Board of Directors

The Board of Directors operates to further the mission of the AAFP: to improve the health of patients, families, and communities by serving the needs of members with professionalism and creativity. Learn more about the responsibilities, including time commitment and remuneration, for each position:

Michael Munger, MD, FAAFP has been a practicing family physician in the Kansas City metropolitan area for 30 years. He is currently in practice at Saint Luke’s Physicians Group in Overland Park, where he also serves as vice president of medical affairs for primary care. The group has 105 physician members at 14 different sites, three of which maintain Level 3 medical home designation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance, and 11 of which are participants in the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Initiative.

John S. Cullen, MD, is a family physician in Valdez, Alaska. He has practiced the full scope of family medicine in a rural community of 4,000 people in Alaska for the past 21 years. Cullen works in a small group practice and is director of emergency medical services at Providence Valdez Medical Center. He has been actively involved in residency and medical student teaching for more than 18 years, providing comprehensive training in rural health care. He is an associate clinical professor at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

John Meigs, Jr., MD, FAAFP, is a family physician in Centreville, Alabama. Meigs was in private practice in Centreville, his hometown, from 1982 to 2013. In 2013, he merged with another practice to become a part of Bibb Medical Associates, which is housed in a clinic at Bibb Medical Center, a 25-bed rural hospital in Centreville. He also serves as chief of staff at Bibb Medical Center.

Alan I. Schwartzstein, MD, FAAFP, is a family physician in Oregon, Wisconsin. Schwartzstein is a family physician at SSM/Health Dean Medical Group in South Central Wisconsin, where he has practiced for the past 28 years. He has more than 30 years of clinical experience and background in leadership, community service, public health, advocacy and education. He also serves as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, where he teaches both students and residents.

Russell W. Kohl, MD, FAAFP, is a family physician living in Stilwell, Kansas. Kohl is chief medical officer with TMF Health Quality Institute, a Medicare quality improvement organization serving Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Texas and Puerto Rico. He also cares for patients and supervises residents part-time as a clinical associate professor of family medicine with the University of Oklahoma Rural Residency program in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. He previously ran a full-scope solo practice in rural Oklahoma, and served in the United States Air Force as a senior flight surgeon.

Douglas E. Henley, MD, FAAFP

Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer

Douglas E. Henley, MD, FAAFP, serves as executive vice president and chief executive officer for the American Academy of Family Physicians. Henley works with the AAFP Board of Directors on the mission, strategy and vision for the AAFP and provides representation to other organizations, including medical, public, and private sectors. He also serves on the board of directors of the AAFP Foundation, the charitable arm of the AAFP.

John L. Bender, MD, MBA, FAAFP, is a family physician in Fort Collins, Colorado. Bender is senior partner and chief executive officer at Miramont Family Medicine. He is a past president of the Colorado Medical Society and past president and board chair of the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians. He was elected chairman of the board for Physicians Accountable Care Solutions, LLC, a nationwide accountable care organization, which produced more than $10 million in Medicare savings in 2015.

Gary L. LeRoy, MD, FAAFP, is a family physician in Dayton, Ohio. LeRoy is the associate dean for student affairs and admission at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio, where he is also an associate professor of family medicine. A lifelong Daytonian and public servant, LeRoy cares for the underserved as a staff physician at the East Dayton Health Clinic. He was the clinic’s medical director from 1994 to 2008, and helped secure funding to remodel and expand the center and its services.

Carl R. Olden, MD, FAAFP, is a family physician in Yakima, Washington. Olden is the founder and senior family physician at Pacific Crest Family Medicine. He also serves as the Director for Physician Quality and Performance Improvement for Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital in Yakima. He is a clinical instructor in family medicine for the University of Washington School of Medicine and Pacific Northwest University of the Health Sciences.

