Board of Directors

Judy Chang, MD, MPH; VP of Research

Judy Chang, MD, MPH
Judy Chang, MD, MPH

University of Pittsburgh
3380 Boulevard of the Allies, Suite 328
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-641-6085

Judy Chang, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences with a secondary appointment in the Division of General Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. She is also an investigator at the Magee-Women’s Research Institute and core faculty member in the Center for Research in Health Care and Center for Women’s Health Research and Innovation. She also serves as an Assistant Dean of Medical Student Research. After completing her undergraduate studies in the Plan II Honors Liberal Arts program at the University of Texas in Austin, Judy obtained her medical training at Baylor College of Medicine and completed residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. She then went on to obtain training in health services research and public health leadership in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Her early research focused primarily on understanding intimate partner violence (IPV) and how health care providers can help women experiencing IPV. Through this qualitative work, she found that women described the potential power of patient-provider communication as a source of support, motivation, empowerment and validation. Judy then expanded her research expertise to focus on patient-provider communication in women’s health, particularly in obstetric care. Her more recent research has examined a variety of topics within obstetric care communication including screening and counseling regarding substance use, addressing mental health concerns, breastfeeding counseling, and examining the impact of electronic medical records on patient-provider communication.

Judy is also a dedicated educator. She co-facilitates communication workshops for obstetrics and gynecology residents that teach skills such as Ask-Tell-Ask, delivering bad news, and dealing with patient emotions; co-facilitates Balint groups for obstetrics and gynecology residents; and leads workshops for medical students focusing on communication strategies to address and respond to intimate partner violence among female patients. Her contributions have been recognized with numerous teaching and mentoring awards. 
Raymond Curry, MD, FACP, FACH; Treasurer
Raymond Curry

Raymond Curry, MD, FACP, FACH
Senior Associate Dean for Educational Affairs
University of Illinois College of Medicine
1853 W Polk Street (MC 784)
Chicago, IL
Phone: 312-996-1200

Raymond H. Curry, MD, FACP, FACH is Senior Associate Dean for Educational Affairs at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, and Professor of Clinical Medicine and Medical Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. As chief academic officer for one of the nation’s largest medical schools, he oversees educational programs across the school’s four campuses in Chicago, Peoria, Rockford, and Urbana.

A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Dr. Curry is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.  He completed internal medicine residency at Northwestern University/McGaw Medical Center in 1985, and then joined the Northwestern faculty. From 1998-2014 he served as vice dean for education at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Dr. Curry is a charter member of AACH, having first joined as a member of the Task Force on Doctor and Patient of the Society of General Internal Medicine in 1986. He served on the Research Committee from 1998-2000, and as host and planning committee member for regional faculty development courses, the annual research forum, and the 2005 and 2011 International Conferences on Communication in Healthcare. He is also active in the Society of General Internal Medicine and the American College of Physicians, and has been a regular accreditation site reviewer for the Liaison Committee on Medical Education for over twenty years. Locally, he serves on two non-profit organization boards, for the Provident Foundation and the Chicago Area Albert Schweitzer Fellowships.  

Dr. Curry is married to Dr. Kristi Kirschner, a physician at the Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital and Chief Medical Officer for the Community Care Alliance of Illinois. They live with their two sons in the Hyde Park neighborhood on the South side of Chicago.


Denise Davis, MD, FACH; VP of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Denise Davis

Denise Davis, MD, FACH
University of California, San Francisco
General Internist and Clinical Professor of Medicine
4150 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121
Phone: 415.221.4810 

Denise L. Davis is a general internist, Clinical Professor of Medicine at University of California San Francisco and she serves as Associate Director for Faculty Development for the San Francisco VA Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education. Dr. Davis teaches faculty development workshops locally and nationally on communication skills, including ground breaking workshops for the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare on opening discussions about race in clinical settings and facilitating small groups with cultural humility. She has conducted focus groups with African American patients about health and doctor-patient communication, the results of which inform her teaching. Dr. Davis consults and teaches for medical groups including Florida Hospital Orlando, Colon Rectal Surgery Associates Limited in Minneapolis, Fairview Medical Group of Minneapolis, San Mateo Medical Center, San Mateo California and Franciscan Medical Group in Tacoma Washington on topics including improving doctor-patient communication, obtaining informed consent, negotiating cultural differences in clinical relationships, disclosing medical errors and giving effective feedback. Dr. Davis is a past recipient of the prestigious Kaiser Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching for her work with students at UCSF School of Medicine and was recognized by the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators as an outstanding teacher in 2013. Dr. Davis was elected to the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators in 2015.

