POMA Leadership

The POMA Board of Directors is made up of active and respected DOs in Pennsylvania.  The officers are voted into position each year at the Annual Clinical Assembly. Find out more about this year's officers and other POMA leadership.

Joseph M.P. Zawisza, DO
2021 POMA President
Oath of Office & President's Speech

 

POMA 2021 - 2022 Officers

President

Joseph M.P. Zawisza, DO
Joseph M.P. Zawisza, DO
Orwigsburg

Joseph M.P. Zawisza, DO, FACOI, FACOP, is a board certified internist and pediatrician with offices in Schuylkill Haven and Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania, which he maintains with his father and sister.

A graduate of Mansfield (Pa.) University and a 2005 graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, he completed an internal medicine and pediatrics residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania. 

Dr. Zawisza previously served as chair of POMA's Public Relations Committee, Credentials Committees, and the Committee on Professional Guidance/Young Physicians - Central Region.  He currently serves as a delegate to POMA and the American Osteopathic Association.

Chair of the POMA Foundation Board of Directors, Dr. Zawisza is also a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists and the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians. He is also a proud Eagle Scout.

President-elect

Lisa Witherite-Rieg DO 
Lisa Witherite-Rieg, DO
Corsica

Lisa A. Witherite-Rieg, DO, FACOFP, recently retired as director of medical education and director of the family medicine residency program for Penn Highlands Healthcare in DuBois, Pennsylvania. Board certified in family medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine, Dr. Witherite-Rieg is a graduate of Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania, and a 1992 graduate of the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed an internship at the former Youngstown (Ohio) Osteopathic Hospital and a family medicine residency at Clarion (Pa.) Osteopathic Community Hospital, now Clarion Hospital.

Dr. Witherite-Rieg is chair of POMA's Curriculum Committee and the Committee on Professional Guidance/Young Physicians - West Region.  A member of the POMA Foundation Board of Directors, she previously served as chair of POMA District 12. A fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, she is a member of the American Osteopathic Association and the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Physicians Society.

Vice President

John Kalata, DO
John J. Kalata, DO
Erie

John J. Kalata, DO, MS, FACOFP, is director of medical education and program director of the family medicine residency at Millcreek Community Hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania. Board certified in family medicine, he also maintains a private family medicine practice in Erie.

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a 1986 graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, he completed his postgraduate training at Doctors Osteopathic Hospital in Erie. Dr. Kalata also completed a master’s degree in medical education at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

A fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP), Dr. Kalata is a delegate to the POMA House of Delegates, the ACOFP Congress of Delegates and the AOA House of Delegates. He is also a member of the POMA Foundation Board of Directors, the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Physicians Society, and the Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators.

 Secretary/Treasurer

Eric Milie DO
Eric J. Milie, DO
Erie

Eric J. Milie, DO, FACOI, of Erie, is board certified in internal medicine and a physician at Medical Associates of Erie. He is also medical director of outpatient services and director of the internal medicine residency program at Millcreek Community Hospital in Erie.

Secretary/Treasurer of the POMA Foundation, Dr. Milie is also a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists and a delegate to the POMA and the American Osteopathic Association.

Immediate Past President

Gene Battistella, DO
Gene M. Battistella, DO
McKees Rocks

Gene M. Battistella, DO, is board certified in internal medicine and a practicing physician for St. Clair Medical Services-West Hills Medical Division in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania. He is also past chair of the Board of Directors and past president of the medical staff at Pittsburgh's Ohio Valley Hospital in McKees Rocks.

Dr. Battistella is a graduate of Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and a 1992 graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed an internship at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and an internal medicine residency at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Chair of POMA District 8, he is a member of the Committee on Professional Guidance/Young Physicians - West Region. Chair of POMPAC, he also serves as a member of the POMA Foundation Board of Directors. He also serves as a delegate to POMA and the American Osteopathic Association.

 

Chief Staff Officer

Diana Ewert

Diana M. Ewert, MPA, CAE

Diana M. Ewert, MPA, CAE, is the chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association (POMA). A graduate of the University of Missouri - Kansas City, Ms. Ewert holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and master’s degree in public administration with nonprofit management emphasis. She earned the designation of Certified Association Executive (CAE) in 1999. She has authored several articles on association management, as well as facilitated strategic planning and conducted a number of educational programs with nonprofit organizations.

Ms. Ewert previously served as the Vice President of Affiliate Affairs for the American Osteopathic Association in Chicago, Illinois. She also served as senior manager of state government relations for the American Academy of Family Physicians in Washington, DC, and executive director of the Missouri Academy of Family Physicians in Jefferson City.

In addition to serving on the POMA Board, Ms. Ewert also serves as CEO of the POMA Foundation.

 

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