WMS Elections

Meet Our Current Officers

and 2020 Candidates

Candidates listed below will be included on the
2020-2021 WMS election ballot.
Successful candidates will begin their term July 1, 2020.

Current WMS Officers 

David Wheeler, MD, PhD

David Wheeler, MD, PhD

President ~ Neurology Casper

David B. Wheeler, MD PhD, is seeking election to a second term in the position of WMS President. His term started July 1, 2019

JJ Chen, MD, MBA, MPH

JJ Chen, MD, MBA, MPH

Vice President ~ Psychiatry Cheyenne

Jasper James “JJ” Chen, MD, MBA, MPH, is seeking election to a second term in the position of WMS Vice President. His term started July 1, 2019

Lisa Finkelstein, DO

Lisa Finkelstein, DO

Past President ~ Urology Jackson

Dr. Finkelstein will remain in her position of WMS Immediate Past President for the term beginning July 1, 2020. 

Office of WMS Secretary/Treasurer 2020-2021 Term

**denotes incumbency 

WMS Secretary/Treasurer

WMS Secretary/Treasurer

The following individuals are seeking election to the office of WMS Secretary/Treasurer for the 2020-2021 term beginning July 1, 2020. The Sec/Treasurer shall be responsible for the minutes and custodian of all records, books and papers belonging to WMS. He/She shall also supervise the finances, pay all authorized obligations, and chair the Budget/Finance Committee among other duties.

**Kris Schamber, MD

**Kris Schamber, MD

Internal Medicine ~ Sheridan

Kris Schamber, MD, serves as the current WMS Secretary/Treasurer and is seeking a second term. His WMS board service began in 2014.

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Personal Statement

Matt Mitchell, MD

Matt Mitchell, MD

Orthopedic Surgery ~ Casper

Matt Mitchell, MD, currently serves as the Trustee representing Natrona County Medical Society. His WMS board service began in 2015.

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Personal Statement

Office of WMS Open Trustee 2020-2021 Term

**denotes incumbency 

WMS Open Trustee

WMS Open Trustee

The following individuals are seeking election to the office of WMS Open Trustee for the 2020-2021 term beginning July 1, 2020. The Open Trustee is a non-officer with voting capacity on the Executive Committee. 

**Betsy Spomer, MD

**Betsy Spomer, MD

Family Practice ~ Powell

Betsy Spomer, MD, serves as the current WMS Open Trustee and is seeking election to her third and final fourth term. Her WMS board service began in 2017.

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Personal Statement

Demian Yakel, DO

Demian Yakel, DO

Orthopedic Surgery ~ Casper

Demian Yakel, DO, is a WMS member physician practicing orthopedic surgery.

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Personal Statement

Office of WMS Trustee-At-Large 2020-2021 Term

**denotes incumbency

 

WMS Trustees-At-Large

WMS Trustees-At-Large

Trustees-At-Large are elected to represent county medical societies that have vacancies. They need not be from the geographic area that they serve. Five physicians are seeking election for five open positions.

Candidates on this year’s ballot include:
**David Armstrong, DO – Rheumatology
**Dean Bartholomew, MD – Family Medicine
**Kristina Behringer, MD – Family Medicine
David Fairbanks, MD – Family Medicine
Kelly McMillin, MD – Family Medicine

Kelly McMillin, MD

Kelly McMillin, MD

Family Practice ~ Gillette

Kelly McMillin, MD, is a WMS member practicing family medicine in Gillette, Wyoming.

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Personal Statement

David Fairbanks, MD

David Fairbanks, MD

Family Medicine - Sheridan

David Fairbanks, MD, is a WMS member physician practicing in Sheridan and a graduate of the Wyoming Leaders in Medicine ~ Physician Leadership Academy.

 

WMS Bylaws and Elections

WMS Bylaws Section 2.1 Subsection C. dictates that all elected officers, Open Trustee, Retired Physician Trustee and Trustees-at-Large be elected by an open voting process from the membership. The office of Immediate Past President is not an elective office and does not require nomination and shall not be included on the election ballot. The Immediate Past President position is automatically filled by the President upon completion of his/her term of office. All members eligible to vote shall receive a ballot, distributed within a period of not more than twenty days after the final slate of candidates has been determined. Valid returns must be received no later than May 20. A simple majority of ballots received shall determine victory. The WMS Executive Committee voted to extend all deadlines dictated by WMS Bylaws by one week for the 2020 election. Valid returns thus must be received no later than May 27, 2020.
 
To learn more about the WMS Board of Trustees and WMS Governance, CLICK HERE.