ASSOCIATION FOR PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSE SUPPORT
ASSOCIATION FOR PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSE SUPPORT
8225 State Rd 83
Mukwonago, WI 53149
As APOPS Founder and CEO, Sherrie Palm is a grassroots women's pelvic health advocate at the forefront of increasing recognition of the common, cryptic women's health concern, pelvic organ prolapse. Sherrie's path began in December 2007 when she was diagnosed with pelvic organ prolapse and discovered that millions of other women around the world suffer with different aspects of a health concern still kept behind closed doors. Sherrie recognized the need to establish broad-spectrum paths to recognition, education, research, and support for POP.
APOPS Board of Directors (governing body) will continually grow and evolve; it is pivotal to maintain balance of representation between health care professionals from various disciplines, non-medical professionals from legal and business avenues, and most importantly, representation from women in both developed and developing areas of the world who have experienced pelvic organ prolapse.
Women's Pelvic Floor Health Advocate, Author, Speaker
Sherrie Palm is APOPS Founder/CEO, the award winning author of Pelvic Organ Prolapse:The Silent Epidemic, and a public speaker and educator on pelvic organ prolapse. As a grassroots women's pelvic floor health advocate, Sherrie dedicates her time to multiple avenues of international POP awareness, guidance, education, and support.
Lynn Gunn, President
Medical Practice & Academic Affairs Administrator
Lynn Gunn is an experienced non-profit operations and IT leader in health care, acedemic affairs, and higher education sectors. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University, completed a fellowship with the Frye Leadership Institute and holds numerous information technology certifications. Lynn's current professional work includes designing and measuring new models of patient-centered coordinated care and streamlining ambulatory patient flows, all with the goal of improving patient outcomes and service while reducing waste and cost in the health care delivery system. She also serves as faculty for the Institute for Healthcare Communication's Clinician Patient Communication course, which enhances the quality of health care by improving communications between the patient and their health care providers.
Margaret Gonzales-Charles PT
Peggy is a bilingual, licensed physical therapist who specializes in women's health. Numerous years of experience at an inner city hospital assisting people from multiple countries of origin, her respect for cultural diversity enables her to bring key insights to the sensitive nature of treating a condition as private as pelvic organ prolapse. She currently runs a private practice, A Step Ahead Physical Therapy Services, in Milwaukee, WI.
Wendy Vear-Hanson has an diverse adminstrative background within the business community as well as running her business, Noproblemo. Wendy also has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector, dedicating time as secretary of Walworth County 4-H Senior Leaders Association, as a member of the Walworth County 4-H Executive Board, as the General Leader of Lake Beulah 4-H, and as County Leader for the Projects of Wildlife and Adventure Education. In her spare time, she fundraises for Breast Cancer and Cystic Fibrosis using multiple tools to achieve her goals.
Ruth Campos, Bilingual Paralegal
Ruth Campos has extensive experience as a bilingual paralegal which includes years within both the legal private sector and the Milwaukee County District Attorney's office where she is currently employed. Her widely diverse skills and experience enable her to assist the APOPS agenda and its community as a bilingual liaison as well as providing and sharing resourceful legal documentation and insights.
Diane Hankey Underwood MS, WHNP-BC, CRNP
Diana Hankey Underwood, received her Master of Science in Parent-Child Nursing in 1996, from the University of Michigan, with a focus on research and women's health. She is board certified and licensed as a women's health nurse practitioner. After writing a grant for support to train Kazakh surgeons in craniofacial reconstruction, she was asked by Kazakh surgeons to organize and fund training for urogenital and colorectal defects. She organized a non-profit, raised funds, and while attending training with the surgeons, was struck by the benefit of this training to assist adult patients. Diana was inspired to spend one year researching and creating an educational program for lay audiences and providers on urinary and fecal incontinence. A series of four classes became the first in the nation to be approved for insurance reimbursement. Diana continues to deliver her educational material to audiences across the nation, speaking with humor and dignity on a subject with which she has personal, as well as professional, experience. For this work she won two National awards: the Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health and the Bayer HealthCare 2007 Inspiration in Women's Health Award and the National Association For Continence 2007 Continence Care Champion Award. Known by her friends as Diane Underwood, she is currently Director of the Bladder and Bowel Clinic at the Center for Aging in Huntsville, Alabama.
