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Contact Heather Woods at 517.253.8037 for information on our committees. Do not let your geographic location prohibit you from participating in our important committee work – many of our committee meetings take place by conference call. We invite you to join us on our quest for keeping osteopathic medicine strong!


MAOFP Committee Descriptions

The MAOFP departments and their respective functions and operating groups shall be:   


Department of Governance & Operations -

Co-Chair: Bob Camara, D.O.; Marissa Rogers, D.O.

Vice Chair: Jennifer Hanna, DO

Leadership Development – The Leadership Development Committee shall be a standing committee responsible for Board recruitment, orientation, self-assessment, continuing board education and management. 

  • Recruitment includes identifying current and projected vacancies on the board, assessing the composition of the current Board, analyzing gaps in competencies or demographics and then actively identifying, recruiting, and recommending potential candidates.  The committee shall solicit nominees for the resident and student positions on the Board from the current resident holding a board position and from the Office of the Dean of the college(s) of osteopathic medicine in Michigan respectively. It shall develop a position description for board membership to inform prospective candidates of expectations.  Additionally, the committee may make recommendations for all elected or appointed Association positions, including representatives or liaisons to other osteopathic or otherwise affiliated organizations.
  • Orientation of new Board members includes iteration of the Association’s mission, vision, objectives, organizational structure, finances, and strategic initiatives.  When identified skill or knowledgebase gaps exist, it provides basic education and training necessary to remedy gaps to ensure effective Board membership.
  • Self-assessment includes developing, or obtaining, and administering an objective self-assessment appraisal to evaluate both the Board’s performance as a whole and individual performance on an annual basis.
  • Continuing education to ensure that Board members remain knowledgeable about current laws and best practices for non-profit boards and associations.  This may include mentoring programs for new Board members by experienced members.
  • Management of the Board includes adoption and enforcement of the conflict of interest policy and code of conduct among Board members. 

Past Presidents Advisory Council - Past President’s Council shall be an advisory group that includes all living Association Past Presidents willing to participate.  The Immediate Past President, or designee, shall chair the council. Meetings may be convened prior to the Board meetings at the Annual Meeting of the Association and the mid-winter conference, and as deemed necessary by the chairperson.  The purpose of the Council shall be to give advice and counsel to the President and to the Board. It may assist the Leadership Development Committee by: (1) providing recommendations for new Board members or Officers; (2) assisting in an annual review of the current Board; (3) assisting in new Board member orientation; or (4) assisting the Board with long-range planning.


Bylaws and Policy Integrity  - The Bylaws and Policy Committee shall be an ad hoc committee responsible for reviewing the Associations Bylaws, current policies, and practices to ensure that they are synchronized, effective and conform to applicable laws or regulations.  It shall make recommendations to the Board for revisions, as necessary.   The committee shall review current best practices and governance trends and make recommendations on those that the organization should consider adopting.


Finance & Endowment The Finance & Endowment Committee shall be a standing committee responsible for the Association’s funds, assets, and investments.  The Committee should also be accountable for raising funds for scholarships approved by the Board.  This shall include, but not be limited to, the necessary annual funds for the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) Scholarship Endowment.  The committee chair shall be the Secretary-Treasurer and may be assisted by the Executive Director. The members of this committee shall include all Executive Committee members. They will develop fundraising strategies and actively solicit contributions. 

It shall:  Prepare and present the annual budget to the Board by a deadline determined by the Board;

Monitor and periodically report to the Board the Association’s fiscal performance in meeting budgeted revenues and expenses; Prepare an annual financial report for the Board and for distribution at the Annual Membership Meeting; Maintain an inventory of assets; Develop and recommend an investment policy for adoption by the Board; Ensure timely and accurate filing of all required federal or state corporate forms and tax documents.

 Identify and contact prospective endowment donors for the fiscal year.

When needed, review and recommend Endowment Scholarship candidates.


Department of Professional Affairs
Co-Chairs: Tina Metropoulos, D.O.; Lina Yousif, D.O.


