Board of Directors

Your Executive Committee


President

Lisa Sullivan (Australia)
In Vivo Communications


President-Elect

Dale Kummerle, PharmD (USA)

Director, Medical Education

Bristol-Myers Squibb


Treasurer
Gretchen Keefer (USA)
Study Coordinator
OPTImize

Secretary
Celine Carrera (France)
European Heart House
European Society of Cardiology

Membership Committee Chair
Pam McFadden, FACEHP (USA)
University of North Texas State Health Science Center

Communications Committee Chair

Dale Kummerle, PharmD (USA)

Director - Medical Education

Bristol-Myers Squibb


Meetings/Education Committee Chair

Jann Balmer, RN, PhD (USA)
Office of Continuing Medical Education
University of Virginia School of Medicine

Nominating Committee Chair
Celine Carrera (France)
European Heart House
European Society of Cardiology

Your Board of Directors


Gita Ashok Raj (UAE)
Gulf Medical University

Sherlyn Celone-Arnold (USA)
President and Cheif Learning Officer
Integrated Learning Partners

Dave Davis, MD, CCFP, FCFP, FRCPC (hon) (Canada)
Senior Director, Continuing Education and Performance Institute
Association of American Colleges

Dr. Zhimin Jia (China)
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Southern Medical University

Thomas Kellner (Germany)

Director - Medical Education 

UCB Pharmaceuticals

Alvaro Margolis, MD, MS (Uruguay)
President and CEO
EviMed Corp

Lewis Miller, MS, CCMEP (Emeritus) (USA)
Principal
WentzMiller Global Services


Eugene Pozniak (UK)
Managing Director, Siyemi Learning
Programme Director, European CME Forum

Trudie E. Roberts, PhD, FRCP, FHEA (UK)
Director, Leeds Institute of Medical Education
President, Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE)

Vaibhav Srivastava (India)

Director

Insignia Communications Pvt Ltd.



Here are the biographies for our current Board of Directors


Lewis Miller, MS, CHCP


Lew Miller, emeritus board member, is founder of GAME and of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions. He was recipient this year of the newly designated MIllerWentz Lifetime Achievement Award of the Alliance. As cofounder of WentzMiller Global Services, he consults with medical specialty societies, medical education companies and pharmaceutical companies in North America, Europe and Asia. Previously, he collaborated with the division of CME at U Penn School of Medicine to design and produce a web-based CME series for primary care physicians, their staffs and their patients to improve care of patients with or at high risk of chronic diseases. Earlier in his history, he founded and edited Patient Care, a clinical journal for primary care physicians that was published successfully in the US, Latin America, Europe and Australia/New Zealand. He also created and marketed a line of medical record systems designed to reduce errors of omission and commission in maternal/newborn care and primary care office practice. He holds degrees from Princeton and Columbia Universities.


Dale R. Kummerle, Pharm.D.



Dr. Dale Kummerle is a Pharmacist and has been involved in education his entire career, from his time as a NovaSoutheastern University Assistant professor, to educating Healthcare professionals and Patients as a Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) Medical Science Liaison, to his current role as BMS Department Lead for Medical Education.  He has 4 years of international business experience in Europe and the Middle East, building and managing a team of medical scientists across 14 countries.  Dale’s lifelong passion for learning and teaching has provided him with opportunities to lecture internationally, including North America, Europe, China, and Japan, and including presentations at CBI, EU CME Forum, The Alliance for Continuing Education of Healthcare Professionals and the Global Alliance for Medical Education conferences.


During Dale's career, he has gravitated towards professional association involvement, including a national position with the American Pharmaceutical Association, Committee participation with the Florida Pharmacists Association, president of the Broward County Pharmacists Association, and now as President-elect of the Global Alliance for Medical Education.


Lisa Sullivan, BBus (Marketing); MPhil


A veteran of the global pharmaceutical and medical communications industry, Lisa Sullivan is the founder and Group Managing Director of In Vivo Communications, an Australasian medical communications agency established in Sydney in 1996 and Singapore in 1999. In 2014, Lisa established In Vivo Academy Limited, an Australian registered not-for-profit education charity dedicated to the development and deployment of independent, accredited education across the Australasian region.


With more than 30 years of direct industry experience, Lisa has fostered and galvanized her reputation as a senior executive with proven leadership credentials and strategic insight. She is accredited by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners as a provider of Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development (QI&CPD), where she has been instrumental in the development and delivery of numerous accredited programmes to Australian GPs, nurses and pharmacists both face to face and online.


