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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.

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

Lisa Worley
Assistant Vice President, Medical Communications
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Uhealth, the University of Miami Health System

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

Vice Chair, Alumni Relations and Development
Charles ‘Chip’ Roberts
Assistant Vice President for Development
University of Central Florida
College of Medicine

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

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
Aaron Lovell
Associate Director of Marketing
University of Utah Health

Alumni Relations Chair
Amanda J. Bassett, MBA
Director of Alumni Relations 
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock

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

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

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

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 terms beginning at the spring NPDC until the next NPDC.

Alumni Relations Representative
Cynthia Hernandez Otero, M.Ed.
Associate Director
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

Communications Representative
Geri A. Kelley
Communications Director
Michigan State University
College of Human Medicine

Development Representatives
Sharon White
Director, Leadership Annual Giving
Duke Health Development and Alumni Affairs

Marketing Representative
MéLisa P. Best
Communications and Marketing Associate
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Department of Medical Education

Public Affairs Representative
Claire Bassett
Vice President
Communications & Community Outreach
Baylor College of Medicine

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