AAHC & AAHCI Staff

Steven L. Kanter, MD

President, CEO
In July 2018, Steven L. Kanter, MD became President/CEO of the Association of Academic Health Centers. Dr. Kanter comes to AAHC from his previous position as Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas (UMKC). During his time as Dean, Dr. Kanter led a successful effort to form a new academic health center in Kansas City, Missouri. His distinguished academic career includes serving as Vice Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (UPSOM), where he devoted significant time and effort to cultivating international collaborations, including leading a team that established a new medical school in Kazakhstan.

Dr. Kanter has served in faculty appointments at UMKC, UPSOM, and at Texas A&M University College of Medicine. At UMKC, he also served as Executive Director of UMKC Health Sciences District and held the Merl and Muriel Hicklin/Missouri Endowed Chair in Medicine. He is a widely recognized researcher, author of numerous publications, and speaker. He has chaired various national committees, is a member of multiple professional societies, and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. Read Dr. Kanter’s complete biosketch here.

Lynn Bentley

Publications and Content Manager
Lynn Bentley joined AAHC in February 2008. She received her BA in Political Science from American University and brings over 25 years of experience working with international financial and development organizations in Washington, DC.

Sam Evans, MA

Analyst
Sam Evans joined AAHC in January 2018. He received his MA in International Economic Relations from American University's School of International Service and his BA in Economics and Political Science from Wheaton College. Sam brings experience in international relations, data analytics, and statistical design to the Association.

Ruhiyyih Degeberg

Director of Research and Member Programs
Ruhiyyih Degeberg joined the AAHC in 2016. She is responsible for planning and coordinating activities, meetings and educational content for member programs. Prior to joining AAHC, she was a senior specialist with the Association of Public Health Laboratories. Ruhiyyih brings to the AAHC more than three years of association experience as well as a background in scientific research, project management and public health. Ruhiyyih holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh.

Elizabeth Bishop Gemoets

Chief Operating Officer
Elizabeth Gemoets joined the AAHC in June of 2006. Elizabeth serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the Association and is responsible for overseeing the day to day management of the organization. Elizabeth has 25 years of association management experience, obtained her Bachelor’s in Music and Business from Skidmore College, and did graduate work in non-profit management at American University.

Lisa Harrison

Office Manager
Lisa Harrison joined the AAHC in July of 2009 as Receptionist/Office Coordinator. She is the voice of AAHC and brings extensive organization and office support expertise to the organization. Prior to working at the AAHC, she worked as the assistant to the Director of Aging Services for the United Planning Organization. She is in the process of earning her BS degree in Business Administration, and plans to continue her education towards an MBA.

Yuan Li

Manager of Information Technology
Yuan joined AAHC in 2016. His responsibilities include the management of membership database records, online user profiles, and providing IT related customer service to staff and members. He is a graduate at the University of Maryland with experience in database administration, web development, photography, graphics design, and various computer based languages.

Lauren Maggio, PhD

Programs Scholar
Lauren Maggio joined AAHC in December 2018. She serves as the Programs Scholar of the Association, working closely to facilitate the efforts of the President's Councils. Dr. Maggio brings extensive experience from her roles in academic health centers as a faculty member, researcher, and information scientist. Dr. Maggio is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She holds a PhD from Utrecht University in Medical Education, an MS in Information Science from Simmons University, an MA from the University of British Columbia in Literature, and a BA from Tufts University in English Literature.

Alcenia McIntosh-Peters

Director of Meetings and Membership
Alcenia McIntosh-Peters joined the AAHC in February 2007 as Executive Assistant to the President. She brings extensive administrative management expertise in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Alcenia received her Bachelor's in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Georgetown University.

Habiba Osmani, MA

Program Coordinator
Habiba Osmani joined AAHC in May of 2019. She works closely with the Association’s international membership and programs, especially in bringing in new strategies to grow the Regional Office network. Habiba joined AAHC after working in the early childhood non-profit sector for a few years after completing her MA in International Relations in Paris, France. In addition to English, she speaks Arabic, French, and Spanish. She received her BA in International Relations and Psychology at The George Washington University.

Katherine Robbins, MLS

Program Coordinator
Katie Robbins joined AAHC in May 2019. She has worked in the healthcare field for several years with both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Katie received a Master’s in Library & Information Science from Drexel University and her Bachelor's in English Literature from Eastern University.

Chris Kahler Smith, MS

Director of International Programs
Chris Kahler joined AAHC in June of 2012. Her main responsibility at AAHC is to build upon the foundation of AAHC International by managing international membership and programs, and creating a more solid governance and membership structure. Chris joined the AAHC after working for the US-China Business Council, where she supported American companies in the health industries with their business operations in China. Chris received her MS in Global Affairs from New York University, and her BA in International Development and Chinese from The George Washington University.

Linda Tabach

Executive Assistant to the CEO
Linda Tabach joined AAHC in October 2018. Prior to working at AAHC, she served as the Executive Coordinator and Communications Assistant at Grantmakers In Health, and has more than 10 years of experience supporting high level executives in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the College of William and Mary.