- Summits & Events
Bob Twillman, Executive director
Bob Twillman, Ph.D., is the Executive Director for the Academy of Integrative Pain Management. In that capacity, Dr. Twillman is responsible for overseeing federal and state pain policy developments and advocating for those supporting an integrative approach to managing pain. He also serves as Chair of the Prescription Monitoring Program Advisory Committee for the Kansas Board of Pharmacy. Dr. Twillman received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of California in Los Angeles, and maintains a volunteer faculty appointment as Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University Of Kansas School Of Medicine in Kansas City, KS. Prior to taking his current position, Dr. Twillman was a full-time faculty member at the University of Kansas Medical Center, where he founded and directed the inpatient pain management program and was a co-founder of the hospital’s Palliative Care Team. He has been actively involved in pain policy through his work with the Alliance of State Pain Initiatives and the American Pain Society for many years.
Amy Goldstein, Director, State Pain Policy Advocacy Network
Amy Goldstein, MSW, has been in the healthcare field for 20 years, advocating for people living with kidney failure, cancer, chronic pain and multiple sclerosis. Ms. Goldstein works for the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, as its first Director of State Pain Policy Advocacy Network (SPPAN). She is responsible for the creation, growth and sustainability of this national state-based network to improve person-centered pain policy. Prior to SPPAN, Ms. Goldstein was Senior Director for the National MS Society Mid America Chapter where she oversaw Programs, Services & Advocacy initiatives for people affected by MS in the states of Kansas, Nebraska and Western Missouri. She also spent eight years at the American Cancer Society, beginning as the Director of Quality Hill Hope Lodge, a free lodging facility for people traveling for cancer treatment, and then overseeing Pain Initiatives for the New England Region. Ms. Goldstein has held leadership and board positions in a variety of organizations. She is a graduate of the University of Texas-Austin and earned her Master in Social Work degree at the University of Kansas.
Cathleen Coneghen, Assistant Director of Education
Cathleen Coneghen is the Assistant Director of Education for the Academy of Integrative Pain Management and the Managing Editor of the quarterly magazine The Pain Practitioner. She is responsible for the management of all CME programs including grant writing and submission, working with education partners, faculty and production teams and creating outcomes reports. She is the accreditation liaison between the Academy and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Psychological Association (APA).
Katie Duensing, JD, Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs
Katie Duensing, JD, has been working with the Academy of Integrative Pain Management since 2008. Katie spent her early years at AIPM as the Editor of Currents, our monthly e-newsletter, but has been a full-time member of the Policy and Advocacy team since 2014. She identifies and reviews thousands of pain-related bills and regulations each year, evaluating those policies from introduction though passage. She has primary responsibility for drafting written responses to express the AIPM’s position on behalf of our members and, when necessary, suggests amendments that would make those policies optimal. Much of Katie’s time is spent working alongside the Director of the State Pain Policy Advocacy Network (SPPAN), a project of the Academy of Integrative Pain Management that brings together leaders representing a variety of health care and consumer organizations and individuals who work together in a cooperative and coordinated fashion to effect positive pain policy on the state level.
Whitney O’Donnell, Member Services Manager
Whitney O’Donnell is the Member Services Manager. For the past 7 years, Whitney managed the membership database, retention, and member communications for a health care association serving nursing home administrators: The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA). She’s brings a wealth of knowledge in growing, maintaining, and engaging members as well as managing overall membership satisfaction. She is excited to offer AIPM members quality services and membership benefits. Under Whitney’s direction, AIPM recently launched 5 newly formed Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) where members can network, collaborate, and share their expertise virtually. She plans to continue offering members opportunities where they can learn, teach, and gain access to industry content highlighting all best practices in integrative pain management.
MACKENZIE DAVIS, PROJECT MANAGER, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT