Board of Trustees

About the Board

The AAFP Foundation Board of Trustees is responsible for maintaining a proper balance among the interests of AAFP members, Foundation staff, and the general public. The Board is responsible and accountable to the organization’s donors, constituents, and the community at large.

Trustees are expected to attend meetings and to take part in the decision-making process. They are required to exercise a reasonable degree of knowledge, skill, and care in bringing their best judgment to the performance of their responsibilities. It is the duty of the trustees to keep themselves informed on programs of the Foundation, to study materials that are distributed to them, and to exercise basic, sound judgment in arriving at decisions. For more information about board member responsibilities, please refer to the following documents:


Members of the AAFP Foundation Board of Trustees

[AAFP Foundation board member Evelyn Lewis&Clark]

Evelyn L. Lewis&Clark, MD, MA, FAAFP, DABDA, President

Newnan, Georgia

Evelyn Lewis&Clark, MD, MA, DABDA, FAAFP, serves as President on the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation. Dr. Lewis earned her Medical degree from the University of the Health Sciences, The Chicago Medical School, and completed a residency in Family Practice at Naval Hospital Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida. She completed a two-year faculty development fellowship at Madigan Army Medical Center and Pacific Lutheran University with a Masters degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences.

In June 2003, Dr. Lewis retired from the United States Navy after 25 years of service. During the past six years, Dr. Lewis was Director Medical Policy World Wide Public Affairs and Policy for Pfizer, Inc.

Currently, she serves as Deputy Director, National Medical Association/Montague Cobb Research Institute. She also holds appointments in the Departments of Family Medicine and Medical and Clinical Psychology Uniformed Services University and is a member of the Editorial Board for Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. During her years of active military service, prior assignments and appointments included Deputy Vice President for Minority Affairs, Director of the University Health Center, Director Family Practice Clerkship, Vice Chair Department of Family Medicine, Associate Chair for Research Department of Family Medicine, and teaching faculty at several residency-training programs. Her professional and research interests include health management and disease prevention, community outreach and engagement, weight management (obesity and overweight), health and health care disparities, health care policy, clinical trials and minority participation, cultural proficiency, and women’s health care delivery. She is nationally recognized for her expertise in the areas of cultural competency, health, and health care disparities.

During Dr. Lewis' tenure at the Uniformed Services University, she was awarded a Project EXPORT grant from the NIH Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities and served as Principal Investigator. In her position as Director Medical Policy she has employed this expertise in cultural competency and health care disparities to increase patients’ awareness of disease, treatment and management, increase physicians’ awareness of the special needs of minority populations, increase the number of minority health care professionals, and increase access to quality health care through her work with multiple organizations to include the Black Ministers Council, Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), CBC Health Brain Trust, National Medical Association, National Black Caucus of State Legislators, NAACP, National Urban League, American Academy of Family Physicians, National Medical Association, National Hispanic Medical Association, and the American Medical Association Commission To End Health Disparities.

Dr. Lewis is a member of several medical associations that include the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Board of Trustees, National Medical Association (NMA), American Medical Association (AMA), and AMA NMA Commission to End Healthcare Disparities.

Dr. Lewis' military decorations include the Defense Meritorious Medal, Joint Service Commendation, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement, Joint Meritorious Unit, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy “E” (two awards), National Defense Medal, Humanitarian Service, Navy Sea Service Deployment, Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service with bronze star, Coast Guard Special Operations Service, and the Navy Expert Pistol (with silver “E”).

Other significant honors include the W.E. Upjohn Award for Innovation (2007), Career Communications Group, Women of Color Emerald Honor for Medical Education Award (2003), Uniformed Services University, Office of Recruitment and Diversity, Mentor of the Year Award (1999-2000), Commendable Service Medal (2000), and Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians President’s Award (1999). She is one of five family physicians featured in the pamphlet “Is Our Health Care System Losing Its Balance?” sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians Research Initiative (1999), and one of nine family physicians profiled in the American Academy of Family Physicians 50th Anniversary Book, Caring for America – The Story of Family Practice (1998).


[AAFP Foundation board member Hughes Melton]

S. Hughes Melton, MD, MBA, FAAFP, DABAM, President Elect

Abingdon, Virginia

S. Hughes Melton, MD, MBA, FAAFP, DABAM, is a family physician from Bristol, Virginia, who currently serves as the President-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation.

