AMSA Leadership Program Speakers


Coming soon! See the 2016-2017 Leadership Program speakers below.

Kelly Thibert, DO, AMSA National President

Kelly is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she obtained her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine and Masters of Public Health. Kelly received her undergraduate degree in Molecular and Microbiology and minor in Women’s Studies, at the University of Central Florida. During her undergraduate career she became heavily involved with AMSA on both a local and national level. Now in her ninth year of involvement with AMSA she still believes that the AMSA family helped her to realize that she could combine her love of medicine and humanism into one amazing career.

Joshua Caulfield, AMSA Executive Director

Joshua Caulfield, IOM, serves as AMSA’s and the AMSA Foundation’s executive director. Caulfield graduated from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, with a double major in marketing and economics and was active in many campus organizations, as well as in student government. He later went on to get his M.B.A. at American University in Washington, D.C., where he again organized a number of students and was a co-founder of two graduate student organizations.

Alan Friedman, CEO, J3Personica

Alan Friedman is the Founder and CEO of J3Personica, a research based organization redefining personality for healthcare. He is an advisor to leaders at every level of clinical, education and healthcare systems. Alan is known as a results oriented advisor with the unique ability to work across cultural, geographic and technical boundaries.
Alan holds a master’s degree in Organizational Psychology with a distinction in Change Leadership from Columbia University in New York, a certificate in Management Practices from New York University, a certificate in Finance from McGill University and a degree in Consumer Affairs from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Most recently he completed the “Launching New Ventures” program at Harvard Business School.

John G. Muller, MD

Dr. John Muller is a board-certified anesthesiologist practicing at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. He serves as attending anesthesiologist at the Hospital for Special Surgery and clinical assistant professor at Weill Cornell Medical College. Previously, he was in in private practice in Hartford, Connecticut, where he specialized in providing anesthesia care for complex cardiac, thoracic, and neurosurgical cases, as well as regional anesthesia for orthopedic procedures. Dr. Muller has spent considerable time working with quality assurance and medical malpractice issues in an effort to improve patient safety and deliver efficient care.

Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD

Dr Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber is Associate Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine. She completed medical school at Cornell and residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland. She is active in national organizations and is on the Board for the American Medical Women’s Association and is a writer for the Adolescent Medicine Review Course. Her interest is in keeping people healthy and she provides primary care to patients over the age of 12 and into adulthood. Focusing on healthy behaviors, she works to ensure good health in cancer survivors and children and adults with chronic diseases. Treating Eating Disorders in Adults and Adolescents, she works with the Charis Center for Eating Disorders and in the IU Health Teen Bariatric Surgery program. She has led a conference entitled, “Negotiating the Pay Divide” for the American Medical Women’s Association and the National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health at Indiana University.

Lindy Davidson, MDiv, PhD

Dr. Lindy Grief Davidson is a full-time visiting instructor in the Honors College at the University of South Florida, where she focuses on medical humanities. She holds a B.A. in Communication Arts from Belmont University, an M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Communication from USF. Her specialty is Health Communication,and other areas of study include disability, ethics, and communication in the health clinic. As a qualitative researcher, her methods include interviewing, ethnography, narrative, and autoethnography.

Kathy Schwalbe, PhD, PMP

Kathy Schwalbe, Ph.D., PMP is a Professor Emeritus at Augsburg College in Minneapolis (retired in 2015). She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, her MBA at Northeastern University, and her B.S. in mathematics at the University of Notre Dame while on an Air Force ROTC scholarship. Kathy’s first job was as a project manager/officer in the U.S. Air Force. She also worked on projects at Boeing, Clark Oil, and several other organizations. Kathy was named Educator of the Year in 2011 by the Association of IT Professionals.

