About Us

ADVANCING ORTHOPEDICS FOR GENERATIONS TO COME

The Warsaw, Indiana, orthopedic device cluster is one of the most concentrated centers of medical device economic activity anywhere in the United States. The orthopedic industry continues to grow, driven by treating the underlying needs of musculoskeletal patients and improving people’s lives.

It started when Revra DePuy began his company in Warsaw in 1895. Thirty-two years later, a DePuy employee and area native J.O. Zimmer launched his own company. Another Warsaw company became the predecessor of Medtronic’s spinal business—the world leader in the spinal device category. By the time Biomet was created in 1977, the area was thriving with enterprises large and small.

Today, these companies are multi-billion dollar global enterprises, anchoring an industry cluster that represents 50% of the global orthopedic market for total joint replacements—making Warsaw, Indiana, the Orthopedic Capital of the World.®

OrthoWorx is a non-profit formed in 2009 with initial funding from the Lilly Endowment Inc. to preserve and extend our region’s legacy as the Orthopedic Capital.® Based in Warsaw, Indiana, we work with orthopedic industry members, academic partners and community leaders to capitalize on the resources and expertise across our region and in our industry to achieve common goals.

It is our mission to ensure that our industry and the communities that depend on its success thrive with social and economic benefits for generations to come.

Together, we accomplish this through three core initiatives: Talent Development, Talent Attraction, and Innovation.

the orthoworx team

Our team is a passionate, driven group of professionals whose collective experience and expertise help us pursue our core initiatives.

Sheryl Conley
President & Chief
Executive Officer

Cathy Limina
Chief Financial Officer

Brad Bishop
Executive Director

Gennie
Brissette-Tipton

Associate Manager,
Communications & Projects


Laura Kernodle
Program Manager,
Experiential Learning Initiatives

Michele Picillo
Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our Board of Directors is a dedicated group of executives representing our industry, academic and community partners. Most were founding board members of OrthoWorx and have fiduciary responsibility for our organization.
TOBIAS BUCK, BOARD CHAIR
Chairman & CEO,
Paragon Medical, Inc.

Tobias Buck is founder of Paragon Medical located in Pierceton, Indiana, a manufacturer of medical devices for the orthopedic community… Read More
SHERYL CONLEY
President & CEO, OrthoWorx, Inc.

Sheryl Conley joined OrthoWorx as President & Chief Executive Officer in September 2012. In 2013, she was also named Executive Director for the Orthopedics… Read More
DAVID FINDLAY
President & Chief Executive Officer,
Lakeland Financial Corp. & Lake City Bank

David Findlay currently serves as President of Lakeland Financial Corporation, and Lake City Bank, headquartered in Warsaw, Indiana. He oversees.. Read More
WILLIAM FISHER
Senior Vice President,
Global Human Resources, Zimmer Biomet

William (Bill) Fisher was appointed Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources of Zimmer in July 2009. He has extensive global leadership experience… Read More
DAVID JOHNSON
President & CEO,
BioCrossroads, Inc.

David Johnson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of BioCrossroads, a market-driven collaboration of Indiana’s leaders in life sciences… Read More
WILLIAM J. KATIP, PH.D.
President,
Grace College & Theological Seminary

William J. (Bill) Katip, Ph.D., has 39 years of college administration and teaching experience. His background includes College Admissions, Student Life… Read More
JON SERBOUSEK
Past President, Biomet Orthopedics & Sr. VP Biomet Inc.

Jon Serbousek was the President of Biomet Orthopedics and Senior Vice President of Biomet, Inc. Prior to Biomet, Jon held various general management… Read More
SUZANNE LIGHT
Executive Director, Kosciusko County Community Foundation

Suzanne Light is the Executive Director, Kosciusko County Community Foundation, a public charity, based in Warsaw, Indiana. Suzanne leads… Read More
PAUL VOORHORST
Vice President of Clinical Research,
DePuy Synthes Joint Reconstruction

Paul Voorhorst joined DePuy in 1989 and is currently the Vice President of Clinical Research… Read More

Strategic advisory board

Our Strategic Advisory Board is a visionary group that provides guidance and input on our core initiatives. Its members provide an informed base of support in industry and community leadership.

Kevin Deardorff

Executive Vice President, Lake City Bank

Michael Gosmeyer

Chief Compliance Officer, Paragon Medical, Inc.

Bill Hartman

Director, Global Product Management, Knees, Zimmer Biomet

Brad Jackson

Commissioner, Kosciusko County

Cindy Sisson

Vice President of Enrollment Management, Grace College & Theological Seminary

Joseph Thallemer, D.O.

Mayor, City of Warsaw

Mark Throdahl

President and CEO, Orthopediatrics

Ryan Twiss

Director of Regional Initiatives, Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

Paul Voorhorst

Vice President of Clinical Research, DePuy Synthes Joint Reconstruction

Roy Wiley

Director, Medtronic Spinal Business

Jerry Yeager

Chief Executive Officer, SYM Financial Advisors, representing Kosciusko County Community Foundation

Michelle Zawadzki

Vice President, Research & Development, Zimmer Biomet

university | industry advisory board

Our University | Industry Advisory Board (UIAB) is a committed group of Indiana universities and orthopedic industry partners. Together, they create stronger, mutually beneficial connections among higher education institutions and the orthopedic medical device industry.

Robert Bernhard, Ph.D (co-chair)

VP Research, University of Notre Dame

Tobias Buck

Chairman and CEO, Paragon Medical, Inc.

Vicky Carwein

Chancellor, IPFW

Thomas Coley

Chancellor, Ivy Tech Community College

Dan Gerritzen

General Counsel & VP of Legal, OrthoPediatrics

Dan Hasler

President and Chief Entrepreneurial Officer, Purdue Research Foundation

Carolyn Kapinus

Acting Associate VP of Research and Dean of the Graduate School, Ball State University

Bill Katip, Ph.D.

President, Grace College & Theological Seminary

Raylene Rospond

Vice President and Dean, Manchester University

Bill Stephan

Vice President for Engagement, Indiana University

Paul Voorhorst

Vice President of Clinical Research, DePuy Synthes Joint Reconstruction

Roy Wiley

Sr. Director of Manufacturing, Medtronic

Dan Williamson

President, Global Reconstructive Joints, Zimmer Biomet

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orthoworx members

Expanding the community benefits of our status as The Orthopedic Capital of the World® requires broad, coordinated effort. Our community stakeholders embrace and contribute toward our efforts. They include representatives from the following companies and organizations.

OUR INITIATIVES