While continuing to work across an enormous geographical area, Lisa has recently defended her Masters of Philosophy at the University of Queensland, Australia, evaluating the effectiveness of online, face-to-face and blended learning in the delivery of CME/CPD to health care professionals



Sherlyn Celone-Arnold


Sherlyn Celone-Arnold is President of Integrated Learning Partners, LLC., and has had a 22-year career in healthcare. In August 2009, Sherlyn founded Integrated Learning Partners (ILP), a boutique consulting firm that specializes in quality improvement.  coaching; continuing medical education strategy, research, and programming; patient education and engagement; eLearning solutions; and management consulting.  Sherlyn has hands-on experience leading the design and implementation of system-wide quality and performance improvement initiatives that positively impact practice transformation. She also is responsible for leading collaborative teams and directing enterprise-wide knowledge and customer relationship management solutions for major pharmaceutical throughout the US.

She has worked in the United States and internationally, holding senior management positions with major pharmaceutical and medical education companies, as well as with specialty medical centers. She has also provided consulting services to these organizations and specialty medical societies. Within Pharma, Sherlyn honed her skill working in Corporate Communications, Marketing, Medical Affairs, Clinical Communications, and Strategic Operations divisions, and has excelled in management tracks at Bayer Pharmaceuticals, Purdue Pharma, and Boehringer Ingelheim.  A seasoned leader and strategic thinker, she has pioneered innovative education solutions for providers and patients in the US, Europe, and Asia.  Sherlyn obtained a BA in Business Management and Marketing from Mercyhurst University.



Eugene Pozniak


Eugene is currently based in Manchester, United Kingdom, and is Managing Director & CEO of Siyemi Learning, the first non-US ACCME-accredited provider.  He is also the Programme Director for the European CME Forum. Following his degree in Chemistry, Eugene spent 12 years working in a variety of positions in the pharmaceutical industry, advertising, and medical communications agencies. He left the promotional sector for good in 2000, and has been working since then exclusively in CME.  He initially devised and delivered e-learning for the European Society of Cardiology (with “ESCed” being the first CME accredited e-learning platform in Europe) and the Federation of European Cancer Societies (FECS – now the European CanCer Organisation, ECCO).  He was Director of Global CME (ex-US) at Wolters Kluwer Health, before setting up Siyemi Learning in 2006, and a year later the European CME Forum, a not-for-profit organisation which brings together key stakeholders in CME-CPD. Eugene is a Founding Member of the Good CME Practice group, serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of European CME (JECME) and the Board of the Global Alliance for Medical Education (GAME).



Jann Torrance Balmer RN PhD



Dr. Balmer was appointed as the first full-time Director for Continuing Medical Education (CME) of the University of Virginia School of Medicine in December 1990. Under her leadership, the Office of CME demonstrated significant growth in meeting the educational needs of physicians and other healthcare professionals. She holds faculty appointments in the School of Medicine and Nursing and has provided strategic direction in the creation of the School of Nursing CE Program.


Jann served as the President, Past President and Board Member of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions from 2005 -2012.  Dr. Balmer also serves on the Board of Directors for the Global Alliance for CME, and as the Chair of the Program committee.  She currently serves as the Chair of the Commission for Accreditation for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She represented the Alliance as a Co-Chairman for the 1st China International Conference on Continuing Medical Education.  She also serves as a speaker at the Annual Meeting of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions, The Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) and other continuing meetings such as the CME Industry Task Force Meeting, the CME Congress and other selected organizations. 


Dr. Balmer was actively involved as a volunteer for the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education from 1993-2005. She served on the Accreditation Review Committee from 1994-2000, serving as vice chair in 1998, and chair in 1999 and 2000. Dr. Balmer was named the 2003 Willard M. Duff, PhD Award for exemplary and long-term service to the ACCME and also awarded the Robert Raszkowski MD PhD ACCME Hero Award in 2007.

 

Jann holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh, Master of Science in child health nursing from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

Prior to accepting her present position, Dr. Balmer served as Nurse Clinician, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, University of Virginia Department of Pediatrics (1985-90); Staff Nurse, Pediatric Unit, University of Virginia Medical Center (1984-85); and Assistant Professor of Nursing Undergraduate Program University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing (1980-83).



Professor Trudie E Roberts BSc, MBChB, PhD, FRCP(Lond), FRCPGlas, FHEA, HonFAoME, FAMEE, NTF – Director of Medical Education (University of Leeds)



Professor Trudie Roberts is responsible for leadership and scholarship in medical education in the University of Leeds and internationally with the Association for the Study of Medical Education in Europe. Professor Roberts graduated from Manchester with a degree in Medicine and a BSc in Anatomy. She undertook her early medical training in Manchester and subsequent research in Manchester and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. In 1995 she was appointed Senior Lecturer in Transplant Immunology at the University of Manchester. In 2000 she was appointed Professor of Medical Education at the University of Leeds. Professor Roberts was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2006. In 2009 she was appointed Director of the Leeds Institute of Medical Education. Professor Roberts was a council member of the General Medical Council from 2009 until 2012 and Chair of the Association for the Study of Medical Education until July 2013. She was a council member and Censor for the Royal College of Physicians of London until 2015. In September 2013 she took over as President of the Association for Medical Education in Europe. Professor Roberts was awarded the 2017 Asia Pacific Conference MILES Award for her contributions to medical education and academic medicine. Professor Roberts’ main research interests and expertise are in the areas of assessment of competence, professionalism, and transitions in training and education.



