O&P Woman of the Year Award

O&P Woman of the Year

OPGA is proud to announce its 2nd annual O&P Woman of the Year Award to be presented at AOPA

“Women play such a vital role in our profession, and we want to recognize that by honoring someone who has improved the O&P community through leadership, patient care, best practices, advocacy, or any other aspect of leadership. We all know someone who deserves to be recognized, and OPGA is proud to lead the charge on this exciting opportunity.”  

—Todd Eagen, President of OPGA, a division of VGM Group, Inc.

OPGA is proud to present the 2018 Woman of the Year finalists!

Brooke Artesi 

Brooke Artesi earned a degree in fine arts before pursuing a career in the orthotics and prosthetics industry. She has been in O&P for 16 years and is a CPO (Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist) and LPO (Licensed Prosthetist-Orthotist). In 2013, Brooke opened Sunshine Prosthetics and Orthotics. A transtibial amputee herself, her active lifestyle inspired her to create the Sunshine Amputee/Adaptive Hikes for Beginners. Brooke also volunteers for a variety of organizations, including Camp No Limits, No Limits Limb Loss Association, Never Say Never Foundation, Amputee Coalition of America, the Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation, and the NJ Chapter of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists.

Karen Edwards 

Karen Edwards is the Director of the Össur Women’s Leadership Initiative (ÖWLI) and a Senior Area Manager for Prosthetics with Össur in Arizona and Utah. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Karen has worked with the O&P profession for over 12 years, seven of which have been spent with Össur. Karen has led ÖWLI since its inception in 2014.

Eileen Levis

Eileen Levis is co-founder and CEO of Orthologix LLC. Eileen has over 25 years of experience in the orthotics and prosthetics industry, including managing a regional multi-site O&P practice and managing O&P operations at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She has spent eight years as President of the Pennsylvania Orthotic and Prosthetic Society. Eileen was instrumental in the passage of O&P licensure legislation in Pennsylvania. She was a director for the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association Board of Directors for six years. She continues as chair of the AOPA Business Education Workgroup for the organization’s national conference.

Sara Peterson

Sara Peterson is the current program director for the MSPO Program at the University of Pittsburgh. She is an ABC certified prosthetist, orthotist, and mastectomy fitter. She is active with the PA/MD/VA/DC AAOP Chapter, serving as former president. Sara is also an active member of the International Society of Orthotists & Prosthetists (ISPO), where she hopes to inspire future leaders of tomorrow and share her knowledge of the O&P industry internationally. Sara was recently awarded the distinguished Cooper-Johnson Award. She is a past recipient of the Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF) Educator Award and the American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists (AAOP) Outstanding Educator Award.

Award Details and Selection Process

OPGA is organizing the Woman of the Year award campaign, and a selection committee made up of O&P professionals will be tasked to select the winner. The award will be presented at a special event during the AOPA Assembly on Wednesday, Sept. 26 in Vancouver, BC. from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Event Location
Vancouver Convention Centre West Building
1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3, Canada
Room 220/West Level 2 Ocean Terrace

“We hope to not only highlight existing leaders, but also inspire action and mentorship to grow the O&P architects of tomorrow,” Eagen adds.

Click here to RSVP for the award event!

Selection committee


Glenn Crumpton

Glenn Crumpton has spent his life in the orthotics and prosthetics profession 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 1980s and subsequent educational opportunities combined with more than 30 years’ experience in prosthetics and orthotics allow him to address the needs of his patients on many different levels to suit their needs and desires.


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, Minn.  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 more thaan 240 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. He 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.”



JoAnne Kanas, PT, DPT, CPO

JoAnne Kanas, PT, DPT, CPO, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy from Northeastern University in Boston, Mass., a post-graduate certificate in orthotics and prosthetics from Northwestern University, an orthotic and prosthetic certification from the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics (ABC), and a doctorate in physical therapy from Boston University. JoAnne began her career in O&P at Shriners Hospital for Children – Philadelphia and subsequently worked at American Prosthetics in Iowa City, Iowa; Atlantic Prosthetic & Orthotic Services in Smithville, N.J.; and Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics in Linwood, N.J. She returned to Shriners Hospital for Children in 2008, where she is currently the corporate director of orthotics and prosthetics. JoAnne’s passions have always been patient care and education. She served as a member and then chairperson on the Academy Annual Meeting Clinical Content Committee for seven years. She has also served in a similar role and as a board member and past president of the New Jersey Academy Chapter before being elected to the Board of Directors at AAOP in 2017. Last year, JoAnne was the first recipient of the O&P Woman of the Year award. She has presented at many state and national meetings. She has lectured for O&P and physical therapy programs and has authored several journal articles and chapters in medical publications. 


Linda Collins

Linda Collins

Linda Collins is the senior director in Össur’s reimbursement department. In that role, she develops and delivers reimbursement support resources to O&P practitioners. She is responsible for helping identify and explore payer markets while building relationships with payers. Linda has more than 20 years’ experience in all phases of managed care including network development, sales, account management, and claims/billing. Currently, she serves on the California Orthotics & Prosthetics Association board of directors and is an instructor with Century College in the O&P department.


Alex Meyers MA, Director of Operations and Innovation; AHM Healthcare Strategies

Since joining AHM Healthcare Strategies in 2013, Alex Meyers, MA, has served as the director of Operations for Eschen Prosthetics and Orthotics (Eschen) based out of New York City, and most recently as an operations consultant for New England Orthotic and Prosthetic Systems (NEOPS) based out of Branford, Conn. Since taking over as Eschen’s director of Operations in 2013, Alex has assisted in transforming the company into one of the area’s most innovative orthotic and prosthetic service providers. Alex is responsible for developing several ground-breaking 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 10 full-time patient care facilities including in-patient facilities within three of the nation’s most prestigious hospitals. Most recently, Alex played an instrumental role in developing the world’s first 3D-printed swimming prosthesis in collaboration with Northwell Health Systems, and is continuing to identify additional 3D printing opportunities in O&P.