OPGA Announces 2022 O&P Woman of the Year Finalists

Published in Orthotics & Prosthetics on August 29, 2022

OPGA is excited to announce the four finalists nominated for the 2022 O&P Woman of the Year Award.

The finalists are: 

  • Adrienne Hill, CPO, Area Clinic Manager with Hanger Clinic
  • Maggie Baumer, Area Business Clinic Manager with Hanger Clinic
  • Manisha Bhaskar, Senior Director of Communications & Development with American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists
  • Nina Bondre, Education Specialist with Ottobock Healthcare

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The winner of the 2022 O&P Woman of the Year award will be announced at the AOPA National Assembly in the OPGA booth #728 on Thursday, September 29 at 9:45 a.m. CT.  

“We’re excited to continue recognizing the women in O&P who are creating impactful and positive experiences to the patients and community they serve,” said Adam Miller, president of OPGA, a division of VGM & Associates. “There are so many deserving candidates out there, and we are ready to highlight the woman who exemplifies everything that is exceptional about the O&P community.” 

The annual award is open to all women who work in the O&P profession. Nominators were encouraged to provide examples of how the nominee has made significant contributions throughout her career to serve her patients, community, business, and the O&P profession. Finalists were selected by a committee of O&P professionals.

For more information about the O&P Woman of the Year Award, including more information about each finalist, visit www.vgm.com/oandpwomanoftheyear. 

Meet the Finalists

Adrienne HillAdrienne Hill, CPO, Area Clinic Manager with Hanger Clinic

Adrienne Hill earned her Master’s degree in Health Administration at the George Washington University School of Public Health; and her B.S. in Physics and Mathematics at Spelman College. Adrienne became certified in 2007 as a Prosthetist Orthotist after completing post-baccalaureate courses at Newington Certificate Program through the University of Connecticut. Adrienne is a 15-year veteran of Hanger Clinic, most recently serving as the Area Clinic Manager in Atlanta, GA. Adrienne has extensive certifications in a full variety of orthotic and prosthetic solutions. She enjoys not only providing traditional care, but also embraces the advancement of technology to provide better services to patients. She is now contributing to shaping the minds of the next generation of O&P professionals as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Kennesaw State University. During her 15-year career tenure, she has had the opportunity to experience different aspects of prosthetics and orthotics through clinical care, patient advocacy, and mentorship. These experiences have fueled Adrienne's dedication to promoting this profession through community Outreach, Hanger’s diversity and inclusion affinity group, PAUSE (People Aligned United to Serve Everyone), and her social media initiative P.O.P.P.E.D. (Promoting Orthotics and Prosthetics Positively Every Day). Outside of work, Adrienne enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons.

P.O.P.P.E.D was born from an idea to promote the Prosthetics and Orthotics profession through education and community engagement. For the last five years, she has been educating K-12 students both in and outside of the classroom. Through social media, P.O.P.P.E.D has made the profession more accessible to students, professionals, and the others within the community. 


Maggie BaumerMaggie Baumer, Area Business Clinic Manager with Hanger Clinic

Maggie Baumer is an attorney licensed to practice in both New York and Massachusetts. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University in 2004 and her Juris Doctor degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2011. She has served in advocacy positions for several health care organizations, including the Long Term Care Community Coalition and the Office of the New York State Attorney General (Health Care Bureau) in New York City. Maggie is a board member of the National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics & Prosthetics (2016 to present) and is currently the President (term beginning in January 2022); the American Trauma Society’s Board of Directors (2016 to present); and the Trauma Survivors Network Advisory Board (2014 to present). She currently serves as Area Clinic Business Manager for Hanger Clinic in Western & Central Massachusetts, as well as a Certified Peer Visitor Coordinator for the AMPOWER program, a peer-to-peer network designed to empower and strengthen those affected by amputation or limb difference through peer mentorship, educational resources, and community events.


Manisha BhaskarManisha Bhaskar, Senior Director of Communications & Development with American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists

Manisha Bhaskar is the Senior Director of Communications and Development for the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy). Ms. Bhaskar has represented the orthotic and prosthetic profession for more than 25 years and has extensive experience in communications and public relations. Her work has focused on ensuring that the needs of O&P professionals are addressed through the development of programs, initiatives, and partnerships that translate to better resources for those that provide and inform patient care. She has worked with the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics, Inc. (ABC), the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA), the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE), the Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation, and the Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF).


Nina BondreNina Bondre, Education Specialist with Ottobock Healthcare

As a CPO, Nina witnessed firsthand the startling inequities in the U.S. healthcare system. These experiences inspired her to co-found a Diversity Council at Ottobock, where she has started a mentorship program and led an Inclusion Workshop for Ottobock's North America executive team. Her clinical and educational experiences have shown her how important patients and clinicians are to the innovation process. Most recently, she has been exploring design thinking and its applications to the patient experience. Having completed her BS in Neuroscience at Duke University and Master of Prosthetics & Orthotics at Northwestern University, Nina is currently pursuing an MBA at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She hopes to become the bridge between clinicians and corporations to improve care in O&P. 


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