Leadership

2020-2021 AHEI Board of Trustees

Executive Committee:

Chair – Danita Horne (MS)
Vice- Chair - Beverly Wright (NC)
Secretary— Sarah Krolicki (WI)
Treasurer— Julie Newman (MD)
Immediate Past Chair - Dinah Goldenberg (ND/NV)



Board of Trustees:

Lynn Moon (MI)
Jacqueline Nguyen (NV)
Ann Anderson (FL)
Nancy Schneider (CA)
Dave Street (GA)
Heather Rifkin (MS)
Council of Advisors:

 
Jo Terry (TN)
Anne Marie Hayes (IL)
KC Williams (NE)
Angela Ladner (MS)

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE



Danita Horne, Chair

Danita Horne was born in Virginia, but has spent the last 28 years in her husband’s hometown of Laurel, Mississippi. Laurel is the setting for HGTV's Hometown so she has watched a drastic change in this sleepy southern town over the last few years.

Danita graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Tennessee in 1987 and worked in the field of infection control and infectious disease. After moving to Mississippi she pursued a double master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and Public Health from the University of Southern Mississippi and then began a career of coordinating public health initiatives for the local hospital.

Danita devotes her time to many volunteer activities. She has served as the Fund Distribution Chair for the local United Way for 14 years, and recently served as President. She has been a board member and committee chair for the Kiwanis Club of Laurel for 20 years, and has been involved in the children and youth ministries at her church for 18 years. She currently serves as the Chair of the First Baptist Church of Laurel's Foundation and also serves on its Scholarship Committee. Danita is a Life Member of the Laurel Junior Auxiliary. Her recent volunteer passions include being a volunteer at the Mission at the Cross, a Christian home in Laurel for men suffering from drug and alcohol addiction, and serving on the board for Life is Hope, an organization supporting orphanages in the Port au Prince area of Haiti.

Danita has served her local Alliance as President on several different occasions. Nationally, she served on the AMA Alliance Health Promotions Committee for 2 years and recently completed her second term as Mississippi State Medical Association Alliance President. During her time on the AHEI Board Danita has served as Grants Committee member, Grants Chair, Communications Chair, and Vice Chair.

Her interests include travel, reading, watching sports, working out, scrapbooking and attending her children’s various functions. Danita’s husband, Mark is an Internist and CMO of his hometown hospital. He is also President of the Mississippi State Medical Association. They have 3 children, 21 year-old twins, Kiser and Sabine who attend Ole Miss, and Fletcher who is 15 years old.


 

Beverly Wright (NC), Vice Chair

Beverly Brown Wright, a native of Asheville, North Carolina, received her B.S and M.S degrees from Vanderbilt University. She is a Speech/Language Pathologist who practiced in Tennessee, Texas, and Indiana before “retiring” to be a work-at-home mom. Beverly has been married to Patrick E. Wright, MD for 36 years. They met at Vanderbilt where he attended college and medical school, then lived in Houston while he completed Internship and Residency, returning to Nashville for a fellowship in Pulmonary Medicine. They have an adult son, an adult daughter and son-in-law, and the most adorable granddaughter!

Beverly has been involved in the Alliance since her marriage. She is eternally grateful for the Baylor House Staff Auxiliary, which was a valuable resource in a new town where the Wrights knew almost no one. In Nashville, she participated in the House Staff Auxiliary at Vanderbilt and has fond memories of attending a few local Auxiliary/Alliance meetings with a friend whose husband was in practice. While in Indianapolis, she was primarily involved in the “moms and tots” group of the Alliance.

Since returning to North Carolina in 1995, Beverly has been involved with a number of local organizations including the Junior League of Greensboro, the Greensboro Historical Museum, and the Greensboro Symphony Guild, but has given most of her volunteer time to Alliance activities. She is past president of the Greater Greensboro Society of Medicine Alliance and the North Carolina Medical Society Alliance and served as Secretary of the AMA Alliance.

When not working on a volunteer project, Beverly can be found knitting, sewing, or walking on the beach. But, at the moment, her favorite activities involve a highly energetic toddler.


Sarah Krolicki (WI), Secretary

Sarah Krolicki, of Wausau, WI, has been involved with various medical societies and Auxiliaries/Alliances at the local, state and national level since 1990. She served as the Wisconsin Medical Society Alliance President and the WMS Board of Directors for three years and is currently in her second term on the WMS Foundation Board. Previously, Sarah served on the Board Development Committee and Elections Committee of the American Medical Association Alliance.

