John Rheinstein, C.P.

FAAOP- Chairman of the Board

John Rheinstein is a board certified prosthetist with 18 years experience practicing in New York City with Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics. He received his board certification in prosthetics from Northwestern University Medical School’s Prosthetics & Orthotics Center at the Rehab Institute of Chicago. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists. John has specialized experience with active, proximal level, and upper extremity amputation patients as well as immediate post-operative care. He is the co-inventor of the patented Aircast Air-Limb post-operative prosthesis. John is active in research and patient care applications of new products. He presents at academic and medical institutions, teaches continuing education courses to prosthetists, and trains prosthetic residents. He recently won the Hanger Award for Pioneering Innovations.

Nanci Pham

Board Treasurer

Nanci Pham is a senior analyst with Bloomberg L.P. specializing in executive management business strategy reporting and analysis. Bloomberg is a leading innovator in financial information, news and analytics. Nanci has been contributing to Bloomberg’s growing success for over five years. She is involved in Bloomberg’s New Hire Mentor Program, Women’s Initiative and corporate philanthropy efforts including Habitat for Humanity and Everybody Wins. Prior to Bloomberg, Nanci work along side energy traders pricing power contracts for Reliant Energy. Nanci is passionate about making a meaningful impact through fortitude of goodwill and philanthropy.

Branan Edgens

Board Secretary

Branan began his award-winning film career over 15 years ago as a visual artist and storyteller. After receiving his BFA in studio art and art history at Sewanee, The University of the South, he continued his studies through the MFA film program of Syracuse University. As a writer and director, Branan’s work has received both the Golden Lion in Advertisement for his Taxi-Vu promotions and the Tel Aviv International Film Festival Directing Award for his short film, “Cold Comfort”. As an editor, his film, “Cook County,” won several awards, including the SXSW audience award. As a Director of Photography he most recently shot music videos for Firehorse and Shearwater. A fan of practical effects, Branan is also a skilled special effects makeup artist with his most notable works appearing in the BBC miniseries, “Smallpox:Silent Weapon” and Shirin Neshat’s “Zarin.” Distinguished clients include, Discovery Networks, MSNBC, Seton Hall University, NBC, BBC, the NY Yankees, Merrill Lynch, Thomson Reuters, among several others.

James E. Hough

Mr. Hough’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and arbitration, with an emphasis on intellectual property disputes. His matters have included breach of contract claims, joint venture dissolutions, trade secret misappropriation claims, and distribution agreement disputes, among other subjects. Mr. Hough has also conducted internal investigations, and represented witnesses and subjects of government investigations. Mr. Hough is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association (for which he served as vice chair of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Commercial & Federal Litigation Section), and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (for which he served as Secretary of the Arbitration Committee). Mr. Hough obtained his law degree (J.D. 1986), cum laude, from New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Snow scholar, a member of the Order of the Coif, and a recipient of the John Norton Pomeroy and the Maurice Goodman Memorial Prizes. Mr. Hough practiced in Morrison & Foerster’s Tokyo office for four years and during that time was licensed as a Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi and a member of the Daini Tokyo Bar Association. Mr. Hough joined Morrison & Foerster in 1991 and from 2007 to 2011, he was the head of Litigation in the New York office.

Johanna Simon

Johanna Simon is a Program Manager at Malaria No More where she is overseeing an interactive media campaign called NightWatch, which launched in Senegal, Cameroon, and Chad. Previously, Johanna worked at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, specializing in public awareness campaigns with a specific focus on women’s health. While completing her masters in International Health Policy and Management from NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, Johanna consulted for NGOs in Ghana, Rwanda and Uganda on a range of issues, including behavior change communication in HIV and genocide reconciliation. She also served as a communications specialist on medical missions to prevent blindness in Mongolia, Cuba, Syria and India. Johanna received her B.A. in Communications from the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Meg Tocantins

Meg Tocantins learned how to write grants as a volunteer in the Development Office at AmeriCares in the late ’90′s. In 1999, she helped create the Dental Center of Stamford, the first dental clinic operating in Stamford, CT, in twenty years, serving an immense need in the area. To build and maintain the clinic, she and the executive director wrote the grants, newsletters, fundraising letters and produced the fundraising events. Meg advanced from being the only volunteer development associate to the Development Officer to the Board Vice President; whereupon, the Dental Center merged with a state-wide medical non-profit in 2006. She also helps find funding for the Historical Neighborhood Preservation Program in Stamford. Her professional background began in marketing and public relations, until she became a certified hypnotist in 1993 and has been helping people quit smoking, lose weight and manage stress ever since.