DPAF Board of Trustees
JEnnifer Conner, MPAS, PA-C | Chair
Jennifer Conner grew up in Indiana and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Marian University in 2003. She is a 2006 graduate of the U.S. Army Interservice Physician Assistant Program. Jennifer served for 11 years in the Army National Guard as a medic, Medical Service Corps officer, and battalion physician assistant. She has been practicing dermatology since 2006 and lives near Indianapolis. Jennifer has served in SDPA leadership since 2009 and is a past president and current committee chair. She championed the SDPA’s early philanthropic efforts and was honored to be one of the DPAF’s founding trustees. Serving the dermatology community and improving the lives of her patients is Jennifer’s greatest passion. When she isn’t busy in her clinic or serving the SDPA and DPAF, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family and running.
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Cynthia Trickett, PA-C | Vice Chair
Cynthia Trickett has been a Physician Assistant since 1995 when she graduated with her Bachelor’s of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX. She practiced Family Medicine for approximately 3 years in Houston, Texas before transferring into Dermatology in 1998, and has been practicing in this specialty ever since. In 2000, she completed her Master’s of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (with a concentration in Dermatology) from The University of Nebraska in the year 2000 She is an adjunct faculty member for the Physician Assistant Departments with both the University of Texas Southwestern as well as the University of North Texas. She regularly mentors and lectures to the PA students. She has guest lectured for the National Psoriasis Foundation as well as lecturing to Dermatology practitioners across the United States on psoriatic disease. Cynthia has been in the United States Air Force since 1990, serving in both the Air Force Reserves and the Texas Air National Guard in the Biomedical Science Corps. She holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in her position as a PA. In her spare time she enjoys travel, foreign movies, World War II history, and works with the Ronald McDonald House of San Antonio. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants (TAPA), the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SDPA), as well as the Air National Guard Association of Physician Assistants. She is recognized by the AAPA as a Clinical Preceptor and a Distinguished Fellow.
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Amy GOULEY, MPAS, PA-C | Treasurer/Secretary
Amy Gouley is a PA specializing in Medical, Surgical, Pediatric, and Cosmetic Dermatology. Upon graduation from Northern Arizona University Amy went to Western University of Medical Sciences, receiving the “Humanism Scholarship” and graduated in 2003. She founded the non-profit 501c3 Project Happy Face in Los Angeles in 2009, which provides dermatologic treatments and products to disadvantaged junior and senior high school students. Amy’s charitable contributions extend beyond Project Happy Face. She has volunteered for many years at the Los Angeles Care Harbor— an annual 3-day health care event when people who have little or no access to regular health care can be examined and treated at no cost. Amy also has traveled to the jungles of Haiti to provide dermatological services, seeing approximately 60-70 patients a day for 10 days, some of whom had walked over-night to see her. After handling the dermatology patients, she would then volunteer in the dental clinic addressing oral health issues. She also is an active volunteer with the American Academy of Dermatology, performing melanoma screenings at least twice a year. She was named a Cosmopolitan Fun and Fearless Female in 2014. Last year the NCCPA spotlighted Amy as one of the 50 top physician assistants in the country making a difference. Amy maintains a very athletic lifestyle. She is a triathlete, has completed an Ironman, plays golf and tennis. Amy enjoys playing soccer, hiking the Grand Canyon, fly fishing, pilates, and skiing. Amy is also an Aldo Leopold Land Ethics Leader and an active volunteer for the Grand Canyon Wildlands Council. Locally, Amy participates with the Junior League of Portland.
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TOM FITZGERALD | TRUSTEE AT LARGE
Tom Fitzgerald is the Vice President of Sales at Cynova Laboratories, a dermatology startup company. He joins Cynova after spending over 27 years at Galderma Laboratories, managing dermatology sales teams and shaping Galderma’s branding and presence at medical conventions. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO.
Tom is committed to giving back to the dermatology community as well. He is a volunteer and fundraiser for Camp Wonder, a summer camp for children with rare skin diseases. He is honored to be a Board Trustee at the Dermatology PA Foundation. He currently resides in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with his wife and three daughters.
