I want to start by thanking SPPCP members and leadership for their confidence in allowing me the opportunity to oversee our organization for the next year.  I am humbled and honored to be in this position.  Being President of our organization is by far my greatest professional challenge and accomplishment.  Our organization has a lot to celebrate in its short existence.  A few highlights from 2019 include, offering our first SPPCP “Office Hours”, completing the PainMan card, holding our second Virtual Conference, establishing member profiles on the organization website, developing of the Opioid Stewardship Task Force, and presentation of the Renee Holder Literature Award.  I look forward to highlighting many other organizational successes at the end of this year.


In 2020 we will see an influx of new leaders as many of our Committees are transitioning to new Chairs.  The organization will be approving the by-laws and developing our strategic plan for the future.  As we move through this pivotal planning year, it is paramount that we have your involvement.  During the year we are going to request all members complete a strategic planning survey as well as for volunteers to serve on the strategic planning task force.  Your participation in this process will help to ensure the organization is planning for, and meeting, the needs of its members.  This year our Annual Virtual Conference is expanding to include a poster session to showcase research being done by our members.  The organization is also working towards developing a mentorship program for students, residents, and practitioners newer to our fields.  We also have hopes for continued strengthening of relationships with our collaborating organizations.


A little bit about myself:  I currently work at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center as a pain and palliative care clinical specialist.  Prior to working at Ohio State, I was a clinical faculty member working primarily in hospice.  Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my wife (Kenzey) and our three kids (Kalin, Hayes, and Amelia), going to Church, and golfing.


Over the next year my goal is to help position our organization for long-term stabilization and continued success.  To meet this goal I am going to need your support!  If you have thoughts or ideas on how SPPCP leadership can improve members’ experience, please do not hesitate to let me know.


Again, thank you for this opportunity to serve our organization.