OAFP Staff


Erin Jech

Director of Performance Improvement


With more than 20,000 pictures currently in her camera roll, it’s safe to say Erin is a master of capturing moments and inspiration. This passionate skill for capturing the intricacies of life are emulated in her work at the Academy.

Erin has gone from planning events to managing technology and serving as the quality improvement module “guru” – happily assisting members with their board certification requirements and always finding a solution to any problem that may arise. Next, Erin will explore creative ways to highlight Ohio’s family physicians and the work of the OAFP through video.

Having experienced nearly every major “life event” during her 14 years with the OAFP – getting engaged to her high school sweetheart, building her first home, and welcoming two kiddos into the world – it’s safe to say the OAFP is very much a part of Erin’s family.

When she’s not helping members navigate the module world, or shopping to support her sneaker addiction, Erin can be found on the soccer sideline cheering on her daughter or bug hunting with her rambunctious toddler.


Kate Mahler, CAE

Deputy Executive Vice President


When Kate was a freshman in college, she told her Dad that she wanted a career where she could help people, find inspiration, be creative, and remain authentic to her roots. Little did Kate know that the aims she idealized as a dreamy-eyed 19 year-old would be realized at the OAFP – a location just down the street from her childhood home.

With over 13 years of Academy experience, Kate provides a practical yet fun approach to association management and strategic leadership. Encouraged by the quote made famous by Steve Jobs, Kate believes that “the only way to do great work, is to love what you do.”

Kate is married to her high school sweetheart of over 18 years and the proud mama of a precocious, school-aged son. She cheers for the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Columbus Bluejackets, and the true heroes of primary care – Ohio’s family physicians.


Kaitlin McGuffie

Director of Events & Foundation Programs


As the oldest of five siblings, Kaitlin was born to be an organizer. Always with a positive attitude and a smile on her face, Kaitlin‘s enthusiastic and detail-oriented approach to work mirrors the skills she learned leading her brood of siblings.

For more than seven years, Kaitlin has supported family physicians through continuing medical education events, quality improvement activities, and programs designed to reignite member passion for the specialty.

Wearing her Foundation hat, Kaitlin loves to discover creative ways to inspire medical students to choose a career in family medicine and innovative approaches to support residents through their transition to practice.

A small town, country girl at heart, Kaitlin has embraced the “big city” feel Columbus offers. She enjoys visiting local breweries and restaurants with her husband and friends and adores walking through parks with her dog, Dexter, and soon-to-be daughter.


Emily Pavoni

Membership Services Manager


First hired as the Academy’s secretary in 1999, Emily now manages the Academy’s database, website, and e-communications. Her attention to detail and willingness to learn new skills makes Emily an invaluable member of the OAFP team. Emily truly enjoys helping others and her work at the OAFP affords her the opportunity to support the unique needs of family physicians. With her pulse on the most current issues facing the Academy, everyone knows that you talk to Emily. And here is a bonus – Emily is the friendly, helpful voice that you hear when calling the OAFP!

Emily, her husband, and two beautiful daughters reside in an active, rural community and enjoys the peace and quiet that comes with country living. In her spare time, when she isn’t watching her daughter play basketball or volunteering at the local animal shelter, Emily is an avid reader of civil war and paranormal fiction.


Morgan Pelt

Communications Manager


Being the first born, Morgan has always led by example. With a go-getter energy and a passion for storytelling, she graduated from her father’s alma mater, the University of Cincinnati, with a degree in communications and certificate in public relations.

Morgan recently joined the OAFP  and is excited to share the impact and quality care that family physicians offer to patients across Ohio through social media, traditional media, and digital communications.

She believes powerful organizations provide honesty, transparency, and social purpose, and those with the boldness to put authenticity at the heart of their strategy will be rewarded with customer and constituency support.

As an avid writer, Morgan manages her own lifestyle blog, Columbus Living, and is active and engaged in her community. She is married to the most interesting man in the world, who also so happens to love ‘that team up North,’ which makes living in Ohio difficult four months out of the year.

All-in-all, she enjoys traveling the world, attending art/music festivals with friends, and spending time with her family every chance she gets.

Morgan hopes you will connect with her soon, because it is her goal to share the story of Ohio’s family physicians in a conversational, yet meaningful way.

Katie Siegrist

Coordinator of Events & Foundation Programs


Growing up in a small Ohio town, Katie has always been a Buckeye at heart. Having worn scarlet and gray since before her toddler days, Katie knew there was only one place she wanted to go to continue her family’s educational tradition – The Ohio State University.

It was at OSU where she met her college sweetheart and future husband – a U.S. Naval sailor. It’s safe to say Katie’s Ohio roots prepared her well as a naval wife and life abroad in a rural town in England. Her skip across ‘the pond’ gave Katie personal insight into different cultures and interesting perspectives.

Before moving back home after nearly three years abroad, Katie and her husband traveled to 14 countries and took on their greatest adventure – parenthood. The arrival of a bouncing baby boy ushered in a new chapter to the Siegrist story.

It is from this unique life experience that Katie is able to couple her eight years of event planning and association management expertise to advance the OAFP’s education and foundation programs. When Katie isn’t assisting a member with an event registration or inspiring a medical student to pick a path in family medicine, you can find her spending sunny days at the park with her friends, family, and adorable mutt, Lily.


Ann Spicer

Executive Vice President


After 17 years in various positions with the Ohio House of Representatives, Ann brought her advocacy experience and management skills to the OAFP and the OAFP Foundation. Shortly after her arrival, a battery of tests administered by a career counselor revealed her most suitable, best choice of professions – being a family physician. Ann knew at that point she was in the right place – working with family physicians and advocating for family medicine – and over 20 years later, she still feels that way.

Forever the English major, Ann loves to write and has never read an article, speech, or press statement that couldn’t benefit from a few edits. An avid reader of history, Ann loves visiting presidential libraries, politics, ice cream, cheering for the Buckeyes and Cavaliers, and being a grandma.


Bob Vogel

Financial Coordinator


Bob’s 40+ year financial career in corporate America was rudely interrupted in 2014 by Acute Myeloid Leukemia. After eight months in and out of the James Cancer Hospital and five months recovering from a bone marrow transplant, Bob was desperate to find something constructive to do. Through a mutual friend, he found the OAFP in June 2015. Bob is delighted to interact with several talented, lovely women and the part-time requirements of the accounting/financial work fits his semi-retirement needs perfectly. Outside of work, Bob is devoted to his super-cute granddaughter, is an active walker to continue recovery, and enjoys golf and reading.