OPERF | Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation

OPERF Mission

The Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF) was established to raise the standards of education and research in the O&P profession. Practicing O&P professionals founded the organization to meet the ever-changing needs of the field.

OPERF will award grants to promote research in the profession with the goal of providing the best possible care to patients in need of O&P care. The Foundation will also assist students currently attending or entering O&P education programs by providing competitive grants and awards as they pursue careers as O&P professionals, faculty or researchers in the field.

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Recent Announcements

DeAnna Chapman, CPO, FAAOP,
Named to the OPERF Board of Directors and
Chair of the OPERF Education Committee

Chapman Brings More than a Decade of Experience to the Foundation

The Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF) is pleased to announce that DeAnna Chapman, CPO, FAAOP, has been named Chair of its Education Committee. Chapman replaces James P. Rogers, CPO, FAAOP, who has served as chair of the committee for more than ten years.

"It has been a privilege to serve OPERF for over a decade. The work accomplished by OPERF, and the Education Committee is extremely important in supporting new academics contributing to the research efforts of the profession. Therefore, I am delighted to be leaving the committee in the capable hands of DeAnna Chapman. Chapman has served as an Education Committee member for nearly ten years. I have no doubt that she will provide excellent leadership of the OPERF Education Committee," said Rogers.

DeAnna Chapman is Manager of Strategic Programs at OPIE Software. She earned her master's degree in prosthetics and orthotics from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2006. Chapman is a certified prosthetist-orthotist with over ten years of clinical experience. Prior to serving as the Chair of the Education Committee, Chapman served as a Committee Member from 2012-2021.

Don Katz, MHA, CO/L, FAAOP, Chairperson of OPERF, is grateful to Rogers for his contributions and excited about what the future holds. "On behalf of the OPERF Board of Directors, I would like to extend our most sincere appreciation for the outstanding leadership of Jim Rogers, CPO, FAAOP, who has served as the Education Committee Chair over the past ten years. We couldn't be more pleased to also welcome DeAnna Chapman, CPO, FAAOP as the new Chair of this important Committee as we embark on a new round of Education Award reviews."