Get Involved

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): Karen Frangos, PT, ND, Kasra Pournadeali, ND
Committee Members: Michael Traub, ND, DHANP, FABNO, Eliot Edwards, ND, AnnAlisa Behling, ND
Pre-Licensed Advocacy Team
The Pre-Licensed Advocacy Team, formerly known as 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 Chair: Emily Telfair, ND
Staff Liaison: Traci Hobson, JD, LL.M., Director of State Relations
Committee Members: The State Alliance is not a Board committee but a forum open to interested and active AANP members. At present there are 73 members on the team’s mailing list.

Post-Licensed Advocacy Team 
The Post-Licensed Advocacy Team advances scope expansion, insurance non-discrimination, and other matters facing licensed states 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.

Team Chair: Michael Traub, ND
Staff Liaison: AANP Director of Government & Public Affairs
Team Members: The PLAT is not a Board committee but a forum open to interested and active AANP members. At present there are 38 members on the team’s mailing list.
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, Kristaps Paddock, ND
Committee Members: Robert Kachko, 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:  Bill Walter, ND
Committee Vice-Chair: Julie Tran, ND, LAc
Committee Members:  Michelle Simon, ND, PhD, Michael Cronin, ND, Joshua Goldenberg, ND, Steffany Moonaz, PhD, RYT, Kieran Cooley, ND, Guillermo Ruiz, NMD, Brendan Smith, ND, Blake Langleym NMSA President, 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: Pamala Snider, ND, 
Michael Cronin, ND, John Weeks, ND, Guillermo Ruiz, ND, Randall Robinson, ND, John Finnell, ND, Heather Carrie, Kayla Peters, Sophia Moccia
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 Ernest, Manager of Public Relations, Marketing & Communications
Committee Members: AnnAlisa Behling, ND; Trevor Holly Cates, ND; Jaclyn Chasse, ND; Karen Frangos, ND, PT; Dennis Godby, ND; Holly Lucille, ND, RN; Marianne Marchese, ND; Griffin McMath, ND; Rosia Parrish, ND; Amy Rothenberg, ND; Matthew Strickland, ND
Diversity + Inclusion Committee
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: Koqwinda Chambers, ND              
Staff Liaison:

Committee Members: Jaquel Patterson, ND, MBA,
Rachel Callens, ND, Kingsley Owosela, ND, JoAnn Yanez Waters, ND, Ruth Allison, ND, Safiya McCarter, ND, Zamir Brown, Greg Jones, Angelica Matta, Tabitha Lowry, Sarah Ellis, Blake Langley, Shyamia Stone, Laura Farr, ED, Merci Wells-Ananda, NUMN Rep, Michael Robinson, NUHS Rep, Ana Rodriguez, Bastyr Rep, Lauren McKinney, CCNM 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: Rick Brinkman, ND, Treasurer
Committee Members: Darin Ingels, ND, Guru Sandesh Khalsa, 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