Mary Pippen, Director, POPS Forum Administrator, External Development Committee, Research Development Committee

Mary Pippen was diagnosed with POP at the age of 50 in 2014. She joined the POPS Facebook Support Forum where she immediately benefited from the support of the women in the forum. After two surgeries, Mary became a voice of support for other women in the forum, and gained a passion for the mission of APOPS. In November of 2015 Mary joined the APOPS international Facebook-based support forum administrative team, providing support to women from around the world experiencing POP.  Mary additionally engages in the development of APOPS vision, projects, and activities, including APOPS annual walkathon and APOPS 2016 Women’s Pelvic Health Congress. Mary was a Recreational Therapist at the VA Medical Center for 16 years, and is currently a VA Volunteer Service Specialist.  

Anna Neder, Director, External Development Committee

Anna Neder began her career with APOPS in 2016 as an intern during her final year at Carroll University, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in public health and biochemistry. Anna participated in several APOPS projects, including StigmaStride and the APOPS 2016 Women’s Pelvic Health Congress, prior to joining the board in March 2017. Anna currently works as a certified nursing assistant on the Health and Rehabilitation Unit at Oakwood Village Prairie Ridge in Madison, Wisconsin.

Prior to engaging in APOPS energy, Anna worked with the National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin to design and implement an educational outreach program for college students on kidney health and chronic kidney disease at Carroll University. As a member of the Pre-Health Professionals Organization at Carroll University, Anna served on the executive board as Publicity Chair and as Vice-President, and organized several blood drives on campus, while leading informative events on first aid, sleep health, and stress management. Anna has worked with Projects Abroad to build and repair schools, classrooms, and latrines following the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal. She also volunteered at the Nepal Youth Foundation’s Kathmandu Nutritional Rehabilitation Home for children. Anna has a broad range of public health interests; her primary focus includes women’s health, health policy, global health, and infectious disease. Anna is especially interested in the intersect between the patient and how health policy impacts care given at the bedside in both the short and long term settings.

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Sharon Shurmur, External Development Committee

Sharon Shurmur was diagnosed with POP in 2014 after 7 years of assuming her symptoms were normal after a traumatic birth resulting in a 4th degree tear. Having never heard of pelvic organ prolapse, she began researching and found APOPS, which she found to be supportive, inclusive, informative and unbiased. Sharon had anterior/posterior surgery without mesh in 2015, which unfortunately failed, and she continues her journey to capture pelvic floor health ballast. Sharon's frustration at the lack of clinician POP knowledge, awareness, and at times general dismissive nature towards women's pelvic health, symptoms,  and quality of life, coupled with her background in Quality and Conformance, spark her passion to assist APOPS's efforts to engender evolution in POP directives.