Sherry D. Turner, D.O., FACOEP – President
Dr. Turner has been a member of FOEM Board since 2008. She is a graduate of NOVA Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency at Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, West Virginia. She currently is a practicing Emergency Physician at Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. During her residency she completed the Training in Health Policy Fellowship from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine/ AOA. Prior to completing medical school, she received her Master's degree in Nursing and participated in research in many venues. She is currently enrolled in a Master’s of Public Health program at University of Southern Mississippi. She brings a background in fundraising and leadership for multiple charitable organizations.
Juan Acosta, D.O., M.S., FACOEP, FACEP – Immediate Past President
Dr. Juan F. Acosta is a 1997 graduate of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. After an Osteopathic Internship and Residency in Emergency Medicine at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, NY, he received a Masters in Clinical Investigation from Weill Cornell Medical College and is currently in the process of obtaining a Doctorate Degree in Health Education from A.T. Still University.
Dr. Acosta currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Postgraduate Medical Education/Director of Medical Education and as an Associate Professor at Pacific Northwest University in Yakima, Washington. He is also the Medical Program Director - Yakima County Department of EMS. In addition, Dr. Acosta is the Chief of Staff – at Toppenish Community Hospital.
Steve Hollosi, D.O., MS – President-Elect
Dr. Hollosi has been a member of the FOEM board since 2012. A graduate of Emory University (BA), the New York Institute of Technology (MS) and their College of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) is Core Faculty and the Research Director of the Emergency Medicine Residency at Charleston Area Medical Center. He conducts and participates in research activities that include Graduate Medical Education, Research Development, Translational Clinical Research and Professional Development. He completed specialized research training within the American College of Emergency Medicine and is uniquely suited to supervise investigators and establish physician collaboration. He has published work in the field of microbiology, medical education, research development and biostatistics.
Aimee Blagovich, D.O. – Treasurer
Dr. Blagovich has been a member of the FOEM board since 2011. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DO). She completed her residency at Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling, WV. She is currently practicing at Ohio Valley Medical Center where she is core faculty and Research Director for the OVMC Emergency Medicine Residency Program. She completed her Master's in Chemistry (MS) from the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK. She has published work in the field of medical education. She was a regional representative for EMRA and a member of the ACOEP residency board from 2011-2013, during her residency. She is currently participating in the MERC program and actively mentors residents through their research experience.
William Lynch, Jr. – Secretary
Armed with more than two decades of experience in the hotel and incentive travel industries, Bill Lynch launched NHS Global Events in 2000. His goal was to create a company that offered a higher level of service, a niche that Bill knew needed filling. “I didn’t want to start just another company-the objective was to create a place where relationships come first. I think we’ve done that, and that’s been our formula for success from the beginning.” NHS has grown from dream to reality, now servicing dozens of happy clients with a broad range of essential services. The company tagline of “site selection, meeting planning and consulting” summarizes the menu of offerings. “These are services that, traditionally, would have been secured through a number of different providers. Now you can find it all under one umbrella.” Beyond providing services, NHS has always been a place where clients come to solve problems. “Focusing on relationships opened the door to consulting opportunities,” Bill explains. “And that’s what I enjoy most about this business-we have the tools and the expertise to take the process one step further. Anyone can provide services-we prefer to educate and collaborate with our clients and actually solve problems.” Coupled with speed, efficiency, volume buying and insider knowledge, the NHS team is a powerful ally to have at your side. “We analyze every situation for opportunities to keep the advantage on our client’s side. Concessions, upgrades, better contract terms-nothing is off limits when NHS negotiates on your behalf.”
Focusing on relationships and problem solving has earned NHS a special place in the industry. “We have a great reputation, and as an owner, that’s something you protect and nurture every chance you get,” Bill concludes. A graduate of the University of Missouri, Bill hones his relationship skills with his wife of twenty years and their three children.
Janice Wachtler – Board Member (Non-Voting)
Janice Wachtler is the Executive Director of the Foundation, serving in this capacity for more than 10 years. She is also the Executive Director of American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians where she has been employed for over 18 years. Ms. Wachtler has a strong osteopathic background working with the American Osteopathic Association as the Administrator of the Division of Postdoctoral Training in the Department of Education for 13 years prior to moving to the ACOEP. She has a degree in education and a Certificate of Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Ms. Wachtler is also a member of the Society of osteopathic specialty Executives (SOSE) and was a major force in developing this organization to train and represent directors of osteopathic specialty organizations on a national level. Ms. Wachtler has been active in her community holding the offices of Vice President (1990-1992) and Secretary (1985-1990 and 1999-2005) to the RANCH Triangle Neighborhood Association where she served on its elective Board from 1982-1992 and 1998-2005. She has also been the Secretary to the Federation of Osteopathic Specialty Organizations (1992-1995 and 1998-2007).
