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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

Ben Kocher

Vice President

Karla Frick, MPAS, PA-C


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


Robert R Thomas, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA


M.S. PA Studies, B.A. in Education




































Regional Directors 




Steve King, PA-C

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

B.S., Exercise Physiology



Karla Frick, MPAS, PA-C

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

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


Mike Harvey, PA-C, MBA

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

M.S., Midwestern University-Glendale; MBA, University of Indianapolis; B.S., Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis


Randall Pape MPAS, PA-C 

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

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


Steven A. Kelham, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA

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

D.H.Sc., Nova Southeastern University; MSPAS, University of Nebraska; BSPAS, University of Nebraska



































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.