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About Us

The United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc. (UOAA) is a national network for bowel and urinary diversion support groups in the United States. Its goal is to provide a nonprofit association that will serve to unify and strengthen its member support groups, which are organized for the benefit of people who have, or will have intestinal or urinary diversions and their caregivers.

UOAA’s Mission

Membership in UOAA is open to any nonprofit ostomy support group that chooses to affiliate with it.

The Phoenix magazine, the official publication of the UOAA, is published quarterly and serves as a major source of funding for the organization’s activities. All interested individuals are encouraged to subscribe.

UOAA has a IRS 501(c)(3) charity status that its affiliated support groups can use as an umbrella.

For current information about UOAA’s activities, see the UOAA Update newsletter.

UOAA’s Board of Directors:

See Photos and Bios of UOAA’s 2014 Board Members (399 kB PDF)

President:     Susan Burns, Missouri
1st Vice President: Jim Murray, Florida
2nd Vice President: Jim Moore, Arkansas
Treasurer: Dave Rudzin, Illinois
Secretary: Fran Popp, Nevada
Director: Millie Parker, Florida
Director: Ival Secrest, Arizona
Director: Doug Shefsky, Connecticut
Director: Doug Yakich, California

Board of Trustees:

Chair:     Ken Aukett, New Jersey, UOAA Co-Founder and Past President
Vice Chair: George Salamy, New Jersey
Member: Shelley Dittmer, Florida
Member: Sherry Lessard, Oregon
Member: Marilyn Mau, Illinois

Board of Trustees, Industry and Professional Society Representatives:

From Coloplast:     Ed Veome, Vice President, Marketing
From ConvaTec: Punnie Donohue, Director, Marketing and Communications
From Edgepark: Scott Effertz, Director of Sales
From Hollister: Dan Yrigoyen, General Manager, Ostomy & Wound Care Division
From Nu-Hope: Brad Galindo, President
From ASCRS: David Beck, MD, Past President
From WOCN: Margaret Goldberg, Past President; Paula Erwin-Toth, CWOCN

Historical Information

UOAA was founded in 2005 after the United Ostomy Association (UOA), the previous national ostomy organization in the U.S., closed its doors. In 2009, in recognition of their efforts, the Management Board of Directors conferred the title of UOAA Co-Founders on Kenneth Aukett and Linda King Aukett. For information on UOAA’s creation, see Ken Aukett’s New Beginning presentation (PDF file from June 2006).