Since moving to Wausau in 1999, Sarah has served the Marathon County Medical Society Alliance for six years as President, Vice President, Secretary and has chaired and co-chaired many committees and events during her time in Wausau. She began her life of service and volunteerism with the Brooke Army Medical Center Auxiliary in 1990.

Outside of volunteering at medical organizations, Sarah enjoys being a Personal Sylist for the made-to-measure menswear brand J.Hilburn. Since April 2016, she has helped suit dozens of men to look their best!

She and her husband, Tad Krolicki, a Vitreoretinal Surgeon with the Eye Clinic of Wisconsin, have four children and two sons-in-law. In her free time, Sarah loves to read, travel, visit her children, and golf at her local course, the Wausau Country Club, where she also serves on the Board.



Julie Newman, Treasurer

Julie Newman has been active with the AMA Alliance at all levels since 1997. She has served in multiple capacities over the years, including president of the Prince William County (VA) Medical Society Alliance, the Wake County (NC) Medical Society Alliance, and the North Carolina Medical Society Alliance for 2 years. She was concurrently active at AMA Alliance serving on Legislation, Integrated Marketing, Membership Chair, Director, Treasurer, and finally President of the organization 2015-16.

After residing in the Raleigh, NC area for 14 years, Julie now lives in Phoenix, MD with her husband Jack, a cardiologist practicing telemedicine. During her tenure in Raleigh, Julie worked as the administrator for her husband’s practice, managing the staff as well as the majority of nonclinical needs such as insurance billing and human relations. Her daughter Hannah lives in Northern Virginia after teaching in Seoul, South Korea for four years. Her son Matthew attends medical school at George Washington University, following in his father’s footsteps.

Julie has also been an active community volunteer, serving on the Board of Directors and as Chair of the Board of the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education in Raleigh, NC; the Triangle Heart Association; and the School Based Health Alliance, North Carolina Chapter. She is currently an active board member of the Jewish Women’s Giving Foundation of Baltimore and is the packing leader for the Baltimore Hunger Project. She shares an Alliance seat on the board of the Center for a Healthy Maryland, the foundation for Med Chi, the Maryland Medical Society. She also serves on the board of the Alliance Health Education Initiative, the philanthropic foundation of the AMA Alliance.


Dinah Goldenberg, Immediate Past Chair

Dinah Goldenberg, Fargo, North Dakota grew up in Winnipeg, Canada. She received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba.  Dinah is a committed volunteer to education and health related issues.  

Dinah completed her third four year elected term on the Fargo Public Schools Board of Education in June 2018.  She has served on numerous local and state boards including the Fargo Cass Public Health Board, the North Dakota Task Force on Advanced Care Planning, the Sanford Hospital Ethics Committee, the Dakota Medical Foundation Streets Alive Steering Committee, Imagine Thriving - Mental Wellness Initiative and the Fargo Film Festival Executive Committee.  

Since moving to Fargo 23 years ago Dinah has been actively involved with the Alliance.  She served in several roles including District and State president,  and national director for three years. In addition she served on the AMA Foundation Board for three years.  Dinah helped establish the Carol Harding Memorial Scholarship for the North Central Regional Alliance.

Dinah completes her two year term as AHEI Chair in June 2020.  She is looking forward to her new role as Immediate Past Chair.

Dinah and her husband Jay, a radiologist, enjoy splitting their time between North Dakota and Nevada.  They have two grown sons.  In her spare time she enjoys travel, reading, pilates and spending time with family and friends.



BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Lynn Moon (MI)

Lynn has been a Registered Nurse since 1977, with a BSN from Northern Michigan University. She received her JD from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1991, and practiced law for 17 years, focusing on insurance defense, health provider employment contracts and licensure issues, before “retiring”. For the past 20 years, Lynn has been very involved with non-profit organizations, where she provides pro bono legal assistance. She occasionally speaks at conferences and seminars about legal issues for health care providers and presented at the 2011 AMAA North Central Region Conference. She held an adjunct faculty position at Northern Michigan University 1995 – 2002, in the MBA for Healthcare program.