Dr. Davis piloted “Mentoring Across Differences,” a 3 hour faculty development training designed to improve the skills and confidence of faculty mentors in building relationships with minority learners at the for San Francisco VA. She also co-facilitated and helped design a well-received longitudinal “Faculty Peer Consultation Group on Race, Ethnicity and Power” for UCSF faculty. Dr. Davis is also lead faculty for the “Differences Matter Orientation” a 3 day intensive on communication skills for diversity and inclusion designed to help incoming first year UCSF medical students understand and participate fully in the school of medicine’s culture of equity. Dr. Davis also serves as specialist for minority medical students through the UCSF Student Experience Team.

Pamela Duke, MD, FACH; Member at Large

Pamela Duke

Pamela Duke, MD, FACH
Drexel University College of Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine
2900 West Queen Ln
Philadelphia, PA 19129
Phone: 215.762.5037 

Pam Duke, MD, FACH is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine, and a practicing internist at Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia with an interest in geriatrics and urban medicine. She is currently the course director for the first-year integrated yearlong medical student doctoring course teaching: communication skills, bioethics, behavioral health and physical exam skills.  In addition, she is course director for a third-year medical student professionalism course at Drexel University College of Medicine where third year students explore issues of the hidden curriculum in faculty led small groups. She has been involved in teaching medical students and residents since graduating from University Connecticut School of Medicine. She contributed a chapter in the Academy of Communication in Healthcare book, Communication Rx, on the “Communication Skill Set and the Electronic Medical Record” and has co-authored a pathophysiology textbook entitled Med-Maps for Pathophysiology.  She worked with the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Choosing Wisely Campaign creating communication videos to help health providers talk about cost of care issues.  She is an active faculty member of the Academy of Communication in Healthcare, doing workshops on use of the electronic medical record in patient-physician communication and improving physician patient engagement. Pam’s research interest has been in integrating the EHR into medical practice and professional formation of medical students. She is presently working on a ACH co-sponsored project creating on line education modules supporting professional growth in healthcare learners.


Michael Farrell, MD, FACH; Member at Large

Michael Farrell

Michael Farrell, MD, FACH
Mayo Clinic Rochester
Senior Associate Consultant
200 First Street SW
Rochester, MN 55905
Phone: 507.284.3373 

Mike Farrell, MD, FACH has been a member of ACH since 2003. He is Associate Research Director for Aurora University of Wisconsin Medical Group, in Milwaukee. After graduating from UW Madison with emphases in psychology and molecular biology, Dr. Farrell attended medical school at St. Louis University and a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is a graduate of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program (also at Ann Arbor) and the Bioethics certificate program at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Dr. Farrell’s main professional focus is the system-scale assessment and improvement of provider communication. He has also had NIH and foundation funding to work on communication processes and outcomes after newborn genetic screening, and prior to adult screening for prostate and breast cancer. He is active in the newborn screening community, and has been an enthusiastic and frequent mentor for scholarly activities by students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty. He was on the editorial board for Medical Encounter for several years, and is currently on the boards for Patient Education and Counseling and Aurora’s in-house journal, the Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews. He was active in several ACH meetings, and course-directed the 2010 Forum. Clinically, Dr. Farrell calls himself a “bleeding heart generalist” in primary care, and he also has experience with special-needs adults and young adults with chronic health conditions. He also was a leader in the effort to develop what may have been the world’s first genomic medicine clinic for adults, which was then based at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Dr. Farrell lives in the Milwaukee area with his former high school sweetheart (and frequent ACH socialite) Laura Farrell. They have two children in college, and one in high school. He enjoys reading, hiking, architectural photography, living vicariously through his kids, and traveling to profound and/or offbeat destinations.


