Board of Directors
Michael Mendonça, Founder
EMPHF 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.
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 Vice-President of the Foundation, a Rotarian in Rotary Club of Walnut Creek Sunrise(D5160), currently editor-publisher of the posts on Facebook/LN4hands) and handles maintenance of www.LN-4.org. Jim also receives and distributes all the EMPHF@ln-4.org 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 taken the LN-4 to 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.
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 lead the effort to pilot the LN-4 project within her district and in that year raised funds for hands and the first design mold series. But 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 Georgiou is Secretary of the Foundation and 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 50+ years. They have lived in Danville CA 30+ years.
Advisory Board of Directors
First and foremost, 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 benefitted hundreds of people, children and adults, beyond the original intent.
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.
Maurice LeBlanc is our advisor on the world of prosthetics, and co-collaborator with Ernie. A mechanical engineer from Stanford University, “Mo” is the recipient of the life time achievement award by his national professional organization in recognition of his significant personal contributions and engineering design innovations in the field of prosthetics. He is especially interested in upper limb prosthetics, and he and Ernie continue to work on innovations in prosthetics that our foundation may be able to offer in the future.
Art Fine, is our General Counsel.