2019-2020 AHEI Board of Trustees

Executive Committee:

Chair – Dinah Goldenberg (ND)
Vice-Chair – Danita Horne (MS)
Secretary— KC Williams (NE)
Treasurer— Julie Newman (MD)
Board of Trustees:

Anne Marie Hayes (IL)
Eric Heinenger (IA)
Sarah Krolicki (WI)
Lynn Moon (MI)
Jacqueline Nguyen (NV)
Barbara Savage (NC)
Beverly Wright (NC)
Council of Advisors:

Dianne Fenyk
Mary Shuman
Jo Terry


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.

Dinah recently completed her third four year elected term on the Fargo Public Schools Board of Education.  She has served on numerous local and state boards including the Fargo Cass Public Health Board, the North Dakota Task Force on Advanced Care Planning, the Sanford Hospital Ethics Committee, the Dakota Medical Foundation Streets Alive Steering Committee, Imagine Thriving – Mental Wellness Initiative and the Fargo Film Festival Executive Committee.  Dinah is enjoying sharing her experience and skills with the AHEI board.

Since moving to Fargo 21 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, pilates and spending time with family and friends.


Danita Horne, Vice Chair

Danita Horne was born in Virginia, but has spent the last 26 years in her husband’s hometown of Laurel, Mississippi. Laurel is the setting for HGTV’s Hometown so she has watched a drastic change in this sleepy southern town over the last couple of years.

Danita graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Tennessee in 1987 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 12 years, and recently served a year as President.   She has been a board member and committee chair for the Kiwanis Club of Laurel for 15 years, and has been involved in the children and youth ministries at her church for 17 years. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of the First Baptist Church of Laurel’s Foundation and also serves on its Scholarship Committee.   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, scrapbooking and attending her children’s various functions. Danita’s husband Mark is an Internist and is an Officer of the Mississippi State Medical Association. They have 3 children, 20 year-old twins, Kiser and Sabine who attend Ole Miss, and Fletcher who is 14 years old.


KC Williams, Secretary

KC_WilliamsFor 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.


Julie Newman, Treasurer

Julie Newman has been active with the AMA Alliance at all levels since 1997. She has served in multiple capacities over the years, including president of the Prince William County (VA) Medical Society Alliance, the Wake County (NC) Medical Society Alliance, and the North Carolina Medical Society Alliance for 2 years. She was concurrently active at AMA Alliance serving on Legislation, Integrated Marketing, Membership Chair, Director, Treasurer, and finally President of the organization 2015-16.

After residing in the Raleigh, NC area for 14 years, Julie now lives in Phoenix, MD with her husband Jack, a cardiologist practicing telemedicine. During her tenure in Raleigh, Julie worked as the administrator for her husband’s practice, managing the staff as well as the majority of nonclinical needs such as insurance billing and human relations. Her daughter Hannah lives in Northern Virginia after teaching in Seoul, South Korea for four years. Her son Matthew attends medical school at George Washington University, following in his father’s footsteps.

Julie has also been an active community volunteer, serving on the Board of Directors and as Chair of the Board of the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education in Raleigh, NC; the Triangle Heart Association; and the School Based Health Alliance, North Carolina Chapter. She is currently an active board member of the Jewish Women’s Giving Foundation of Baltimore and is the packing leader for the Baltimore Hunger Project. She shares an Alliance seat on the board of the Center for a Healthy Maryland, the foundation for Med Chi, the Maryland Medical Society. She also serves on the board of the Alliance Health Education Initiative, the philanthropic foundation of the AMA Alliance.



Anne Marie Hayes (IL)

Anne Marie Hayes is from Rockford, IL. Married to Richard Hayes, Cardiologist, for over 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, Membership Committees, North Central Representative and AHEI Board member.


Eric Heinenger (IA)

Eric serves the Alliance and AHEI from his new home state of Iowa serving as the head of Alliance efforts at the state-level. He is the Managing Director of EDEN+ Fundraising Consulting based in Des Moines where he helps non-profits of all sizes meet their philanthropic goals. He and his wife, Dr. Tiffani Milless, enjoy taking their young daughter Charlotte on many adventures across the United States.



Sarah Krolicki (WI)
Sarah_KrolickiSarah Krolicki, of Wausau, WI, has been involved with various medical societies and Auxiliaries/Alliances at the local, state and national level since 1990. She served as the Wisconsin Medical Society Alliance President and the WMS Board of Directors for three years and is currently in her second term on the WMS Foundation Board. Previously, Sarah served on the Board Development Committee and Elections Committee of the American Medical Association Alliance.

