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:
Wanda D. Filer, MD, MBA, FAAFP, a family physician in York, Pennsylvania, is president of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Previously, she served three years as a director on the AAFP Board and one year as president-elect. Filer was chosen president-elect in October 2014 by the Congress of Delegates, the AAFP’s governing body. Filer has been a practicing family physician for more than 25 years. She is the founder and president of the Strategic Health Institute in York, a health care consulting firm dedicated to building awareness of today’s health issues and the need for change. In addition, Filer is a family physician at Family First Health, a federally qualified health center in York and Adams Counties.
John Meigs, Jr., MD, FAAFP, was in private practice in Centreville, Alabama, 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.
Robert L. Wergin, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Milford, Nebraska, is board chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Previously, he served one-year terms as president and president-elect, and three years as a member of the AAFP Board of Directors. Wergin is a practicing family physician in the town where he was born and raised. He practices the full spectrum of family medicine at the Milford Family Practice Center, from obstetrics to geriatrics. He also serves as medical director of Crest View Care Center.
Javette C. Orgain, MD, MPH, FAAFP, is a clinical associate professor of family medicine in the University of Illinois – Chicago Department of Family Medicine and team physician for Vitas Healthcare, providing home hospice care to terminally ill patients. Orgain also serves as medical director/consultant for the Village of Park Forest Health Department. She served as assistant dean of the UIC College of Medicine Urban Health Program until 2011 and medical director at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System (formerly University of Illinois – Chicago) Mile Square Health Center until 2013.
Alan I. Schwartzstein, MD, FAAFP, is a family physician at Dean Clinic in South Central Wisconsin, where he has practiced for the past 26 years. He has more than 30 years of clinical experience and an esteemed 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.
Douglas E. Henley 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.
Jack Chou, MD, FAAFP, has been a practicing family physician at Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center for more than 15 years and has been the center’s physician in charge since 2006. He also currently serves as an assistant professor of physician assistant education at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California.
Robert A. Lee, MD, FAAFP, was born and raised in the rural community of Harlan, Iowa. He has been a practicing family physician in his home state for more than 20 years. He currently serves as the associate medical director for The Iowa Clinic, a multi-specialty clinic based in Des Moines. He co-founded and practiced family medicine at Lee & Ruisch Family Medicine Physicians in Johnston from 2002 to 2012. Prior to that, he practiced for 11 years at Iowa Health Physicians in Des Moines. In addition, Lee has served as an adjunct clinical assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City.
Michael L. Munger, MD, FAAFP, has been a practicing family physician in the Kansas City metropolitan area for 29 years. He is currently in practice at Saint Luke’s Medical Group in Overland Park, where he also serves as vice president of medical affairs for primary care. The group has 105 members at 14 different sites, all of which have received Level 3 patient-centered medical home designation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance. He formerly served as medical director for Sweet Life at Grand Court Assisted Living, also in Overland Park. Previously he practiced for 16 years at Group Practice Hickman Mills Clinic, Inc., in Kansas City, Missouri.
Mott P. Blair, MD, is a family physician at Vidant Family Medicine. His practice has changed dramatically over the past 30 years. Blair got his start in a small practice, where he was one of two physicians. He later worked as a solo physician. More recently, his practice merged with a hospital system. As a regional medical director in the system, Blair’s leadership helped the practice become a National Committee for Quality Assurance-recognized Level III Patient-Centered Medical Home. He is also an affiliate assistant professor in the department of family medicine in East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine.
John S. Cullen, MD 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 both chief of staff and director of emergency medical services at Providence Valdez Medical Center. He has been actively involved in residency and medical student teaching, welcoming students and residents into his practice and home for a rural medical experience. He is an associate professor at Dartmouth University.
Lynne M. Lillie, MD, FAAFP, has 20 years’ experience as a full-time practicing family physician. Lillie is currently a member of the Mayo Clinic Department of Family Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, and continues to see patients. She maintains a clinical focus on treating patients of all ages and enjoys doing gynecologic and dermatologic procedures. She has held leadership roles on multiple clinical committees that addressed clinical quality and practice redesign.
John L. Bender, MD, MBA, FAAFP, is senior partner and chief executive officer at Miramont Family Medicine. He also serves as president of the Colorado Medical Society. He is on the board of the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians, for which he has served as president and board chair. He is also an associate professor of family medicine with a preceptor appointment to the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and a preceptor to Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He teaches medical students and midlevel providers-in-training in his private group medical practice.
Gary L. LeRoy, MD, FAAFP, is the associate dean for student affairs and admission at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, where he is also an associate professor of family medicine. A lifelong Daytonian and public servant, LeRoy serves the underprivileged as a staff physician at the East Dayton Health Clinic. He served the clinic as medical director from 1994 to 2008, and helped secure funding to remodel and expand the center and its services. LeRoy serves and leads the Dayton community through many different organizations including Reach Out Montgomery County, Dayton Public Schools, American Red Cross and Saint Vincent’s Homeless Shelter.
Carl R. Olden, MD, FAAFP, is the senior family physician at Pacific Crest Family Medicine. He also serves as the chief medical information officer and medical director for utilization and quality for Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. He is a clinical instructor in family medicine for the University of Washington School of Medicine and Pacific Northwest University of the Health Sciences.
Marie-Elizabeth Ramas, MD, a family physician in Mt. Shasta, California, serves as the new physician member of the American Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors. As the new physician member of the AAFP Board of Directors, Ramas represents the interests and opinions of the new physician constituency to the AAFP Board of Directors and the Congress of Delegates.
Richard Bruno, MD, MPH, a family medicine resident in Baltimore, serves on the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. As the resident member of the board of directors, Bruno represents the interests and opinions of the National Congress of family medicine residents to the AAFP Board of Directors and Congress of Delegates.
Tiffany Ho, MPH, a fourth-year student at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, serves on the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.