|President: Joyce Baughn|
|Joyce Baughn has been a bilateral below elbow amputee since crawling under a train at age 6.
She tried prosthetics but discarded them after two years and has done everything with her arms since.
She earned a BA in Humanities, then a MA in Library Science. She has worked as cataloger in libraries, accounts payable with a large power transmission company and was online banking support for Bank of America before retiring.
Joyce’s husband, Bill, started and ran I-CAN until his death in 2004. Joyce has stepped in and now runs the mailing list, works with others to keep the web site updated and does whatever is needed to keep I-CAN going forward.
March 17, 1996 -- Joyce Baughn/Florida Time Union
|Vice President: Jeff Brantly|
|Jeff Brantly is the father of Maria who was born without the lower part of her right leg, toes of her left foot, and some fingers on her left hand due to amniotic banding.
By profession Jeff is a geologist, and he has been involved in various aspects of water resources studies with the USGS since 1990.
Jeff and his wife Cindy adopted Maria from Russia in 1996 and discovered the I-CAN group soon afterward. Since that time they have been active in promoting the adoption of amputee children. At the time Maria was adopted, very little information was available to show perspective parents what to expect or how they might cope with their child’s limb deficiency. Through I-CAN and other organizations it is hoped that they can ease the apprehension of adopting a child with missing limbs and encourage more families towards adopting special needs children.
|Secretary/Tresurer: Erin Andrews, Psy. D.|
|Dr. Erin Andrews is a congenital triple amputee, originally from California. She completed her B.S. in psychology from Michigan State University and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Wright State University. Her internship and residency took place at the James A Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa, FL, and she currently works as a staff psychologist in the Central Texas VA Health Care System. Her professional interests are in disability and rehabilitation issues. Dr. Andrews enjoys mentoring through I-CAN. She believes that adult amputee and peer-to-peer parent support is one of the most effective tools in understanding and coping with life experiences related to limb difference.
|Director, Patty Christlieb|
|Patty Christlieb is the mother of Alisha who is a left below elbow amputee due to a rare case of Myelodysplasia Syndrome.
She completed Nursing Asst. school and went on to Nursing school were she worked actively on the post op and pre-op floors of Queen of the Valley Hospital in CA.
She volunteers on the Advisory Board for UCCH where she also helps to reach out to neurologically impaired children and their families. She is in the process of setting up an on line list serve with the University for these families and in her spare time she volunteers for the Ronald McDonald House but has found her true calling with I-CAN and amputee kids. She does hospital visits with her daughter when a traumatic amputee child comes into the hospital and actively speaks at schools to open the lines of awareness for children.
She hosted the Chicago 2004 meeting with great enthusiasm and has co-hosted the 2005 San Diego meeting, as well as the 2006 Cincinnati meeting.
|Director, Mary Clark, M.D.|
|Mary is a retired pediatric orthopedic surgeon, with a particular interest in children [and adults] with congenital or acquired limb differences. "A professional" on the I-CAN list for about 8 or 9 years, she has attended two of the summer gatherings [Memphis and New Orleans], and looks forward to more.
Her professional training began at Yale Medical School, then surgery and orthopedic surgery residencies at the University of Pittsburgh. Part of that residency included 3 months at the Rancho Los Amigos Hospital in Downey, California--an orthopedic rehabilitation hospital. After residency, she stayed on the faculty at Pitt, and helped establish an amputee clinic at the Children's Hospital there [and a few years later, an amputee camp that's still going, 28 years later]. Over the years her practice has taken her to several other places, but she has always kept amputees and their families a part of her work.
She is a co-author, with Dr. Hugh Watts, of Who Is Amelia?: Caring for Children with Limb Difference (1998).
An excerpt from In Motion
|Director, Joyce Wheeler|
|Joyce has been an active member of I-CAN since 1997, about a year after the birth of her first child, Kayla. Kayla was born missing both legs at the hip, right arm above the elbow and left arm/hand differences. Their family has attended all but one of the annual meetings since she signed on and hosted the Seattle meeting in 2003.
Joyce’s professional background is in accounting but she chose to cease working outside of the home shortly after the birth of her second child in 2000. Since then she has chosen to volunteer at her children’s schools, is the Assistant Leader/Treasurer for Kayla’s Brownie Girl Scout Troop, and was Special Needs Coordinator for the Saint Edwards State Park Playground project in 2003. She hosted the Seattle 2003 meeting with great enthusiasm and is helping to co-host the 2005 San Diego meeting.
Joyce’s hobbies and interests include gardening, reading and various craft activities.