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AAMSE 2017 Annual Conference

Keynote Speakers

Richard Pan, MD, California State Senator, Oak Park Community Clinic

Dr. Richard Pan was elected to the State Senate in 2014 and represents Sacramento, West Sacramento and Elk Grove. Dr. Pan is a pediatrician and continues to practice medicine at an Oak Park Community Clinic even while in the legislature because he is passionate about building healthier and safer communities. In the legislature, he chairs of the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, the Senate Committee on Public Employment and Retirement and the Senate Select Committee on Children with Special Needs. He is leading the way on health care reform to provide all people with access to quality health care!


Riley Roberts, Principal

Riley Roberts is a veteran of the Obama Administration, Capitol Hill, and the campaign trail. A seasoned writer, speech-writer, and communications strategist, Riley crafts speeches, op-eds, core narratives, and other materials for leaders on the world’s biggest stages.

Among other client projects, Riley has helped a Fortune 50 CEO articulate the story (and strategy) of a global enterprise in transformation; crafted a book-length narrative for a mobile technology company; and was part of the on-site communications operation at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

During his four years in the Obama Administration, Riley served as chief speech-writer to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. At the Department of Justice, Riley drafted hundreds of speeches on topics ranging from national security and counterterrorism to civil rights, police violence, federal law enforcement, and international diplomacy. He worked closely with senior officials across the Executive Branch to develop strategy, respond to crises, and lead proactive efforts to reach diverse audiences across the globe.

Prior to joining the Administration, Riley served as chief speech-writer on a prominent U.S. Senate campaign and in the Capitol Hill office of a U.S. Senator from his home state of Illinois. In addition to his work on behalf of clients, Riley has written under his own byline for publications such as Politico Magazine and The Huffington Post; guest lectured at Georgetown University, American University, and at professional conferences; and provided television and radio commentary on the BBC, Al-Jazeera World, National Public Radio, and Sirius XM, among other outlets.


Dr. Brad Shuck, Associate Professor of Human Resources and Organizational Development, University of Louisville

Dr. Brad Shuck Associate Professor of Human Resources and Organizational Development at the University of Louisville (UofL, Louisville, Kentucky) and Principle Consultant of LEADResearch, LLC, an advanced analytics consulting firm focused on emerging technologies related to leadership, engagement, and design.

His primary areas of research include the application, meaning, and measurement of employee engagement, emerging areas of positive psychology, and leader development. His research has appeared in refereed journals such as Leadership and Organizational Studies, the Journal of Happiness Studies, Human Resource Development Review, Human Resource Management, Human Resource Development Quarterly, Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, Human Resource Development International, Group and Organizational Management, Journal of Children’s Health Care, and the Journal of Management Development and his work highlighted in international media outlets including Forbes, The Washington Post, and TIME. Shuck was recently named the 2016 Early Career Scholar by the Academy of Human Resource Development, a 2016 finalist for UCWHRE’s Assistant Professor of the Year, and has received several awards for his research including the AHRD Excellence in Scholarly Practice (2016), the Child-Life Council Research-to-Practice Award (2015), the E F Holton III Outstanding Article of the Year (2013 and 2015) and the Advances in Developing Human Resources Outstanding Issue of the Year (2011). Shuck was recognized as a Faculty Favorite at UofL in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and named one of the Top Four Faculty Favorites in 2016.

Shuck is a Commonwealth Scholar and a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. He holds faculty affiliate status with the Department of Counseling and Human Development (UofL) and has done extensive work with the United States Army Cadet-Command, Ft. Knox, Kentucky.


Brent Annear, Director of Media Relations/PR, Texas Medical Association

Brent Annear is the Texas Medical Association's director of media relations and PR, where he has worked since 2001. He also oversees TMA’s video production efforts, including the TMA video studio. Before coming to TMA, Brent worked for 19 years in broadcast journalism. Much of that time, he served as a photojournalist covering all types of news for an Austin television station. Story assignments led him almost everywhere, from the standoff and fire at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, TX to national political conventions; from a presidential inauguration to hurricanes and many healthcare stories.

Lena Banks, Director, Marketing, Texas Medical Association

Lena lives and works in Austin, TX and has a BBA from the University of Texas @ Austin. Her passion for business development and data analysis is the foundation of her nearly 20 years’ experience in marketing, financial, and strategic planning across various industries. Lena’s expertise is focused towards helping decision-makers confidently set and meet goals that drive organizational growth. As director of marketing for TMA, she is responsible for developing campaigns that support both internal and external clients, and that promote everything from physician services and continuing medical education to membership itself. Lena understands that no single approach is the right one for every company or campaign, and enjoys tailoring and implementing plans that produce measurable results.

