New Executive Board Elected

New Board Members Also Welcomed

Frank Aviles, Jr., P.T., CWS, FACCWS, CLT-LANA, ALM, AWCC, MAPWCA is the new president of the Save A Leg, Save A Life Foundation (SALSAL). Board member Carol Barry, former National Accounts Manager for Organogenesis is the new treasurer. Board member Christine Grogan DHA MS MHA, President of Engineered Tissue Solutions (ETS),  is the new secretary.

The election was held at the April 27 board meeting held in conjunction with the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC) Spring.

New Board Members Dr. Alton R. Johnson Jr., Christine Grogan, and Annika Kariniemi were nominated and voted onto the Board earlier this year.

Alton R. Johnson Jr. DPM, DAPBM, FACPM, FASPS, CWSP is a Clinical Assistant Professor, Podiatrist, Podiatric Surgeon, and Wound Care Specialist. Currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan in the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Diabetes-Podiatry, he is also an Attending Physician, Family Medicine Residency in the Department of Family Medicine at Michigan Medicine- University of Michigan Medical School, and a Principal Investigator/Lead Innovator in the Virtual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Healthcare Careers Initiative, and a Diversity Fund Faculty Grant Recipient at The University of Michigan Medical School..

SALSAL Board Members

Annika Kariniemi MSN, RN, APRN, CNP, CWCN is the owner and operator of Avella Wound Care, with clinic locations in Phoenix and Flagstaff Arizona. A Certified Wound Care Nurse Practitioner, she provides evaluation and wound care plans for patients with acute and non-healing wounds. She has over 15 years of nursing experience in a variety of medical specialties.

Christine Grogan DHA MS MHA is President of ETS, Heraeus Holdings currently launching a new product for wound care. Previously she was Vice President Marketing, Americas for 3M (Formerly KCI, an Acelity Company), where she managed the restructure of KCI’s Americas’ Marketing Division, served on its Launch Excellence Task Force, and received many industry awards.