Program Committee

The mission of this committee is to plan all WIMS events and some of the programs recommended and sponsored by the University of Kansas Joy McCann Professor. "Events" included professional development programs, noon-time presentations, receptions, networking/mentoring or social gatherings and of course, the Annual WIMS Professional Development Conference and Dinner. Please contact one of the committee members with your suggestions.

The WIMS Program Committee is the largest committee with the most time intense set of responsibilities and thus is divided into three sub-committees.  Due to the amount of time and energy it takes to plan and maintain the series of WIMS events, co-chairs have been established to lead different aspects of planning events.  Program Committee members may elect to work on everything or they may select to focus only on: a) Annual Calendar of Events (the monthly series), b) the annual major event (dinner, and conference or retreat), or c) the Donation Drive which supports the conference. 

There are two Program Co-Chairs, one oversees the monthly events and the other oversees the annual dinner/conference or retreat.  The Donation Drive is a sub-committee but due to the establishment of donor relationships and the professional experience required to run a drive, this administrative support person will remain the same from year to year and is overseen by the PDFA staff and the WIMS EC endowment member. 

Subcommittees are populated in late spring, at the first meeting of the full program committee, before the term begins July 1st.  At that time, members and co-chairs may determine when and how they meet but at a minimum, all meetings should be scheduled for the full year, on routine day and time each month.  Appointments will be sent by the PDFA staff, including scheduling the rooms, sending the Outlook appointments and reminders, and posting all on the WIMS Calendar of Events.  Agendas and minutes are the responsibility of the co-chairs


  • Committee Co-Chairs
    • Annual Conference & Dinner Chair - Laura Martin, PhD, Assistant Professor, Preventive Medicine and Hoglund Brain Imaging Center
      • Sub-Committee Chair for the Annual Silent Auction Donation Drive Committee -
    • Monthly Events & Programs Chair - Julie Christianson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Anatomy and Cell Biology
      • Sub-Committee Chair for Moms in Medicine & Science (MIMS)  - Julie Christianson, PhD,  Assistant Professor, Anatomy and Cell Biology

Committe Members for Major Events (Althernating year Retreat and Conference, and the Annual Dinner):

  • Peggy Person, KU Endowment, Development Director, SON, SHP
  • In-Young Choi, PhD. Associate Professor, Hoglund Brain Imaging Center
  • Kelli Netson, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences-Wichita
  • Tara Lin, MD,  Assistant Professor, Hematology/Oncology
  • Jyoti Paniker, Associate Professor, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • Debra Sullivan, PhD, RD, Professor and Chair, Dietetics and Nutrition, School of Health Professions
  • Margaret Smith, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
  • Kari Ziblut, CMP, Senior Coordinator for SON Special Events, WIMS Conference/Retreat Planning Support

Committe Members for Monthly Events & Programs:

  • Erica Howe, MD, Assistant Professor, General and Geriatric Medicine
  • Michele Pritchard, PhD, Assistant Professor, Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics
  • Crystal Lumpkins, Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
  • Christina Hester, Research Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
  • Jessie Huisinga, PhD, Assistant Professor for the Human Performance Lab, Landon Center on Aging
  • Christie Befort, PhD, Associate Professor, Preventive Medicine and Public Health
  • Ellen Averett, PhD, MHSA, Research Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management
  • Regina Esteban, Coordinator for Academic Affairs, WIMS Room Reservations & Catering Order Support

  Committee Members for Silent Auction and Fundraising;

  • Crystal Lumpkins, Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
  • Jessie Huisinga, PhD, Assistant Professor for the Human Performance Lab, Landon Center on Aging


Last modified: Feb 18, 2014