Matt Braun, Vice President, Client Services, Loyalty Research Center

As Vice President of Client Services, Matt is involved in the sales, development, and execution of research programs which have enhanced stakeholder relationships with corporate, non-profit, and membership-based organizations in a variety of industries, revenue categories, and geographic scope (local, state, regional, national, international).  He was appointed LRC’s Associations Practice Leader in 2010.  Since then, he has provided thought leadership through publication content and speaking engagements with the Indiana Society of Association Executives (ISAE), American Association of Medical Society Executives (AAMSE), American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), and the Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA).    His role includes expertise in qualitative research design and execution, quantitative research design, implementation, analysis across all methodologies, and research deployment with a variety of staff sizes and membership models.    Matt received his B.S. in Marketing from Butler University and received his Certification in Market Research through the University of Georgia and its partnership with Marketing Research Institute International (MRII). 

Emily Carroll, JD, Senior Legislative Attorney, American Medical Association’s Advocacy Resource Center

As a Senior Legislative Attorney for the American Medical Association’s Advocacy Resource Center, Emily Carroll, JD, provides legislative and legal support to state and national medical specialty societies on private payer practices and health insurance reforms.  Prior to joining the AMA, Emily worked as the Legislative Director at the law firm Powers, Pyles, Sutter and Verville, P.C. in Washington, D.C., representing health care, disability and employment provider organizations.  She received her law degree from Chicago Kent College of Law, a Master of Social Work degree and Certificate in Health Care Administration and Policy from the University of Chicago, and her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.

Belinda Clare, Chief Operating Officer, Travis County Medical Society

Belinda Clare has been employed by the Travis County Medical Society since 1980. Having progressed through the ranks with increasing responsibilities, she was named Chief Operations Officer in 1994. In this capacity, she also oversees its foundation’s Project Access and its for-profit subsidiary’s medical records storage division.

With over 4000 physicians, Ms. Clare and her staff strive to keep TCMS relevant by adopting and evolving programs that meet the changing needs of a diverse membership. The most recent example is the launching of the new Physician Wellness Program in 2017. Ms. Clare is a past board member of AAMSE and a graduate of its Leadership Academy. Married with two grown daughters and three grandchildren, Belinda enjoys crocheting and searching out treasures at garage sales and thrift stores.

Joel Corwin, Attorney, Law Offices of Joel S. Corwin

Joel Corwin, JD, counsels association and other nonprofit clients regarding their legal needs, often acting as general counsel. He is a member of the Bar of the States of California and Illinois and has represented associations since 1981.   

Mr. Corwin received his B.A. from Yale University in 1971, where he was the recipient of the Gerald Robert Steinberg Memorial Scholarship Award. He attended Cornell University Law School and the University of Minnesota Law School where he earned his J.D. cum laude in 1974 and served as Managing Editor of the Minnesota Law Review.

He is a former two-year Chair of the Nonprofit Organizations Committee of the State Bar of California, where he is active in drafting California legislation benefiting associations and other nonprofits. Previously, as Vice Chair, he headed up the Form 990 Policy Series Group, completing 12 memoranda for lawyers with respect to nonprofit governance policies responsive to developments in the IRS Form 990.

Mr. Corwin is a member, and a former Director, of the California Society of Association Executives (CalSAE), is a member, and former two-year Chair, of its Legislative Committee and was the 2010 CalSAE Associate Member of the Year. He is also a member of the Chicago Bar Association where he has been Chair of the Trade and Professional Associations Law Committee, the Corporation and Business Law Committee and the Financial Institutions Committee.

Mr. Corwin has received the highest rating, AV Preeminent®, under the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings in both legal ability and general ethical standards.

Susan G. D' Antoni, FAAMSE, CEO, Montgomery County Medical Society

Ms. D’Antoni has served as CEO of Montgomery County Medical Society & the National Capital Physicians Foundation in Rockville, Maryland since 2006. Previously, she was Executive Director of Orleans Parish Medical Society in New Orleans. She has extensive experience in health policy, strategic planning and business development, start-up initiatives, operations, membership recruitment & retention, legislative and regulatory advocacy, fundraising, event planning, program development, and communications and marketing.  In 2015, Ms. D’Antoni served as President of American Association of Medical Society Executives and was recognized as a Fellow by the association in July 2017. She has previously served as Chair of the Annual Conference Planning, Membership, and County CEO committees.

