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Committees, Moderators, Directors

Committees

The SDPA currently has 13 standing committees each of which work to provide valuable programs and benefits for the SDPA and its members. Committees each have one or more Chairs and at least 2 Fellow members. Committees are overseen by the Board of Directors. We encourage interested SDPA members to join committees of interest.

Conference Education Planning Committee

This committee shall develop, organize, and facilitate quality educational sessions for the Fall and Summer SDPA conferences. The committee will continue to drive conference content, speaker selection, CME accreditation, and conference agenda. 

Summer Conference Chair - Eileen Cheever, MPAS, PA-C

Eileen Cheever is board-certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She obtained a Masters Degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 2008 from Seton Hall University. She is a graduate of Merrimack College in 2005 with a Bachelors of Science in Health Science. In addition to her leadership role in the SDPA, Eileen is also a current member of American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and Massachusetts State Society of Physician Assistants.  Besides practicing medical dermatology, she enjoys precepting both medical students and residents in clinic.

echeever@dermpa.org

 

Fall Conference Chair - Keri Holyoak, PA-C, MPH

Keri Holyoak, PA-C, MPH is a Physician Assistant at the Dermatology Center of Salt Lake City, a private medical dermatology clinic. She received a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and a Master of Public Health from George Washington University. She is also an adjunct clinical instructor at the University of Utah Physician Assistant Program.

She has served as Fall CME chair since 2012 after finishing her term as past president for the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SDPA). She also represented the SDPA at the American Academy of Physician Assistants annual House of Delegates meeting where she sponsored an accepted resolution against non-compete clauses. She has authored a dermatology chapter for Physician Assistant students. She is married to her best friend and has two daughters.

kholyoak@dermpa.org

CME Director of Conferences - Matthew Brunner MHS, PA-C, DFAAPA

Matthew Brunner is a 2000 graduate of the University of South Alabama Physician Assistant training program where he received his Master of Health Science degree. He has practiced in metropolitan Atlanta as a dermatology PA since 2001 with a focus on medical and surgical dermatology. He is a two time past president of the Georgia Dermatology Physician Assistants and has served as CME chair for the GDPA annual conference, Dermatology PEARLS, since 2009. He has also served as Executive Director of the GDPA since 2012. Elected to the SDPA Board of Directors in 2012, he was President of the SDPA during the 2015-2016 leadership year; he is the current CME Director of Conferences.. His passion is focused on expanding professional education opportunities for his fellow dermatology peers.

mbrunner@dermpa.org

Constituent Relations Committee

This committee shall actively communicate and assist state constituent organizations in the development of state dermatology PA societies. The committee will identify opportunities for the SDPA to provide guidance and assistance to state affiliate organizations. Chartering of constituent organizations shall be developed and monitored by this committee, when appropriate.

Chair – Sara Wilchowski, PA-C

Sara Wilchowski, born and raised in Michigan, has been an SDPA member since 2010. She completed her undergraduate degree at Eastern Michigan University. There she was a varsity gymnast and president of the exercise science organization. She then went on to receive her masters from Wayne State University and graduated magna cum laude. Her involvement in leadership began as a student. She was a member of the Student Affairs Committee before transitioning into the Recent Graduate Advisor position. Following that role she served as the Membership Committee Co-Chair from 2014-2017. She currently serves as the Consituent Relations Chair. Sara founded the Michigan Affiliate Chapter of the SDPA and served as the inaugural President. Sara is involved in leadership because she has a passion for advancing the PA profession.

swilchowski@dermpa.org

Distance Medical Education Committee

This committee shall serve as the ‘point of contact’ for all SDPA educational programs that do not occur during in-person meetings and conferences. The committee shall develop, organize and facilitate these quality educational sessions. The committee will also insure these programs are functioning effectively by communicating with all designated parties. The committee will work with the web design team to stay abreast of any new technological advancement and will insure the SDPA is researching and offering new educational opportunities to the membership. The committee shall be responsible for the oversight of the Distance Learning Initiative (DLI) and diplomate status, to include development and marketing.

