Executive Council - 2013 - 2014
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Executive Council - 2013 - 2014

The Executive Council is made up of twelve positions elected by the Institutional Representatives during the APSA Annual Meeting in April of each year. These positions are the only members of the Executive Council with voting privileges. The committee vice-chairs are included as non-voting members of the Executive Council and are appointed to their positions by the Executive Council. The vice-chairs may in the absence of the committee chair serve as the proxy vote.

Visit the Executive Council leadership position page to find out more about the roles and responsibilities associated with each position.

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Evan Noch

Dr. Evan Noch is a first-year Neurology resident at Weill-Cornell Medical Center-New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City in a research-track residency program with protected research time during residency. He obtained his MD and PhD degrees from Temple University School of Medicine, where he studied the role of oncogenes in the regulation of oxygen and glucose metabolism in the pathogenesis of glioblastoma and medulloblastoma. Evan received his BS in Neuroscience from New York University in 2006. Since joining Temple in 2006, Evan has served as co-chair of various student organizations, including the Student Interest Group in Neurology and the Jewish Student Union. In addition, during his PhD training, Evan presented abstracts at several meetings, including the 10th Symposium of the International Society for Neurovirology in Milan, Italy, where he received the Volker ter Meulen Investigator-in-Training Award. Upon completion of his PhD, Evan received the Florence Gloria Freedman Award for Cancer Research. This past year, Evan received the American Academy of Neurology 2013 Medical Student Prize for Excellence in Neurology. Evan has received travel awards to a variety of meetings, including those of the International Society for Neurovirology, the American Academy of Neurology, as well as the Central Society for Clinical and Translational Research and the Midwestern Section of the American Federation for Medical Research. Evan has been a member of APSA for 5 years, serving on the PR Committee and then the Chair of the PR Committee and as the APSA President-Elect last year. Evan is the current President of APSA. Evan is passionate about APSA and its mission in promoting the goals of physician-scientists, and he hopes to improve the visibility of APSA over this year and expand this organization through its meetings, membership, and website and social media activities.

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Dania Daye
Immediate Past-President

Ms. Dania Daye is a seventh-year MD-PhD student and an HHMI-NIBIB Interfaces scholar in imaging sciences at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi from Rice University with a degree in bioengineering in 2007. As an MD-PhD student, Ms. Daye completed her PhD in bioengineering with a focus on understanding the metabolo-genetic regulation of breast cancer recurrence using multi-nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. She is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gilliam fellow and a Paul and Daisy Soros fellow. To date, her research has resulted in a patent, 11 peer-reviewed publications, 35 accepted scientific abstracts at both national and international meetings and a number of invited talks. For her research, Ms. Daye is the recipient of many awards that include the Association of American Physicians Stanley J. Korsmeyer Young Investigator Award, the Association of University Radiologists (AUR) Memorial Award, the Marc Levine Radiology Research Prize and the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) magna cum laude merit award. Ms. Daye served as the 2012-2013 President of the American Physician Scientists Association. During her tenure, she led recruitment efforts that resulted in a 30% increase in membership and in continued APSA representation in 94 U.S. medical schools. Ms. Daye also oversaw the launch of a new APSA website offering improved career development resources for physician-scientist trainees; and fostered a number of new partnerships between APSA and professional societies that included a new partnership with the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Ms. Daye previously served as chair and vice-chair of the APSA policy committee. For her local and national leadership roles, Ms. Daye was the recipient of the 2012 AMA Foundation Leadership Award.

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Michael Guo

Mr. Michael Guo is currently a second-year graduate student (G2) in the Harvard program in Biological and Biomedical Sciences. He is also an MD/PhD student at the University of Florida, but is completing his PhD studies at Harvard. Michael attended the University of Michigan for his undergraduate degree, where he graduated with high distinction, obtaining a BBA in Business Administration and a BS in Cellular and Molecular Biology. His current research focuses on identifying genetic variants underlying both monogenic and complex human traits and developing functional approaches to validate and study these variants. Mr. Guo has previously served as the chair of the finance committee for APSA, as well as president of his local chapter. He currently serves as the President-Elect of APSA.

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Steven Back
Vice-President, External Affairs

Mr. Steven Back is a 7th-year MD/PhD student at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He currently serves on the Executive Council as the Vice-President for External Affairs. Steven began working with APSA by serving on the Membership committee during the 2011-2012 academic year and leading the organizational committee for the 2011 Northeast Regional Meeting that was held at Temple University School of Medicine. Steven's academic interests are in osteoclast cell biology and bioengineering, and he plans to enter the field of orthopaedic surgery upon graduation from medical school. Steven has been an avid runner and swimmer since his time in high school and competes in local triathlons during the summer season.

