Amanda Proctor, BS-RRT
President & CEO
Medical Advisory, Scientific, & Review Board- Research Committee
Amanda Proctor founded Cauda Equina Foundation after seeking answers and peer support for her diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome (CES), a rare neurological chronic illness caused by damage to the cauda equina. Quickly realizing there was a lack of patient support, and education and after a lengthy frustrating search, she realized there was a clear and evident need for research, education, patient support, and advocacy in the field of CES.
Prior to being diagnosed with cauda equina syndrome in 2012, Amanda practiced as a Registered Respiratory Therapist in adult and pediatric critical care and emergency medicine as well as cardiopulmonary research. Amanda has a deep understanding of the healthcare system, disease management and prevention, disease research, patient and provider education, and patient advocacy.
She received her Respiratory Care Degree at Valencia College, her degree in Cardiopulmonary Science from The University of Central Florida, and she went on to study Nonprofit Management and Public Administration at The University of Central Florida.
As President & Chief Executive Officer of Cauda Equina Foundation, she is responsible for sharing her vision for the foundation and the future of the field of cauda equina syndrome with the governing boards, developing and implementing a strategic plan, fostering pioneers in the study of CES, ensuring the fiscal accountability, sourcing and securing infrastructure and resources, expanding the capacity of the foundation to serve its mission, and remaining mission & vision focused to ensure the success of the organization and its mission to improve the quality of life and care for individuals living with cauda equina syndrome and associated disorders for generations to come, to one day eradicate the devastating neurological effects of cauda equina syndrome and associated disorders.
Karen Marshall- Secretary, Chief Operations Officer
I have been volunteering with the Cauda Equina Foundation since shortly after my diagnosis with cauda equina syndrome. After delayed care, being rushed by ambulance, an emergency surgery, a week in the hospital, and 4 weeks in a rehabilitation hospital I turned to the internet looking for information on something I had never heard of before and was not given a lot of information about. The Foundation has been a great source of support while learning about living life with cauda equina syndrome.
I have an education and professional background in location analytics, demographics analysis, and marketing.
Reading, spending time outside, doing puzzles, going to the movies, traveling, and trying new restaurants.
I have been to over 30 airports - 12 international and I lost track at 19 in Canada. Favourite places are Scotland, Italy, Taiwan, and the East and West coasts in Canada for the oceans and mountains.
Mallory Reeves- Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer
Mallory graduated from Florida State University with a degree in nutrition. She then went to work with the Florida State Government in the free lunch programs for students in need of nutritional support while at school. Her role was to ensure nutritious food, inspect cafeterias throughout the state, procurement, and sourcing of food that was within budget.
She is now the Senior Administrator of Finance & Procurement of Orange County Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services where she ensures fiscal accountability in procurement of nutritious and healthy meals for students to be successful. She is also a vital member of the Florida State Emergency Response Team ensuring Floridians in dire need of emergency food and water receive aid in a timely manner.
More than that, Mallory is a patient advocate. As a parent and a caregiver, she understands the needs of patients with chronic illness and has a unique perspective of the needs of caregivers.
Mallory's duties include finance, procurement, fiscal accountability, audits, state and federal regulatory charitable compliance, strategic planning, policy and procedure, and budgeting.
Are you passionate about patient advocacy? Do you have the passion and dedication it takes to serve on a charitable nonprofit board of directors? Do you have the skills necessary to bring value to the organization? Cauda Equina Foundation is an equal opportunity organization, we encourage everyone that qualifies to apply. We especially encourage persons of color and persons from the LGBTIQ+ community to apply.