Barbara Byrd Keenan, FASAE, CAE joined the Endocrine Society as CEO in 2014. In the past four years, the Society has developed and begun implementing a new strategic plan, expanded global leadership in education and advocacy, repositioned its suite of publications, and won 10 awards for education, program development, communications, and diversity, including sharing the 2018 Power of A Summit Award with Diabetes Disaster Response Coalition partners. Prior to joining the Endocrine Society, Ms. Keenan was the Executive Vice President/CEO of the Institute of Food Technologists and Feeding Tomorrow as well as staff head of the International Food Science Certification Commission. During her decade plus tenure there, the Institute won over 25 awards for education, publishing, advocacy, marketing, design and scientific achievement. She has over 30 years of CEO experience, having previously served as CEO with the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals International and Community Associations Institute. Upon her departure from HFTPI, she was made an Honorary Member, and CAI created the Barbara Byrd Keenan Award in her honor and named her as the first recipient. In 2013, IFT & Feeding Tomorrow established the Barbara Byrd Keenan Scholarship Fund to support the academic achievement of IFT student members. Ms. Keenan also has held senior positions and consulting relationships with the American College of Preventive Medicine, the American College of Cardiology and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. She is a Charter Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives and the recipient of the ASAE Key Award — the highest honor in association management—and the 12th woman to receive it since its creation in 1960. She holds BS and MS degrees from Old Dominion University in Virginia, where she was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award.
Mila Becker, Esq. oversees the Government & Public Affairs Department, which manages the Society’s public policy agenda and advocacy efforts. Her work includes developing strategies to improve policies that will impact clinician payment, quality of care and research funding as well as global advocacy related to endocrine disrupting chemicals. She also serves as liaison to the Clinical Affairs, Research Affairs, and Advocacy & Public Outreach Core Committees.
For the last 20 years, Becker has worked in government relations for non-profit health related organizations. Prior to joining the Society in July 2013, she spent ten years at the American Society of Hematology as the Senior Director for Government Relations, Practice, & Scientific Affairs. Before that, she worked as a senior lobbyist for AARP where she was responsible for prescription drug and other high priority health issues, and she was Director of Public Policy for Partnership for Prevention, a coalition dedicated to disease prevention and health promotion. She holds a BA in political science from Northwestern University and a JD from Georgetown University Law School.
Paul Hedrick, CPA joined the staff of the Endocrine Society in September 2010 as the Senior Director of Finance. After successfully leading the implementation of a new association management system and relocation of the Society's technical infrastructure to its new headquarters, Hedrick's title was expanded to Senior Director of Finance & Information Technology. His core responsibilities include accountability for the Finance and Information Technology operations; developing financial and operational direction, strategy and metrics tied to the strategy with CEO and leadership team; and the ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to preserve organizational assets and report accurate financial results.
In the planning area, his responsibilities include monitoring the implementation of strategic plan initiatives and leading the operational budget and capital budget process. His reporting responsibilities include overseeing the issuance of financial information and reporting financial results to Council. He also manages external relationships with the Society's investment advisers and banks. Risk management responsibilities include understanding and monitoring legal issues involving the organization; constructing and monitoring a reliable internal control system; maintaining appropriate insurance coverage; and maintaining relationship with external auditors. Hedrick works with the Finance and Audit Committee, as well as the Investment Subcommittee. He earned his B.S. from Virginia Tech, his MBA from George Mason University and M.S. in information systems technology from The George Washington University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Global Management Accountant, and a Certified Internal Auditor.
Michel Farhat, PhD joined the Endocrine Society as Chief Strategic Partnerships Officer in March 2019. In this role he is responsible for developing and executing the global strategic partnership strategy for the society, focusing on identifying collaboration opportunities with sister societies and other stakeholders to provide information and tools for Society members and endocrine patients worldwide. He also leads the Society’s Corporate Liaison Board, which forges partnerships between the Society and senior executives in industry.
Dr. Farhat brings extensive experience building strategic alliances and networks of influencers and organizations to this position. Prior to joining the Society, he served as Senior Director, Patient and Professional Advocacy, for Novo Nordisk Inc., and before that, he spent 15 years in various medical affairs and professional advocacy roles for Procter and Gamble’s Pharmaceuticals and Personal Healthcare Divisions.
Dr Farhat understands Society members’ careers as a veteran of academic research. He spent ten years at Georgetown University Medical Center, where he ultimately became an Associate Professor. He graduated with his Doctor of Philosophy degree in pharmacology from the American University of Beirut. He is fluent in English, Arabic and French.
Elizabeth Kan is the staff liaison to the Executive Committee, Council, Nominating Committee and the Committee on Governance Affairs. She oversees the Call for Nominations for the election of Officers and Council, working closely with the Nominating Committee. Kan also works closely with the President-Elect to select the candidates to fill the committee vacancies each year. Additionally, she manages the committee review process that is conducted every year by the Committee on Governance Affairs. Other governance-related responsibilities include orienting the newly-elected Officers and Council members, preparing staff for the staff liaison role, and most recently, developing and implementing a leadership training program for new committee chairs. Kan works closely with the leadership to identify and coordinate collaborations with other international organizations.
