The Ryan Shazier Fund for Spinal Rehabilitation Welcomes 4 New Board Members for 2022 | State


PITTSBURGH, January 31, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — As The Ryan Shazier Fund for Spinal Rehabilitation Continues to Grow in Its Second Fiscal Year, the Nonprofit Welcomes Four New Members to its Board — Amy Bernstein, Prashant Dubey, dr. Tony G. Farah and Leon Ford. New members come from diverse professional backgrounds in the fields of medicine, social justice and disability advocacy.

The members join the board at an exciting time as the fund prepares to roll out several new initiatives this year, including its Golden Window program and its Family and Caregiver program, which will help people with spinal cord injuries maximize their independence and to provide resources. for families and caregivers, respectively.

“We look forward to bringing more talent and expertise as we continue our mission to support individuals and families affected by spinal cord injury,” said Ryan Shazier, president and founder of the fund. “Our new programs have the power to change the lives of these patients for the better, and these new board members are dedicated to ensuring that these initiatives achieve that goal.”

“As our board grows, we hope to develop even more connections with community members and organizations whose experiences and values ​​align with our work,” said Caroline Boyce, the fund’s executive director.

About the new board members:

Amy Bernstein

Bernstein currently works as a senior professional nurse on the inpatient medical and surgical oncology floor at UPMC Magee Women’s Hospital. She is also a board member and volunteer for One Day to Remember, an organization that creates free, curated experiences and memories for families struggling with life-threatening illnesses. Bernstein received his bachelor’s degree in political science and journalism from Syracuse University and then became a registered nurse in 2018.

Prashant Dubey

Dubey serves as chair of Elevate’s Employee Disability Inclusion Task Force and leverages this platform to advocate for disability inclusion in the legal compliance industry. Prashant has held various board positions throughout his career, most recently as a member of the board of trustees at Oregon Health & Science University. Dubey received his BA in Economics and his MBA in Strategy, Marketing and Finance from the University of Chicago Booth Business School.

Tony G. Farah, MD

Dr. Farah is Executive Vice President and Director of Medical and Clinical Transformation at Highmark Health, where he leads the redesign of care delivery in diverse settings, advancing models to optimize patient health and patient care delivery. health. He was at the forefront of forming Highmark Health’s provider company, Allegheny Health Network (AHN). In 2019, Dr. Farah was named by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the nation’s 50 most influential clinical executives. He sits on a number of non-profit health care boards and is affiliated with several professional organizations in his field, two of which include the American College of Cardiology and the American Medical Association. Dr. Farah earned his BSc in Biochemistry and his MD from the American University of Beirut.

Leon Ford

In his role as CEO of Leon Ford speaks, Ford travels the United States to educate others about police brutality and his experience of paralysis. He recently started working with a Californiaventure capital firm, and continues to advocate for vulnerable populations in Pittsburgh, particularly in the East End area of ​​the city. Ford shared his personal story at a TEDx Pittsburgh talk in 2018.

About the board

The four new members will join an established board of 11 professionals working in health, education, social advocacy, nonprofit management and athletics. Other board members include:

  • Ryan D. Shazier, President
  • William E. Kassling, chair
  • Kate R. Dewey, Secretary
  • Joshua Pollard, treasurer
  • Will Allen
  • Cindy Lemon
  • David Morehouse
  • David O. Okonkwo, MD, PhD
  • Art Rooney II
  • Vernon J. Shazier, M.Div.
  • Michael P. Tomlin

About the Ryan Shazier Fund for Spinal Rehabilitation

When doctors told the former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier that he had a 20% chance of walking again, his life changed. Today, the Ryan Shazier Fund for Spinal Rehabilitation has one mission: to provide people with spinal cord injuries and their caregivers with the support, resources and funding they need to lead independent and fulfilling lives. To learn more, visit

Media Contact

Caroline Boyce, Ryan Shazier Fund, +1 412-525-3434, [email protected]

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