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KRISTIN RYGG, MPAS, PA-C | TRUSTEE AT LARGE
Kristin Rygg is a Certified PA practicing since 2008. She graduated with honors from the University of Florida – College of Medicine where she earned her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies. She earned Bachelor degrees in Biology and Physiology from the University of Minnesota and was co-captain of the University of Minnesota Swimming and Diving team. Kristin serves as a Director at Large for the Florida Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (FSDPA) and is co-chair of the Membership Committee. In 2018, she developed and organized the FSDPA’s First Annual Cyclebar charity event. Growing up in Northwest Montana, Kristin developed a healthy active lifestyle and love of the outdoors. Kristin is honored to be elected to the DPAF board.
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Joleen Volz, DMSc, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA | TRUSTEE AT LARGE
Joleen, originally from Upstate New York, lived in North Carolina for 12 years prior to transplanting to the downtown Fort Worth area of Texas. She obtained her first degrees in AAS Criminal Justice in 1994. Following that she obtained her Bachelor of Physician Assistant Studies in 2003 from East Carolina University and a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a dermatology focus. Prior to becoming a PA, Joleen was a correctional officer and EMT. Joleen joined SDPA leadership as the Constituent Relations Chair in 2009. She has also served as the Treasurer/Secretary for four years before being elected to the position of President of the SDPA.
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Vicki Roberts, MPAS, PA-C | Trustee At Large
Vicki Roberts graduated from the University of Florida in 1999 with a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies. Since then, she has been working as a dermatology PA at Palmetto Dermatology in West Columbia, SC. She is also an adjunct instructor at the USC School of Medicine PA program. In 2011, she began volunteering her time in various positions including serving as president of her state society (SCSDPA) and national dermatology PA society (SDPA). She now looks forward to dedicating her time to help promote philanthropy, research, and education as Board of Trustee on the Dermatology PA Foundation.
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MARTHA SIKES | TRUSTEE AT LARGE
Martha Sikes attended Purdue University where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy in 1997. She attended Medical College of Georgia (now Augusta University) where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physician Assistant studies in 2002. She received her Masters of Science degree from A. T. Still University in 2012, and completed her Doctor of Medical Science degree from University of Lynchburg in 2019. Martha began her dermatology PA career in 2002 and has extensive experience in both medical and cosmetic dermatology. In addition to clinical practice, Martha has served as an Adjunct Clinical Professor for the Mercer University PA Program and is an Assistant Professor at the Emory University PA Program. In 2019, she began working as a Medical Science Liaison for Ortho-Dermatologics. Martha Sikes has been a member of SDPA since 2002. She is a current member of the Georgia Dermatology Physician Assistants (GDPA) and serves as a committee member for the Physician Assistant Advisory Committee to the Georgia Composite Medical Board. Martha feels that being involved in a leadership position is an excellent way to increase awareness of the exceptional care, knowledge, and clinical skills PAs provide to the medical community. She currently lives in Peachtree City, Georgia with her husband and 3 children.
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Sarah Vicari | Trustee At Large
Sarah Vicari graduated from Ripon College in Ripon, WI in 2003 with a Bachelors degree in Chemistry-Biology and a member of Beta Beta Beta Biology honor society. She graduated with a Masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL. She then worked in dermatology in Gurnee, IL for 8 years before moving to back to Wisconsin to work for Forefront Dermatology in late 2015. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 boys, traveling and reading. She looks forward to dedicating her time as a Board of Trustee on the Dermatology PA Foundation.
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Leslie Pemberton | TRUSTEE AT LARGE
Leslie Pemberton is currently practicing dermatology in Bowling Green, KY. Leslie attended undergrad at Kentucky Wesleyan College, where she majored in Chemistry and then went on to PA school at South College in Knoxville, TN. Leslie is married to her college sweetheart Logan Pemberton and has two pups, Ellie and Mosley. Leslie loves dermatology because it provides her with a daily challenge and keeps her on her toes.
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Kelly Rich – Program Manager
Kelly Rich joined the DPAF in January 2018 as an Administrative Assistant. Kelly recently moved to Washington D.C. after working with another association where she started as the administrative and events coordinator, handling monthly events, member meetings, communications, and office duties. During her tenure there she moved on to become a program manager handling weekly and monthly newsletters, website updates, social media, 2 annual golf outings, member programs, sponsorship, and membership renewals. Kelly brings over 6 years of work experience where she worked with several non-profits as a volunteer on committees, as well as numerous internships working with, and directly for, associations.