Modernizing TNAFP’s Governance Structure

The current TNAFP strategic plan approved by the Board of Directors in 2023 included an evaluation of the Academy’s governance structure to look for ways to modernize geographic representation in leadership positions, encourage better participation from members across the state, and help ensure the Academy is operating at peak efficiency. It restarted a discussion that began a decade ago but never resulted in any changes.

A volunteer workgroup of physician leaders has spent more than a year reviewing previous proposals and developing a plan to achieve these objectives. The group presented its preliminary recommendations to the TNAFP Board of Directors in June 2023 and to the Congress of Delegates in October 2023, with the explicit goal of returning to the annual meeting of the Congress in 2024 with resolutions for action.

The workgroup’s recommendations are being made available so members are fully informed of the process and have a chance to explore the proposals and offer input before Congress votes on October 28, 2024.

Please send questions or comments to any member of the workgroup or to Executive Director Dave Chaney. Staff and physician leadership are also available to visit districts for in-person meetings, upon request.

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View these documents for a thorough review of the workgroup’s recommendations and proposals that are slated for a vote by Congress this fall.

2023-2024 Strategic Planning Committee – Governance Workgroup
  • Kenneth Beaty, MD – Livingston
  • Lee Carter, MD, FAAFP – Huntingdon
  • Jason Goolsby, DO, FAAFP – Jackson
  • T. Michael Helton, MD – Brentwood
  • James D. Holt, MD, FAAFP – Johnson City
  • Daniel Lewis, MD, FAAFP – Greeneville
  • Dave Chaney – Executive Director
  • Winter 2022/2023 – TNAFP Strategic Planning Committee includes possible governance updates in its draft plan and assigns a workgroup to explore ways to improve the current structure.
  • April 2023 – The governance workgroup holds its first of several meetings.
  • June 10, 2023 – The Board of Directors approves the TNAFP strategic plan including the governance workgroup’s preliminary recommendations.
  • October 31, 2023 – The governance workgroup submits an informational report to the Congress of Delegates during the annual meeting of the Congress.
  • Spring 2024 – The governance workgroup finalizes a detailed plan and materials.
  • June 8, 2024 – The governance workgroup presents its final report and recommendations to the Board of Directors during the Board’s regularly scheduled meeting.
  • Summer 2024 – The governance workgroup’s recommendations are communicated to members to allow for input in advance of the annual meeting of the Congress of Delegates.
  • October 28, 2024 – Proposed governance changes will be presented to Congress of Delegates for a vote.
  • Spring 2025 – The revamped Congress of Delegates (if approved) holds its first annual meeting at a new time of year (spring vs. fall).