AACIPM’s staff team is comprised of pain care advocates and industry professionals to advance AACIPM’s work.

Katie Bennett, J.D.

Policy Strategist and Writer

Erin Billingsley

Digital Communications Coordinator

Cindy Leyland

Patient Engagement Coordinator

Carolyn Noel

Website Developer

Team Bios

Amy Goldstein, M.S.W., serves as AACIPM’s Director. She founded Healthcare Collaboratives, LLC in 2019 to continue her passion for promoting person-centered health care through alliance building and strategic collaboration—always the foundation behind her work. Amy was previously the Director of State Pain Policy Advocacy Network and later Alliance Development Director for the Academy of Integrative Pain Management (AIPM).  In that role, she was responsible for the creation, growth and sustainability of this national state-based and federal network to improve person-centered pain policy. Amy has been in the healthcare field for 25 years, advocating for people living with kidney failure, cancer, chronic pain, substance use disorder, mental health issues, and multiple sclerosis.

Katie Bennett, J.D. serves as AACIPM’s Policy Strategist and Writer. She has worked in healthcare policy, advocacy, and education for nearly 15 years, and she currently contributes ongoing columns on legal and ethical issues to both Practical Pain Management and Psycom Pro, publications aimed at educating providers of pain management and mental health services. Katie previously worked with the Academy of Integrative Pain Management for over a decade, ultimately as their Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs. Through her extensive involvement with the development and operation of multiple coalitions, including the State Pain Policy Advocacy Network, the Consumer Pain Advocacy Task Force, and the Integrative Pain Care Policy Congress, she has served as a key connector of state and federal stakeholders in the integrative healthcare space.

Erin Billingsley serves as AACIPM’s Digital Communications Coordinator. Erin has an extensive background in graphic & web design, social media marketing and photography. She owns a creative service-based business in Kansas City and offers freelance design, digital marketing design, & consulting services to individuals, small businesses, and nonprofits. As a person living with chronic migraine since childhood, Erin supports AACIPM’s mission to ensure better pain management access and care to all who need it.

Maggie Buckley, M.B.A., B.C.P.A., serves as AACIPM’s Fiscal Sponsor Liaison (The Pain Community).  She has been a patient advocate for more than 25 years while living with the chronic pain condition Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Maggie has served on the boards of several non-profit patient and professional organizations. She has testified at local, state and federal policy hearings, written articles and coached hundreds of people to self-advocate for better care. Maggie has an M.B.A. in accounting with experience in banking and business management. In 2019, she became a Board-Certified Patient Advocate.

Cindy Leyland serves as AACIPM’s Patient Engagement Coordinator.  She is the Director of Program Operations at the Center for Practical Bioethics, overseeing the Center’s administrative, financial, and operational systems. Cindy currently leads the PAINS-KC Citizen Leadership Group and in the past led the Center’s Pediatric Palliative Care and Aging in Community projects. As a person living with pain, Cindy understands the day-to-day challenges that pain patients face and is committed to helping others find the best ways to manage their pain. She is a graduate of Benedictine College’s Executive MBA program and currently serves on the Board of The Pain Community.

Carolyn Noel serves as AACIPM’s Website Developer. She is an experienced IT professional with more than 30 years of experience. She is the founder/owner of CAN Connect Services established in 2012 and has designed, built and maintains over 75 websites. Carolyn previously served as the webmaster for the American Pain Foundation managing more than 3,000 web pages. She coordinated the online support community PainAid. Carolyn is also a Marine Corps veteran and former Salvation Army officer who lives with chronic pain following an auto accident. She has volunteered with numerous non-profit organizations offering her extensive experience in IT, social media, marketing, administration, social work, religious ministries, finance, and advocacy.



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