Holly Dorr, MBA, CAE, Deputy Executive Director, Ohio Chapter, American College of Emergency Physicians

Holly Dorr is the Deputy Executive Director for the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, where she dabbles in a little bit of everything, from operations to on-site and online education. She has 16 years of experience in associations and holds her MBA and CAE. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and her MBA from Indiana Wesleyan. She is a graduate of AAMSE’s Leadership Academy and has served on the Annual Conference planning committee for two years. She is also a past president of the Ohio Society of Association Executives. Her work and home-life (with a 2 & 4-year-old) require high energy, which is why you can typically always find Holly training for a marathon. She’s run the Boston Marathon several times and is on her way to running 40 marathons by the time she turns 40. While running she has helped raise funds for charities for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Ronald McDonald House and Make a Wish Foundation. Holly believes that drive and dedication to challenges makes all the difference in one’s professional and personal life.

Claire Duncan, Director, Knowledge Center, Texas Medical Association

Claire Duncan has extensive experience in customer relationship management, information management, marketing, and member services. In her role as director of TMA’s Knowledge Center, Ms. Duncan is responsible for analyzing trends and issues that affect physicians and medicine,  ensuring physician members receive timely and accurate answers to their questions related to clinical, practice management, medico-legal, and membership topics, as well as ensuring that mission-critical information is well-organized and easy for TMA staff to access. Ms. Duncan also oversees TMA’s medical museum and is responsible for maintaining TMA’s historical collection and archives. Ms. Duncan has been an active AAMSE member for the past 14 years. Ms. Duncan received her BA from the University of Texas at Austin and currently serves as TMA’s volunteer coordinator for Meals on Wheels Central Texas.  

Helen M. Fernandez, MD, MPH, Professor; Director, Geriatrics Fellowship Program; Co-Director, Geriatrics-Palliative Care Fellowship Program; Associate Director, Division of Medical Education, Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine

Dr. Fernandez completed her residency in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at Saint Vincent's Medical Center in New York. She then completed her fellowship in Geriatrics, where she also served as a Chief Fellow, and a Masters of Public Health degree at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. In 2002 and 2007, she received Geriatric Academic Career Awards.  Her career interests include faculty development, evidence-based medicine, learner assessment and medical education.

Dr. Fernandez has presented Annual Updates in Geriatric Medicine at national and regional venues including the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) and American Geriatrics Society (AGS).  She has presented on topics including geriatric models of care, career and curriculum development development at national and international meetings including the World Gerontology Conference, the ACP International Meeting and the International Association for Medical Education Annual Conference.  She is a Course Director for the annual “Intensive Update with Board Review in Geriatric and Palliative Medicine”, in addition to the “Master Clinician-Educator Program in Geriatrics” and “Physician Mini-Fellowships: Geriatrics for Non-Geriatricians” programs.  In 2010, she became a National Hispanic Medical Association Fellow and is working on policy recommendations for workforce diversity. In 2010, she received the Leo Tow Gold Humanism Award and appointed as a HRSA Advisory Committee member by the Secretary of Health. In 2010, she was named a Master Educator in the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Institute of Medical Education. In 2011, she served as chair of the IME Faculty Development and Primary Care Track Working Groups. In 2013, she was awarded the first American Geriatrics Society Mid-Career Clinician Educator Award. In 2014, she has published several articles in competencies and entrustable professional activities for geriatric fellows and leads the development of a geriatric fellowship assessment toolbox. In 2015, Dr. Fernandez has appeared in several media outlets including CNN, CCTV and NY I discussing issues of aging. Since 2011, she has been a master educator for rural interdisciplinary training which in 2016 was disseminated to Indian Health Services in Washington State, New Mexico and Anchorage, Alaska and the Aleutian Islands.

Philip Forte, President, Blue Sky eLearn

Philip has been involved in the formation and development of successful technology companies for the meetings industry for over 20 years. Blue Sky eLearn is a leader in developing fully managed web events and elearning platforms for scientific and medical associations as well as the life science industry. Prior to Blue Sky eLearn, he co-founded and was president of Ascendent Systems, a leading developer of mobility voice communications for events and mobile workers. Philip also formed Travelers Telecom, a provider of short-term communications solutions for trade shows, conferences and high end traveling executives. Philip's company, Blue Sky eLearn, is an active AAMSE member.

Pete Friedmann, Owner, and Principal, Friedmann Communications Inc.

