* Current Chair-Elect: Dr Sanjay Gogate
* Senior Chair-Elect (for 2019-20): Dr Christopher Backus (new appointee – see below)
* Junior Chair-Elect (for 2020-21): Dr Joseph Butterfield (new appointee – see below)
* Immediate Past Chair: Dr Rowena Christiansen
* Secretary for 2019-21: Vacant

Committee Chairs and Deputy Chairs

Ellingson Award Committee:
Chair position to be determined after the AsMA Congress
Deputy Chair 1: Dr Susan Fondy (continuing appointment)
Deputy Chair 2: Vacant

Informatics Committee:
Chair: Dr Rowena Christiansen (continuing appointment)
Deputy Chair 1: Vacant
Deputy Chair 2: Vacant

Memberships Committee:
Chair: Dr Justin Nast (continuing appointment)
Deputy Chair 1: Christopher Backus (continuing appointment)
Deputy Chair 2: Major (Dr) Courtney Hayes (new appointee – see details below)

Merchandising Committee:
Chair position to be determined after AsMA Congress
Deputy Chair 1: Vacant
Deputy Chair 2: Vacant

Nominations Committee:
Chair: Dr Dan Pizzino (new appointee)
Deputy Chair 1: Vacant
Deputy Chair 2: Vacant

Receptions Committee:
Chair: Dr Steven Guyton (continuing appointment)
Deputy Chair 1: Vacant
Deputy Chair 2: Vacant

Scientific Program Committee:
Chair: Dr Jayashri Sharma (new appointee – see details below)
Deputy Chair 1: Dr Ilaria Cinelli (continuing appointment)
Deputy Chair 2: Vacant

Details of New Appointees

Appointees for Chair-Elect:
Dr Christopher Backus – Senior Chair-Elect
Dr Joseph Butterfield – Junior Chair-Elect

Biography and Statement from Dr Christopher Backus
Christopher Erick Backus, MD – I go by Chris.  I’m an active duty AF physician, currently the Director of the USAF Pilot Physician Program and a student at Air War College, a professional development school at Maxwell AFB, AL, the home of the Wright Brothers original civilian flying school in 1910.  I have been selected to command the 99th Aerospace Medical Squadron at Nellis AFB, NV, a unit that provides primary and occupational healthcare, public health services, bioenvironmental engineering, and other aerospace medicine fundamentals to further the mission of Nellis AFB.  I am a graduated squadron commander from the 87th AMDS, JB MDL, NJ.

I am also a pilot with 3700+ hours in cargo and trainer aircraft.  I have been a member of AsMA since 2005.  I am a life member.  I have been in the AFG for several years.  I aspire to be a Fellow in the future, but do not expect that in the near-term.

I want to volunteer for the Chair Elect Positions because I support the mission of the Associate Fellows’ Group and this is a way for me to further that.

Dr. Joseph S. Butterfield

Biography and Statement from Dr Joseph Butterfield
Part 01: A brief informal resume
Dr. Joseph S. Butterfield joined the AsMA Associate Fellows Group last year.  He is a US citizen who took his MD degree from the American University of Antigua in 2015.  He didn’t match into a residency after medical school and subsequently enrolled in graduate school at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  He taught undergraduates while studying for his MS degree in Aerospace Engineering, which he took in 2017.  Instead of working as an engineer he persisted in pursuing a career in patient care.  He worked part-time throughout graduate school as an EMT and accumulated over 1500 hours of field experience.   In order to continue to learn about science he completed another MS degree in Integrative Physiology in 2018 and passed USMLE Step 03.  But after still not matching into residency, he subsequently enrolled in the St. Anthony Hospital Paramedic Academy in Colorado where he is currently a student.

He was parliamentarian of AMSRO (the Aerospace Medicine Student and Resident Organization) for three years & became familiar with administrative and parliamentary procedures. In his spare time, Joe enjoys climbing mountains in Colorado.

