Our Team

Executive Staff

Angie Bakke

Angie Bakke

Executive Director

Angie Bakke is the dynamic and engaging leader of Doctors for America, a national non-profit physician advocacy organization. Her superpower is bringing people together to find mutually beneficial solutions to solve problems. She has expertise in health care, media, advocacy, fundraising, operations and change management. She enjoys helping others see their potential by creating a fearless culture to continuously learn and grow to create tremendous success.

As an executive, Angie became an expert in aligning big-picture goals with daily operations, strategic initiatives, and special projects working at the American Cancer Society, the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations and Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center. She has the great gift of supporting over 27,000 doctors and medical students that are a part of Doctors for America. These incredible individuals volunteer outside of their daily jobs to improve the health care system for patients. Her priority is to make advocacy as easy as possible. Angie is dedicated to working in a position where she can utilize her skills to foster systemic improvements to better the lives of others.

Angie’s educational background includes an MBA from the University of Sioux Falls, in South Dakota with a special emphasis in marketing. A lesser known fact is that she has over 35 years of experience as a radio personality working at rock stations from Seattle, WA, to Sioux Falls, SD. Her interest in communications has come full circle bringing diverse opinions and perspectives together to create dialogue and a way forward. Outside of the office, Angie is passionate about working with the homeless and enjoys antiquing, riding motorcycles and going to as many concerts as possible!

Keshia Bradford

Program Manager, Community Health and Prevention & Health Justice and Equity

Keshia Bradford, MPA, EdD candidate, is pursuing an EdD in Leadership at Creighton University. Keshia’s dissertation explores the self-perceptions of insured and uninsured individuals in Omaha, Nebraska. Prior to joining Doctors for America, Keshia was at Health Center Association of Nebraska (HCAN) as their Director of Strategic Initiatives for nine years. Keshia had a variety of focus areas; Affordable Care Act (ACA), emergency preparedness, workforce recruitment, vulnerable populations all while providing training and technical assistance to all seven Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).

Pre-covid, Keshia served as a panelist in many national conferences and received a 2016 Geiger Gibson Emerging Leader award through the National Association of Community Health Centers. Additionally, social justice has always been important to Keshia, and in recent years, she has participated in many diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) trainings. Keshia has helped lead conversations on DEI, conducted further research on the health disparities affecting people of color, and identified racism’s role in perpetuating these disparities.

Keshia is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Masters of Public Administration program and of Creighton University’s Health Administration and Policy program. In addition to work and school, Keshia is a board member of Girls, Inc.- Omaha chapter and The Collective for Hope focused on providing grief support for those who have lost a loved one. In her free time, Keshia enjoys kayaking, karaoke, hiking, and spending time with close friends and family.

Kyle Shields

Kyle Shields

Digital Strategist

Kyle Shields is the Digital Strategist and Brand Manager for Doctors for America. In this role he oversees all DFA internal/external communication activities including website, social media, marketing, and media relations. Prior to joining DFA, Kyle worked as a Digital Marketing Coordinator at a local bank where he managed updates of internal and external websites, designed digital and print material, and developed motion advertisements for bank-wide promotions. Kyle is thrilled to join his new team of talented individuals and be a part of an incredible organization. He has enjoyed implementing his expertise in creativity, social media, and digital strategy to aid in DFA’s mission to put patients over politics.

Kyle’s educational background includes an MBA from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland with a concentration in marketing. While obtaining his MBA, he worked as a Graduate Assistant for the Sports Information Department. Kyle also attended Hood during his undergraduate years where he achieved his bachelor’s degree in Integrated Marketing and Communications with minors in Graphic Design and Film Studies. During this time, he was a member of Hood’s men’s soccer team which competed in NCAA Division 3 athletics. In his free time, Kyle enjoys watching Liverpool, listening to punk rock music, and creating digital art. He currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Audrey Safman

Membership Specialist

Audrey Safman serves as the Membership Specialist for Doctors for America. In this capacity, she oversees all membership activities, encompassing recruitment, retention, outreach initiatives, and the organization and execution of specialty membership events. Furthermore, she manages the overall membership portfolio. Audrey brings a wealth of experience to her current role, having previously worked in Project Management for a wellness-oriented company. Notably, she also held the position of Director of Audience Development at a lifestyle publication, where she spearheaded the establishment of a specialized membership program for subscribers. This initiative fostered robust engagement from the local community and corporate partners, significantly amplifying audience outreach and involvement.

Audrey holds a Bachelor’s degree in Innovation of Society from Arizona State University’s top-ranked College of Global Futures, graduating at the pinnacle of her class. Throughout her academic journey, she undertook several fellowships, delving into diverse areas of research and advocacy. Her endeavors ranged from investigating Human Trafficking in Guyana, focusing on the psychological and socio-cultural dynamics contributing to the victimization of women turned traffickers, to exploring the integration of artificial intelligence in the education sector. Additionally, her interests led her to conduct Diversity in Hiring audits and develop educational initiatives for women and children in South Sudan.

Beyond her professional and academic pursuits, Audrey indulges in various hobbies during her leisure time. She finds solace in creative writing, painting, and culinary endeavors, and relishes the enriching experiences of travel. A passionate bibliophile, she boasts an extensive collection of antiquarian and rare literature, reflecting her deep appreciation for the written word.

Marlou Taenzer

Program Manager, Access to Affordable Care

Marlou Svenson is the Program Manager for Access to Affordable Care. Prior to joining Doctors for America, she worked with Made to Save, a national education and grassroots campaign advancing COVID-19 vaccine equity and access in communities of color. Passionate about expanding health care access for all, Marlou has also implemented electoral and legislative campaigns and conducted policy research with Planned Parenthood state affiliates.

In addition to her health care-related advocacy work, Marlou has managed local and national level grassroots organizing programs with two presidential campaigns. Marlou received her M.P.H. from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and her B.A. from Jacobs University.