In addition to offering legal services and volunteering at Girl Scout camp every summer, Lynn has participated in a number of Boards. She is Past President of MSMSA, Marquette-Alger County MSA, Marquette General Hospital Volunteers, and 4C’s of the U.P.. She also served on the Peter White Library Board for 10 years. Lynn has held many leadership positions, including Northwest Regional Director of MSMSA 2008-2010 and 2013-2014, Chair of MSMSA Planning and Development Committee, Health Promotion Co-Chair and Newsletter Chair of Marquette-Alger County MSA, a member of the Girl Scouts of Northwestern Great Lakes Board and Board Development Committee and Vice-President of National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation. She was elected to AMAA Board Development Committee for 2011. Lynn belongs to the Michigan Bar Association and GSUSA. She currently serves on the BC/BS Foundation Community Advisory Committee for the U.P.

In her spare time, Lynn participates in three book clubs (including one with Alliance members) enjoys backpacking and camping, kayaking, snow shoeing, mountain biking, and loves to travel. She is married to Donald Snowdon, who retired from the practice of emergency medicine in 2007, and they live in Marquette, Michigan. She has one daughter, Lissa, who lives in Atlanta, and a step-daughter, Vanessa, who lives in Florida with her husband Adam and two adorable grandchildren, Andy and Eric.


Jacqueline Nguyen (NV)

Jacqueline Nguyen is an attorney who is barred in Texas, California and Nevada and currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jacqueline is married to Michael Lee, M.D., an orthopaedic hand surgeon. They are the proud parents of twin girls (10) and a son (4). Jacqueline is now Immediate Past President for the Nevada State Medical Association Alliance after serving two consecutive terms as President for NSMAA as well as two terms as Co-President for Clark County Medical Society Alliance- on of the most active County Alliances in the nation.  Jacqueline is also the only Nevadan to have served as a Director for the American Medical Association Alliance.  She currently serves on the AMAA Governance Council.

With her legal training and decades of organizational leadership, Jacqueline is strongest in organizational growth and strategic planning, organizational compliance, fundraising and development. In fact, she is completing her certification in Non-Profit Management and Non-Profit Fundraising from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. 

In the last legislative cycle, Jacqueline was the Campaign Manager for Nevada State Senator Joe Hardy, M.D. She serves as a Board Member for the Nevada Physician Wellness Coalition and has served as an Advisory Board Member for the Indian Chamber of Commerce as well as the Global Charity Foundation. She advocates for the priorities of organized medicine by serving on the Nevada MEDPAC Board and the Government Affairs Council, representing physicians in the state of Nevada. Jacqueline has been prolifically involved with Southern Nevada philanthropy, working with the American Diabetes Association, the Nevada State Medical Association, the Springs Preserve Foundation, the American Heart Association, the Junior League, Positively Kids Foundation and more.


Ann Anderson (FL)

Ann Anderson, from Naples Florida, is a 4th generation Californian with at least sixteen residential moves in her past. She is a registered nurse graduate from Massachusetts General Hospital. 

Ann has been a critical care nurse, development director for a children’s advocacy center and non-profit volunteer and leader. She has managed many aspects of the non-profit organization structure including volunteer recruitment, project development and management as well as budget and fiscal development and over site.

 As a past president of the Florida Medical Association Alliance and former committee member for the Florida Medical Association, FMA Political Action Committee and FMA Foundation, Ann has been able to share her talents to advocate for the health and wellness of physician family’s and the community at large.

Ann is currently a board member on the Professional Resource Network and volunteer’s for the Florida and American Medical Association Alliance, Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and Collier County Public Schools.

Ann and her husband Charles, an internal medicine physician, have two daughters. Her oldest is married and is a musician and administrative assistant for law enforcement in Florida. Her youngest is a comedic writer, performer and podcaster in Chicago. In her spare time Ann loves to travel, visit a museum, attend a theatrical performance and be with family and friends.


Nancy Schneider (CA)

RN graduate of Abington Memorial Hospital, BSN from University of Pennsylvania

Married to Edward Schneider MD, retired family practitioner and mother of two boys and grandmother of four.

 I have been a member of all three levels of the Alliance, local, state and national since moving to Stockton (1974). I have been president of the local level three times and presently the Chair of the Board. Over the years I have done or been involved in multiple committees and fundraisers. I was honored to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from my local Alliance in 2014, the first one given.

 State president of California (2007-08, 2019-2021) treasurer and served on or chaired multiple committees including investment, health, board development and others Presently serving as CEO/President. I have been on the planning committee for Western States Regional Meeting several years and in Las Vegas planned and ran the auction.

 At the AMAA my positions have been; health committee, AMAF alliance committee, chair of the health committee (twice) and a four time director with appointment to the by-laws committee and finance committees. While health chair I sat on the AHEI board as a liaison to the board. I have been on the finance reference committee and have served on the board development committee. I have been editor of AIM and served as treasure two years. I have read grants for the AMA Foundation on several occasions.