Pete Friedmann has been helping individuals and organizations find their voices and deliver their messages for more than three decades. Pete’s experience in corporate and nonprofit environments includes public relations, media relations, journalism, government affairs, marketing and corporate citizenship. As a public speaking and media interview coach, Pete has worked with both groups and individuals, from top executives and official spokespersons to managers and employees facing the challenges of speaking to an audience. A broad-based, independent consultant, he has handled assignments for numerous state, national and medical specialty societies as well as professional associations, insurance companies and financial services organizations.

Prior to opening his own consulting practice in 2009, he served as communications campaign manager for the American Medical Association. Previously, he was Director of Stakeholder Relations at Baxter International, Inc., headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, and spent nearly two decades in communications, public policy and advocacy roles with leading professional and trade associations including the Illinois State Medical Society and the Alliance of American Insurers (now the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America).

A graduate of Northwestern University, Friedmann started his career in broadcast journalism, spending five years as a radio news reporter and announcer. He remains active as a voiceover artist and narrator for recordings and live events including concerts and sports, and for conferences and formal events of organizations including the American Medical Association.

Mary Pat Frintner, MSPH, Senior Research Associate, American Academy of Pediatrics

Mary Pat Frintner, MSPH is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Research, Division of Health Services Research at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).  She has worked at the Academy for almost 20 years and currently directs the AAP Annual Survey of Graduating Residents and the Pediatrician Life and Career Experience Study, or PLACES.  Data from these projects, particularly PLACES have been valuable to the AAP agenda because they provide evidence to guide leadership. Ms. Frintner’s primary areas of research have focused on training experiences of residents and career paths, work experiences, wellness, and satisfaction of early career pediatricians.

Bert T. Guinn, MBA, CAE, Executive VP/CEO, Greater Louisville Medical Society

Denice R Hinden, Ph.D. PCC, President, Managance Consulting & Coaching

Denice’s mission to igniting passion and a sense of opportunity into nonprofit, public and for-profit workplaces.   As a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with nearly 2000 hours of coaching experience and 20+ years of engaging meeting facilitation, Denice raises leader awareness about attitudes and behaviors that inspire high performance, meaningful results and more joy at work. As President of Managance Consulting & Coaching since 2000, Denice invigorates management and transforms organization performance with provocative strategic planning, and coaching leaders and leadership teams to success. The Managance Leveling Up Leadership System offers leaders the opportunity to connect with their guiding values and beliefs, energizing and motivating tools for engaging productive conversations, and exemplary leadership practices that support extraordinary results.  Denice supports leaders in sharpening and practicing leadership shifts at work and at home every day. Prior to consulting and coaching Denice had a successful career in nonprofit and public management in positions ranging from program associate to executive director. Denice earned an M.S. in Human Services from Nova Southeastern University and a PhD in Public Administration from Florida International University. She is a certified in Conversational Intelligence® and an Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner. She is conversational in Spanish. Denice loves to make bead embroidered jewelry.  She and her husband, Larry, love marvel comics and motorcycle riding. They have 2 lovely daughters and 3 dogs. She now happily lives in Mission Viejo in Southern CA and coaches and consults nationally. 

Maria Huntley, CAE, MAM, Executive Vice President, Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians

Maria works with the MAFP Board of Directors to fulfill the mission of the MAFP: to support family physician healthcare delivery through innovation, research, and education and to promote the specialty of family medicine in the state of Minnesota. She also serves as the Executive Director of the MAFP Foundation, the charitable arm of the MAFP. Maria earned a Master's Degree in Nonprofit Management from Hamline University and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Tom Ingram, CAE

Tom Ingram has over 40 years of experience working in education, business and marketing and has served as the President and CEO of the Diving Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA) since 2002. Previously, Ingram was the Director of Marketing with two professional diving equipment manufacturers and was a certified Business Counselor for the U.S. Small Business Administration and Coordinator for a Florida Small Business Development Center.  In that role, Ingram served as liaison to local and state government officials and the public, and was responsible for federal regulation compliance. 

In the 1980s and 1990s, Ingram was Department Chair for a recreational business degree program at Barry University in Miami, Florida as well as for Florida Institute of Technology. In addition to administrative duties, Ingram taught numerous university courses in a variety of business subjects including marketing, business administration, sales management, advertisement, accounting, finance, and others.

Ingram holds a Masters’ degree in Marketing and Management and in 2008 – 2009 was recognized as Association Executive of the Year by CalSAE. He served as Chair of the CalSAE Board in 2010-2011.  Tom currently serves on the CalSAE San Diego Regional Council and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE).

Ingram is currently on the Board of Directors for the Cayman Islands International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame through their Department of Tourism, and has been published and cited in several business and marketing related texts and periodicals.