Zhimin Jia, M.B.B.S, M.D. PhD



Zhimin Jia is the co-founder of the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Southern Medical University (SMU), which is a key medical university in China.  Dr. Jia is a trained clinical physician and now is the deputy dean of the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences of SMU.  He is very knowledgable on medical education and also an excellent practitioner, who has won the First Prize of Excellent Teaching Achievements and the First Prize of Teaching Administration Excellence of SMU respectively.  More prominently, he has accumulated abundant international education experiences at the University of Tokyo as a Sasakawa Fellow in 2007, and in Philadelphia as a FAIMER INSTITUTE fellow in 2010, etc.  With his continuous effort, a pioneer international joint program, the SMU-FAIMER Regional Institute, has been successfully founded at SMU to enhance international medical education in Southeast Asia and all around China, with the aim to improve continuing professional development (CPD) in a more international context. As Deputy Director of Committee of Pharmacy Administration of Guangdong Province, Standing Committee Member of Teaching Committee for Overseas Medical Students, Chinese Pharmacological Society, and also member of Chinese Pharmacological Society, Jia is always quite active in the field of drug development and pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, keeping relatively strong connections with some pharmacy industries, and overseeing several curriculum for pharmacy students.  By joining GAME, Dr. Jia is very pleased to hone his international abilities and infuse more global elements into his health education practice.



Alvaro Margolis, MD, MS



Dr. Margolis is an internist from Uruguay with a Master's degree in Biomedical Informatics from the University of Utah (USA). He has held academic positions in Internal Medicine, in Continuing Medical Education and in Biomedical Informatics at the Schools of Medicine and Engineering, Universidad de la República, Uruguay.



Dr. Margolis is Board Member of the Global Alliance for Medical Education (GAME), Associate Editor of Applied Clinical Informatics, an official IMIA Journal, Member of the Advisory Committee of 2016 CME Congress (California, USA). He has been Vice President for Medinfos of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA), President of the Federation of Health Informatics Societies in Latin America and the Caribbean, and Vice-President for the region of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA). He is the President and CEO of EviMed, a CME company that works across Latin America.



Vaibhav Srivastava, M. Pharm, PGDBA



Vaibhav, is the Founder Director of Insignia Communications Pvt. Ltd., based at Mumbai, India. For the past 7 years, he has been instrumental in creating a strong Indian CME ecosystem in India and is involved in creating an Indian CME forum platform under GAME India Regional Conference.

 

Vaibhav currently serves as the Board of Directors for the Global Alliance for Medical Education (GAME) and Program Director for GAME India Regional Conference. He is also nominated as a Board Member of Journal of European CME (JECME). As an Active Member of GAME, he has participated in last 6 GAME annual conferences as Faculty and Panelist to bring Indian CME challenges and update to global CME community. He has also been involved in publishing research articles as well as conference reports in JECME.

 

As a Founder Director of Insignia Communications Pvt. Ltd., he is involved in various medical education projects in India and his company is a leader in CME domain in providing Independent and Continuous Medical Education in India with or without collaboration with Indian and International CME partners.

 

Vaibhav received his postgraduate degree in pharmacy as well as in management. He is serving Indian Healthcare Industry for more than 21 years and lives in Mumbai with his wife (Professor in Pharmacy College) and daughter (13 year old studying in class VII), while his son is pursuing engineering in Biotechnology from MIT, India



Dave Davis, MD, CCFP, FCFP, FRCPC(hon)



Dave was a family physician in Ontario, Canada for nearly forty years. For much of that time, he was active in “CME” as: chairman of an all-staff inter-professional CE program at a community hospital; director and subsequently chair of continuing education at McMaster University’s innovative Faculty of Health Sciences; associate dean, continuing education, and founding director of the Knowledge Translation Program in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto; and chairman of Ontario’s Guidelines Advisory Committee. Dave has also developed a comprehensive provincial competency assessment program, and helped launch a center for faculty development at the University of Toronto.


