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:
St. Cloud, Minnesota
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.
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.
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.
Shawn Martin serves as executive vice president and chief executive officer for the American Academy of Family Physicians. Martin works with the AAFP Board of Directors on the mission, strategy and vision for the AAFP and provides representation to other organizations, including medical, public, and private sectors.
Sauk Centre, Minnesota
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.
Dr. Amy Articolo began her career in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Voorhees, NJ in 1999 at the beginning of her residency. In addition to providing compassionate and heartfelt, comprehensive care, to her patients, she participated in community-based programs and non-profit Boards with a chronic disease focus, such as obesity and diabetes. She has combined her passions for science, health care, and improving access to care by moving into her current role as Director for Public Policy and Strategic Alliances at Novo Nordisk, Inc.
Dr. Amy Articolo attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her BA in American History and English literature, and completed her medical training at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ in Obstetrics and Gynecology, where she earned the prestigious Ralph J. Onofrio, MD Award for Surgical Excellence award upon graduation. She continued in private practice for several years providing direct patient care while working with administration to improve access and resources for patients. Her continued advocacy work led her to her current role at Novo Nordisk, Inc.
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.
Kansas City, Missouri
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.
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.
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.
Before attending medical school, Christina Pedro 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 disease which instantly drew her to pursue medicine. She was particularly drawn to family medicine because it combined her desire to diagnose emergent conditions, manage patient care as a team and provide care to all ages and stages of life.
Ashten Duncan is a fourth-year medical student at the OU-TU School of Community Medicine. 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 benefitted from a close relationship with a primary care provider. Throughout his various experiences as a writer, researcher, Albert Schweitzer Fellow, public health student, and medical student, Ashten found his calling in deep, collaborative, long-term relationships with other people that have their own inherent therapeutic value. He is a lifelong student of the school of servant leadership and believes that the the best way to grow as a leader is to practice each and every day.