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Sarah Shultz, PhD

Chair, OAAA Steering Committee
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Fort Lewis College

Cheryl Der Ananian, PhD, MS

Vice Chair, OAAA Steering Committee
Associate Professor, Exercise Science and Health Promotion Program
College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University


Lead Partner Organizations

American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM)

Ty Wadsworth, MD, FAMSSM
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO; Medical Director, Athletic Training Education Program, Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, Doisy College of Health Sciences, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO; Medical Director, Sundance Clinical Research, LLC, St. Louis, MO; Attending Physician, St. Louis Medical Clinic, St. Louis, MO

Arthritis Foundation

Nick Turkas, MS
Senior Director, Patient Education, Community Connections

Association of Rheumatology Professionals (ARP)

TBN – ARP Executive Committee will appoint.

Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI)

Professor Ali Mobasheri, BSc, ARCS, MSc, DPhil (Oxon)
Professor of Musculoskeletal Biology, Research Unit of Medical Imaging, Physics and Technology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland


Members at Large

Connie B. Newman, MD, FACP, FAHA, FAMWA
Adjunct Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine
Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
NYU School of Medicine President
American Medical Womens’ Association

Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Marquette University

Kathy Sapp
CEO, American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA)

Matthew Lee Smith, PhD, MPH, CHES, FGSA, FAAHB
Associate Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health Co-Director, Center for Population Health and Aging, Texas A&M University

Tina H. Thornhill, PharmD, FASCP, BCGP
Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Vice Chair of Experiential & Professional Education
Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Department of Pharmacy Practice

Heather K. Vincent, PhD, FACSM
Associate Professor Director, Vice Chair for Research
Director, UF Health Sports Performance Center Director
Director, UF Exercise Medicine and Functional Fitness Laboratory
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Florida

Monette Williams
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
USA Triathlon Level II, Youth and Junior Coach


Past Chair

Jeffrey B. Driban, PhD, ATC, CSCS

Professor, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences; UMass Chan Medical School
Representative of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and the Athletic Trainers’ OA Consortium (ATOAC)