About Us



AOFAS Headquarters Office
9400 W. Higgins Road, Suite 220
Rosemont, IL 60018-4975
Phone: 800-235-4855 or +1-847-698-4654 (outside US)
Fax: 847-692-3315

Executive Office

Oversees AOFAS leadership, operations, strategic initiatives, and governance

Elaine Leighton

Elaine Leighton, MPH, CAE
Executive Director


Pat Heiberger

Pat Heiberger
Executive Assistant and Governance Coordinator



Manages membership applications, benefits, dues, and inquiries, FAI subscriptions, and database administration


Shelly Encher

Shelly Encher
Director of Membership and Outreach


Krista Stewart

Krista Stewart
Membership Manager


Nathaniel Kier

Nathaniel Kier
Membership Senior Specialist



Develops and delivers continuing education programs, including in-person meetings and courses and online learning, and supports the Fellowship Match


Alena Frey

Alena Frey, CMP
Director of Education and Meetings


Wendy Carranza

Wendy Carranza, CMP
Meetings Manager


Julie Glosson

Julie Glosson
Education Manager


William Livingston

William Livingston
Fellowship and Resident Education Manager


Jennifer Moore

Jennifer Moore
Digital Education Manager


Research/Health Policy

Oversees research grants, evidence-based medicine, position statements, and scientific journals


Hazel Oreluk

Hazel Oreluk, MA
Director of Research


Shera Palmer Cook

Shera Palmer Cook, MA
FAI/FAO Managing Editor




Manages financial operations, technical infrastructure, and communication to AOFAS members and the public


Natasha Roman

Natasha Gonzalez, MA
Finance Senior Manager


Jessica Dornfeld

Jessica Dornfeld
Marketing and Communications Senior Manager


Christine Brannon

Christie Petrucci
Marketing and Communications Senior Specialist



Leads fundraising and stewardship for the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation


Cathy Powers, CAE

Cathy Powers, CAE
Development Senior Manager




Debbie Whalen

Debbie Whalen
Exhibit Services