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Board of Directors


Francis "Sam" Santschi, JD, CMPE
AAOE President

Practice Name: Diana L. Kruse MD
City/State: Sauk City, WI
Group Size: 1 surgeon
Undergraduate Degree: BA in History from Marquette University
Law School Degree: Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School – Chicago
Admitted to the Illinois Bar

Sam Santschi has 13 years experience as a Practice Administrator for a solo orthopedic surgery practice where he is extensively involved in all aspects of running the practice. Santschi started his career in banking and attended Law School at night. He spent four years with AT Kearney, an international consulting firm headquartered in Chicago and concluded his banking/financial services consulting career with an AT Kearney client, ABN-AMRO. 

Santschi joined AAOE in 2006 and served as the Council Chair for the Membership Council for the five years. He is currently serving as a mentor in the AAOE Mentoring Program.

An avid reader and golfer, Santschi enjoys spending time with his two daughters, Anna and Kate along with a very disobedient Golden Retriever named Scout.

Chris Greenman, MBA/MHA, CMPE


Practice Name: Tahoe Fracture Orthopedic Medical Clinic, Inc.
City/State: Carson City, Nevada
Group Size: 12 surgeons; 15 physicians; 10 providers

Chris Greenman has been in orthopedic group practice for over 22 years. For the past 20 years, he has been the administrator for Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic. He has overseen the addition of several ancillaries, design and construction of medical office buildings, installation of PACs, EMR, remodels of medical office space, and physician recruitment. Greenman enjoys that aspect of working with others and helping them find and reach their potential. All this time, Greenman has been a member of AAOE and has benefited with the collaboration with other orthopedic administrators in sharing ideas and thoughts on the industry. He feels strongly about the importance of being a united front as a community and to share the knowledge we all gain, so that we are not all having to reinvent the wheel in each of our own situations. For the past 6 years, Greenman has enjoyed volunteering on the AAOE committees and councils (communication, technology, and data analytics). 

He and his wife Kimberly have three great kids who are at University or graduated. In his free time, you will find him biking, skiing, running, or paddle boarding in the Tahoe area.  

Kitchi Joyce 
AAOE Past President

Practice Name: IntraHealth Group/OrthoAtlanta
City/State: Atlanta, GA
Group Size: 34 surgeons; 40 physicians
Undergraduate School Degree:  B.S. in Education from University of Georgia

Kitchi Joyce is the Chief Administrative Officer for IntraHealth Group/OrthoAtlanta, a 40 physician orthopedic group with 13 locations throughout Metro Atlanta, Georgia. She has more than 18 years of orthopedic management experience both at the clinic and corporate levels. Kitchi has held the title of Practice Administrator, Director of Marketing, and Director of Administrative Services.  She is experienced with the integration of finance, business development, human resources, information technology, marketing, and all other aspects of practice management. 

Kitchi has been a member of the American Alliance of Orthopaedic Executives since 2010, serving on the Annual Conference Committee for three years, the Elections Council twice, and the Membership Committee. 

In addition to AAOE, Kitchi is also an active member of MGMA.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Association of Orthopaedic Executives (GAOE), most recently serving as President of the organization.

In her free time, Kitchi loves being “Aunt Chi Chi” to 4 year old twins and enjoys traveling, indoor cycling, tennis, and most importantly, Georgia Bulldog Football.  Go Dawgs!

Kim Wishon Marden, MBA, FACMPE

AAOE Secretary

Practice Name:  Watauga Orthopaedics PLC
City/State: Johnson City, Tennessee
Group Size: 12 physicians; 9 surgeons
Undergraduate School Degree: BA in Public Administration, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Graduate School Degree: MBA, King College


Kim Wishon Marden is the Chief Executive Officer of Watauga Orthopaedics. Prior to joining Watauga, Wishon led women's health services, business development, and consultative and support services at Holston Medical Group. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and her MBA at King College.


Jennifer Ale-Ebrahim, MHA

Practice Name: Rockhill Orthopaedic Specialists, Inc.
City/State: Lee's Summit, Missouri
Group Size: 10 surgeons; 13 physicians
Graduate School Degree: MHA in Health Care Administration from USC-Sol Price School of Public Policy in Los Angeles, CA





Michael Behr, MD, MBA

Practice Name: OrthoAtlanta
City/State: Atlanta, Georgia
Group Size: 32 surgeons; 39 physicians; 26 providers

Michael J. Behr, M.D., is Medical Director of OrthoAtlanta. Board certified and fellowship trained in orthopedic surgery, Dr. Behr served as a practicing orthopedic surgeon for 25 years, specializing in general orthopedic surgery with an emphasis in sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, and hip and knee joint replacement.


Dr. Behr was one of the founding members of OrthoAtlanta. Throughout his years as a practicing surgeon, Dr. Behr concurrently held progressive leadership positions at OrthoAtlanta, including physician board chair. Recently completing his MBA at Kellogg School of Management in Business Administration in 2016, Dr. Behr accepted the Medical Director position in a full-time capacity in 2017.


