Clair Russell HesseltonChairman of the BoardUnited Spinal AssociationClair Russell Hesselton was elected to his second consecutive term as Chairman of the Board of United Spinal Association in 2006.He has served on the Board of Directors since 1993 and is a former vice president and secretary.
A Marine Corps veteran, Hesselton
was injured in 1972 while serving with a security detail.He speaks three languages, holds a PhD on the political and historical development of Zaire, a bachelor's degree in communications, and a six-year certificate in African development from the UniversiteÂ´ Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. Hesselton is a former creative director and executive producer for two New York advertising agencies, managed restaurants in Vermont and Lake Placid N.Y., and is a former chairman of the Town Board of Selectmen in Marlow, New Hampshire.
In addition to being a sponsored player on the International Wheelchair Pro Tennis Tour, he's
the resident tennis professional, coach, and instructor at the Tri City Racquet Club
in Latham, N.Y. He has been a veterans' counselor with the New York State Office of Veterans Affairs, a counselor and continuing education professor at Marist College, and a personnel administrator with the New York State Office of General Services.He's
written numerous feature articles on antiques, co-authored a manuscript on diabetes and renal failure, authored and designed greeting cards from his
original watercolor paintings, and created successful copy for television, radio, and print media advertisements.He's an experienced grant writer, a master scuba diver, an avid skier and kayaker and has lectured widely on disabilities and veterans benefits.Hesselton
is also a Native American of Seminole descent.He
currently lives in Altamont, New York, outside of Albany.
...Clair Russell Hesselton, Ph.D. - Chairman of the Board