Advisory Board

Scott Hinshon-Advisory Board Member, President/CEO, Orthotic Care Services
BS Metropolitan State University; Technical Practitioner of Orthotics, Century College

After completing his Bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State University, Scott continued his education at Century College in Minnesota earning a technical and practitioner certificate in orthotics. He completed an NCOPE Residency Program at Mary Free Bed Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1996 and was certified by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics (ABC) in 1999.  Scott has served at Fairview Orthotics and Prosthetics, Custom Care Orthotics, and now leads his own patient care practice at Orthotic Care Services.


Megan LavelleAdvisory board member

Megan is the mother of two beautiful girls, Molly and Emma. Emma was born with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC), a rare condition that affects Emma’s muscle tone and joint development.  At birth Emma was only able to move her thumbs.  After multiple castings, therapies and surgeries, Megan began working with the engineers at Nemours to improve the design of a device to assist Emma with the use of her upper extremities.  This device greatly improves Emma’s ability to function with daily activities including eating, playing, learning and development.  Megan is a true advocate for Emma and other children with disabilities volunteering time on multiple advisory and parent boards at Nemours.  Megan is a retired elementary school teacher of 10 years with her Masters in instruction.


Dr. AnnMarie Thomas PhDAdvisory Board Member, Professor of Engineering, University of St. Thomas Ph.D., M.S. Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, S.B., M.I.T.

Dr. Thomas Joined the faculty at the University of St. Thomas in 2006. She previously held a faculty position at Art Center College of Design, and she is the director of the UST Design Laboratory, leading a team of students looking at ways to use engineering and design to help others. She currently teaches Engineering Graphics, Machine Design, Dynamics, Toy Design, Product Design for an Aging Population, and Brain Machine Interfaces.  Dr. Thomas also served as the founding director of the Maker Education Initiative where she worked to establish the National Maker Corps Program.

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Sharon Steinhoff SmithAdvisory Board Member, Vice President of Marketing, Stratasys

Sharon Steinhoff Smith is the Vice President of Marketing for Stratasys, a global leader in the high-growth industry of 3D printing. Her experience in marketing to B2B audiences spans more than 30 years. Her passion for brand management and content marketing has led to awards from the Content Marketing Institute, the Business Marketing Association and PRSA. Prior to Stratasys, she held marketing management positions at HID Global, a manufacturer of ID card printers and security solutions.  She has a B.A. in communications.


Just L. Herder, PhD-Advisory Board Member

Just Herder is a full professor of Interactive Mechanisms and Mechatronics at Delft University of Technology (0.8 fte) and of Mechanisms and Robotics Design at the University of Twente (0.2 fte). He has widely published in international peer-reviewed journals and conferences and has received several international awards. He is EC member of IFToMM, board member of several international IEEE and ASME conferences, associate editor in different international journals, and Editor-in-Chief in another one. Six start-up companies have emerged from his research and he holds over a dozen international patents in different areas of mechanism design. He held visiting positions at Laval University, Canada, and at MIT, US, as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar.

Other Volunteers

 Lindsay Young, PhDBoard Liaison/Marketing and Fundraising Coordinator

Dr. Young was impassioned by Emma’s story an d committed efforts to the the Magic Arms for the World team after attending the 2014 AMCSI conference and witnessing the courageous families affected by Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita. Dr. Young has a background in clinical research and is currently finishing an MBA at the University of St Thomas as part of the Applied Business Training Program through LifeScience Alley. Dr. Young brings successful grant-writing expertise and fundraising and marketing skills to the team.

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