Adrienne White-Faines '82, MPA, FACHE, most recently served as CEO of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), a national professional association representing more than 135,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and 30,000 medical students in the US. In this role, she had oversight of the AOA’s work to advance osteopathic medical education through accreditation of over 51 medical colleges in 38 states; graduate medical training programs; and provision of board certification in 16 specialties, in the US and Internationally. The AOA also, as a membership association, promotes public policy, public health and research through an osteopathic patient-centric lens.
With her background in healthcare strategy, and constant commitment to improve health status of populations across the globe, White-Faines previously was Vice President and Chief Health Officer at the American Cancer Society, Illinois Division, where she had oversight of departments of Research, Education, Advocacy and Patient Services. She was also COO of a national health care and physician practice management consulting firm, after serving over 10 years in capital strategic planning and community services development at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, in Chicago. Before relocating to Chicago, she began her career working at both LA County Hospitals and the Health and Hospital Corporation in New York City.
With an undergraduate degree from Amherst College, a Master’s degree from University of Southern California, and two honorary doctorates, she also supports numerous organizations through board and volunteer service, including Erikson Institute; Otho A. Sprague Foundation; Loeb Center of Amherst College; Harriet’s Daughters; and Innovaccer Technologies.
White-Faines resides in Chicago, Illinois, with her husband, Larry Faines, MD '82, and remains inspired by their children.
Camille Polk ’21 is a Sociology major from Southern California. In her role as a Special Projects Coordinator at the Multicultural Resource Center she works to build relationships between the MRC and the larger Amherst community through collaborative event planning. Outside of her work at the MRC she dances in Dance and Step at Amherst College and Intersections.