Sheri Jacobs, FASAE, CAE, CEO, Avenue M Group

As the founder of Avenue M Group, Sheri is a leader, innovator, and visionary whose organization has helped more than 100 associations, including more than 50 medical societies and healthcare organizations, tackle their most challenging issues. A senior executive, best-selling author (The Art of Membership: How to Attract, Retain and Cement Member Loyalty published by ASAE and Jossey-Bass) and association management veteran with nearly 20 years of experience, Sheri applied her experience in research, marketing, strategy and pricing projects to create a boutique research and consulting firm that helps associations achieve their goals. Over the years, Sheri has served in numerous leadership, speaking and volunteer roles, including chair of the ASAE Foundation Development Committee, chair of the ASAE Membership Council and a member of the Marketing Council and Professional Development Committee. She is the co-editor and a contributor to ASAE’s best-selling membership book, Membership Essentials (ASAE 2007 and 2015) and author of the ASAE marketing book 199 Ideas: Powerful Marketing Tactics That Sell (ASAE 2010). She has been invited to give the keynote address and present at more than 100 industry conferences and events. In 2015, the Association Forum of Chicagoland awarded the John C. Thiel Distinguished Service Award to Sheri in recognition for her outstanding service to the association community. She is the 30th recipient of the Academy of Leaders Award. It is ASAE’s highest honor given to industry partners who have demonstrated exemplary support of ASAE and the entire association community.

Chris Leister

Chris Leister has worked at the California Medical Association (CMA) for over 8 years, and he is responsible for membership dues operations at the CMA, which has over 43,000 physician members in California. Responsibilities include invoice and dues strategy, coordinating and setting up pricing, and dues operation logistics. Chris’ team also provides operational and administrative support to over half of CMA’s 38 Component Societies throughout the state. He an experienced report writer, using detailed analysis to measure and improve business practices, member retention, membership trends, and revenue. Chris is extremely skilled at database management, CRM, AMS, operations, and using data analysis to make decisions and inform strategy.

Lance R. Lewis, MBA, Chief Operating Officer, California Medical Association

Lance Lewis is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the California Medical Association (CMA), representing more than 43,000 members. As COO, he oversees the Departments of Executive Management, Physician Governance, Finance and Administration, Human Resources, Information Technology and Facilities Management. With more than 20 years of experience, Lewis has distinguished himself as a chief executive with expertise in strategy execution and cultivator of talent, systems, and processes that support a high-performance culture. During his tenure as COO, Lewis has transformed the budgeting process from a traditional accounting method to an activity-based costing model, orchestrated the sale of a subsidiary creating a perpetual endowment for CMA, restructured/eliminated long-term debt, and implemented a new interoperable Association Management System connecting CMA to 42 component medical organizations and related subsidiaries. Lewis earned his MBA from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. In 2017, he was named CFO of the Year by the Sacramento Business Journal.

Allison Lundberg, Manager, Marketing and Communications, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Allison Lundberg is the Manager of Marketing and Membership for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and enjoys finding new, creative ways to reach their members. She found her love for medical associations in 2012 and has been working in them ever since. She Allison is responsible for her organization’s social media strategy, email marketing, video productions, and much more. She joined AAMSE in 2016, presented in 2017, and is currently on the Conference Planning Committee. Allison’s passions include running marathons, cooking, organizing literally anything, and traveling with her husband.

Heather McComas, PharmD, Director, Administrative Simplification Initiatives at American Medical Association

Heather McComas, PharmD, is Director of the American Medical Association’s (AMA’s) Administrative Simplification Initiatives division. In her role at the AMA, Heather focuses on reducing administrative burdens and streamlining manual processes so that physicians can focus on what matters most—patient care. She regularly participates in standards development organizations, such as the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs, and has testified on the AMA’s behalf before the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics Subcommittee on Standards on various administrative simplification issues. She is also Co-chair of the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange’s (WEDI’s) Prior Authorization Workgroup.

Prior to coming to the AMA, Heather worked for several years in the pharmaceutical industry in medical publishing and medical information. She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from the University of Kansas and a PharmD from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is a registered pharmacist in Illinois.

Krystle N. Medford, Executive Director, Ouachita Medical Society

Krystle Medford began her career in 2001 as a medical biller with a surgery center in southern Colorado. After studying Business Marketing at Colorado State University, she trav­elled to Sri Lanka and Indonesia as a medical-aid relief worker directly following the devastating tsunami of 2004. Upon returning to the U.S., she continued her work in medical practices, specializing in IT implementation and practice consulting in the New York tri-state area. She has been the Executive Director of the Ouachita Medical Society since 2010. Her association management exper­tise has dramatically increased member engagement and membership retention/recruitment. She is currently relocating (with her husband, Philip, son Henry, daughter Olivia, and the family Pug, Dudley) to Colorado where she will be the Director of Membership for the Colorado Medical Society beginning this August.

