Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is responsible for the manufacturing and distribution of the LN-4 hand across the world. They handle both the daily operations as well as provide a more strategic, long-term vision for the organization.
Michael Mendonca, Founder
Michael, founder, was co-owner of StackPlastics, Inc., located in Menlo Park, which manufactures the component plastic parts of the hand for the foundation. Michael introduced the LN-4 to Rotary through his club in Pleasant Hill, CA, and with his wife Janet, has taken the LN-4 project to Vietnam, several countries in Africa, and India to introduce it to others and to perfect our procedure of outreach and delivery. He is a passionate and inspiring spokesperson for the work of the LN-4 foundation.
Lain Hensley, President
Lain is well positioned to use his many client relationships to help support the mission of the LN-4 Foundation and expand the exposure of the project and the distribution network. Lain has inspired his clients to sponsor over 5,000 hands since he was introduced to the LN-4 and is only gaining momentum. He has combined his love of learning with his passion for making a difference in the world.
Lain was introduced to the LN-4 project at a leadership conference by Candy Pierce when she was District Governor of Rotary International District 5160. Lain has traveled from Poland to Australia and all over the US for 18 years, teaching facilitation skills to internal trainers, developing training programs for regional and global leadership teams, and leading teambuilding and motivational programs for Fortune 500 companies top leadership.
Jim Yoder, Vice President
Jim Yoder is a Rotarian in Rotary Club of Walnut Creek Sunrise(D5160), currently works on distribution and communications. He also runs the organization’s primary email.
Jim speaks to Rotary Clubs, and other organizations, about the LN-4 program, develops new distribution projects of LN-4 prosthetic hands in new locations, supports established LN-4 fitting efforts and conducts LN-4 Ambassador Seminars, occasional and as needed.
Jim has fit LN-4 hands in Vietnam five+ times (he speaks fluent Vietnamese and is married to Chau, who focuses on LN-4 Volunteer and Recipient Trainings). They, together, have taken the LN-4 Project and Rotary teams to Vietnam, Jordan, India, Cambodia, Thailand, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru. Jim continues to develop the documents, letter, videos, photos and processes to help organize LN-4 teams, deliveries and fitting events in new locations.
Candy Pierce, treasurer
Candy first became involved with the LN-4 Foundation when she served as District Governor of Rotary International District 5160 in 2006-2007. While District Governor, she led the effort to pilot the LN-4 project within her district. In that year, she raised funds for hands and the first design mold series. However, her most valuable result is the ongoing support of the 73 Rotary clubs in District 5160 for the LN-4 project. She also introduced the program to Rotary District 5000 in Hawaii that year, and to the RC of Portland (Maine) also.
Candy comes to the board with extensive not-for-profit experience; Candy has worked with or served on the boards of a number of organizations beyond Rotary, including American Red Cross, NorthBay Healthcare Foundation, CASA of Solano County, and Kids’ Country.
Victor Giorgiou, Secretary
Victor Georgiou is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Danville, CA where he is currently Executive Secretary.
In the early days of the Foundation, Vic traveled with Jim Yoder to Colombia to introduce the hand to Rotarians from all over Colombia at a national Rotary event. The following year Vic, Jim and Chau returned with a team from Redding Rotary to fit hands at multiple locations throughout Colombia. Other hand fitting trips include Jordan and multiple locations in Ecuador.
Vic was active at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley for many years, where he set up much of the computer based management system that is still in use today. He was Chairman of the Danville Chamber of Commerce in 1999, and has served as the President of his HOA for many years.
A technical person by personality, Vic is well known throughout the western zones of Rotary for his “backroom” support of Rotary related activities.
Vic was a Region Manager of Field Engineering at GE at his retirement, after which he and his oldest son started and ran a sign and graphics business in Danville for 14 years.
He and his partner Aurora have been married for 50+ years. They have lived in Danville, CA for 30+ years.
Solomon romney, board member
Solomon Romney is the most recent addition to the board. Originally from Salt Lake City, Solomon Stone Romney has been a accessibility advocate and storyteller from a young age. Most recently, he was a spokesperson and media representative for Microsoft’s Xbox Adaptive Controller, which he helped design and test. He is a member of the National Ability Center’s Technology, Training, and Programming Committee. Solomon earned his BFA from Eastern New Mexico University where he studied theatre history and criticism, and both an MLitt and MFA from Mary Baldwin College where he studied Shakespeare in performance and wrote about the Early Modern theatrical business model.
Advisory Board of Directors
ernie Meadows, Founder
Ernie Meadows is an industrial designer with many years(100) of experience. Ernie worked for many years to develop the functional, inexpensive, below elbow prosthetic hand which we now know as the LN-4. Originally designed for young victims of land mines, it has benefited hundreds of people, children and adults. The LN-4 prosthetic was created to honor the memory of Ellen Meadows, daughter of Ernie and Marj Meadows, who died in an automobile accident at 18. The name LN is shorthand for Ellen.
Art Fine, General Counsel
Art has been a long-time supporter of the LN-4 hand, creating several large partnerships and leading fitting events since the creation of the organization.
Rand Smith, Registered Agent - Oregon
Rand is the organization’s Oregon representative.
Maurice Leblanc, Advisor
Maurice LeBlanc is our advisor on the world of prosthetics, and co-collaborator with Ernie Meadows. Maurice LeBlanc is a mechanical engineer from Stanford University with training in prosthetics and orthotics at UCLA Medical Center. His career has focused on assistive technology for people with disabilities with special interest in upper-limb prosthetics. He has worked at UCLA Prosthetics and Orthotics Program, National Academy of Sciences, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, Palo Alto VA Medical Center, and Mechanical Engineering at Stanford. In 2008, the American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists awarded him the Titus-Ferguson Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest level of recognition bestowed upon an outstanding academician whose accomplishments and contributions have made a significant impact on the growth and development of the profession. His latest project is the roll-out of the LN-4 Above Elbow device.
The LN-4 Project thanks all those who contributed to the success of our mission, and recognizes them in the list below:
20 / 20 Design
Mojo Rain Video Productions
Stack Plastics, Inc.
Tony Lertura Mold Design
Western Tool & Engineering
Wolf's Precision Works
Clear Path International
National Charity League
Aloha Medical Missions
Mitchell Silberberg and Knupp LLP
National Charity League
Aloha Medical Missions
Mitchell Silberberg and Knupp LLP
A particular thanks goes out to all of the Rotary Clubs, Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors around the globe who are involved in the LN-4 Hand project. They were instrumental in starting this organization and advancing its cause throughout the world. It is not possible to list all who continue to support our work. We are grateful nevertheless.