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. Doug 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.
Doug 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.
Doug 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. Doug 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.
Doug 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 owns an innovative hybrid Direct Primary Care and Fee-for-Service medical practice, Simplicity Health, in St. Cloud, Minnesota. She has been active in the AAFP since medical school and has served as MN Chapter President. She is currently the MN AAFP Senior Delegate. Julie was recognized by the City of Saint Cloud in 2013 with the 5 Under 40 Award and recently earned Central Minnesota's Best Physician award. She remains politically active at a local and national level, advocating for family physicians and the patients they serve.
Julie is married to Dr. Bradley Anderson and together they have two boys, Elliot and Owen. In her spare time, you will find her at a soccer game. She enjoys having time to travel, play violin and piano, cross country ski and golf.
Dr. Becky 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. Becky 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.
Becky 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. Becky is excited to join the AAFP Foundation Officers to extend our enthusiasm and support of Family Medicine from users of the system, students and residents to their global networks.
Dr. Dave Smith is a family physician who recently retired after a long career primarily serving a small community in east central Wisconsin. During his career he was able to practice the full breadth of Family Medicine, from the delivery room to the ICU to hospice and home care. The greatest reward for him was in the relationships built with patients and their families over decades. Mid-career he returned to school to earn a MPH, which supported his work on behalf of a large Wisconsin health system. His clinical work continued while he also advanced to the role of Vice President of Care Management and Quality.
He has twice served on the Foundation’s Family Medicine Cares International Delegation to Haiti, and as a Foundation trustee since 2013.
He and Karen, his wife of 43 years, now live outside of Madison, Wi. They are blessed with three adult children and seven amazing grandchildren. Travel is a current passion, with them having visited over 80 countries...so far.
Heather Palmer always admired her father’s career as an executive in the corporate world, but knew her future was headed in a slightly different direction. She pursued two master’s degrees—nonprofit management from The American University and business from Marymount University—but it was during her first job after graduate school that things really began to click. As director of the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, Heather says, she fell in love with Family Medicine. Since then, she’s used her expertise in development and fundraising, along with a deeply personal commitment to the well-being of others, to work toward ensuring all people can access medical care and raise healthy families. Away from the office, Heather spends her time with her husband and twin sons.
Give until it feels good—that’s the mantra that Doug Henley and his wife, Mary, have adopted as the guiding principle for their philanthropic philosophy. Because it’s not enough for Dr. Henley to serve as executive vice president and chief executive officer for the American Academy of Family Physicians and a member of the AAFP Foundation board, he’s a donor to the Foundation as well. The reason? He says it’s because of the Foundation’s steadfast commitment to domestic and international causes, leadership development programs, and support to the AAFP as a funder and partner. Dr. Henley, who has been involved with the AAFP for more than 40 years, enjoys traveling the world and trying new restaurants when he’s not at home with his wife and his English springer spaniel, Maggie.
Dr. Jay-Sheree Allen is a Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician and National Health Service Corps Scholar currently practicing in a rural underserved clinic and critical access hospital in Central Minnesota. She completed her residency training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in July 2018 after graduating from Meharry Medical College in 2015 and The City College of New York with a degree in Psychology in 2011.
Holding firmly to the belief that, “to whom much is given, much is required” – she has coordinated a mentoring program for elementary school girls in Harlem, New York, founded Women of Excellence, Strength & Tenacity (WEST) an organization dedicated to empowering young women to live up to their highest potential, worked with the national program Jumpstart Americorps, taught aspiring young female scientists in Tanzania and raised funds to support an under-resourced hospital in Ghana.
She is committed to improving the health of citizens globally, through the promotion and practice of primary care and preventive medicine. She hails from the island of Jamaica and is the eldest of her parents’ five children. She is married to Dr. Joseph Akambase, who she met while they were both medical students working together in a hospital in Ghana.
Angie Bricco has combined her passions for science, health care, and helping others to serve as a public health champion over the course of her career. Currently, she is Senior Director of Public Affairs at Sanofi Pasteur leading population health improvement initiatives across the vaccines, diabetes, and cardiovascular business areas. Her early interest in medicine led her to earn a BS in Life Science from Penn State University and ultimately pursue a career in pharmaceuticals. After spending her foundational years in Sanofi Pasteur’s sales and marketing department, Angie’s passion for helping others moved her into new product development where she saw the first conjugate meningococcal vaccine for the US come to market. Following this milestone in her career, she pursued a MBA from Saint Joseph’s University, which resulted in subsequent progressive leadership positions at Sanofi Pasteur.
