President Beth R. Smolko, DMSc, MMS, PA-C, DFAAPA
Washington, DC | Term: 07/01/20 – 6/30/21
Dr. Beth Smolko is the president of the American Academy of PAs (AAPA). She has served on AAPA’s Board of Directors since 2016, following several years of service and leadership in AAPA’s House of Delegates. She also served in multiple leadership positions at the Association of Family Practice PAs (AFPPA), including their board of directors and as their representative to national discussions on Hepatitis C at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the White House.
She is the founding Program Director and Department Chair for Frostburg State University’s PA Medicine Program in rural western Maryland. The program was created to increase access to healthcare in Appalachia and medically underserved areas across the country. She is currently working to create a state-wide telemedicine curriculum for PA programs across Maryland. She is also Chair of the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) – Maryland West.
Dr. Smolko is also a nationally recognized speaker and author on topics in telemedicine including legislative barriers and access to care issues. She was the Lead Clinical Advisor and Telemedicine Lead for Wellness Center Operations for Lockheed Martin, the largest defense contractor in the world. She authored Lockheed’s telemedicine white paper used by the corporation to address access-to-care for employees and detailed the financial benefits to the corporation when employees have access to the right care, at the right time, in the right setting.
Smolko’s passion for accessible, effective, and compassionate patient care led her to found a nonprofit called The Heart of Medicine, dedicated to delivering primary care to poor and underserved communities. As President, she coordinates volunteer medical trips for healthcare professionals, including leading teams of volunteers to deliver healthcare in mobile clinics and non-traditional healthcare settings in Haiti.
Smolko earned a BA in Biology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, a Master of Medical Science in PA Studies from Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona and a Doctor of Medical Science degree from Lynchburg College. She has also earned Six Sigma Greenbelt certification and is a nationally certified health coach (NSHC).
President-Elect Diane M. Bruessow, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA
Middle Village, NY | Term: 07/01/20 – 6/30/21
Diane M. Bruessow, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA, (she/her/hers) serves as the President-Elect of the American Academy of PAs. As an active AAPA member, Bruessow has held multiple elected and appointed positions within the organization including Secretary-Treasurer where she chaired the Finance and Audit committees, and served on Executive, Executive Compensation, Internal Affairs, and External Affairs committees of the Board of Directors. She brings years of prior experience on various national advisory councils, commissions, and boards.
Bruessow holds a faculty appointment in the School of Medicine and Department of Internal Medicine at Yale University where she is in the PA Online program. She loves being a PA because of the adaptability to practice across specialties and practice environments. She began her career being triply-credentialed in emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and family medicine in an urban level 1 trauma center, and has practiced clinically across a broad variety of practice settings and specialties. She is currently certified by the Performing Arts Medicine Association and practicing performing arts medicine at The Juilliard School, as well as practicing in transgender medicine at Healthy Transitions.
Bruessow is a highly respected thought leader, having given more than 100 presentations at global, national, and regional meetings, authored original research articles and chapters in medical textbooks, and invited media engagements. Her professional interests include eliminating health disparities among sexual and gender minorities, leadership and organizational culture, and the healthcare workforce opportunities and challenges associated with a changing healthcare environment and workforce dynamics. She formerly served on the editorial advisory board of the Journal of the AAPA, and currently serves on the editorial board of Transgender Health – a peer-reviewed, indexed medical journal.
Bruessow credits her multi-faceted career with preparing her for the opportunity to influence change in the healthcare sector at pivotal junctures—from her work at the Harvard Innovation Lab within a fast-paced biotech start-up, to contributing to amici briefs for Supreme Court deliberations. She encourages PAs and PA students to engage with issues and organizations that inspire them to lead today’s innovations in healthcare.
Bruessow is an AAPA Distinguished Fellow. Her most notable awards have been for professional achievement, scholarship, and service. She was named the 2019 PA of the Year by the New York State Society of PAs, and the 2017 Humanitarian of the Year by the New Jersey State Society of PAs.
Bruessow holds a master’s degree in PA Studies from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and is an alumna of Long Island University Brooklyn and CW Post. She has an additional 13 years of training in group psychology from the Systems Centered Training and Research Institute. She lives in Queens, New York with her two rottweilers, Schultz and Gunther. Beyond medicine, her interests include the performing arts, philanthropy, and a full night’s sleep.
