Contact Us


Academy Headquarters:

1331 H Street, NW, Suite 501
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 380-3663 Phone
(202) 380-3447 Fax

Contact information is also available for the Academy Board of Directors.

Staff Directory

The Academy staff is available to answer your questions.

Chellie H. Blondes
Executive Director
Ex-officio member of the Academy Board of Directors. Primary contact for general matters pertaining to the O&P profession, including government affairs and media contacts. Supervises the Academy staff.

(202) 380-3663 x205
Manisha S. Bhaskar
Senior Director of Communications & Development
Primary resource for the Academy’s membership recruitment/retention and marketing and communications initiatives. Develops Academy publications, including contributing to, advertising in, or sponsoring the Academy TODAY and the JPO.

(202) 380-3663 x210
Andrew B. Francis
Director of Systems & Community Engagement
Primary contact for all technical issues related to the Academy database, website, and Online Learning Center. Directly engaged in promoting the O&P professions involvement in the online O&P community. Contact for Academy Societies.

(202) 380-3663 x204
Diane G. Ragusa
Director of Meetings & Exhibits
Primary contact for the Academy Annual Meeting, exhibit sales, general meeting information, and the golf tournament.

(202) 380-3663 x208
Emily Ferrin
Education Specialist/Member Services Coordinator
Primary contact for the Fellow program and providing content for Academy education programs including the Paul E. Leimkuehler Online Learning Center (OLC), the Academy Annual Meeting, and One-Day Seminars. Serves as liaison to the Education Development Council.

(202) 380-3663 x207
Nia Bailey
Council, Committee & Project Specialist
Primary contact for the three Academy councils, Professional Issues, Research, and Education. Serves as staff contact for OPERF, the Academy Chapters, the Women in O&P and Student Resident Committees, the Mentoring Program, and scholarships.

(202) 380-3663 x203
Amanda Aguilar
Member Services Coordinator
Primary customer service contact for issues related to new and renewing members, the Academy bookstore, and career awareness.

(202) 380-3663 x212