Part 02. A personal statement explaining why the candidate is interested in this position 
I am running for Chair-Elect (2019-2020) in order to symbolically bring weight to a vision of America’s future where our country adopts, funds, and executes a destination-driven human spaceflight program.  At present NASA seems intent on constructing a lunar space station.   Instead, I think we should focus on landing astronauts on other worlds and constructing research habitats there.  We could build an enduring future in space, inspire the world, and perform some great medical research too.  Because I’ve openly campaigned on this platform, a vote for me as Chair-Elect is a symbolic vote for a destination-driven human spaceflight program.

Major Courtney J. Hayes, MD, MPH

Appointee as Membership Committee Deputy Chair: Major (Dr) Courtney Hayes
• Professional qualifications: ABPM certified in Aerospace, Occupational, and Preventive Medicine; U.S. Army Senior Flight Surgeon; Diplomate in Mountaineering Medicine 
• Associate Fellow for one year
• Past activities/offices held in AsMA or the AFG: Member, History and Archives Committee (2016-2018) 
Brief Biography:
Courtney Hayes is a 23-year veteran of the United States Army. He currently serves as the Command Flight Surgeon of the 4th Infantry Division’s Combat Aviation Brigade and is the senior Aerospace Medicine Specialist for Fort Carson, Colorado. Since 2013, MAJ Hayes has been an Assistant Professor of Military and Emergency Medicine with the national faculty of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He also serves as an instructor with the Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute. MAJ Hayes is an active member of other professional organizations such as the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the American College of Preventive Medicine, and the Wilderness Medicine Society. He served as the Vice President for Membership for a chapter of the Army Aviation Association of America, and was recognized as the Top Super-Chapter Recruiter and second overall membership recruiter for 2016. In conjunction with his official duties, MAJ Hayes invests time in the professional development and career management of up-and-coming medical professionals. When not working, he likes to spend time tending plants and animals at a local Colorado farm, and riding horses with his beloved wife Juli. 

Personal Statement 
I have been a Life Member of AsMA since 2013, and a proud member of the Associate Fellows Group since 2018. I aspire to eventually advance to full Fellow status, but in the meantime I look to make full use of the opportunities afforded by the AFG. The more robust that the AFG is, the greater the benefit to each individual Associate Fellow. I would be honored to be part of bringing new Associate Fellows into the AFG, and helping current fellows ascend to full Fellow status. I would be pleased to serve as either Chair or Deputy Chair. 

Dr. Jayashri Devi Sharma (India)

Appointee as Scientific Program Committee Chair: Dr Jayashri Devi Sharma
Dr. Jayashri Devi Sharma MBBS, MD, Glider Pilot
Currently:  Superannuated/retired.  
Past appointments:
* Senior Scientific Officer at the Defense Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences Ministry of Defense, India (1974-1975)
* Faculty– School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi ( 1975-2006)
* Occupational Physician– Public Health Directorate Ministry of Health, Bahrain ( 1983-85)

A personal statement
While at the Armed Forces Medical College Poona (India), (Cadet AFG 159), I could pursue gliding in the nearby Hadapsar Gliding Center. Post-Graduation followed without any lapse, with an MD in Medical Physiology, while raising a family.

Acquired a Scientific temper as a CSIR fellowship as an Research Fellow with Dr. V Jaganathana Professor of Biochemistry (from Stanford) at the National Chemical Laboratory at Poona and got a NASA fellowship in 1974 at the Walter Reed Army Research Institute (which I could not pursue due to family limitations).

The Union Public Service Commission selected me as a civilian Medical Scientific  Research Officer in 1974 for the Defense Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences and was seconded to the Jawaharlal Nehru University to pursue and develop academic courses in Environmental Sciences including Environmental Medicine, with the then Dean Dr. Air Commodore. B Bhatia an IAF-trained Medical Officer to be a pilot. With changing circumstances I retained my interest and expertise to pursue Aviation and Aerospace Physiology through historical and its present day challenges.