Voting for ACOEP’s board will remain open until 3:30 pm CST on Sunday, November 3rd. Don’t miss out on the chance to shape the future of ACOEP by voting for this incredible slate of candidates.

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To view candidate bios and videos or to read ACOEP’s rules and regulations for elections, see below.

Gregory J. (“Joe”) Beirne, D.O., FACOEP, FACEP

Gregory J. (“Joe”) Beirne, D.O., FACOEP, FACEP, is a 1997 graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and a 2001 graduate of Des Peres Hospital Emergency Medicine residency program where he served as core faculty 2003. Since 2003, he has worked as an attending physician in the emergency department at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, where he is the director of EMS education.  Dr. Beirne is also medical director of two EMS agencies in the St. Louis metropolitan area, is medical director of Respond Right EMS Academy, and past medical director of St. Louis Community College.

Dr. Beirne has been a member of the ACOEP Board of Directors since 2015 and is currently Secretary. He has been a member of the Emergency Medical Service Committee since 2004, serving as chair from 2009-2015 and is a frequent lecturer on EMS and airway management topics to the Resident and Student Chapters. He has also lectured at ACOEP’s Spring Seminar.

He has served in many roles within the EMS arena, including his pre-medical career as a paramedic and shift supervisor for a hospital-based EMS system in suburban St. Louis.  He continues to be active in emergency medical services in the St. Louis area and has experience as a frequent lecturer with research interests that include prehospital cardiocerebral resuscitation, prehospital therapeutic hypothermia and prehospital treatment of atrial fibrillation.


John Dery, DO, FACOEP

John Dery, DO, FACOEP is a 2004 graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine who completed an emergency medicine resident at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Dr. Dery is currently completing a fellowship program in Wilderness Medicine at the Academy of Wilderness Medicine, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is certified in emergency medicine by AOBEM and ABEM and has a pending certification in EMS.

Dr. Dery has long been interested in emergency medical services and education. He has long been recognized in Michigan as an expert in EMS and has recently provided his services to the ACOEP in two well-attended active shooter courses.

He has been recognized for his teaching excellence by emergency medicine residents at MSU where he serves as Associate Medical Director of Emergency Services.  He has received awards for Mentor of the Year from the American Osteopathic Association where he holds a place in its Mentor database.


Benjamin Godfrey, DO, FACOEP

Benjamin Godfrey, DO, FACOEP was born and raised in New Hampshire.  He attended Brigham Young University, earning a BS in psychology – emphasis in neurobiology.  During his time at BYU, he interrupted his studies to serve a two-year mission to Ireland and Northern Ireland.  After attending a year of graduate school at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, he worked for three years as a surgical technician before being accepted at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine, graduating in 2007.  Dr. Godfrey completed his Osteopathic Emergency Medicine internship and residency at Saint Vincent’s Health Center in Erie, PA, graduating in 2011 and was board certified and made a Fellow in 2013.

After graduation, Dr. Godfrey served as the Emergency Medicine Clerkship Director at the University of Oklahoma for three years, before moving to his current job as a full time nocturnist Houston, TX.

Dr. Godfrey has served on the Resident Student Advisory Committee (formerly the Undergraduate Medical Education Committee) in many roles over the last 10 years, most recently completing a second two-year term as Vice Chairman.  He also served as the resident member of the AOA Council for Osteopathic Postgraduate Training. Dr. Godfrey’s professional interests include critical care, OMM, toxicology and medical education.


Nicole Ottens, DO, FACOEP

Nicole Ottens, DO, FACOEP has served on the ACOEP Board of Directors for the past three years. She is currently the chair of ACOEP’s Committee for Women in Emergency Medicine, where she worked to implement a women in EM lecture track at both Spring Seminar and Scientific Assembly, along with philanthropic and community engagement initiatives. Prior to that she was the chair of the New Physicians in Practice committee and has served on the Continuing Medical Education Committee.

Dr. Ottens has served as an ACOEP Student Board Member, the American Osteopathic Association Board of Trustees Resident Member, Chair of the Council of Interns and Residents within the AOA, and has been a delegate to AOA’s House of Delegates. She has served as a board member for the Illinois Osteopathic Medical Society (IOMS) as a student, resident and district trustee for two different districts. She has also chaired the IOMS Education Committee.
“I would like to continue on the Board because I feel I have so much more to give and to learn,” said Dr. Ottens. “I would like to continue my service to the ACOEP on the Board of Directors and hopefully, eventually move up in my responsibilities. I still have ideas for improvement and enhancement of projects that are in progress, as well as new opportunities for our organization. I think I bring a unique perspective and skillset to the Board and would welcome the opportunity to continue on at the Board level.”


Duane D. Siberski, D.O., FACOEP-D, FACEP, PHP

Duane D. Siberski, D.O., FACOEP-D, FACEP, PHP has been a member of ACOEP since he was a student at the University of New England COM.  He has served as vice president of ACOEP’s Student Chapter.  He is currently an attending ED physician and the EMS medical director at Penn State Health – St. Joseph Medical Center, as a PGY 27.

Involved in EMS since the early 1980’s, he currently serves as a State Regional Medical Director in Pennsylvania’s Eastern Region and is an active member of regional and state medical advisory committees.  As the EMD medical director, he works with the regional communications committee to oversee the nine dispatch centers.  He is Medical Director and SWAT Physician for the Region 2 Tactical EMS team and serves as medical director for multiple EMS and fire agencies. As an educator, Dr. Siberski frequently lectures in various local, state and national venues.  At UNECOM, he developed an Airway Workshop to train future physicians in invasive and surgical procedures utilizing fresh tissue.

He has served the College in multiple roles most recently, representing ACOEP at the ACEP sponsored Emergency Department Sickle Cell Care Coalition to work with multiple agencies, including the NIH, CMS, AHA, CDC, CORD, ACEP, American Society of Hematology and multiple Sickle Cell Disease Associations, to promote better management, education and awareness of the disease nation-wide for emergency department providers. As a prior Board of Directors member, he has served as board liaison to various College committees and the Resident Chapter.  Prior to this he served as the national advisor to the Student Chapters of the ACOEP and has represented the College as liaison to ACEP promoting dialogue between our organizations.  He has served as a member on multiple other committees throughout his membership in the College.