Stephanie Mercado, CAE

As ED/CEO for the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ), Stephanie is responsible for strategy, operations and governance. Stephanie is seasoned CEO with more than 15 years of progressive leadership experience in non-profit healthcare membership organizations. She possesses deep knowledge about healthcare issues both on the front lines of healthcare and with executive administration. Stephanie thrives when supporting organizations that because of environmental shifts or organizational evolution, want to pivot to drive rapid advancement of their mission and business. Stephanie exhibits energy and vision and is skilled at leveraging human potential to deliver impressive results, including growing NAHQ’s certification and membership business both by ~50% in 4 years, and nearly doubling revenue in that same time. Stephanie adds speaking and writing engagements to her calendar frequently and is regularly recognized by industry leaders as a progressive non-profit executive who is setting the bar for what thriving healthcare membership organizations look like in today’s environment. (154)

Donald J. Palmisano, Jr., J.D., Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, Medical Association of Georgia

Donald J. Palmisano Jr. is the executive director and CEO of the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG), which is the leading voice for the medical profession in the state. Palmisano served as general counsel and then general counsel and director of government relations for MAG between 2005 and 2010. He represented individual physicians and hospitals and nursing homes as a private practice attorney in Louisiana from 1999 to 2005, where he developed a specialized practice in insurance fraud litigation. Palmisano graduated magna cum laude from Loyola University in New Orleans, while he received his law degree from Loyola University’s School of Law. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Lawyers Club of Atlanta, Leadership Atlanta, the American Association of Medical Society Executives, American Bar Association, and the American Society of Medical Association Counsel. In 2012, Palmisano was one of just 14 attorneys to make the Fulton County Daily Report's "On the Rise" list. Palmisano resides in Atlanta with his wife, Ana, and their four children.

Steven Reames, Director, Ada County Medical Society

Since becoming director of Ada County Medical Society (Boise, Idaho) in 2014, Steve has leaned heavily into promoting physician vitality. He has pressed local health systems for changes that promote humanity, helped organize collaborative solutions in the medical community, and be part of the AAMSE County CEO group that is introducing its wellness program launch kit. 

Jen Rios, Texas Medical Association

Jen Rios is the director of Client Services at the Texas Medical Association. She has nearly 20 years of marketing and communications experience and has been active in social media content development and marketing for a decade. Ms. Rios has orchestrated successful marketing and communications campaigns for the Perseus Books Group (publisher of Rick Steves travel guidebooks) and Chronicle Books. She also worked as an online media planner for Universal McCann, a job that ignited her interest in digital media. After studying journalism and mass communication at San Jose State University, Ms. Rios started her career in journalism as a newspaper reporter. Her passions are dachshunds; cooking; and most importantly her son, Elliot.

Koryn Rubin, Assistant Director, American Medical Association’s (AMA) Federal Advocacy Group

Koryn Rubin is an Assistant Director with the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Federal Advocacy Group based in Washington D.C. Koryn provides strategic direction on setting the AMA’s quality-related advocacy agenda in order to advocate before the Executive Branch on behalf of the nation’s physicians and a lead on MACRA implementation for the AMA. In particular, she is responsible for analyzing regulations and legislation on Medicare and Medicaid quality reporting programs, health information exchange quality ratings system, physician performance measurement and public reporting, and comparative effectiveness research. Prior to joining the AMA, Koryn was a Senior Manager at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons where she provided guidance on the implementation of the Medicare quality programs and Meaningful Use, reviewed performance measures, as well as assisted neurosurgery with the launch of their registry, National Neurosurgery Outcomes and Quality Database (N2QOD). Koryn also previously worked at the American Academy of Ophthalmology. During her tenure, ophthalmology had the highest participation rate by specialty in the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative program (now Physician Quality Reporting System program). Koryn earned her masters of health administration from the George Washington University with a graduate certificate in health information technology, and her undergraduate degree also from George Washington with a concentration in Political science.

Christina Rowe, MSOL, Founder and Leadership Coach, The Collaborative LLC

Christina has worked with board of directors in many fields, as well as leaders in their industries from medical specialties to construction. Her love of working closely with leaders to create positive change and impactful cultures lead her to pursue her Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, with a double concentration in Organizational Leadership & Management and Strategic Human Resources. After completing her graduate degree Christina founded The Collaborative to supply the tools to teams, department heads, new leaders, and small to medium businesses to help accelerate their progress in their fields. Christina is trained and certified by Gallup, the world’s pre-eminent institution for strength-based leadership.

