Elections

Cast Your Vote

Online Voting | May 15-25, 2020
  • May 15 – 25 – Online voting: Members in good standing as of May 1, 2020, eligible to vote, received ballots via email to their email listed with their  AAFP  member record.  Contact KAFP at info@kafponline.org if you did not receive a ballot.

Thank you to all who attended the KAFP Virtual Town Hall on Friday, May 15. If you missed it, you may watch the video and/or download the slide deck.

Election Results Announced

Congratulations to the following members who were elected to serve in open officer and district director positions on the 2020-21 KAFP Board of Directors. And many thanks to all who ran – your participation is most appreciated.

District Director, Secretary, Delegate & Alternate Delegate Elections

All elections will be conducted via an online ballot. All active, life and resident members in good standing are eligible to vote. Ballots will include the candidate selected by the Nominating Committee, as well as a space for a write-in candidate for each open position to serve on the board of directors. The current email on file with AAFP will be used to distribute ballots. Elections are open between May 15-25. The following positions are up for election:

District 2

Tessa Rohrberg, MD

Winfield, KS

I have experienced a lot of change lately.  And if there is one thing I know to be true of change, it is that it does not always come easy. In fact, change seems to come when I least expect it and never at a convenient time. I have a saying on my bathroom wall that reads, “Wonderful things are on their way.” [continue reading]

District 4

Jonathan Pike, MD

Great Bend, KS

“People are more important than things.” I learned this lesson early and often from my dad, only to have it reinforced by one of my undergraduate mentors. This principle birthed in me a desire to cultivate deep, meaningful relationships with others, and it ultimately guided me to pursue a degree in medicine. [continue reading]

District 6

Graig Nickel, MD, FAAFP

Lawrence, KS

I would like to serve as your District 6 Director to the KAFP. My name is Graig Nickel and I live in Lawrence. I have worked on the KU campus for the last seven years, providing medical care for students at Watkins Health Center. I also work some evenings and weekends at a local urgent care clinic. I have been a member of KAFP since I began medical school.  [continue reading]

District 8

Dereck Totten, MD

Colby, KS

Having been born and raised in rural Marysville, Kan., family medicine was the only “specialty” I knew. Before starting medical school, I worked as a caretaker for a quadriplegic patient in Marysville. This is where I first developed my passion for health care and ultimately the beginning of my understanding of the unique health care needs in rural Kansas. [continue reading]

Secretary

Jared Johnson, MD

Wichita, KS

As I write this, it is the second week of March, and much is happening both locally and nationally concerning COVID-19. It has been a vivid reminder of how important public health and organized medicine are to society. As with many trends in the U.S., this epidemic arrived on the coasts and has steadily come our way from both sides.

It will be interesting to see what the mood is in the room when the election comes (assuming we are even meeting together in the same room at all).

I have said before that one thing I appreciate about KAFP is that I do not encounter the same sort of pessimism that is too often found in our profession. Instead, the mood at KAFP seems to me to be optimistic, with an approach that reflects courage and thoughtfulness. That’s an attitude that I hope is still in the atmosphere as this epidemic drags on, and that I want to reflect as I continue to advocate for our profession and the people of Kansas, hopefully as the secretary of the KAFP Board of Directors.  [continue reading]

K. Allen Greiner, MD

Kansas City, KS

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing our world, our profession and the lives of our patients. As health care professionals, we are learning to connect in new ways and find innovative and safe methods to provide care.  My involvement in the COVID-19 response and its impact inspiring me to do more.  As a family physician and the Chief Medical Officer of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County, I have witnessed first-hand the value that connections between primary care and public health can provide to our patients, our communities, and to the health of the state during the biggest health challenge we have faced in decades.

I’m writing to you today in an effort to secure your support as a “write-in” candidate for Secretary of the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians. As a longtime member of the KAFP, I am a firm believer in the value of this organization for promoting family medicine while also advancing the health and well-being of all Kansans.

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Delegate

Jen Brull, MD, FAAFP

Plainville, KS

I am delighted to have the opportunity to continue to serve as your KAFP Delegate to the American Academy of Family Physicians. Attending the Congress of Delegates on your behalf and bringing the voice of Kansas family physicians to our national organization each year is immensely rewarding.  [continue reading]

Alternate Delegate

Diane Steere, MD

Wichita, KS

I love being a family physician. I am sure all of you do too. We have the unique privilege that as part of our job we are asked to be involved in the lives of our patients that almost no other specialty has.  We celebrate with our patients during happy times, and we cry with them during the heartaches of life.  [continue reading]