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Marjorie Johnson Hilliard, PT, MS, EdD, is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Professional Education at Northwestern University's Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences. Dr. Hilliard has an EdD in Curriculum Studies from DePaul University, and MS in Therapeutic Science and Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been a physical therapist for 33 years, a Northwestern faculty member for 17 years, and Associate Chair for Professional Education since 2011. She is currently serving a 1-year term in the Professional Development at Large position and is motivated to continue to foster the professional development of new faculty members.


Sara F. Maher, PT, DScPT, OMPT, as the Chair of the Academic Faculty SIG, I have served as a member of the Education Section Board of Directors for 4 years. I have been actively involved in the chapter as a Platform Moderator, Chair and Vice Chair of the Academic Faculty SIG, as well as Reviewer for both CSM and ELC poster and platform presentations. My passion for education also extends to the FSBPT. I have worked as an Item Writer and Item Writer coordinator for the national licensing examination, and in January will begin working on the Exam Developement Committee.  When I am not serving our national profession, I am the Director of Physical Therapy at Wayne State University in the heart of Detroit. I would be honored to continue my service to our profession as the secretary for the Education Section.


Throughout her career, Dr. Thiele has been especially interested in education serving as a CI, CCCE, Asst ACCE, APTA Basic and Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor and Clinical Instructor Trainer, ACCE and Associate Professor. In 1991 she graduated with a BS in Physical Therapy, initially practicing in a hospital setting in Dubuque, Iowa, where she served as CI.  Subsequently, Dr. Thiele pursued and continues practice in sports medicine, maintaining certification as an athletic trainer. Dr. Thiele is CCCE and an active provider of patient care with an outpatient sports medicine clinic in Platteville, WI. In 1997, she entered into higher education as an Asst ACCE and since 1999 she has been in her current position as the ACCE and Associate Professor at Clarke University in Dubuque, IA.  Dr. Thiele has her Masters of Science in Education (2001) and a post professional Doctorate of Physical Therapy (2006). Her grant and research interests are in the areas of professional behaviors, physical therapy core values across the generations, clinical education models, educational technology and interprofessional education. In collaboration with colleagues, Dr. Thiele has spoken on these topics at local, regional, and national levels, and presented related research at state and national level. Dr. Thiele has published and disseminated these works in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education and other peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Thiele has been actively involved in the APTA and has been privileged to meet many other academic and clinical educators. Her ongoing service record includes: Education Section Secretary 2011-present, Education Section Awards Committee 2011-present, Education Section ACCE/DCE Co-Chair, Clinical Education SIG (2006-2010), Recording Secretary for the Education Section, Clinical Education SIG (2003-2005), CSM Education Section Programming Committee Member (2001- present), CSM Education Section Clinical Education SIG Programming Chair (2002-2006), and APTA Annual Conference Subcommittee for Screening Proposals (2007-2012). In the course of those experiences as well as her own experiences as a clinician, faculty member, CCCE, and ACCE, she has worked with, learned from, and listened as others have expressed the education opportunities in our profession. In her section involvements she has worked together with the section board to support increased section membership and to assist in program planning. She has advocated for the section budget initiatives including supporting clinical educators to attend the Educational Leadership Conference, supporting web enhanced meeting abilities for those that could not attend on site meetings, and supporting budget monies directed for educational research grants. She would love to continue to support initiatives to enhance conceptual models to meet future membership needs especially in relation to section budget allocations as Treasurer of the Section. She would be honored to continue to volunteer her service, organization, budgeting, dependability and teamwork skills to collaborate with others on behalf of the section. Please support Dr. Thiele with your vote for Treasurer for the Education Section.


Yvonne Jackson is currently working as the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education and Full-time Faculty at Baker College in Allen Park, Michigan. She is currently the instructor for Therapeutic Exercise, Techniques, Professional Prep, and all four of the Clinical Education Courses. Prior to this position, Yvonne had work for the Detroit Public Schools in Special Education, Rehab East in Outpatient Orthopedics, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan in various neurology floors, and in Home Health Care.

