At a meeting of the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) held on May 7-8, 2020, the Board of Directors elected Executive Officers to serve two-year terms of office.
Vivian Kil, M.Chiro, DC, of Beek, The Netherlands, was elected WFC President. Kil is a graduate of AECC University College in the UK and practices full-time in a multidisciplinary clinic, where she is the owner and clinic director. She is the youngest elected president in the WFC’s 32-year history and its first female leader. Before her election to president, Kil served in the capacity of interim president from May 2019. She is a past president of the Netherlands Chiropractic Association and a former vice president of the European Chiropractors’ Union. Kil has represented the WFC’s European region on the WFC Board of Directors since 2016.
Michele Maiers, PhD, MPH, DC, has been re-elected WFC vice president. Maiers is the Executive Director of Research and Innovation at Northwestern University of Health Sciences (NWUHS). She is the appointed representative of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) on the WFC Board of Directors and currently serves as the ACA’s vice president and within the Chiropractic Health Care Section of the American Public Health Association. Maiers was awarded her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from NWUHS, a Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota, and a PhD at the University of Southern Denmark.
Keisuke Takeyachi, B.App.Sci (Chiropractic), has been re-elected WFC secretary-treasurer. Takeyachi has been the president of the Japanese Association of Chiropractors since 2013. He is a graduate of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Australia. A third-generation chiropractor, Takeyachi works alongside his father in the center of Tokyo and is on the faculty of Tokyo College of Chiropractic. Takeyachi represents the Asian region on the WFC Board of Directors.
Speaking after the WFC Board meeting, Secretary-General Richard Brown, DC, said, “This is an important time for the WFC and for the chiropractic profession. As we discharge the key elements of our strategic plan and advocate for high standards of education, conduct and practice consistent with the EPIC principles of evidence-based, people-centered, interprofessional and collaborative care, strong leadership is a core requirement. In Drs. Kil, Maiers and Takeyachi, the WFC can be confident of a dedicated team of committed leaders that will pursue the WFC’s vision and mission with purpose and enthusiasm.”