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2024-2025 Board election

The AAPL 2024-2025 Election Ballot was sent on Thursday, April 18, 2024, to all active AAPL members. If you are an active member and did not receive the ballot, please e-mail Jennifer Iams at

The ballot will close on Friday, May 3, 2024, at 11:59 pm ET. 

Open Board Position Descriptions

President-Elect: (Three-year term including President and Past President)
The President-Elect shall fulfill the duties of the President at the request of the President or in the absence or inability of the President to act.  When so acting, he or she shall have the powers of the President. This officer will subsequently serve the following 2 years as President and Past President. Prior AAPL Board of Director experience is required for this position. Eligibility for this position requires a minimum of two-four years active AAPL Board participation.

Treasurer: (Two-year term)
The Treasurer shall oversee all the Association’s bank accounts and monetary repositories and work closely with the Executive Director and management company to ensure compliance to all financial policies and procedures which have been established for the Association.

At-Large Directors: (Two-year term) 
Three [3] At-Large Directors will serve on the AAPL Board. They are responsible for participating in all board meetings and association activities. It is understood that chairing a minimum of one [1] committee is a responsibility of this position.


Zach Brown (Self-Nominated)
Director, Network Development & Outreach
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Columbus, Ohio

Zach Brown, Director of Network Development & Outreach at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, is an experienced healthcare leader with a track record of driving strategic growth. In his current role, Zach oversees a dynamic team responsible for service line growth, network development, and regional initiatives across Ohio.

Zach has a Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio University and an MBA from LSU Shreveport. Over 10 years in various physician liaison roles, Zach has navigated diverse healthcare environments—from community hospitals to an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center and a prominent academic health system. He has been an active AAPL member since 2014 and takes pride in the multifaceted responsibilities of the physician liaison role. His passion lies in fostering enduring collaborative relationships and facilitating innovative strategies to propel organizational growth.

Why I would make a good candidate: 

With over 10 years of experience in various liaison roles, I’ve had the privilege of working across diverse healthcare settings. My expertise spans from community hospitals to an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center and a large academic health system. This breadth of experience provides me with a unique perspective on our members’ needs and challenges.

AAPL Involvement: As an active member of AAPL since 2014, I take immense pride in our organization. AAPL plays a crucial role in supporting the liaison community. My involvement has been multifaceted, including serving on the board of directors, participating in national and regional meetings, contributing to committees, and engaging with special interest groups.

Vision: My unwavering commitment lies in advancing the field of physician liaisons. As a servant leader within AAPL, I aim to foster collaboration, drive innovation, and elevate the impact of our profession.

Future Goals: I envision ambitious growth for AAPL. Leveraging my dedication, strategic vision, and collaborative approach, I aspire to enhance the organization’s offerings and maximize benefits for our valued members.


Lindsay Carillo, MBA (Self-Nominated)
Director of Business Development
UCI Health
Long Beach, California

Lindsay Carrillo, MBA is a seasoned business development professional, with more than 15 years of healthcare marketing and planning experience.

As Director of the UCI Health Business Development team, Lindsay oversees growth initiatives, physician network utilization, community partnerships, and digital network development.

Lindsay started at Banner Health in Arizona, supporting public relations and marketing. She served as a marketing manager at PIH Health in Whittier, Calif. In 2013, she joined UCI Health, in both marketing and business development roles.

Lindsay holds degrees from Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business.

Why I would make a good candidate: 

I have worked in healthcare since 2008, and specifically in the business development/physician liaison field since 2017. I have a passion for this work and elevating the importance of building relationships in healthcare. I have an MBA and I manage an annual budget and a team of 11.

at-large Directors

Lori Carsey (Nominated by a Colleague)
Physician Liaison
Akron Children's Hospital
Boardman, Ohio

Lori is a graduate of The Ohio State University and began her career as a Physician Liaison at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in January of 1999. She was trained by the famous Kriss Barlow!

From there, she entered the adult world as a Physician Liaison at Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania, from 2006-2010. She missed the pediatric world and stayed in touch with many colleagues from CHCA and heard that Akron Children’s Hospital was hiring. Carsey has been with Akron Children’s since April 2010 and has enjoyed watching it grow and being part of that family.

Why Lori would make a good candidate: 

Lori has been a Liaison for over 15 years and knows the role very well. She is highly motivated, encouraging to others, and highly respected by her Providers. She has a lot of knowledge to share!

Trent Hickes (Self-Nominated)
Director, Physician Relations
Denver, Colorado 

Trent is a seasoned physician relations director with a diverse background spanning across Montana, North Carolina, and Colorado. With 14 years in physician liaison leadership, he has fostered strong connections between healthcare facilities and medical professionals in each very unique region. Known for his exceptional communication skills and strategic approach, Trent has played a pivotal role in creating interdepartmental alignment, enhancing referral networks, driving physician engagement, and optimizing access to care. Additionally, his passion for coaching and collaborative mindset translates well in building and growing both individuals and teams, through inclusion, accountability, and data driven results.

Why I would make a good candidate: 

I bring 15 years of diverse physician relations experience spanning three states and have represented community hospitals, large health systems, and academic medical centers in both rural and metro markets across the country. I have been an active AAPL member since 2014, serving previously on the board and many different committees. I am currently the co-chair for the Manager-Director SIG, and I presented at the AAPL Conference in 2019. This varied experience allows me to relate to the unique perspectives that make up the AAPL membership and will allow me to serve with empathy that represents all. 

Ashley Hilliard (Self-Nominated)
Senior Director of Practice Growth and Referral Relations
Texas Oncology
Paris, Texas

Ashley Hilliard is the Senior Director of Practice Growth and Referral Relations for Texas Oncology, leading the statewide liaison program and supporting practice initiatives and growth strategies. Last year her team of 35 liaisons covered more than 12,700 referring providers, making nearly 30,000 visits resulting in more than 102,000 referrals. Ashley draws from 20 years of field experience in both liaison roles and pharmaceutical sales. Ashley joined Texas Oncology in 2010 and served as an Oncology Liaison and Regional Manager covering the Central, South, and Northeast regions, prior to her promotion to Senior Director overseeing the entire state. Ashley has a Bachelor of Science from Texas Women's University and lives in Paris, TX.

Why I would make a good candidate: 

I direct a team of over 30 oncology liaisons and have been a liaison myself for over 10 years. I feel I can provide insight and perspective from the liaison and director perspective. I have to create strategies for growth to be carried out by our team for the largest private cancer care group in the country.

Jodi Kennedy (Self-Nominated)
Physician Outreach Liaison
Nebraska Medicine
Omaha, Nebraska

Jodi Kennedy serves as a physician outreach liaison at Nebraska Medicine, where she has dedicated nearly four years of her career. Her role involves cultivating and nurturing relationships with healthcare providers, as well as raising awareness about Nebraska Medicine’s Solid Organ Transplantation and Digestive Diseases. Before joining Nebraska Medicine, Jodi gained over 15 years of experience in IT Recruitment.

Why I would make a good candidate:

I am excited about the opportunity to expand and develop both personally and professionally in this role. Serving as a member and actively participating in the planning committee for the upcoming annual conference has been a rewarding experience. I am eager to step into a leadership position where I can inspire and share my enthusiasm for AAPL with others.

American Association
of Physician Liaisons, Inc.
461 Cochran Road, #246
Pittsburgh, PA 15228 USA

Phone: 571-402-AAPL (2275)
Fax: 412-344-0599

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