Sylvia Salazar, Associate Vice President, Membership and Leadership Development, Texas Medical Association

Sylvia Salazar is the Associate Vice President, Membership and Leadership Development for the Texas Medical Association (TMA), the largest state medical association in the country with more than 51,500 members. Sylvia has led TMA’s physician outreach and engagement efforts, recruitment and retention activities, membership marketing, development, and messaging efforts for 16 years. She and her team provide leadership and staff management of the Medical Student, Resident and Fellow, Young Physician, and International Medical Graduate Sections. They also oversee the TMA Leadership College, County Societies Leaders Luncheon, the TMA Ambassador Program, new county society staff orientations, and TMA’s Committee on Membership.

Prior to joining TMA, Sylvia served as Vice President, Membership for the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, where she directed recruitment, retention, outreach efforts, event and program development, member relations, and all volunteer activities.

Sylvia has a Bachelor of Science degree in merchandising from Texas State University. She has been an active member of AAMSE for years, including 10 years of service on the Annual Conference Planning Committee, where she served one year as Chair. Additionally, Sylvia has served on the AAMSE Nominating Committee, the Membership Committee, and on the planning team for the annual State Membership Directors Meeting. Sylvia is an alumnus of the very first AAMSE Leadership Academy held in 2008.

Kristin Schleiter, JD, LLM, Senior Legislative Attorney, American Medical Association

As a Senior Legislative Attorney for the American Medical Association’s Advocacy Resource Center, Kristin provides legislative and legal support to state and national medical specialty societies on issues including telemedicine, medical liability reform, scope of practice, truth in advertising, workforce, licensure and other medical board issues. Before working for organized medicine, Kristin was a litigator concentrating in areas of insurance defense, personal injury, and commercial litigation. Kristin received her law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, a Master of Laws in Health Law from Loyola, and her undergraduate degree from Illinois Wesleyan University.

James Scroggs, MHA, Associate Director, Regulatory and Payment Policy, American Academy of Dermatology Association

James is Associate Director of Regulatory and Payment Policy at the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA), the leading professional society for dermatologists, with over 13,500 U.S. based dermatologists and over 20,000 total members. He provides leadership in development of responses to regulatory and payment issues that affect dermatologists and their patients. James oversees most of the AADA’s regulatory activities, including interactions with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He coordinates the AADA’s responses to the annual Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and CMS’s Quality Payment Program. In addition to his work in physician professional societies, James has previous experience in the Medical Service Corps of the U.S. Navy and in healthcare administration at a regional healthcare center.

Kenneth M. Slaw, Ph.D., Executive Director/CEO, Society for Vascular Surgery

Dr. Slaw received his masters and doctoral degrees in educational psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Ken has over 28 years of executive leadership experience in the medical society arena, currently serving as the Executive Director, of the Society for Vascular Surgery, and prior to this on the Executive Staff of the American Academy of Pediatrics. In his various roles, Ken has developed and led the implementation of 200+ organizational visioning and strategic plans, including the widely published Vision of Pediatrics 2020 project. Ken has a strong passion for leadership development. He served on the Steering Committee of the AAP Pediatric Leadership Alliance as a principal curriculum architect, and lead faculty for Leadership programs reaching over 3,000 thousand physicians and allied health professionals with the message and skills to lead. Ken is a founder of the AAMSE Leadership Academy. Dr. Slaw has an impressive history of volunteer service and leadership in his profession as well as his community, serving as: 2009 President of the American Association of Medical Society Executives (AAMSE), Founder and past Chairman of the Membership Directors Consortium of the Council on Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS), Past Chairman of the Board of the Make a Wish Foundation of Illinois, Past Chairman of the National Chapter Leadership Council of Make a Wish of America, President of FD NOW, a national foundation Ken created with his spouse, Ann, to find treatment and cure for their son’s illness, familial dysautonomia. Dr. Slaw is the recipient of 2013 University of Illinois Humanitarian Award  Dr. Slaw is the recipient of the 2015 University of Illinois-College of Education Distinguished Educator Award.