Dr. Behr has served as President of the medical staff at Piedmont Fayette Hospital in Georgia and currently serves on its hospital board. While practicing orthopedics, Dr. Behr was affiliated with Piedmont Fayette Hospital, Piedmont Newnan Hospital, Piedmont Henry Hospital and continues to serve as a member of the Piedmont Clinic.


Dr. Behr has served as an Assistant Orthopedic Consultant for the Chicago Cubs, as Director of Athletic Care at the Aquatic Venue for the Paralympics, as co-medical director and sideline physician for both the Peach Bowl and Chick-Fil-A Bowls and has worked with athletes at the 1996 Olympic Games.


Dr. Behr is a dedicated medical professional who is also known for donating his time and medical talents to those in need in some of the most impoverished parts of the world. Since 2010 when he first volunteered to assist after the devastating earthquake that year, Dr. Behr has traveled annually to Haiti providing orthopedic surgeries in an ongoing effort to assist the people of Haiti. In May 2018, Dr. Behr participated in a week-long orthopedic medical mission trip in Honduras for the non-profit One World Surgery. An Atlanta-based team of five orthopedic surgeons and 32 additional medical staff enabled a first-of-its kind orthopedic surgical effort at Holy Family Surgery Center providing 37 total knee replacements in three days.




Joseph Mathews, PT, DPT

Practice Name:  Advanced Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, LLP
City/State: Houston, TX
Group Size: 12 physicians; 9 surgeons
Undergraduate School Degree: BA in Science of Physical Therapy, Christian Medical College,  Vellore, India

Graduate School Degree: Master in Science of Physical Therapy, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Texas

Doctorate Degree: Doctorate in Physical Therapy, 


Joseph Mathews is the Practice Administrator for Advanced Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Houston, Texas. Achievement-oriented, compassionate professional with 10+ years’ experience in managing the dayto-day business operations of a 12 physician Orthopaedic practice that generates more than 70,000 clinic visits annually across multiple clinics


Megan O'Hara

Practice Name:  Robert V Moriarty MD PC
City/State: Huntington, NY
Group Size: 10 physicians; 1 surgeon

Megan is the Practice Manager for Robert V Moriarty MD PC in Huntington, NY where she successfully manages a private solo orthopedic practice in conjunction with a separate IME business. She has served 22 years as an administrator in the healthcare environment. 

Megan started her career in an entry level position, and has a unique perspective of all aspects of the day to day        operations of a medical group practice with an  emphasis in orthopedics. Her experience ranges from front office reception to all facets of billing including insurance contract negotiation, durable medical equipment, physical therapy, and practice management. 


Chad Sackman RN, MBA


Practice Name:  Signature Medical Group
City/State: St. Louis / MO & Kansas City / MO
Group Size: 63 physicians
Undergraduate School Degree: BS in Community Health – Athletic Training from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

Undergraduate School Degree: BS in Nursing from Barnes College of Nursing at University of Missouri St. Louis
Graduate School Degree: MBA in Business Administration from Fontbonne University


Chad Sackman is the Chief Operating Officer of Signature Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician group with 160 physicians in St. Louis, Kansas City, and Southwest Missouri.  In addition to Orthopaedics, Signature Medical Group also has physical medicine and rehabilitation, OB/GYN, colorectal surgery, family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, podiatry, and allergy. 


Sackman has been with Signature Medical Group since 2001.  During that time, he has held numerous clinical and business positions.  Since 2005 he has been the administrator for one of the largest orthopedic divisions within Signature Medical Group.  In addition, Sackman serves as the COO for the entire organization.  Signature’s Orthopaedic division has also been involved in the orthopedic Medicare Bundle Payment for Care Improvement program.  


As a member of AAOE, Sackman has served on the AAOE Benchmarking and Data Analytics Council since 2014


Sackman grew up in Columbia, IL, and currently still lives in Columbia with his wife and two daughters.   

Karen Sollar, CMPE 

Practice Name: Webster Orthopedics
City/State: Larkspur, CA
Group Size: 15 surgeons; 16 physicians; 12 providers
Undergraduate School Degree:  B.S. in Management focusing on Health Care   Administration from St. Mary’s College 


Karen entered the field of HealthCare administration more than 30 years ago. During the initial phase of her career, Karen’s focus was on Internal Medicine. After successfully growing a solo practice into a 7 physician Internal Medicine Group practice she transitioned into the specialty group arena. 

Since 1994, Karen served as the Practice Administrator for The Orthopaedic Group of San Francisco and moved into the role of Chief Administrative Officer for Sports Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Medical Group in 2003. Karen is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Webster Orthopedics.

As a means of remaining current on industry trends, for the past several years Karen has consistently maintained an active Leadership role in the AAOE. Karen began her volunteer role as the Chair of the membership committee.  With her guidance the committee was successful in increasing membership by 20 percent.  Karen has also served as the AAOE Annual Conference Chair.  Each year resulted in enhanced educational content, collaborative vendor relationships, focused approaches to networking, solid processes for member participation, and increased member satisfaction. As Karen continues her leadership on the board of the AAOE it reinforces her ongoing commitment to the association and the profession.


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