Board of Directors

Charlene Hixon Co-Founder, CEO, President

Charlene has worked with various local non-profits for over 40 years and began advocating for the Ampunique® community 24 years ago when her own daughter became an amputee. She is excited to make a difference and share her passion for the population she feels has been greatly overlooked.

Becky Bowen Treasurer

Becky is a native of Jacksonville, FL and has worked in the accounting field for over 25 years. Becky states “Being a part of the Amputee Fitness Council gives me the opportunity to use my skills to help others. I believe that recreational opportunities are an important part of everyone’s life and enjoy helping bring these opportunities to others”.

Jennifer Simms Co-Founder, COO, Secretary

After a diagnosis of Neurofibrosarcoma, Jennifer became a knee disarticulation amputee at the age of 15. Losing a limb at such a young age Jennifer has a real appreciation of the struggles and overall limitations endured and how these limitations and abilities change throughout the years. She found herself no longer being able to walk along the beach, wear those cute shoes or run after a toddler; however, her toughest days are those when she does not have the endurance needed to go another step. Exercise can be quite difficult for some amputees and weight gain can cause an improper socket fit making it uncomfortable to wear your prosthetic device. It is for these reasons that Jennifer decided it was time to do more than dream of making an adaptive fitness center a reality.

Daniel Hammitt CMO, First Vice President

Daniel has twenty years of sales and marketing experience and will oversee our fundraising efforts. Daniel also has over 28 years of experience working with some of our local Cerebral Palsy population and has volunteered assisting in our Ampunique® community for more than two decades.

Whitney Heydweiller BSN, RN, Vice President

Whitney received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at the University of Tennessee. Her experiences include Medical/Surgical Nursing, Labor and Delivery Nursing, and currently inpatient complex wound and ostomy care. “I am very passionate about wound prevention and treatment and plan to become a Certified Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurse (WOCN) within the next couple of years.”