Board of Directors
Karen has been involved with AAC since 2008 where she began as a volunteer, and now serves as the camp director. She has a long history of working with children and directing summer camp programs. She is passionate about working with children and hopes to continue being involved with AAC for years to come. Karen received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University and is currently working and residing in the DC, VA, MD metropolitan area.
Joe Thompson first volunteered for the AAC water ski lake day at Fontana in 2001. It was his wife's birthday, and the kids just melted their hearts. He has volunteered for lake day every year since, and started cooking barbecue 6 or 7 years ago for a picnic after everyone comes off the lake. Joe worked for 24 years for Kroger's and retired in 2002 when he was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. He has also volunteered since 2001 with Eskimo Escapades which is one of the sponsors of AAC. Joe was thrilled to join the AAC board in 2014.
Katie has been associated with AAC since 2006, when she attended as a camper at the age of 17, less than a year after becoming an above-the-elbow amputee in a boating accident. Katie's positive experience at her first camp proved to be a defining moment in her recovery and contributed to her success as she adapted to life as an amputee. Katie became a volunteer counselor, and in 2014 joined the AAC Board. Katie graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor's degree in communication and currently works as a public relations (PR) professional. Katie is quite excited to contribute to the continued success of AAC.
Colleen is a Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist through the APTA practicing in the field of pediatrics for 34 years. She is the team leader for the Limb Deficiency Program at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Colleen has taught and lectured on topics relating to development and limb deficiencies in children including two chapters in the Atlas of Prosthetics and Limb Deficiencies. Her doctoral dissertation is in the field of pediatric prosthetics.