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
Dr. Brent Smith, a family physician in his hometown of Cleveland, Mississippi, serves as 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 became involved with the Foundation through a first-time attendee scholarship to the National Conference for Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, which he attributes as sparking his interest in leadership.
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. 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. In 2014, Smith completed his Master of Science in Clinical Education at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
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 State Medical Association 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 is a team physician for several area high schools near Cleveland, MS. He is also a member of the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee for the Mississippi High Schools Activities Association.
Dr. Doug Spotts serves as President-Elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians Board of Trustees.
Spotts is a graduate of Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA (1989), The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA (1993) and the Harrisburg Family Practice Residency Program (1996). He returned to his hometown area of Mifflinburg, PA to practice in 1996 and values the meaningful relationships and trust building that the practice of Family Medicine affords the patient and physician. He carries this same passion of relationship and trust building into his leadership work with the AAFP Foundation around its educational, scientific, and humanitarian signature programs and in his current professional role as Vice President/Chief Population Health Officer.
Spotts is a Past President of the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians, where he led a 5 year governance transformation of the PAFP during his tenure, an active PA MED (Pennsylvania Medical Society)/AMA member, and additionally, holds memberships with the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Association for Physician Leadership.
Outside of medicine, Doug is married to Sue Ellen and they have two children, Ian and Hannah. He enjoys travel, running, and music. Spotts serves as substitute organist at his church, sings in the choir and is an active Rotarian.
Spotts credits his leadership interest and growth to many mentors, a passion for "creating possibility" in any situation/discussion, an active faith life, and the patience, support, and love of his wife. Spotts is serving Family Medicine as an officer of the AAFP Foundation because he feels that we help others by compassionately giving of ourselves. Supporting the philanthropic arm of the humanitarian, educational, and scientific endeavors of the AAFP Foundation fits with this vision.
Spotts wants to lead others to increase the important work of the AAFP Foundation and its signature programs by drawing attention to and asking the same question that Martin Luther King, Jr. once asked, "What are you doing for others?"
Dr. Julie Anderson serves as Vice President of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Board of Trustees.
She has worked in both private practice at the Saint Cloud Medical Group in Saint Cloud MN from 2004-2016 and recently joined Centracare Health as part of a merger.
Originally from Berthoud, Colorado, Julie matriculated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Environmental Chemistry and worked for 3 years at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. She was drawn to improving the health of others and attended medical school at the University of Minnesota and Family Medicine at the UMN Rural Residency Program in Waseca, MN.
Since completing her training, Julie has been an active member in the American Academy of Family Physicians, and has served locally as MN Chapter President. She is the Senior MN Delegate to the AAFP and a member of the Commission on Governmental Advocacy. She is involved in advocacy at a state level with the Minnesota Medical Association, spending a lot of time speaking with legislators on health care issues important to Minnesotans. In fact, her advocacy work led her to be an honored guest of her Congresswoman at the President’s State of the Union Address in 2014.
Closer to home, Dr. Anderson recently started her own practice, Simplicity Health, which is an innovative Direct Primary Care & Fee-for-Service practice. Dr. Anderson was recognized by the city of Saint Cloud in 2013 with the 5 Under 40 Award, given to up-and-coming community leaders under the age of 40. She has also been acknowledged as a “Best of Central Minnesota Family Physician” for the past three years.
Julie is married to Dr. Bradley Anderson and together they have 2 boys, Elliot and Owen. In her spare time, you will find her at a hockey rink or shuttling her children to soccer and after school activities. She enjoys having time to travel, play violin and piano, cross country ski and golf.
Dr. Becky Jaffe serves as Treasurer of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Board of Trustees.
Jaffe graduated from the Medical College of Pennsylvania and completed her residency in Family Medicine at the Medical Center of Delaware (now Christiana Care). She has spent her entire career in the Wilmington Delaware area and is Board Certified in Family Medicine and was Board Certified in Primary Care Sports Medicine, too. Jaffe earned a Master's in Public Health from Drexel while in full time private practice. After 35 years of patient care, she sees far fewer patients and is now working full time for Aledade, a Bethesda based company that helps primary care practices in this new value based population health proposition, as a Regional Medical Director.
Jaffe has served in many respected national volunteer roles including with the United States Olympic Committee and the American Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors. Locally, she has served on the board of her local hospital, as well as other organizations and volunteers in the community at sporting and educational events. Jaffe is excited to join the AAFP Foundation Officers to extend our enthusiam and support of Family Medicine from users of the system, students and residents to their global networks.
Mrs. Heather Palmer brings a wealth of experience to the Foundation and AAFP in both individual and corporate development. She is a strategic thinker and enthusiastic leader who already has great and imaginative ideas for advancing the Foundation, its Signature Programs and ‘re-imagining’ its donor programs and efforts. Palmer has demonstrated leadership in building strong, collaborative relationships with our partners and her vision for bringing the Foundation and AAFP closer together.
Before coming to the AAFP, Palmer served as director of development and corporate relations at the American Podiatric Medical Association. Prior to that, she was director of corporate philanthropy and partnerships at the Inova Health System Foundation. Palmer has worked in development on both a national and international level, beginning her career with the NCAFP Foundation nearly 25 years ago.
Palmer is a member of the American Society of Association Executives. Palmer holds a master’s in nonprofit management from The American University, Washington DC and a master’s degree in business from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.