Chair- Penney Cowan is the Founder and Executive Director of the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA), which provides peer support and education in pain management skills to people with pain and their families and works to build awareness about chronic pain among professionals, decision makers, and the general public.


  • Consumer Representative for the FDA/CDER Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee (AADPAC)
  • Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC) of the National Institute of Health
  • Co-chair of the National Pain Strategies Public Education and Communication Working Group, part of the IPRCC
  • Author of Patient or Person, Living with Chronic Pain
  • Author of all manuals and materials used by the American Chronic Pain Association
  • Advocate and consumer representative for pain issues since 1980
  • Recipient of numerous awards from organizations such as the Institute for Public Service, American Pain Society, and American Academy of Pain Medicine
  • Listed in Who's Who in America, 24th Edition

Terms on our board

  • 1st term (2015-2017)
  • 2nd term (2018-2020)