Board of Directors

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Jenni Buckley, PhD


Dr. Buckley is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at University of Delaware. She received her Bachelor’s of Engineering (2001) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware, and her MS (2004) and PhD (2006) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, where she worked on computational and experimental methods in spinal biomechanics. Since 2006, her research efforts have focused on the development and mechanical evaluation of medical and rehabilitation devices, particularly orthopaedic, neurosurgical, and pediatric devices. She teaches courses in design, biomechanics, and mechanics at University of Delaware and is heavily involved in K12 engineering education efforts at the local, state, and national levels.


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Lisa Lattanza, MD

Co-Founder & President, Board of Directors

Dr. Lattanza is a Board-Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon and Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is the Chief of the Division of Hand, Elbow, and Upper Extremity Surgery at UCSF, and she also practices at Shriner’s Children’s Hospital of Northern California in Sacramento.


Thomas Buchanan, PhD

Member at Large, Board of Directors

Thomas S. Buchanan is the George W. Laird Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Delaware. He served as Chairman of UD’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and as Deputy Dean of the College of Engineering before being appointed the inaugural Director of the Delaware Rehabilitation Institute. Buchanan has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Biomechanics, President of the American Society of Biomechanics, and holds the rank of Fellow in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB).


Kathy Coyner, MD

Treasurer, Board of Directors

Dr. Katherine Coyner is an assistant professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Coyner completed a fellowship in sports medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. She graduated from Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine in Rootstown, Ohio and completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. As a lifelong athlete herself, Dr. Coyner has no trouble relating to injured players. She was co-captain of her college basketball team at the University of Massachusetts, where she set scoring and assist records.  Including the first female to score 1,000 points and 500 assists, where she was nominated for the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Female Athlete of the Year. She was also a Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame inductee in 2004. She is currently the Assistant Orthopaedic Surgeon to the NHL Dallas Stars.  At Duke University, she was a team physician for the men’s and women’s basketball teams, the football team, and the women’s soccer team. It was the pressure and team spirit of sports that prepared her to be a great surgeon, she says, and she loves getting athletes back onto the field. “It is instant gratification,” she says, “to experience them doing well and returning to their level of play.” Dr. Coyner is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon and has a subspecialty certification in Sports Medicine. She is a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the American Orthopaedic Association’s Emerging Leaders Program.


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Judith D’Amico, MA

Member at Large, Board of Directors

Judith D’Amico serves as liaison to national corporate partners for Project Lead The Way as PLTW’s Vice President of Development. Among her honors, Judith was recognized in 2012 as a Leading Woman in STEM for California, and in 2013 received the Catalyst Award for her achievement in Workforce Development and STEM Education in the Capitol Region. Judith serves on the Foundation Board of Directors for the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity; the Board of Directors for NextEd of Sacramento; the Advisory Board for the STEM Equity Pipeline; and Judith serves on the California Cost Control Commission.



Dawn Elliott, PhD

Member at Large, Board of Directors

Dr. Dawn Elliott holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University.  After over a decade in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, she is currently Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Delaware.  Her research is in biomechanics of fibrous soft tissues including the intervertebral disc.



Sommer Hammoud, MD

Member at Large, Board of Directors

Dr. Sommer Hammoud is an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at Thomas Jefferson University. She is a sports medicine specialist who focuses on injuries of the knee, shoulder and elbow. Dr. Hammoud completed her residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery and sports medicine fellowship in the Harvard program at Massachusetts General Hospital. During her time there, she served as an assistant team physician in the care of the Boston Red Sox, New England Revolution, and Boston Bruins and served as the head team physician for Curry College athletics. Dr. Hammoud has a special interest in sports-related injuries of female athletes. Dr. Hammoud has been involved with The Perry Initiative as a volunteer and host for many years at different locations and now as a board member.



Virginia Klausmeier, MS

Member at Large, Board of Directors
Ms. Klausmeier holds a BS in Chemistry and MS in Biomechanics from the University of Oregon. She is the Co-Founder and CEO of Sylvatex Biofuels and has a strong background in both the biotechnology and biofuels industries.


Amy Ladd, MD

Member at Large, Board of Directors
Dr. Ladd is a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Plastic Surgery at Stanford University and has a clinical practice that includes surgery of the hand and upper limb, with an emphasis in reconstructive surgery, pediatric surgery, and wrist fractures. Her current research focuses on novel imaging techniques to investigate and treat the very common arthritis of the base of the thumb. Dr. Ladd serves as Chief of the Robert A. Chase Hand & Upper Limb Center; Hand Clinic Chief, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford; Fellowship Director, Stanford Hand & Upper Extremity Fellowship; and as Consultant to the Rheumatology Clinic, Stanford University Medical Center.


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Mary O’Connor, MD

Member at Large, Board of Directors

Dr. O’Connor is Director of of the Musculoskeletal Center at the Yale School of Medicine. Clinically, Dr. O’Connor focuses on orthopaedic oncology and complex adult joint reconstructions. In addition to her contributions to The Perry Initiative, Dr. O’Connor is chair of the Diversity Advisory Board for AAOS and co-chair of the Movement is Life Caucus.



Ann Van Heest, MD

Member at Large, Board of Directors

Dr. VanHeest, Professor and Vice Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery Education, University of Minnesota, Department of  Orthopaedic Surgery, specializes in hand and upper extremity surgery.  Her academic interests include neuromuscular disorders – arthrogryposis, cerebral palsy, and spinal cord injury – congenital and pediatric upper extremity and hand disorders.  She has been treating upper extremity involvement in children with mucopolysaccharide disorders since 1993 through the UMN. She is also affiliated with the Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare and Shriners Hospital for Children.



Emeritus  Members

A. Sue Carlisle, MD, PhD
Michelle James, MD
Anette Karlsson, PhD
Meredith May, MS RAC
Aenor Sawyer, MD