Throughout Angie’s almost 25-year career she has consistently been involved in Family Medicine and improving public health through prevention. She has enjoyed working with the AAFP Foundation in various capacities over the past six years and is humbled to have the opportunity to now serve as a Corporate Trustee. Her desire to convene and connect with others was inspired by her grandmother, who taught her to approach people with respect and utilize the right balance of heart and mind to drive positive change. When not working, Angie spends her time with her husband Brian and their two children Julia (14) and Timmy (10).
Dr. Andrea Gavin began her career in Family Medicine in Plymouth, Wisconsin in 1991. In addition to providing heartfelt, comprehensive care to her patients, she gives back to her community with participation in community and non-profit boards and local fundraising activities. After being named Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians Family Physician of the Year in 2001, she became active in organized medicine on the WAFP Board and Foundation. This, along with participation in Aurora Health Care Foundation and AAFP Foundation activities, has given Andrea a passion for philanthropy. She is especially interested in fundraising activities that support Family Medicine workforce and those that work to decrease health inequities. She resides in rural Wisconsin and enjoys time with family, biking, golfing, and gardening.
Dr. Dennis Gingrich currently practices family medicine and teaches residents and students as a professor in both the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Department of Humanities at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey. He has served more than 20 years on the medical school admissions committee and has spent more than 25 years organizing premedical programming and serving as an advisor to the college’s Family Medicine Interest Group. At Penn State, he has served on the University Faculty Senate and as faculty organization president at the College of Medicine, and has received college humanitarian and services awards. Prior to his academic practice, he was in community practice as a partner in the Permanente Medical Group in Los Angeles.
A member of the AAFP since 1979, Dennis served through the Pennsylvania AFP, various AAFP Commissions and currently sits on the AAFP Board of Directors.
Dennis earned earned his medical degree from Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey. He completed his residency in family medicine at University of Pennsylvania Medical Center Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatrics.
E.J. (“Ned”) Holland, Jr. has spent most of his 50 year career working in or with the health care system. He has been in a variety of different relationships with the system: a provider (or provider representative), a purchaser, a regulator, and, like most of us, a patient. He became acquainted with Family Medicine when he was chairman of the board of Truman Medical Center, which operated one of the largest FM residencies in the Kansas City region. After service as Assistant Secretary for Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, he has retired but stays active because he believes primary care and Family Medicine remain crucial elements of what must be the ultimate reform of the U.S. health care system. Last year, he and his family moved from Washington, D.C., back home to Kansas City where most of their two families live and where he still plays and watches lots of tennis.
Dr. Gretchen Irwin is program director of the University of Kansas School of Medicine Wichita Family Medicine Residency program at Wesley Medical Center and Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University Of Kansas School Of Medicine- Wichita. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology at Saint Vincent College then attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine receiving her medical degree and completing an area of concentration in Women’s Health.
Following medical school, she completed her residency at the University of Missouri Kansas City Family Medicine Residency where she served as Chief Resident and earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Rockhurst University. She then completed fellowships in Operative Obstetrics and Faculty Development before serving as faculty at the Lancaster General Health Family Medicine Residency.
Gretchen currently serves as program director and maintains a full spectrum clinical practice at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita Family Medicine Residency program at Wesley Medical Center.
Dr. Warren A. Jones is the Chief Health Officer at Hampton University in Hampton, Va., Director of the newly established Center for Caribbean Health Research and Director of Minority Men's Health Initiative within the HU Regional Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center. He is a retired Captain in the U.S. Navy, has served as the Director of Healthcare Quality and Disparities at Provider Resources, Inc. and was previously the NIH Endowed Chair in Health Disparities Research at Dillard University in New Orleans, LA.
His military, civilian and volunteer work showcases a passion for improving health disparities, minority health and education. His leadership has impacted the Mississippi Medicaid Program, American Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors, Dillard University Board of Trustees, TRICARE Military Health Program and the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention to name a few.
Warren received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Dillard University, his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and honorary doctorate from Tougaloo College. He completed a Family Medicine residency at the Naval Hospital in Pensacola, Fla. Jones also earned a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at the Naval Hospital in San Diego. Personally, Jones is proud of his more than 50 years of membership in Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., marriage to Gennie, and six children.
Barbara Kay is the daughter of an executive who made sure business talk was a big part of nightly dinner conversation. She credits her father with providing sage advice that has guided her life and career.
Shortly after graduating from college, Barbara had a small publishing business serving the college and university market. She had a desire to see how the big publishers did it and was recruited by Ameritech to launch industrial directories on the east coast. From there, she joined the nation’s largest business-to-business publisher, Intertec/PRIMEDIA.
