IOA Board of Directors

Meet the Members of IOA's Leadership Team

The leadership of IOA consists of a 15-member volunteer Board of Directors elected by the membership, Committees and Task Forces composed of volunteer members with chairs appointed by the Board, and other strategic IOA initiatives comprised of member volunteers who have expertise and passion for specific areas of practice.

The intent of IOA's leadership is to ensure integrity and transparency in all facets of leadership and management of the Association, to foster communication and information sharing among all components of the Association's leadership, and to foster and promote opportunities for the membership to be informed and engaged in the work of the Association.

If you would like to contact a member of the Board of Directors or a committee chair, send an email to IOA Headquarters, who will forward your message. IOA members can use the member directory to contact leadership directly.

Meetings & Board Updates

The Board of Directors generally meets monthly on the first Wednesday of each month. Updates and announcements from the Board are frequently shared in IOA's blog, The Independent Voice, in bi-weekly Hey IOA emails sent to members, and/or posted on the Board Updates page for members to view.

Vote for 2024 Board Members

IOA Officers
Alicia Booker


Alicia Booker, PhD
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, United States
Officer Term: 2023-2024

Board Term: 2022-2025



Sarah Klaper, JD
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL, United States
Officer Term: 2023–2024

Board Term: 2023-2026


Jennifer Mahony, JD
Boston Children's Hospital
Boston, MA, United States
Officer Term: 2023-2024
Board Term: 2021–2024



Wayne Francis Marriott, MA
Auckland University of Technology
Christchurch, New Zealand
Officer Term: 2023-2024
Board Term: 2022–2025

Immediate Past-President

Ronnie Thomson
Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, NM, United States
Officer Term: 2023-2024
Board Term: 2020–2023

IOA Directors

Amanda Dean, MS
Austin Community College
Austin, TX, United States
Term: 2022-2025

Suzanne Diviney, CO-OP Suzanne Diviney, JD, CO-OP®
Pfizer Inc.
New York, NY, United States
Term: 2021-2024
Hector Escalante Hector Escalante Meza, EdD, MFA
University of California Merced and Earthjustice
Stockton, CA, United States
Term: 2023–2026

Thomas Griffin Thomas Griffin, MDR, JD
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA, United States
Term: 2021-2024
Amarah Khan, Phd,  CO-OP®
Office of the Employee Ombuds, City of Seattle
Seattle, WA, United States

Term: 2023-2026

Youssoupha Niang, MD, Phd, LMHC, PT
Ombuds and Mediator, UNHCR
Geneva, Switzerland
Term: 2023-2026
Bina Patel, Phd, MBA
United States Patent & Trademark Office
Sykesville, MD, United States
Term: 2023-2026
Mark Patterson Mark Patterson, JD, LLM
California State University Channel Islands
Camarillo, CA United States
Term: 2022-2025
Jacqueline Villafane, CO-OP Jacqueline Villafane, PhD
American Red Cross
Washington, DC, United States
Term: 2021-2024
Lily Xu, CO-OP Lily Xu, MBA, CO-OP®
Raytheon Technologies
North Carolina, United States
Term: 2022-2025
IOA Executive Director
Ellen Miller

Ellen Miller

Contact Ellen: emiller[at]

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