Advisory Board Members bios

Jess Markt

Jess Markt is the Disability Sport and Inclusion Advisor to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), working to create sustainable sport and inclusion programs for people with physical disabilities in countries dealing with the effects of war and conflict around the world. He has worked with the ICRC since 2011 to build and develop wheelchair basketball programs in countries including Afghanistan, South Sudan, Palestine, Cambodia, and India.

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David Grunwald

As UCP Wheels for Humanity’s Executive Director, David has spent more than two decades in leadership and advocacy roles in the social service sector. He began his commitment to public service in 1988 as a volunteer Big Brother and as a pro bono lawyer representing homeless clients and disadvantaged children and families. David served as Associate Director of Programs at the Weingart Homeless Service Center. David was subsequently recruited to serve as the Founding Director of the HIV & AIDS Legal Services Alliance. In 2000, David was appointed President and CEO of LA Family Housing.

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Eric Wunderlich

Eric has worked with Latter-day Saint Charities (LDSC) since 1997 in a variety of roles. Since 2010, he has managed the LDSC wheelchair program where he works with 70 volunteer specialists and trainers and LDSC volunteers in over 60 countries to provide training and wheelchairs. He and his wife are the parents of six children. Eric enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, cycling and cooking.

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Mark Sullivan

Mark has worked with people with disabilities for over 35 years, primarily centered around developing mobility and seating products and providing education on mobility products and delivery. Mark is former Global VP of Product Development of Rehab for Invacare Corporation, where he worked for 27 years. He was responsible for leading engineering and marketing teams in the development and marketing complex rehab products including power and manual wheelchairs, seating and positioning.

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Don Schoendorfer

Don is Founder and President, Free Wheelchair Mission. He is a biomedical engineer, receiving an undergraduate degree from Columbia University and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.  In the early part of the last decade, Don turned his MIT-developed engineering talents to solving the problem of immobility in developing nations. Committed to providing an innovative solution to a pressing problem, he devised a low-cost, high-durability wheelchair made from a resin lawn chair, metal tubing, and bicycle tires dubbed the GEN_1.

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Urs Schneider

Urs is the Head of Business Unit, Medical & Biotechnology, at Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA. He also serves as Department Manager, Biomechatronic Systems, for the Fraunhofer Institute.  Urs coordinated research projects which include:  Stuttgart Minneapolisy Research, A Fraunhofer Veteran Administration Collaboration with Dr. Andrew Hansen, Minneapolis VA Healthcare System; and Southampton Stuttgart Orthopaedic Biomechanics Alliance with Professor Martin Browne, University Southampton.

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Elsje Scheffler

Elsje is a physiotherapist and rehabilitation consultant with over 20 years' experience in rehabilitation and wheelchair service delivery, management, training and research.  Her areas of interest include wheelchair service delivery, prosthetic training, rehabilitation and wheelchair services training and curriculum design, as well as research and evidence-based practice with a focus on low resourced settings.

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Tom Rolick

Tom is CEO of Handicare, which provides solutions that help increase independence and are easy and safe to use for both healthcare professionals and family members. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Sales with Permobil. Shortly after earning a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering from Montana Tech, Tom's brother suffered a C6-7 spinal cord injury in a logging accident, and in a strange twist of fate, his career path turned away from the oil industry and into the complex rehab industry.

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Arturo E. Pichardo Egea

Arturo is a surgeon who graduated from Universidad Nacional Autnoma de Mexico UNAM Faculty of Medicine.  He has certification from the Mexican Board of Rehabilitation Medicine and is a member of the Mexican Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation SMMFyR, as well as the IPSEN Advisory Board for Mexico for Therapeutic uses of Botulinic Toxin. Arturo also is a member of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Disorders AACPDD 2014 and the Mexican Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Neurodevelopmental Disorders AMPCTND 2015.

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Hisaichi Ohnabe

Hisaichi undertook a Master of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering degree in 1971 as a Fulbright exchange student and then a Ph.D. at the University of Delaware in 1975.  He was a professor in the Department of Biocybernetics, Faculty of Engineering, Niigata University from 1998, and also a professor in the Graduate School of Science and Technology at Niigata University.

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