Amanda Boxtel

Turning no into YES one step at a time.


Amanda Boxtel CV

Executive Director, Bridging Bionics Foundation

Professional Speaker, Amanda Boxtel, Inc

EXPERIENCE

Executive Director, Bridging Bionics Foundation
January 2013 – Present, Basalt, CO

Bridging Bionics Foundation's mission is to provide funding, education, and advance the research and development for exoskeletons and bionic technology to augment human mobility and capability. Bridging Bionics Foundation was officially incorporated on March 4, 2013 in the State of Colorado. Bridging Bionics Foundation’s EIN is 46-2182977.

Ambassador, Ekso Bionics
December 2010 – Present, Richmond, CA

Spokesperson and ambassador for a bionic exoskeleton named EksoTM from Ekso Bionics.

Ambassador Manager; Marketing Communications Liaison; Ekso Hope Director, Ekso Bionics
December 2010 – December 2012, Richmond, California

Over the two-year span, I was responsible for establishing an ambassador program for Ekso Bionics; social media manager; Ekso Hope Director (assisting hospitals and centers seeking funding assistance strategize on how to fundraise).

Consultant and Exoskeleton Test Pilot, Berkeley Bionics, Inc.
July 2010 – December 2010
Professional Speaker, Writer, Coach, Amanda Boxtel, Inc
November 2006 – December 2012 (Six years 2 months) (Public Relations and Communications industry)

Professional Speaker (USA and International); Writer - authoring my memoir; Coach; Stem Cell Pioneer

Co-founder, Challenge Aspen
December 1995 — November 2006 (11 years)

Co-founder and Special Projects Director of Challenge Aspen, a non-profit that enables individuals with disabilities to realize their potential through recreation in the Rocky Mountains. Challenge Aspen's outreach is global with sister programs in Iceland, Portillo Chile, and Bariloche, Argentina. www.challengeaspen.org

EDUCATION

Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland - Australia

Education: Primary Teaching/Early Childhood Specialization, 1985 — 1987

Other:

Aspen Skiing Company Professional Ski Instructor –
Adaptive Certified PSIA Level 1 Mono-ski and Bi-Ski 1996-2006

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: December 15, 1967
Place of Birth: Brisbane, Australia
Date of Injury: February 27, 1992
Disability Type: T11/12 Spinal Cord Injury
Residence: Basalt, Colorado - USA

Quote:

"I've never stopped dreaming about walking again...  I am making my dream my reality one baby step at a time."

Interests:

Exercise, physical therapy and outdoor recreation; motivational speaking to corporations and non-profit organizations; skiing; writing--authoring my memoir; watercolor painting; volunteering and helping others

Honors, Awards, Accomplishments:

  • Australian born, Amanda has a Degree in Primary Education with a specialization in Early Childhood
  • Amanda was an elementary school teacher and an aerobic dance instructor
  • 1995 Co-founder, Challenge Aspen (www.ChallengeAspen.org)
  • 1996 PSIA (Professional Ski Instructor of America) Adaptive Ski Instructor Certification –
  • First disabled person to be hired by Aspen Skiing Company to teach skiing to the disabled from a mono-ski
  • 1999 Colorado Ski Country USA Adaptive Athlete of the Year
  • 1999 Orchestrated the first disability whitewater rafting trip down the Grand Canyon
  • 2002 Olympic Torch Bearer (from my mono-ski)
  • 2002-2005 - Helped establish international adaptive ski programs in Iceland, Chile and Argentina
  • 2005 Spearheaded bringing 200 wheelchairs to the poorest of the poor in Argentina
  • 2007 Colorado Rockies Leadership Award on Coors Field, Denver, CO
  • 2008 Aspen Sojourner Magazine - Sojourner Salutes Award
  • 2007-June, 2010 - Stem Cell Treatments in New Delhi, India
  • July, 2010-Present – First paraplegic woman to walk in EksoTM - a bionic exoskeleton - with Ekso Bionics (formerly Berkeley Bionics) in California, USA
  • May, 2013 – Second wheelchair distribution project in Argentina
  • July, 2013 – First person in the US to personally own EksoTM, a bionic exoskeleton suit from Ekso Bionics. This version features a variable assist modality.
  • January 2013-Present—Executive Director, Bridging Bionics Foundation http://bridgingbionics.org