Robert F. Raspa, MD, FAAFP, is a family physician in Jacksonville, Florida. Raspa is a retired captain in the U.S. Navy and has been a practicing family physician and faculty member with St. Vincent’s Family Medicine Center since 2003. He is also a clinical associate professor at Nova Southeastern School of Osteopathic Medicine, Ft. Lauderdale, and clinical assistant professor at both the Florida State University School of Medicine in Tallahassee and University of Florida School of Medicine in Gainesville.

Leonard D. Reeves, MD, FAAFP, is a family physician and associate dean of the Northwest Clinical Campus of the Medical College of Georgia in Rome, Georgia. Reeves is a family physician at the Faith and Deeds Free Clinic in Rome, where he also serves as board president. Prior to that, Reeves served as assistant director of the Floyd Family Medicine Residency program and clinic director of the residency offices at Floyd Medical Center in Rome.

Ada D. Stewart, MD, FAAFP, has been a practicing family physician with the Eau Clair Cooperative Health Centers, Columbia, South Carolina, since 2012. She currently serves as lead provider and HIV Specialist. In the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, Stewart enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves and currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. She is a preceptor for nurse practitioners, medical residents and medical students at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.

Sterling N. Ransone, Jr., MD, FAAFP, is a family physician in Deltaville, Virginia. Ransone is a third-generation family physician and has practiced medicine for 25 years. He currently serves as physician practice director at Riverside Fishing Bay Family Practice in Deltaville. In addition to his office practice, Ransone is an assistant clinical professor of family medicine and population health at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

Windel A. Stracener, MD, FAAFP, is a family physician in Richmond, Indiana. Stracener has 21 years’ experience as a full-time practicing family physician. Currently, he cares for patients of all ages at the Wayne County Community Health Center, a federally qualified health center affiliated with the Wayne County Health Department. In addition, he is the student health physician at Earlham College and medical director of the Acute Rehabilitation Center unit for the Reid Hospital, both in Richmond.

Erica W. Swegler, MD, FAAFP, is a family physician in Austin, Texas. Throughout her medical career, Swegler has provided the full spectrum of care to patients of all ages. She currently owns Beacon Family Health Care in Austin. In addition, she serves as a preceptor for medical students through the Texas Family Medicine Preceptorship Program, a program that matches Texas medical students with an experienced and skilled family physician for a two-to-four-week period to help them gain real life experience in a community setting.

Benjamin Simmons, III, MD

New Physician Member

Benjamin Simmons, III, MD, is a family physician with the Carolinas Health System Union Family Practice in Monroe, North Carolina. He provides comprehensive care to patients of all ages and genders, including obstetrics, newborn and pediatric care, and adult medicine. He also serves as the Union Residency site director through the Department of Family Medicine at Carolinas Healthcare System. He supervises and teaches medical students and family medicine residents in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Alexa Mieses, MD, MPH

Resident Member

Alexa Mieses, MD, MPH, is a family medicine resident in the Duke University Family Medicine Residency in Durham, North Carolina. A prolific researcher and writer, Mieses has published in peer-reviewed journals and made research presentations on several topics related to mental health and neuroscience. She is a strong advocate for family medicine and has spoken at several venues on family medicine and social justice, and social determinants of health.

John Heafner, MPH

Student Member

John Heafner, MPH, is a fourth-year student at the St. Louis University School of Medicine. As a medical student, Heafner has demonstrated his commitment to helping the most vulnerable members of the community. He works with both the St. Louis University Health Resource Center and the Mobile Health Initiative as a clinical student volunteer. Heafner also volunteers with Karen House, a transitional housing unit for homeless women and children, and with the Criminal Justice Ministry, which offers services to incarcerated individuals and provides re-entry programs for those returning to the St. Louis area.

Conflict of Interest
In accordance with AAFP policy, members of the AAFP Board of Directors are required to provide AAFP with a statement regarding actual or potential conflicts of interest. Conflict of interest statements for individual directors are available upon request. Requests should be directed to the Deputy Executive Vice President at