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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.

Geraldine “Polly” Bednash, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
CEO and Executive Director
American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Geraldine “Polly” Bednash was appointed executive director of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in December 1989. In her role as chief executive officer, Bednash oversees the educational, research, governmental affairs, publications and other programs of the organization that is the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate-degree education programs in nursing. Bednash received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Texas Woman’s University, Master of Science in nursing from The Catholic University of America, and doctorate in higher education policy and law from the University of Maryland. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and member of nursing’s national honor society, Sigma Theta Tau International.

Prior to serving as executive director and CEO, Bednash headed the Association’s legislative and regulatory advocacy programs as director of government affairs. In that post since 1986, she directed AACN’s efforts to secure strong federal support for nursing education and research, coordinated new initiatives with federal agencies and with major foundations, and co-authored AACN’s landmark study of the financial costs to students and to clinical agencies of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education.

Bednash currently serves as the chair of the Nursing Alliance for Quality Care, as a member of the Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions and is a member of the Quality Alliance Steering Committee. Additionally, she has been appointed to the Secretary’s Academic Affiliations Council of the Veteran’s Administration. She has served on multiple boards and commissions for both medicine and nursing, as well as editorial boards of several leading nursing publications. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the National Center for the Analysis of Health Care Data. Her publications and research presentations cover a range of critical issues in nursing education, research, clinical practice and legislative policy.    

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. 

Lucinda L. Maine, Ph.D., R.Ph.
Executive Vice President and CEO
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Lucinda L. Maine serves as executive vice president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. As the leading advocate for high quality pharmacy education, AACP works to develop strong academic scholars and leaders, to support excellent professional doctoral and postgraduate degree programs and build relations with key constituency groups both inside and external to the profession of pharmacy.

Prior to assuming her current role in July 2002, Maine served as senior vice president for policy, planning and communications with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). Analyzing trends in healthcare, assessing the implications for pharmacy practice and advocating appropriate recognition for all pharmacists were her top priorities at APhA.

Maine is a pharmacy graduate of Auburn University and received her doctorate at the University of Minnesota. She served on the faculty at the University of Minnesota where she practiced in the field of geriatrics and was an associate dean at the Samford University School of Pharmacy. Her past research includes projects on aging, pharmacy manpower and pharmacy-based immunizations.

Maine has been active in leadership roles in and out of the profession. Prior to joining the APhA staff she served as speaker of the APhA House of Delegates and as an APhA trustee. She currently serves on the Board of Research!America.    

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.

Jay A. Perman, M.D.
University of Maryland Baltimore

Jay A. Perman was appointed the sixth president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) effective July 1, 2010. It marks a return to the UMB campus where he chaired the Department of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine from 1999 to 2004. Perman originally left Baltimore, where he also had served at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, to become the dean and vice president for clinical affairs at the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Medicine from 2004 to 2010.

In his six years at UK, Perman oversaw the recruitment of nearly 200 faculty members and the total all-source revenues grew by $150 million to $500 million in fiscal year 2009. He was responsible for the leadership and professional management of the College of Medicine’s research, educational, clinical and administrative activities, academic departments and research centers.

Perman received a Doctor of Medicine degree with Distinction in 1972 from Northwestern University. Following his residency in pediatrics at Northwestern University Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago in 1975, he completed a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at Harvard Medical School and at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston in 1977. From 1977 to 1984, he was an assistant professor and associate professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. Perman was at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine from 1984 to 1996, serving as a professor of pediatrics and a leader of several important divisions. From 1996 to 1999, Perman was the Jessie Ball duPont Professor and chairman in the Department of Pediatrics at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia in Richmond.

John A. Pieper, Pharm.D.
St. Louis College of Pharmacy

John A. Pieper became the fourth president of St. Louis College of Pharmacy on Aug. 1, 2010. Prior to his appointment at the college, Pieper served as professor and dean of the College of Pharmacy at The University of New Mexico, with concurrent appointments as vice president for research and deputy executive vice president at The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque. Pieper was also a senior fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health Policy at UNM and was adjunct professor, facultad de farmacia, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, Cuernavaca, Mexico.

Prior to his appointment at UNM in November 2002, Pieper served as professor and chairman of the Division of Pharmacotherapy, School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and as associate dean for clinical programs and founding chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the School of Pharmacy, University of Colorado. He has also held faculty positions in the colleges of pharmacy at The University of Tennessee and at the University of Florida.

Pieper received a B.A. degree in molecular biology from the University of Colorado, a B.S. in pharmacy from the University of Wyoming and a Pharm.D. and postdoctoral fellowship training at the School of Pharmacy, State University of New York at Buffalo. Pieper is a past president of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), a fellow of ACCP and has been a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist with added qualifications in cardiology. In 2006, he was selected by the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists for the Outstanding Dean Award among pharmacy deans in the United States. In 2008, he was elected speaker of the House of Delegates of AACP.   