Dr. Melton is the Vice President, Chief Medical Officer for the Virginia Operations of Mountain States Health Alliance, a not-for-profit health system serving southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee. In this position he serves as the physician leader for MSHA's Southwest Virginia region, bringing together the excellent medical staff, administration, and governing board at each hospital to provide world-class health care for our patients and communities. Most recently he orchestrated the creation of a graduate medical education program serving three of the hospitals in his region. He will graduate with his MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business in May 2014.

Dr. Melton is also board certified in addiction medicine and started HighPower, P.C., a patient centered medical clinic in Russell County, Virginia. HighPower provides specialized clinical pharmacy consults, primary care, and addiction treatment services.

Prior to working with MSHA, Dr. Melton worked for 12 years at C-Health, P.C. in Lebanon, Virginia, where he provided full-spectrum family medicine services including, pediatric, geriatric, inpatient, and outpatient care to people in rural southwest Virginia.

The Appalachian region in which he works is marked by severe poverty, high levels of substance abuse, poor educational attainment, and limited health care. He was named AAFP 2011 Family Physician of the Year for his innovative work in the primary care treatment of addiction and chronic pain, and for his leadership in recruiting health professionals to what was once considered a medically underserved county.

Melton earned his medical degree and completed his family medicine residency at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He enjoys running, church activities, and spending time with his family.


[AAFP Foundation board member Brent Smith]

P. Brent Smith, MD, MSc, FAAFP, Vice President

Cleveland, Mississippi

P. Brent Smith, MD, MSc, a family physician in his hometown of Cleveland, Mississippi, serves as Vice President of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Board of Trustees.

A member of the AAFP since 2008, Smith has served in multiple positions with the Academy, including student delegate to the Congress of Delegates, delegate to the American Medical Association Resident-Fellow Section, member of the Commission on Membership and Member Services, and most recently as the Resident Member of the AAFP Board of Directors.

Smith earned his medical degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Medicine, Jackson, Mississippi. In addition, he earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, in 2005, and completed his Bachelor of Arts in History from Ouachita in 2010. Currently, Smith is completing his Master of Science in Clinical Education at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. In the fall of 2013, he completed a sports medicine fellowship at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, before returning to Mississippi to establish his practice.

Throughout his academic career, Smith has been active in the American Medical Association and Mississippi Medical Association. He served two terms as the resident member of the Mississippi AMA Board of Trustees, as well as serving as a member of the Mississippi Medical Association Council on Legislation. Smith is an original member of the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program, and served for two years on the MRPSP Program Committee. In 2010, he served with the Vice Chancellor’s Resident’s group of HEALing Fellows, a community outreach program to identify and help correct the causes of health disparities, and to improve resident training in serving the needs of the community.

Smith remains active at the state and local levels, as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians Foundation as well as several task forces of the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians. Currently, he serves as Medical Director of the Delta State University Athletic Training Education program, as well as primary care team physician for Delta State University Athletics. Dr. Smith also cares for the athletes of the local high schools in and around his hometown.


[AAFP Foundation board member Douglas Spotts]

Douglas A. Spotts, MD, FAAFP, Treasurer

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Dr. Spotts is entering his 16th year of clinical practice in his hometown of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania in 2012. He is a 1989 graduate of Juniata College (B.S. Biology), Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, and earned his MD degree from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in 1993. During his medical school years, he served as President of the Family Medicine Interest Group, whose advisor then and now, is Dennis Gingrich, MD. That position brought him to Kansas City many times and exposed him early on to the work of the American Academy of Family Physicians in advancing family medicine and led to an early choice of family medicine as a career pursuit. He completed his residency in family medicine at the Harrisburg Family Practice Residency in 1996, having served as Chief Resident 1995-96 and became a Fellow of the AAFP in 2004. He was employed by Evangelical Community Hospital 1996-2003 and then opened his private practice of family and community medicine 2003-2011. In the late summer of 2011, he sold his practice back to Evangelical Community Hospital when they named him Evangelical's first, Chief Medical Information Officer. He now devotes approximately one-half of his time to this position and the other half to direct patient care. He also serves as Medical Director for the Riverwoods Community, a residential, assisted living and skilled nursing facility near his office and enjoys teaching medical students and residents on rotation from the Penn State College of Medicine and the Williamsport Family Practice Residency Program.