She has a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, Master of Arts in Sports Administration, and an Education Specialist Certificate in Special Education Administration. She is currently completing a Doctor of Education Degree with a concentration in Teacher Leadership. Yvonne has a genuine love for physical therapy and education.

She also has a strong interest in research. Other areas of interest include Massage Therapy in which she has a license and Personal Fitness Training. Yvonne has served on various committees and positions with other organizations. She has been a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. where she has been the Chair of the Nominating Committee at the local and regional levels.

She has also served on many other committees at the local and state levels and has chaired many of the local committees. She is a Golden life Member of the sorority. She has been a member of the Detroit Federation of Teachers OT/PT Chapter and served at the Vice Chair for four years. She was a member of the Detroit Police Family Association and served as the President, Vice President, Trustee, and Sgt. at Arms. She is a life-time member of the Girls Scouts of America and served on the 100 Anniversary Committee and Co-chaired the Heritage and Archives sub-committee.


I graduated from Penn State University with my Associates of Physical Therapy Assistance in 1991 and will attain my Bachelor's degree in August 2015. For the last 8 years I have served as the ACCE and instructor for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Penn State Hazleton.  Prior to my full-time position here at Hazleton, I served as the PTA program's Lab Assistant for 2 years prior to current position.  Throughout my 23 career as a PTA I have worked in various Physical Therapy settings with the majority of time in outpatient orthopedics serving as CCCE and Clinical Education Faculty.  I recently had the honor of presenting at the 2014 Combined Section Meeting. In 2006 I achieved the APTA's Recognition of Advanced Proficiency for the Physical Therapist in Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy and again in 2013 for Education Physical Therapy. I am an APTA credentialed clinical instructor. I am a member of the following special interest groups; PTAESIG, AFSIG, and CESIG. I am also a member of the Pennsylvania Pocono Susquehanna Clinical Education Consortia.

My years of experience in higher education and serving as an ACCE have motivated me to apply for a position with the Education Section of the APTA.  Also my attendance and involvement in various APTA National conferences has driven my interest in becoming more actively involved. Serving as an ACCE, I understand first-hand the challenges the profession faces in both the academic and clinical settings.  I realize there are many responsibilities throughout the local, state and national levels and I would like have the opportunity to support the organization to the best of my ability.  I am an enthusiastic, task oriented, well-organized and a hardworking individual that thrives on challenges.  I would like to use my experiences, expertise and knowledge to become more involved at a higher level.  I value the support of our professional organization and how we have advanced as a profession, especially with the increased support of the Physical Therapist Assistant. It would be an honor to be part of the future development of our profession and the role of the PTA. As a PTA and educator, I am truly passionate about the profession of physical therapy and the importance of both the PT and PTA roles and the significance of education.  I would like to become a more dynamic participant while supporting the progress, growth and development of education in physical therapy.


Education: B.S. Delaware Valley College
MPT: Rutgers University/UMDNJ
tDPT Slippery Rock University

I have been a member of the APTA since 1994 and the Education Section since 2006. After 10 years of clinical practice, in August 2006 I became a full-time PTA Educator at California University of Pennsylvania, where I serve as the ACCE and Health Science department chair. Committed to excellence in PTA education, I became an on-site visitor for CAPTE in 2013. Previous service (specific to PTA) includes serving on the task force that produced Minimum Required Skills of Physical Therapist Assistant Graduates at Entry-Level; a term as PTA Exam item writer for FSBPT; reviewer for PTA Advanced Proficiency Recognition. I would like to see more of the potential of the PTA unlocked.


Since 2001, Brad has served as the ACCE and instructor at Lake Area Technical Institute, Watertown, SD. Prior to academia, Brad worked in a variety of settings, including acute care, outpatient, SNF's and home health. Currently, Brad provides therapy services as PRN PTA with the Brookings Health System, Brookings, SD.

Professional awards are  APTA Section on Pediatrics, Outstanding Clinician - Physical Therapist Assistant Award (2012), F.A. Davis, Award for Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Educator ( 2010), Foundation for Physical Therapy, Robert C. Bartlett Award for Innovation in Fundraising (2009) and South Dakota Physical Therapy Association, Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Award (1999, 2001, 2009).

