ACLF Conference Speakers

Conference Speakers

AAFP Board Members
(Town Hall Speakers)

Ashley Bentley, MBA, CAE

Ashley Bentley, MBA, CAE, is the student interest strategist in the AAFP’s Medical Education Division and manages the AAFP’s efforts to increase student choice of family medicine. Ashley also serves as program manager for the interorganizational America Needs More Family Doctors: 25x2030 collaborative and manages the AAFP’s resident and student leadership development programs and initiatives.

Jay Fetter, MSHA

Jay Fetter, MSHA, is senior operations manager in the AAFP’s Medical Education Division and serves as executive sponsor to the America Needs More Family Doctors: 25x2030 collaborative.

Ravi Grivois-Shah, MD, FAAFP

Dr. Ravi Grivois-Shah is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. He completed his family medicine residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program in Chicago, earned his Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois-Chicago and his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Arizona. Dr. Grivois-Shah serves as Medical Director for Alvernon Family Medicine (where he serves as core faculty for the residency program) and Medical Director for the Mobile Health Program (which cares for under- and uninsured communities in south Arizona). Dr. Grivois-Shah practices full-spectrum family medicine and is a former member of the AAFP’s Board of Directors. He is passionate about public health advocacy and led the way on various issues that include advocacy for LGBTQ youth, bicycle safety, and protecting communities in southwest Chicago from coal plant pollution. Dr. Grivois-Shah previously served as Medical Director of a Federally Qualified Health Center, Medical Director of a high school health center, and works with a robust patient population from birth to end of life.

Steve Gutzler (@SteveGutzler)

Steve Gutzler is a dynamic speaker who engages audiences everywhere on leadership, emotional intelligence, and personal transformation. He has an exceptional ability to communicate clear leadership and business solutions with humor, clarity, and insight. Through his programs, Steve inspires greatness for individuals at every level. He believes every presentation should transform a life and inspire leadership, and he presents with passion and conviction. His clients include Microsoft, Seattle Seahawks, LinkedIn, Pandora Radio, Starbucks, and Ritz Carlton. Steve is also an executive coach to many CEOs, business executives, and leading entrepreneurs.

Shelby Higgins, MPA

Shelby Higgins manages the Center for State Policy at the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). In addition to assisting AAFP’s state and territorial affiliates with their government advocacy programs, Higgins researches, writes and advocates on state and federal health policy issues of interest to family medicine. Previously, she worked for a state legislative monitoring firm and in the Kentucky General Assembly. She earned her master’s degree in public administration from the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Kentucky, as well as her bachelor’s degree in business administration and political science from Georgetown College.

Jon Hockman, CPF, FASAE, IAF Certified™ Professional Facilitator (@McKinleyAdvisor)

Jon Hockman brings more than two decades of consulting experience with hundreds of associations in the U.S. and abroad to McKinley Advisors. Currently leading McKinley’s Chicago office, his personal mission is to help leaders of organizations make the best decisions regarding their strategy, people and performance challenges. A specialist in facilitating communication, Jon has aided clients in areas including strategic planning, team/group efficacy, change management, organizational culture/climate and leadership development. Prior to joining McKinley, Jon founded the d3 Group, a consultancy focused on strengthening associations. He also served as a partner of KRW International, the CEO of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity and was a major gifts fundraiser for both the American University and the Children’s Defense Fund.

A believer in giving back to the community, Jon has served on the boards of the International Coach Federation DC Chapter and the Mid-Atlantic Facilitator’s Network. When he’s not immersed working within groups of people, Jon can be found going for runs along the banks of the Potomac where some of his best thinking occurs. A proud finisher of eight marathons and a couple dozen half marathons, he now sets his sights on completing his first triathlon.

KiKi L’Italien (@kikilitalien)

KiKi serves as senior consultant for Tecker International for association strategy consulting work and operates as CEO and Host for Association Chat, an online community and media platform for the association industry. Association Chat reaches over 72k industry professionals every month and podcast guests have included Seth Godin, Nir Eyal, Dorie Clark, and many others.

