Committee applications due July 10, 2019.


The Communications Committee is responsible for the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians’ communications and awards. Main responsibilities include content in the Kansas Family Physician quarterly magazine; weekly e-newsletter; website; public relations and the image of the Academy; and solicitation and selection of award winners.

Phillip Dooley, MD, FAAFP, Wichita

Jason Foster, MD, Kansas City

Shelly Gruenbacher, MD, Quinter

Gretchen Irwin, MD, MBA, FAAFP, Wichita

*Sarah Tully Marks, MD, FAAFP, Olathe

Laura Mayans, MD, Wichita

Jonathan Pike, MD, Wichita

Cathy Woodring, MD, Clearwater

Governmental Advocacy

During the legislative session, members of the Governmental Advocacy Committee review health care legislation and help make recommendations to formulate the Academy’s position on bills and in writing/presenting testimony. They are involved in proposing the Academy’s legislative agenda and planning Advocacy Day. Committee members are encouraged to volunteer in the Family Doctor of the Day program.

Doug Crase, MD, Wichita

Dan Dickerson, MD, PhD, FAAFP, Eudora

Cheryl Dobson, MD, Wichita

Debra Doubek, MD, Manhattan

Donna Ewy, MD, FAAFP, Wichita

John Feehan, MD, FAAFP, Olathe

Lauren Ferrell, MD, Salina

Lynn Fisher, MD, FAAFP, Plainville

J. Wakon Fowler, MD, Pratt

Tina Garcia, MD, Kansas City

Doug Gruenbacher, MD, Quinter

*Chad Johanning, MD, FAAFP, Lawrence

Jennifer Koontz, MD, FAAFP, Newton

Erin Locke, MD, MPH, Holton

Jennifer McKenney, MD, FAAFP, Fredonia

Danelle Perry, MD, Overland Park

Scott Rempel, MD, Salina

*Diane Steere, MD, Wichita

Rachael Svaty, MD, Wichita


Finance Committee develops the yearly budget, reviews investments, dues, grants and insurance.

Gretchen Irwin, MD, MBA, FAAFP, Wichita

*Todd Miller, MD, FAAFP, Wichita

Membership & Member Services

This committee helps maintain and grow KAFP membership; address member needs and issues; promotes KAFP with Residents, Students, and FMIGs; addresses membership-related issues; and oversees the physician wellness and RISE activities.

Marija Crockett, Kansas City

Doug Gruenbacher, MD, Quinter

Rick Kellerman, MD, FAAFP, Wichita

Jessica Kieffer, MD, Derby

Lucas Mihalovich, DO, Andover

Kendra Miller, MD, Wichita

Beth Oller, MD, Stockton

Jessica Paxson, MD, Park City

*Melissa Rosso, MD, Manhattan

Holly Allen Terrell, MD, Wichita

Practice Enhancement

This committee addresses practice transformation, scope of practice, credentialing, enhancement, integration of technology into practice, improved reimbursement, ACOs, third party payer relations/issues, and payment reform.

Jen Brull, MD, FAAFP, Plainville

*Eric Clarkson, DO, Pratt

Robert Freelove, MD, Salina

Jared Johnson, MD, Wichita

Drew Miller, MD, Lakin

Tara Neil, MD, Wichita

Jeremy Presley, MD, Dodge City

Diane Steere, MD, Wichita

Professional Development

The Professional Development Committee works closely with the EVP to plan each year’s Annual Meeting and other CME offerings.

Sheryl Beard, MD, FAAFP, Andover

Allen Greiner, MD, Kansas City

Jared Johnson, MD, Wichita

Tara Neil, MD, Wichita

*Beth Oller, MD, Stockton

Justin Overmiller, MD, Smith Center

Jeremy Presley, MD, Dodge City

Cassie Scripter, MD, Wichita

Aleksandra Franciszka Siwkiewicz, MD, Kansas City

Margaret Smith, MD, FAAFP, Kansas City

Scott Stringfield, MD, FAAFP, Wichita

Belinda Vail, MD, FAAFP, Kansas City

Michael Ziegler, Salina

*Committee Chair