Since moving to Wausau in 1999, Sarah has served the Marathon County Medical Society Alliance for six years as President, Vice President, Secretary and has chaired and co-chaired many committees and events during her time in Wausau. She began her life of service and volunteerism with the Brooke Army Medical Center Auxiliary in 1990.

Outside of volunteering at medical organizations, Sarah enjoys being a Personal Sylist for the made-to-measure menswear brand J.Hilburn. Since April 2016, she has helped suit dozens of men to look their best!

She and her husband, Tad Krolicki, a Vitreoretinal Surgeon with the Eye Clinic of Wisconsin, have four children and two sons-in-law. In her free time, Sarah loves to read, travel, visit her children, and golf at her local course, the Wausau Country Club, where she also serves on the Board.


Lynn Moon (MI)

Lynn_MoonLynn has been a Registered Nurse since 1977, with a BSN from Northern Michigan University. She received her JD from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1991, and practiced law for 17 years, focusing on insurance defense, health provider employment contracts and licensure issues, before “retiring”. For the past 20 years, Lynn has been very involved with non-profit organizations, where she provides pro bono legal assistance. She occasionally speaks at conferences and seminars about legal issues for health care providers and presented at the 2011 AMAA North Central Region Conference. She held an adjunct faculty position at Northern Michigan University 1995 – 2002, in the MBA for Healthcare program.

In addition to offering legal services and volunteering at Girl Scout camp every summer, Lynn has participated in a number of Boards. She is Past President of MSMSA, Marquette-Alger County MSA, Marquette General Hospital Volunteers, and 4C’s of the U.P.. She also served on the Peter White Library Board for 10 years. Lynn has held many leadership positions, including Northwest Regional Director of MSMSA 2008-2010 and 2013-2014, Chair of MSMSA Planning and Development Committee, Health Promotion Co-Chair and Newsletter Chair of Marquette-Alger County MSA, a member of the Girl Scouts of Northwestern Great Lakes Board and Board Development Committee and Vice-President of National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation. She was elected to AMAA Board Development Committee for 2011. Lynn belongs to the Michigan Bar Association and GSUSA. She currently serves on the BC/BS Foundation Community Advisory Committee for the U.P.

In her spare time, Lynn participates in three book clubs (including one with Alliance members) enjoys backpacking and camping, kayaking, snow shoeing, mountain biking, and loves to travel. She is married to Donald Snowdon, who retired from the practice of emergency medicine in 2007, and they live in Marquette, Michigan. She has one daughter, Lissa, who lives in Atlanta, and a step-daughter, Vanessa, who lives in Florida with her husband Adam and two adorable grandchildren, Andy and Eric.


Jacqueline Nguyen (NV)

Jacqueline Nguyen is an attorney who is barred in Texas, California and Nevada and currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jacqueline is married to Michael Lee, M.D., an orthopaedic hand surgeon with Desert Orthopaedic Center. They are the proud parents of twin girls (8) and a son (3). Jacqueline is the President for the Nevada State Medical Association Alliance and served two consecutive terms as Co-President of the Clark County Medical Society Association Alliance, one of the most active County Alliances in the nation. Jacqueline is also the only Nevadan to serve as a Director for the American Medical Association Alliance.

Jacqueline chaired the very successful 2018 AMAA Western Regional Conference. With her legal training and decades of organizational leadership, Jacqueline is strongest in organizational growth and strategic planning, organizational compliance, fundraising and development. Jacqueline has consistently demonstrated these skills through definable metrics in all her organizational involvement.

In the last legislative cycle, Jacqueline was the Campaign Manager for Nevada State Senator Joe Hardy, M.D. She serves as a Board Member for the Nevada Physician Wellness Coalition and as an Advisory Board Member for the Indian Chamber of Commerce as well as the Global Charity Foundation. She advocates for the priorities of organized medicine by serving on the MEDPAC and NEMPAC Boards and the Legislative Core Group, representing physicians in the state of Nevada. Jacqueline has also been prolifically involved philanthropically with the Southern Nevada Community. She served as Chair and Planning Committee Member for events and outreach projects for the American Diabetes Association, the Nevada State Medical Association, the Clark County Medical Society Alliance, the Springs Preserve Foundation, the American Heart Association, the Junior League, Positively Kids Foundation and more.


Barbara Savage (NC)

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.


Beverly Wright (NC)

Beverly Brown Wright, a native of Asheville, North Carolina, received her B.S and M.S degrees from Vanderbilt University. She is a Speech/Language Pathologist who practiced in Tennessee, Texas, and Indiana before “retiring” to be a work-at-home mom. Beverly has been married to Patrick E. Wright, MD for 36 years. They met at Vanderbilt where he attended college and medical school, then lived in Houston while he completed Internship and Residency, returning to Nashville for a fellowship in Pulmonary Medicine. They have an adult son, an adult daughter and son-in-law, and the most adorable granddaughter!

