Conference Committee


The Conference Committee produces the ASPE annual conference.  The committee selects plenary and invited speakers, vets abstracts, and plans the daily conference program, among many other tasks.

The Conference Committee works closely with ASPE administration, the VP Finance, and ASPE’s Grants and Research, Membership, Educational Content, and Publications & Website committees to accomplish its mission.


Anne Chapin: Conference Chair, University of Virginia,

Valerie Fulmer: Co-Chair, Abstract Submissions Review Subcommittee, University of Pittsburgh

Gina Shannon: Co-Chair, Abstract Submissions Review Subcommittee, Emory University

Jen Owens: Chair, SP Day Subcommittee, George Washington University


Gina Shannon, Emory University

Dena Higbee, University of Missouri

Heather Wiedeman, KWMG

Dawn Schocken, University of South Florida

Jennifer Owens, George Washington University

Todd Lash, Ohio State University

Cathy Smith, University of Toronto

Valerie Fulmer, University of Pittsburgh

Gayle Gliva-McConvey, Eastern Virginia Medical School

Robert Bolyard, University of Vermont

Jamie Pitt, Washington University St. Louis

HenrikeHolzer, MedizinischeHochschule Brandenburg Theodor Fontane, Germany

Liz Leko, University of Arizona

Committee Goals Previous Year

  • ASPE 2017 Alexandria!
    • Record submissions and attendance!
    • Quality programming
    • ASPE After hours
  • To review written policies and procedures (35 pages)
    • Revised templates from VP of Operations
  • To promote conference via social media and ASPE eNews (collaboration with Rob MacAulay, chair Website and Social Media Committee, Todd Lash, new chair, Publications committee and KWMG)
  • To support and grow SP day as a subcommittee of the Conference Committee

Committee Goals Upcoming Year

  • Kansas City! “More boulevards than Paris, more fountains that Rome!” ASPE 2018!
    • Innovations, Engagement and Leadership: give us feedback!
  • Let’s add 10 people to our conference committee! 
  • We love our vendors!  Seeking 20 vendors to wow our membership.
  • Select locations for 2020, 2021 conferences (with meeting planner and VP Finance)