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:

John S. Cullen, MD, a family physician in Valdez, Alaska, has practiced the full scope of family medicine in a rural community of 4,000 people in Alaska for the past 25 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 20 years, providing comprehensive training in rural health care.

Gary L. LeRoy, MD, FAAFP

President-Elect

Gary L. LeRoy, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Dayton, Ohio, is the associate dean for student affairs and admission at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio, where he is also an associate professor of family medicine. 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. LeRoy serves the Dayton community through Reach Out Montgomery County, Dayton Public Schools, American Red Cross and Saint Vincent’s Homeless Shelter.

Michael L. Munger, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Overland Park, Kansas, has been a practicing physician in the Kansas City metropolitan area for 32 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 115 physician members at 16 different sites, 11 of which are participants in the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Initiative. CPC+ is an outcome of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center.

Alan I. Schwartzstein, MD, FAAFP, is a family physician in Oregon, Wisconsin. He has practiced at SSM/Health Dean Medical Group in South Central Wisconsin, for the past 30 years. He has more than 35 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, a family physician living in Stilwell, Kansas, and member of the Oklahoma Chapter, 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 served as chief medical officer of TransforMED, 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.

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. Raspa continues to provide inpatient, maternity, pediatric and outpatient care to a full panel of patients.

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 Free Clinic of Rome, where he also serves as board president. Prior to that, Reeves served as assistant director of the Floyd Family Medicine Residency and clinic director of the residency offices at Floyd Medical Center in Rome.

Ada D. Stewart, MD, FAAFP, is a family physician with the Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers, Columbia, South Carolina, where she has practiced 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 was recently promoted to the rank of colonel. She is a preceptor for nurse practitioners, medical residents and medical students, and has received numerous awards, including the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award for her precepting 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, a family physician in Richmond, Indiana, 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.

James A. Ellzy, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Washington, D.C., currently serves as the deputy program executive officer at Defense Healthcare Management Systems. In this role, he serves as the senior chief medical informatics officer for the military’s electronic health record implementation, for health data exchange between the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, and for health data exchange between the DoD and civilian healthcare organizations.

Dennis L. Gingrich, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Hershey, Pennsylvania, practices medicine and teaches residents and students as a professor in both the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Department of Humanities at the Penn State University College of Medicine in Hershey. He has served more than 20 years on the medical school admissions committee, and has spent more than 25 years organizing premedical programming and serving as an advisor to the college's Family Medicine Interest Group. Prior to his academic practice, he was in community practice as a partner in the Permanente Medical Group in Los Angeles.

Tochi Iroku-Malize, MD, MPH, MBA, FAAFP, a family physician in Long Island, New York, serves as founding chair and professor of family medicine for the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in Hempstead, New York, and chair of family medicine for Northwell Health. In this role, she oversees five family medicine residency programs with more than 100 residents, 380 medical students and 450 family physicians spread across 22 hospitals. She was previously the director of the family medicine residency program at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, New York.

LaTasha Seliby Perkins, MD

New Physician Member

LaTasha Seliby Perkins, MD, a family physician at the Georgetown Student Health Center in Washington, D.C., provides provides comprehensive care to university students of all ages. She also serves as assistant professor at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, where she teaches courses in community-based learning and population health. She also teaches medical students who are rotating through family medicine as part of their clinical training experience. She is also among the first class of Professional Identity/Cura Personalis Fellows, a group of mentoring physicians who coach medical students in resilience during training, at the Georgetown SOM.

Michelle Byrne, MD, MPH

Resident Member

Michelle Byrne, MD, MPH, a family medicine resident in the Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency Program in Humboldt Park, Chicago. Byrnes’ interest in and commitment to addressing social determinants of health is reflected in her educational and volunteer activities. She is chair of the Social Justice Task Force at Northwestern/McGaw Family Medicine Residency, where she developed a social justice curriculum for the residency program and a member of the Loyola University Medical Center Gun Violence Committee, which works to develop plans for a robust Hospital Violence Intervention Program.

Chandler Stisher

Student Member

Chandler Stisher, a fourth-year medical student at the University of Alabama School of Medicine and Master of Public Health student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. He currently serves as national coordinator for the AAFP Family Medicine Interest Group Network, established by the AAFP to strengthen the on-campus FMIGs that focus on promoting family medicine as a career. He also serves as the student member to the AAFP Commission on Education, the Subcommittee on National Conference Planning, and the Subcommittee on Resident and Student Issues.

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 tdicus@aafp.org.