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New Faces at the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians

Friday, June 27, 2014   (0 Comments)
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June 27, 2014


Contact: Matt Hund, Director of Communications

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New Faces at the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians

Okemos, Michigan— Recently, three new staff members joined the team at the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP). In addition to a new director of communications, two positions were created to add a director of education and a part-time administrative assistant.

“We are very excited to welcome these new faces to the MAFP family, and to add their skillsets to the Academy for the benefit of family physicians across the state,” said MAFP Chief Executive Officer Debra McGuire, MBA, IOM.

Matt Hund, M.A., started as MAFP's new director of communications June 16. Hund formerly held communications positions at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, MSU's Lyman Briggs College, and also the Michigan Nature Association. In these various roles, he developed skills in public and media relations, strategy development, board and membership communication, project management, web marketing, and event coordination.

He is originally from the Midland area, but has resided in Lansing since 2006.  He received his undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University, majoring in biology and journalism (originally pre-med), and his M.A. in journalism (focused on science and medicine) from Michigan State University.

In his new role, Hund will focus on strengthening communications with members, the public, and the media. He will oversee the Michigan Family Physician magazine, the Family Medicine Update e-news, and the website. If you have questions or comments about MAFP communications or news, please contact him. | Email Matt

Kristen Taylor has been named MAFP's new director of education. Taylor left her position as deputy director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Michigan (NAMI) to begin work with MAFP this June. Through her experience with NAMI, Junior Achievement of Mid-Michigan, and the Hugh O'Brien Youth Foundation Conference, she has developed skills in membership campaigns, fund development, working with exhibitors and sponsors, designing marketing pieces, and social networking.

She is from the Lansing area, where she currently resides with her teenage daughter. She has two degrees from Lansing Community College (one in general studies and another in computer graphics) and is almost finished with her B.S. in community development from Central Michigan University.

In her new role, Taylor will oversee professional development programs and conferences, including managing MAFP’s continuing medical education accreditation. If you have questions about upcoming conferences or opportunities for professional development through MAFP, please contact her. | Email Kristen

Kathryn Barnes is the new part-time administrative assistant at MAFP. She comes from the Michigan State Medical Society, where she served for nine years as coordinator on CME accreditation and assistant to the medical specialty society executives. She also has eight years of experience as chapter and membership coordinator for the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management.

Barnes’ knowledge and expertise in CME will be very helpful in her new role at MAFP, and her background in database and organizational management will benefit Academy membership. Originally from Boston, MA, she graduated from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN and now resides in Lansing. | Email Kathr

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Founded in 1948, the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) is the state’s largest specialty physician association, with more than 3,700 members who serve the health care needs of Michigan’s citizens.  For more information about MAFP, visit

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