Stephanie Whitmer, MNA – Executive Director (Non-Voting)
Stephanie Whitmer began working for the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians in September of 2009, but had worked there previously from 2005-2006. She was awarded the Presidential Scholarship for Academic Achievement from DePaul University and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2007. In 2013, she earned her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Administration and is currently working towards her Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) credential.
Michael P. Allswede, D.O.
Dr. Allswede is Director of the Strategic Medical Intelligence (SMI) initiative, which is a forensic epidemiology program he developed in 1999. This program was developed in Pittsburgh and employs locally accessible volunteer doctors to improve early warning and detection of bioterrorism so as to prevent its occurrence and improve the medical community’s response if it occurs. The field of forensic epidemiology integrates public safety concerns with individual rights to privacy. As an academic leader in this field, Dr. Allswede serves as a lecturer at the Marshall Institute “Preventing Terrorism Security Studies” course where he trains international students. Dr. Allswede is also a subject matter expert for the INTERPOL bioterrorism unit and a co-author of the INTERPOL “Bioterrorism Incident Pre-Planning and Response Guide”. Dr. Allswede has trained experts from over 155 nations through these endeavors.
Dr. Allswede is currently the founder and Program Director of the Residency in Emergency Medicine at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center located in Johnstown PA. This program combines excellence in training at a Level I Trauma Center with disaster medicine training to specifically address the national need for better trained medical leadership in terrorism and disaster events. Dr. Allswede is a co-author of the first accredited disaster medicine fellowship curriculum designed for physicians. This fellowship curriculum is directed at training physicians to improve deficits noted in the 2006 Institute of Medicine’s report on the Future of Emergency Care and the 2007 Presidential Decision Directive 21.
Beth Longenecker. D.O., FACOEP
Dr. Longenecker has been referred to as a “genetic osteopath” after following in her father’s footsteps and entering the profession. She is a 1991 graduate of Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed residency in emergency medicine at NewarkBethIsraelMedicalCenter in Newark, NJ. Since graduation she has been involved in academic emergency medicine. She was a member of the faculty at St Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx and served as program director from 2002-2005. She is currently the residency program director at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach Florida. She is a member an associate clinical professor at NOVA Southeastern University College of Osteopathic medicine. Dr. Longenecker also serves on the board of director of Florida ACEP and was elected to the position of treasurer of the board of directors of the ACOEP in 2010.
Joe Kissinger, CASE
Joe Kissinger has been a hospitality industry professional for more than 20 years. He started his career with Marriott Hotels in 1989, directing meeting and catering departments in convention hotels throughout the US. He left Marriott in 2001 to open a regional office in Chicago for the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau, focusing on bringing association meetings to the destination. Since joining the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority in 2004, Joe is now the Director of Regional Sales for the LVCVA’s Midwest Regional team, who help generate more than $300,000,000 of group business for Las Vegas annually. He is an active member in the meeting planning community, and has held board positions with the Professional Convention Management Association (2009-2011), the Association Forum (2007-2009), and was Board Chair for the Chicago Area Convention Bureau Satellite Offices (2003-2005). Joe earned his CASE designation (Certified Association Sales Executive) in 2009, and also currently sits on the Advisory Board for The Hybrid Group.
