Director’s Council of Public Representatives (COPR)
Ms. Amye Leong is President and Chief Executive Officer of Healthy Motivation, a health advocacy and communications consulting firm in California and Paris France and a motivational speaker. She is the International Spokesperson and Director of Strategic Relations for the Bone and Joint Decade 2000-2010, established by the United Nations and the World Health Organization to improve quality of life for people affected by bone and joint diseases.
Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at age 18 and confined to a wheelchair by age 26, Ms. Leong underwent 16 surgeries and 12 joint replacements before learning to walk and function independently again. She was later diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome and osteoporosis. She founded the Arthritis Foundation's first education, support, and advocacy groups for young people with rheumatic disease. She held leadership positions in organizational and resource development, advocacy, public education, marketing, diversity, and strategic planning for the American College of Rheumatology, Arthritis Foundation, American Juvenile Organization, Patient Advocacy Leaders Summit, and the Alliance for Aging Research. She has previously served as Chair of the Surgeon General's National Council on Self-Help and Public Health and as a member of the National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Advisory Council.
Ms. Leong travels widely as an advocate, educator, and author of Get a Grip: A Take-Charge Approach to Living with Arthritis and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Arthritis. She participated in the Olympic Torch Relay in 1996 as a Community Hero, and in 2002, President Bush presented her with the 2001 President's Community Volunteer Award, the nation's highest honor for community service.
Ms. Leong has a B.A. in communications and psychology (summa cum laude) from California State University, Fresno, and an M.B.A. in industrial relations from Purdue University. She enjoys music, travel, cultural arts, and international cuisine, and she collects unusual picture frames. She resides in Santa Barbara, California.