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.

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.

Alyssa Wostrel, M.B.A., serves as AACIPM’s Integrative Health Sector Coordinator and is the Executive Director for the Academic Collaborative of Integrative Health (ACIH). Previously, Alyssa served as the Executive Director of the 501-c4 Integrative Health Policy Consortium, charged with increasing access to care via a coordinated state and national campaign in support of Sec. 2706 of the ACA. Prior to her engagement in the non-profit sector, Alyssa was a consultant and sales/marketing executive in the private sector, specialized with natural product manufacturers based in the US and Europe. She is a Global Fellow with Unite for Sight for her service in Chennai, India.

Chrissy Kopple, I.O.M., serves as Communications Advisor for AACIPM. Previously, she served as the Vice President of Media Relations for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) where she led public relations efforts on behalf of retail pharmacy—including working collaboratively with other healthcare stakeholders on the issue of opioid abuse. Chrissy also served on Capitol Hill for six years, holding communications and legislative positions for both Members of the House and Senate.

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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