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Elizabeth G. (Libby) Baxley, MD, FAAFP 

Dr. Baxley is Executive Vice President of the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), where her major areas of focus include the diplomate experience with the certification process, communications, credentials, and residency training issues. Another priority is the evolution of performance improvement activities related to family medicine certification. Her experience prior to joining the ABFM spanned the breadth of a medical school’s academic missions, including the following: Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accreditation; student recruitment; curriculum evaluation and innovation; competency assessment; clinical learning environment improvements; faculty professional development; enhancement of diversity programs; and creation of student distinction tracks.

Dr. Baxley spent 18 years on the faculty of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, where she also co-directed the I3 Collaborative, a regional quality improvement collaborative of primary care residency programs in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. Her career in academic medicine has also included a variety of faculty positions at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC; AnMed Health Family Medicine Center, Anderson, SC; and Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis. During her tenure at the Brody School of Medicine, she was principal investigator on a grant from the American Medical Association’s (AMA’s) Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative.

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.

Michelle Byrne, MD, MPH

Michelle Byrne, MD, MPH, is a family medicine resident in the Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency Program in Humboldt Park, Chicago. Michelle also serves as the resident member of the AAFP Board of Directors.

Mark A. Carrozza

Mark A. Carrozza, Director of HealthLandscape, is directly responsible for the development of successful web-based data analysis and mapping systems. Recent research includes identifying “hot spots” of child abuse based on child abuse treatment records and police calls for service; exploring racial disparities in Southwest Ohio; and monitoring the effect of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation on access to health care and the homeless population. He is an alumnus of the Larry A. Green Visiting Scholars Program at the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care, where he focused on research related to social capital, access to care, and health status.

Leslie Christy

Leslie Christy is a credit system specialist at the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). In addition to reviewing continuing medical education (CME) credit applications, she serves as the chapter liaison for the AAFP Credit System, assisting chapters with various needs regarding their AAFP CME activities and applications. Prior to working at the AAFP, Leslie taught middle school English and reading for nine years.

John Cullen, MD, FAAFP
AAFP President

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. 

Gabriel Eckert, FASAE, CAE

Gabriel Eckert is Chief Executive Officer of the Building Owners and Managers Association of Georgia. He is a past chair of both the Certified Association Executive (CAE) Commission and the Georgia Society of Association Executives (GSAE) Foundation. He has been named a fellow by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and as one of the top Forty Under 40 in association management by USAE and the Association Forum of Chicagoland. A nationally recognized strategic planning facilitator, board governance consultant, and speaker, he is also the co-author of one of the ASAE’s best-selling books, From Insight to Action: Six New Ways to Think, Lead, and Achieve.

Jay Fetter, MSA

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.

Michael Fine, MD


Dr. Fine is a writer, community organizer, and family physician. He is currently Chief Health Strategist to Mayor James Diossa of Central Falls, RI, and Senior Population Health and Clinical Services Officer of Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, Inc. Devoted to health care reform and the care of underserved populations, he has worked in New York’s South Bronx as a VISTA community health organizer; in the mountains of East Tennessee as a National Health Service Corps (NHSC) scholar; at a hospital in rural Kenya; and in Liberia as a consultant to Medical Emergency Relief International (Merlin) and the Liberian Ministry of Health. In addition, he was the founder and Managing Director of HealthAccessRI, the nation's first statewide direct primary care (DPC) organization, and practiced in urban and rural settings in Rhode Island for 16 years.

A past president of the Rhode Island Academy of Family Physicians, Dr. Fine was an Open Society Institute/George Soros Fellow in Medicine as a Profession from 2000 to 2002; was the 2017 recipient of the Barbara Starfield Primary Care Leadership Award; and has been the recipient of many statewide and national honors and awards. In addition, he is the author of four books, including The Nature of Health (2007) and Health Care Revolt (2018). His novel Abundance, was released in April of 2019.

Nicole F. Fisher, MPP

Nicole Fisher is the founder and President of Health & Human Rights Strategies, a health care and human rights-focused advising firm in Washington, DC. She is also a health policy advisor on Capitol Hill and expert on health innovation, technology, and brain health - specifically as they impact vulnerable populations. Nancy contributes to Forbes, contextualizing health, and highlighting ideas, companies and people that are changing the health landscape. She also curates an international dinner series, 'A Seat at the Table,' bringing together thought leaders for off-the-record discussions for moving research, policy and planning forward. Nancy co-runs the nonprofit Brain Treatment Foundation and is pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of North Carolina. Her writing has appeared in numerous journals and publications, and her talks can be found on the United Nations website and various news and sports outlets. Before pursuing her doctorate, Nancy earned a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri.

