SAAO Executive Council

SAAO Leadership TeamKelly Ng, Paula Archer, Frank Goodman, Thomas Lindsey, Amber Brown

Officers are elected each year at the SAAO annual business meeting at Convocation. If you are interested in serving as a representative, please contact your chapter officer.

  • The chair of the SAAO Executive Committee serves as a voting member on the AAO Board of Trustees and coordinates the SAAO program for Convocation.
  • The vice chair coordinates the annual A. Hollis Wolf Case Presentation Competition, designs the Convocation T-shirt and plans the student mixer that takes place at Convocation.
  • The secretary-treasurer coordinates communication via the Still Point and social media.
  • The national coordinator is the first point of contact for local chapters and manages the VIP points that each chapter earns.
  • The NUFA liaison is the first point of contact for NUFA representatives from each chapter and coordinates the NUFA program at Convocation.

General questions, comments, concerns or exciting ideas can be directed to the national coordinator.

In addition to the positions listed below, SAAO representatives serve on AAO committees.

2017-18 SAAO Executive Committee

PositionNameSAAO Email
ChairAmber M. Brown, OMS IV
Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Iowa
Vice chairPaula Michelle Archer, OMS III
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Yakima, Washington
Secretary-treasurerKelly Ng, OMS III
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Middletown, New York
National coordinatorFrank Patrick Goodman, OMS IV
William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
NUFA LiaisonThomas Hunter Lindsey, OMS III
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine in Dothan



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