Board of Directors

Maggie Buckley, MBA – Board Officer: Chairperson
Maggie has an MBA in accounting with experience in banking and business management. She has been a volunteer patient advocate for more than 20 years while living with the chronic pain condition Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Buckley has served on the board of several non-profit support organizations. She has testified at state and federal policy hearings, written articles and coached hundreds of people to self-advocate for better care. Buckley also served on the steering committee for The Pain Community during the early years.


Micke A. Brown, BSN, RN – Board Officer: Corporate Secretary and Treasurer
Micke is a registered nurse with experience in clinical advisement, communications, consumer and health care professional education, advocacy and business management. She has more than 40 years of nursing expertise with 50 % in the specialty of pain management. Currently, she serves as a Community Nurse II in Communicable Disease Surveillance, Emergency Preparedness and is the Program Coordinator for the HIV Prevention (PrEP) Service for Washington County Health Department in Maryland.

From 2013 to 2015, she is served as a program director for the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy grant project funded by the State of Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. That project was charged to create a state based process to improve access to care for people taking prescribed controlled medications who abruptly lost their prescribing healthcare provider. Micke proudly served as a past Director of Communications as well as Advocacy for the American Pain Foundation (2003-2013).

Brown has served on the board of directors for multiple organizations, testified before state and federal legislatures and regulatory agencies, lectured to professional and consumer audiences, conducted media interviews on television, radio, print and Internet venues as well as published on pain care, advocacy and support. Micke is a founding member of The Pain Community (TPC). She served as the steering committee chairperson during the early years and has contributed as a regular blogger, content developer and editor for TPC’s online community.


Yvette Colón, PhD, ACSW, BCD – Board Member
Yvette holds a doctoral degree in clinical social work, with experience in human resources, consumer education, Internet technology, training and supporting online communities and bilingual psycho-social support for pain, palliative care and oncology communities. With more than 20 years of experience, she has served on non-profit boards, published and lectured on psychosocial oncology, pain management, end-of-life social work practice, diversity and technology-based social work services. Colón is a cancer survivor and a past caregiver for a person with chronic pain. Colon also served on the steering committee for The Pain Community during the early years.


Karen Kiefer, MSN, RN-BC Board Officer – Board Member
Karen is a Registered Nurse with clinical experience for sixteen years and experience as a Licensed Practical Nurse for twenty-five years. Her focus has always been on adequate management of pain control, advocacy for patient rights and holistic approach to overall health. In her career, she has cared for a variety of patients in the acute, chronic and end-of-life settings. Kiefer is board certified in pain management and currently works in a hospital system providing treatment and care for adults across the lifespan. She has lived with neuropathic pain for the past thirteen years and is passionate about providing access to a multi-modal approach integrating patient participation to achieve increased quality of life.

Karen is a founding member of the Garden State Chapter of the American Society for Pain Management Nursing, served as a past president and was the Legislative and Advocacy Chair for ten years. She served as a volunteer advocate in the American Pain Foundation. She testified before the FDA and responded to legislation and regulatory agencies herself and on behalf of the Garden State Chapter of ASPMN. Kiefer has also lectured to consumers and nurses on appropriate pain management and regulatory and legislative implications on treatment. Kiefer has conducted media interviews on television, radio and print regarding pain issues.

The focus of Kiefer’s career is on improving access to appropriate pain management across a variety of disciplines using a team approach with the person in pain as a participating member of the team.


Teresa Shaffer – Board Member
Teresa is a seasoned patient advocate, a past member of the Pain Care Leadership Council, The West Virginia Pain Initiative and The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). She served on the steering committee for The Pain Community during the early years. Teresa serves as team leader for online community and social networking teams as well as a regular blogger for the online community. As a person living with pain for the last 20+ years, she understands the challenges that people with pain need to overcome.

Shaffer spent over a year confined to a wheelchair due to severe pain but with the help of her family and healthcare provider she was able to get out of the wheelchair and began life again. At this point in her life she felt she was meant to do more with her new lease on life and when the opportunity to join the former non-profit organization, The American Pain Foundation (APF) PainAid Online community and to become the West Virginia State Advocate for the APF Action Network presented themselves she knew that this was her destiny. By stepping out and telling her story, she strives to empower others to take that first step to being a self-advocate and to advocate for others.

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