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Committee Leadership
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If you have been thinking about getting involved with the AANP, now is your time.  We need you. The AANP has a variety of committees to match your interests. See below for information about our current committees. You must be a member of the AANP to be eligible to participate.
Contact the committee chair(s) or the AANP staff at to indicate your interest.
Federal and State Affairs Committee 
The Federal and State Affairs Committee provides analysis and input to the Board to:
  • Promote the inclusion of naturopathic doctors and services in federal and state law, regulations, and programs
  • Protect and define references to licensed CAM providers and integrative health practitioners in the Affordable Care Act
  • Remain current on state and federal opportunities, challenges, and strategies
Committee Chair(s):  Laura Farr and Kasra Pournadeali, ND
Staff Liaison: Michael Jawer, Director of Government & Public Affairs
Committee Members: Denise Clark, ND, Michael Traub, ND, DHANP, FABNO, Lorilee Schoenbeck, ND, Carrie Runde, ND, Karen Frangos, ND, PT, and Dan Labriola, ND
State Alliance Committee 
The State Alliance Committee advances licensure and scope expansion through the sharing of experience and insights, the development and dissemination of resources, the provision of peer-to-peer support, and the development of recommended strategies.
Committee Chairs: Emily Telfair, ND, and Eliot Edwards, ND
Staff Liaisons: Traci Hobson, JD, LL.M., Director of State Relations, AANP and Mike Jawer, Director of Government & Public Affairs, AANP
Committee Members: The State Alliance is not a Board committee but a forum open to interested and active AANP members.
Professional Affairs Committee 
The charge of the Professional Affairs Committee is to provide analysis and guidance to the Board and act as resource to the Executive Director on issues relating to professional affairs, including:
  • Process for handling professional complaints to AANP
  • Review of bylaws of any organization seeking affiliation with the AANP
  • Enhanced communications with members and the House of Delegates
  • Strategies to enable members to develop successful practice
  • Current health care reform and reimbursement structures
Committee Chair(s): Jaquel Patterson, ND, MBA
Committee Members: Kasra Pournadeali, ND, Jessica Brandes, ND, Robert Kachco, ND, LAc, and Tafflyn Williams-Thomas
Scientific Affairs Committee 
The Scientific Affairs Committee provides analysis and input to the Board to:
  • Stimulate research that supports the public policy goals of the AANP
  • Facilitate improvements in naturopathic research infrastructure
  • Develop NDs with research talent and experience
  • Assess strategies to better coordinate the resources of the research entities
Committee Chair(s):  Michelle Niesley, ND, MS
Committee Members:  Bill Walters, ND,  Michelle Simon, ND, PhD, Michael Cronin, ND, Ather Ali, ND, MPH, Angela Senders, ND, and Bob Bernhardt, BSc, MEd, LLM, PhD
Global Health Committee 
The Global Health Committee provides analysis and input to the Board to:
  • Promote the ability of NDs to legally practice in other countries
  • Promote the recognition and positions of the AANP standards of naturopathic medicine in international affairs and agencies
  • Engage the World Naturopathic Federation
  • Track AANP member activities in international efforts
  • Provide a forum to communicate relevant global health issues, opportunities, and challenges to AANP individual and organizational members and other components of the U.S. profession
  • Promote ND involvement in humanitarian relief efforts
Committee Co-Chairs: Moira Fitzpatrick, ND & Tabatha Parker, ND
Committee Members: Maggie Beeson, ND, Michael Cronin, ND (past co-chair), Randall Robinson, ND, Nicha Samantarat, ND, John Weeks, ND, and Guillermo Ruiz, ND Student 
Currently seeking committee members
Public Education & Media Affairs Committee
The charge of the Public Education & Media Affairs Committee is to:
  • Promote NDs and their practices
  • Improve public perceptions and awareness of naturopathic medicine and NDs
  • Optimize media affairs and identify our strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities in order to achieve organization within public affairs and media engagement goals
Committee Chair: Robert Kachko, ND, LAc                           
Staff Liaison: Taryn Ward, Manager of Public Relations, Marketing & Communications
Committee Members: Jaclyn Chasse, ND, Holly Lucille, ND, RN, Amy Rothenberg, ND, Trevor Cates, ND, and Dennis Godby, ND, Lauren Noel, ND, Matthew Strickland, ND
Diversity + Inclusion Commitee
The charge of the Membership Committee is to:
  • Advise on how to maintain an inclusive culture among AANP members
  • Promote AANP membership to the wider ND community
  • Evaluate member benefits to ensure that AANP provides value to members
  • Assist in efforts to identify and secure new AANP members
  • Guide AANP on strategies to support the transition from student to regular membership
Committee Chair(s): Dennis Godby, ND                       
Staff Liaison: Sona Camara, Member Services Coordinator
Committee Members: JoAnn Yanez, ND, Sarwat Patel, ND, Gigi Naser-Ahmed, SCNM Rep
Education Committee
This is an expansion of the previous Annual Conference/CE Committee, so that AANP may serve evolving needs. The Program Chair of the Annual Convention will continue to be selected by the AANP Board.
The charge of the Education Committee is to:
  • Conduct assessments of knowledge and competencies of NDs in practice
  • Advise on a curriculum that meets the continuing education needs of the profession
  • Provide peer review of AANP continuing education activities
  • Assist with program development for activities outside of the Annual Convention
Committee Chair(s): TBD                             
Currently seeking other committee members
Finance Committee 
The charge of the Finance Committee is to work under the leadership of the Board Treasurer to provide oversight of association finances, including:
•     Ensuring appropriate preparation of an annual budget
•     Ensuring appropriate handling and distribution of funds
•     Ensuring appropriate preparation and presentation of regular financial statements
•     Overseeing, reviewing, and presenting the annual audit to the Board of Directors
Committee Chair: Michelle Simon, ND, PhD, Treasurer
Committee Members: Darin Ingels, ND, Carrie Louise Daenell, ND
Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee is responsible for selected awareness of candidates most able and willing to serve the Corporation from throughout the membership.
Committee Chair: Heather DeLuca, ND
Committee Members: Michael Cronin, ND, Michael Reece, ND, Tara Levy, ND, Michael Traub, ND, DHANP, FABNO, and Jaclyn Chasse, ND