Shelia Buchanan

Shelia Buchanan
Associate Vice President, Operations & Special Projects

Shelia Buchanan, Associate Vice President, Operations, has nearly 15 years of experience working in nonprofit environments, specifically within the health field. Shelia relocated to Atlanta, GA to join PAHO Foundation in 2016 with considerable experience in delivering national and international conferences and operational management. As the Director of Meetings at the Academy of General Dentistry, she increased exhibit sales and revenue, and negotiated multi-year contracts with real dollar savings of over $1.5 million. She has designed physician CME offerings, led an organization out of academic probation, organized international conferences with attendance of over 5,000.  While at the Alzheimer’s Association, she operationally launched its membership section, the International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment (ISTAART), developing bylaws, operation procedures, and member benefits.  Under her leadership, retention and recruitment goals were consistently met. Shelia maintains an active participation in community services, from participating on the Board of Directors for community health care organizations to her current efforts to launch an empowerment program for girls in under-resourced communities. Shelia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management.