AAFP Names Sandra L. Panther Vice President for Corporate Development and Foundation Executive Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 06, 2006
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5222
Panther, formerly executive vice president of the AAFP Foundation and the director of corporate development for the AAFP, has served both organizations for nearly 34 years.
“I’m excited about the change because it will bring a much more coordinated and focused approach to the AAFP’s fundraising efforts,” said Panther. “The restructuring of the organization represents better alignment of the AAFP and the Foundation’s strategic objectives.”
In her new role, Panther will supervise and coordinate all AAFP corporate and grant fundraising efforts excluding journal advertisements and exhibit space at conventions. She will supervise and coordinate the business, administrative, programmatic, organizational and fundraising activities of the Foundation. Panther will be a member of the AAFP vice president management team, and will attend meetings of the AAFP board of directors representing Foundation issues.
Current Foundation and AAFP corporate development staff will become or will remain AAFP staff and will report to Panther. The reorganization does not affect the AAFP Foundation’s non-profit status.
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