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  • Affinity Group

    Leadership - GIA

    National Officers 2022-2023

    Officers are elected each in the spring, typically at the annual AAMC Conference for Institutional Advancement business meeting and serve until the end of the next spring conference.


    Vincent A. Rhodes, PhD, APR
    Assistant Vice President Marketing & Communications
    Eastern Virginia Medical School


    Amanda J. Bassett
    Director of Alumni Engagement and Strategic Events 
    Office of Development & Alumni Engagement 
    Dartmouth-Hitchcock/Geisel School of Medicine 

    Immediate Past Chair

    Charles “Chip” Roberts
    Assistant Vice President for Development
    University of Central Florida College of Medicine

    Vice Chair, Alumni Relations, and Development

    Heather Renshaw Vučetin
    Vice President, Development
    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

    Vice Chair, Communications, Marketing, and Public Affairs

    Michael Buller
    Senior Director, Content & Creative Services
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

    2022-2023 Awards for Excellence Chair

    The Awards for Excellence (AFE) Chair is an annually appointed position and oversees the GIA AFE Program.

    Awards Chair

    Daniel C. Pollay, Jr.
    Executive Director, Government & Community Relations
    Weill Cornell Medicine

    2022-2023 Discipline Chairs

    Four Discipline Chairs are appointed annually and represent the five GIA disciplines:

    Alumni Relations Chair

    Catherine Mello
    Director, Alumni Relations
    University of Nebraska Medical Center

    Communications and Public Affairs Chair

    Wal Ozello, MS
    Director of Marketing and Communications
    The Ohio State University College of Medicine

    Development Chair

    Thomas F. White
    Executive Director, The Fund for Penn Medicine
    Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

    Marketing Chair

    Cynthia Floyd Manley
    Director, Digital Content and Engagement
    Strategic Marketing
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center

    2022-2023 Discipline Representatives

    Discipline Representatives are appointed annually and represent the five GIA disciplines:

    Alumni Relations Representative

    Mark Kemball
    Director for Alumni Relations
    Oregon Health & Science University

    Communications Representative

    Patrice Guilfoyle, APR
    Director of Communications, Office of Communications and Marketing 
    University of Mississippi Medical Center

    Development Representatives

    Michelle Oster
    Managing Senior Director of Development
    Medical Advancement Group
    UW Department of Surgery
    Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association

    Shashea Adams-Guess
    Assistant Vice President, Planning & Advancement Services 
    Office of Development and Alumni Relations 
    UT Southwestern Medical Center 

    Marketing Representative

    Emsley Vázquez-Colón 
    VP of Strategic Marketing and Communications 
    Ponce Health Sciences University School of Medicine

    Public Affairs Representative 

    Geri A. Kelley
    Senior Communications and Marketing Officer
    Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

    Discipline Advisory Groups