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

Claire has a PhD in Chemistry, but transitioned away from the bench several years ago to work on longform content – writing whitepapers, blog posts, webpages – for healthcare clients large and small. She first joined AMWA in 2018. Claire looks forward to introducing the business of medical writing to more young researchers.

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Amanda is a freelance science and medical writer located in Nashville, TN.  She has a PhD in Molecular Biology from Vanderbilt University and has experience writing a variety of documents, including academic manuscripts, science news articles, and blogs. Amanda is delighted to serve as the AMWA Southeast Chapter President-Elect as a way of supporting a valuable organization.

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Callie is a Senior Technical Editor with Synchrogenix, a Certara company, where she specializes in document quality for regulatory submissions. She has a Masters in English and has been a member of AMWA since 2016. Callie served as the Committee Chair for the Southeast Medical Writers Book Club and welcomes the opportunity to manage chapter finances and work with the board to grow and support chapter membership. She lives in Nashville, TN.

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Queen Buyalos, PharmD, is a freelance medical writer in Virginia. She was a pharmacist for nine years, counseling and educating her patients about drug therapy. She has written for publications like SingleCare and Health Union. Queen has a son who is a childhood cancer survivor. To encourage cancer prevention, health, and wellness, she started her blog, MommyQueendom.

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


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Committee Chairs and Volunteers

  • Website Coordinator
  • Amanda Johnson
  • Chapter Advisory Council Representative
  • Nora Foegeding