Dan Furlong, MBA, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM

Dan Furlong, MBA, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM currently manages the Project Management Office for the Medical University of South Carolina CIO as well as serving as Adjunct Faculty within the MHA program and a guest lecturer in the MSHI program. DMr. Furlonghas been with MUSC since 1998 and has worked on a variety of projects ranging from HR/Payroll implementations to the Enterprise Data Warehouse implementation to two EMR implementations (McKesson and Epic). He was the first Project Management Profession cerrtified within the OCIO and has trained and help certifiy almost two dozen other project managers at MUSC since 2004. Mr. Furlong has also earned his Certified Scrum Master and PMI’s Agile Certified Practioner credential, both Agile based certifications. He is an Affiliated Faculty Member with the College of Charleston’s Department of Computer Science and guest lectures in Yale’s Doctor of Nurse Practioner program annually. He co-authored the text “Healthcare Project Management”, the best selling textbook for healthcare project management programs, and “PMP Last Chance Review,” a PMP study reference.

David Overton, MD

David Overton, MD is the Associate Dean for Educational Affairs at the Western Michigan University School of Medicine. He additionally serves as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Western Michigan University.
Dr. Overton attended Wayne State University School of Medicine, and completed his emergency medicine residency at the University of Cincinnati. He is board-certified in both Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine, and holds an MBA from Michigan State University.
Dr. Overton has received numerous research and service awards, has been published in a wide variety of professional journals and textbooks, and has served as a peer reviewer for a number of scientific journals. He is the author of White Coat Investor, a high-yield manual that specifically deals with the financial issues facing medical students, residents, physicians, dentists, and similar high-income professionals.
He is active in a number of professional societies, including ACEP, SAEM, the RRC, and the Michigan College of Emergency Physicians, which he has served as President.

Laura Synnott

Laura Synnott is Associate Teaching Professor of Health Care Policy and Management at the Heinz College. From 2004-2008, she also served as Executive Director of Health Care Programs at Heinz, and her responsibilities included the Master of Medical Management (MMM) and Master of Science of Health Care Policy and Management (MSHCPM) degree programs. Synnott is the founder and principal of a management consulting firm providing services to health care providers in the areas of operations, project management and strategy development. She has over twenty five years of executive management experience in health care organizations.

JulieAnne Adamich-Scheblein PhD, MBA, CPA

Julie Adamich, MBA, PhD, CPA, has a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Florida Institute of Technology and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction – Higher Education Administration from the University of South Florida. She has worked for over a decade in auditing, consulting and tax engagements for an international and a large local accounting firm and spent five years as a cost control and pricing administrator in the defense industry. Dr Adamich teaches financial, managerial, accounting software applications, intermediate, cost accounting, tax and auditing to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Kevin O’Connor, CSP

Kevin O’Connor, CSP, specializes in working with physicians called to the next step in their careers, to help them present, influence and lead better, so their teams can focus on innovating, communicating and growing. Kevin holds three masters degrees and his expertise focuses on the challenges of leadership, business relationships, and the effectiveness of teams. O’Connor demonstrates strategies that will bring physicians together for greater influence, patient safety and improved quality. After more than 25 years of teaching and interviewing successful physicians around the globe, O’Connor knows what physicians must consider to transition from peer to leader and achieve their goals in today’s health care environment.

Alison Case, MD

Dr. Alison Case is AMSA’s Graduate Trustee. She spent a year at the AMSA National Office as the Education and Advocacy Fellow and came up through AMSA via the AIDS Advocacy Network. She graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine where she spent her clinical year’s in a rural medicine program in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She is originally from the Midwest, growing up in Dublin, OH and completing her undergraduate degree at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN.

Matthew Moy, MD

Alex Cours

Marjorie Jenkins, MD, MEd, FACP serves as Director of Medical Initiatives and Scientific Engagement with the Office of Women’s Health (OWH) at the FDA. Dr. Jenkins is on sabbatical from at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC), where she is a tenured Professor of Medicine, Founding Director and Chief Scientific Officer for the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s’ Health, Associate Dean for Women in Science, and the J. Avery Rush Endowed Chair for Excellence in Women’s Health Research. At TTUHSC she works with a group of talented faculty and students in developing the first US medical school, pharmacy school and nursing school curricula in sex and gender medicine. She is engaged nationally and serves as an executive council member of the Sex and Gender Women’s Health Collaborative, a member of the Women’s Health Task Force of the National Board of Medical Examiners, a founding board member for the Academy of Women’s Health, and an expert panel member for the HRSA Women’s Health Curricula: Report on Interprofessional Collaboration Across the Health Professions.