Michael Fraser, PhD, CAE, FCPP


Michael Fraser is Chief Executive Officer of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), the national nonprofit organization representing the public health agencies of the United States, the U.S. territories and freely associated states, and Washington, DC. Prior to joining ASTHO in 2016, he served in many leadership positions, including Executive Vice President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Medical Society; CEO of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP); and Deputy Executive Director of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). He also served in several capacities at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Nominated by his colleagues for a 2018 CEO of the Year award from CEO Update magazine, he is currently a collaborating editor and author of A Public Health Guide to Ending the Opioid Crisis, slated to be published by the Oxford University Press in early 2019.

Michael Gottlieb, JD

Michael Gottlieb is President and General Counsel of Ballast Research. Before his tenure at Ballast, he was Special Assistant to the President of the United States and Associate White House Counsel to the president and senior White House staff. Prior to his work at the White House, he practiced law before the U. S. Supreme Court. He also worked in the executive branch of the George W. Bush administration at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and as an adviser in the health care sector for several years.

Gottlieb is a Captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and an Associate Judge Advocate General attached to the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, ND. He is the first openly gay officer to be commissioned to the United States military following the repeal of the military’s long-standing prohibition against such open service. A former U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Scholar, he has been honored with awards from the National LGBT Bar Association, the U.S. Air Force, and the Judge Advocate General. He has taught health law and medical ethics at Yale University, New Haven, CT, and Georgetown University, Washington, DC, and is a founding board member of the nonpartisan Elected Leadership Incubator at the Wharton School, Philadelphia, PA.

Ravi Grivois-Shah, MD, FAAFP

Dr. Grivois-Shah serves as Medical Director for Alvernon Family Medicine Clinic (where he serves as core faculty for the residency program) and the University of Arizona’s Mobile Health Program, which cares for underinsured and uninsured communities in southern Arizona. He practices full-spectrum family medicine from birth to the end of life with a robust patient population. A former member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Board of Directors, he has served previously as medical director for a federally qualified health center (FQHC) and a high school health center. Dr. Grivois-Shah is passionate about public health advocacy and has led the way on issues including advocacy for LGBTQ youth, bicycle safety, and protecting communities in southwest Chicago from coal plant pollution.

Robert (Bob) Hall, JD

Bob Hall is Director of Government Relations at the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). He directs all legislative and regulatory advocacy for the AAFP, including oversight of the Center for State Policy and FamMedPAC. From 2006 to 2016, he led efforts at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to improve insurance coverage for children. Prior to the AAP, he served as counsel to Sen. Mark Dayton, attorney adviser to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and chief clerk to the Texas House of Representatives Insurance Committee.

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. 

Morgan Hosler

Morgan Hosler is Credit Systems and Compliance Senior Strategist at the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), where she oversees the daily operations of the AAFP Credit System. Additionally, she maintains the AAFP’s Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) accreditation, working with staff to ensure compliance in the 100-plus continuing medical education (CME) activities produced by the AAFP every year.

Danielle Jones, MPH

Danielle Jones manages the Center for Diversity and Health Equity (CDHE) at the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). In this role, she guides the AAFP Board of Directors’ strategic priorities toward a leadership role in striving for health equity and addressing diversity and social determinants of health as they impact individuals, families, and communities across the lifespan. Her prior roles include serving as Director of Maternal and Child Health for March of Dimes Kansas and as a fellow with the Army Public Health Center at Fort Leavenworth, KS, where she advised the senior commander of the Combined Arms Center. Currently, she is a doctoral student in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City.

Douglas Kamerow, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Dr. Kamerow joined the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care in March 2014 as the Center’s Senior Scholar in Residence. He also teaches medical students and family medicine residents at Georgetown University, Washington, DC, as a professor of family medicine, and he 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 nonpartisan research institute RTI International. Before that, he spent 20 years leading a range of clinical, health policy, and research activities in the U.S. Public Health Service, including the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), and he retired in 2001 as an assistant surgeon general.

Shelby King, MPA

Shelby King manages the Center for State Policy at the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). In addition to assisting the AAFP’s chapters with their government advocacy programs, King 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.