Brad's professional/association involvement includes;
APTA's Education Section, HPA: The Catalyst, Acute Care Section, Pediatric Section and PTA Caucus. Brad has also served on several APTA Board work groups.

Currently serves as; APTA's Physical Therapy Political Action Committee (PT PAC), Trustee, and Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), Commissioner


Kathy is a licensed PTA in the State of Ohio.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Health Studies and a Masters of Education in Instructional Design for Online Learning.  Kathy has 25 years of clinical experience, 8 years as an ACCE, 2 years as PTA faculty, and 3 years as the PTA program director at Kent State University.

Kathy has been a member of APTA since 1990, an active member of the Ohio PTA Educators Consrotium for over 10 years, and attends at least one PTA Educator SIG meeting each year.  She is passionate about the role of the PTA within the profession and strongly believes that PTA educators are uniquely qualified to advocate for the role of the PTA.

If elected chair of the PTA Educators SIG, Kahty will strive for the SIG to become an organized and vocal presence within the Education Section and the APTA.


Chalee Engelhard, PT, EdD, MBA, GCS is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. Previous to her entrance to academia, she served as a CI for 15 years and CCCE for 4 years during which she co-owned a home health agency and was a Regional Director of Operations for a long term care contract company where her primary functions were to achieve operational outcomes through interdisciplinary project management, employment recruitment/retention, short term/long term planning, providing support to inter-disciplinary teams, and excellence in customer service.

She is a Certified Geriatric Specialist (GCS) and a trainer for APTA's CCIP workshops. Additionally, she also serves as the Academic Director for the Cincinnati VA Medical Center's Geriatric Residency and is the Treasurer for the Ohio Kentucky Consortium for PT Programs.

Her scholarly agenda focus is instructional design as it relates to traditional and online education as well as predictor admission and program variables for successful DPT education. She has several publications in the area of clinical education and curriculum design. Her next professional goal is to serve the CESIG membership in the role of Recording Secretary.


Nora serves as Assistant Professor and Assistant Chair of Clinical Education with the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences of the Feinberg School of Medicine for Northwestern University.  She has been an educator for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students for 23 years, and has over 34 years of physical therapy patient care and managerial experience in acute care, outpatient, rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and higher education settings.  She has served in a variety of professional association leadership positions in Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois.

In addition, she was a member of the APTA PT Clinical Performance Instrument (PT CPI) Review Group and she created the APTA online training program for the PT CPI, which has been completed by over 50,000 students, physical therapists, and faculty across the United States.  She is also a trainer for the APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program.

She is a member of the Section for Education (Clinical Education SIG), and the Health Policy and Administration Section (Global Health SIG) of th APTA.  She was a member of the Nominating Committee for the Section for Education from 2011- 2013, and recently completed service as the Chair for this committee in 2014.

Her current research focuses on the development, implementation, and evaluation of global health opportunities for physical therapist students.


Dr. Robin E. Galley is the Director of Clinical Education and an Assistant Professor at Nova Southeastern University's Hybrid DPT Program in Tampa, FL.  She received her post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences, her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Texas Women's University in Houston and her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University.

She is a board certified Orthopaedic specialist and has spent much of her 15 years as a Physical Therapist primarily working in the Private Practice outpatient market both clinically, and administratively. She continues to be involved with patient care once a week at Moffitt Cancer Center.

Robin chose to enter into the world of academia in large part to allow her more opportunity to be involved with the profession both from a service and research perspective.  She enjoys teaching and mentoring students and encourages involvement in the profession through her Professional Issues course and clinical education.

She has been an active member of the APTA since 1999, the FPTA since relocating from Texas to Florida in 2005, and serves as Secretary of the FCCE.  She currently serves as an Assembly Representative and on the nominating committee for the West Central District of the FPTA.  She looks forward to advancing her involvement with the professional association on a national level.