Diplomate Fellowship Director- Kristen Grippe, MPAS, PA-C

Kristen has worked as a dermatology PA for the past 10 years in Erie, PA. Recently she decided to start as a full time faculty member in the Gannon University PA program in Erie.  Having joined the SDPA in 2005 as a volunteer committee member, she wanted to contribute even more to the organization and transitioned a Committee Chair in 2012. Kristen has served as the Co-Chair for the Distance CME Committee for a number of years and was instrumental in leading the development of the Diplomate Fellowship. She currently serves as the Director of the Diplomate Fellowship program. Kristen has this to say when asked why she decided to join SDPA leadership “I feel that it is very inspiring to work with an organization made up of people just like yourself....Dermatology PAs! We can all relate to one another and our unique specialty, but more importantly we can all make a difference in the SDPA by using our inspiration and motivation to support one another and the advancement of all PAs working in dermatology.”

kgrippe@dermpa.org

 

Elections Committee

This committee is responsible for the establishment of the elections process for officers and delegates of the SDPA. This committee shall determine the time of election, solicit qualified candidates, determine the eligibility of candidates, obtain and post position statements for publication, distribute, and tally election ballots.

Chair – Jennifer Conner MPAS, PA-C

Jennifer M. Conner, MPAS, PA-C grew up Indiana and received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Marian University in Indianapolis in 2003. Following her undergraduate education, she attended the U.S Army Interservice Physician Assistant Program at Fort Sam Houston and earned a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in 2006 from the University of Nebraska. She served in the US Army National Guard for 11 years as a Medical Specialist Corps officer and battalion physician assistant. Jennifer began her career as a PA in dermatology in 2006. Jennifer has been involved in SDPA leadership since 2009 and is honored to give back to the SDPA in honor of those who paved the way for the PA profession and the patients we serve. She has served 3 years as Public Education Committee Chair, 3 years as Director at Large, 1 year as President, and is currently the Immediate Past President and Elections Committee Chair. Jennifer also serves as a founding trustee for the Dermatology PA Foundation (DPAF). She is an active volunteer for the Melanoma Research Foundation and has led the SDPA Miles for Melanoma program and philanthropic activities since 2012. Outside of practicing dermatology and serving the SDPA, Jennifer enjoys travel, running, baking, and spending time with her husband and three children.

jconner@dermpa.org

House of Delegates (HOD) Committee

This committee is responsible for communicating AAPA policy, information, activities, and programs to SDPA constituents. The committee shall relay constituent views and suggestions; particularly those related to implementation of AAPA policy positions, to the appropriate SDPA leadership. The committee shall advocate constituent views within the AAPA House of Delegates (HOD) and report highlights of the AAPA HOD meetings to constituents at state and regional society meetings. The committee shall serve as an advocate for patients to improve the health of the public and the health care system. The committee shall cultivate promising leaders and help them gain leadership positions.

Senior Delegate - Jodi A. Arnold Burkholz, MPAS, PA-C

Jodi Arnold Burkholz is a PA at Clearlyderm Centers for Dermatology in Boynton Beach, Florida. She received both her Bachelors degree in health education and her masters in physician assistant studies from the University of Florida. She has been a member of the SDPA since 2001, and has served on the CME committee as well as her current role as Junior Delegate to the AAPA's House of Delegates.

jarnoldburkholz@dermpa.org

 

 

Susan S. Hammerling, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA

With over 15 years of experience as a Dermatology PA, Susan is currently serves as the HOD Junior. Susan holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters degree as a Physician Assistant. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the AAPA and has earned the Diplomate status with the SDPA. She is a member of the AAPA, American Society of Laser Medicine, and Florida Academy of Physician Assistants. In addition, Susan was Legislative Chair for the SDPA as well as serving on the Board of Directors for the SDPA. Outside of medicine, Susan has extensive experience in the legal field in addition to medicine. She is an Arbitrator, Certified as a Mediator with the Florida Supreme Court, and volunteers for the 18th Judicial Circuit as a Guardian ad Litem. She was invited to be in Brevard Civilian Military Organization, elected to be on the Board of Directors for Crosswinds Youth Services and is a reader for Rolling Readers weekly to an elementary school class. Susan also is a campaign coordinator for local & state races in Florida as well as being a Precinct Committee woman. She has established a proven track record for the election of numerous local & state officials.

shammerling@dermpa.org

 

Judicial and Ethical Affairs Committee

This committee shall serve to interpret the SDPA Bylaws and Policy and Procedures and other SDPA documents to insure compliance when questions of adherence arise pertaining to business procedure. The bylaws and policy shall be reviewed at least annually to assure that these documents are not in conflict and review amendments to these documents for compliance to existing policy.