Daniel Stover, Senior Leadership Consultant, Integrated Leadership Systems

Dan Stover is a passionate, engaging speaker whose purpose is to help high performers become exceptional, relational leaders. He does this by showing leaders how to create more authenticity in themselves and their teams. A graduate of The Ohio State University, Dan has degrees in both Psychology and Criminology. As an Executive Coach and Consultant for ILS, Dan has helped leadership teams in many industries including, healthcare executives, physicians, construction and general contractors, technology entrepreneurs, partners in tax and consultative accounting, pharmaceutical manufacturing, robotics manufacturing, and wellness providers. The scope of Dan’s work in succession planning, team consulting, coaching, training and development provides insight into the core issues that keep an individual or team from performing at their highest level. Although the work is designed to address emotional intelligence, it is aimed to positively impact the bottom line. He was born in rural Northern Ohio, lived in downtown Columbus, Ohio for 12 years, and currently resides in downtown Los Angeles, California.

Daniel E. Trucil, MA, MPH, Associate Director, Communication, American Geriatrics Society

Daniel E. Trucil, MA, MPH, is Associate Director, Communication, for the American Geriatrics Society and its Health in Aging Foundation. In this role, Dan develops and executes engagement strategies for raising geriatrics profile among older adults and caregivers, members of the media, public and private funders, and the diverse spectrum of health professionals responsible for expert elder care. Dan previously worked on global advocacy and communications for the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, collaborating with colleagues in Africa, Europe, India, and the U.S. to ensure sustained commitment to ending the AIDS pandemic through preventive public health. Before focusing his attention on nonprofit health communication, Dan spent several years as a public relations consultant for Fortune 500 pharmaceutical companies with leading product portfolios covering infectious diseases and diabetes management. Across his career, Dan has led or co-managed a range of international awareness campaigns, from crisis communications addressing antimicrobial resistance to peer-to-peer advocacy on health care reform. Dan earned a Master of Arts in Strategic Communication from Villanova University, where he worked as a fully funded research assistant for the first scholarly project funded through the Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society. Dan’s research explored both communicative interpretations of healthcare reform in the wake of the 2008 presidential election and the role of diversity in the digital domain. Dan previously pursued a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communications at Villanova, and recently completed studies for a Master of Public Health degree from the State University of New York.

Rae Young Bond, Chief Executive Officer, Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society

Rae Young Bond is the Chief Executive Officer of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society, the Medical Foundation of Chattanooga, and Project Access, a community health partnership to coordinate charity care for low-income uninsured residents of Hamilton County. She has served the Medical Society and its related organizations for a total of 18 years (1995-1997 and 2003-present).

She is chair of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Health Council, the designated planning body for the Hamilton County Health Department. She serves on the boards of the Association of American Medical Society Executives, the Tennessee Charitable Care Network, Tennessee Physician Quality Verification Organization, Volunteers in Medicine, and the Regional Science and Engineering Fair. She serves on the operations council for the Chattanooga Medical Group Management Association, Hamilton County Step ONE Health Initiative, and Project Access, and serves on the Tennessee ACEs Initiative Private Sector Steering Group (Building Better Brains. Rae is the co-chair of the Tennessee Charitable Care Network Policy Committee and Safety Net Task Force. For three years, she chaired the Core Leadership up for the Hamilton County Infant Mortality Initiative. She served on the statewide Get Covered Tennessee Advisory Council; chaired the Chattanooga Regional Health Innovation Coalition Pharmacy Access Team; and served as the Healthcare Sector Ambassador for the TN Reconnect program. She has also assisted the Tennessee Department of Health in the development of the 2010 and 2014 Tennessee State Health Plans. Rae is a member of the American Association of Medical Society Executives and its County CEO Task Force, and the Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute. She was a founder of the Chattanooga Coalition Against Tobacco in 1996, which today is Tobacco-Free Chattanooga.

Rae and her husband Bill have two adult sons and daughters-in-law, Daniel and Eryn (Chicago, IL) and John-Michael and Emily (Los Angeles, CA), one perfect grandchild, Aleister Felix Bond; two dogs, Otto and Zoe Rose; and two cats, Mallory and Loki.

Heather A. Wilson, MSW, CFRE, Deputy Executive Vice President, Pennsylvania Medical Society

Heather A. Wilson, MSW, CFRE, serves as deputy executive vice president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society responsible for operations and administration. She concurrently serves as executive director of the Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society – the charitable arm of PAMED. Wilson’s experience includes more than two decades of leadership in the health and human services field. Her work focuses on meeting critical human needs, maximizing community impact and brokering effective resources and partnerships. Prior to her work with the Foundation, Wilson spent 12 years with Lancaster General Health System and eight years with The Salvation Army.

Wilson earned a Master’s degree in Social Work and a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education at Temple University, Philadelphia.  She is a Certified Fundraising Executive. She resides in Lancaster with her family.