My name is Elsa Drevyn. I graduated with a MSPT in 1989. I have worked in a variety of settings as a Physical Therapist. I started my career in Miami, Florida working in acute care. Several months after graduation, my husband's job transferred us to Colorado. In Colorado I worked in a SNF and then in a hospital doing acute care and outpatient. After several years, we moved to the mountains of NC to live closer to family. We lived in a very rural area and I worked at the local hospital. In this setting I alternated between acute care, outpatient and home health while at times covering pediatrics and the school system. I was also a Clinical Instructor all along. I loved every one of the settings that where I worked. However, the opportunity presented itself for me to work in pediatrics doing early intervention. I always had a passion for this patient population and stayed in this field for several years. My husband once more got a job offer in Miami and we came back. I continued doing home based pediatrics and at one point I reached out to my Alma Mater, The University of Miami, and sought out a position in Academia. I became an ACCE and went back to school for my DPT. I have been an ACCE and Instructor since 2006. I have loved every single opportunity and experience that my career has offered me. I have been blessed with a variety of challenging opportunities that have helped me grow as a Physical Therapist and as a person. In the past several years I have become more involved in the APTA and FPTA. I am the vice-chair of the (Florida Consortium of Clinical Educators) FCCE. I am also a member of the Membership Committee of the FPTA and an Assembly Representative of the FPTA SE district. I actively participate in regional and national meetings several times a year. I am very involved in the clinical education area and work at maintaining the local clinicians informed of relevant issues dealing with clinical education. This past year I became credentialed to teach the Clinical Instructor Certification Course, I will be teaching my first course in January of next year. I also became certified as a FunFitness trainer and collaborator for the Special Olympics. This role will also be part of my scholarship agenda. I have also recently returned to acute care on a PRN basis in order to maintain my skills up to date and to keep myself involved in a setting relevant to the courses that I teach at the University of Miami.

In supporting my personal decision to run for this position, I would like to express my strong desire to continue to contribute to my profession. I am passionate about my profession and want to use this energy in a way that can help in Physical Therapy. I have very strong organizational skills and I believe that I would do a good job as a Recording Secretary. I also have strong communication skills and as an ACCE have developed the skills needed to relate to different personalities and mediate difficult situations when needed.


Ralph R. Utzman, PT, MPH, PhD is an Associate Professor at West Virginia University, where he has served as ACCE since 1995.  An Education Section member since 1996, he has been a trainer for the CCIP since 1998 and the Advanced CCIP since 2010.  He has served as program committee chair for the Section on Health Policy and Administration and was a member of the section board of directors for 2 years.  He has served as WV Chapter Vice President, chief delegate, and bylaws committee chair.  Dr. Utzman is currently working on two grant-funded projects incorporating interprofessional service learning into full- and part-time clinical experiences.


My name is Kim Smith and I completed my MSPT from the University of Miami in 1990.    Early in my career as a staff PT I served as a clinical instructor and then as a CCCE in my managerial roles.  My experience in clinical management started as a site manager for a hospital-based outpatient neuro clinic advancing to Manager then Director of Outpatient Rehab Services.  In the inpatient environment I was the Rehab Coordinator overseeing daily operations of the therapy program and the IRF-PAI submission process for a 28-bed inpatient rehab unit.  In 2012, I transitioned into academia to pursue my interest in teaching.  I completed my t-DPT in 2013 from A.T. Stills University.  Currently I am an assistant professor and ACCE in the Entry Level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL.  

My clinical focus and practice continues to be working with neurological patient populations.  I coordinate and serve as a faculty clinical instructor for our program's integrated clinical education experiences.  As ACCE, I enjoy being the liaison between our academic program and the clinical sites working with our students.   I am an active member of the Florida Consortium of Clinical Education (FCCE). Through my professional experiences, both clinical and academic, I have a large network of contacts throughout the US. I feel through this network I would be able to actively recruit members to run for officer positions for the Clinical Education SIG.

I look forward to furthering my involvement with the Clinical Education SIG.


Graduated from Russell Sage College 1990 with Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy.  Obtained DPT from Boston University 2005. Currently work as DCE at The Sage Colleges, Troy, NY and continue on per diem basis at locate acute care hospital.

