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.


Jennifer L. Owens, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Gina Shannon, Emory University


Anne Woll, MS.: Co-Chair Abstract Submission Review Sub-Committee, University of Minnesota
Leanne Picketts: Co-Chair Abstract Submission Review Sub-Committee, Dalhousie University

Bob Bolyard, University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine
Dena Higbee, University of Missouri - Shelden Clinical Simulation Center
Gayle Gliva Mcconvey, Eastern Virginia Medical School
Denise LaMarra, MS., Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Michae Orfanos, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Sarah Garnaat, Michigan State University
Todd Lash, The Ohio State University

Committee Goals Upcoming Year

  • Create opportunities for attendees to network
  • Design opportunities to link attendees to the SOBPs
  • Inform attendees of information about the association beyond the Conference (membership directory, virtual library, website, listserv, blog)

Committee Goals Previous Year

  • Orlando, Florida, USA! “Small World, BIG Ideas - Advancing Best Practices” ASPE 2019!
    • 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)