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President Emily Herndon 9/30/2025
  Team Leader: Administrative Services
Committees: Lobbyist, Federal Gov. Affairs/State Affiliation, Strategic Plan, Executive Director, Attorney/legal, Payment/Reimbursement

President Elect
Next election for Pres. Elect will be Fall 2024.

Becomes President Fall 2025
Pres. term ends 9/30/2028
Vice President Samantha Schmidt 9/30/23


Team Leader: Government Affairs and Practice Services  
Committees: Legislative 


Team Leader: Governance Services
Committees: Bylaws, Minutes, Liaison to Board of Physical Therapy Examiners, Policy Development/Maintenance

Treasurer Jim McLean 9/30/24


Team Leader: Financial Services

Committees: Finance, Peer Review


Jeanne Korn


Team Leader: Education Services
Committees: Programs, CEU Approval

Director Nicole Macaluso 9/30/24


Team Leader: Membership Services
Committees: Membership

Chief Delegate Jon Carling 9/30/23


Team Leader: Delegates and PTA Caucus Representative
Delegates: Jon Carling (Chief), Anna Thornily (Term ends Fall 2025), Brent Denisar-Green (Term ends Fall 2023); PTA Caucus Rep: Laurie Roberts, term expires Fall 2023 

Nominating* Thomas Little (Chair) 9/30/2023
Cole Bausch 9/30/2024
  Nick Weiss 9/30/2025
 Awards  Refer to Nominating Committee -   
SPT Liaison* 4/30/23
SPTA Liaison*
*indicates non-voting position on the board

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2022-2023 Committees and Chairpersons. 

Legislative  Samantha Schmidt, Gary Lusin, Emily Herndon, Kevin Pancich, Ricardo Fernandez, Thomas Little, Jim McLean. Phoebe Schembre, Lorena Payne (all terms end Fall 2023, two year terms)

Emily Herndon

Emily Herndon, Samantha Schmidt, Christian Appel, Ben Kingan

Financial Review

Appointed in Jan/Feb annually. Chairperson in final year of term:
Cari Arnot (Term ends 2022), Kelli Wait (Term ends 2023)

vacant, changing this

Debra Gorman-Bader

Jeanne Korn

CE Review
Jim Sykes, Brace Hayden

Jon Carling, Anna Thornily, Brent Denisar-Green

PTA Caucus Representative
Laurie Roberts. Term ends 2023

Federal Liaison and Key Contacts
Ricardo Fernandez

Key Contacts: Ricardo Fernandez, Ralph Simpson, and vacant seat (Contact us to volunteer as a Key Contact)

BOPTE Liaison

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Past Presidents:



2022-2025Emily Herndon, CURRENT
2019-2022 Christian Appel
2016-2019 Jay Shaver
2013-2016 (3yr terms) Jay Shaver
2011-2013 Beth Ikeda
2009-2011 Beth Ikeda
2007-2009 Lorena Pettet
2005-2007 Lorena Pettet
2003-2005 Joe Smith
  Richard Smith
  Steve Anderson
  Gary Lusin
  Loren Wright
  Gail Wheatley




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