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Stephanie Jackson
Vice-President, Internal Affairs

Ms. Stephanie Jackson is an MD/PhD candidate at Saint Louis University School of Medicine (SLU SOM). Her undergraduate B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering and Spanish was obtained with honors from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and was funded by the prestigious Jesse Mercer Engineering Scholarship and a Toyota Community Scholars Award. She was subsequently awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship and named recipient of the Francis Marie Dean Fellowship for pursuit of her M.S. degree through which she developed a novel local drug delivery platform for orthopaedic trauma at The University of Memphis & The University of Tennessee Joint Program in Biomedical Engineering. She is currently working toward her PhD in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at SLU SOM where she is recipient of an MD/PhD Fellowship and an F30 individual pre-doctoral fellowship from the National Cancer Institute for her research on CD8+ T cell tolerance and adoptive immunotherapy for cancer. Within APSA, Ms. Jackson has served as an Institutional Representative for SLU SOM, on the Annual Meeting Planning Committee in 2011, on the Finance Committee in 2012 as Chair of the Specialty Society Partnerships Initiative, and is currently serving as Vice President for Internal Affairs. Her passion lies in forging partnerships that enhance APSA visibility and expand the benefits APSA is able to offer physician-scientist trainees, as well as in ensuring continuity of established and new programs.

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Kate Hartmann
Chair, Events Committee

Ms. Kate Hartmann is an MD/PhD candidate at The Ohio State University Medical Scientist Training Program. She received a BA in Biology from Cornell University in 2010. At Ohio State, Ms. Hartmann works in the lab of Wolfgang Sadee. Her research interests focus on explaining the missing heritability of coronary artery disease by identifying key epistatic interactions. She currently serves as President of the OSU Medical Scientist Student Organization. Within APSA, Ms. Hartmann has served as the Chair of the Annual Meeting Committee and is currently the Chair of Events.

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Steve Chrzanowski
Chair, Finance Committee

Mr. Stephen Chrzanowski is a fourth year MD-PhD student at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida. He previously graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BS in Biomedical Engineering in 2010. Mr. Chrzanowski is currently pursuing his PhD in the Physiology and Functional Genomics, focusing on developing novel biomarkers and therapeutic interventions for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. He is currently being supported by a T32 Training Grant and the Department of Defense for his pre-doctoral studies. Mr. Chrzanowski is currently serving as the Chair of the APSA Finance Committee and is the UF Institutional Representative for the American Physician Scientists Association.

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Lauren Huckaby
Chair, Membership Committee

Ms. Lauren Huckaby is a fourth-year M.D. student at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. She graduated from Brown University with a degree in Biochemistry in 2009. She is especially interested in promoting research among single degree candidates. Lauren has previously served on the Membership Committee and is currently serving as the chair of the Membership Committee for 2013-2014.

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Jennifer Kwan
Chair, Policy Committee

Dr. Jennifer Kwan is in the Physician Scientist Training Program, Internal Medicine-Cardiology track, at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She obtained her MD and PhD degrees from the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Illinois Chicago. She previously graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in Molecular Cell Biology, where she was both a Cal Alumni Scholar and recipient of the Berkeley Academic Scholarship. She is a recipient of the University of Illinois College of Medicine leadership award, Chancellor's Service Award, Eugertha Bates Memorial Award and her PhD research on PI3K-Akt signaling, supported by an NIH T32 research fellowship, has earned her the Molecular Genetics Provost Deiss award and the Erdös Prize for Excellence in Basic Sciences. She has presented her research at various national science meetings, including the Keystone Symposia. Within APSA, Dr. Kwan previously served as the Vice President of external affairs where she helped initiate and build multiple partnerships, including with the Keystone Symposia, Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) and the American Heart Association (AHA). As the Policy Committee Chair for the past four years, she has helped design and launch several major initiatives including the F30 and Tomorrow’s Physician and developed a policy panel to address issues like biomedical research funding advocacy and policies governing intellectual property/translational research at the APSA Annual meeting. Completion of analysis of F30 survey data identified significant biomedical funding shortfalls for which APSA continues to advocate for coverage. Over the advocacy period and with support from AAMC GREAT group leaders and MD/PhD program directors, the number of NIH institutes participating in the F30 funding mechanism went from 10/27 to 14/27 institutes. As Policy Chair three years ago, with input from leaders at the AAMC, ACE and AMWA, she helped develop and launch the pilot for the Tomorrow's Physician survey. The pilot is complete and data analyses from survey results have characterized future career interests of physicians and physician-scientists as well as identify significant factors that have helped or hindered their career development. Results have been accepted as peer reviewed abstracts and presented at the 2012 AAMC annual meeting and the Association for the Study of Higher Education. The Tomorrow's Physician national launch took place last year, and results will be used to make data-based policy recommendations to help ensure the career success of physician-scientists in various career sectors, including academia, industry and government. She is also founder of the University of Illinois, College of Medicine Mentors Program that provides medical students with exposure to 26 different medical specialties and opportunities to apply and integrate their course material via real clinical cases. As the current Policy Committee Chair, Dr. Kwan plans to continue moving forward APSA Policy initiatives and strengthen external collaborations to help reach common goals for physician-scientist career development while working to create more benefits for APSA members.

