Dr. Dave Smith retired in 2015 after a long career primarily serving a small community in east central Wisconsin. Throughout his career, Dave practiced 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, Dave returned to school to earn an MPH degree, which supported his work for a large Wisconsin health system. While continuing clinical work, he also advanced to the role of vice president of care management and quality. He has twice served on the AAFP Foundation’s Family Medicine Cares International delegation to Haiti and has been an AAFP Foundation Trustee since 2013.
Dr. Tomás Owens is director and practicing full-scope family doctor at INTEGRIS Great Plains Family Medicine, an Oklahoma City-area residency program. He is also the chair of family medicine and vice president of the medical staff officers at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center.
Tomás has been passionate about family medicine since his youth in Panama: He comes from a family of physicians, including his father (an internationally prominent family physician), mother, brother, nephews, and now his son. Tomás is currently the senior delegate for the Oklahoma chapter of the AAFP and served many years as OAFP president and delegate for the National Conference of Constituency Leaders. He is very active in teaching medical students and the public, and volunteers for several boards, his state medical association, and patient service projects in Edmond.
Dr. Martin Devine is a practicing family physician in suburban central Massachusetts. After a decade of service as the chief of family medicine for the Harrington Healthcare System in Southbridge, Mass., Martin now serves as secretary of medical staff for Harrington.
Martin’s love of family medicine has drawn him to the AAFP Foundation; he considers it a natural extension of his rewarding practice. As a Board Trustee, he brings a particular interest in the Family Medicine Cares USA and International programming. Martin holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology, graduated medical school at the University of Arizona, and completed residency back in Worcester, Mass.
Dr. Jay-Sheree Allen is a board-certified family medicine physician committed to improving the health of millennials through primary care and preventive medicine. She is currently a Senior Associate Consultant in the Department of Family Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. As a National Health Service Corps scholar, she previously worked in a critical access hospital in Central Minnesota and was named a 40 under 40 Leader in Health by the National Minority Quality Forum.
Jay-Sheree is passionate about strengthening the connections between primary care and public health, especially through the use of media platforms. To that end, she has worked with ABC News Health, is an assistant medical editor for Hippo Education’s Primary Care Reviews and Perspectives podcast, is the creator and host of the Millennial Health podcast and is a recurring guest on Minnesota Public Radio. In addition to being the Treasurer, she is the Family Medicine Cares Workgroup Chair and has been instrumental in relaunching the Family Medicine Cares International Program in the Dominican Republic.
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 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 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.
Shawn Martin serves as executive vice president and chief executive officer for the American Academy of Family Physicians, the medical specialty organization representing 136,700 family physicians and medical students nationwide.
Shawn has served on the National Quality Assurance Coalition Patient Centered Medical Home Advisory Board, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Practice Transformation Advisory Board, and the Hospital and Facilities Accreditation Program Patient-Centered Medical Home Advisory Panel. His leadership roles include a six-year period as chair of the Health Coalition on Liability and Access. He also is an active member of the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative, where he has served in several official leadership roles since its inception in 2006.
Dr. Justin Bartos has been practicing family medicine in Texas since 1985, when he began working with a small group practice, North Hills Family Medicine. He is a former owner of Bishop Davies Nursing Center and also founded Bishop Hospice. In 2011, he joined MCNT, now USMD, a subsidiary of OPTUM Health Care, to focus on senior care.
Justin became hooked on the international mission of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation after three trips with the Family Medicine Cares delegation to Haiti. In addition to his AAFP Foundation leadership, Justin serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Academy of Family Physicians Foundation. He is a past president of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians and was the 2012 TAFP Family Physician of the Year.
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 B.S. 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 U.S. come to market. Following this milestone in her career, she pursued an MBA from Saint Joseph’s University, which resulted in subsequent progressive leadership positions at Sanofi Pasteur.
East Greenwich, Rhode Island
Dr. Keith Callahan is a solo-practice family physician and clinical associate professor of family medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Keith currently supervises Alpert Medical School students during their family medicine core rotation; is serving his second term as president of the Rhode Island Academy of Family Physicians; and is the founding editor-in-chief of “Rhode Island Family Medicine.”
At the start of his career in Chicago, Keith held a wide variety of clinical, educational, administrative, practice management, and advocacy roles. Since moving to Rhode Island and opening a private practice, he has maintained his commitment to medical education, taking on new leadership and advocacy roles. Keith leads the Rhode Island Academy of Family Physicians State Advocacy Day, represents national family medicine interests during the Family Medicine Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C., and serves a member of the Rhode Island Medical Society Board of Directors.
Bordentown, New Jersey
Mary F. Campagnolo, MD, MBA, FAAFP, is a family physician in Bordentown, New Jersey. Campagnolo has practiced family medicine for 35 years, currently at Virtua Primary Care of Mansfield. In addition, she serves as medical director of Virtua Medical Group Value Based Programs and Payer Contracts. In this role, she oversees collaboration with commercial and government health insurers.
Dr. Andrew Carroll is the founder, owner, and medical director of Atembis LLC, an integrated multi-site medical-behavioral family medicine practice in Chandler, Ariz. His practice combines full-scope family medical care as well as full-breadth behavioral care through a team-based embedded approach.
A member of the AAFP since 1999, Andrew is a member of the AAFP Board of Directors and has served as an Arizona delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates. He also served as a member of the Commission for Quality and Practice and the Commission for Governmental Advocacy. At the chapter level, he has served the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians in various leadership roles, including chapter president and media liaison. Andrew earned his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada and completed his residency at Mid-Hudson Family Practice Residency Program in Kingston, N.Y.
Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin
Dr. Andrea Gavin began her career in family medicine in Plymouth, Wis., in 1991. In addition to providing heartfelt, comprehensive care to her patients, she gives back to her community through her active 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, Andrea became active in organized medicine on the WAFP Board and Foundation. This, along with participation in the Aurora Health Care Foundation and AAFP Foundation activities, has given Andrea a passion for philanthropy. She is especially interested in fundraising activities that support the family medicine workforce and those who work to decrease health inequities.
Kristina J. Laguerre, MD, MPH, MBS is a board certified family physician practicing in West Philadelphia and serving as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Pennsylvania. Kristina completed her residency training at Southern Hills Hospital in Las Vegas, NV where she served as chief resident and was actively involved with the AAFP as a resident leader. Kristina's passion lies in community health and providing primary care to underserved populations. She is also enthusiastic about medical education and enjoys working to strengthen the family medicine pipeline.
Dr. Renee Markovich is the clinical associate director of the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Family Medicine Residency Program and an 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.
Renee completed her residency at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Ga., and served as chief resident in her final year. She practiced full-scope rural family medicine, including obstetrics, at Community Memorial Hospital in Hicksville, Ohio, where she served one year as chief of staff. She has been active in her state Academy of Family Physicians and the Foundation, supporting student efforts and interest in family medicine.
Nada Mlinarevich’s desire to help others and promote health and wellness, along with her innate curiosity and thirst for knowledge, continues to guide her personally and professionally.
Nada started her career in healthcare providing bedside nursing care on a neurology unit at a community hospital, and quickly realized she had a passion for advancing medicine and clinical research. This passion led to a decade of work in academics, where she specialized in translational research.
Nada’s focus on innovation and helping others at a population level drew her to Exact Sciences; once there, she led a large diagnostic clinical study that resulted in FDA approval of the first multi-target stool DNA test for colorectal cancer screening. Currently, she is director of medical affairs at Exact Sciences, leading thought leader engagement across the screening business unit.
Marci Nielsen is a seasoned health policy executive with broad experience in federal, state, association, and academic leadership. After serving as a staff member for one U.S. senator and two Kansas governors, Marci currently leads a statewide COVID-19 testing strategy for Kansas. She also co-founded a successful COVID-19 symptom checker mobile app.
Previously, Marci served as CEO of a D.C.-based national primary care association; directed the health care agency for the State of Kansas; served as vice chancellor of public affairs and in faculty positions at the University of Kansas Medical Center; lobbied health issues for the AFL-CIO in Washington, D.C.; and served in the U.S. Army Reserves and Peace Corps. Her vast volunteer work includes co-founding and serving as the chief health officer for the CVKey Project and currently serving on the Board of Directors for the National Academy for State Health Policy (Center for Health Policy Development). She has also served in advisory roles for multiple national and state healthcare and public health organizations.
Saratoga Springs, Utah
Jake Sangster currently serves as a senior strategy consultant for Intermountain Healthcare. In his role, Jake advises the senior leadership team on initiatives such as digital health growth, primary care strategies, multi-payer partnerships, and value-based care expansion. Jake completed his undergraduate degree in Healthcare Administration from Brigham Young University Idaho and his master’s degree in Health Policy and Administration from the Pennsylvania State University. Jake’s career has been spent building and fostering relationships between healthcare organizations to improve healthcare access, optimize service delivery, and achieve strategic alignment.
Jake grew up in a small town in southwest Montana. Being raised in a rural area, Jake experienced the essential role a family physician plays in improving and maintaining healthy communities. These experiences have drawn him to the work of the AFFP Foundation and fuel his desire to advance the field of family medicine.
Knitasha Washington is a prominent figure in healthcare transformation, serving as a thought leader, advocate, researcher, and performance improvement expert. She has worked with healthcare systems, U.S. government agencies, and numerous policymaker groups to ensure that patient-centered and equitable approaches are at the heart of healthcare redesign.
Knitasha founded and serves as president and CEO of ATW Health Solutions, a management consulting and research firm based in Chicago, and is a board member for the National Quality Forum in Washington, D.C. Shaped by her passion and belief in social justice, Knitasha has earned recognition for her work in quality improvement, patient and family engagement, health equity, and patient safety. An in-demand speaker and award-winning leader, Knitasha advocates for greater diversity and minority inclusion in healthcare leadership through her longstanding commitment to the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE).
Dr. Christina Pedro is a family medicine resident at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka, Ind. She was born and raised in Honolulu. Christina graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and earned an MBA from Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management.
Prior to attending medical school, Christina worked as a clinical research coordinator at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center, managing phase II-III oncology trials from the Mayo Clinic in over 10 oncology clinics in Hawaii. Her work experiences allowed her to troubleshoot the unexpected and implement measures to prevent and treat diseases, accomplishments that instantly drew her to pursue medicine. She is focusing on family medicine because it combines her desire to diagnose emergent and chronic conditions, manage patient care as a team, and provide quality care to all ages and stages of life.
Dominique Munroe is a fourth-year medical student at the American University of Integrative Sciences. Born and raised in Nassau Bahamas, Dominique was able to see first-hand the detrimental role that lack of health equity and information can have on community health. As he continued his third-year clerkship his passion for family medicine continued to bloom as he engaged with the Georgia community on various outreach and health initiatives.
Dominique’s goal as a trustee is to continue to advance the values of family medicine by harnessing the intellect and diversity encompassed through the medical students that make up our great specialty. Ultimately hoping to encourage others to not only have the courage to find their voice, but also to take the reins and lead.