Weesie Walker took over the reins at NRRTS when Simon Margolis retired Aug. 30. At the time, Michelle Gunn, NRRTS president, said “I can think of no one better than Weesie Walker to help us continue our mission.”
A little over a month in, Walker says the position fits like an old shoe.
“It’s almost like I never left,” she said. “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 as a prominent advocate for complex rehab. Her retirement opened up her time and her past experience provided the expertise to act 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 and NRRTS’s educational webinar series.
NRRTS will host 30 free webinars next year, 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.”
Efforts around the second annual National CRT Conference include working with NCART to set a date and plan programming, as well as finding consumers to sponsor for trips to D.C. to help advocate on the Hill.
“They’re the ones that really tell the story,” she said.
While Walker is the interim executive director, she’s not planning to resume retirement anytime soon, she said.
“I want to make sure things are running as smoothly as possible, then we’ll start the search,” she said.