Reporter's notebook: Walker hits the ground running

Friday, November 22, 2013

LUBBOCK, Texas – Stakeholders may have thought they were losing a powerful complex rehab advocate when Weesie Walker retired last December, but as the new interim executive director of NRRTS, she is back in the game.

“It’s almost like I never left,” said Walker. “It’s invigorating to jump back in and be part of things during this exciting time.”

Walker retired from National Seating and Mobility last December after 20 years. Her retirement freed her up to step in as NRRTS interim director, she said.

“It was fate,” she said. “When I talked to registrants at Medtrade about how much NRRTS means to them, I knew I’d made the right decision.”

Her main areas of focus so far have been planning the spring’s National CRT Conference—including finding consumers to sponsor—and NRRTS’s educational webinar series.

NRRTS will host 30 free webinars in 2014, coordinated by Walker and well-known speaker and educator Michelle Lange. 

“There’s a huge need for it,” said Walker. “For new people, there’s an introduction to the world of complex rehab. For more experienced people, it’s always a challenge to offer something that’s not the same stuff they’ve heard before.”

Walker will helm NRRTS for the foreseeable future; she has no concrete plans for when she will resume retirement. 

“I want to make sure things are running as smoothly as possible, then we’ll start the search (for an executive director),” she said.