Locally I am very involved with Stockton Symphony and served as president 2012-13 and previously served as president 1990-95. I left the board after 34 years, but continue to sit on the fund development committee and in 2016 served as chair of the 90th anniversary committee. Our major fundraising project in the past was our Pops and Picnic and I have served as chair or chair of the auction several times.

I have also been involved in fundraising on several other occasions; homeless shelter, hospital tennis tournament and AHEI (first auction).

I am a voracious reader, good cook and love to garden. It gives me great pleasure to see my desk(s) neat and clean. Can’t tell you how often that happens though. I am also a list maker- again it is the pleasure of crossing things off.


Dave Street (GA), AMAA Liaison

Dave Street has been involved with medical Alliance organizations since the 1980’s.   When he and his wife moved back to Marietta, Georgia (after Elizabeth completed her OB/GYN residency at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas), he joined the Cobb County Medical Society Auxiliary.   He became active in Legislative Advocacy with the Auxiliary while working as a private practice attorney.   After their third child was born in 1992, Dave became a stay at home dad.   A fourth child arrived in 1995.

Dave continued to participate in his local auxiliary’s programs and in 1994, he became the Legislative Chair for the Medical Association of Georgia Auxiliary.   By the time he became President of his local group in 1996, they had become an Alliance. In 2000, Dave became a member of an AMAA Strategic Planning Task Force.   He became state President for the first time in 2004. Dave has served several times on the AMAA Nominating Committee. He also has served on several other Task Forces for the AMAA and has also been a member of the Membership Committee.

Currently, Dave is in his second two-year term as President of the state Alliance, with a focus on rebuilding the state organization, which had been led by a governing board for several years amid a vanishing membership.   In his third year of service now, the state has approximately 250 members, is active in Legislative Advocacy, maintains a presence at state and national meetings, and is pursuing a variety of measures to continue membership growth.

In addition to his ongoing role as a stay at home dad, Dave often substitute teaches for public and private school math teachers in his area.   He also is a long-time Sunday School teacher at his church. He became a grandfather in 2018 when two grandsons were born twenty days apart.  His wife, Liz, continues to work full time with a very busy practice. They are both very active in their medical community.


Heather Rifkin, AMAA Liaison

Heather Rifkin obtained her Doctorate of Pharmacy in 2000 from Duquesne University cum laude. She has worked in various pharmacy specialties and currently maintains pharmacy licenses in the states of Pennsylvania and Mississippi. She is married to Dr. Brian Rifkin, an Interventional Nephrologist with the Hattiesburg Clinic. They reside in Hattiesburg with their 2 sons, Nicholas and Zachary. Their boys, age 11 and 14 are both in the accelerated learning program at their respective schools and both involved in award winning show choirs.

Heather has been an active member of the Medical Alliance since relocating to Mississippi in 2005. She has been involved with many committees and task forces in the Alliance at the county, state and national levels. She has served as county secretary, vice president and president. She has been involved with long term strategic planning at both the state and national levels. She served as MSMA Alliance President in 2017-2018. Heather has served as Director of the AMA Alliance for the past 2 years.

Along with being an active alliance member, Heather enjoys volunteering in her children's school. She had held many PTO board member positions over the past 5 years including school book fair coordinator, teacher appreciation week chairperson, secretary, treasurer and vice president. She served as President of the Advisory Board for the Oak Grove Middle School Show Choir and costume mistress in 2018-2019. In her spare time she enjoys reading and all sorts of craft projects and spoiling her cats.


Executive Director- Patricia H. Troy

Patricia Troy, CAE, is President of Next Wave Group, LLC, an association management firm, and has more than twenty years of experience as an association executive. Her clients include local, regional, state, national and international organizations. Next Wave Group has operated virtually since 2006.Ms. Troy holds a B.S. and a M.Ed. from Auburn University, a CASE degree from Loyola University in Baltimore, and is a graduate of the Institute of Organization Management. She is the author of Flex: The Virtual Office Advantage. Ms. Troy is also the ASAE Certified Association Executive.The recipient of numerous honors, Pat was named one of the “Top Ten Women in Business” by the American Business Women’s Association and has been one of “Maryland’s Top 100 Women” three times.  In 1980 she and three other educators co-founded an independent elementary school.Pat and her husband, Stephen, live in Arnold, near Annapolis, Maryland.