About Us


AOFAS Staff

 

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

 


Membership

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 Coordinator

 


Education

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


Michelle Adams

Michelle Adams
Director of Education

 

Alena Frey

Alena Frey, CMP
Education Manager

 

Christine Johnson

Christine Johnson
Education Manager

 

Wendy Carranza

Wendy Carranza, CMP
Meetings Manager

 

Julie Murkowski

Julie Murkowski
Education Coordinator

 


Research/Health Policy

Oversees the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Outcomes Research Network (OFAR), research grants, evidence-based medicine, scientific journals, and position statements


Hazel Oreluk

Hazel Oreluk, MA
Director of Research

 

Guadalupe Gonzalez de Trejo

Guadalupe Gonzalez de Trejo
Research Coordinator

 

Shera Palmer Cook

Shera Palmer Cook, MA
FAI/FAO Managing Editor

 

 


Administration

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


Natasha Roman

Natasha Roman, MA
Finance Manager

 

James Walwark

James Walwark
IT Manager

 

Jessica Dornfeld

Jessica Dornfeld
Marketing and Communications Senior Manager

 

Christine Brannon

Christie Brannon
Marketing and Communications Specialist

 

Development

Leads fundraising and stewardship for the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation

 

Cathy Powers, CAE

Cathy Powers, CAE
Development Senior Manager

 


Contractors

 

Debbie Whalen

Debbie Whalen
Exhibit Services