Meg Gaines, JD, LLM; Member at Large

Meg Gaines
Meg Gaines, JD, LLM
University of Wisconsin Law School
975 Bascom Mall
4312B Law
Madison, WI 53705
Phone: 608-890-4467


Martha E. “Meg” Gaines, JD, LLM founded and directs the interdisciplinary Center for Patient Partnerships at the University of Wisconsin. The Center’s mission is to engender effective partnerships among people seeking health care, people providing health care, and people making policies that guide the health care system. The Center trains future professionals of medicine, nursing, law, health systems, industrial engineering, pharmacy and other disciplines together to provide advocacy services to patients with life-threatening and serious chronic illnesses in a transdisciplinary environment.

Ms. Gaines’ work focuses on consumer engagement and empowerment in health care reform where she has been privileged to collaborate with the Josiah Macy Jr Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the National Cancer Institute among others.  She serves on the National Cancer Research Advocates of the NCI, recently co-chaired the Josiah Macy Jr Foundation annual conference on engaging patients in linking health care and health professional education reform, and co-authored the conference paper for the joint Arnold P. Gold & Schwartz Foundations conference on advancing compassionate, collaborative care.  Her publications include “Engaging Patients at the Front Lines of Primary Care Redesign: Operational Lessons for an Effective Program,” “Alchemy: Medical Mediation at Its Best,” “A Social Compact For Advancing Team-Based High-Value Health Care,” and “Medical Professionalism from the Patient’s Perspective: Is There an Advocate in the House?”

Distinguished Clinical Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, Ms. Gaines teaches courses related to consumer issues in health care, health care advocacy, health care reform, and patient-centered care to graduate students from law, medicine, public health, nursing, pharmacy, genetic counseling and others. Ms. Gaines earned her bachelor’s degree at Vassar College and holds Juris Doctorate and Master of Law degrees from the University of Wisconsin Law School. She is a long term survivor of metastatic ovarian cancer.

Timothy Gilligan, MD, MS; Member at Large

Timothy Gilligan

Timothy Gilligan, MD, MS
Cleveland Clinic
Taussig Cancer Institute
9500 Euclid Ave, CA-60
Phone: (216) 444-0391

Dr. Timothy Gilligan is a medical oncologist, Vice-Chair for Education, and Associate Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute. Previously, he served as the hematology/oncology fellowship program director for ten years. Dr. Gilligan served on the leadership team that developed and launched the Cleveland Clinic Center for Excellence in Healthcare Communication, which has trained over 7000 clinicians in a one-day small-group experiential communication skills course. Together with Dr. Adrienne Boissy, he co-edited the book Communication the Cleveland Clinic Way. He has published numerous essays on healthcare communication in the New York Times, the Journal of Clinical Oncology and on the healthcare blog https://Cura.Space.

At Cleveland Clinic and other hospitals and at national and international conferences, he teaches communication skills, team-building, and coaching, and trains others to teach communication skills. Dr. Gilligan works on quality of care and clinical practice guidelines with the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the National Cancer Institute. He helped develop and serves on the faculty and steering committee of the ASCO Quality Training Program, and co-chaired the ASCO panel that wrote the society’s guideline on patient-clinician communication. Dr. Gilligan is an internationally recognized expert in testis cancer. He has contributed to a range of national and international guidelines on the disease and currently chairs the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Testis Cancer panel. He has co-authored numerous review articles, textbook chapters and Up-To-Date sections on testis cancer.

Dr. Gilligan graduated from Swarthmore College, Stanford University School of Medicine and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He trained in internal medicine and medical oncology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He completed the Academy on Communication in Healthcare three-year faculty training program and is a member of their faculty.        

Krista Hirschmann, PhD, FACH; VP of External Education

Krista Hirschmann

Krista Hirschmann, PhD, FACH
Flinders University’s
U.S. liaison and Master Trainer
Phone: 610.597.3872

Krista joined the ACH in 2003 after calling into a radio talk show and speaking with Dennis Novack. (Ask her about it sometime!) Since then, her ACH activity includes completing the FIT Program, serving as FIT Co-Director, a Board member, VP of Education, and a Guide. She is also a Fellow with the ACH. Krista has a Ph.D. in Communication with an emphasis on interpersonal and organizational issues in healthcare. She worked as a college professor for several years in the Penn State system before moving to healthcare full-time, and spent the next 14 years at an academic community hospital where she led physician faculty development programs, introduced Schwartz Rounds, worked with the ABIM, helped to establish and served as Faculty for a Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship, and established a team of Practice Coaches to facilitate a patient-centered medical home transformation project.

