Executive Director – Esther Rae Barr, CAE
The executive director, working directly under the board of directors, is MAFP’s administrative manager. The executive director provides all critical management and growth functions in areas including financial management; membership development; convention, meeting and trade show management; personnel management; MIS management; publications, marketing and communications and special projects management. The executive director works in close collaboration with MAFP’s leadership and works to implement the governing body’s policies, goals and objectives. The executive director serves as managing editor for the Maryland Family Doctor and is the executive director and secretary of the MAFP Foundation.
Esther is certified in association management through the American Society of Association Executives. During her career with MAFP, she has frequently written articles and presented topics on association management.
Esther, a Baltimore native and graduate of the University of Maryland, lives in close proximity to the MAFP office with her husband Mike. Together they are the parents of Nancy Beth Barr, M.D. (a family physician) and son Kurt M. Barr.
Membership and Meetings Services Manager – Phaedra T. Ellis
Phaedra came into the organization as our Member Services Coordinator and was promoted to Membership and Meeting Services Manager. Phaedra who likes to be called Phay (pronounced Faye) has been with the academy since 2005 and brings to us over 15 years of administrative and coordinating experience in various healthcare industries. She also brings to us over 5 years of non-profit experience working with organizations such as the Chron’s and Colitis Foundation and Huntington’s Disease Society of America. With those organizations she grew from Administrative Assistant to Development Coordinator, to Acting Executive Director where she organized fundraising events and also put together various workshops and seminars.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Phay’s hobbies include coordinating events, traveling, being active in her church, singing, spending time with friends and family, and just making the best out of life. Phay comes from a long line of singers and musicians in her family and has sung and traveled with numerous choirs and groups in Maryland. Her musical talents have also given her the opportunity to travel to many states as well as a tour in Spain and France. She has a daughter, Tinera who is a Morgan State University graduate. She’s married to Jermaine Goods, Sr. and through that union she is the step-mom of Jermaine Goods, Jr. and Morgan Goods.