Giselle Kovary, MA

As president and co-founder of n-gen People Performance, Inc., Giselle Kovary is dedicated to building strategies and programs that target, motivate, and engage a multigenerational workforce. With close to 20 years of experience in learning and development, she has devoted more than 15 years to researching the impact that generational differences have on organizational performance. She has created solutions and programs in the following practice areas: sales and customer service; leadership; team building; millennials; Generation Z; and human resources. In addition, she has co-authored two books: Loyalty Unplugged: How to Get, Keep & Grow All Four Generations and Upgrade Now: 9 Advanced Leadership Skills. A member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Kovary is regularly quoted in national publications and appears on television and radio as a human resources expert. In her free time, she raises money for breast cancer research.

Gary LeRoy, MD, FAAFP
AAFP 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.

Col. Nicole Malachowski (USAF, Ret.) 

A 21-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force (USAF), Nicole Malachowski is a leader, a combat veteran, an inductee into the Women in Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame, and a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. During her 21-year career, she achieved the rating of Command Pilot, with more than 2,300 flight hours in six different USAF aircraft. She has served as a mission-ready fighter pilot in three operational F-15E fighter squadrons and has flown more than 188 combat hours. She was selected to fly as Thunderbird #3 with the USAF Air Demonstration Squadron, making her the first woman to fly on any U.S. Department of Defense military jet demonstration team. In addition, she had the honor of commanding the 333rd Fighter Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base (AFB), Goldsboro, NC, leading an elite cadre of F-15E instructors in training the next generation of combat aviators.

On the ground, Col. Malachowski served as Executive Director of the White House's national Joining Forces initiative, directly advising former First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, PhD, on all topics relating to service members, veterans, and military families, including employment, education, mental health, veterans' homelessness, and more. She also served as a White House Fellow and completed two high-level staff assignments at the Pentagon. Her distinguished military career was cut short by a neurological tick-borne illness that, at its worst, left her unable to walk safely or speak intelligibly. As she continues to overcome the challenges of her illness, Col. Malachowski embraces any opportunity to educate others about her medical journey and this growing epidemic.

Patricia Meier, MD

Dr. Meier currently serves as Chief Medical Officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Region VII, which includes Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. Bringing her clinical experience to regional CMS programs and divisions, she serves as the medical lead for quality improvement initiatives and as a liaison with health care professionals in Region VII. Dr. Meier is board certified in pathology, infectious diseases, and internal medicine. In addition to her previous clinical practice experience, she has held medical director responsibilities in both hospital and outpatient laboratories.

Alex Mroszczyk-McDonald, MD, CAQSM

Dr. McDonald is a family and sports medicine physician who is a former professional triathlete. Currently, he is a member of the Southern California Permanente Medical Group in Fontana, where he is involved with family medicine resident and sports medicine fellowship education. He is also the team physician for California State University, San Bernardino, as well as his local high school. Dr. McDonald serves on the boards of the San Bernardino County Medical Society and the California Academy of Family Physicians, and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Commission on Membership and Member Services (CMMS). He is an active member of the California Medical Association, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the ACSM’s Communications and Public Information Committee, and he also serves as an adviser to the newly created Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, Pasadena, CA. His professional interests include exercise and physical activity, point-of-care ultrasound, health policy, health equity, and preventive medicine. 

Michael Munger, MD, FAAFP
AAFP Board Chair

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. 

Julie Ostrow


As a humorous speaker and communication coach, Julie Ostrow teaches organizations and corporate teams to use improv skills to improve creativity, communication, team building, problem solving, and productivity with their clients and within their organizations. The first-ever American Laughing Champion, she teaches the benefits of using humor, laughter, and improv in all aspects of life, including in the workplace. Ostrow has more than 20 years of corporate marketing communications experience, including five years with SmithBucklin, the world’s largest association management firm. She is able to identify the trigger points of miscommunication and low morale in the corporate culture and among team members. By infusing her corporate experience with humor, laughter, and improv tools, she guides organizations to better communication, connection, and creativity, which reinvigorates teams and increases productivity. Trained at The Second City, Ostrow also performs improv and stand-up comedy for a variety of events.

Corey Perlman

Best-selling author and top-rated speaker Corey Perlman helps businesses succeed through digital marketing. He teaches well-tested and current social media strategies. As the owner of Impact Social Media, he has been at the forefront of digital marketing for more than 10 years. He started his career in the eCommerce Division of General Motors before launching his consulting and speaking business in 2009. Since then, he has worked with such notable brands as Sysco Foods, the American Health Care Association (AHCA), Dale Carnegie Training, and the PGA Tour. Perlman’s first best-selling book, eBoot Camp: Proven Internet Marketing Techniques to Grow Your Business, ranked No. 1 on Amazon in every major business category. His most recent book, Social Media Overload! Simple Social Media Strategies for Overwhelmed and Time-deprived Businesses, has been described as engaging, relevant, a must-read, and spot-on marketing advice for any business.

