Executive Council


The Executive Council prioritizes goals, plans and directs activities for the WIMS Faculty Organization. Officers are elected and terms begin July 1. The president appoints committee chairs who serve during her term.

One mission of WIMS is "to be proactive and constructive in establishing and advancing the careers of women in medicine and science, nursing and health professions."  

Our WIMS Officers (President, President-Elect, Secretary, Secretary-Elect) change annually on July 1st, following an annual election.  Committee chairs are appointed by the WIMS President under which they serve. We believe by providing proper training during the office-elect year we will ensure a smooth "passing of the information baton" from the current officers and chairs to the incumbents, and set our leaders up to succeed so we do not fail at our mission to be proactive in advancing the careers of women.  This process will permit the organization to grow and continue to succeed for years to come, as well as turn out new leaders (or strengthen the skills of experienced leaders) among our women faculty in the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Profession.

The 2015-16 council will meet four times this year: in 2015 - 9/17. and in 2016 - 1/21, 4/21, and 7/21.  The Leadership Team consists of all officers and committee chairs who will meet monthly and they are a part of the EC.

2014-15 Members

NameEC PositionDepartment
Christie Befort, PhD President 2015-16 Associate Professor, Preventative medicine and Public Health, Co-Director, Breast Cancer Survivorship Center
Erica Howe, MD Secretary 2015-16 Assistant Professor, General and Geriatric Medicine, Course Director, Doctors as Educators
Sandy Billinger, PhD President Elect 2016-17 Associate Professor, Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences Education
Jana Zaudke, MD Secretary Elect 2016-17 Associate Professor, Family Medicine
Christine Daley, PhD, MA, SM Immedicate Past President 2014-15 and 2015-16 Diversity Committee Member Professor, Preventative Medicine & Publih Health 
Paige Geiger, PhD Community Liaison and 2012-13 WIMS President Associate Professor, Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Mary Zimmerman, PhD McCann Professor 2013-2016 Professor, Health Policy & Management
Beth Levant, PhD SOM Representative (Basic Science) Professor, Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics
Lisa Harlan-Williams, PhD SOM Representative (Basic Science) Research Assistant Professor, Jensen Lab, Cancer Center
Ann Davis, PhD, MPH, ABPP SOM Representative (Clinical Science) Professor, Behavioral Pediatrics
Christina Hester, PhD SOM Representative (Clinical Science) Research Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
Karen Wambach, PhD, RN SON Representative Professor, School of Nursing
Heather Nelson-Brantley SON Representative Clinical Instructor, School of Nursing Faculty
Holly Hull, PhD SHP Representative Assistant Professor, Department of Dietetics and Nutrition
Jill Hamilton-Reeves, PhD, RD, LD SHP Representative Associate Professor, Department of Dietetics and Nutrition
Committee chairs 
Crystal Lumpkins, PhD Diversity Committee  (new) Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
Laura Martin, PhD Annual Program Committee Assistant Professor, Preventive Medicine and Hoglund Brain Imaging Center
Jessie Huisinga, PhD Monthly Programs & Events Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
Megha Ramaswamy, PhD, MPH Recognition Co-Chair  Associate Professor, Preventative Medicine & Public Health
Emily Riegel, MD Recognition Co-Chair Assistant Professor, Palliative Medicine
Melissa Larson, PhD Mentoring Co-Chair Research Assistant Professor, Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Michele Pritchard, PhD Mentoring Co-Chair Assistant Professor, Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics 
Trainee Representatives
TBD Grad Student Representative
Asona Lui MD/PhD Representative MD/PhD student, Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Rebecca J. Burkhalter, PhD Postdoctoral Representative Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Pathology
Laura Blasi, MD Resident Representative Resident
Ex officio voting members
Robert Klein, PhD Office of Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies (OAA) Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies
Marty McLaughlin Office of Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies (OAA)  Executive Director
Alana Smith Office of Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies (OAA)  Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for OAA
Lori Roop GME Representative Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education (GME)
Endowment Representative
Stefani Buchwitz Office of Student Engagement Coordinator of Student Life


Volunteer Administrative Support Team Personnel 

A very important part of our infrastructure is our team of volunteer support staff.  Learn more about what they do and who they are HERE

Last modified: Aug 26, 2015