American Medical Writers Association Mid-Atlantic Chapter

AMWA's mission is to promote excellence in medical communication
and to provide educational resources in support of that goal.

Who We Are

Our members come from varied backgrounds and career levels

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter is one of 15 chapters of the American Medical Writers Association, the leading professional organization for writers, editors, and other communicators of medical information. The AMWA Mid-Atlantic Chapter includes Maryland, Virginia, DC, and the eastern part of West Virginia.


2023 AMWA-MAC Leadership Team

Our goal is to provide the information and resources you need to excel in your medical writing career whether you’re new to the field or a seasoned professional. Learn more about us.

Colleen Walacavage, MA, ELS


Judith Orvos, MS ELS.

Immediate Past President

Kristyn Sylvia, PhD


Maria Arini Lopez


Vedangana Saini, Ph.D.


Andre Allen

Membership & Volunteer Coordinator 

Faris Naimi

Faris Naimi, MS

Communications Manager

Rebecca Nelson, MA

Chapter Advisory Committee  Representative

Regional Coordinators

Our regional coordinators host networking events for AMWA members and prospective members in the Mid-Atlantic region throughout the year.

Nonye Uddoh, PharmD, MBA, BCACP

Regional Coordinator – Baltimore


Regional Coordinator – Central Virginia


Regional Coordinator – Southeast Virginia

Angela Trenkle

Regional Coordinator – Bethesda/DC/Silver Spring