• Executive Management Team

    R. Shawn Martin

    R. Shawn Martin

    Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer

    Shawn Martin serves as executive vice president and chief executive officer for the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP is the medical specialty organization representing 130,000 family physicians and medical students nationwide.Martin 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.

    Michelle Farrell Emerson, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications at AAFP

    Michelle Farrell Emerson
    Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications

    Michelle Farrell Emerson serves as senior vice president of marketing and communications at the AAFP. In this role, she is responsible for leading the communications, conventions and events, digital experience, and marketing divisions. 

    Charlotte Kerner

    Charlotte Kerner, CPA
    Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President for Finance 

    Charlotte Kerner CPA, is responsible for the financial operations of the organization, including financial reporting, budgets, investments and cash management.

    Heather Leith

    Heather Leith, JD, CAE
    Senior Vice President and General Counsel

    Heather Leith, JD, CAE, serves as general counsel and senior vice president. She joined the AAFP in 2013 as general counsel. Leith leads the organization’s legal operations and also oversees  the AAFP's Divisions of Administration and Human Resources.

    Paula Matthews

    Paula T. Matthews
    Vice President, Chief People and Administrative Officer

    Paula Matthews is the Chief People and Administrative Officer of the AAFP. She leads all aspects of Human Resources and Administration and champions the AAFP’s culture, engagement and talent development strategies. 

    Stephanie Quinn

    Stephanie Quinn
    Senior Vice President of External Affairs and Practice Experience,

    Stephanie Quinn is senior vice president of external affairs and practice experience at the American Academy of Family Physicians where she oversees the AAFP Divisions of Government Relations, Practice Advancement, and Strategic Engagements.

    Margot Savoy

    Margot L. Savoy, MD, MPH, FAAFP
    Senior Vice President of Education, Inclusiveness and Physician Well-Being

    Margot L. Savoy, MD, MPH, FAAFP serves as senior vice president of education, inclusiveness and physician well-being. Savoy oversees all organizational activities related to medical education and continuing professional development. She also serves as the organization’s champion for physician well-being, is the executive lead for the AAFP’s diversity, equity, and inclusion work, and directs the Center for Diversity and Health Equity.

    Julie Wood, MD, MPH, FAAFP

    Julie K. Wood, MD, MPH, FAAFP
    Senior Vice President for Research, Science and Health of the Public

    Julie K. Wood, MD, MPH, FAAFP has oversight responsibilities for the research, scientific and public health activities of the AAFP, as well as the AAFP’s relationships with other medical organizations in the United States and abroad. Through these relationships, Wood facilitates the continued development of family medicine and coordinates the AAFP’s international activities.