The Board of Directors of AFPPANP is here to listen. What are our members telling us? We are fortunate to have a board comprised of experienced practitioners with skills and knowledge from a variety of backgrounds, who are listening to the needs of our members.
President- Ken Korber, PA, DFAAPA
Ken Korber is a Physician Assistant, clinically trained in cardiology and vascular surgery. He is a certified Hypertension Clinical Specialist and was inducted as an AAPA Distinguished Fellow in 2016. He is published in the medical & surgical peer-reviewed literature since 1984, holds faculty appointments within several academic medical centers, and speaks on a variety of clinical and patient education topics at national, and international scientific venues. In addition to his clinical activities, Korber is a published children's book author and is the Chief Learning Officer at the Center for Functional Education & Leadership.
President- Elect- Dale James "Jamie" Bingham, MPAS, PA-C, MPH, NREMT-P
He started his PA journey in 2001 at the University of Utah after a long career as a paramedic in Los Angeles, California and Tulsa, Oklahoma and has spent the majority of his career serving the underserved in rural areas, towns, and ER’s in Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, and Utah. Jamie Earned a Masters of PA Studies, a post-graduate certificate in Health Care Administration, then an MPH. He was felled by the H1N1 flu during the near completion of his PHD studies in 2010, wherein he was studying, ironically, “Rural Health Clinics and Pandemic Flu Plans” and circumstances and finances have not allowed so far the completion of that, but it still remains a goal.
He has been married to his wife Lisa for 30 years and are the proud parents of 7 children, 3 boys and 4 girls. He is an avid musician and songwriter and has been since his youth and spends his downtime in his home studio or playing with various bands where he lives. He is also a fanatical sports fan and lives for college football season and the NFL.
Immediate Past-President- Colleen Cole DNP, MSN, MBA, APRN-BC
Colleen Cole DNP, MSN, MBA, APRN-BC is originally from Tennessee where she attended the University of Tennessee for her Undergraduate studies in nursing. She first entered healthcare in 1987, earning an Associate Degree in Nursing from East Tennessee State University. She returned to school earning a Baccalaureate of Science (2002) and later a Master of Science in Nursing (2004) from University of Tennessee Knoxville. She has worked in primary care as a family nurse practitioner, board certified.
Colleen continued to pursue further education by obtaining a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2010) and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (2012) from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Over the years, she has served as an adjunct faculty and preceptor to nurse practitioner students. In addition to her nursing career, Colleen obtained the credentials as a certified professional coder. In this role she evaluated practices for correct billing and coding as well as providing education assistance to providers on correct billing and coding per regulatory guidelines.
In 2015, Colleen opened her own family practice in the rural town of Sevierville, Tennessee. During this time, she had the opportunity to provide health care to individuals that were in underserved populations. In 2019, Colleen and her husband moved from Tennessee to Ohio. The medical practice was sold to a colleague who continued to build upon Colleen’s solid business model, serving the Sevier County community. In Ohio, Colleen has opened an allergy and asthma clinic for Mercy Healthcare. When asked what part of healthcare she likes best, she simply states “The time spent with patients.” In looking at her career path, she finds her role as a family practice provider offers her the opportunity to provide care to others across the age span and across chronic and acute medical conditions.
Colleen is married to her best friend- Cliff. They have four children, two dogs, and four ducks. She enjoys reading, research, hiking, and traveling. She loves traveling back to Tennessee to see her family and the mountains.
Treasurer Appointee- Lori Jo Slavick, PA-C
Lori Jo Slavick is a PA-C at Franklin Family Services. Ms. Slavick is a is a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy Physician Assistant Program. She is a Past President of the Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants. (AFPPA). Ms. Slavick was brought to Maryland with her new husband and had worked in the Maryland Prison for 5 years in general medicine and psychiatry.
Ms. Slavick had been working at St John Detroit Riverview Hospital, an underserved hospital in Detroit. She was Lead Physician Assistant for the practice of Leonard Ellison in Southfield, Michigan. Ms. Slavick feels compelled to help the indigent population because they are the ones in need of the most medical services. She has run numerous workshops on depression, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, computers, and thoroughly enjoys mentoring PA students. She was also speaker coordinator for the AFPPA conferences and has written grants for their funding
In 2002, she received the William Montgomery Community Service Award. In 2003, she lobbied with the Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants to make elected officials more aware of the PA profession and its positive contribution to the health care system.
She is married and has 2 sons. Her husband Stephen is supportive of all her endeavors.
Secretary Appointee- Robert S. Smith, MS, DHSc. PA-C, DFAAPA
Dr. Robert Smith, PA-C, lives in Lewisville, TX, and married to the of his love of his life Antoinette (Toni) for 41plus years, he has three grown daughters, seven grandchildren and two fur babies. He graduated from Denver East High School. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard and as a Yeomen and as a Hospital Corpsman / Health Service Technician, while in the service he completed undergraduate degree in science at the University of the State of New York, known today as Excelsior College, Albany New York. He attended PA School at the University of California, Davis FNP/PA program. He completed his Doctor of Health Science, from A.T. Still University Health Sciences, College of Graduate Health Studies, he has a Graduate Certificate in Education, from ATSU as well. Most recently he has completed a certification program at Cornell University in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Dr. Smith, PA-C, has been a pioneer PA in most positions he has held, and has worked with many organizations, American Academy of PA’s (AAPA), Nation Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA), PAs for Latino Health (PALH), Association of Family Practice PA’s & NP’s (AFPPANP), Texas Academy of PA’s (TAPA) and others at all levels from fellow to President. He is published and speaks for various organizations. He has an appointment as a Clinical Instructor for the University of North Texas PA program and is an Adjunct Clinical Instructor for University of Texas, Arlington, FNP program. He has provided health care most of his career to underserved communities and populations in rural and inner-city settings. He regularly precepts students in his clinic giving them an opportunity to learn how to provide care to the underserved communities of the DFW area in Texas.
PA Member at Large- Beth Buyea, PA-C
Beth Buyea has been a practicing PA since 2002. Her clinical focus has been in Family Medicine, adolescent care and most recently Primary Care. She currently serves as the Program Director for the Tufts University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program and continues to work as a PA for Brigham and Women’s Primary Care.
NP Member at Large - Sarah Maria Owens, FNP
Sarah Owens works as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Emergency Medicine. She has been an FNP for 2 years, and worked as an ED RN for 18 years. Sarah has worked in a variety of settings - remote critical access medical facilities, Level 1 Trauma centers, ICU, flight nurse and as an active duty Navy Hospital Corpsman. She is a wife and mother to three boys, and believes that working together as advanced practice providers; we will continue to change how medicine is provided to our patients and communities.
NP Social Media Coordinator- Tracey Campbell, FNP-BC
A board-certified family nurse practitioner since 2011 with experience in family medicine. Tracey's career took an unforeseen path in 2017 when she came to learn about Marathon Health, who focuses their care primarily on reducing risk and disease burden through health coaching and prevention. Currently, the Clinical Education Manager for Maeathon Health while still providing care to corporate employees. She leads and participates in many company-wide initiatives, including a focus on cancer prevention, patient navigation, and social determinants of health.
NP Student Representative- Whitely Cole
Young Leadership Chairman- Lori Markowitz Slavick
Association Manager- Monique Ochoa, CMP
Monique has a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism from the University of New Orleans. She has over 20 years experience in the hospitality industry including festival management, conferences, hotel sales, event fund raising, destination management, non profit events, grant writing and event marketing. Monique concentrates on client relationships, conference planning, meeting management, event fundraising, marketing and vision for our clients. She is the founder and owner of Plan-it-Satisfaction. Visit her site here for more information.