Robert Lawn, Strategic Business Consultant
Robert Lawn is President & CEO of RML Corporation, a strategic business consulting firm with over 30 years serving public, private, and governmental market sectors. He has an extensive background refocusing clients on their core principles thereby enhancing efficiencies, resetting goals and objectives, and establishing effective management and personnel direction. His commitment is to educate through alternatives, realistic choices, and work directly in the attainment of measurable performance. Such a “strategic” approach involves the multiple disciplines of management, operation, finance, marketing and sales, and there connective relationships.
Mr. Lawn brings forth an extensive background and commercial expertise with many Fortune 500 organizations plus business degrees from Duquesne and Marquette. In the governmental sector, he completed advanced studies at the Naval War College and National Defense University, the latter of which he is a Senior Fellow, and retired as Captain, US Navy, having extensive experience in Naval Aviation. His blend of commercial and governmental insight has led to service with the Executive Branch and many congressional offices on Capitol Hill. Deeply committed to community, Mr. Lawn has also served as an elected Town Board Supervisor for the Town of Mukwonago.
Targeted Focus Committees
Lennox Hoyte MD, MSEECS
Dr. Hoyte is a Board Certified OB/Gyn physician, and fellowship trained sub-specialist in Urogynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS). He is Associate Professor and Director of Urogynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He is an attending urogynecologist at the Tampa General Hospital, and director of urogynecology and the pelvic floor disorders group at TGH. Dr. Hoyte has participated in multiple research studies and is the author of Prolapse Repair: A Guide for Patients and Their Families as well as Robotic Hysterectomy.
He received his Masters degree in Electrical engineering and Computer science from MIT, and his MD degree from Stanford Medical School. He received Residency training on OB/Gyn from Brigham and Womens and Massachussetts General Hospitals in Boston, and completed formal fellowship training in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Dr. Hoyte is also an elected member of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons.
Dr. Bruce Crawford MD
Dr. Crawford is a board certified Obstetrician Gynecologist and Pelvic Floor Specialist in private practice in Northern Nevada. Dr. Crawford attended medical School at New York University before completing a residency at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Dr. Crawford is a member of the International Organization for Women and Development and has made several surgical trips to Niger, West Africa to repair obstetrical fistula. Dr. Crawford is the creator of Pfilates; a scientifically based plyometric program for pelvic floor conditioning. Dr. Crawford has published numerous articles in the areas of obstetric fistula and pelvic floor neuromuscular function. Dr. Crawford is a member of The Society of Gynecologic Surgeons, Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology, The International Continence Society, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Beth Shelly is a Doctor of Physical Therapy board certified in women's health and biofeedback for pelvic floor dysfunction. She has practiced for over 20 years, specializing in women's and men's health.
Joy Pan is a scientist at a multi-national company in China. Her personal experience with pelvic organ prolapse enables her to understand the needs of women navigating POP. After intensive exploration, self-educating, and communicating with POP sisters, Joy established an online community, website, and blog to share her knowledge and insights about POP. Joy's continued efforts to guide Chinese women to proper diagnosis, appropriate treatment, and physical and emotional balance continually evolve her dedication as a true pelvic health advocate.
Hensley Foster has been President of Stonehouse Water Technologies since its inception and has over forty years experience in leadership positions. His career spans positions as President of Builders Mortgage Corporation, Chief Industrial Engineer of Santone Industries, President of Santone Engineering and Management Services, VP of Jack Winter Inc, VP of Allied Computer Group, and President of Alliance Technology and hold multiple patents. Hensley is a managing trustee of four outside domestic trusts, one foreign trust, and president of Sadie Foster Foundation.
Anne earned her RN Nursing Degree in 1992 and specializes in education, comprehensive patient care planning, infection control, and patient advocacy. In 2005 Anne created and taught a State approved Hospice training course for medical and nonmedical personnel and has served in administrative positions in both hospital and assisted living facilities. Anne has served on various hospice ethics committees, as a board member for a hospice/ministry group, and has been a past officer and advisory board member in the 501(c)(3) nonprofit sector.Nepal Initiative
Ms. Thapa is the Founder and Chairperson of Hamro Chahana Nepal with a Masters degree in Rural Development and Post Graduate Degree in Women's Studies. With over 10 years experience providing high quality care and support to socially excluded women and children navigating personal impact, Deepali has extensive knowledge and experience in field based activities.