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Karen Howard
Chair, Public Relations Committee

Ms. Karen Howard is a 3rd year MD/PhD candidate at SUNY Upstate Medical College. She received her BS in Biology from SUNY Brockport and her MS in Natural Sciences from the University at Buffalo/Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Karen had a bit of a conundrum deciding whether to do art or science for a career; luckily when it turned out they went hand in hand, she happily continued her side-career in illustration while pursuing research interests. Currently she is working in Dr. Kenneth Mann's lab researching how to maintain interface micro-interlock in cemented total joint replacements. Her medical interests include reconstructive orthopedic surgery and wilderness medicine. When she has "nothing" to do, she can be found reading Terry Pratchett or drawing, or both – just generally not at the same time. Ms. Howard currently serves as the Chair of the Public Relations Committee.

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Taylor Heald-Sargent
Member-at-Large, DO-MD/PhD

Ms. Taylor Heald-Sargent is an MD/PhD candidate at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. She received a BA in Biological Sciences from Smith College in 2006. As an undergraduate, she was selected to participate in the Student Research in Departments (STRIDE) program beginning in her freshman year. During her senior year, she was inducted into Sigma Xi. Beginning during the summer following her sophomore year, spent at Mount Sinai's Summer Undergraduate Research Program, she pursued her interest in infectious disease. Specifically, she researched topical microbicides for Herpes Simplex Virus, T-cell suppression in pediatric Human Immunodeficiency Virus patients, and entry cofactors for Human Coronaviruses. She completed her PhD investigating the role of respiratory proteases during Coronavirus infection and returned to medical school clerkships. She is also interested in international medicine and participated in Loyola's International Service Immersion trip to the Dominican Republic during the summer between her first and second year of medical school. Taylor has served APSA as Loyola's Institutional Representative since 2008 and was previously the Annual Committee Chair and the Vice-President for Events. She is now the Member-at-Large for MD-DO/PhD programs.

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Alvin Das
Member-at-Large, MD/DO

Mr. Alvin Das is a fourth-year medical student at Northeast Ohio Medical University and is a student of the accelerated MD program in conjunction with Kent State University. In 2010, he graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Integrated Life Sciences and a minor in Biological Sciences from the Honors College at Kent State University. For the past two years, Alvin has been Member-at-Large (MD, DO) of APSA having previously served as his university’s Institutional Representative. On a local level, he is president of both his medical school’s APSA chapter and Student Interest Group in Neurology chapter. Recently, Alvin was inducted into his medical school’s chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. His current research focuses on degenerative diseases in the brain, and he has received research scholarships from the American Academy of Neurology as well as Northeast Ohio Medical University to conduct research in molecular neuroscience.

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Maxwell Rogoski
Member-at-Large, Social Sciences & Humanities

Mr. Maxwell Rogoski is a rising fifth-year MD/PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of History and Sociology of Science. He graduated with a degree in Social Studies from Harvard University in 2007. While at Penn he has received a GAPSA-Provost Award for Interdisciplinary Innovation for a project on late 19th/early 20th century physician advice manuals. He has also presented research at national meetings on race and genetics in the mid 20th century and the use of mannequin simulators in health professional education. This year Mr. Rogoski is honored to serve APSA and the community of non-traditional MD/PhDs as the SSH Member-at-Large.

