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Anhue Yohali Burrola Méndez

Anhue Yohali Burrola Méndez is a PhD student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and is working with ISWP in the development of the Hybrid Training Course. She was born and raised in Mexico where she obtained a Physical Therapy degree and worked for five years in the clinical and academic fields before moving to the US. She completed a Masters in Science at the University of Pittsburgh. She participated in the Training of Trainers (TOT) delivered at the International Seating Symposium (ISS) in February 2015.

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Joseph Ott

Joseph Ott is a recent graduate of Robert Morris University. He completed the integrated program for a Masters of Science in Engineering Management and Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering in just four years. Joseph interns part-time for ISWP as well as working part-time at Fastenal. Furthermore, he is a Senior Mechanic and holds the rank of Sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves with over five years of service.

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Sara Munera

Sara Múnera has a degree in physical therapy and four years of experience working in wheelchair services in Colombia. During that time, she worked for a private company delivering wheelchairs primarily to children with disabilities, participated in multidisciplinary meetings to prescribe and deliver wheelchairs, and delivered multiple lectures and courses to physicians, therapists, engineers and users about the positive impact of wheelchairs and their related services. She was also a professor at the Universidad CES giving classes to physical therapy students.

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Alexandria Miles

Alexandria provides support to the ISWP Training and Advocacy Working Groups. She is a PhD student at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She received a Master of Education degree in Rehabilitation and Counseling Services from Springfield College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from Winston- Salem State University. Alex is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and has experience in assisting people with disability enter higher education and pursue gainful employment. She is

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Anand Mhatre

Anand Mhatre, MIMSE is a graduate student researcher at ISWP. He received his Masters from North Carolina State University in Mechatronics and earned his Bachelors from University of Mumbai, India in Mechanical Engineering. Anand works with the ISWP Standards Working Group and is currently leading the design and development of caster testing standards. He is leading the development of ISWP Wheelchair Product List as well. Anand is the President of the ISWP student group for graduate and undergraduate students that conducts volunteering activities and side-projects related to ISWP.

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Krithika Kandavel

Krithika Kandavel holds a bachelors in computer science and engineering and received her MS for knowledge management at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. She has experiences as a software developer in a public sector in Singapore. Her work at the United Nations ESCAP at New Delhi includes developing a Social Hub for SATNET Asia, a project funded by the European Union. Together with UN CAPSA in Indonesia, she has organized training programs for key stakeholders in South and Southeast Asian countries to facilitate electronic trade in Agriculture.

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Kim Robinson

Kim joined the University of Pittsburgh in 2012 working for the Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL) as a Research Assistant in the Education and Outreach Department with Dr. Mary Goldberg. Kim assisted with the State of the Science Symposiums, REU programs, Tech Link Robotics and the Online Cert program. Kim currently serves as Project Assistant for the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP) which launched in February 2015.

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Nancy Augustine

Nancy is ISWP project manager, responsible for day-to-day activities for the ISWP initiative. She has over 20 years of experience in association management, marketing and advertising.  Most recently, Nancy was senior vice president, national marketing division, Local Search Association, an international trade association for the local search industry.  She has an M.S.Ed., Business Education and B.S.B.A., Marketing, from Robert Morris University.

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Richard Schein, PhD, MPH

Richard is a research scientist in the Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology at the University of Pittsburgh.  He assists with the development and implementation of assistive technology service delivery models, as well as developing databases for the collection and analysis of outcome measurement tools.  His research areas include wheeled mobility and seating, funding and policy, outcome measures, continuing education, and telerehabilitation.

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Mark Schmeler, PhD, OTR/L, ATP

Mark is an Assistant Professor, Graduate Faculty, and Director of the Continuing Education Program in the Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology at the University of Pittsburgh.  He has over 20 years of clinical practice expertise and currently practices as an Occupational Therapist and Assistive Technology Professional in the Center for Assistive Technology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, which he helped establish and directed until 2005.

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