Karlene Ketola, MSA, CAE Named CEO of Michigan Academy of Family Physicians and EVP of Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan

Michigan Academy of Family Physicians’ Board of Directors is excited to announce Karlene Ketola, MSA, CAE as the organization’s chief executive officer. Her first day at MAFP Headquarters will be May 6.

Ms. Ketola comes to MAFP from the Lansing-based Michigan Oral Health Coalition, where she has served as executive director for the past 10 years.

Under her leadership, the Coalition—a statewide membership organization comprised of primary care clinicians, oral health clinicians, dental benefit providers, advocacy and provider organizations, state and local government officials, and community members—has grown in size and scope while strengthening its mission of improving oral health across the state by focusing on prevention, health promotion, oral health data, access, and the link between oral health and overall health.

Among her many accomplishments at MOHC, Ms. Ketola secured seven nationally competitive grants totaling $1.5 million to support the Coalition’s work of advancing Healthy People 2020 objectives and increasing access to care. 

“After an exhaustive search with many highly qualified candidates, the MAFP Board and staff are looking forward to an exciting future with Ms. Ketola, an accomplished executive and facilitative leader,” said MAFP President Mary Marshall, MD, RN (Grand Blanc), who led the CEO search.

“Karlene's extensive knowledge and experience in public health, nonprofit operations, advocacy at the state and federal levels, non-dues revenue generation, results-oriented strategic planning, and stakeholder and volunteer engagement will be key to expanding MAFP’s success in raising the visibility of family physicians as the leaders of team-based, whole-person, patient-centered primary care and ensuring Michigan’s practice environment protects the patient-physician relationship and attracts and retains more family doctors to meet the ever-growing healthcare needs across the state.”

MAFP is the state’s largest specialty physician association, representing more than 4,200 family physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students.

As MAFP’s chief executive officer, Ms. Ketola will also serve as executive vice president of Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan, the Academy’s philanthropic arm, and a member of MAFP’s Family Medicine Political Action Committee.