Board of Directors

The AAPA Board of Directors is the governing body responsible for the Academy's administrative and financial management.

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Board of Directors tasks

AAPA Bylaws, Article VII, state that the AAPA Board of Directors has the authority:

a. To grant charters to Chapters, recognize specialty organizations, establish criteria for caucuses, and establish Academy commissions or work groups as may be in the best interests of the Academy, taking into consideration any recommendations of the House of Delegates thereof

b. To appoint or remove the Executive Vice President pursuant to the affirmative vote of a two- thirds (2/3) majority of the Director

c. To direct the activities of the Academy's national office through the Executive Vice President

d. To provide for the management of the affairs of the Academy in such a manner as may be
necessary or advisable

e. To establish committees necessary for the performance of its duties

f. To establish, regularly review, and update the Academy's management plan to attain the goals
of the Academy

g. To call special meetings of the House of Delegates as provided under Article VI, Section 4; h. To report the activities of the Board of Directors for the preceding year to the House of Delegates and members at the Academy's annual meeting

i. To establish the amount and timing of Academy membership dues and assessments

j. To review and determine, on no less than an annual basis, how to implement those policies enacted by the House of Delegates on behalf of the Academy that establish the collective values, philosophies, and principles of the physician assistant profession. If it determines that implementation of one or more such policies will require an inadvisable expenditure of Academy resources, or is otherwise not presently prudent or feasible, the board shall, at its earliest convenience, report to the House the reasons for its decision.

2014-2015 Board Manual

2014-2015 AAPA Bylaws

Board positions

The Board of Directors is composed of 13 elected AAPA members who have formal meetings and periodic conference calls.

Board members include the president, president-elect, immediate past president, secretary-treasurer, vice president/speaker of the House of Delegates, first vice speaker of the house, second vice speaker of the house, student representative and five directors-at-large.

Their job descriptions can be found here (PDF).


AAPA fellows are eligible to run for a Board of Directors seat by being endorsed by the AAPA Nominating Work Group or by self-declaring for office. 

Each spring, AAPA fellows elect the Board of Directors from among the Nominating Work Group-endorsed and self-declared candidates.

Elections calendar

These dates apply to the elections process for the AAPA Board of Directors, AAPA House of Delegates officers and AAPA Nominating Work Group members.

November 1

Deadline to submit nominations for AAPA Board of Directors candidates to the Nominating Work Group

Application deadline for the AAPA Board of Directors

Mid-December Nominating Work Group announces endorsed candidates and self-declared candidates
February - April Candidate information appears on AAPA website
March 1 Deadline for fellows to join AAPA or renew their membership in order to receive an election ballot
April 1 Deadline for mail-in declaration or nomination for:
  • House Officers
  • Speaker
  • First Vice Speaker
  • Second Vice Speaker
  • Nominating Work Group (Elections held during House of Delegates meeting at the annual conference)

AAPA Board of Directors


 Chair of the Board/Immediate Past President

Lawrence Herman, MPA, PA-C, DFAAPA
Huntington, N.Y.


J Mcginnity  


John McGinnity, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA
Attica, Mich.  

G Curtis

Vice President/Speaker of the House of Delegates

L. Gail Curtis, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA
Winston Salem, N.C.

J Katz


Jeffrey Katz, PA-C, DFAAPA
Hickory, N.C.

J Pagel


Josanne Pagel, MPAS, PA-C, Karuna RMT®, DFAAPA
North Ridgeville, Ohio

D Jackson  

First Vice Speaker

David I. Jackson, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA
Huntington Station, N.Y.

W Reynolds  

Second Vice Speaker

William T. Reynolds Jr., MPAS, PA-C
Dallas, Pa.  

M Doll  

Director-at-Large (6/10/14-6/9/16)

Michael Clyde Doll, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA
Berwick, Pa.

A Bybee  

Director-at-Large (6/10/13-6/9/15)

Alan Bybee, MPA, PA-C, DFAAPA
Ogden, Utah  

D Bruessow

Director-at-Large (6/10/13-6/9/15)

Diane Bruessow, PA-C, DFAAPA
Middle Village, N.Y.

L Dobbs

Director-at-Large (6/10/14--6/9/16)

Lauren G. Dobbs, MMS, PA-C
Yukon, OK

D O'Donoghue

Director-at-Large (6/10/14-6/9/15)

Daniel (Dan) L. O'Donoghue, PA-C, PhD
Oklahoma City, OK

M Ricker

Student Representative

Melissa Ricker, PA-C
Raleigh, NC  

J Dorn

Chief Executive Officer

Jennifer L. Dorn
Alexandria, VA  

Invite an AAPA Board member to participate in your meeting or event. Complete the travel request form to submit your request today.


View the AAPA Disclosure Policy (PDF).

Many other governance documents, member resources and reports are available on the AAPA website or are available by request.

View the AAPA Articles of Incorporation.

Conflict of Interest Form


Board meeting agendas and minutes

View the agenda for the upcoming 2014 BOD Meeting (PDF).
The AAPA Board of Directors publishes meeting minutes after every meeting.

The summary of actions taken by the AAPA Board of Directors are reported in the secretary's annual report (PDF) to the AAPA House of Delegates.

Financial reports

Download the 2012 financial report (PDF) and the 2013 financial report (PDF).

Download the 2012 Form 990 (PDF).