Effective November 1, the Amputee Coalition announced in a recent news release that its Board of Directors have appointed Susan Stout as president and CEO of the organization. Stout joined the coalition in 2011 and the release notes that she has held several positions within the organization, including chief communications officer and chief policy & programs officer, as well her appointment to interim president and CEO, a capacity in which she has served since September 2013.

Dennis Strickland, chairman, Amputee Coalition Board of Directors, notes in the release that he and the board are confident that Stout is “the right person to lead the organization forward. We believe that her passion for our mission and dedication to serving the limb loss community has been instrumental in advancing the organization at a national level, and we are delighted that she has accepted the appointment.”

Since her start at the coalition, the release reports that Stout has provided oversight and leadership to all Amputee Coalition programs, including government relations, communications, research, the Limb Loss Resource Center, peer support, and the youth camp. Additionally, Stout has reportedly worked to build and maintain long-lasting relationships with many partners, including the Veterans Administration (VA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF), and the coalition’s nationwide network of hospital facility members.

Stout states in the release that she is honored to take on the role permanently and highlights her excitement about the possibilities that lie before the coalition: “I will continue to bring leadership to and advance the organization with the assistance of our volunteers and the entire Amputee Coalition team as we carry on this exciting journey to achieve our mission to advocate for and empower those affected by limb loss and to promote limb loss prevention,” Stout says.

[Source: Amputee Coalition]