Dinah Goldenberg, Chair

Dinah_GoldenbergDinah Goldenberg, Fargo, North Dakota grew up in Winnipeg, Canada. She received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba.  Dinah is a committed volunteer to education and health related issues.  She is currently serving her third elected term on the Fargo Public Schools Board of Education.  She is the chair of the Fargo Cass Public Health Board, a member of the North Dakota Task Force on Advanced Care Planning, the Sanford Hospital Ethics Committee, and the Dakota Medical Foundation Streets Alive Steering Committee.  Dinah is enjoying sharing her experience and skills with the AHEI board.

Since moving to Fargo 18 years ago Dinah has been actively involved with the Alliance.  She served in several roles including District and State president,  and national director for three years. In addition she served on the AMA Foundation Board for three years.  Dinah helped establish the Carol Harding Memorial Scholarship for the North Central Regional Alliance.

Dinah and her husband Jay, a radiologist, have two sons.  In her spare time she enjoys travel, reading and spending time with family and friends.


Danita Horne, Vice Chair

Danita Horne was born in Virginia, but has spent the last 23 years in her husband’s hometown of Laurel, Mississippi. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Tennessee and worked in the field of infection control and infectious disease. After moving to Mississippi she pursued a double master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and Public Health from the University of Southern Mississippi and then began a career of coordinating public health initiatives for the local hospital.

Danita devotes her time to many volunteer activities. She has served as the Fund Distribution Chair for the local United Way for 10 years, been a board member and committee chair for the Kiwanis Club of Laurel for 12 years, and has been a children’s ministry teacher at her church for 13 years. She and her husband also teach an adult Sunday School class and are active in the church youth department. Danita is a Life Member of the Laurel Junior Auxiliary. Her recent volunteer passions include being a volunteer at the Mission at the Cross, a Christian home in Laurel for men suffering from drug and alcohol addiction, and serving on the Board for Life is Hope, an organization supporting orphanages in the Port au Prince area of Haiti.

Danita has served her local Alliance as President on several different occasions. Nationally, she served on the AMA Alliance Health Promotions Committee for 2 years and has recently completed her second term as Mississippi State Medical Association Alliance President.

Her interests include travel, reading, running and scrapbooking. She recently ran in the Boston marathon which was interrupted by the bombing and returned the following year to complete the race. Danita’s husband Mark is an Internist and is a Board Member of the Mississippi State Medical Association. They have 3 children, 16 year-old twins, Kiser and Sabine and Fletcher who is 10 years old.

KC Williams, Secretary

For KC Williams, healthy families are the key to thriving communities. KC has been actively involved in the Lancaster County Medical Alliance for almost 30 years. She has served in many roles on her local Alliance board including secretary, treasurer and president. KC currently serves as the Nebraska Medical Association Alliance president.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, KC now calls the capital city, Lincoln, home. She is an active volunteer at church in various capacities, including managing a small gift shop. With Bachelor’s Degree in Math, From University of Nebraska at Omaha, KC believes “better thinking through Math” is a key to problem solving in all aspects of her life. She currently sits on an advisory committee to enhance STEM curriculum at Pius X, the local catholic high school.

KC has been married to her husband Eric for 36 years. Together, they have three grown children and one grandchild. Now retired from active parenting, KC enjoys traveling, knitting, doodling, crossword puzzles and writing poems in her spare time. She is also a published author.


Kirk Doan, Treasurer

kirk_doanKirk Doan is a practicing business lawyer specializing in health law and a partner with Stinson Leonard Street LLP, a national law firm.  He represents physicians, dentists, pharmacists and medical entities around the country in a variety of legal matters, including employment, practice acquisition, physician associations, managed care and hospital contracting, ASC and critical access hospital construction, and regulatory compliance.  He has served as general counsel to the Metropolitan Medical Society of Kansas City, and on the board of the Metropolitan Medical Foundation. He has been a member of the AMA Alliance for over 25 years, and has been previously active with the Alliance on the local and state level.

As an attorney, he has a Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ Rating and received recognition by Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers in health care law, Best of the Bar by the Kansas City Business Journal, Top Lawyers by Corporate Counsel in its Annual Guide to Health Care Law, and Best Lawyers in America® in the practice area of Health Care Law. Kirk is a past President of the Greater Kansas City Society of Health Care Attorneys. He is also a Past President of the Lawyer’s Association of Kansas City.

He is a past chairman and board member of his church, board member of the Kansas City Chapter of the American Heart Association, board member of the International Relations Council of Kansas City, and is an Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor Member, and recipient of the God & Service Award from the Boy Scouts of America. Kirk has served on the staff of several national and world Scout jamborees including England in 2007 and Sweden in 2011. Kirk was the recipient of the 1978 Hammond Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement at the University of Iowa Law School. He was also a National Finalist in the 1977 Rhodes Scholarship Selections to Oxford University, England. He is a Captain in the Civil Air Patrol – U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, and is an instrument rated pilot.

Kirk is married to Laura Brown Doan, M.D., an OB/GYN in private practice in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and they have two sons.  Their older son is Kent Doan, M.D., who is a resident in orthopedic surgery at Anschutz Medical Center, Denver, Colorado. Their younger son, Quint Doan, is a National Merit Scholar and studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. Kirk is passionate about Scouting, fishing and postage stamp collecting.