Kan has been with the Society since October, 2000. She has a B.A. in French and Spanish-American Literature from the George Washington University. Previously, she worked with an international company that focused on providing travel assistance and played a key role in establishing new offices internationally and standardizing procedures across all its subsidiaries.
Chief Human Resources Officer & Talent Officer
Krista joined the Society May 9, 2016. Krista comes to us with over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources where she has built the HR function from the ground up with two different organizations. Most recently, she was the Vice President of Human Resources for a pharmacy association where she was charged with integrating the function within the overall business operating strategy.
Her role at the Endocrine Society is to develop a Human Resources strategy to include talent management as the primary focus. Some of her key focus areas are:
Talent Acquisition: She will drive the development of our overall recruitment strategy
Onboarding: Develop a comprehensive and continuous learning environment to immerse our newly hired talent in the organization and their position quickly and effectively.
Performance Management and Employee Development: Develop a program to provide our people with frequent and productive feedback to keep us focused on consistent continuous learning.
Compensation and Rewards: Build a Reward and Recognition program (R&R) that is meaningful to our people and will highlight their value to us.
Culture: She will be responsible for weaving our core values and culture into every aspect of our staff programs and practices. Our strong culture is vital to our growth and success; keeping it thriving is critical.
Dr. Lash leads major initiatives to accelerate scientific breakthroughs and improve health worldwide. As a subject matter expert, Dr. Lash represents the Society and is active in outreach to scientific and medical societies, policymakers and journalists.
Prior to joining the Society, Dr. Lash spent the past 20 years at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. He was most recently Professor of Internal Medicine at the University’s Medical School and Chief of Staff for Clinical Affairs at the University of Michigan Health System.Earlier in his career, Lash was Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md. He did his endocrine fellowship at the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Lash has received several honors for his role as an educator, including the Kaiser-Permanente Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, the Marvin Pollard Award for Outstanding Teaching of Residents, and the Richard D. Judge Award for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching. In addition, he was recognized as the inaugural recipient of the Sisson Endowment for the Teaching of Clinical Skills at the University of Michigan Medical School.
Aaron Lohr is the Society’s chief storyteller and is responsible for developing and implementing a content driven comprehensive communications and marketing strategy. He oversees the Society’s media relations, digital strategy, web destinations, email, social and all online communications and integration. Aaron joined the Society in 2007 and served as Director of Media Relations and Communications until 2017. In that role he helped build a media relations program that garnered record media coverage of the Society year after year. His media training sessions have helped the Society to develop a strong stable of expert spokespeople who are sought after by journalists all over the world. He’s secured media coverage in top tier outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BBC News, CNN, and Le Monde.
Prior to joining the Society Aaron served as manager of public relations for ORC Macro where his many clients included the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Office of the Surgeon General, and the National Eye Institute. Aaron received his undergraduate degree in communication from the University of Maryland.
Richard T. O'Grady, PhD, CAE joined the Endocrine Society as Chief Publications Officer in 2015. Dr. O'Grady has 25 years combined experience in nonprofit and for-profit scholarly publishing and executive management. Most recently, he was at the American Institute of Biological Sciences where he served as Publisher and CEO. During his tenure with AIBS, he co-founded the BioOne nonprofit publishing company in conjunction with the Institute, university and library partners to place more than 180 scientific journals in an online, subscription based/open access hybrid model. He transformed AIBS's monthly peer reviewed journal, BioScience, from print only publishing at a loss to online publishing at a profit with an open access option. He created a revenue program within the Scientific Peer Advisory and Review Services Division to review client grant proposals in medicine, biotechnology and advanced technologies and launched ActionBioscience.org, a bilingual website publishing peer reviewed articles in genomics, biotech and science policy. He also served as a Vice President at Taylor & Francis, managing 80 books and journals annually and specializing in business development and acquisitions.
Dr. O'Grady has broad experience as a Publisher and an Editor-in-Chief directing multi-journal programs in print and online, developing budgets, tracking performance, managing contractors and consultants, supporting editorial, production and sales teams and working with authors, EICs and editorial boards. He earned his BSc and PhD in Biology from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and his MSc in Biology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
Amanda Perl has served as Chief Strategy Officer for the Endocrine Society since April 2015. In this role, she leads the team responsible for key organizational initiatives including global strategy, membership, competitive/business intelligence & member relations/customer service. She also contributes to the Society's leadership development and governance activities.
Prior to joining Endocrine Society, Perl served as the Vice President of Development for Feeding Tomorrow and Vice President of the International Food Science Certification Commission (IFSCC) for the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). In this dual role, she led Feeding Tomorrow's fundraising and development activities and oversaw the strategic direction for IFT's Certified Food Scientist program. Perl received both a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies: Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government (CLEG) and a BA in Public Communication from American University in Washington, DC. She has been an active member of the American Society of Association Executives for more than 15 years and was named one of the Association Forum's 40 Under 40 in 2014.