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, [email protected]

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

Grace Gephardt: Chair, SP Day Subcommittee, Arkansas Children's


Susie Austin, University of Kansas School of Medicine
Robert Bolyard, University of Vermont
Mary Cantrell, University of Arkansas for Medicine Sciences
Gayle Gliva-McConvey, Eastern Virginia Medical School
Dena Higbee, University of Missouri
Gina Shannon, Emory University
Denise LaMarra, University of PA, Perelman School of Medicine
Todd Lash, Ohio State University
Julie Mack, University of Kansas School of Medicine
Shirley McAdam, UVM College of Medicine
Michae Orfanos, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Kim Patterson, Michigan State University
Dawn Schocken, University of South Florida
Heather Wiedeman, KWMG representative

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)