This committee is responsible for the development of a code of medical ethics that establishes the responsibility, moral principles, standards of conduct, and social policy involved in the morality of the practice of medicine and delivery of health care as it relates to the dermatology PA profession. This committee will also develop position papers and policy statements regarding medical ethics and evaluate current medical, moral, and social trends that impact the patient/PA relationship.

Chair - Mark Hyde, MMS, PA-C

Mark Hyde, MMS, PA-C is a PA and the director of advanced practice at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. He has been on the Cutaneous Lymphoma team for 10 years and has presented for the Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation multiple times at patient education forums. Mark organized and co-facilitates a CTCL patient and caregiver support and education group with support from the Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation. He is from Woods Cross, Utah where he enjoys hiking and spending time with his wife and 4 children. He went to PA school at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ. He also recently finished his PhD in public health and epidemiology at the University of Utah. He is involved in the SDPA because he feels it is important to contribute back to the profession while also gaining valuable networking and new experiences. 

mhyde@dermpa.org

Legislative Affairs Committee

This committee shall educate our members about the legislative process and importance of individual involvement, maintain contact with state dermatology societies, distribute information packets on state regulations and utilization of dermatology PA and to be the ‘point of contact’ for legislative issues that come up across the nation.

Chair - Susan Hammerling, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA

With over 15 years of experience as a Dermatology Physician Assistant, Susan is currently serving as the Patient Liaison Advocate for the SDPA. Susan holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters degree as a Physician Assistant. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the AAPA and has earned the Diplomate status with the SDPA. She is a member of the AAPA, American Society of Laser Medicine, and Florida Academy of Physician Assistants. In addition, Susan was Legislative Chair for the SDPA as well as serving on the Board of Directors for the SDPA. Outside of medicine, Susan has extensive experience in the legal field in addition to medicine. She is an Arbitrator, Certified as a Mediator with the Florida Supreme Court, and volunteers for the 18th Judicial Circuit as a Guardian ad Litem. She was invited to be in Brevard Civilian Military Organization, elected to be on the Board of Directors for Crosswinds Youth Services and is a reader for Rolling Readers weekly to an elementary school class. Susan also is a campaign coordinator for local & state races in Florida as well as being a Precinct Committee woman. She has established a proven track record for the election of numerous local & state officials.

Membership Committee

This committee shall develop the membership categories, application process, and evaluate applications for appropriate category of membership within the SDPA. The committee will work with the SDPA Executive Director to maintain a current membership database. The committee will update and send electronic ‘welcome’ information to new members. The committee will strive to identify non-members and work to recruit them into SDPA and also identify ways to retain current members. The committee will evaluate, develop and implement new membership benefits.

Chair – Francine Phillips, MPAS, PA-C

Francine Phillips, born and raised in Florida, is a dermatology Physician Assistant at Florida Medical Clinic in Land O' Lakes. She received a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at A.T. Still University in Arizona. She was appointed to Membership Committee as a Co-Chair in 2016 after being a committee member for 2 years. Beginning in 2017 Francine took over the role of Chair. Francine is involved in leadership because she feels it is a way to give back to the profession she loves. She enjoys running, playing the piano, CrossFit and spending time with her husband, son and Labrador Retrievers. 

fphillips@dermpa.org

 

Publications and Communications Committee

This committee is responsible for developing the written and electronic communications of the SDPA, which may include a quarterly newsletter and monthly electronic communication.

