POMAF Leadership

POMA Foundation Officers 2021-2022

Joseph Zawisza DO POMAF

Joseph M.P. Zawisza, DO
Chair

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.

Chair of the POMA Foundation Board of Directors, Dr. Zawisza is the 2021-22 POMA President and a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists and the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians. He is also a proud Eagle Scout.

Eric Milie DO

Eric J. Milie, DO
Secretary-Treasurer

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

Gene Battistella DO POMAF

Gene M. Battistella, DO

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 vice 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.

Thomas R. Dardarian, DO

Thomas S. Dardarian, DO

Thomas S. Dardarian, DO, FACOOG dist., is a board certified obstetrician/gynecologist specializing in maternity care at Bryn Mawr (Pa.) Hospital. He is also medical director of Lifecycle WomenCare in Bryn Mawr and a clinical assistant professor at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM).

Past president of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOOG), he is a distinguished fellow of the ACOOG, a member of the American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopists and a medical advisory board member of the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation. Chair of POMA District 2, he is a delegate to the POMA and the American Osteopathic Association.

Dr. Dardarian is a graduate of George Washington University and a 2000 graduate of the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences - College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed a rotating internship and obstetrics/gynecology residency at PCOM and completed his residency at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.

Anthony DiMarco DO POMAF

Anthony E. DiMarco, DO

Anthony E. DiMarco, DO, FACOFP, is a resident of Kennett Square, PA. Dr. DiMarco is a board certified family physician at MainLine Health Primary Care Concordville in Glen Mills, PA. A board certified independent medical examiner, he is also an adjunct faculty member at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) and Penn State University College of Medicine in Hershey, and a Level 1 faculty member at Christiana Health System.

Dr. DiMarco has served as chairman of POMA’s District 2, speaker of the House of Delegates, and as a member of the Executive Committee. Past chair of the POMA Foundation, he also serves as a delegate to the POMA, the American Osteopathic Association and the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP). A fellow of the ACOFP, he is also a member of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Physicians Society.

Pamela Goldman DO

Pamela S.N. Goldman, DO

Pamela S.N. Goldman, DO, FACOI, is board certified in internal medicine and a medical director for a major healthcare company and a specialist in hospital medicine and utilization medicine. She is also a clinical instructor at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and an adjust professor for the Masters of Health Services Administration program at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The 2019-2020 President of the POMA, Dr. Goldman is a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists.  She also serves as a delegate to the POMA and the American Osteopathic Association.  Additionally, she is a member of the American College of Physicians.

Joan Grzybowski DO

Joan M. Grzybowski, DO

Joan M. Grzybowski, DO, FACOFP, is a board certified family physician who practices at Roxborough Health Care Center in Philadelphia.  She is also an assistant professor and practicing physician at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Secretary of the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians, she is a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and past president of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Physicians Society. She serves as a delegate to POMA, the American Osteopathic Association and the ACOFP. 

 John Kalata DO

 John J. Kalata, DO

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 Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Physicians Society and the Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators

Suzanne Kelley DO

Suzanne K. Kelley, DO

Suzanne K. Kelley, DO, MPA, FACOFP, is a retired board certified family physician residing in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  A graduate of Elizabethtown (Pa.) College and a 1977 graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), Dr. Kelley completed her postgraduate training at the Hospital of PCOM.  She also completed a quality assurance and utilization review fellowship at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and earned her master of public administration degree from Pennsylvania State University. 

Past president of POMA and POFPS, Dr. Kelley is a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and a diplomate of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians.

Kieren Knapp DO POMAF

Kieren P. Knapp, DO

Kieren P. Knapp, DO, FACOFP dist., is director of medical education at Memorial Hospital in York, Pennsylvania. Board certified in family medicine, he is also a physician at Jacobus (Pa.) Medical Center.

A graduate of Iowa State University and a 1979 graduate of the Des Moines (Iowa) University — Osteopathic Medical Center College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, Dr. Knapp completed his postgraduate training at Memorial Hospital.

A distinguished fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP), Dr. Knapp is past president of the POMA and the ACOFP. He is vice chairman of the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. Dr. Knapp is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the York County Osteopathic Medical Society and the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation.

Peter F. Stracci, DO

Peter F. Stracci, DO
 

Peter F. Stracci, DO, is a board certified in cardiologist who recently retired from active practice. Dr. Stracci is a graduate of Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania, the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, and a 1983 graduate of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg. He completed an internship at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and an internal medicine residency and cardiac fellowship at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Vice Chair of POMA District VIII, Dr. Stracci is the District 8 trustee to the POMA board and a member of the Allegheny County Medical Society, the Western Pennsylvania Heart Association, the American College of Physicians, the American College of Chest Physicians, and the American Medical Association.

William Swallow DO

William B. Swallow, DO

William B. Swallow, DO is board-certified in family medicine in Lewistown, Pennsylvania and is affiliated with Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital. Dr. Swallow attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he received his medical degree and completed his internship at Community General Osteopathic Hospital in Harrisburg, PA. He has been in practice for more than 20 years.

Dr. Swallow is part of the POMA legislative committee, as well as part of the Membership Marketing Committee and the Committee on Men’s Health Issues for the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. He is also a trustee with the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Physicians Society

Frank Tursi DO 

Frank M. Tursi, DO

Frank M. Tursi, DO, is a family physician with Medical Associates of Erie in Erie, Pennsylvania.  He is board certified in family medicine with a certificate of added qualifications in geriatrics, and is certified by the American Medical Directors Association.  A Federal Aviation Administration medical examiner, Dr. Tursi is a professor of family medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine and geriatrics at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie. An active staff member and resident trainer at Millcreek Community Hospital in Erie, he is also a staff member at Presque Isle Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and Golden Living — Walnut Creek. A graduate of Widener College and a 1981 graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Tursi completed postgraduate training at Millcreek Community Hospital. 

Past president of POMA, Dr. Tursi is a member of the AOA Board of Trustees.  He is also a member of the  Pennsylvania State Board of Osteopathic Medicine, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Physicians Society and the Association of Osteopathic Directors of Medical Education.

William Wewer DO POMAF

William A. Wewer, DO

William A. Wewer, DO, FACOFP, is a resident of Steelton, PA. Dr. Wewer is board certified in family medicine and has been practicing family medicine in Steelton since 1981. He is currently a partner of Family Practice Center, P.C.  as well as a member of the medical staff of UPMC Health System in Harrisburg.


Dr. Wewer is past president of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Physicians Society and a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. He also serves as a delegate to the POMA and the American Osteopathic Association.

Lisa Witherite-Rieg DO POMAF

Lisa A. Witherite-Rieg, DO

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.

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 Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Physicians Society Board and CEO of the POMA Foundation.


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