GAFP Membership News

 GAFP Welcomes Newly Inaugurated Members to the 2020 Board of Directors

GAFP Welcomes Newly Inaugurated Members to the 2020 Board of Directors

In November, the GAFP had the privilege of swearing in new leaders to our Board of Directors and appointing Committee leadership for 2020.  Please welcome our 2020 volunteer leaders.

2020 Board of Directors – Newly Inaugurated

President – Jeff Stone, MD ~ Canton

Board Chair – Donald Fordham, MD ~ Demorest

President-Elect Tom Fausett, MD ~ Adel

Secretary- Samuel “Le” Church, MD ~ Hiawassee

COD Vice Speaker – Monica Newton, DO ~ Gainesville

AAFP Alternate Delegate – Mitch Cook, DO ~ Athens

Director – District 5 – Cedrice Davis, MD ~ Marietta

Director – District 8 – William “Donny” Nash, MD ~ Nashville

Alternate Director – District 1 – Sherma Peter, MD ~ Sylvania

Alternate Director – District 2 – Zita Magloire, MD ~ Cairo

Alternate Director – District 4 – Carmen Echols, MD ~ Decatur

Alternate Director – District 5 – Shameka Hunt McElhaney, MD ~ Smyrna

Alternate Director – District 8 – Jonathan Wade, MD ~ Nashville

Alternate Director – District 9 – Nkiruka Udejiofor, MD ~ Woodstock

Alternate Director – District 11 – Wanda Gumbs, MD ~ Atlanta

2020 Committee Chairs/Vice Chairs

Education and Research Committee – Chair, Theresa Jacobs, MD and Vice Chair, Ken Howard, MD

Finance Committee – Chair, Sharon Rabinovitz, MD and Vice Chair, John Vu, MD

Legislative Committee – Chair, Bruce LeClair, MD and Vice Chair, Chip Cowart, MD

Membership Committee – Chair, Ellie Daniels, MD and Vice Chair, Folashade Omole, MD

Practice Management Committee – Chair, Michael Satchell, MD and Vice Chair, Collyn Steele, MD

Public Health Committee – Chair, Dan Singleton, MD and Vice Chair, Angeline Ti, MD

Student and Resident Recruitment Committee – Chair, Julie Dahl-Smith, DO and Vice Chair, Kevin Johnson, MD

Bylaws Committee – Chair Alice House, MD and Vice Chair Jody Bahnmiller, MD

GAFP PAC Board – Chair, Donald Fordham, MD and Vice Chair, Monica Newton, DO


The GAFP is proud to welcome our new Board members and Committee Chairs/Vice Chairs.  Thank you to our volunteer leaders who take the time to serve on work groups, committees, and the Board of Directors.  Our Academy is strong because of the volunteer efforts of our members.

Member Access to November Board Minutes and Leadership Decisions 

 In an effort to keep GAFP members more informed of Board decisions, members can now access the November Board minutes.

Even though major activities tend to be reported in our newsletter, members may keep track of leadership decisions and adherence to the GAFP mission and strategic plan by reviewing quarterly Board minutes via a simple request to staff.  If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the GAFP Board minutes, please contact Angela Flanigan, Chief Operating Officer at  Only GAFP members have the privilege to review the GAFP’s Board of Director’s minutes.

Thrive 2020 Dates Announced

Continuing in the success of the inaugural Thrive Practice Transformation Project workshops, GAFP is pleased to announce dates for the 2020 cohorts.  Thrive is designed to help practices survive and thrive in today’s changing healthcare environment by assisting independent practices by educating the care team on ways to find hidden or underutilized coding to help receive the highest possible reimbursement rates.  Thrive will also help the practice ensure their patients are taking advantage of all the benefits that their health plans allow.

There will be three cohorts of two-day workshops (held three months apart) on Coding and Documentation. Cohorts will take place in Albany, Statesboro, and in the Atlanta/Metro area.  Each session will be led by Bob Addleton and Adele Cohen, Leadership in Practice consultants, and longtime GAFP partner and coding expert, Steve Adams.  The workshops will include education on missed coding opportunities, proper documentation tips and techniques, and rapid-cycle improvement processes.  Please note, the Atlanta/Metro cohort is open to employed physicians as well as those in private practice. Applications will be accepted for up to 8 practices.

To register for a session in your area, please visit

Registration closes 30 days prior to first workshop!

2020 Cohorts

Albany: February 13 | May 14

Statesboro:  April 1 | July 9

*Atlanta Metro: July 16 | October 15

*open to employed physicians

Get Involved in Committees! GAFP seeking member participation in its committees

Committee Recruitment 2020

The GAFP is now soliciting new members to our 2020 Committees! We are looking for GAFP members to join various committees in support of the GAFP’s mission to promote the health of the citizens of Georgia by advancing the specialty of Family Medicine through education, advocacy and service to family physicians in the State of Georgia.

The GAFP has implemented several successful initiatives in past years, all because of the dedication and commitment of our volunteer committee members.

All Committee members are appointed by our president, Dr. Jeff Stone.  He will evaluate each person’s volunteer application and make every attempt to have you serve on the Committee of your choice.

Committee membership will be held to no more than 15 members. For most committees, this will include one slot for a resident and a medical student. The expectation is that each member selected for a committee will have the ability to 1) attend the three committee conclave meetings, 2) respond to emails, and 3) review committee materials and be ready to offer advice and guidance.

We ask that you only volunteer to serve on a Committee if you can attend either in person or by phone all three meetings in 2020.  Although several committees meet more than 3 times a year, here are the dates for the 2020 Committee Conclaves:

  • Saturday, February 29                    Atlanta, GA (Le Meridian Atlanta Perimeter)
  • Thursday, June 4                              Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort (Miramar, FL, in conjunction with the GAFP Summer CME Meeting)
  • Saturday, August 1                         Pine Mountain, GA (Callaway Resort & Gardens)


Following is a list of the opportunities for service. You will find a more detailed list of Committee descriptions and Committee Recruitment Application by clicking here.

  • Bylaws Committee
  • Education and Research Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Legislative Committee
  • State Legislative Session Working Group (unlimited # of members and has a shorter time commitment):
  • Membership Services Committee
  • Practice Management Committee
  • Public Health Committee
  • Student and Resident Recruitment

We encourage your interest and participation as this is certainly an important and pivotal time for family medicine. We are only as strong as the commitment and involvement of our members.

GAFP Member Volunteers Needed to Score 2020 Community Health Grant Program Applications

Georgia Academy of Family Physician (GAFP) members are needed to score the growing number of applications submitted to the nationally recognized Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) Community Health Grant Program.

First cycle 2020 grant applications are due by February 1st and scoring will begin the second week in February, with grant awards announced in early March. The second cycle application deadline is May 14, 2020 and the final application deadline for 2020 grants is July 9th.

Volunteer scorers will be asked to participate in a conference call orientation the first week of February, but all application reviews can be done electronically with no in person meetings required. Scoring Committee members will score a maximum of 5 applications each cycle and are not eligible to apply for grants while scoring.  Please contact Kara Sinkule at or (404) 321-7445 if you are interested in scoring 2020 grants.

Over the last seven years, the Community Health Grant Program awarded than $326,000 in grants to GAFP members, residency programs, FMIG groups and their communities.

The program awards up to $5,000 to GAFP member affiliated community organizations that support GHFA program priorities including underserved populations and community programs that promote healthy practices consistent with the principles of Family Medicine. Current GAFP members including medical students, residents and active/ life members are eligible to apply for grants. Visit  to view a list of previously funded grant projects, download an application to learn more.