Chair – Amber Blair, MMS, PA-C

Amber Blair has a unique and diverse background in healthcare spanning greater than a decade.  She graduated “Summa Cum Laude” from the University of Central Florida’s CardioPulmonary Science Program, and proceeded to work in the NICU and PICU, then went on to graduate “Cum Laude” from Nova Southeastern University’s Masters in Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies program. Upon completion of this program, she quickly found her home in dermatology and hasn’t looked back!   Amber currently resides and practices in Winter Park, Florida, alongside a fellowship trained MOHS surgeon. While she has a passion for skin cancer surgery, she thrives on running a high-volume practice of complicated medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology.  Additionally, she holds the Director at Large position for the Florida Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (FSDPA), is an adjunctive professor for Nova Southeastern University’s Physician Assistant program, and serves as a preceptor for Physician Assistant students interested in dermatology.  In 2016, Amber became actively involved in the SDPA, working with Dermcast TV. Currently serving as the Dermcast host, she enjoys the opportunity to meet with and interview key opinion leaders in the industry. Amber is truly passionate in her patients and her practice, and believes in the power and importance of giving back. 

ablair@dermpa.org

Public Education Committee

This committee is responsible for promoting PAs who practice medical, surgical and/or cosmetic dermatology. This committee will develop and implement materials that educate the public, health care professionals, and affiliate organizations regarding the role of dermatology PAs in the delivery of quality medical care, as a member of the health care team. This committee will organize the SDPA booth at the AAD winter meeting.

Chair - Jennifer Winter, MSPAS, PA-C

Jennifer Winter practices in Olympia Washington which is also where she grew up. She has been working with the same dermatologist since 1989. Starting as his MA, Jennifer later went back to PA school at the University of Washington. Jennifer joined SDPA the first year she came back to dermatology as a PA and later when her kids were older she began to get involved in leadership. She started by working in the booth at the AAD and helping with the DLI forum. Later she joined the Board of Directors and now is back working the booth at the AAD as the chair of the Public Education committee. Jennifer loves teaching physicians about what we do.

jwinter@dermpa.org

Student Affairs Committee

This committee shall be responsible for coordinating all projects directed at student members, including maintenance of the student member page and preceptor list. The committee shall make recommendations to the Membership Committee regarding recruitment of student members, student member benefits, and retention of student members as they become graduates.

Chair - Genét Finnegan, MHS, PA-C

Genét Finnegan is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Loyola College in Maryland and graduated from the Drexel University Hahnemann PA Program in 2009, with a Master of Health Science, earning the Elizabeth Peabody Stolberg Award for clinical and academic excellence.  Genét moved to New York following graduation and since that time has been practicing general and cosmetic dermatology in Manhattan.  She currently holds a position within the Department of Dermatology at Columbia University Medical Center at New York Presbyterian Hospital, where she specializes in cutaneous oncology. Genét has been a member of the SDPA since 2008.  She recalls the significant role the organization played in her successful transition from student to practicing dermatology PA. She joined the SDPA leadership team to help educate and support PA students as they enter the unique and exciting field of dermatology.

gfinnegan@dermpa.org


Leadership and Professional Development Committee

This committee shall develop and implement strategies to recruit and cultivate new leaders. This committee shall also develop and implement strategies to enhance the professional growth and leadership skills of current SDPA leaders, as well as SDPA members at-large. 

 

Chair - Jacklynn A. Kment, MPAS, PA-C

Jacklynn (Jacki) Kment graduated from Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa and then completed PA training at the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa. She then earned a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies with a specialization in dermatology from The University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Upon completing PA school in 1994, she spent four years in primary care, which included two years in the National Health Service Corps. She has worked exclusively in dermatology since 1997 and has a special interest in skin cancer, acne, and psoriasis. Jacki became a member of the SDPA in 1998 and began her leadership journey in 2002. She served as Membership Committee Chair beginning in 2010, Vice President from 2011-2017, and currently serves as the Chair of the Leadership and Professional Development Committee. She is also honored to be the founder and Past President and current board member of the Nebraska Dermatology Physician Assistants and served as the inaugural mid-level board member of the Nebraska Dermatology Society. In addition, Jacki serves as Trustee At Large on the Board of the Dermatology PA Foundation (DPAF). Jacki is married to Rick Kment and they have two sons, Cole and Quinn. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, landscaping, boating, camping, and going on ATV adventures.