Currently, she is contributing to the ACH’s external education projects and serving as the U.S. liaison and Master Trainer for Flinders University’s Chronic Condition Self-Management Program. She is also co-author for Communication Rx’s chapter on “Patient Engagement and Motivational Interviewing” and a certified professional in Relational Coordination.

Krista lives in semi-rural Pennsylvania with her partner, Kevin, a family physician, and their 3 children Kelsey, Carter, and Eleanor, and their Golden Absconder of socks, Sydney. When she is not running to soccer or hockey practices and games, she enjoys listening to podcasts, reading historical fiction and biographies, and most things outdoors.

Orit Karnieli-Miller, PhD; Member at Large

Orit Karnieli-Miller

Orit Karnieli-Miller, PhD
Tel Aviv University
Haemek 18 a
Kiriat Tivon, Israel 36082P
hone: +972-502060619

Dr. Orit Karnieli-Miller is the Head of the Department of Medical Education at Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel.  She received her PhD in Social Work from the University of Haifa in Israel with specialty in communication in healthcare.  She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Regenstrief Institute at Indiana University School of Medicine focusing on professionalism and humanism in healthcare. 

Throughout her academic career, Dr. Karnieli-Miller has focused on the complex communication challenges of diagnostic disclosure ("breaking bad news”), multi-participant conversations (patient-physician-companion), shared decision-making in medical practice, reflective practice and professionalism in medical school training.  Her early work included qualitative research studies on adolescents coping with chronic illness, Alzheimer’s disease and mental health.  Within each of these studies she has explored the experiences and perspectives of all participants involved in healthcare interactions and examined the actual communication practices used. These findings have provided unique insights into the dynamics of triadic medical encounters and the needs of patients, family members, medical students and healthcare professionals. Her studies with Dr.  Frankel & Dr. Inui from Indiana University about medical students narratives provided in-depth understanding of medical students’ experiences of their "hidden curriculum”.  Dr. Karnieli-Miller has been awarded numerous significant research grants and has published widely in leading peer-reviewed journals within the field of Medical Education and communication in healthcare.  Dr. Karnieli-Miller lives in Israel with her husband Lior and her three children, Danielle, Ayal and Alon.



Kara Myers, CNM, MS, FACH; President

Kara Myers

Kara Myers, CNM, MS, FACH
University of California San Francisco; Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
1001 Potrero Avenue, Room 6D-29
San Francisco, CA 94110-3518
Phone: (415) 206-3661

Kara Myers, CNM, MS, FACH, has been practicing nurse-midwifery since 2000, when she completed graduate training at UCSF.  She is currently Clinical Professor in the UCSF Department of OB, Gyn, and Reproductive Sciences. Her clinical practice sites are Zuckerberg San Francisco General (ZSFG) and Mission Neighborhood Health Center.  Additionally, she serves as a member of the leadership council for the nurse-midwifery faculty practice at ZSFG.

Kara co-directs the Relationship Centered Communication program at ZSFG and was a founding co-director of the Relationship Centered Communication Facilitators program for the Academy of Communication in Healthcare (ACH). Within the UCSF community and nationally, as faculty of ACH, she regularly facilitates workshops in relationship centered communication, conflict, and feedback. In collaboration with colleagues, she has designed and implemented workshops focusing on the application of relationship centered communication to the promotion of equity in health care and health professions education.





Nynikka Palmer, DrPH, MPH; Expert in Communication Research to Promote Health Equity

Nynikka Palmer

Nynikka Palmer, DrPH, MPH
University of California, San Francisco
Assistant Professor
1001 Potrero Ave. UCSF Box 1364
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: 415.206.4334

Nynikka Palmer, DrPH, MPH is an Assistant Professor at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, with secondary appointments in the Departments of Urology and Radiation Oncology. Her research program focuses on unraveling multilevel mechanisms of cancer disparities – particularly inequities in quality of care among African American men with prostate cancer, cultural influence, patient-centered communication, and strategies to enhance delivery of high-quality cancer care. She currently has a National Cancer Institute K01 career development award to bridge the divide between low-income African American men and equal prostate cancer treatment by anchoring the evidence-based intervention of peer navigation in the relational concept of African American brotherhood as a means to foster trust and empowerment, and optimize patient-centered communication and quality of care. She is also quantitatively examining the communication patterns between newly diagnosed African American prostate cancer patients and their providers in the context of treatment decision-making and patient-centered communication, using the Roter Interaction Analysis System. Additionally, she has established a support group for African American men facing prostate cancer to promote survivorship and empowerment, which has been thriving since September 2014. She is also co-leader of the Prostate Cancer Task Force of the San Francisco Cancer Initiative (SF CAN) – a city-wide initiative to eliminate prostate cancer disparities through community outreach and education, targeted early detection and appropriate follow-up of aggressive disease, navigation and support services, and institutional partnerships that ensure high-quality care across healthcare institutions.        

