2024 Board of Governors

The 20-member board represents the interests of medical school graduates, residents, fellows, and students. The board serves as the official vehicle for alumni to maintain personal and professional relationships with the school. The board works to support the school’s mission, provide governance of the Alumni Society, and receive information of importance from SIU School of Medicine for the professional well-being of the alumni membership.

SIU School of Medicine Alumni Society Board of Governors

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Sofya Asfaw, MD '09

Sofya Asfaw, MD '09  
Surgery 
(Term expires 2027 w/ renewal 2030)

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Richard Austin, MD '14
Emergency Medicine
(President 2024-2027)

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Austin Beason, MD '17

Austin Beason, MD '17 
Orthopedic Surgery 
(Term Expires 2025)

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Elizabeth Collins

Elizabeth Montgomery Collins, MD, MPH, DTM '96
Pediatrics/Global Health
(Vice President 2024-2027)

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Nicole Florence, MD '96

Nicole Florence, MD '96 
Internal Medicine/Pediatrics  
(Term Expires 2026)

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Jason Gillihan

Jason Gillihan, MD '06
Anesthesiology
(Treasurer 2024-2027)

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Diane_Hillard-Sembell

Diane Hillard-Sembell, MD '86
Orthopedic Surgery
(Term expires 2025 w/ renewal 2028)

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Dr. Breck Jones

Breck Jones, MD '15
Neurological Surgery
(Secretary 2024-2027)

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Safiya McNeese, MD '13

Safiya McNeese-Ruffin, MD '13
Family Medicine
(Term Expires 2027 w/ renewal 2030)

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Muller

Renee Mueller, MD '01
Colon and Rectal Surgery
(Term Expires 2026 w/ renewal 2029)

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Mulch portrait

Amanda Mulch, MD '03
Obstetrics and Gynecology 
(Term Expires 2026 w/ renewal 2029)

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Michael Pick

Michael Pick, MD '76
Rheumatology
(Term expires 2025 w/ renewal 2028)

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Stephen Raben

Stephen Raben, MD '90
Family Medicine
(Term Expires 2024)

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Ron Romanelli, MD '83

Ron Romanelli, MD '83  
Orthopedic Surgery 
(Term expires 2027 w/ renewal 2030)

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Mark Schmelzel

Mark Schmelzel, MD '79
Surgery
(Term Expires 2024)

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Thomas Selby Headshot

Thomas Selby, MD '13 
Dermatology 
(Term Expires 2026 w/ renewal 2029)

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David Skillrud

David Skillrud, MD '79
Pulmonary/Sleep Medicine
(Term Expires 2025)

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Stephen Soltys

Stephen Soltys, MD '80
Psychiatry
(Term Expires 2026)

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Christine Todd, MD '93
Internal Medicine 
(Term Expires 2025)

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Elizabeth Valencia

Elizabeth Valencia, MD '09
Radiology - Diagnostic
(Term Expires 2026 w/ renewal 2029)

Board of Governors Ex Officio

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Wendi El-Amin, MD
Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

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Haneme Idrizi, MD '03
Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions
Associate Professor of Pediatrics

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Jerry Kruse, MD, MSPH

Jerry Kruse, MD, MSPH
Dean and Provost, SIU School of Medicine

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Cassie Mattson

Cassie Mattson, CMP
Assistant Director, Development & Alumni Relations

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Development Officer Patsy Wappel

Patsy Wappel
Senior Developement Officer, Development & Alumni Relations

Medical Student Representatives

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Joey Maiocco, Class of 2024

Joey Maiocco
Class of 2024

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Molly Smith, Class of 2025

Molly Smith
Class of 2025

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Madison Stacey, Class of 2026

Madison Stacey
Class of 2026

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Adetolani "Tola" Adeyefa, Class of 2027

Tola Adeyefa
Class of 2027

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Maddison Nelson, LSP Class of 2024

Madison Nelson
Class of 2024
Lincoln Scholars Program

Staff

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Kate Moore Portrait

Kate Moore
Program Coordinator, Development & Alumni Relations

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Photo of Nicole Edmiston

Nicole Edmiston
Event Manager, Development & Alumni Relations

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Megan Matzat

Megan Matzat 
Administrative Assistant, Development & Alumni Relations