Her combined 20 years in membership and marketing with 10 years as the leader for the online community and podcast, Association Chat, has led KiKi to the creation of a purposeful model for communities and our role in them. She serves as a visiting lecturer for the capstone Masters Technology Management class at Georgetown University and was also a contributing author to the books, The Component Relations Handbook (2nd edition, ASAE, 2012) and Social Networking for Nonprofits: Increasing Engagement in a Mobile and Web 2.0 World (ASAE, 2010).

Danielle Jones, MPH

Danielle Jones currently manages the American Academy of Family Physicians’ (AAFP) Center for Diversity and Health Equity (CDHE). In this role, Jones guides the AAFP Board of Directors’ strategic priority toward a leadership role in addressing diversity and social determinants of health as they impact individuals, families and communities across the lifespan striving for health equity. Prior roles include Director of Maternal Child Health for March of Dimes Kansas and Fellow with the Army Public Health Center at Fort Leavenworth advising the Senior Commander of the Combined Arms Center. Danielle earned her master’s degree in public health from the University of West Florida, her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and currently is a doctoral student at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Department of Health Policy and Management.

Douglas Kamerow, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Douglas Kamerow joined the Robert Graham Center in March 2014 as the Center’s Senior Scholar in Residence. He also teaches medical students and family medicine residents at Georgetown University as a Professor of Family Medicine and is an Associate Editor and regular columnist for the global medical journal The BMJ. Previously, Dr. Kamerow was a Chief Scientist in health services and policy research at the non-partisan research institute RTI International. For 20 years before that, he led a range of clinical, health policy, and research activities in the US Public Health Service, including the US Preventive Services Task Force, retiring as an Assistant Surgeon General in 2001. Dr. Kamerow received an AB from Harvard College, an MD from the University of Rochester, and an MPH from Johns Hopkins University.

Russell Kohl, MD, FAAFP

Russell W. Kohl, MD, FAAFP, a family physician living in Stilwell, Kansas and member of the Oklahoma Chapter. He is chief medical officer with TMF Health Quality Institute, a Medicare quality improvement organization serving Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Texas and Puerto Rico. Kohl also cares for patients at Whiteman Air Force Base as Senior Flight Surgeon and Commander with the 131st Medical Group. He previously served as chief medical officer of TransforMED, ran a full-scope solo practice in rural Oklahoma, and served as faculty at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine.

R. Shawn Martin

R. Shawn Martin is the senior vice president of advocacy, practice advancement and policy at the American Academy of Family Physicians. He oversees the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care in Washington, DC, Division of Government Relations, as well as the Division of Practice Advancement at the AAFP headquarters office. In his role, Martin directs legislative and private sector advocacy on issues such as physician payment and medical liability reform. He also oversees the Alliance for eHealth Innovation and HealthLandscape, a data aggregation and geospatial mapping enterprise.

Martin has served in leadership roles of several coalitions and partnerships during his career, including a six-year period as chair of the Health Coalition on Liability and Access. He currently serves on the board of the National Coalition on Health Care and the Coalition for Sustainable RX Pricing. A native of Oklahoma, Martin earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and marketing from Phillips University in 1992 and is a graduate of the prestigious Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business Masters of Health Care Delivery Science program. He was recognized by The Hill as one of the top 10 health care lobbyists in Washington, DC.

Karen B. Mitchell, MD, FAAFP

Karen Mitchell, MD, FAAFP, is the director of the AAFP’s Medical Education Division and serves on the Steering Committee of the American Needs More Family Doctors: 25x2030 collaborative.

Kelly Peacy, CAE, CMP (@kellypeacy)

Kelly Peacy is the Founder & CEO of Insight Event Strategy, where she delivers valuable experience design and strategy for business events, conferences and conventions. Her client list includes the Association of Change Management Professionals, Association Forum, National Restaurant Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Association for Manufacturing Excellence, among others. Kelly served on staff at the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) for more than 15 years, as the Senior Vice President of Education and Events. At PCMA, Kelly helped lead the innovation behind the annual Convening Leaders and Education Conference programs, focusing on the latest in learning environments, engaging content and dynamic experiences for all participants. A recognized industry thought leader, Kelly was named one of Successful Meeting Magazine’s 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry. Kelly is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP).

