ANTHONY (TONY) C. WARD, CPO, assumed the role of president of the ABC Board of Directors on December 1 and takes over the presidency from Rachel A. Friddle-Johnson, CPO, who will continue to serve as immediate past president. “Tony has had a lot of experience volunteering not only for O&P organizations, but also within his community,” remarked Cathy Carter, Executive Director for ABC. “That experience is what helps us build on our foundation and keeps us creating and innovating.”
Ward, an active practitioner from Edgewood, Ky., brings to the board more than 24 years of experience working in the O&P profession. He received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and his O&P education from Northwestern University. Ward became certified as an ABC Prosthetist in 2002 and Prosthetist-Orthotist in 2004. He also has many years of volunteer and leadership service with ABC. Since 2009, Ward has volunteered as an ABC prosthetic and orthotic CPM examiner and has served as an exam committee member.
Ward’s volunteerism and leadership doesn’t stop there. Currently, he serves as VP at Durrett’s Orthotics and Prosthetics and has served on the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Orthotic and Prosthetic Association. During his time on the KOPA Board, Ward headed the legislative effort to pass state required licensure for orthotics, prosthetics and pedorthics in Kentucky. He is also serving as an Edgewood City Council member. But perhaps his most important role of all is that of husband to Suzie and Dad to his four sons Michael, Isaac, Ryan and Evan ranging in age from 21-12. Tony enjoys coaching his boys in sports and spending quality time with them hunting, fishing and hiking.