Chapter Responsibilities

The Southeast Chapter of the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) serves the states of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee. The Chapter’s objectives are to raise the standards of practice and achievement in medical communication by:

  • Bringing together those persons within the area of the Chapter who are involved in the communication of medical information so that they may share views, experiences, and goals. Such persons include writers, editors, illustrators, publishers, and those active in research, documentation, audiovisual techniques, public relations, and advertising related to the subject of medicine and the life sciences.
  • Furthering the professional development of Chapter members through educational programs and certification.
  • Promoting high levels of communication by making the Chapter’s educational programs available to all AMWA members and nonmembers.
  • Encouraging nonmembers to become members of AMWA and to participate in Chapter activities.



Chapter Board Members

Madison is an experienced medical writer and editor with over ten years of experience in the field.. She has worked on multiple grant proposals with a current total of more than $105 million in funding. She edited and contributed to manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals, as well, and is a co-author on several works, including one in Clinical Pediatrics and another in Pediatric Emergency Care. Madison is on staff at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences as a biomedical writer and editor, working on NIH-funded grant applications in a variety of disciplines. She received her master’s degree in 2014 from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in Professional and Technical Writing and joined AMWA in 2017. Madison has taken an active role in AMWA and hopes to contribute to the overall goals and mission of the organization.

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Tara has a Masters in Biomedical Sciences and has always had a passion for obtaining and sharing knowledge through writing. A life-long learner at heart, Tara is owner and operator of Mayfield Medical Communications, with over 5 years of writing and research experience. Tara is a recent member of AMWA, and is highly enthusiastic and excited to connect with the AMWA community.

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Callie writes technical, instructional, and marketing documents for Data Concepts, Inc. in Nashville, TN. A recent AMWA member, she serves as Committee Chair for the Southeast Medical Writers Book Club. Callie welcomes the opportunity to manage chapter finances and work with the board to grow and support chapter membership.

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Rachel is an associate professor of biology at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee.  As a faculty member, Rachel has worked to present scientific information to undergraduate students in relevant and creative ways.  She has recently joined AMWA to further develop her professional skills.  Rachel is delighted to serve as the membership chair for the Southeast chapter and to support its continued growth.

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JoAnna is founder and owner of JPen Communications, LLC, a freelance medical writing business. She also serves as newsletter editor for one of Georgia’s major life sciences organizations. JoAnna looks forward to serving as president of AMWA’s Southeast Chapter and helping connect members throughout the region.

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Please contact the chapter if you are interested in volunteering for this role!


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Committee Chairs and Volunteers

  • Chapter Advisory Council Representative
  • Amanda Johnson
  • Book Club Committee Chair
  • Callie Compton
  • Website Coordinator
  • Amanda Johnson