Stephen C. Shannon, D.O., M.P.H. 
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine 

Stephen C. Shannon has been president of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine since January 2006. Prior to assuming this position, he served as vice president for health services and dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of New England since 1995. He served as chair of the AACOM Board of Deans from July 2003 to June 2005.

Shannon earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree in 1986 from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and his master of public health degree in 1990 from the Harvard University School of Public Health. He is board certified in osteopathic family practice and preventive medicine. He also holds B.A and M.A. degrees in American history from the University of Maryland.

As president of AACOM, Shannon serves as spokesperson on behalf of the nation’s 25 colleges of osteopathic medicine, articulating the community’s priorities and positions in a variety of national and international settings. Shannon also guides the association in fulfilling its vision and mission, and in positively influencing state, federal and executive branch policy formulation relative to medical education.

Shannon has strong professional interests in public health and preventive medicine, and in major research areas of clinical outcomes study, occupational and environmental health, health promotion and disease prevention, health professions workforce, rural health and medical school curriculum.

He has a long history of leadership in public health. He was instrumental in the development of a Master of Public Health program at the University of New England and has served on numerous public health boards and commissions.

Harrison C. Spencer, M.D., M.P.H., DTMH, CPH
President and CEO
Association of Schools of Public Health

Harrison C. Spencer became the first full-time president and CEO of the Association of Schools of Public Health on July 1, 2000. ASPH is the national organization representing the deans, faculty and students of the CEPH-accredited graduate schools of public health in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, France and Mexico. 

From 1996-2000, Spencer was dean of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Prior to going to London, Spencer was dean of the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans from 1991 to 1996.

During a career with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Spencer served as an EIS Officer and at the field station in El Salvador. He founded and directed the CDC research station in Nairobi, Kenya for five years (1979-1984) and then served as senior medical officer at the Malaria Action Program of the World Health Organization in Geneva. Before going to Tulane in 1991, he was chief of the Parasitic Diseases Branch at CDC.

Spencer received a B.A. from Haverford College, an M.D. from Johns Hopkins University, an M.P.H. from the University of California, Berkeley and a DTMH from the University of London. He is board certified in internal medicine and preventive medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Preventive Medicine. 

Spencer was elected a Founding Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences in 1998 and to the U.S. Institute of Medicine in 2003.

Richard W. Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H.
Executive Director
American Dental Education Association 

Richard W. Valachovic is the executive director of the American Dental Education Association and president of the ADEAGies Foundation. He joined ADEA in 1997 after more than 20 years in research, practice and teaching of pediatric dentistry and oral medicine/radiology. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and is certified in pediatric dentistry and dental public health. Valachovic previously served on the faculty of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and during his tenure at Harvard served as dean for clinical affairs, dean for government and community affairs, and as director of postdoctoral education. He was also chief of dentistry of the Harvard University Health Services immediately prior to assuming the role of executive director at ADEA. He also served on the faculty and as dean for clinical affairs at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine.

Valachovic has served as president of the Federation of Associations of Schools of the Health Professions (FASHP) and as founding executive director of the International Federation of Dental Educators and Associations (IFDEA). He is a member of the Washington Higher Education Secretariat (WHES).

Valachovic earned his B.S. degree in 1973 from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York and his D.M.D. in 1977 from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. He also holds a Master of Public Health degree (1981) and a Master of Science degree in health policy and management (1982) from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed a residency in pediatric dentistry at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston in 1979.

Valerie N. Williams, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Faculty Development
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Valerie N. Williams is vice provost for academic affairs and faculty development at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. A year after joining the OUHSC faculty she created the Health Sciences Center Faculty Leadership Program in 1990, an interprofessional faculty development and mentoring program, sponsored by the HSC deans and provost for early career faculty from the six health professions colleges and interdisciplinary graduate college. Williams serves as chair for the College of Medicine Faculty Forward initiative, and has held several associate dean titles in the College of Medicine. She has also served as associate dean (ad interim) for the College of Nursing at the OUHSC. Her research includes topics in faculty career development, engagement and mentoring, and leadership in higher education, the health sciences and health professions.

In addition, Williams’ studies include health and social services policy issues related to underserved and minority populations, an interest continued from her early career as a policy analyst for the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health. Today she directs the federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities for Oklahoma, an interprofessional program for teaching, research and service. As a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges Board of Directors she serves as chair-elect and is also a past-chair of the AAMC Group on Faculty Affairs. Williams received her undergraduate degree in biology and psychology from Syracuse University. She earned the Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and a doctorate from The University of Oklahoma.

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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