jkment@dermpa.org

Moderators, Directors & Liaisons

Director of Industry Relations – Robert Higham MPAS, PA-C

Robert Higham obtained his B.S. in Physician Assistant Practice from the University Of Southern California School Of Medicine in 1999. Follow this he obtained a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska’s Physician Assistant Program in 2005. In 2004 Robert began a long and dedicated career in SDPA leadership as a Director At Large on the SDPA Board of Directors. Following this he was appointed the AAPA liaison to the AAD in 2005, a role which he continues to hold. Robert served as President of the SDPA from 2007-2009. Robert has held the position of SDPA Director of Industry Relations since 2005. Participating in SDPA leadership provides Robert with a pathway to give back to a profession and society which have in turn given so much to him.

rhigham@dermpa.org

 

Blog Post Moderator – Martha Sikes, MS, RPh, PA-C

Martha Sikes attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy in 1997.  She then practiced Pharmacy as a staff clinical pharmacist at Spalding Regional Medical Center in Griffin, Georgia for several years. Feeling the need to provide more comprehensive patient care, she attended Medical College of Georgia (now Augusta University) where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physician Assistant studies in 2002. She received her Masters of Science degree from A. T. Still University in 2012. Martha began her dermatology PA career in 2002 and has extensive experience in both medical and cosmetic dermatology. In 2012, she accepted a full-time faculty appointment at Mercer University Department of Physician Assistant Studies where she also serves as the Academic Coordinator. She continues to practice medical dermatology part-time in addition to her teaching duties. Martha Sikes has been a member of SDPA since 2002, and was appointed to serve as the Blog Moderator for SDPA in July 2015. She currently also serves as a Director At Large on the SDPA Board. Martha feels that being involved in a leadership position is an excellent way to increase awareness of the exceptional care, knowledge, and clinical skills PAs provide to the medical community. In addition to her role in SDPA, Martha is an active member of the Georgia Dermatology Physician Assistants, Georgia Association of Physician Assistants, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and serves as a committee member for the Physician Assistant Advisory Committee to the Georgia Composite Medical Board.  She currently lives in Tyrone, Georgia. 

msikes@dermpa.org

 

Patient Advocacy Liaison - Jang Mi Johnson, PA-C

 

Jang Mi Johnson graduated from Cook County Hospital/Malcom X College Physician Assistant Program in 2002. She has been a volunteer leader since 2001 starting in the House of Delegates, as a teller, at the AAPA. She is currently serving as the Immediate Past President of the Illinois Society of Dermatology PAs and has served as the a Delegate for the SDPA to the AAPA House of Delegates. Beginning in 2017 she took over the role of Patient Advocacy Liaison. She has special interests in surgical dermatology, pediatric dermatology, psoriasis, and ethnic skin and hair. Her hobbies include sewing formal gowns, playing the cello, and enjoying family time with her husband and two fantastic boys! 

jmijohnson@dermpa.org

 

American Academy of Physician Assistant (AAPA) Medical Liaison to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) - Vicki Roberts, MPAS, PA-C

Vicki Roberts graduated from the University of Florida in 1999 with a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies. For the last 17 years she has been working as a dermatology PA in West Columbia, SC where she lives with her husband and two boys. Over the last 7 years, she volunteered her time in various positions including serving as president of her state society (SCSDPA) and of the SDPA. She is also thecurrent Chair of the Dermatology PA Foundation (DPAF). As medical liaison between the AAPA and AAD, Vicki will serve a two year term as the official ambassador of the AAPA helping to be a voice for PAs in the rapidly evolving healthcare environment. 

vroberts@dermpa.org

Calendar

SDPA 15th Annual Fall Dermatology Conference 2017 - REGISTER NOW!
November 8-11, 2017 – Caribe Hilton – San Juan, Puerto Rico

SDPA Annual Summer Dermatology Conference 2018
June 28-July 1, 2018 – Westin Hotel – Seattle, WA

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