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Timi Agar Barwick
Executive Director
Physician Assistant Education Association

Timi Agar Barwick has served as executive director of the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) since 2000. PAEA represents 157 accredited physician assistant educational programs located at colleges and universities across the United States. Prior to her appointment as executive director, Agar Barwick advanced through several association positions. She joined PAEA as its first full-time staff person in 1991 under a management contract. A graduate of Michigan State University, Agar Barwick’s background in public policy and philosophy initially brought her to Washington, D.C., as a legislative correspondent. After serving a brief time on Capitol Hill, she moved forward in her career through a position with the National School Public Relations Association, before coming to PAEA. Agar Barwick is a native of Michigan and resides in Virginia with her husband and three children.

Sandra Carlin Andrieu, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
School of Dentistry
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Immediate Past-President
American Dental Education Association

Sandra C. Andrieu currently serves as associate dean for academic affairs at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry. Her education accomplishments leading to that appointment included earning a B.S. degree in dental hygiene in 1974, a M.Ed. degree, with special emphasis in curriculum and instruction, from the University of New Orleans in 1980 and a Ph.D. in education administration degree in 1991. Andrieu has served on the ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education Oversight Committee since 2005 and has served on the ADEA Board of Directors for six years.  In 2009, Andrieu was elected to the position of president-elect for the ADEA and currently holds the position of immediate past-president through the ADEA Annual Session and Exhibition in March 2012. As president-elect, Andrieu focused the association on interprofessional education and chose IPE as the theme for the ADEA Annual Session and Exposition, when she served as president in 2011. 

 In 2012, Andrieu was selected to serve on the AAMC-Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Education Panel with representative members from the Association of American Medical Colleges, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, American Dental Education Association, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the Association of Schools of Public Health.  Andrieu is now serving on an ADEA Team Study Group task force to consider competencies needed for graduates of programs in dentistry that address interprofessional matters and provide a suggested curriculum in interprofessional education. In addition, she was recently named inaugural chair of the LSU Health Sciences Center Interprofessional Education Committee. 

Carol A. Aschenbrener, M.D.
Chief Medical Education Officer
Association of American Medical Colleges

In addition to over 30 years experience as a medical educator, Carol A. Aschenbrener has extensive executive experience including nine years in various dean's office positions at the University of Iowa College of Medicine and four years as chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center. As chancellor, she was responsible for four health colleges, the School of Allied Health, graduate program, university hospital and a cancer institute. Before joining the AAMC, she spent seven years as a consultant to academic health centers, focusing on strategic planning, systems redesign, leadership development and executive coaching. She has served on a variety of professional and civic boards and has held a variety of leadership positions in organized medicine at the state and national levels, including terms as appointed member of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and has served as chair of the National Board of Medical Examiners.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Aschenbrener completed residency training in anatomic pathology and neuropathology at the University of Iowa. With the stimulation of a progressive mentor, she was drawn into medical school teaching as a first-year resident and later designed assessments, directed courses, chaired the medical education committee and served as associate dean for student affairs and curriculum. Her professional interests include competency-based learning and assessment, interprofessional education, organizational culture, leadership development and management of change.

Alan Dow, M.D., MSHA
Assistant Vice President of Health Sciences for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care
Assistant Dean of Medical Education
Virginia Commonwealth University 

Alan Dow, M.D., MSHA, is assistant vice president of health sciences for interprofessional education and collaborative care and assistant dean of medical education at Virginia Commonwealth University. In these roles, he is responsible for developing, implementing and researching initiatives in collaborative practice across the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, and Allied Health. He is supported in this work by funding from the Josiah H. Macy, Jr Foundation as one of the inaugural class of Macy Faculty Scholars, a highly competitive national program focused on developing the next generation of educational leaders. A practicing hospitalist, Dow attended medical school at Washington University and completed residency at VCU.  

