SAAO Executive Council

2021-22 SAAO Executive COUNCIL

Kaitlyn Thomas Headshot
Kaitlyn Thomas, OMS IV
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine-Seton Hill (LECOM)
Chair and student member of the AAO Board of Trustees
Marija Rowane, OMS IV
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine-Athens (OU-HCOM)
Immediate past chair
Emily Willmann, OMS IV
Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM)
Vice chair
Andrea Done headshot
Andrea Done, OMS III
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM)
Paula Swiercz, OMS III
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU-COM)
National coordinator
Jennifer Markwood, OMS V
University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM)
National Undergraduate Fellows Association (NUFA) liaison

Officers are elected each year at the SAAO annual business meeting at Convocation. If you are interested in serving as a representative, please contact your chapter officer.

  • The chair of the SAAO Executive Committee serves as a voting member on the AAO Board of Trustees and coordinates the SAAO program for Convocation.
  • The vice chair coordinates the annual A. Hollis Wolf Case Presentation Competition, designs the Convocation T-shirt and plans the student mixer that takes place at Convocation.
  • The immediate past chair works with the regional coordinators to establish the pre-SAAO initiative, improve collaboration between COMs, and promote osteopathy in the community and other local institutions.
  • The secretary-treasurer coordinates communication via the Still Point and social media.
  • The national coordinator is the first point of contact for local chapters and manages the VIP points that each chapter earns.
  • The NUFA liaison is the first point of contact for NUFA representatives from each chapter and coordinates the NUFA program at Convocation.

General questions, comments, concerns or exciting ideas can be directed to the national coordinator.

In addition to the positions listed above, SAAO representatives serve on AAO committees.

SAAO Regional Coordinators

Marianne Abadam, OMS IV, Western Region, 

Katie Benson, OMS IV, MidAtlantic Region

Michael Castellano, OMS IV, Northeastern Region

Valerie Daniels, OMS IV, Southeastern Region

Kelly Gehlbach, OMS III, Midwestern Region

Flora Park, MS, OMS III, Central Region


John M. Jones, DO, Awarded AT Still Medallion

The American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) has awarded the 2021 Andrew Taylor Still Medallion of Honor to John M. Jones, DO, of Petal, Mississippi.

Walter C. Ehrenfeuchter, DO, FAAO, Receives FAAO Distinguished Service Award

Walter C. Ehrenfeuchter, DO, FAAO, of Suwanee, Georgia, received the Fellow of American Academy of Osteopathy Distinguished (FAAO) Service Award.

AOF/AAO Outstanding Resident in OMM Nominations for 2021

Submit your nomination for 2021 Outstanding Resident in OMM by May 9.