Dr. Mellor has approximately 25 years of experience in fundraising for medical and educational foundations. Most recently, she was associate vice president for resource development at the College of DuPage (COD) in Glen Ellyn, Ill., and executive director of the COD Foundation. She has served in numerous other executive positions, including as CEO for the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation and in executive positions in development and communications for the American Osteopathic Association.


Published 12/1/2011

OREF expects “bright future” with new CEO

Sharon Mellor, PhD, CAE, has extensive fundraising, executive experience

“She has everything the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) was looking for in a chief executive officer,” said Ramon L. Jimenez, MD, search committee chair and OREF board president-elect, of Sharon K. Mellor, PhD, CAE. The OREF board of trustees recently appointed Dr. Mellor as OREF’s new CEO, and she assumed her new role on Dec. 1, 2011.

Sharon K. Mellor, PhD, CAE


“We are proud to welcome Dr. Mellor as OREF’s new CEO,” said S. Terry Canale, MD, OREF board president. “With her skills and proven success in fundraising and resource development, OREF is poised for a bright future.”

“We were particularly impressed with her emphasis on optimizing the effectiveness of donor contributions and in developing support for all sectors of the orthopaedic community,” said Dr. Jimenez.

Dr. Mellor is eager to take the helm. She plans to work with partner organizations and raise the level of philanthropy throughout orthopaedics.

“In addition,” said Dr. Mellor, “I look forward to engaging in a dialogue with orthopaedic surgeons rather than just telling them about the wonderful things we’re doing.

“I believe we have really strong staff support,” she added. “I look forward to looking at new ideas.”

She emphasized that “giving out money is every bit as important as raising money” for OREF.

“I’m very anxious to make sure we’re good stewards of the donations we receive and that we’re funding research and educational opportunities that have the most benefit for orthopaedic surgeons and their patients,” she said.

“OREF is a marvelous organization,” said Dr. Mellor. “I look forward to continuing its growth.”

More about OREF
OREF, an independent, nonprofit fundraising organization founded in 1955, obtains support from companies and individuals for clinically relevant research and education that contributes to improving orthopaedic care and quality of life for patients of all ages.

As of September 2011, OREF had awarded more than 3,800 grants and awards totaling $115 million.

To learn more about OREF, visit www.oref.org

OREF can also be reached via email at communications@oref.org or by phone at (847) 698-9980.