Varied background: New York State Health Care Scholarship Recipient, worked with developmentally disabled adults, pop, home care, peds, outpatient, lymphedema, and vestibular diagnoses.

Participated in a 2 week medial mission to ruralPeru.


Dr. Birkmeier is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Clinical Education (DCE) in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program in the Department of Physical Therapy and Health Care Sciences at The George Washington University (GW).  She received her Master in Physical Therapy in January 2001 and then her Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy in May 2005, both from Saint Louis University in Saint Louis, Missouri.

Dr. Birkmeier is the course director of the Pediatrics course, along with other integrative courses in the GW DPT Program.  In addition to her role as DCE, she is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Trainer and is the Co-President for the Mid-Atlantic Consortium of Clinical Education.  She currently is an Acute Care, Education and Pediatric Section member and is active in a variety of special interest groups in the sections.

She became a Pediatric Certified Specialist in 2009 and currently practices at Children's National Health System in Washington, DC.  Her current practice includes the acute and outpatient care of children with a history of prematurity, neuromotor dysfunction, and lower extremity biomechanical alignment issues.  In addition to her pediatric specialization, Dr. Birkmeier has also acquired a Neuro Developmental Treatment/Bobath certification.

As a member of the Cooperative International Neuromuscular Research Group (CINRG), Dr. Birkmeier is a clinical evaluator for studies that involve children and adults with progressive neuromuscular diseases and has specific research interest in the long-term physical therapy management of children with muscular dystrophy.  Additionally, she has presented nationally and internationally on topics pertain to pediatric rehabilitation and education strategizes within the classroom and clinic.


Susan Hartman stands at the forefront of the Clinical Education within her Health Care Organization as the Clinical Coordinator for Clinical Education. She has spent the last 14 years supporting her staff as Clinical Instructors and partnering with local Academia to ensure successful Clinical Affiliations.
A dedicated educator, Susan has fostered existing Clinical Education Site/Academia relationships and sought out new relationship opportunities. Susan's interest in Clinical Education took her to the Clinical Education Summit. Susan was recognized as a valued Stakeholder at the 2014 ACAPT Shared Vision of Clinical Education Summit.
She has a vested interest in the Ohio-Kentucky Consortium, being recognized by several of the Academia as an Outstanding Clinical Coordinator of Clinical Education. Throughout her 14 years as Clinical Coordinator for Clinical Education, she has mentored Clinical Instructors within her organization with over 400 students. She has served as a Clinical Instructor for nearly 50 of her own students.
Embracing the APTA core values of Accountability, Excellence, Professional Duty, and Social Responsibility, Susan has been credentialed in both the Basic and Advanced Clinical Instructor programs. She has furthered her dedication to Clinical Education through her 2014 Certification as a Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program Trainer.
Susan holds a Bachelor Degree in Exercise Science and Physical Therapy. She also holds a MBA with a Health Care Concentration. She serves on 2 local Physical Therapy Academic Boards and was ACCE for Owens Community College's PTA program from 2005-2007. Susan is a valued resource within her organization and Academia alike for Clinical Education.


Scott obtained Bachelor of Science Degree in biology from Grove City College in 1982.  Scott obtained Certificate in physical therapy from Cleveland State University in 1987.  He received a Master of Health Science from University of Indianapolis, Krannert School of Physical Therapy in 1996, and completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy through Marymount University, in 2008.

He became an APTA Board Certified Orthopaedic clinical specialist in 1997, and was recertified in 2007.  He is also an adjunct, and holds graduate faculty status at the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Cleveland State University.

Scott currently serves as Director I, and Chair for the Awards Committee for the OPTA.  He is also an Ohio delegate for the APTA House of Delegates.  Scott was recently appointed to the APTA Vision Task Force, which developed the new APTA Vision.  He currently serves as Clinical Co-Chair APTA Education Clinical Education SIG, and was a member of the Steering Committee for the 2014 Clinical Education Summit.  Scott coordinates and performs physical therapy pro bono service at the Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland, and at the Care Alliance Medical Center in Cleveland.