Emphasizing a rigorous, outcomes-based focus on CME, he been an investigator on grants totaling several million dollars. This emphasis has seen the publication of roughly 150 peer-reviewed papers, dozens of abstracts, book chapters, and two major books on CME practices, and presentations on four continents. A third book will be published by Walters-Kluwer this spring. His (and colleagues’) 1995 JAMA systematic review of the effect of CME interventions is widely cited as a seminal study in this field. Finally, Dave has been chair or president of national or provincial Canadian organizations, two North American organizations (the Alliance for CME and the Society for Academic CME) and the Guidelines International Network, a global organization dedicated to the development and implementation of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. 



Pam McFadden, FACEHP



Pam McFadden is known for incorporating adult learning principles and specific educational design criteria in the development and execution of continuing education courses for health professionals. She works directly with boards and committees for program development and ensures that all necessary resources are secured for this self-supported program.


McFadden has successfully modeled and inspired a vision of present value and future direction for PACE.  She has set the strategic direction aligning with institutional priorities.  She continues to analyze trends that may influence PACE while articulating the big picture of continuing education.  She approaches her program from a system-thinking perspective to include the provider/patient keeping in mind the complex healthcare system and while developing the team needed to deliver optimal provider/patient education.


She collaborates with each school to ensure that the academic outreach needs are identified and addressed, and ensures that all PACE-supported activities are of the highest quality. Additionally, she ensures that accreditation requirements meet or exceed compliance as determined by each respective agency for continuing education. She also leads the outreach program that offers strategic academic continuing education to healthcare professionals throughout North Texas, the state of Texas and nationally as well as at UNTHSC.  McFadden develops policies and/or procedures to ensure that PACE/UNTHSC can stand accountable for its valid, independent and balanced content and integrates strategies that address systems issues, assets and barriers with the program.


McFadden is a continuing education consultant for numerous boards, committees and organizations. Prior to joining UNTHSC, McFadden was manager of investor relations/employee relocation for the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.


McFadden, a member of the Alliance for Continuing Education for Health Professionals (ACEHP), is past co-chair of the Advisory Board and continuing member of the Fort Worth Safe Communities Coalition. She has also served as president and numerous leadership roles for the Society of Academic Continuing Education and is a member of both the North Texas and the Texas Alliance for Continuing Medical Education. McFadden also serves on boards for the Global Alliance for Medical Education, the DFW AHEC and also for the DFW Birthday Brigade for homeless children.


Gretchen Keefer


Gretchen Keefer is a Project Director for The Micron Group, a clinical research organization based in the United Kingdom providing global consulting and software services for driving and documenting quality improvement in the healthcare industry.  Ms. Keefer has a 25-year history in healthcare professional education and has spent her career gaining experience in CPD from the perspective of CME positions at a university medical center, a medical specialty society as well as a medical communications company.  


As Project Director, she analyses challenges and issues within organizations and/or programs and designs custom clinical and educational tactics.  These tactics are designed to optimize and illustrate the end results of healthcare training in terms of benefits to the provider, patient and community and to drive targeted quality improvement and behavior change.  Gretchen also works with advanced database and reporting tools designed to collect and report on data used for grant review, needs assessments, demographic & geographic patterns, practice patterns, barriers to change, clinical health outcomes, quality of life parameters and economic metrics. 


Currently, Gretchen serves on the Executive Committee of the Global Alliance for Medical Education (GAME) as its Treasurer.  She has been a GAME member for 12 years and on the board for 9 years and continues to be interested and involved in the global medical education community. 


Prof. Gita Ashok Raj MBBS, MD, MNAMS



Prof. Gita Ashok Raj, the Provost of the Gulf Medical University began her career as a faculty in the Department of Pathology, University College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi, India from 1973 to 1984. She completed her MD in Pathology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India in 1979 and was awarded Membership of the National Academy of Medical Sciences (India) in Morbid Anatomy and Histology in 1981. 


Prof. Gita Ashok Raj moved on to become the Head of the CIO Research Laboratory of the Central Institute of Orthopedics, Safdarjang Hospital, New Delhi, India from 1984 to 2003. During this period she was deputed by the Government of India to the B.P.Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal where she served in the capacities of Professor and Head, Department of Pathology; Head, Pathology Section, Central Laboratory Services, BPKIHS Hospital; and Program Coordinator of the Integrated MBBS Phase I Program from 1993 to 1998. She was next deputed to the Gulf Medical College, Ajman, UAE, to head the Department of Pathology in 2000 and helped to establish the Medical Education Unit as the Chairperson. She rose to become the Associate Dean (Academics) in 2002 and the Dean of the Gulf Medical College in 2007. 


Prof. Gita Ashok Raj is now the Provost of the Gulf Medical University since July 2008. As the Chief Academic Officer of the University she brings to the position her knowledge and experience as an academician, researcher, administrator and histopathologist gained over a span of 43 years of her medical career. She has published extensively and authored chapters in the field of orthopedic pathology and medical education.



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