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Meet the Team

Board of Directors


Sam Dyer PA-C, MHS


M.H.S., Duke University; B.S., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill


Paul Desillier, MPAS, PA-C

Past President

M.S., University of Nebraska Medical Center 


Ben Kocher

Vice President

D.S.c., Baylor University; M.S., University of Nebraska Medical Center; B.S., Athletic Training, University of Deleware


Karla Frick, MPAS, PA-C


MPAS, Midwestern University; B.S., University of Alabama


Robert R Thomas, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA


M.S. PA Studies, University of Detroit Mercy; Bachelor of Education, Gonzaga University




































Regional Directors 




Chris Merchant, MPAS, PA-C

Northwest Region (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY)

MPAS, University of Nebraska, Omaha NE



Krista Bartlett, PA-C

Southwest Region (AZ, CA, HI, NV, UT)

M.S., University of California, Davis 


Brian Downie, PA-C, MS

Northern Central Region (IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI)

MS, Western Michigan University


Jeff Spivey, MPAS, PA-C

Southern Central Region (MS, AR, CO, KS, LA, NM, OK, TX)

 MPAS, IPAP/University of Nebraska


Chris Wheeler, PA-C, M.M.Sc.

Northeast Region (CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT)

M.M.Sc., Emory University School of Medicine PA Program


Joshua Porter, MPAS, PA-C

Southeast Region (AL, DC, DE, FL, GA, KY, MD, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV)

MPAS, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale IL



































The Nominating Committee works to identify potential members to serve as PAOS officers by establishing application criteria, verifying eligibility, and presenting candidates to add to the election ballot.

Continuing Medical Education

The CME Committee is largely responsible for planning and executing the PAOS Annual Conference and PAOS Spring CME Conference, including site selection, developing course curriculum, and managing financial obligations.


The Editorial Committee coordinates the design and publication of the PAOS newsletter and any other PAOS publication. They solicit and review information from members for publication as newsletter articles as well as publication in other professional journals.


The Outreach Committee organizes community outreach projects for PAOS, ensuring partners meet certain criteria and that events are well-publicized.

Student Relations

The Student Relations Committee maintain ongoing relationships with PA programs nationwide to promote PAOS. Additionally, they oversee all organizational and clerical work associated with soliciting applications for The Susan Lindahl Memorial Scholarship.


The Website Committee oversees all maintenance and updates to the PAOS website while maintaining and presenting budget and revenue reports.


The Membership Committee collaborates with physician assistants nationwide to maximize PAOS outreach while overseeing all record-keeping and organizational membership tasks.