Beverly has been involved in the Alliance since her marriage. She is eternally grateful for the Baylor House Staff Auxiliary, which was a valuable resource in a new town where the Wrights knew almost no one. In Nashville, she participated in the House Staff Auxiliary at Vanderbilt and has fond memories of attending a few local Auxiliary/Alliance meetings with a friend whose husband was in practice. While in Indianapolis, she was primarily involved in the “moms and tots” group of the Alliance.

Since returning to North Carolina in 1995, Beverly has been involved with a number of local organizations including the Junior League of Greensboro, the Greensboro Historical Museum, and the Greensboro Symphony Guild, but has given most of her volunteer time to Alliance activities. She is past president of the Greater Greensboro Society of Medicine Alliance and the North Carolina Medical Society Alliance and served as Secretary of the AMA Alliance.

When not working on a volunteer project, Beverly can be found knitting, sewing, or walking on the beach. But, at the moment, her favorite activities involve a highly energetic toddler.

Suzanne Manning, AMAA President-Elect Ex Officio

Suzanne Manning has been part of the Alliance since 2006 and became the Greenville County Medical Society Alliance (GCMSA) President in 2014. During her presidency, Suzanne raised awareness for ovarian cancer, domestic violence and the dangers of substance abuse in adolescents. However, the highlight of the year was hosting Rick Guidotti, award-winning fashion photographer and founder of Positive Exposure, on several occasions for the event “Beauty Reinterpreted: Changing How You See.”

Through Rick’s photography, videography and lectures, healthcare professionals and the community now see the beauty in our shared humanity and beyond any physical, genetic, behavioral or intellectual difference. This event won multiple awards including the South Carolina Medical Association Alliance Health Awareness Promotions (HAP) Award, the first place American Medical Association Alliance HAP Award and the Southern Medical Association Alliance “Eileen Martin Award” for Best Overall Health Education Project. Suzanne has since established two permanent photography exhibitions in Greenville and assisted in the publication of Positive Exposure’s first two books. She currently serves on their Board of Directors as Vice President of Marketing and Public Communications.

In addition to her work with the Alliance and Positive Exposure, Suzanne also worked as Executive Director for the Greenville County Medical Society. Having served as Secretary and Treasurer for the American Medical Association Alliance, she looks forward to being the President-elect in 2019-20. In recent years, Suzanne has served on a variety of nonprofit boards and has also chaired many successful fundraisers and events. In 2015, Suzanne was honored as one of TALK Greenville’s 25 Most Beautiful Women for her impact and work in the community and as one of “Greenville’s Finest” in 2019.

Suzanne currently lives in Greenville, South Carolina with her husband, Dr. Benji Manning, whom she met while working as a nurse in the Trauma/Neuro Intensive Care Unit. Suzanne and her husband have two children, Madeline and William. After teaching clinical nursing for 9 years, Suzanne “retired” to become more active in nonprofit work and her community. She lives each day with the philosophy of, “Dream big, never refrain, and you’ll make a difference wherever you are!” In the evenings or on the weekends, Suzanne enjoys relaxing with family and friends, knitting one more row on a knitting project and getting kisses from her Goldendoodle, Rivers.


Heather Rifkin, AMAA Liaison

Heather Rifkin obtained her Doctorate of Pharmacy in 2000 from Duquesne University cum laude. She has worked in various pharmacy specialties and currently maintains pharmacy licenses in the states of Pennsylvania and Mississippi. She is married to Dr. Brian Rifkin, an Interventional Nephrologist with the Hattiesburg Clinic. They reside in Hattiesburg with their 2 sons, Nicholas and Zachary. Their boys, age 10 and 12 are both in the accelerated learning program at their respective schools and both involved in award winning show choirs.

Heather has been an active member of the medical Alliance since relocating to Mississippi in 2005. She has been involved with many committees and task forces in the alliance at the county, state and national levels. She has served as county secretary, vice president and president. She has been involved with long term strategic planning at both the state and national levels. She served as MSMA Alliance President in 2017-2018. Heather is finishing her year of service as AMA Alliance Director of Programs. She will continue her service as upcoming Director of membership.

Along with being an active alliance member, Heather enjoys volunteering in her children’s school. She had held many PTO board member positions over the past 5 years including school book fair coordinator, teacher appreciation week chairperson, secretary and treasurer. She served as President of the Advisory Board for the Oak Grove Middle School Show Choir and costume mistress in 2018-2019. In her spare time she enjoys reading and all sorts of craft projects and spoiling her cats.


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.