Michael J. Friedlander, Ph.D.
Founding Executive Director
Virginia Tech Carilion (VTC) Research Institute
Senior Dean for Research
VTC School of Medicine 

Michael J. Friedlander is the founding executive director of the Virginia Tech Carilion (VTC) Research Institute, the senior dean for research at VTC School of Medicine, professor of biological sciences and of biomedical engineering and sciences at Virginia Tech. He serves as the principal investigator on research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Defense (DoD) on the cellular processes that underlie learning and memory in the brain. Friedlander joined Virginia Tech Carilion in June 2010 following five years as the Wilhelmina Robertson Professor of Neuroscience, chair of the Department of Neuroscience and director of Neuroscience Initiatives at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Prior to that, he served for 25 years at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine where he was professor of physiology and biophysics, professor and founding chair of the Department of Neurobiology, founding director of the Neurobiology Research Center, director of the Mental Retardation Research Center, director of the Civitan International Research Center and the first Evelyn McKnight Foundation Professor of Learning and Memory in Aging. 

Friedlander received his B.S. from Florida State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in physiology and biophysics. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville and a research assistant professor of neurobiology and behavior at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Friedlander is the founding president of the Association of Medical School Neuroscience Department Chairs. He serves or has served on multiple councils and a joint task force with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute-Association of Medical Schools (HHMI-AAMC). Friedlander is also serving on both research and advisory panels and scientific advisory boards. In 2011, he was elected as president of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine. 

Peggy O. Hewlett
Dean and Professor
College of Nursing
University of South Carolina

Peggy O. Hewlett, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, was appointed as dean and professor of the USC College of Nursing on Sept. 1, 2005. She received both BSN and MSN degrees from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, and the Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi in Oxford. 

Hewlett was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow in 2000 and was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2005. She has spent much of her career championing issues and policies that help guarantee the public an educated and adequate nursing workforce. Hewlett is a nationally recognized expert on academic/service partnerships, which she believes are critical toward solving the challenges facing today’s healthcare system. It is from this perspective that she has assumed a key leadership role in assisting stakeholders throughout South Carolina in the development of “One Voice, One Plan”—a collaborative plan leading to a coordinated and comprehensive state-wide nursing workforce plan. This initiative resulted in the South Carolina Critical Nursing Needs Act which was enacted into law in 2007.

Hewlett is a tireless advocate for nurses and the people they serve, and her work continues to help shape education and health policies that promote the central role of nurses in our health system.

Denise Kassebaum, D.D.S., M.S.
Dean and Professor of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences
School of Dental Medicine
University of Colorado

Denise Kassebaum is dean and professor of diagnostic and biological sciences at The University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. She currently serves as chair of the ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education Oversight Committee, and previously served as chair of the ADEA Center for Educational and Policy Research Advisory Committee (ADEA CEPRAC). She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Hewitt W. "Ted" Matthews, Ph.D., R.Ph.
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Mercer University

Hewitt W. “Ted” Matthews is dean of the Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Atlanta, Georgia and the Hood-Meyer Alumni Professor. He has recently been named senior vice president for health sciences overseeing the Mercer University Health Sciences Center where he will direct the cooperative initiatives among the university’s health sciences schools and colleges.

Matthews was awarded the 2012 American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists Outstanding Dean Award. He has received a number of teaching awards including the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the V. Carlton Henderson Award from College’s Alumni Association in recognition of outstanding personal and professional achievements that have added distinction to the practice of pharmacy, In addition, Matthews has been recognized with the Dean’s Award from the American College of Apothecaries for outstanding service to community pharmacy practice, the Wendell T. Hill Award from the Association of Black Health-Systems Pharmacists, and the Chaucey I. Cooper Award from the National Pharmaceutical Association.

Kathy McGuinn, M.S.N., R.N., CPHQ
Director, Special Projects
American Association of Colleges of Nursing

At AACN, Kathy McGuinn has been involved in facilitating a variety of initiatives including the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Faculty Development Grants at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice, the revision of the Essentials for Baccalaureate Nursing Education, the revision of Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing, and the UHC/AACN Nurse Residency Program. Prior to joining AACN, McGuinn was on the Senior Management Team at The George Washington University Hospital, as director of Quality and Education. In addition, she was an assistant professor of nursing at Marymount University for 12 years. McGuinn received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and her graduate degree from the Catholic University of America. She is credentialed as a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ).

