DPAF Board of Trustees
AMY BAUM-JONES, PA-C — CHAIR
Amy brings to 15 years of clinical experience as well as familiarity with the pharmaceutical industry to the DPAF board. She graduated in 2005 from UT Southwestern in Dallas, and after several years of ER practice, she found her true passion- dermatology. She is currently a Medical Science Liaison, and likes to help other PAs identify and navigate the next step in advancing their careers. She likes wine, traveling, and spending time with her husband and 2 dogs.
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Michelle DiBaise, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA
Michelle DiBaise, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA, graduated in 1990 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s PA program. Dr. DiBaise has practiced in pulmonology, orthopedic surgery and for ten years, dermatology in Nebraska. She is currently a full-time professor and the Chair and Program Director for ATSU’s PA Program.
Michelle DiBaise completed her Masters of PA Studies at UNMC in 1998 and her Doctor of Health Sciences, at ATSU in 2014.
Dr. DiBaise has served on the American Academy of Physician Assistant board of directors, the Student Academy of the AAPA as both a student and as graduate advisor; vice president of the PA Foundation; and served on the editorial board for the Journal of Dermatology PAs. In addition, she has served as president of the Arizona State Association of PAs (ASAPA) and currently serves as Treasurer. She also has served as president for Nebraska, Iowa and the Society of Dermatology PAs.
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Joleen Volz, DMSc, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA — TREASURER/SECRETARY
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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Faseeha Raza MMS, PA-C — TRUSTEE AT LARGE
Faseeha Raza is a board certified and licensed Physician Assistant specializing in Medical, Cosmetic Dermatology and Primary Care Medicine. She graduated with a Master of Medical Sciences in Physician Assistant Studies from Baldwin Wallace University and completed her Bachelor’s in Health Sciences from Cleveland State University. She also holds an Associate in Architectural Engineering.
Raza has served as a Director of Community Health Education Program & Director of Communications at the Cleveland Ibn Sina Free Clinic in Cleveland, OH. The Community Health Education program aimed to help individuals make better health choices and assist the community in promoting population health through programming and policy initiatives. She is a current member of SDPA and serves as a Committee Member in their Distance Education Committee. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family in Texas. Her interests include web development, graphic design and UI/UX design.
Ms. Raza is honored to serve as a Board of Trustees member at the DPAF and looks forward to engaging in education, research, and philanthropic activities.
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Alan Mendelsohn, MD — TRUSTEE AT LARGE
Dr. Mendelsohn is Board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology, and has strong management skills with over 20 years of drug development and medical affairs experience in major pharmaceutical companies. He has served as Associate Vice President of Dermatology Medical Affairs at Sun Pharma, where he focused on the post-clinical development of Tildrakizumab (ILUMYA), an IL-23p19 inhibitor for patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. Dr. Mendelsohn also has experience as Senior Director, Rheumatology Team Leader, US Medical Affairs at Pfizer leading the US organization in supporting the pre-launch and launch medical activities for Xeljanz (tofacitinib), and has additionally served as Senior Director of Immunology R&D at Johnson & Johnson/Janssen) in Phase 2/3 clinical trial development for multiple biologic agents targeting rheumat.oid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis.
Over his career, Dr. Mendelsohn has authored or co-authored over 200 peer reviewed abstracts and manuscripts in the areas of dermatology, rheumatology and cardiology.
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Megan Thomas, PA-C — TRUSTEE AT LARGE
Megan is a certified Physician Assistant specializing in dermatology since 2012. She graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelors in Health Education and Behavior before receiving her Masters in Medical Science at Nova Southeastern University. She is currently serving as President of the Florida Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants and is a member of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants as well as the Florida Academy of PAs. Megan is a Tampa Bay native and currently practices at South Tampa Dermatology where she provides both medical and aesthetic care. She enjoys paddleboarding, hiking, and cheering for the Florida Gators and the Tampa Bay Lightning with her family. She is honored to be a part of the DPAF and looks forward to expanding the philanthropic reach of the organization.
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Sarah Vicari, PA-C — TRUSTEE AT LARGE
Sarah graduated from Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry-Biology and serves as a member of Beta Beta Beta Biology honor society. She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois. She then worked in dermatology for eight years in Gurnee, Illinois, before moving back to Wisconsin to work for Forefront Dermatology in late 2015. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and three boys, traveling, and reading. She looks forward to dedicating her time as a member of the Board of Trustees member in the Dermatology PA Foundation.
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TOM FITZGERALD — TRUSTEE AT LARGE
Tom Fitzgerald is a Senior Consultant in dermatology. He has had the opportunity to work in dermatology for more than 29 years. He most recently was the Vice President of Sales at Cynova Laboratories, a dermatology startup company. He joined Cynova after spending almost 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 has three daughters.
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Amy GOULEY, MPAS, PA-C — FOUNDATION DIRECTOR
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.