Written by: Shawn Faessler


To the ROMP community,

Thank you for your continued support. ROMP has built an incredible organization through your generous giving of time, talent, financial contributions, and prosthetic components. 

I am thrilled to have been nominated for president of the ROMP board. I would like to introduce myself, share why I accepted the nomination of board president, and outline our plans as we look towards 2020 and beyond.

About me:

I grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. My wife Ellen and I have three wonderful teenaged children. Professionally, I worked at GE Healthcare for 20 years; with roles in engineering, manufacturing, project management, and quality assurance.

I had a trans-tibial (below-knee) amputation in 2002 due to trauma/injury. I first volunteered with ROMP at the Guatemala clinic in 2017. I am inspired by the ROMP staff (Dave, Jonathan, and LP); they have inspired me to mountain-climb in Antarctica, complete a triathlon, and become a disability rights advocate at local and national levels.

My personal mission is to raise the universal standard of care for those with limb-loss and limb-difference. I am also a Certified Peer Visitor through the Amputee Coalition. You can follow my personal journey on my Facebook page: Antartica 4 ROMP .

Reasons I accepted the nomination for board president:

ROMP has demonstrated the ability to change 400 lives per year, and is looking to help impact the population of more than 10,000,000 people without adequate access to prosthetic care. I have personally experienced the challenges of limb-loss, have found what is possible with adequate prosthetic care, and am passionate about supporting ROMP’s mission. ROMP has a rapidly-growing community that supports its mission through multiple means. I am committed to applying my leadership skills and operational experience to build a framework for our staff, volunteers, and donors to have maximum impact.

For 2020, the ROMP board plans to:

  • Enhance the board structure to better support the staff, improve our connection with you, and ensure long-term success of ROMP’s mission.
  • Empower the ROMP Ambassadors to increase component collections, attract passionate volunteers for clinical trips, and support our mission through Climbing for ROMP.
  • Create an Advisory Council to help us solve our greatest challenges in ensuring access to prosthetic and rehabilitative care.

The board officers for 2020 are Shawn Faessler (President), Eric Neufeld (Vice President), Josh Kaplan (Secretary), and Dustin Nyhus (Treasurer).

I look forward to a great 2020. Please feel free to reach out to me at shawn@rompglobal.org.

Shawn Faessler

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