Our Team

DPAF Board of Trustees

TOM FITZGERALD | CHAIR

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.

tfitzgerald@dermpafoundation.org | Term: 2020-2022

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.

ctrickett@dermpafoundation.org | Term: 2019-2021

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.

jvolz@dermpafoundation.org | Term: 2019-2020

Gina Mangin, MPAS, PA-C

Gina has been a PA for twenty one years, since graduating from the East Carolina University PA program in 1999. She has been practicing dermatology for twelve years although has past experience in gastroenterology and neurosurgery. Currently, she is working at Sand Lake Dermatology Center in Orlando, Florida. She has been active in the SDPA since 2012 beginning as a Distance CME Committee member then becoming a board member serving as Secretary/Treasurer, Director at Large, and President from 2019-2020. In the past, Gina has also been involved with the Florida Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (FSDPA) and has served numerous roles, including President, Vice President, and CME Chair. Her leadership roles with the SDPA and FSDPA have allowed her to give back to her colleagues and help further the profession of dermatology PAs. In Gina’s free time she spends time with her husband and two beautiful girls.

gmangin@dermpafoundation.org | Term: 2020-2022

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.

krygg@dermpafoundation.org | Term: 2018-2020

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.

svicari@dermpafoundation.org | Term: 2019-2021

Megan Dauscher | Trustee At Large

 Megan Dauscher is a board certified Physician Assistant specializing in Dermatology. She was born and raised on Long Island, and resides there today with her fiancé and miniature Goldendoodle, Korra. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Hofstra University and went on to attend Hofstra University’s Physician Assistant Studies program, earning a Master’s Degree with Distinction and receiving the Overall Excellence Award.

She is currently a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, New York State Society of Physician Assistants (NYSSPA) and the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, the latter of which she has distinguished herself as a Diplomate Fellow. She previously served as the Director of Outreach for Hofstra’s Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (SAAAPA), as well as a writer for the NYSSPA newsletter.

She currently works at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center where she focuses on the prevention and treatment of skin cancers. She also remains active in clinical research and didactic education with Hofstra’s Physician Assistant Studies Program, where she mentors and educates future generations of Physician Assistants as a Master’s Thesis Advisor and adjunct instructor. She currently serves as a cofounder and co-chair of the Hofstra University Physician Assistant Alumni Association. She is truly passionate about community outreach and philanthropy and looks forward to working as a Board of Trustee with the Dermatology PA Foundation.

mdauscher@dermpafoundation.org | Term: 2020-2022

Joey Chiera | Trustee At Large

Joseph has been a practicing Physician Assistant specializing in both medical and cosmetic Dermatology in 2015. He completed his Masters of Physician Assistant Studies at Stony Brook University in New York. After working as a PA in New York City for a few years, he ventured to the West Coast. He loves living in the Bay Area and is a Steering Committee member of the San Francisco Bay Area Physician Assistants organization (SFBAPA) and a member of the local PA journal club. He also recently completed his Diplomate Fellowship training with the SDPA and serves on the CME committee. In his spare time, he enjoys birdwatching, gymnastics, yoga and spending time with his husband and their rescue chihuahua mix, Dolores.

jchiera@dermpafoundation.org | Term: 2020-2022


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.

agouley@dermpafoundation.org