Susan M. Meyer, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Education and Professor
School of Pharmacy
University of Pittsburgh

Susan M. Meyer is associate dean for education and professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. Meyer received a B.S. in pharmacy from Ohio Northern University, and received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in pharmacy practice education from Purdue University. In 2001, Meyer was recognized as a Purdue University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Distinguished Alumna for significant contributions to the profession of pharmacy.

From 1987 through 1990, Meyer served as an assistant professor in pharmacy practice and administration at the College of Pharmacy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. As a faculty member at Rutgers, she was selected as Teacher of the Year and was twice acknowledged for her dedication and service to the undergraduate community. Twenty years later, in 2010, Meyer was selected as Faculty Member of the Year for outstanding leadership by the Academy of Students of Pharmacy at the University of Pittsburgh.

From 1990 to 2006, Meyer served as a staff member for AACP. Meyer’s activities since she joined the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy in 2006 focus on curricular and institutional quality improvement, instructional design and assessment, faculty development and interprofessional health professions education. Meyer convenes the Working Group on Interprofessional Education, composed of academic leaders from the six health sciences schools at the university.

Meyer represents pharmacy education on the Healthy People Curriculum Task Force, an interprofessional group convened by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research to advance the education of future healthcare professionals in the areas of clinical prevention and population health.

Andrea L. Pfeifle, Ed.D., PT
Director, UK Center for Interprofessional HealthCare Education, Research, and Practice
Director of Education for the Department of Family and Community Medicine

Andrea L. Pfeifle is director of the UK Center for Interprofessional HealthCare Education, Research, and Practice and the director of Education for the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Pfeifle graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1979 with a B.H.S. in physical therapy. She completed a Master of Science in instructional systems design in 1985 and a Doctor of Education in curriculum and instruction in 2007.

Thomas R. Viggiano, M.D., M.Ed.
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Mayo Medical School
Professor of Medicine and Barbara Woodward Lips Professor at Mayo Clinic, College of Medicine 

Thomas R. Viggiano is associate dean for faculty affairs at Mayo Medical School, and professor of medicine and Barbara Woodward Lips Professor at Mayo Clinic, College of Medicine. He is a practicing gastroenterologist and specializes in therapeutic endoscopy.

Viggiano has taught physiology and clinical medicine for more than 25 years, and has received numerous Teacher-of-the-Year awards. At Mayo, he has served as the medical school’s Curriculum Committee chair and dean of student affairs; and as assistant program director in the Internal Medicine Residency. In his role as dean for faculty affairs, Viggiano coordinates academic career development of faculty.

He has served on the executive committee for the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) Research in Medical Education Section and Central Group on Educational Affairs, and he chaired the AAMC Group on Faculty on Affairs. He has also been appointed an examiner for the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award, served on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Medical Science Educators, and on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Health Professions Education Collaborative. 

Brenda K. Zierler, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Professor, Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems
School of Nursing
University of Washington

Brenda K. Zierler’s primary appointment is in the School of Nursing at the University of Washington (UW), but she holds three adjunct appointments – two in the School of Medicine (Department of Surgery and Department of Medical Education and Biomedical Informatics; and one in the School of Public Health – Department of Health Services). Her research explores the relationships between the delivery of healthcare and outcomes—at both the patient and system level. As co-principal investigator of a Josiah Macy Foundation-funded study (with Brian Ross, M.D., Ph.D.), Zierler leads a group of interprofessional faculty and students in the development of a simulation-based, team-training program to improve collaborative interprofessional communication both within teams and with patients.

Zierler is currently named as an IPE expert on 5 externally funded grants (Josiah Macy Foundation, Hearst Foundation, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (2), and Seattle’s VA Primary Care Center of Excellence) with a focus on faculty development. She was recently invited to participate on a panel discussing the Lancet Commission’s Report at the 2011 Global Health Consortium meeting in Montreal, Canada.

Zierler is the co-director of the UW Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies (ISIS) in the School of Medicine. She leads the Faculty Development Committee and is the ISIS liaison on the UW Medicine Education and Training Coordination Committee (identifying interprofessional training needs across the health system–linking education to practice). Zierler is co-director of the Clinical Informatics and Patient Centered Technologies program, an interprofessional online masters program she originally developed from an HRSA-funded grant and what is now co-owned and taught by the Schools of Nursing and Medicine.

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