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Society of Family Planning and Society of Family Planning Research Fund committees, subcommittees, and working groups

The Board of Directors, committees, subcommittees, and working groups are essential for shaping the future of our work. We are not currently seeking new Board, committee, subcommittee, or working group members.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee serves both the Society and the Research Fund and is a standing committee. This committee provides strategic support to the Executive Director and acts on behalf of the Board on all issues related to the Society and the Research Fund business between Board meetings, with the responsibility to report actions to the Board for ratification or further Board action. This committee is not currently seeking members.
Chair: Stephanie Teal, MD, MPH; University of Colorado, Denver School of Medicine
Members:

  1. Sonya Borrero, MD, MPH; University of Pittsburg School of Medicine
  2. Eve Espey, MD, MPH; University of New Mexico
  3. Tina Raine-Bennett, MD; Kaiser Permanente Northern California
  4. Tessa Madden, MD, MPH; Washington University in St. Louis 

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee serves both the Society and the Research Fund and is a standing committee. The committee is responsible for assisting the Board in ensuring the organization’s financial viability and that it meets its fiduciary responsibilities. The Finance Committee works with the Executive Director to ensure that accurate and complete financial records are maintained, that audits are completed in a timely fashion, and that the organization is operating with the needed financial resources to fulfill the strategic plan. This committee is not currently seeking members.
Chair: Tina Raine-Bennett, MD; Kaiser Permanente Northern California
Members:

  1. Amy Bryant, MD, MSCR; University of North Carolina School of Medicine
  2. Gretchen Ely, PhD, MSW; University at Buffalo, School of Social Work
  3. DeShawn Taylor, MD, MSc, FACOG; Desert Star Family Planning 

Governance Committee

The Governance Committee serves both the Society and the Research Fund and is a standing committee. The committee is responsible for ensuring Board effectiveness and maximum participation and performance, recommending new Board members in a timely fashion, ensuring Board policies are observed, implementing Board development and growth opportunities throughout the year, ensuring all Board members receive orientation, and annually recommending a slate of officers to the Board for approval. This committee is not currently seeking members.
Chair: Megan Kavanaugh, DrPH, MPH; Guttmacher Institute
Members:

  1. Stephanie Teal, MD, MPH; University of Colorado, Denver School of Medicine
  2. David Hubacher, PhD; FHI 360
  3. Angela Dempsey, MD, MPH; University of South Carolina, Charleston
  4. Tessa Madden, MD, MPH; Washington University in St. Louis
  5. Wendy Norman, MD; University of British Columbia
  6. Eve Espey, MD, MPH; University of New Mexico

Program Committee

The Program Committee serves both the Society and the Research Fund and is a standing committee. It oversees three subcommittees: the Annual Meeting, Clinical Affairs, and Research Impact Subcommittees. The committee and its subcommittees work with staff to implement programs in accordance to and in alignment with the strategic plan and with a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. This committee is not currently seeking members.
Chair: Tessa Madden, MD, MPH; Washington University in St. Louis
Members:

  1. Christy Boraas, MD, MPH; University of Minnesota
  2. Maria Gallo, PhD; Ohio State Universtiy, College of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology
  3. Kelsey Holt, ScD; Person-Centered Reproductive Health Program, University of California, San Francisco
  4. Gretchen Stuart, MD, MPHTM; University of North Carolina School of Medicine
  5. Teresa DePineres, MD, MPH, FACOG; Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
  6. Amy Whitaker, MD, MS; Planned Parenthood of Illinois, University of Chicago

Annual Meeting Subcommittee

The Annual Meeting Subcommittee serves the Society, and is a standing subcommittee that ensures evaluation practices are in place for the annual meeting; reviews annual meeting evaluation data and makes recommendations in conjunction with the Program Committee chair/s for the following year’s meeting; develops content for the annual meeting’s career development seminar and identifies member(s) to facilitate the seminar; reviews and approves a plan and timeline for the review and selection of annual meeting session proposals and abstracts; engages in the ongoing review of alignment between the subcommittee’s work and the organization’s strategic plan and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; reviews and approves the plan and timeline for selecting awardees of key awards associated with the annual meeting; and makes recommendations to the Program Committee regarding future program implementation, evaluation, and planning. This subcommittee is not currently seeking members.
Chair: Sadia Haider, MD, MPH; University of Chicago
Members:

  1. Rebecca Allen, MD, MPH; Brown University
  2. Kristyn Brandi, MD, MPH; Rutgers- New Jersey Medical School
  3. Ashley Brant, DO, MPH; Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  4. Melissa Chen, MD, MPH; Princeton Universtiy
  5. Kelly Cleland, MPA, MPH; Princeton University
  6. Katie Massey Combs, MSW, MPH; University of Denver
  7. Laura Dodge, ScD, MPH; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  8. Caitlin Gerdts, PhD, MHS; Ibis Reproductive Health
  9. Melody Hou, MD, MPH; University of California, Davis
  10. Elizabeth Janiak, ScD, MA, MSc; Harvard University, Faculties of Medicine and Public Health
  11. Rachel Jones, PhD; Guttmacher Institute
  12. Britt Lunde, MD, MPH; Emory University; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Clinical Affairs Subcommittee

