and one international patent.

Dr. Kaufman has received numerous awards and honors for his work, including the American Society of Biomechanics Borelli Award for outstanding career accomplishment, Research Award from the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, and the Thranhardt Award. Dr. Kaufman is a past president of the American Society of Biomechanics. He is a founding member and past president of the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society. He is a Fellow in the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, American Society of Biomechanics, and American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Dr. Kaufman currently serves on the Medical Advisory Board for the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association. His work has been cited in the Washington Post, Preventive Medicine, Men's Health, and WebMD. He has also appeared on the nationally syndicated shows “Medical Edge” and “Bottom Line on Your Health.”

Alex Meyers, MAAlex Meyers, MA

Since joining Eschen Prostetic and Orthotic Laboratories in 2013, Alex has assisted in transforming the company into one of the New York metropolitan area’s most innovative orthotic and prosthetic service providers. Under Alex’s leadership, Eschen has achieved a compounded annual growth rate of over 30 percent, becoming the largest provider in the region.

Alex is responsible for developing several groundbreaking O&P software applications focused on optimizing material costs, tracking patient-reported outcomes through SMS messaging, and automating service recovery through early detection and intervention. Alex oversees nine full-time patient care facilities, including in-patient facilities within two of the nation’s most prestigious hospitals.

Most recently, Alex played an instrumental role in developing the world’s first-ever 3D-printed swimming prosthesis in collaboration with Northwell Health Systems. He is continuing to identify additional 3D printing opportunities in O&P.  

Sara PetersonSara L. Peterson, CPO, CMF, MBA, FAAOP

Sara Peterson is the MSPO program director and instructor at the University of Pittsburgh. She is an ABC-certified orthotist/prosthetist, certified mastectomy fitter with over 20 years of experience in the field. She holds dual Pennsylvania state licensure. Sara is also a Fellow of the Academy (2013). In 2016, she was awarded the Outstanding Educator of the Year Award from her peers at the Academy. 

She is active with the PA/MD/VA/DC AAOP. Over the past six years, Sara has served as vice president (2011-2012), president-elect (2013-2014) and president (2015-2016). She currently serves as a member of the AAOP national meeting content committee and plans to graduate with her doctoral degree in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2018.

Andrew SteeleAndrew L.  Steele, MBA, CPO, LPO

Andrew L. Steele, MBA, CPO is an owner/partner of Clark and Associates Prosthetics and Orthotics, a prosthetics (artificial limbs) and orthotics (orthopedic braces) patient care center based in Waterloo, Iowa. Andrew became interested in the field of prosthetics after sustaining a left below knee amputation in 1981 at the age of 12.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Iowa, completed his postgraduate prosthetics and orthotics education at Northwestern University, and earned a Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Northern Iowa.

Andrew Steele is certified in orthotics and prosthetics by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics and licensed to practice in the state of Iowa. He has been a lecturer at regional and national meetings and a guest lecturer at the university level. Clark & Associates is a five- practitioner partnership with offices in Waterloo, Dubuque, Marshalltown, Mason City, Cedar Rapids, Clive, and Sioux City.

The O&P Woman of the Year award will be presented at a special event during the World Congress in Las Vegas.