MAFP Staff
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The MAFP staff team implements the strategic goals set by the MAFP Board of Directors. Meet our team!

Maria Huntley, CAE, MAM
Executive Vice President

Maria works with the MAFP Board of Directors to fulfill the mission of the MAFP: to support family physician health care delivery through innovation, research, and education and to promote the specialty of family medicine in the state of Minnesota. She also serves as the Executive Director of the MAFP Foundation, the charitable arm of the MAFP. Maria earned a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from Hamline University and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She was designated a Certified Association Executive (CAE) in 2010. Email Maria

Lynn Balfour, MBA
Deputy Executive Vice President

Lynn is responsible for oversight of MAFP signature events and programs that support members in their practice of medicine, development and execution of the Supporting Partners Program and carrying forward the philanthropic mission of the organization, including the MAFP Foundation’s programs for family medicine resident and medical student members and fundraising for those programs. She assumed this position in 2015 following six years with the Academy as Executive Director of the MAFP Foundation from 2007 to 2013. Lynn earned an MBA from Metropolitan State University and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Email Lynn

Tara Owens
Member Engagement Director

Tara oversees member engagement activities including recruitment, retention and recognition to ensure members see value in their MAFP membership. She is also Editor of the Minnesota Family Physician magazine. She serves on the Board of Directors for Associations North (formerly the Midwest Society of Association Executives) and is a frequent presenter on topics in marketing and communications. Tara is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College. Email Tara

Missy Machkhashvili
Program Development Director

Missy oversees the management and development of MAFP signature events, programs and services, ensuring all are current and relevant to the evolving needs of members and enhancing physician work/life balance. This includes the Spring Refresher, Summer Conference, House of Delegates, as well as social and networking opportunities. Prior to joining MAFP she served as Executive Director of the Minnesota Academy of Physician Assistants. Missy is a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Email Missy

Lisa Regehr
Director of Resident & Medical Student Initiatives and Continuing Medical Education Accreditation

Lisa directs programming and leadership development for the MAFP’s medical students and residents, manages Continuing Medical Education (CME) accreditation, and Research & Quality Improvement projects. She is a graduate of St. Cloud State University. Email Lisa

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