The Clinical Affairs Subcommittee serves the Society, and is a standing subcommittee that reviews and approves the plan, timeline, process, and priority areas for production of clinical guidance; performs a final review and approval of clinical practice recommendations and opinions and makes recommendations to the full Board for approval; reviews available evaluations of current clinical guidance impact and makes recommendations in conjunction with the Program Committee chair/s; engages in the ongoing review of alignment between the subcommittee’s work and the organization’s strategic plan; and makes recommendations to the Program Committee regarding future program implementation, evaluation, or planning. This subcommittee is not currently seeking members.
Chair: Angela Dempsey, MD, MPH; University of South Carolina, Charleston
Members:

  1. Deborah Bartz, MD, MPH; Harvard Medical School
  2. Tania Basu Serna, MD, MPH; Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles
  3. Lisa Bayer, MD, MPH; Oregon Health & Science University
  4. Elise Berlan, MD, MPH; Nationwide Children's Hospital
  5. Colleen Denny, MD; New York University School of Medicine
  6. Nora Doty, MD; Oregon Health & Science University
  7. Monica Dragoman MD, MPH; Planned Parenthood of New York City
  8. Curtiss Hannum, MSN, RN, APN; The Women's Centers (CT, GA, NJ, PA) 
  9. Jessica K. Lee, MD, MPH; Planned Parenthood of New York City
  10. Siripanth Nippita, MD, MS; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  11. Pooja Patel, MD, MPH, MMS; University of Texas Medical Branch
  12. Sarah Prager, MD, MAS; University of Washington
  13. Neena Qasba, MD, MPH; University of Massachusetts Medical School, Baystate
  14. Jennifer Tang, MD, MSCR; UNC Department of OB-GYN
  15. Jessica Tarleton, MD, MPH; Meidcal University of South Carolina
  16. Sarah Traxler, MD, MSHP; Planned Parenthood of North Central States
  17. Nikki Zite, MD, MPH; The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine
  18. Anne Irene Schutt-Aine, MD; Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast

Research Impact Subcommittee

The Research Impact Subcommittee serves the Research Fund, and is a standing subcommittee that oversees the grant-making process; reviews and approves the plan and timeline for evaluation of grantmaking impact; makes recommendations for requests for proposals based on identified research gaps and the vision outlined in the strategic plan; collaborates with our funder(s) to plan for grant review; interfaces with stakeholders regarding issues related to family planning research funding and priority areas; engages in the ongoing review of alignment between the subcommittee’s work and the organization’s strategic plan and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; makes recommendations to the Program Committee regarding future program implementation, evaluation, or planning. This subcommittee is not currently seeking members.
Chairs: Lisa Harris, MD, PhD; University of Michigan and  Joseph Potter, PhD; University of Texas, Austin
Members:

  1. Danielle Bessett, PhD; Univeristy of Cincinnati
  2. Blair Darney, PhD, MPH; Oregon Health & Science University
  3. Angel M. Foster, DPhil, MD, AM; University of Ottawa
  4. Sarah Horvath, MD, MHSP; ACOG
  5. Aaron Lazorwitz, MD, MSCS; University of Colorado School of Medicine
  6. Melissa Kottke, MD, MPH, MBA; Emory University
  7. Krystale Littlejohn, MA, PhD; Occidental College
  8. Michelle Moniz, MD, MSC; University of Michigan
  9. Susan Newcomer, PhD
  10. Brian T. Nguyen, MD, MSc, FACOG; University of Southern California
  11. Amanda Stevenson, PhD; Ibis Reproductive Health
  12. Carol Weisman, PhD; Penn State College of Medicine

Community Norms Working Group

The Community Norms Working group serves both the Society and the Research Fund, and is a temporary working group. The working group’s draft goals are to develop norms for staff, Board, membership, and program participants regarding professional behavior and sexual harassment. Many organizations are developing such norms to be clear about expectations, processes for reporting, and consequences. This working group is not currently seeking members.
Chair: Megan Kavanaugh, DrPH, MPH; Guttmacher Institute
Members

  1. Kristyn Brandi, MD, MPH; Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School
  2. Kate Grindlay Kelly, MSPH, BA; Ibis Reproductive Health
  3. Brooke Levandowski, PhD, MPA; University of Rochester Medical Center
  4. Anna Newton-Levinson, MPH; Emory University
  5. Katherine Pocius, MD, MPH; Massachusetts General Hospital; Integrated Residency Program at Brigham and Women's and Massachusetts General Hospitals; Harvard Medical School


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