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GIA Leadership

National Officers 2018-2019

Officers are elected annually at the AAMC National Professional Development Conference for Institutional Advancement in the spring, and the position runs through to the next National Professional Development Conference. They are available to serve as a resource on academic medicine issues upon request by the GIA members.

Read about the roles and responsibilities of the steering committee  or view the organizational chart 

Michael Knecht
Senior Vice President, Strategic Marketing & Communications
RWJBarnabas Health

Karen Peterson
Director, Medical Alumni Association
Assistant Dean, External Relations
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Vice Chair, Alumni Relations and Development
Eileen Murphy
Executive Director of University Development
University of California, San Francisco

Vice Chair, Communications, Marketing, and Public Affairs
Lisa Worley
Assistant Vice President, Medical Communications
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Uhealth, the University of Miami Health System

Immediate Past Chair
J. Christopher Smith
Associate Vice Chancellor, Health Advancement
University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine

Juan Amador, CAE
Director, Constituent Engagement

2018-2019 Discipline Chairs

Discipline Chairs are elected at the National Professional Development Conference (NPDC) in the spring, and serve their term until the next NPDC. Four discipline chairs are elected representing each of the five GIA disciplines: alumni affairs, communications, development, marketing, and public affairs. Please feel free to contact them with suggestions on speakers and topics to be presented at both the Annual Meeting (held in the fall), and the National Professional Development Conference (held in the spring), or volunteer your services as a Discipline Representative.

Awards Chair
Kathy Dean
Associate Vice President, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
University of Iowa Health Care

Alumni Relations Chair
Chandra Tuggle-Wilson
Senior Director of Alumni Programs
University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine

Communications and Public Affairs Chair
Vincent Rhodes, PhD, APR
Chief Communications & Marketing Officer
Eastern Virginia Medical School

Development Chair
Lance Burchett
Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Marketing Chair
Allison Otu
Senior Director, Marketing and Communications
University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix

2018-2019 Discipline Representatives

Discipline Representatives are selected by the Discipline Chairs to assist with planning the Annual Meeting and the National Professional Development Conference. They serve one year term beginning at the spring NPDC until the next NPDC.

Alumni Relations Representative
Amanda Bassett
Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations
Director, Office for Community Faculty
University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Communications Representative
Karen Dooley
Director of Communications
University of Florida College of Medicine

Development Representatives
Richard Kelley
Senior Director of Development
Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Lisa Aaronson
Associate Vice President, Donor Relations
Rush University Medical Center   

Marketing Representative
Aaron Lovell
Associate Director of Marketing
University of Utah Health

Public Affairs Representative
Daniel C. Pollay, Jr.
Director of Government and Community Affairs
Weill Cornell Medicine

GIA Conference Advisory Groups

Interested in helping the GIA Steering Committee plan for the 2019 National Professional Development Conference? Join a Conference Advisory Group! Email your corresponding discipline chair for more details.

Read about the roles and responsibilities  of the GIA Conference Advisory Group Members.

GIA 2018-2019 Conference Advisory Group Rosters:

GIA Development Conference Advisory Group

GIA Communications Conference Advisory Group

GIA Marketing Conference Advisory Group

GIA Alumni Conference Advisory Group

GIA Public Affairs Conference Advisory Group

GIA Membership

Information about GIA membership benefits.

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