Dr. Rebecca (Becky) Jaffe has gained national respect as a family medicine leader, both in private practice and as a volunteer. Becky has spent her entire career in the Wilmington, Del., area and earned her MPH while in full-time private practice. After 35 years of direct patient care, she sees far fewer patients today and serves as a regional medical director for Aledade, a Bethesda-based company that helps primary care practices in this new value-based population health proposition.
As president of the AAFP Foundation Board of Trustees, Becky is focused on building national and global support for the Foundation’s humanitarian, educational, and scientific programs. This leadership role is one of many she has held: Becky has assisted the United States Olympic Committee, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Board of Directors, and the American Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors, along with many local community boards.
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.
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.
Sauk Centre, Minnesota
Dr. Jay-Sheree Allen is a board-certified family medicine physician committed to improving the health of millennials through primary care and preventive medicine. A National Health Service Corps scholar, Jay-Sheree currently practices in a critical access hospital in Central Minnesota. She also has worked with ABC News Health, is an assistant medical editor for Hippo Education’s Primary Care Reviews and Perspectives podcast, and is the creator and host of the Millennial Health podcast.
Among her many volunteer activities, Jay-Sheree is a youth leader with the Global Jamaica Diaspora Youth Council. She completed her residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and was a member of the Mayo Clinic Alumni Association Board of Directors, president of the Mayo Fellows Association, and recipient of one of the Mayo Clinic’s highest student honors: the Barbara Bush Award. In 2019, she was named a 40 under 40 Leader in Health by the National Minority Quality Forum.
Dr. Amy Articolo began her career in obstetrics and gynecology in Voorhees, N.J., in 1999 at the beginning of her residency. While providing compassionate and comprehensive care to her patients, she also participated in community-based programs and non-profit boards focusing on chronic diseases, such as obesity and diabetes. Amy combined her passions for science, health care, and improved access to care when she joined Novo Nordisk as director for public policy and strategic alliances in June 2018. Since 2020, she has been the medical director for NASH in clinical development, medical affairs, and regulatory affairs.
Amy completed her medical training in obstetrics and gynecology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of N.J., where she earned the prestigious Ralph J. Onofrio, M.D. Award for Surgical Excellence.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Dennis Gingrich still lives in the chocolate town of Hershey, Pa., where he was raised and where he retired after 35 years on faculty at Penn State College of Medicine’s Department of Family and Community Medicine. He also held an appointment in the Humanities Department and was active in teaching and advising students and residents, on curriculum committees, in admissions and pre-medical student programming, and as advisor to the Family Medicine Interest Group. Prior to his academic practice, he was in community practice as a partner in the Permanente Medical Group in Los Angeles.
Dennis is a member of the AAFP Board of Directors and serves on the boards of AAFP Insurance Services, Inc., and the Center for the History of Family Medicine. He also serves on the boards of a regional AHEC and a long-term care facility.
Dr. Gretchen Irwin is the associate dean of graduate medical education and designated institutional official for the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. She is also an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. Previously, she served as the program director for the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita Family Medicine Residency program at Wesley Medical Center.
Gretchen 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; she also earned an MBA 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.
Dr. Warren Jones serves as medical director for Provider Resources, Inc., and serves on the VA's Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans and the HRSA Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME). Previously, he was the chief health officer at Hampton University in Virginia, director of the Center for Caribbean Health Research, and director of the Minority Men's Health Initiative within the HU Regional Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center.
A retired captain in the U.S. Navy, Warren has served as the director of healthcare quality and disparities at Provider Resources, Inc., and was the NIH Endowed Chair in Health Disparities Research at Dillard University in New Orleans. His military, civilian, and volunteer work showcases a passion for eliminating health disparities, improving minority health, and educating future health care providers. Organizations that have benefited from his leadership include: the Mississippi Medicaid Program, AAFP Board of Directors, and the Dillard University Board of Trustees.
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.
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.
Ashten Duncan is a fourth-year medical student at the OU-TU School of Community Medicine, part of the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa. His passion for family medicine started during college when he worked as a medical scribe in an emergency department and saw how so many patients’ lives would have benefited from a close relationship with a primary care provider.
Ashten has experience as a writer, researcher, Albert Schweitzer Fellow, public health student, and medical student, and each area has strengthened his view that deep, collaborative, long-term relationships with other people create their own inherent therapeutic value. He is a lifelong student of the school of servant leadership and believes that the best way to grow as a leader is to practice adaptive leadership each and every day.