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Voters' Guide: Meet the candidates for District V offices :

July 29, 2016

The 2016 national AAP election for president-elect and district officers will begin on Oct. 21 and conclude on Nov. 21. Look for an  email message from the AAP election coordinator in October with your  personalized link to the ballot. No other login information will be  required.

Members will be asked to choose their next  president-elect: Michael T. Brady, M.D., FAAP, or Colleen A. Kraft,  M.D., FAAP. The winner will serve as the 2018 AAP president.

Voters  also will elect district officers in six out of 10 districts: district  chairpersons (who serve as AAP Board members), district vice  chairpersons and National Nominating Committee representatives. Visit  coverage of the candidates in District IDistrict IIDistrict IVDistrict VDistrict VII and District IX. The new president-elect and newly elected district officers will take office on Jan. 1, 2017.

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All members are urged to vote.

Editor’s note: Biographies and personal statements were submitted by the candidates.

District V

Gerald J. Tiberio, M.D., FAAP

District Vice Chairperson candidate (re-election)

Dr. Tiberio has been a pediatrician and an AAP member for more than 35 years. He graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine. After his residency at Buffalo Children's Hospital, he and his wife, Claire, settled in Ohio with their four children. They now have eight grandchildren.

He served as District V Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) facilitator, then as chair of the CATCH program. During his tenure, CATCH expanded to include implementation and resident grants and the development of a comprehensive evaluation plan. He also spent four years on the Committee Forum Management Committee.

At the chapter level, Dr. Tiberio was a founding member of the Ohio AAP Foundation and served as treasurer and then president of the Ohio Chapter. Thanks to a talented board, an outstanding executive director and dedicated staff, Ohio won the Outstanding Large Chapter Award. The American Board of Pediatrics designated Ohio as a Maintenance of Certification portfolio manager. In 2013, Dr. Tiberio was named Ohio AAP’s Pediatrician of the Year.

Locally, Dr. Tiberio received a Healthy Tomorrows Grant in 1992, improving access for indigent children. After 31 years in group practice, he helped secure funding for a Federally Qualified Health Center in southeastern Ohio, where he served as chief medical officer and subsequently medical director of pediatrics.

Dr. Tiberio believes leadership development should be a constant theme at all levels within the Academy. Membership value, including the shepherding of subspecialists, surgical colleagues and early career physicians, must remain a high priority for our collective efforts to succeed.

Jeannette Lia Gaggino, M.D., FAAP

National Nominating Committee candidate

Dr. Gaggino is a general pediatrician board certified in both pediatrics and adolescent medicine. She is the medical director of behavioral health services at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Mich. She has been in practice for the past 27 years and has a special interest in behavioral and mental health integrated care prevention initiatives.

Dr. Gaggino authored a grant promoting suicide prevention and trauma/adverse childhood experiences identification initiatives and their implementation in a health care institution.

She served as president of the AAP Michigan Chapter and is past president and chair of the Developmental Behavioral Mental Health Committee working on several grants to train physicians on developmental and behavioral screening. This position allowed her to establish networking relationships across the country along with other AAP chapter leadership and to participate in Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) grant projects.

She serves as a consultant to the University of Michigan Child Collaborative Care MC3 project with the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, which provides psychiatric consultative service access to pediatricians across the state.

Given the high demand for behavioral health services in the primary care setting, Dr. Gaggino partnered with Western Michigan University Department of Clinical Psychology and developed an integrated behavioral health/primary care external practicum internship.

She is the proud mother of two daughters and married to Rodger Parzyck, owner of The Heritage Co. Architectural Salvage and Supply business in Kalamazoo, Mich.

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