BACKBONES counts on the leadership of our Board of Directors to make sure everything is running smoothly. They give of their time, skill and effort to serve all of our friends, families and partners. Get to know them and give them a High-Five when you pass them on the street!
Eric Larson (President) is executive director of Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra where he leads the organization and oversees the program’s programming, marketing, development, and operations. He is also principal of Moving Mountains Advisors, helping nonprofits effectively achieve their missions. He has a history of strong marketing communications/public relations and business leadership experience as well as nonprofit management and board development success, where he has served in both volunteer and staff leadership roles. Previously, Eric was executive director and CEO of National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA) where he led the merger of NSCIA with United Spinal Association to form the nation’s largest membership organization focusing on the quality of life for people with paralysis.
Steve Wesselhoff is a Chicago native who moved to Colorado three years ago with his wife. He is a Doctor of Physical Therapy working in an Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility at the only Level I Trauma Center of Southern Colorado. There he has authored publications in scientific journals and he sits on the Research and Innovation Board. He has developed hospital wide guidelines regarding therapy and nursing care of persons with spinal cord injuries. He currently is developing a spinal cord injury support group for southern Colorado. His past employment opportunities have enabled him to work with children as young as several months old with spinal cord injuries. He has volunteered with wheelchair rugby teams and recumbent century bike rides in the past. Though the clinical side of healthcare is his passion, he understands the value of leadership and business in healthcare reform and thus is pursuing his Master’s in Business Administration in Healthcare Administration
Eric Stampfli is a Northern California native who at the age of 17 severed his spinal cord at T11-12. A paraplegic, educator, and evangelist for all things creative, he has spent the last 30 plus years as a well established, international award winning, advertising photographer. He has worked with small local gourmet companies as well as multinational fortune 500 corporations. Along with shooting he has also spent 15 of those years teaching Visual Communication through Photography and Digital Imaging at the University Level. Now partially retired, he’s expanded his work and along with the occasional commercial shoot he is a gallery represented Fine Art Photographer and contributing editor for New Mobility Magazine.
Micah Mitchell grew up observing his quadriplegic father work tirelessly to help others, which had a lasting impact. Micah lives in Fort Worth, TX, with his wife and four young children. When he isn’t coaching soccer, watching kid’s sports events, or refereeing family game night, he focuses on work that helps people with physical disabilities. Micah is currently the Chief Commercial Officer of Myomo, Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN: MYO), a medical robotics manufacturer that is working to restore mobility to those with upper extremity paralysis. Prior to that, Micah helped thousands of people obtain appropriate wheelchairs through his employment with various wheelchair providers and manufacturers.
The Board of Directors is responsible for working with the executive director to set strategic direction for, and to govern, the organization. Our board is also a “working board”, so members are expected to take an active role in one or more areas of organizational activity. While we’re a national organization, we meet and work primarily via telephone and internet communications.