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Eli Levin
Resident Liaison

Dr. Eli Levin completed the first year of his residency at Northside Hospital, St. Petersburg FL and recently began his second year at the Johns Hopkins Research Scholars Program in Anesthesia. This four-year program includes both a clinical anesthesia residency and research fellowship, guaranteeing a minimum of 18 months of protected research time. Dr. Levin defended his dissertation, "The implications of blood-brain barrier breakdown on Alzheimer's disease pathogenesis," in April 2010, which he performed in the lab of Dr. Robert Nagele. Dr. Levin received his DO and PhD degrees from UMDNJ: SOM in May, 2012, at which point he was presented an award for Outstanding Achievement in Geriatrics. Dr. Levin is currently serving APSA as Resident Liaison on the Executive Council. Previously, Dr. Levin spent two years as APSA Membership Vice-Chair, subsequent to being the Institutional Representative for UMDNJ: SOM. Dr. Levin founded the UMDNJ: SOM chapter of APSA, as well as the Anesthesia Club, on that campus.

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Sofia Campos
Undergraduate Liaison

Ms. Sofia Campos is a fourth-year Cognitive Science undergraduate at the University of California, San Diego. She is both a Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) and Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center scholar. She was in the founding cohort of the MD/PhD Undergraduate Summer Fellowship at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She has worked in the Epilepsy, Development and Cognition Group in the Neurology Department at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. At UC San Diego, she has worked in the Institute for Neural Computation, the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab and the Chiba Lab. Sofia has presented her research at the annual meetings of the American Physician Scientist Association, the Society for Neuroscience, and the American Epilepsy Society. Outside of research and studies, Sofia volunteers at the Veterans Hospital in San Diego in the Psychiatry Department and has created the Dignity Project to help aspiring physicians understand and attend to the final wishes of terminally ill veterans. When she graduates, Sofia plans to pursue a career in neuroscience investigating the mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases and the effects of those mechanisms on cognition. She currently serves as one of the Undergraduate Liaisons for APSA.

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Leanne Dumeny
Undergraduate Liaison

Ms. Leanne Dumeny is a third year BS-MSM student at the University of Florida. She is currently an undergraduate honors student studying Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and she is also working on masters in Management. She aspires to become a physician-scientist while integrating her different interests in business and medicine. Ms. Dumeny is a UF-HHMI Science for Life Research Scholar and has also presented her research posters at several conferences. Her research focuses on intimal hyperplasia development in vein grafts. She currently serves as one of the Undergraduate Liaisons for APSA.

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Daniel DelloStritto
Vice-Chair, Events Committee, Annual Meeting

Mr. Daniel DelloStritto is a fourth year MD/PhD student at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) in Rootstown, Ohio. He completed his undergraduate education at Kent State University (KSU). In 2010, he graduated from KSU Summa Cum Laude with Honors in Integrated Life Sciences. His research at Northeast Ohio Medical University focuses on diabetic oxidative stress and its effects on myocardial blood flow, focusing on its regulation by the TRPV1 (Transient Receptor Potential Vanilloid 1) ion channel. At NEOMED, Mr. DelloStritto contributed to the creation of the MD/PhD program and was the co-founder of the local chapter of APSA. Furthermore, he has been involved with the Annual Meeting Planning Committee (2011-2013) as a member in 2011-2012 and a vice-chair for the 2013 meeting. Mr. DelloStritto will be serving as Co-Chair of the Annual Meeting Planning Committee this year.

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Sherry Wen
Vice-Chair, Events Committee, Annual Meeting

Ms. Sherry C. Wen is a 4th-year MD/PhD student at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in biochemistry and biology. Her current research at Vanderbilt focuses on natural killer cells and the immune response to human metapneumovirus. Sherry has been involved with APSA for several years; she was on the planning committee for the 2012 APSA Annual Meeting, and she was vice-chair for the 2013 APSA Annual Meeting and now co-chair for the 2014 APSA Annual Meeting. Prior to APSA, Sherry was involved with the Southeast Medical Scientist Symposium, an annual regional conference, for which she was on the planning committee for the 2011 meeting, and co-chair for the 2012 meeting.

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Krishna Sarma
Vice-Chair, Events Committee, Annual Meeting - Panels

Mr. Krishna Sarma is currently a third year student (G1) in the MD-PhD program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Mr. Sarma graduated from Stony Brook University in May of 2009 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biochemistry with Honors. Prior to joining the MD-PhD program, Mr. Sarma worked in a cancer biology lab at Vanderbilt University for two years. At UNMC, Mr. Sarma is currently working in a developmental biology lab, studying the mechanisms of growth plate and articular cartilage formation. Mr. Sarma has served on the Annual meeting Committee last year and is currently the vice-chair of panels for 2014 AM.

