Dr. Byyny (AΩA, University of Southern California, 1964) became the Executive Director and Editor of The Pharos in November 2010. He previously served as a Member at Large on the AΩA Board of Directors from 1995-1999. Dr. Byyny graduated from the University of Southern California School of Medicine in 1964, completed his residency and chief residency in internal medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in NYC in 1969; and an endocrinology fellowship at Vanderbilt University in 1971. He was an Associate Professor of Medicine and head of General Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago. He was Professor of Medicine, Vice Chairman of Medicine, and head of the Division of Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He was President of the Society for General Internal Medicine in 1980-81. He served as the Executive Vice Chancellor of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Colorado, and as the Chancellor of the University of Colorado Boulder from 1997 to 2005. He is Professor Emeritus and Chancellor Emeritus at the University of Colorado. His specialty is internal medicine and endocrinology.
Dee is Chief of Staff and Managing Editor of The Pharos. She joined the AΩA National Office in 2015. Before coming to AΩA, she served the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) as Deputy Executive Director of Enterprise Partnerships where she oversaw the Department’s 67 Boards and Commissions, operations for all 64 Colorado counties, communications, legislative affairs, and client services and controlled correspondence. Prior to joining CDHS, Dee was the Director of Public Relations and Marketing for Denver Health, Denver's public safety net hospital. She has also served in the Public Affairs Office at the University of Colorado Boulder, and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dee holds a master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of Colorado Boulder, and a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Metropolitan State University of Denver. She has more than 25 years of experience working in communications, marketing, advertising, and public relations with an emphasis on issues management and crisis communications. Dee is a LEAN Black Belt with extensive experience in process management and the identification and elimination of waste in the workplace. She completed Leadership Training through the University of Denver and is disaster response certified by FEMA.
Libby Appel is the AΩA Programs Manager overseeing all 13 AΩA fellowships, grants, and awards. She graduated from Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in Communications. Libby has had a very diverse career path having been a sales representative, flight attendant, stay-at-home Mom, Girl Scout service unit manager, administrative assistant, development coordinator, and office manager. She came to AΩA from the Colorado AIDS Project where she was in charge of the organization’s donor database. She also worked in development raising money for people living with HIV/AIDS, and assisted with events.
Laurie Goss is the AΩA Graphic Designer for The Pharos, AΩA Monograph, and other electronic and print design needs. She has 25 years experience as a designer in the health care and medical field. She began her career at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center where she spent 25 years working in the School of Medicine, Department of Nursing, and Public Relations and Marketing department. She also ran her own design business for seven years before she took a position at Denver Health for the last 12 years. Laurie attended the Art Institute of Colorado, and received a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Phoenix.
Lori Kerr is the Director of Member and Chapter Services and Communications Manager for AΩA. She graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Consumer Econ. She has more than 20 years of experience in office and event management. Lori’s career path has led her from event management in the software industry, to education, and design review coordination for a metro district. Her free time fun includes adventures with her family, traveling, cooking and photography.
Halie Martinez is the Executive Assistant and Office Manager for the AΩA National Office. She joined the AΩA team in 2022. Halie has a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training, a Master’s degree in Sports Management and holds a Colorado Teaching Licensure in Elementary Education. Her career passions lie in customer service and servant leadership. In her free time, Halie enjoys spending as much time as possible with her husband, 1 year old son, and their black lab. Her favorite activities include traveling, hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, running, and reading.