Membership – The Membership Committee shall be a standing committee that exerts authority as provided in the Bylaws.  Responsibilities shall include:

Provide oversight of recruitment, credentialing and retention of members;

Approve application forms and procedures;

Develop and provide programs that meet the changing needs of members, or otherwise create incentives to encourage membership by qualified osteopathic family physicians and other healthcare professionals qualified for allied membership category;

Monitor member satisfaction and develop action plans in response to member concerns;

Assess member benefits;

Evaluate and advise the Board concerning endorsement of products, including malpractice and other insurance; Advise the Board regarding membership classifications and dues structure;

Establish and maintain an Osteopathic Family Practice Resident and New Physician in Practice sub-committee to serve the needs of these physicians and to involve them in Association initiatives and activities; Establish and maintain effective relationships with osteopathic medical students at colleges of osteopathic medicine in Michigan; Liaison activities with the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) committees or staff to coordinate and maximize membership engagement.

Mentorship -

Give new physician members professional support and long-term members renewed sense of belonging by providing opportunities to network.

Compile member information into easily-accessed resources and guides.

Serve as an example/role model.

Physicians Well-Being -

Development and dissemination of information for healthy life style and wellness practices among professionals; recruit and involve physicians promoting healthy, positive life styles and behavioral practices.


Department of Educational Affairs
Chair: Frank Komara, D.O., FACOFP

Co-Vice-Chairs: Jodi Flanders, D.O.; Kristen Sumners, D.O.


Education – The Education Committee shall be a standing committee responsible for providing effective programs to enhance the knowledge and skills of osteopathic family physicians.  It shall:

Develop, provide or arrange delivery of pertinent, high quality education and training programs designed to enhance the professional knowledge, skills and abilities of osteopathic family physicians and, when appropriate, for associated supporting healthcare professionals in practice, based on structured educational needs-based gap analyses;

Include educational content in offerings to advance knowledge and clinical effectiveness of osteopathic principles, practice and manual medicine;

Create focused educational offerings that reflect the changing work environment for osteopathic medical students, residents, new physicians in practice, and for established physicians;

Investigate and recommend locations and facilities for educational conferences;

Ensure the granting of appropriate continuing medical education credits by the relevant accredited agencies for attendees based on their professional degree or license.

Coordinate with other professional organizations offering physician education programs to avoid, when feasible, program date conflicts;

Provide editorial review for clinical articles published by the Association.

Communications, Media & Technology – The Communications, Media & Technology Committee shall be responsible:

To plan, organize, direct and evaluate the content, design and functionality of the MAOFP Web site.

Assist in providing content for the website, member communications and social media.

Identify social mediums and assist to post timely content.

Identify on-line webinars for family physicians.


Department of Public Affairs
Chair: *Libby Pionk, D.O.

Government Affairs – The Government Affairs Committee shall be a standing committee.  It shall be responsible for:

 Monitoring pending legislation or other governmental regulations, which may have an impact on Association members or the patients they serve, and make recommendations to the Board for Association policy positions and related advocacy actions, including communications to members or government officials;

Developing healthcare policy positions concerning issues that impact Association members and the patients they serve, and affirmatively advocating for enactment of supportive legislation, regulation, or other administrative actions;

Establishing liaisons, identifying potential coalition partners, and coordinating activities with other professional or healthcare advocacy groups, including but not limited to government affairs functions in the ACOPF, American Osteopathic Association (AOA), Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA), or the Michigan Academy of Family Practice (MAFP). 

Socio-economic Affairs – The Socio-economic Affairs Committee shall be a standing committee.  Its responsibilities shall include: 

Develop or review policies concerning the “business side” of medicine;

Develop, provide or arrange for practice management educational programs for members or their staff;

Review, analyze, and recommend action, as appropriate, concerning healthcare benefit programs, policies, or reimbursement strategies proposed or promulgated by third party benefit payers or regulators.



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