Craig Roth, MD, FACP; VP Internal Education

Craig Roth
Craig Roth, MD, FACP
Minneapolis VA Health Care System
1 Veterans Drive
Minneapolis, MN 55417
Phone: 612-725-2158
Craig Roth, MD practices general internal medicine and geriatrics at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He teaches clinician-patient communication skills, and interprofessional collaborative practice skills to medical students and residents, and is Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He is a faculty member in the Academy of Communication in Healthcare (ACH), a former director of their faculty training fellowship program, and the Vice President for Internal Education. He has participated in research related to physical diagnosis, outpatient education, teaching communication skills, and health disparities. He is married to a physician, a proud parent, and always grateful for opportunities to experience nature, bike to work, pull weeds in the garden, or spend time with close friends and family. 

Russell L. Rothman, MD, MPP; Past-President

Russell Rothman

Russell Rothman, MD, MPP
Director, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Suite 6000 MCE  
Vanderbilt Ctr for Health Services Research
Nashville, TN 37232
Phone: 615.936.2149

Russell Rothman, MD, MPP is a Professor of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Health Policy, Ingram Professor of Integrative and Population Health, and the Vice President for Population Health Research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He also serves as the Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Health Services Research and Chief of the Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Section. Dr. Rothman's current research focuses on improving care for adult and pediatric patients with diabetes, obesity and other chronic diseases. His research has focused on addressing health communication, health literacy/numeracy, and other social and behavior factors to improve health. As Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Health Services Research, Dr. Rothman oversees a Center that engages over 160 faculty across the University engaged in research related to health services research, implementation science, behavioral research, health disparities research, quality improvement research and other areas aimed at improving health outcomes. He has been the Principal Investigator on over $45 million in extramural funding and has authored over 130 manuscripts. He is currently the Principal Investigator of the PCORI funded Mid-South Clinical Data Research Network which engages over 50 hospitals and 1,000’s of ambulatory practices reaching patients across the nation. He is also Principal Investigator of the CMS funded Mid-South Practice Transformation Network which is engaging 4,000 clinicians in quality improvement. Dr. Rothman also serves as Chair of the PCORI PCORnet Executive Steering Committee which oversees the implementation of a national network to support comparative effectiveness research and pragmatic clinical trials, with over $300 million dollars committed from PCORI to date. Dr. Rothman serves as the Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the ADAPTABLE study, a pragmatic clinical trial enrolling 15,000 patients to evaluate the optimal dose of aspirin in secondary prevention of heart disease. Dr. Rothman previous served as the Vice President for Research for ACH, and was the Co-Chair of the 2015 International Conference for Communication in Healthcare (ICCH). He is currently  the President-elect of the ACH, and will serve as President in 2018.

Evelyn van Weel-Baumgarten, MD, PhD, EACH Past President

Evelyn van Weel-Baumgarten has been a general practitioner for over 30 years and until a few years ago combined clinical work with teaching and research at the Department of Primary and Community Care at the Radboud university medical center in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

She became involved in developing and teaching of communication skills in 1987 and has been the coordinator of the clinical communication skills program at the medical school until her retirement in 2016. The current Nijmegen curriculum, in which she still teaches, contains a longitudinal integrated program in clinical communication that spans over the full 6 years of undergraduate training. It contains many experiential training sessions with simulated patients for which she developed a quality assurance programme.

She started research in 1995 and defended a thesis on the long term follow-up of depression in primary care, acquiring a PhD in 2000 and was appointed associate professor in 2004. She has written many peer reviewed papers, book chapters, training manuals and programs for various health care professionals on depression, problem solving treatment, and a variety of communication skills related topics. After retirement she continues to supervise PhD students and she is a member of rEACH, the research sub-committee of EACH.

