Leadership

The Limb Preservation Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of philanthropists, medical professionals, and business and community leaders.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Melissa Whitmer
Melissa WhitmerPresident
Melissa has an extensive background in serving the banking needs for healthcare organizations for the past 16 years of her 27 year banking career. She has been involved with LPF for a decade, serving on the board for the past three years. Melissa has many volunteer interests in the healthcare sector, most recently serving as a past board chair for SCL’s Good Samaritan Medical Center and actively engaging with the MS Society, American Heart Association and other non-profits. Melissa has a son and daughter and lives in Broomfield.
Rick Allen
Rick AllenVice President
Rick is a long-time supporter of Limb Preservation Foundation. In 1985, Rick was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, and after six total knee replacements, has achieved a full recovery. Rick’s background encompasses wholesale trading/marketing, infrastructure planning, fundamental market analysis and consulting in the physical commodity markets. His team executes custom analytics and consulting project deliveries to a diverse clientele globally. Rick is an avid cyclist and alpine skier.
Dean Elliott
Dean ElliottSecretary/Treasurer
Dean has been able to share his wisdom from board service with LPF for many years as well as numerous nonprofits including the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, The Douglas County Fair and Rodeo as well as extensive volunteer service to his community. Dean is the Chief Legal Officer for AlloSource, having worked in the healthcare industry for his entire career. Dean lives in Castle Rock with his wife and enjoys many outdoor activities.
Rob DavidsonRob Davidson Watercolors
Rob Davidson is a retired architect and former President of H+L Architecture based in LoDo. Rob was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma in 1996. He has been involved with the Limb Preservation Foundation for many years and was honored at the LPF 2020 Golf Classic. Rob enjoys fly fishing, watercolor painting, skiing and golf.
Nicole Ehrhart, V.M.D.Colorado State University Flint Animal Cancer Center
Dr. Ehrhart is the Director of Colorado State University’s Columbine Health Systems Center for Healthy Aging and a Full Professor in Clinical Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University. She holds the Ross M Wilkins MD Limb Preservation Foundation University Chair in Musculoskeletal Biology and Oncology. She is the Director of the Laboratory of Comparative Musculoskeletal Oncology and Traumatology.
Bill FergusonBasic Food Group
Bill is a restauranteur and is a survivor of a limb-threatening condition.
Kacey JohnsonCommunity Leader
Kacey Ruegsegger Johnson, now a mother of four, survived a shotgun blast during the 1999 shootings at Colorado’s Columbine High School that left 12 students, one teacher, and both gunmen dead. She speaks to groups as a way of helping others and to promote tissue donation, which she credits with saving her arm from amputation. Kacey authored, “Over My Shoulder: A Columbine Survivor’s Story of Resilience, Hope and a Life Reclaimed.” She recounts the shooting in detail and how faith and family helped her endure the agonizing aftermath.
Cindy Kelly, M.D.OrthoOne, Institute for Limb Preservation
Cynthia Kelly, MD is a fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeon with OrthoOne. Dr. Kelly serves as the Medical Director of the Osteonecrosis and Sarcoma Service lines at the Institute for Limb Preservation at Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center. She is nationally recognized for her work on surgical procedures for treating osteonecrosis and continues to conduct research. She has been published widely on bone and soft tissue tumors. Dr. Kelly was named Top Surgeon: by the Consumer Research Council of 2002.
Daniel Lerman, M.D. OrthoOne, Institute for Limb Preservation
Dr. Lerman is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the care of adult and pediatric patients with benign and malignant tumors of the bone and soft tissue. Dr. Lerman earned his medical degree at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases and two fellowships at the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah in basic science oncology research and sarcoma surgery.
Jenna McMullinLockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin Space. She leads the strategic development and execution of communications supporting this nearly $11 billion business spanning human space exploration, satellites, mission solutions and strategic missile and defense. Jenna is a survivor of a limb-threatening condition.
David Schnur, M.D.Plastic Surgery Clinic, Institute for Limb Preservation
Dr Schnur joined the Plastic Surgery Clinic in 2004 after nearly two years as an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Health Science Center and Colorado Children’s Hospital. He received his board certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery over a decade ago. He has been a leader in the medical community serving as President of the Medical Staff at Presbyterian/ St. Luke’s Medical Center and has been recognized by his peers as a “Top doc” in 5280 magazine.
Jon SchutzCommunity Leader
Jon is a retired sales executive from the medical industry.
Pam WhitakerCommunity Leader
Pam is the former long-time executive director of Ronald McDonald House Charities in Denver. She serves as part of the leadership group of Sky High Hope Camp for children and siblings with cancer. Pam lives in the Tech Center area with her husband.

Advisory Board

William Brown, M.D.
Robert Bruhn
Tom Cycyota
Larry Fine
Kyle Fink, MD
Jim Martin
Tom Tucker
Stephen Withrow, DVM

FOUNDER
Ross Wilkins, M.D.

STAFF

Marcy Rubic
Marcy RubicExecutive Director
Marcy Rubic has 25 years of experience with health-related nonprofits. She previously served as the executive director for two hospital foundations and has held leadership roles with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered.  She has held the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential since 2003 and earned a master’s degree from DePaul University with the focus of advancing development for health-related nonprofits.  A Chicago native, Marcy and her husband live in the Roxborough area.  She is thrilled to be part of the LPF community.
Kahri Nestingen
Kahri NestingenMarketing & Development Specialist
Kahri Nestingen has over two years of experience as a marketing professional. She has worked for The Limb Preservation Foundation for over a year and has worked on multiple fundraising campaigns and had an integral role in the 2020 Golf Classic.  Kahri is a Colorado native who has returned back home after graduating from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa as a Communication Studies major. During her free time, Kahri enjoys running, singing, and cooking.
Christina Ambrose
Christina AmbroseProgram Manager
Christina Ambrose joined the LPF team in January 2021. As a mission-driven individual, she has over seven years’ experience working in the non-profit sector, specifically in Volunteer Management and Program Development. Her previous roles include working for the United Service Organizations (USO), where she implemented many new programs for deployed service members and their families. The USO mission took her to Kuwait, Afghanistan, Iraq, Djibouti and the UAE, and after many years abroad, she is thrilled to now call Colorado home. In her spare time, Christina enjoys traveling, cooking, scouring the aisles at Costco, and of course, spoiling her cat.

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