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 Hughes Melton]

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

Abingdon, Virginia

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

As a leader, healer and educator, Dr. Melton's current mission is to protect and promote the health of all Virginians as Chief Deputy Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Health. He will improve internal operations and build connections with outside stakeholders to accelerate the realization of the vision that Virginia is the healthiest state in the Union.

Prior to Dr. Melton's role as VDH Chief Deputy, he served as the VP, Medical Education for NE and NW Markets of Mountain States, a not-for-profit, thirteen-hospital health system serving SW VA and NE TN.  He developed robust medical education programs to address the work force shortage issues and increase the capability of the medical community to meet the needs of the region in the area of population health.

From 2012-2014 Dr. Melton served as the Chief Medical Officer for the Virginia facilities of Mountain States Health.  In 2015 one of his teams won the President’s Quality Award, the highest quality award granted at MSHA, and he received the Servant’s Heart Award, the highest patient service award granted at Mountain States.

Dr. Melton is also board certified in adddition medicine and started HighPower, P.C. a patient centered medical clinic in Russell County, VA.  HighPower provides specialized clinical pharmacy consults and addiction treatment services and has been recognized at the state level for the innovative approach to addiction treatment.

Prior to working with Mountain States, Dr. Melton co-founded C-Health, P.C. in Lebanon, Virginia in 2000.  C-Health still provides full-spectrum family medicine services to over 18,000 people in rural southwest Virginia.

The American Academy of Family Physicians selected Dr. Melton to be the 2011 Family Physician of the Year for C-Health’s 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.

The University of Virginia is Dr. Melton's academic home where he earned his medical degree and completed his family medicine residency in 1996.  In 2012, he returned to earn his MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.  Running, biking, aviation, church activities, serving the underserved and spending time with his wife Sarah and two daughters are Dr. Melton's deepest passions in life.


[AAFP Foundation Board member Brent Smith]

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

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, Vice President

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Doug 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 relationship 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 practicing family physician and Chief Health Information Officer of Evangelical Community Hospital Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. In that current role, he is responsible for EHR enhancement projects, Population and Community Health Strategies, and Physician Burnout Prevention for his organization.

He 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 are the parents of college students, Ian and Hannah. He enjoys travel, running, and music, and serves as substitute organist at his church, sings in the choir, and as an active Rotarian.

Doug credits his leadership interest and growth to many mentors and role of mentoring in his life, to a passion of "creating possibility" in any situation/discussion, to an active faith life, and to the patience, support, and love of his wife.

He 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?"


[AAFP Foundation board member Julie Anderson]

Julie K. Anderson, MD, FAAFP, Treasurer

St. Cloud, Minnesota

Julie Anderson is a family physician from Saint Cloud, MN.  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 the medical school at the University of Minnesota and family medicine at the U of MN Rural Residency Program in Waseca, MN.

Since completing her training, Julie has been an active member in the American Academy of Family Physicians, holding many appointments, and recently serving as the MN Chapter President. Nationally, she serves as a 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 has served as a board member and Vice President of Saint Cloud Medical Group. She helped develop Project Brainsafe, a community based initiative to improve awareness and management of concussions. She also started the first electronic health visit program in the community at her clinic. Most recently, she has been working with her local city council to raise the purchase age of tobacco to 21. 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 2 years.

Dr. Anderson regularly trains medical students and speaks to family medicine residents across the state on advocacy. She also enjoys lecturing to local high schools and staff about concussion prevention and media impact on health. She regularly contributes to her local paper on health related topics and speaks at community events on a wide range of health issues.

Julie is married to Dr. Bradley Anderson, who is a comprehensive ophthalmologist 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, piano, or band lessons. She enjoys having time to travel, play violin and piano, cross country ski and golf.


[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.


John L. Bender, MD, MBA, FAAFP

Fort Collins, Colorado


[AAFP Foundation Board member Clay Cooper]

Clayton Cooper

State College, Pennsylvania


Barbara J. Doty, MD, FAAFP

Wasilla, Alaska


Michel Y. Farhat, PhD

Furlong, Pennsylvania


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 Gretchen Irwin]

Gretchen M. Irwin, MD, MBA, FAAFP

Wichita, Kansas


Rebecca Jaffe, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Wilmington, Delaware


[AAFP Foundation Board member Carrie Johnson]

Carrie A. Johnson

Taylorsville, Utah


Warren A. Jones, MD, FAAFP

Ridgeland, Mississippi


[AAFP Foundation Board member Barbara Kay]

Barbara E. Kay

Overland Park, KS


[AAFP Foundation board member Lynne Lillie]

Lynne Marie B. Lillie, MD, FAAFP

Rochester, Minnesota


Tomas P. Owens, MD, FAAFP

Edmond, Oklahoma


[AAFP Foundation Board member David Smith]

David R. Smith, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Elm Grove, Wisconsin


Richard E. Smith, Jr.

Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania


[AAFP Foundation Board member Christopher Watson]

Christopher Watson, MD, MPH

Indianapolis, Indiana


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