LEADERSHIP

Hope To Walk is a volunteer-run organization.
Our Leadership and Board are not compensated (in this world!) for the countless hours they have invested helping others walk.

Phil Johnson

Phil Johnson

Founder
Phil has over 34 years of prosthetic and orthotic experience. He is an inventor with many skills and a passion for training others.
Ken Jones

Ken Jones, MD

Chairman
Ken is a retired family physician who received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia (MCV). Ken’s family practice residency was in a unique program…
Ed Belaire

Ed Belaire

Director of Int'l Business Development
An entrepreneur since the age of 20, Ed Bellaire started his first marketing company while still in college at Oakland University. Now, he brings 25 years of leadership experience…
Elsa Boyle

Elsa Boyle

Finance Team
Elsa would say she has lived an adventurous life and she is only getting started.  She was born in Nicaragua and her father was a diplomat to the USA. They moved to the US and she spent her childhood in Maryland...
John Boyle

John Boyle

Finance Team
John was raised outside of Pittsburgh and grew up playing sports. His father worked in accounting and from a young age John knew he would follow a similar trajectory. Yet in December of 1979 his life took an unexpected turn.…
Sue Beatty

Sue Beatty, MD

Director of Research and Development
Susan E Beatty, MD, FCCP is a retired Pulmonologist/Critical Care Specialist who moved to Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia in 2003 with her husband Richard (Dick). She earned her…
Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown

Training Development
Kevin has spent the past 30 years in the field of team-oriented training, corporate development and management, and training programs development.
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Kristen Staples

Director of Marketing
and Donor Relations
Kristen is currently leading our Marketing Team and she describes her work with Hope To Walk as the culmination of all her prior experience.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Ken Jones

Ken Jones, MD

Chairman
Ken is a retired family physician who received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia (MCV). Ken’s family practice residency was in a unique program…
Phil Johnson

Phil Johnson

Founder
Phil has over 34 years of prosthetic and orthotic experience. He is an inventor with many skills and a passion for training others.
Sue Beatty

Sue Beatty, MD

Director of Research and Development
Susan E Beatty, MD, FCCP is a retired Pulmonologist/Critical Care Specialist who moved to Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia in 2003 with her husband Richard (Dick). She earned her…
Ed Belaire

Ed Belaire

Director of Int'l Business Development
An entrepreneur since the age of 20, Ed Bellaire started his first marketing company while still in college at Oakland University. Now, he brings 25 years of leadership experience…
Loy Burch

Loy Burch

Board Member
Loy grew up at Espanola, New Mexico, holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Eastern New Mexico University. He and his wife have been involved in mission work…
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Greg Neal

Board Member
Greg currently serves as CEO of Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, TN as well as President of the Northeast Market for Ballad Health.
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Todd Potgeter

Board Member
Todd would say he has always been an entrepreneur at heart and wants to use his entrepreneurship to help build the Kingdom here on earth.
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Jack Richmond

Board Member
A seasoned leader, Jack previously served as the CEO of the Amputee Coalition, the nation’s leading non-profit serving people affected by limb loss and limb difference.
Scott Vilagi

Scott Vilagi

Board Member
Scott Vilagi is the retired Chief Sales Officer of the Gorilla Glue Company, helping bring the company from its early days to its current global position.
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