The American Osteopathic Foundation Welcomes Six New Board Members in 2019

January 7, 2019

The AOF is proud to announce the election of six new members of the AOF Board of Directors. Nominated by their peers, these six individuals represent all facets of the osteopathic profession, such as academia, research, industry and direct patient care. 

  • Scott S. Cyrus, DO, FACOP, a board-certified osteopathic pediatrician and Associate Professor and founding Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at New Mexico State University.
  • ​J. Michael Finley, DO, the Senior Vice President for Assessment at the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. A committed educator, Dr. Finely has previously served as the associate dean of graduate and clinical medical education at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific.
  • Steven J. Heithoff, DO, FAOAO,an orthopedic hand surgeon currently in active practice at Orthopedic Associates of Port Huron, MI, which he joined in 1988. He is also Chairman of the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery and Section Chief, Department of Orthopedic Surgery at McLaren Port Huron Hospital.​
  • Jill M. Helenbrook, an an independent business consultant who provides strategic consulting to Fortune 500 and privately held businesses across the country. She has more than 20 years of hands-on experience managing initiatives to resolve complex issues,improve financial positions and advance strategic priorities.​
  • Tanya Porter, Vice President for Affiliate Operations/ Relations at Davita Medical Group (JSA Medical Group/Healthcare Partners) in St. Petersburg, Florida, and an executive with more than 20 years experience leading profitable, value-based, health-care organizations.​
  • Renee Wakulski, OMS II (student representative), is a second-year osteopathic medical student at Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and the current National Liaison Officer for the Student Osteopathic Medical Association. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in biology of global health from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., in 2017.​

All directors, with the exception of the student representative, will serve three-year terms beginning on January 1, 2019. The student representative will serve a one-year term beginning January 1, 2019.