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Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® Staff

ELAM's core staff administer the program and develop its curricular content. They are supplemented by a large network of faculty and facilitators with expertise in leadership, management, professional development and academic health care.

Nancy Spector, MDView Profile
Executive Director, ELAM Program

Donna McNelis, PhDView Profile
Chief Operating Officer, ELAM and ELH Programs

Erika Brown, PhD, ELAM ’15View Profile
Associate Director, ELAM Program

Sara Jo Grethlein, MD, MBA, ELAM ’07View Profile
Associate Director, ELH Program

Joyce M. Collins, MAView Profile
Associate Director, Communications & Coalitions

Takiyah FortuneView Profile
Finance Coordinator

Brian KallView Profile
Director, Operations and Management, ELAM

Shermika Lightfoot
Associate Director of Operations

Barbara Overholser, MAView Profile
Director of Stakeholder Engagement and Communications

Indee Phillpotts
Program Coordinator

Clare RecknerView Profile
Program Manager

Katie StantonView Profile
Executive Assistant

Kristan M. Stengel, MSView Profile
Communications Analyst


Remembering Laura Lynch

Laura Lynch, ELAM staff member

Laura Lynch, who had served as ELAM's program director since 2006, passed away on February 3, 2023. Laura shepherded hundreds of fellows through the program and stayed in close contact with them as they became ELUMs. She was the historian of the program and provided incredible insight. She led with humor and brought laughter and joy to our office. Her passing is a tremendous loss to the program and to our community. Donations in Laura's memory can be made to the ELAM Legacy Fund at Please indicate that your gift is in memory of Laura.

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ELAM is a core program of the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa. The Institute continues the legacy of advancing women in medicine that began in 1850 with the founding of the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania, the nation's first women's medical school and a predecessor of today's Drexel University College of Medicine.