Meet Whitney Doyle (she/her/hers), Director of Government Relations
We are thrilled to welcome Whitney as director of government relations. Whitney has extensive advocacy and grassroots leadership experience and previously served as the executive director of the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology, Inc. Her drive for transparency and equality led to expanded outreach of assistive technology services in every county in Florida. Whitney began her career with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics from St. Petersburg College and became a certified prosthetist in 2015. Seeking a transition away from patient care, Whitney began working on projects that aligned with her passion for equitable access.
Her disability advocacy work started in 2008, when she joined the Florida Youth Council and became a volunteer at the Florida Youth Leadership Forum. Whitney’s past community engagement includes becoming a peer visitor, co-founding the activities-based support group LIM359 (based in Denver), and coaching basketball at NubAbility Athletics All Sports Camp. Being inspired by others who have disabilities has led her to become an active member of the Florida Independent Living Council’s board of directors and the National Council on Independent Living’s finance committee. Whitney has a master’s degree in nonprofit management from the University of Central Florida and became a certified nonprofit professional in 2023.
As director of government relations, Whitney oversees the team charged with advancing the policy agenda of the Amputee Coalition at the state and federal levels. This policy work includes educating and empowering volunteers to advocate for themselves and their communities around the country.
Whitney enjoys baking vegan desserts, socializing at the gym, and buying new plants for the home she shares with her husband, Tyler.
Meet Natalie Harold (she/her/hers), Resource Development Manager
Natalie joins the Resource and Referral Team to help develop new content for the National Limb Loss Resource Center. She has worked with the limb loss and limb difference community as a certified prosthetist-orthotist, clinical researcher, and advocate since 2016.
In her new role, she will contribute to our outreach efforts and offer support to our members and their caregivers. She will guide the updates and development of our digital and print materials, explore new opportunities for engaged learning, and play a key role in our research partnerships. Her experience will be vital to ensuring that our resources stay up to date and are relevant, accurate, and impactful.
She and her fiancé (who has been an amputee for 21-plus years) are strong advocates for the O&P community. In 2017, they founded a nonprofit called Forrest Stump after completing a 1,500-mile ultra-triathlon to raise awareness. You can watch the documentary film here: https://vimeo.com/369483734. Their fight to end outdated and discriminatory health coverage policies is far from over. Now Forrest Stump has joined forces with the Amputee Coalition’s Government Relations team and AOPA, NAAOP, and the Academy. When these two aren’t attempting to move mountains, they enjoy hiking, skiing, and biking them. This is one of the many reasons they are proud to call the Pacific Northwest their home!
Meet Wendy Palmer, Patient Navigator
Wendy brings over two decades of experience in healthcare administration. Experienced in interpreting the language of insurance policies and compliance regulations, she is passionate about helping patients access the quality of service they are entitled to. Having worked with patients across the nation, she understands that resources vary from state to state and she makes every effort to provide individualized options that are applicable to your needs.
With an extensive history of working with the limb loss community, Wendy is thankful for what those individuals have taught her over the years and reflects on that knowledge while gathering resources to empower patients with similar needs.
Having a love of all things true crime, Wendy looks forward to investigating and connecting the dots between resources, professionals, and guidance to provide comprehensive care. Alongside her career, she enjoys fishing and four wheeling with her family, chasing sunsets, and soaking in the simple things of life.