The Amputee Coalition is delighted to introduce four new additions to its national staff.
Meet Linda Minor, Events Manager
We are pleased to welcome Linda Minor as the Amputee Coalition Events Manager. She plans and organizes the annual National Conference, board meetings, youth camp, regional educational programs, and other Coalition events. Her main responsibility is to execute high-quality events and will work to continue to improve the participant experience.
Linda Minor has over 20 years of meeting experience working for various non-profit associations. She is very active in the meetings industry and received her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation in 2006 and her Certified Meetings Management (CMM) designation in 2020. Linda currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Association of Meeting Professionals (AMPs) and Chairs AMPs Special Events Committee. Linda is driven by the mission of the Amputee Coalition and is excited to help and empower people affected by limb loss by creating events that understand and meet their needs.
Born outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she looks forward to going home for Steelers games, Penguins games and enjoying a Primanti Brothers sandwich.
Meet Trenaya Reid, Workforce Manager
Trenaya Reid has taken on the role of Workforce Manager for the Amputee Coalition. Her primary goal is to build and implement trainings and resources for the new Workforce Development Program. This new initiative is designed to assist those who are new to the workforce and/or those transitioning back into the workforce after amputation.
Trenaya has more than seven years’ experience working with individuals with disabilities and those within diverse/underrepresented populations. She has worked with participants in the nonprofit, state, and federal sectors, assisting them with job placement. Being a person within the limb difference community, she has a personal interest in being an advocate and mentor for those with diverse backgrounds. Trenaya is grateful to come aboard to support the mission of the Amputee Coalition. She is enthusiastic about helping people and takes a personal interest in helping individuals reach their goals; particularly helping individuals with securing and maintaining employment.
Trenaya is a huge Disney fan, loves to travel, and had the unique opportunity to appear on Sesame Street twice as a child.
Meet Ana-Maria Gutierrez, Communications Manager
Ana-Maria Gutierrez joins the national staff as the Communications Manager. She aims to create deeper awareness and familiarity about the Amputee Coalition and its National Limb Loss Resource Center® within the community, and among key opinion leaders, advocates, allies, volunteers, and donors. She is working to build upon the Amputee Coalition’s leading position in the limb loss community to develop and execute communication initiatives that will further the mission of the organization.
Ana-Maria has 20 years of experience working in strategic communications, technology applications, graphic design, and social media. Her career has focused on the field of special education, working primarily to promote the use of assistive technology (AT) to serve the needs of children and youth with disabilities. She has a passion for helping and empowering people, and a deep connection to the disability community.
In her spare time, Ana Maria loves to travel and provides volunteer interior design services to create safe and warm homes for families displaced by domestic violence.
Meet Shawntay Kent, Information and Referral Specialist
Shawntay Kent has come on board as an Information and Referral Specialist here at the Amputee Coalition. Her day-to-day functions include communicating and responding to different inquiries, connecting people with resources in their community, researching and updating resource materials and offering empathetic support to clients. Joining the team was one of the easiest transitions she has ever experienced. Her full circle moment came during the National Conference in August 2022. Being able to see everyone in person was an amazing experience. Meeting community members face to face and seeing them shine was very fulfilling. She is looking forward to continuing this journey and learning.
Shawntay has a background in Psychology and a passion for working to help people. The drive to work with people led her to study Psychology at Central State University. Since graduating, she has worked in people-centered positions, and it has been such a wonderful experience. Prior to joining the Amputee Coalition, she worked as a county-based Options Counselor. When the opportunity to work with the Amputee Coalition came about, it felt like a perfect fit. She has learned so much since joining the team and will continue to learn and use her skills to help as many people as she can.
Outside of work, Shawntay enjoys skiing and working on different projects. She has been working on creating a ski club for the children in her community. Being introduced to the sport in elementary school in a ski club, her goal is to become a mentor for other children.