Mary Shuman, Advisor
mary_shumanMary served as Missouri State Medical Association Alliance President in 2005-06, and is currently serving as MSMAA Corresponding Secretary. She was the AMA Alliance Legislation Chairman and Council on Legislation Representative for 2 years, a Director for 2 years and on the Board Development Committee 3 times. She has been the Buchanan County Medical Society Archivist with Saint Joseph Museum since 2001. She is also involved in the following community services:

  • Friends of the Free Clinic Foundation BOD (In 2013 it celebrated its 100th It is the oldest free clinic in the USA)
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteer for 23 years and on the BOD eight years
  • 5th Judicial Circuit Juvenile Office Community Justice Committee
  • Performing Arts Association BOD—newly appointed for a 3 year term
  • Missouri Western State University Ambassadors —President 2014-2016, Chairman of Non-Traditional Students Scholarship Committee since 2007

She and her husband, Charles Ross Shuman, a Psychiatrist, have a son Kelly who is an Engineer in Portland, Oregon. Mary received her BSN from Kansas University. She enjoys traveling, reading and writing, and participates in the U.S. State Department’s ‘People to People’ Program. The couple sponsors an international military officer during his one year assignment to Fort Leavenworth, which is Mary’s birthplace.



Anne Marie Hayes

Anne Marie Hayes is from Rockford, IL. Married to Richard Hayes, Cardiologist, for nearly 30 years with 2 daughters, Emily and Laura. Her work experience includes managing an employment agency in Chicago, heading a human resources office for a division of Alcoa, and running a Catholic Charities Emergency Services facility.

Her volunteering has involved chairing annual hospital fundraising events, co-chairing a fundraising campaign for the local Catholic high school, running a food pantry, member of a Chicago Food Bank Board, and served on multiple Catholic diocesan committees.

Anne Marie has served as county alliance president, Illinois State President, as well as other county/state alliance positions, and council member for ISMS Medical Services. For the AMA Alliance, she has been on the Annual Meeting Committee, Board Development and Membership Committees.


Karen Morris


Karen Morris resides in Madison, Mississippi. She is a graduate of Mississippi College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication.  She is the director of Ideal You at Medical Associates of Vicksburg, an authorized Ideal Protein clinic.

Karen has served as a volunteer in many organizations, including the National Beta Club, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra League, South Mississippi Medical Alliance-Hattiesburg, MS Unit, Central Medical Society Alliance-Jackson, MS, Mississippi State Medical Association Alliance, American Medical Association Alliance, and the Southern Medical Association Alliance. Karen is a Life Member of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, Inc. and is currently serving as President of the Jackson Academy Showtime Show Choir.

She has served in several capacities in the Mississippi State Medical Association Alliance, including local President and state President. She continues to serve on the state Alliance board in an advisory role. Karen has served in the American Medical Association Alliance as a member of the Nominating Committee, Election Committee, AMA Foundation Committee, and Membership Committee. Karen served as President of the Southern Medical Association Alliance 2014-2015.  She was awarded Mississippi’s Alliance Member of the Year for 2017.

Karen is a singer and enjoys using her talent for community events, talent coaching, and leading worship at her church, First Baptist Church of Jackson, MS. Karen has been married to Dr. Jeffrey A. Morris since 1994. He is an internist and also serves as Vice Speaker of the House of Delegates of the Mississippi State Medical Association. They have three daughters: Meredith. a senior Graphic Design major at Mississippi State University; Leslie, a sophomore Psychology major at Mississippi State University; and, Gretchen, an 8th grader at Jackson Academy.


Barbara Savage

BarbSavageBarbara Savage, of Apex, NC received her BS in Medical Technology from SUNY Buffalo. Following graduation she received her certification, MT(ASCP).

She has served on the Alliance Boards of three states, New York, Iowa and North Carolina. She was president of the Iowa Medical Society Alliance (IMSA) in 2001. She then served on the AMA Alliance for seven years. Positions included Health Promotions Chair, Bylaws Chair Director for 3 years and two years on the Board Development Committee.

When the AMA Foundation offered a Train the Trainer(TOT) program in Health Literacy she was accepted into the first training session. Following the TOT she along with other IMSA members, took their Health Literacy program to many Medical Societies and Alliances across the country. She then worked as a consultant to Iowa Health System where she co-authored, Building Health Literate Organizations: A Guidebook to Achieving Organizational Change.

Barbara is now spearheading the Opioid Epidemic Uncovered: Finding the Prescription for Recovery for the North Carolina Medical Society Alliance and the Wake County Medical Society Alliance in partnership with the Poe Center for Health Education in Raleigh.

Barbara is an avid golfer, a member of the Devils Ridge Golf Club Board of Directors and co-chairs the Devils Ridge Pretty in Pink Golf Tournament, raising over $125,000 in the last three years for under and uninsured breast cancer patients needs.

Barbara and her husband, Dick, a retired Pathologist have two daughters and one granddaughter. The older daughter is an engineer, the younger has a PhD in Biomedical Sciences and is employed in pharmaceutical advertising.

If Barbara can find some spare time she not only loves golf, but also loves to travel.



Mary Beth Ellison, AMA Alliance President 2019-2020




Executive Director- Patricia H. Troy
PHTPhotoPatricia Troy, CAE, is President of Next Wave Group, LLC, an association management firm, and has more than twenty years of experience as an association executive. Her clients include local, regional, state, national and international organizations. Next Wave Group has operated virtually since 2006.Ms. Troy holds a B.S. and a M.Ed. from Auburn University, a CASE degree from Loyola University in Baltimore, and is a graduate of the Institute of Organization Management. She is the author of Flex: The Virtual Office Advantage. Ms. Troy is also the ASAE Certified Association Executive.The recipient of numerous honors, Pat was named one of the “Top Ten Women in Business” by the American Business Women’s Association and has been one of “Maryland’s Top 100 Women” three times.  In 1980 she and three other educators co-founded an independent elementary school.Pat and her husband, Stephen, live in Arnold, near Annapolis, Maryland.