P. Joanne Ray joins the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation as Chief Executive Officer

P. Joanne Ray, Chief Executive Officer

The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF), the leading organization funding orthopaedic research across all sub-specialties, has welcomed P. Joanne Ray as its new chief executive officer.

Ray fills a vacancy created by the departure of Sharon K. Mellor, PhD, CAE, who retired from the organization in April, 2017. Ms. Ray was chosen after a national search and selection process.

“We are thrilled that Joanne has joined OREF,” said David. G. Lewallen, MD, OREF president. “Among her many achievements, the OREF Search Committee was impressed with her outstanding track record in the development of both individual giving and corporate sponsorship programs as well as her experience in volunteer management and organizational development. After a comprehensive search process, we are confident that we have found the best individual to lead OREF and to help it achieve its mission of improving lives and the field of orthopaedics by supporting excellence in orthopaedic research.”

“Decades of Trustees and staff have built a strong history of supporting and furthering orthopaedic research across all sub-specialties. I am truly looking forward to working side-by-side with our esteemed volunteer leaders and experienced Foundation staff, collaborating with our corporate donors and orthopaedic partners, building upon the opportunities for current, past and future leading investigators, and, most of all, stewarding the collective support and trust of our donors while enhancing orthopaedic research funding and opportunities.”

Ms. Ray is a senior medical association, foundation and nonprofit executive with 32 years of experience in the association, healthcare, development, communications, hospital…

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