October 2nd, 2023

While we were interviewing for a new role on our team and heard about this individual’s love for writing federal grants, we knew we found a needle in a haystack and, subsequently, our next grant writer.

The work our staff does on a daily basis ultimately improves orthopedic patient care including those who work on securing funding for our research endeavors.

This week we’d like to introduce you to another one of OCRI’s newest staff members.

Riley Kilpatrick relocated from Florida to North Carolina in 2020 and found his way to OCRI in February of this year. Although he has worked in multiple fields, he is most passionate about healthcare and firmly believes in OCRI’s mission to advance orthopedic care through research.

Q: What brought you to working at OCRI as a grant writer?

A: He is most excited about working to secure funding from the NIH and local foundations as we continue to grow awareness of our life-changing work. Over the last 8 years, I have secured roughly $13.5M in grants for various nonprofits in the fields of affordable housing, behavioral health, and early education.

Q: Why is your role important to the organization and our mission?

A: As a grant writer, my role is to identify and secure funding from various sources to support OCRI’s projects that are vital to the medical community and those we serve.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?

A: I enjoy many aspects of my job but the one I enjoy the most is learning about orthopedics and our impactful research and innovation.

Q: Do you have any hobbies?

A: I love music and I play the guitar, ukulele, clarinet, and keyboard. I also sing in several community choirs.

We love having Riley on our team and look forward to growing our grant portfolio under his leadership.

Reach out to Riley about any ideas that may need grant support and if there are specific grants you would like OCRI to pursue.

Find more OCRI Team Spotlight profiles, here.