Stephanie Quinn

Stephanie Quinn is director of the division of government relations at the American Academy of Family Physicians where she oversees its federal and state advocacy efforts. This includes directing the AAFP’s legislative and regulatory strategy, grassroots engagement and political action committee (PAC) activities. Prior to joining the AAFP, Stephanie Quinn was vice president of federal government affairs at CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield where she led the company’s federal legislative agenda on issues such as market stability, drug pricing policy, and social determinants of health. Before CareFirst, Stephanie was assistant director of congressional relations for the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and served as deputy director of federal government affairs for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. Stephanie holds a combined degree in linguistics and Spanish from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Dr. Susan Raines

Professor Susan S. Raines, (PhD, Indiana University) is the Associate Director of the School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development at Kennesaw State University near Atlanta, Georgia. She regularly works with public, private and non-profit organizations to prevent and resolve conflict in its early stages. She trains leaders and managers in the strategic use of conflict management skills designed to create conflict competent workplaces and to lead strategically. She has worked with healthcare groups nationwide as well as providing consulting and training for organizations such as the Georgia Physicians Leadership Institute, Georgia Academy of Family Physicians, UN-IOM, VW, Coca-Cola, U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Florida Supreme Court, and many others. She is the author of "Conflict Management for Managers, 2nd ed." (2019), "Expert Mediators" (2013) and more than 50 peer reviewed articles. Susan has mediated more than 17,000 disputes inside and outside of the court system and trains mediators worldwide.

Alan Schwartzstein, MD, FAAFP

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Erin Solis

Erin Solis received her degree from the University of Kansas. Prior to coming to the AAFP, she held a variety of roles in safety net clinics. Most recently, Erin was the Practice Manager at a safety net pediatric clinic in Kansas City, Kansas. Erin is the manager of Practice and Payment at the AAFP. In this role, she provides strategic direction for the Academy’s practice transformation and value-based payment initiatives.

Paul Umbach

Paul is a nationally and internationally renowned strategist who pioneered community health assessment and economic impact analysis in healthcare, education, and economic development. Having conducted community assessments in more than 400 communities he is considered one of the nation’s leading community planning experts and is widely recognized for advancing community health care service and delivery models to meet 21st century needs. As the owner of Tripp Umbach, Paul oversees a diverse team of experts engaged in over one hundred engagements annually.  His leadership of thousands of consulting assignments in virtually every market throughout the United States makes Paul one of America’s most experienced and accomplished consultants. He has also led consulting projects throughout Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe. Prior to founding Tripp Umbach in 1990, Paul served as the Executive Director of Elmira Downtown Development and Charter member of the New York State Urban Council.

Steven Waldren, MD, MS

Steven E. Waldren, MD, is a nationally recognized expert in health information technology. He is the AAFP VP Chief Medical Informatics Officer. Dr. Waldren joined the AAFP in May 2004 because of his knowledge of design and management of health information systems, computer science, and medical informatics. Prior to joining the AAFP, Dr. Waldren was a National Library of Medicine Medical Informatics Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Missouri, Columbia; at which time, he earned a master’s degree in Medical Informatics. He is also a residency trained family physician.

Town Hall Speakers

Gary LeRoy, MD, FAAFP — AAFP President

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.

Ada Stewart, MD, FAAFP — AAFP President-Elect

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 has achieved 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.

John Cullen, MD, FAAFP — AAFP Board Chair

John S. Cullen, MD, FAAFP, 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 more than 25 years. Cullen works in an independent small group practice and is director of emergency medical services at Providence Valdez Medical Center where he also provides maternity and inpatient care. He has been actively involved in residency and medical student teaching for more than 20 years, providing comprehensive training in rural health care.

Alan Schwartzstein, MD, FAAFP — AAFP Speaker

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.

Douglas Henley, MD, FAAFP — Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer

Doug 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.