New terms will begin in 2016 and March 2017
The American Medical Writers Association Mid-Atlantic Chapter has announced its new president-elect, medical editor and writer Erin L. Boyle, and new members joining the Board of Directors and chapter leadership.
Boyle will become president at the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Chapter Conference. She will be taking over the role from Cherie Dewar, current president of AMWA-MAC.
“I’m excited and honored to be named the president-elect of AMWA-MAC,” Boyle said. “I just celebrated my 11th-year anniversary as an editor, writer, and communications manager in the medical field, having started as a staff writer with a medical trade newspaper in 2005. I joined AMWA at the same time. I am looking forward to working with the AMWA-MAC Board of Directors to continue the excellent work by Cherie, Immediate Past President Jill W. Roberts, and all other past AMWA-MAC presidents.”
Other changes to the Board of Directors are Heidi Rosvold-Brenholtz moving from the role of associate chapter conference coordinator to conference co-coordinator. Cindy van Dijk was also named conference co-coordinator. Michael Haynes is stepping down from the role of chapter conference coordinator.
van Dijk has been a freelance medical writer for 18 years and a member of various AMWA chapter as she and her family have moved for her husband’s military service. Anticipating another move, she wanted to give back to AMWA-MAC while still in the area.
“Serving in this position is a way I can contribute now because I can’t make a longer-term commitment not knowing where we will be next spring/summer,” she said. “As AMWA National has expanded our educational offerings with webinars, online courses, etc., our challenge is to bring together regional mentors and workshop leaders that offer relevant, interesting, and useful information. And let’s face it, there are great networking opportunities at the chapter conferences. You can’t get that online.”
Michael Jones was named Associate Conference Coordinator, which is not a board position but is still an important role with the chapter.
“I am excited about my upcoming involvement with the AMWA-MAC Board of Directors serving in a supportive capacity,” Jones said. “As the chapter moves ahead in the planning of varied educational programs in the coming year, I look forward to having the opportunity to share the experience that I have gained from my medical writing background in the pharmaceutical industry coupled with that gained from my previous involvement with AMWA programs at the national level and as a workshop leader. Positions that I have held at the national level include Sections Administrator, Awards Administrator, Secretary, Constitution and Bylaws Chair and Annual Conference Coordinator.”
Martin Spiering, PhD, will become treasurer in July when Tracy Robinson steps down. With an extensive background in biomedical research, Spiering is currently a project manager, writing and editing scientific and educational materials and research articles and overseeing science communications projects.
“AMWA has helped me enormously in expanding my professional horizon, both through its educational offerings and via its networking opportunities. It’s my great pleasure and privilege to serve on the Board of Directors of the AMWA-MAC Chapter and my hope and ambition that our chapter continues to be the go-to place for medical and scientific communicators in the region,” Spiering said.
AMWA Mid-Atlantic Chapter includes members from Maryland, Virginia, DC, the southern part of Delaware, and the eastern part of West Virginia. New and prospective AMWA members are also welcome at all of our events.