I received my PT degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1985. My clinical experience over the past almost 30 years (?!) has been primarily in rehab, acute care, and home health settings. I have served as CCCE in all of those settings and acted as a CI to numerous PT and PTA students. I have been a Credentialed CI through the APTA since 1997. Clinical education has been a significant interest throughout my career and from very early on I have participated on clinical education advisory committees for both the local PT and PTA programs. I have taught or assisted with a number of academic courses and am adjunct faculty at both programs. I am fortunate enough to have dedicated time to devote to this area of professional interest in my current position as the Therapy Coordinator of Clinical Education at St Luke's Rehabilitation Institute in Spokane, Washington. I oversee the student program for all therapy disciplines in our multiple site system. We affiliate with 8 PTA and over 30 PT programs in addition to 25 OT, 4 OTA, and 9 SLP programs. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to participate in the recent Summit in Kansas City and recognize the vital, challenging, and exciting work to come in order to reinvent a clinical education system with a vision that fortifies both the ever-expanding PT position on the healthcare team as well as the generations of therapists yet to come.


Dr. Herbert received a B.S. in Physical Therapy in 1988 and a M.S. in Allied Health Sciences in 2005 with an emphasis in motor learning and low back pain from The Ohio State University.  She has 22 years of clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient adult rehabilitation specializing in the treatment of adult neurologic disorders, and has a strong passion for working with individuals status post stroke and spinal cord injury.  She completed her PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at The Ohio State University in 2010.  Her primary research interest is investigating mechanisms of recovery and treatment interventions for improving recovery of upper limb function after stroke. 

Her secondary research interest is exploring physical therapist's perceptions and diagnostic imaging practices.  She is currently an assistant professor in the Physical Therapy Department at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.  During her time in Ohio Dr. Herbert was actively involved in clinical education, serving as a clinical instructor and CCCE for over 17 years.  She is an APTA member in the sections on Education, Neurology and Orthopedics.  Her professional service to the APTA includes service on state conference and continuing education committees, student liaison to the Ohio PT Association, 2nd Vice Chair for the Southeastern District to the Texas PT Association, and service at the national level as an annual conference committee reviewer.


I have been a full-time faculty member since 1980 at universities in Indiana, Maine, and Texas.  I am currently a professor in the Dept. of Physical Therapy at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas and hold adjunct appointments at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis and the University of Indianapolis. I also direct the transitional DPT program at our institution.

My primary teaching responsibilities include professional behaviors, psychosocial issues, research design and data analysis, therapeutic modalities, and balance assessment and training. I have been involved with CAPTE accreditation activities as an onsite visit, candidacy reviewer, and commissioner since 1986 and am the most recent past-chair of CAPTE. Through my involvement as a commissioner and onsite reviewer, I have had an opportunity to network with faculty across the country and believe these contacts would be helpful in my role as a nominating committee member. I have benefitted from several wonderful educational mentors during my career and am now serving in that role through a formal mentoring program that is operated within the Texas Physical Therapy Association.

I believe that the AFSIG can play a huge role in connecting faculty across the country who have similar teaching and scholarly interests, as well as those who are seeking mentorship.

I would be honored to help promote that effort by identifying individuals who can best lead this special interest group.


It has been my absolute delight to be a part of the profession of physical therapy for just over 30 years. Currently, I am Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and Associate Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

My educational background consists of a B.S. in Physical Therapy, a transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy, and a PhD in Adult Education with a doctoral minor in Educational Research and a graduate certificate in Institutional Research.

I recently completed a three year term on the nominating committee of the Mississippi Physical Therapy Association, and would consider it an honor to serve the AFSIG in a similar capacity. As an educator, I consider it my responsibility to encourage students to become active in the future of our profession in an ever-changing local and global community depends not only on the educational preparation of our students but also on the dedication of academic faculty for ongoing growth as educators.