Victor J. Scali, D.O., FACOEP-D
Dr. Scali graduated from PCOM ‘s HPSP program in 1980 , receiving Flack Award for Excellence in Internal Medicine, interned at Malcolm Grow USAF Med Center then served 3 years as Medical officer and Commander for the 6943rd ESS at National Security Agency receiving the Defense Meritorious Service Medal upon separation for outstanding service at The National Security Agency. He then served as Chief Resident at PCOM’s EMR from 1984-1986 then was part of original founding faculty of AEMC EM residency in 1989, and still holds rank of Associate Professor at PCOM and Assistant Professor at UMDNJ/SOM where he is currently Co- Director of the Em and IM/EM residencies. He was Past President of ACOEP and Past President of FOEM. He has been Coordinator of COMLEX 2 testing and entire test construction process and AOBEM examiner for parts 2, 3. He helped advance research initiatives for residents and created PEM Committee; member of Emergency Medical Services for Children Stakeholders Group in Washington, DC, and grant contributor to International Center to Heal our Children‘s PETT program at CNMC; appointed member of National Academies of Practice as distinguished practitioner; speaker at national and local academic venues; author of several scientific articles including bench research. Recipient of multiple awards including ACOEP Mentor of the Year Benjamin A. Field Award, ACOEP Meritorious Service Award, UMDNJ’s Dean’s Recognition Award, PCOM Alumni Award Certificate of Merit. He is listed in Marquis’ Who’s Who in healthcare as well the Contemporary Who’s Who. He was founder of PCOM/AEMC and UMDNJ’s EM Student Clubs; and provides medical direction/ QA and education to several EMS squads. Currently a key participating grantee in developing a competency based Geriatric Emergency Medicine Residency Curriculum and virtual teaching simulation through a 4 year Reynolds Grant awarded to UMDNJ/SOM’s New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging. In September 2009, Dr. Scali was awarded the title of Distinguished Fellow in the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians.
Robert E. Suter, D.O., MHA, FACEP, FIFEM
Dr. Robert E. Suter, Past president of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the International Federation for Emergency Medicine graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, and received his DO and MHA degrees from Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Suter did his residency training in emergency medicine at Brooke Army-Wilford Hall USAF Medical Centers in San Antonio, Texas and is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine with a CAQ in Emergency Medical Services.
Dr. Suter has a long history of service to emergency medicine on a state, national, and international level. As a student, he was a founding member of the Student Chapter of ACOEP, During residency he was president of EMRA in 1991-1992, the Treasurer of the American Association of Osteopathic Postgraduate Physicians and a founding member of the Resident Chapter of ACOEP. During this time he was also elected to the Board of the Government Services Chapter of ACEP, participated in numerous state and national committees, and served as ACEP liaison to several organizations. Immediately following residency, he was the physician co-chair of the federal project EMS Agenda for the Future. In 1998 Dr. Suter was given the Wackerle Founders Award, EMRA's highest recognition of service to emergency medicine and emergency medicine residents, and in 2000 he was given the highest award of the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for EMS for his many years of contributions to advancement of EMS education.
Dr. Suter served as a member of the ACEP Council from 1991 through 1999 when he was elected to ACEP Board of Directors for the first of two terms. He was the first osteopathic physician to serve in an officer position in the ACEP, serving as secretary-treasurer, and President in 2004-05. He was also the first osteopathic physician on the Board of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine, and served as its President in 2006. He continues to serve on or chair a number of important committees and task forces for ACEP and IFEM, and was awarded the Order of the IFEM in 2008, and in 2009 the John G. Wiegenstien Leadership Award, ACEPs most coveted honor.
Dr. Suter is a full-time Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Texas-Southwestern where he leads efforts in Academic Development, Practice Management, Health Policy, and International Emergency Medicine Education He also holds appointments as a Professor at the Medical College of Georgia, Des Moines University, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. In addition to his decades of academic service, he has had experience practicing emergency medicine in nearly every imaginable practice setting, including the U.S. military, where he serves as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve who has served in Iraq.
Dr. Suter has a long-term commitment to clinical excellence, teaching, and research in emergency medicine and a passion for sharing the specialty and osteopathic medicine with physician colleagues around the world. Dr. Suter is the author of numerous studies, papers, and textbook chapters in emergency medicine, and has given hundreds of presentations worldwide. He is particularly recognized as an integrative scholar, especially in the areas of Evidenced-Based Practice, EMS, Practice Management, and Health Policy and is currently working on a text entitled "The Global History of Emergency Medicine."
Shelly Zimmerman, D.O., FACOEP, FACEP (no picture at this time)
Dr. Shelly Zimmerman graduated from the Oklahoma State College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She completed her Emergency Medicine Residency at Hillcrest Health Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She is a Fellow of both ACOEP and ACEP. She worked at Integris Southwest Medical Center for 17 years where she served as core faculty member, Medical Student Clerkship Director and Residency Director. She is currently working in the Norman Regional Health Systems where she is involved in the development of a new Emergency Medicine Residency. She is a member of the ACOEP Research Committee and has completed the ACEP Teaching Fellowship. Shelly serves as an Adjunct Clinical Faculty at OSU-COM and she is actively involved in the mentor program at the school. Family and travel highlight her free time.