Marie-Elizabeth Ramas, MD, FAAFP

Dr. Ramas is a family physician practicing in New Hampshire. She cares for underinsured, low-income families and provides comprehensive family medicine services for all ages in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Currently, she is the only family physician providing inpatient maternity care at her local hospital. In addition to providing clinical care, she has been active with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) on the national and state levels. She is a past member of the AAFP Board of Directors and is a recent addition to the New Hampshire Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors. A two-time minority physician delegate to the National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL), Dr. Ramas also serves on the conference’s advisory committee. She is honored to be one of three family physician representatives in the Women in Health Equity Leadership Fellowship, as well as a current fellow of the New Hampshire Health Equity Leadership Fellowship.

Purva Rawal, PhD

Purva Rawal is a principal at CapView Strategies, where she works with health systems, life sciences companies, think tanks, and health care coalitions. She has particular expertise in payment and delivery reform, and health system sustainability and transformation issues. In 2016, she published The Affordable Care Act: Examining the Facts, a book exploring the veracity of beliefs and claims about health care reform. Rawal is also an adjunct assistant professor at Georgetown University, Washington, DC, where she teaches undergraduate classes including Politics of Health Care, and she serves on the board of trustees for the Woodley House, a mental health housing and support agency in Washington, DC.

Rawal began her health policy career as a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS)/Institute of Medicine (IOM). She began on Capitol Hill as a congressional fellow for the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). From 2005 to 2010, she was on staff in the U.S. Senate, where she worked on the Senate Budget Committee as a key adviser to Chairman Kent Conrad during the drafting and passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Prior to that, she was the health adviser to Sen. Joseph Lieberman. After leaving Capitol Hill, Purva was a director of health insurance and reform practice at Avalere Health.

Ed Rigsbee, CSP, CAE


Ed Rigsbee (“The ROI Guy”) is President of Rigsbee Enterprises, Inc., which was established in 1981. He is recognized internationally for his expertise in the areas of strategic alliance development and implementation, and nonprofit organization member recruitment and retention. His presentations are based on his unique perspective on mutually beneficial partnering and return on investment (ROI) delivery. His ideas have evolved over the course of nearly four decades of researching and teaching management, marketing, selling skills, and member recruitment. With more than 2,500 published articles to his credit, Rigsbee has also authored six books and continues to be a regular contributor to business, trade, and professional publications globally. He is President and Executive Director of the Cigar PEG, Inc., an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) public charity that has donated more than $500,000 to various charities since 1999.

Christina Rowe


As a leadership and team development consultant and a Gallup-Certified Strengths-based coach, Christina Rowe helps individuals, leaders, and teams achieve new levels of success and enjoyment in their roles. Focused on successful organizational development, change, and culture, she supplies teams with the tools to communicate, reduce conflict, and be highly productive. The result is more engaged teams with members who often report improved quality of life. Rowe has worked with boards of directors in many fields and leaders in industries ranging from medical specialties to technology to construction to creative production. She offers solutions that help individuals feel valued for their contributions, as well as amplifying the teams’ existing strengths and assets.

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.

Chandler Stisher

Chandler Stisher is 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. Chandler also serves as the student member of the AAFP Board of Directors and has served in the past as both national and regional coordinator for the Family Medicine Interest Group Network, as well as contributed to student choice efforts through Family Medicine for America’s Health.

Ray van Hilst


Ray van Hilst blends 20-plus years of marketing experience with modern web principles to establish and advance the web presences of organizations that help build a better world. His diverse background includes working with organizations ranging from Fortune 500 brands to nonprofits and associations. Some of his favorite clients include Disney, The Home Depot, and the National Wildlife Federation. He is driven to make a tangible impact for those he works with, and this drive pushes him beyond the all-too-common “wouldn’t it be great if…” hypotheticals in pursuit of the “this is how we do that” reality. When he is not in the office, a coffee shop, or a client office, he is frequently found speaking at events about web strategy and marketing technology. An active member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), he has served on ASAE’s Technology Section Council.

Steven Waldren, MD, MS

Dr. Waldren is Vice President and Chief Medical Informatics Officer for the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). He is a nationally recognized expert in health information technology and a residency-trained family physician. He joined the AAFP in 2004 because of his knowledge of design and management of health information systems, computer science, and medical informatics. Prior to joining the AAFP, he was a National Library of Medicine postdoctoral fellow in health informatics at the University of Missouri, Columbia.