Leadership & Staff

TNAFP is governed by the Congress of Delegates and Board of Directors, which consists of member physicians who are elected to represent their peers in every geographic area across the state, including positions for medical students and residents. Directors are elected by the Congress of Delegates for staggered two-year terms. Students and residents serve one-year terms.

The Board of Directors meets periodically between annual meetings of the Congress to discuss and act on general business of the Academy and works with the Executive Director to develop and implement the strategic plan. The President serves as Chair of the Board and leads the Executive Committee, which has authority to act for and on behalf of the Board when practical or necessary to expedite business decisions.

2023 Officers and Board of Directors

James D. Holt, M.D., FAAFP (*)


Jason Goolsby, DO (*)


Kenneth Beaty, MD (*)

Vice President

Katherine Hall, MD (*)


T. Michael Helton, MD (*)

Immediate Past President

W. Trae Bates, DO, FAAFP (*)

Speaker of the Congress

Grant Studebaker, MD

Vice Speaker of the Congress

B. Alan Wallstedt, MD
Beth A. Fox, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Delegates to the AAFP

Daniel Lewis, MD, FAAFP
Ty Webb, MD, FAAFP
Alternate Delegates to the AAFP

*Designates members of the Executive Committee


Dave Chaney

Executive Director

Karen Baird

Director of Member Services


1Amylyn Crawford, MD – KingsportOct. 2023
alternateMary McCormick, MD – Johnson CityOct. 2023
2Kenneth M. Bielak, MD, FAAFP – KnoxvilleOct. 2024
alternateG. Anthony Wilson, MD, FAAFP – KnoxvilleOct. 2024
3Elizabeth Close, MD, FAAFP – ChattanoogaOct. 2023
alternateWilliam (Trae) Bates, III, DO, FAAFP – ClevelandOct. 2023
4John Clough, MD, FAAFP – LivingstonOct. 2024
alternatePamela Sanders, MD – CookevilleOct. 2024
5Chris Gafford, MD, FAAFP – FayettevilleOct. 2023
alternateMarcus Lee, MD – TullahomaOct. 2023
6Michael McCutchen, MD – Mt. JulietOct. 2024
alternateChristina Mountain, DO – LebanonOct. 2024
7Lang Smith, MD, MPH, FAAFP – FranklinOct. 2023
alternateCharles V. Love, MD – EthridgeOct. 2023
8Justin Turner, MD – JacksonOct. 2024
alternateLeah Gilliam, MD – LexingtonOct. 2024
9John B. Clendenin, MD – Union CityOct. 2023
alternateJoe Payant, MD – MartinOct. 2023
10Kent Lee, MD, FAAFP – MemphisOct. 2024
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Oct. 2024
11 (Resident)Sarah Rutherford, DO – JacksonOct. 2023
alternateCharles “Grant” Johnson, MD – NashvilleOct. 2023
StudentMadeline Standbridge – Piney Flats (ETSU)Oct. 2023
alternateLeigh Anne Hogue – Memphis (UTHSC)Oct. 2023