Barbara landed in the event media business in 2003 through Ascend Media, which specializes in conference publishing, including supporting, enhancing and extending the attendee conference and event experience as well as driving non-dues revenue for clients.
While at Ascend, she served on various professional association boards, but is truly proud to serve on the AAFP Foundation Board of Trustees. Being a Corporate Trustee is a privilege she does not take lightly as this organization has impact on global health.
In her free time you will find Barbara playing piano, doing yoga or enjoying Skaneateles Lake, one of the beautiful finger lakes in upstate New York.
She holds a BA in Psychology/Education from Hamilton College and a M.S. in Business Management/Management Information Systems from SUNY Binghamton School of Management.
Dr. Renee Markovich is Clinical Associate Director of the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Family Medicine Residency Program and Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University. She received her combined BS/MD from Youngstown State University and Northeast Ohio Universities College of Medicine in 1994. She completed residency at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Georgia and served as Chief Resident in her final year. She practiced full scope rural Family Medicine including OB at Community Memorial Hospital in Hicksville, Ohio where she served one year as chief of staff. She has been active in her state Academy and foundation supporting student efforts and interest in Family Medicine.
Dr. Tomás Owens is director and practicing full-scope family doctor in a greater Oklahoma City area residency program. He comes from a family of physicians, which includes his mom, dad, brother, nephews, and soon his son.
With his late-dad being an internationally prominent family physician, he has been impassioned about promoting Family Medicine since his early teenage days in Panamá. He is the current senior delegate for the Oklahoma chapter of the AAFP and previously served as OAFP president and delegate for the National Conference of Constituency Leaders for several years. He is very active in teaching medical students and the public, and volunteers for several boards, his state medical association (where he chairs a committee), and patient service projects in Edmond. He has been married for 28 years to his wife Tammy, and they have a son Thomas (a medical student) and daughter Emily (economics/business professional working at a large corporation). An avowed news junkie and indefatigable reader; when not working, the past tennis player shoots some pool, plays ping-pong and started golf lessons last fall.
From a young age, Dr. Christy Skibicki aspired to become a physician. She was awarded the United States Air Force Health Professions Scholarship for medical school and completed a residency in family medicine at Eglin AFB. Upon fulfilling her Active Duty commitment, she worked in several health systems providing direct patient care and performing administrative roles before focusing on the ever growing need to help patients struggling with substance use disorder. This ultimately led to the opportunity to work in Medical Affairs for a pharmaceutical company where she is currently employed and continues to advocate for patients and physicians. As a long-time AAFP member, she has enjoyed her time serving on the Foundation Board of Trustees. When not traveling for work, she spends time with her son and daughter.
As the youngest of four children reared by two elementary school teachers, Richard knew as a child he wanted to pursue a career in service to others. This desire led to two successful careers in both healthcare and the US Air Force and Air National Guard. For more than 28 years and through various executive-level positions, Richard has been instrumental in helping healthcare organizations enhance their quality of care with an emphasis on increasing overall satisfaction for patients, physicians and staff with particular interest in ensuring care is delivered with passion and sensitivity to the needs of patients and family members as they journey throughout the care continuum. His collaborative style and expertise in physician relations, strategic planning and performance improvement have yielded increased results in numerous projects and initiatives throughout his career. As the proud parents of two adult children, Richard and his wife, Sharon, enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Windel A. Stracener cares for patients of all ages at the Wayne County Community Health Center, a federally qualified health center affiliated with the Wayne County Health Department. In addition, he is the student health physician at Earlham College and medical director of the Acute Rehabilitation Center unit for the Reid Hospital, both in Richmond.
Dr. Kristina J. Laguerre is currently a second year family medicine resident at Sunrise GME Consortium at Southern Hills Hospital in Las Vegas, NV. Originally from New Jersey, she attended medical school at St. George’s University in Grenada and graduated in 2017. Prior to medical school, Kristina received her undergraduate degree in Community Health from the University of Maryland, College Park and her Masters of Public Health from Rutgers University (formerly UMDNJ).
Ian Coker is a fourth-year medical student at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his undergraduate degree in Biology and Mathematics at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. Before starting medical school, he worked as an emergency department scribe at Salem Hospital and started to develop his interests in primary care and preventive medicine. As a student, he has been involved with the American College of Family Physicians, serving as the Parliamentarian and President of the National Student Executive Board. He also co-founded the Nutrition and Health Awareness chapter at Midwestern University to promote nutrition education in the local community. In 2018, he was named the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine Student Doctor of the Year. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, running and hiking with his girlfriend and their dog.