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Robert Wysocki
Vice-Chair, Membership Committee

Robert Wysocki is an MD/PhD candidate at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, performing his PhD on the tumor microenvironment at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. He received his BA in Biochemistry from Hamilton College in 2007. Robert has served on the Membership Committee and as an Institutional Representative and is the current Vice-Chair of the Membership Committee.

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Carolyn Brokowski
Vice-Chair, Policy Committee

Carolyn Brokowski is the vice-chair of APSA’s Policy Committee and has continued interests in basic and clinical biomedical science. Her scientific research interests include tumor biology, immunology, stem cell & regenerative medicine, and development. Under the guidance of Dr. Oscar Colegio and Dr. Ruslan Medzhitov in the departments of Dermatology and Immunobiology at the Yale School of Medicine, she has worked on novel projects involving the elucidation of the innate immune system’s role in host-tumor dynamics. In addition, she appreciates fully the abundant, utterly critical economic, ethical, and legal issues arising in modern medicine’s infrastructure during its sweeping state of reform. During the Bush era, she lobbied successfully on Capitol Hill for increasing the federal funding of biomedical research through securing the passage of vital legislation. Carolyn also is a member of Yale’s human investigations committee and is committed to the ethical conduct of clinical research in translational medicine. She wishes to pursue a career in academic medicine and in her spare time enjoys practicing her violin, especially the Bach Sonatas and Partitas.

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Peter Mittwede
Vice-Chair, Public Relations Committee - News

Mr. Peter Mittwede is an MD/PhD candidate at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He received his BS in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science in 2008 from Belhaven University, where he was active in leadership, research, community outreach, and athletics. At UMMC, he is starting his fifth year in the program and his second in graduate school. His clinical interest is in the field of orthopedic surgery, and his research is focused on understanding the mechanisms of increased target organ damage after orthopedic trauma in obesity. He has served as the Philanthropy Coordinator, and is currently serving as the President of the Graduate Student Body. On the side, he is pursuing an MPH from the University of Florida. An exercise enthusiast, Mr. Mittwede regularly participates in a variety of intramural and local sports leagues, and enjoys running marathons. He helped found his local APSA chapter, has served as the APSA Institutional Representative at UMMC for two years. He currently serves as the Vice-Chair for News on the Public Relations Committee.

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Arjun Sehgal
Vice-Chair, Public Relations Committee - Social Media

Mr. Arjun Sehgal is an MD candidate at Texas Tech University Health Science Center in Lubbock, Texas. He graduated from the University of California Berkeley in 2009- with dual degrees in Molecular & Cell Biology and Ethnic Studies. Throughout this time, and for a year afterward, he worked in the labs of Drs. Ravi Bhatia and Vinod Pullarkat at City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, California, researching the role of hematopoietic stem cells in the development of myelodysplastic syndrome and leukemia. In 2011, Arjun received his MS from the Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia University in New York. While there, he also researched the function of matrix metalloproteinases in lung cancer metastasis, in the lab of Dr. Jeanine D’Armiento. He is now pursuing his medical degree, which he hopes to use to further his scientific interests in oncology and metabolism. Mr. Sehgal currently serves as the Vice-Chair of Social Media on the Public Relations Committee.

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Alexander Adami
Vice-Chair, Public Relations Committee - Website

Alexander Adami is an MD-PhD student at the University of Connecticut Health Center. He received a BS in Information Technology and Web Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2010. His current research focus is sickle cell disease and associated immunological changes. He has served as the Institutional Representative to APSA from the University of Connecticut since 2011 and began service on APSA’s Public Relations committee in 2012. He primarily assists with design and maintenance of the APSA website.

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Diane Rutherford
Executive Director

Diane Rutherford is an association professional with more than 15 years' experience supporting volunteer leaders and providing administrative and management services to nonprofit organizations. Diane joined The Sherwood Group in 2004 as an association administrator, and in 2010, Diane was tapped to serve as the primary administrator for Sherwood's "Client Incubator Practice," where she is able to draw on her broad experience to help small organizations grow and add value. In that role, she served as executive director for the American Physician Scientists Association from 2011 until her retirement in May 2014.

At Sherwood, Diane has been responsible for supporting boards of directors and committees, helping them translate goals into achievable objectives. Prior to joining The Sherwood Group, Diane served in senior positions with prominent professional societies, including the Society of Actuaries Foundation, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the American Academy of Dermatology.

Diane attended Loyola University Chicago, where she majored in English. In her spare time Diane reads historical fiction and uses her experience to help her condo association board develop reasonable goals for property enhancement and to create a safe, healthy and green environment.

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