2017 AECA Community Service Project

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Alan D. Mease MD, FAAP is a pediatrician with a strong developmental and public health perspective. He received his MD cum laude from the University Of Missouri School Of Medicine (Columbia) and completed his Pediatric Residency and Pediatric Hematology Oncology Fellowship in the Army.   He has practiced in numerous environments since 1977 including academic military medicine, private practice (US) and international practices (Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Russia and China).  He retired from the Army medical corps in 2000 at the rank of full Colonel. 


Dr. Mease is an experienced physician executive who has functioned in key leadership positions as Commander and Deputy Commander of military hospitals, Director of Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center South (Ft. Gordon, Georgia), Chairman of an international Department of Pediatrics and Chief Medical Officer (Beijing United Family Hospital, China, 2001 to 2013).   His most recent clinical focus in Beijing was as the founding developmental behavioral pediatrician of an innovative interdisciplinary center for Chinese and foreign children with special healthcare needs. 


Currently he and his wife live in Little Rock, Arkansas and he works for the Arkansas Department of Health as the Medical Director of Child and Adolescent Health.  Dr. Mease is passionate about preventing toxic stress and developing resilience in pregnant woman, new mothers and their families.

Friday, October 13, 2017
Rae Pica has been an education consultant, specializing in the development and education of the whole child and children’s physical activity, since 1980. A former adjunct instructor with the University of New Hampshire, she is the founder and director of Moving & Learning (now Rae Pica Keynotes & Consulting) and the author of 19 books, including the text Experiences in Movement and Music (in its 5th edition), the award-winning Great Games for Young Children and Jump into Literacy, and A Running Start: How Play, Physical Activity, and Free Time Create a Successful Child, written for the parents of children birth to age five. Her latest book, published by Corwin in 2015, is What If Everybody Understood Child Development?: Straight Talk About Improving Education and Children’s Lives.