She is also still involved in facilitating in tEACH- and other courses. Her focus is currently on developing and facilitating integrated and contextualized courses which are meant to bridge the gap between teaching and clinical practice.

Lauren Waski, RN; Student/Professional Trainee

Lauren Waski

Yale School of Nursing
400 West Campus Drive
Orange, CT 06477

Lauren Waski, RN, is an APRN student at Yale University. She works as an RN at Yale Health and co-leads Yale’s chapter of Nurses for Sexual and Reproductive Health. Prior to her career in nursing, Lauren worked with folks experiencing sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Her professional interests include reproductive justice and enhancing patient-provider communication. Lauren lives in New Haven, CT and enjoys all things outdoors. She will graduate in 2019 as a Family Nurse Practitioner.



Bronwyn Wilson, MD, MPH, MS Education; Member at Large

Bronwyn Wilson

University of New Mexico
Senior Associate Dean Professor, Internal Medicine
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
Phone: 505.272.8268

Bronwyn Wilson, MD, MS Ed, MPH, is the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Career Development at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine (UNM SOM). She is Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine. The year after finishing her undergraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania (U Penn), she got her Master’s degree in Educational Linguistics there, and then taught English as a Second Language for five years before entering U Penn Medical School. She also has a Master of Public Health from the University of Washington. Her academic interests have been in teaching and assessing communication skills, health literacy, and faculty career development and mentorship. She joined the SOM Office of Faculty Affairs and Career Development in 2008 and has been the Senior Associate Dean of that office since July 2012. In this role she oversees all aspects of faculty life from recruitment through promotion to retirement. She also sees primary care patients at one of the University Family Health clinics and has special interest and expertise in Health Literacy, Cross-Cultural Communication and Inter-professional Education and Practice. She is fluent in Spanish. Nationally, she has been a faculty member of the Academy on Communication in Healthcare (ACH) since 2006. She facilitates workshops, participates in train-the–trainer programs, and is an active mentor for the ACH facilitator-in-training program. She lives in New Mexico with her husband Dr. Kurt Nolte, UNM SOM faculty member in Pathology, and has two grown daughters. She is a founding member of the UNM Health Sciences Center Orchestra, composed of students, staff, faculty and community members who perform 4 concerts a year.


Laura Singler, CAE; Executive Director

Laura Singler

Academy of Communication in Healthcare
AMR Management Services
201 E. Main St., Suite 1405
Lexington, KY 40507
Phone: 859.514.9214
Fax: 859.514.9166

Laura Singler, CAE, joined ACH as Executive Director in August 2014.  Laura has worked with a wide variety of associations in her career including the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, Inc. (COSLA), the Bluegrass Hospitality Association (BHA) and the Nursing Organizations Alliance (The Alliance).  She began her career in the non-profit sector as a community director with the March of Dimes.  Prior to her work with the March of Dimes, she worked in the public relations department at the University of Kentucky main campus and Medical Center. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Integrated Strategic Communication.  In 2012 Laura achieved the foremost certification of the association management industry, earning the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential.

Carli Zegers, PhD, FNP-BC; Member at Large

Carli Zegers

University of Nebraska Medical Center
985330 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198
Phone: 402.208.5896

Carli Zegers is currently a full-time doctoral candidate, concurrently working to obtain both her Ph.D. and Family Nurse Practitioner degrees at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Her Ph.D. is in nursing with an emphasis in health literacy, self-management strategies, and underserved populations. Carli obtained her Bachelor in Exercise Science and Bachelor in Nursing from Creighton University. Carli was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing scholar and has participated in many leadership activities, including the Markoe Leadership program. In efforts to increase diversity in the nursing field, Carli founded the Nebraska Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses and the Diverse Nurse Federation in Nebraska. She now serves on the National Board of Directors for NAHN. She has been an active participant in policy and she is currently the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Advocacy Liaison for Nebraska. Carli has been recognized for her commitment to her community and institution with many honors including the Nebraska Action Coalition 40 Under 40 Award, UNMC Student Senate Student Impact Award, OrthoNebraska Living Legacy Scholarship, and the UNMC New Inventor Award. Most recently she has received the prestigious Johnson & Johnson and American Academy of Colleges of Nursing Minority Faculty Training Scholarship. Carli is committed to improving health of underserved and diverse populations and communities through nursing practice, health policy, and leadership.

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