Meet the Team

Martha McDade

Martha founded the Given Limb Foundation in 2007 with the goal of finding the right technical innovators to improve the lives of amputees. She holds bachelors and master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from Duke University. Martha brings to the foundation extensive project management experience having worked at the engineering firm CH2M HILL for 15 years, and having started her own firm, Environmental Excellence, in 1995. Martha serves as vice chairman of the City of Rye Planning Commission and on the Board of Trustees of Duke University. Martha is also a past member of the board of trustees and performance improvement committees of The Osborn, a long-term care facility in Rye, NY.

Leslie Purcell

Leslie is one of the founding directors of the Given Limb Foundation. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Delaware. Leslie brings to the foundation financial expertise from her previous work experience as a Certified Public Accountant and positions held with Price Waterhouse, Arthur Andersen and Citibank. Over the past 25 years, Leslie has also been instrumental in several non-profit organizations, which have included helping start a shelter for homeless men in New York City. She also spent 6 years as a Board Member and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Port Chester Carver Center, a community-based organization that provides a variety of educational and social services to help those in need build brighter futures. Other past non-profit board experience includes the Rye Youth Council and the Rye Council for Childcare.

Janis Rehlaender

Janis is one of the founding directors of the Given Limb Foundation. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.  Janis brings to the board a broad level of business expertise, having worked for over 10 years in the medical device industry in marketing, product management and strategic planning. She was Director of Corporate Planning when she retired from Baxter International, and has consulted to several small medical device companies over the past decade. Janis served for six years, three as Chair, on the Darien Board of Education in Darien, CT. Janis is a member of the Pratt Engineering School Board of Visitors at Duke University, and served as its Chair from 2011-2014.

Jonathan Kuniholm

Jon is an engineer and designer, founding the Open Prosthetics Project and StumpworX, Inc. to improve prosthetic arms following his own injury while serving as a Marine in Iraq in 2005. Jon is a presidentially appointed member of the National Council on Disability and an outspoken advocate for those in need of orphan medical devices like prosthetic arms. He has been featured on 60 Minutes, NPR, TedX and other media.