The Alliance empowers academic internal medicine professionals and enhances health care through professional development, research, and advocacy.
Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine
330 John Carlyle Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone: (703) 341-4540
Fax: (703) 519-1893
D. Craig Brater, MD
President and CEO
Dr. Brater has served as president of the alliance as a part-time effort since 2007. Dr. Brater is past Dean and Chair of the Department of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. He earned his undergraduate degree and MD from Duke University. Dr. Brater completed his residency training as well as fellowship training in clinical pharmacology at University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. Dr. Brater is a former APM President.
Bergitta E. Cotroneo, FACMPE
Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President
Bergitta has overall responsibility for alliance operations and service lines that support its member associations. Prior to joining the staff in June 2008, she served as chief operating officer at the National Patient Safety Foundation. Bergitta has a bachelor’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is also a fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives.
Talia D. Austin, MSM
Director of Member Services
Talia oversees member engagement and growth for the Alliance. She focuses her efforts on membership engagement and retention and the development of new member benefits. Before joining the staff in June 2009, she worked for YMCA Triangle Area in Raleigh, NC. Talia has a bachelor's degree in economics from University of Pittsburgh, and a master's degree in management with a concentration in nonprofits and associations from University of Maryland University College.
Margaret A. Breida, MS
Senior Director of Academic Affairs
Margie leads the team responsible for managing surveys and academic affairs, which includes accreditation, workforce, certification, match, and other education issues. Before she joined the staff in June 2011, she worked for AIHA Laboratory Accreditation Programs. Margie has a master’s degree in health physics from Texas A&M University and a bachelor’s degree in geography from University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Sheila T. Costa
Senior Director of Special Projects
Sheila currently oversees four areas as special projects: communications and branding, governance, publications, and external support. Before joining the staff in June 1997, she worked for PortFolio Magazine and Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine. Sheila has a master’s degree in English from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in English from The College of William and Mary in Virginia.
Committee Responsibilities: AAIM Governance Committee
Nancy Dernelle, MA
Assistant Director of Human Resources
Nancy manages recruitment, benefits, payroll, oversees performance and compensation, and manages other human resource generalist functions for the alliance. Prior to joining the staff in April 2014, she worked for the American Pharmacists Association. Nancy has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Loyola University of Chicago and a master’s degree in human resources management from George Washington University.
Committee Responsibilities: AAIM Compensation Committee
Chris Dinegar, CMP
Senior Director of Educational Programs
Chris leads the team responsible for AAIM’s meetings, conferences, and other member education efforts. Before joining the staff in February 2014, he worked for the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation. Chris has a bachelor's degree in sociology from Catholic University of America and is a Certified Meeting Professional.
Committee Responsibilities: AAIM Educational Program Planning Committee
Member Services Specialist
Dionedra provides administrative support for membership by updating member records and information. She also provides customer service to members. Prior to joining the staff in May 2018, she worked for ASIS International.
Educational Programs Manager
Curtis manages the program planning committees and other issues related to the educational content of AAIM meetings. Prior to joining the staff in February 2016, he worked for the American Telemedicine Association. Curtis has a bachelor’s degree in political science from The College of Wooster.
Committee Responsibilities: AIM Program Planning Committee, APDIM Program Planning Committee, APM Program Planning Committee, ASP Program Planning Committee, CDIM Program Planning Committee, APDIM PA Program Planning Committee, CDIM CA Program Planning Committee
James F. Helm, MBA
Senior Staff Accountant
Jim manages accounts payable, accounts receivable, and provides additional support to the finance and administration team. Prior to joining the staff in November 2016, he worked for the International Parking Institute. Jim has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Virginia Tech University and an MBA from Indiana University.
Steven M. Humphrey
Director of Technology Services
Steven drives AAIM’s IT strategy, influencing strategy for all departments, analyzing user needs, planning and strategizing on future IT programs, researching and recommending new technology, and creating and recommending technical solutions. Before joining the staff in October 2002, he worked for Washington Lists and Land's End Inlet. Steve has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from State University of New York College at Brockport, where he graduated magna cum laude.
Michael R. Kisielewski, MA
Survey and Data Manager
Michael manages survey, data analysis, and reporting functions for the Alliance. Prior to joining the staff in October 2016, he worked for the American Sociological Association. Michael has a bachelor’s degree in political science from George Washington University and master’s degree in political science from University of Massachusetts.
Committee Responsibilities: APDIM PA Survey and Scholarship Committee, APDIM Survey Committee, CDIM CA Survey and Scholarship Committee, CDIM Survey and Scholarship Committee
Brian manages financial operations and reporting for the Alliance. Prior to joining the staff in October 2016, he worked for Hire Strategy. Brian has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Duquesne University.
Karen M. Majcher, MBA
Senior Director of Business Operations
Karen oversees business operations, which includes finance, administration, and human resources, for the Alliance. Before joining the staff in September 2017, she worked for Universal Service Administrative Company. Karen has an MBA from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s of science in finance from Virginia Tech.
Committee Responsibilities: AAIM Finance and Audit Committee, AAIM Compliance Committee
Website and Social Media Manager
Kevin manages AAIM's website, online community, and social media content and strategy. Prior to joining the staff in November 2016, he worked for the American Dental Education Association. Kevin has a bachelor's degree in English from Macalester College.
Academic Affairs Manager
Valerie serves as staff liaison working in partnership with committees, councils, and external stakeholders, and oversees administrative operations of the team. Prior to joining the Alliance, she worked for ASIS International. Valerie has a bachelor's degree in English from Marymount University.
Committee Responsibilities: AAIM Research Committee
Gwen provides administrative support to the staff teams and manages office-wide functions. Prior to joining the staff in September 2017, she worked for the American Physical Therapy Association.
Pamela Sharo, MA
Educational Programs Associate
Pam provides administrative support to the Educational Programs Team as it facilitates the AAIM conferences. She also assists in the CME credit application process. Pam joined the staff in February 2018 and has a bachelor’s degree in public relations from West Virginia University and a master’s degree in public relations from Quinnipiac University.
Member Services Specialist
Regina serves on the team responsible for member services. Her work focuses on membership database management and administrative support for the team. Prior to joining the staff in November 2013, she worked for the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.
Christopher M. Williams, MPH
Academic Affairs Manager
Chris manages academic affairs committees and researches internal medicine education issues. Prior to joining the staff in March 2016, he worked for the Association of American Medical Colleges. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in international relations from University of Virginia and a master's in public health from The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.
Committee Responsibilities: AAIM Education Committee, AAIM Medical Student to Resident Interface Committee, AAIM Resident to Fellow Interface Committee