I graduated as a PTA in 1999 from Springfield Technical Community College and have worked as a full-time PTA, rehab manager, and in my final clinical position, as Director of Medical Rehabilitation for Easter Seals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut.  I am an APTA-credentialed Clinical Instructor and have served as a CI and CCCE for PeopleFirst Rehabilitation and Easter Seals.  In August 2011, I moved from CT to OH to accept the position of founding PTA Program Director for Terra State Community College.  CAPTE granted the program accreditation in February 2014.  I completed my Bachelor's and Master's in Health Science at Touro College and am a PhD candidate in Health Sciences, concentration in Health Care Administration, at Trident University.  I am a member of the the Northwest Ohio Clinical Consortium and the Ohio PTA Educators consortium.


I started my career as an athletic trainer in the 1990 and transitioned into physical therapy in 2000. I worked in a variety of different settings and had my own practice for a number of years. I participated in clinical research and went on to gain a specialty certification in pediatrics in 2008 and completed a transitional tDPT in 2012. Since then, I started working at the University. I have worked on a team for many years in a variety of different settings throughout my career as a physical therapist. Working on a team in the hospital with different disciplines, in the early intervention setting in home-based and now in the collegiate setting has been amazing experiences for me. My ability to work with others by displaying my continually positive attitude and a determined mind-set has helped me realize all of my strengths and weaknesses and has made me an asset to various projects and committees. Developing a NICU therapy program in the hospital, to starting a clinical residency at ETSU as helped become focused and dependable. I encompass tenacity and integrity in all that I do and I have a passion for my career and outlook on life that fuels me daily. Thank you for your consideration and I am humbled to volunteer for opportunities that may arise.


I am pleased to be considered by the Education Section for the position of Nominating Committee Member.  I have been a physical therapist since 1992 after graduating with my Masters in Physical Therapy from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia.  In 2004, I received by Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from Temple University.  I have worked in the acute care and home care settings, but the vast majority of my clinical experience has been in outpatient orthopaedics.  I was certified as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist in 2001 and re-certified in 2011.  In 1998, I joined the faculty of Drexel University in Philadelphia teaching in multiple programs including the professional DPT program.  As part of my position at Drexel, I also directed the outpatient faculty practice which today includes 3 separate sites.  Additionally, in 2006, I became Director of the DPT program and Vice-Chair of the Department.  I continue to serve in those two positions today.  I am an organized and energetic individual who is ready to begin serving the education section in this capacity.


Dr. Chaudry is Dean/Director of Clinical Education at Langston University, School of Physical Therapy.  Her educational background includes graduating with a Silver Medal in B.Sc Honors (Physiology) from University of Karachi, Pakistan, being recognized as an outstanding international student two years in a row while earning her physiotherapy degree from University of Oklahoma, USA, graduating with Highest Honors from her MBA program,  graduating Cum laude from her Juris Doctorate program both of which were awarded from Oklahoma City University, USA, and recently graduating as a Fellow from the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) Education Leadership Institute.

Dr. Chaudry has over 25 years of clinical/administrative experience in physical therapy practice and is an attorney with a strong background in law and ethics. She has been teaching courses on ethics and law pertaining to healthcare practice to DPT students, licensed physical therapists, and occupational therapists for over a decade.  Her courses have been approved by Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure & Supervision for licensure renewal credit. Additionally, Dr. Chaudry has made over 30 international and national peer reviewed presentations and was recognized by WCPT as an "outstanding presenter" for her presentations at WCPT conference in Vancouver, Canada.  Dr. Chaudry is very active with her professional association. Currently, she is Chair of Bylaws Committee of APTA's?Health Policy Administration Section & has chaired Bylaws Committee for APTA Global Health Special Interest Group for the past several years. She is also President Elect of Epsilon, Epsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Delta International Scholars Organization.


Jennifer Mai, PT, DPT, PhD, MHS, NCS is an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at Clarke University.  She earned her entry-level bachelor's degree in physical therapy at Bradley University, a master's degree in health sciences with an emphasis on neurological rehabilitation at the University of Indianapolis, her DPT at Clarke University, and her PhD at Nova Southeastern University. She teaches content related to neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary, and research in the DPT program.  She is also an item writer for the NCS exam. She has served as the Academic Faculty SIG representative for professional development.