Doug quickly became involved with the work of the PAFP as a member of the Legislative and Governmental Affairs Commission and has been the President of the PAFP Foundation for the last two years. In addition he is serving his fifth year on the Board of the PAFP and has been the PAFP Vice Speaker of the House of Delegates for the last two years. In addition to the PAFP and AAFP, his professional memberships include the American College of Physician Executives, American Medical Association and American College of Healthcare Executives. He has attended the AAFP Congressional Conference several times, Annual Leadership Forum, and almost every AAFP Scientific Assembly since the start of his career. He is looking forward to welcoming everyone to Philadelphia in the fall of 2012.

In the community, Dr. Spotts served as a Director of the Evangelical Community Hospital for seven years until assuming the duties of his new position. He serves on the Susquehanna Council Board, Boy Scouts of America, and is a life member of the National Eagle Scout Association. He is an active member of the Lewisburg Sunrise Rotary Club and also a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, where he serves as a lay eucharistic minister and sings in the church choir. He served on the Juniata College Alumni Council for four years and was recently named to the position of Alumni Trustee to begin October 2012.

Doug is happily married to Sue Ellen Shively Spotts, and they are the parents of active teens Ian and Hannah. Any free time is consumed by running kids to sports practices, Scouts, ballet, piano and just plain running: Doug has completed the Philadelphia, Toronto, Richmond (Virginia), and Harrisburg (Pennsylvania) marathons. He is honored to serve on the AAFP Foundation Board of Trustees and credits many mentors along the way for encouraging him to serve in this way. He hopes to bring his servant leader style and passion for family medicine to the Board, and his favorite saying is "Don't let what we can't do get in the way of what we can!"


[AAFP Foundation board member Craig Doane]

Craig M. Doane, Executive Director and Secretary

Leawood, Kansas

Craig Doane joined the AAFP Foundation in 2007 and oversees the journal media enterprise, all corporate strategic partnerships and Foundation activities, which annually raise more than $20 million in advertising, grants, and donations. In this capacity he oversees the development and publication of the two AAFP journals, American Family Physician and Family Practice Management, develops and implements funding strategies for the organization, manages the organization’s grant writing and administration process, and provides administrative and management oversight of Journal Media, Foundation, and Development staff. As Vice President, Doane is also involved in organization-wide strategy and policy-development activities. Doane serves as a non-voting member and secretary of the AAFP Foundation Board of Trustees and actively participates in the activities of the AAFP Board of Directors.

Doane brings 28 years of professional experience in business and financial development to the AAFP. Prior to joining the AAFP he served 12 years as Chief Development Officer for The National Kidney Foundation and five years as Vice President of Development for The National Children’s Cancer Society. Most recently, he was Chief Executive Officer for the Belle Center of St. Louis, a regional nonprofit organization dedicated to providing therapy and support services to children with disabilities.

Doane is a member of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals, the professional association for individuals responsible for generating philanthropic support for a wide variety of nonprofit, charitable organizations. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for MidAmerican Nazarene University.

Doane received a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas.

Doane and his wife, Laurie, have two children.


[AAFP Foundation board member Julie Anderson]

Julie K. Anderson, MD, FAAFP

St. Cloud, Minnesota


John Bender, MD, MBA, FAAFP

Fort Collins, Colorado


[AAFP Foundation Board member Clay Cooper]

Clayton Cooper

State College, Pennsylvania


[AAFP Foundation board member Gretchen Dickson]

Gretchen M. Dickson, MD, MBA, FAAFP

Wichita, Kansas


[AAFP Foundation board member Barbara Doty]

Barbara J. Doty, MD, FAAFP

Wasilla, Alaska


Carla Duryee

Overland Park, Kansas


[AAFP Foundation Board member Michel Farhat]

Michel Y. Farhat, PhD

Furlong, Pennsylvania


[AAFP Foundation Board member David Govaker]

David A. Govaker, MD

Brooklyn, New York


Douglas E. Henley, MD, FAAFP

Leawood, Kansas


[AAFP Foundation board member Ned Holland]

E.J. "Ned" Holland, Jr.

McLean, Virginia


[AAFP Foundation board member Rebecca Jaffe]

Rebecca Jaffe, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Wilmington, Delaware


[AAFP Foundation Board member Carrie Johnson]

Carrie A. Johnson

Taylorsville, Utah


[AAFP Foundation board member Lynne Lillie]

Lynne Lillie, MD, FAAFP

Rochester, Minnesota


[AAFP Foundation board member David Smith]

David R. Smith, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Elm Grove, Wisconsin


[AAFP Foundation Board member Christopher Watson]

Christopher Watson, MD, MPH

Indianapolis, Indiana


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