Deepali's past experience includes research related to Review and Assessment on Beijing Conference for Women in Nepal-UNDP (2000); additionally she has worked closely with Japanese organizations 24 Hours Television Charity Committee, Japan, and Association for Opthalmic Cooperation in Asia, Japan, for eye care services in Nepal (2002-2010), utilizing social work principles, techniques, practices and applications to address complex cases, group work, and community issues.
Suveckshya Shah, Secretary
Ms. Shah has an MPH from Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand and MA in Anthropology from TU with an additional degree in Womens Studies. Ms. Shah works in public health with a record of program management in the field of maternal and newborn health care in Nepal. She has worked intensively with Ministry of Health and Population, Family Health Division and External Development Partners in multiple programs with diverse purpose. Suveckshya has also worked with local NGOs of various Districts in Nepal for program purposes and conducting events.
Suveckshya was a Program Officer for Safe Motherhood Network Federation from 2007 till 2010. She is currently working in Ipas Nepal as a Program Coordinator for implementing the safe abortion project in remote districts of Myagdi and Kalikot in Nepal. She has been involved with HCN since its establishment and has been closely associated with organizational activities and programs.
Pushpa Lata Pandey
Hamro Chahana Nepal Member
Ms. Pandey received her B.Sc Nursing degree from B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Science, Nepal in 2000. She was a scholar of University Commission for Development, Belgium for Masters in Public Health Methodology from Free University of Bruxelles in 2004. She started her career as a Nursing Instructor in Maya Devi Technical Institute, Nepal. During 2002-2004 and 2005-2007 she worked as Training Officer and Research Monitoring and Documentation Officer in two different projects of CARE Nepal (Nepal Family Health Program and Reproductive Health for Married Adolescent Couple Program). During 2007-2008 she worked as Project Coordinator in Doctors of World-USA where focus of her work was to ensure rights to health for survivors of trafficking and violence. Currently she is Technical Advisor for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights component of GIZ. Pushpa guest lectures at public health colleges on health rights and rights based approach to health.
Pushpa also works as Technical Advisor for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights component at GIZ. Her primary responsibility is advocating for and ensuring reproductive health rights of youth and adolescents of remote communities of Nepal. She provides technical support to the government of Nepal to integrate Adolescent Friendly Services (AFS) and Youth Information Centers (YIC) into existing health systems. She leads a team at community, district and national levels in this work. Pushpa
additionally engages in research and documentation processes during integration of AFS and YIC into Adolescent and Youth Health at National Health Sector Strategy of Nepal.
Pushkar Raj Silwal
Hamro Chahana Nepal Member
Mr. Silwal is a public health graduate with Bachelor in Public Health (BPH) degree from Institute of Medicine, Maharajgunj Medical Campus, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal in 2007. He is now working toward his Master in Public Health (MPH) from the same institute. He is developing expertise in areas of research and monitoring and evaluation with focus on adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights. He started his career as a research officer in Center for Health Policy Research and Dialogue (CHPRD). Pushkar has held positions at MEH Consultants Pvt. Ltd. as well as consultant positions for German Technical Cooperation (GTZ)- Health Sector Support Program (HSSP). Currently he is working as a Regional Program Officer in GFA Consulting Group GmbH. In addition, Pushkar has been involved directly or indirectly in several research projects.
Mr. Silwal is now working for GFA Consulting Group GmbH (a GIZ project subcontracted to GFA) to provide technical support in strengthening adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights program with a focus on the far western region of Nepal. His primary tasks include providing technical advice to governmental and non-governmental sectors in areas of adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights. Additionally Pushkar is working as a focal person for research/monitoring and evaluation in GFA Consulting Group GmbH.
Since 2008, Sunita has been working in RVWRMP (www.rvwrmp.org.np), a bilateral project between Government of Nepal and Government of Finland as Micro-Finance and Cooperative Officer. She has developed credit and savings products, drafted procedures manuals, and trained staff in financial planning and management. She also has developed institutional strategies, implementation guidelines, training manuals and action plans. Her major focus lies with community based rural micro-finance, income generation activities, ensuring sustainability of development interventions, and socio-economic empowerment of women and disadvantaged groups.
Amanda Anders, UK
Cecilia LaPorta, US
Anne Lewis, US
Joy Pan, China
Tina Myers, US
Rita Warrick, US
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ASSOCIATION FOR PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSE SUPPORT
8225 State Rd 83
Mukwonago, WI 53149