Immediate Past President David E. (Dave) Mittman, DMSc (h.c.), PA-C Emeritus, DFAAPA
Boynton Beach, FL | Term: 07/01/20 – 6/30/21
David (Dave) E. Mittman is Immediate Past President of the American Academy of PAs (AAPA). As a long-time member of the Academy, he has served in numerous PA leadership roles over the last 30 years, including serving on the AAPA Board of Directors, the AAPA House of Delegates (HOD), and various state chapters, specialty organizations, and special interest groups. Prior to his election as President-elect in 2018, he served on the AAPA Board of Directors from 2015-2018 as Director-at- Large, after previously serving in the same role in the early 1980s.
Mittman also was a leader for the PA profession in medical publishing and communications, launching journals and a web community for PAs. Based in Boynton Beach, Florida, he is a prolific writer on the value and practice of PAs. Mittman practiced in primary care in Brooklyn for nearly a decade before beginning his career working in medical publishing and communications as a platform to educate the healthcare industry on who PAs are and what they do. He co-founded Clinician Reviews, the first industry publication to serve both PAs and NPs, as well as seven other medical publications.
Mittman is a veteran of the profession, known for the groundbreaking and formative roles he played in the PA profession’s infancy. He was the first PA allowed to practice in the Air Force Reserves, was a founding student member of the New York State Society of PAs (NYSSPA), and led the “March on Trenton” to the New Jersey State House, which ultimately resulted in establishing PA practice in the state. Mittman was also one of the first PAs to co-manage and later manage his own patient panel in the late 1970s and early 1980s. As the profession matured, Mittman has continued leading efforts that challenge the status quo, such as co-founding PAs for Tomorrow and the American College of Clinicians, which advocated for greater PA/NP collaboration.
Mittman has been honored for his work with a number of awards, including AAPA’s Public Education Award and both the NYSSPA and the New Jersey State Society of PAs Lifetime Achievement awards. He has also been recognized by the PA History Society.
He is an alumnus of the Long Island University PA program. A proponent of lifelong learning, he has completed master’s-level courses in community health and business and received life-coach training through the NYU/Results Coaching Institute. He has earned the designation of AAPA Distinguished Fellow. In 2020, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Medical Science degree by the trustees at the University of Lynchburg for his career-long work on behalf of the profession.
Vice President and Speaker of the House William Reynolds, Jr., MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA
Dallas, PA | Term: 07/01/20 – 6/30/21
William (Bill) T. Reynolds is serving his eighth term on the AAPA Board of Directors. PA Reynolds’ service on the board builds on his 20 years of leadership experience within the AAPA House of Delegates, where he previously served as First Vice Speaker, Second Vice Speaker, and chaired numerous House Reference Committees and the Standing Rules committee.
Based in Dallas, Pennsylvania, PA Reynolds is the clinical director and clinical professor in the Department of PA Studies at King’s College. While he loves teaching, he is equally committed to ensuring quality, affordable health care in small and rural communities. First employed by the Rural Health Corporation of Northeastern Pennsylvania, PA Reynolds remained committed to the organization for 25 years.
Supporting future leaders and community service is a reoccurring theme for PA Reynolds, who served as an Assistant Scout Master for eight years and is a recipient of the Eagle Scout Mentor Pin from one of his Scouts. He knows firsthand the difference such an influence creates. He credits his own success as an AAPA leader to a colleague who encouraged him to become engaged with the Pennsylvania Society of PAs (PSPA) and the AAPA House of Delegates in the early stages of his career.
PA Reynolds earned his bachelor’s degree from the PA program at King’s College and is a graduate of the University of Nebraska’s PA master’s degree program, where he specialized in family practice. He has earned the designation of AAPA Distinguished Fellow.
Director-at-Large CDR Billy S. Collins, DHSc, MS, PA-C
North Bethesda, MD | Term: 07/01/19 – 6/30/21
Elected to AAPA’s Board of Directors as Director-at-Large in 2017, Billy Collins is a seasoned leader, having served in the AAPA House of Delegates, North Carolina Academy of PAs (NCAPA) and the Public Health Service Academy of PAs. He has also been appointed to multiple terms on AAPA’s Commission of Continuing Professional Development and Education (CCPDE). In addition to his work with the AAPA, he serves as a representative to the American Diabetes Association Primary Care Advisory Group.
Following a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy, Collins continued his leadership journey during PA school. He was elected student director to NCAPA and began serving as chair of the Student Affairs Committee. As a new leader within the PA profession, Collins began a teaching fellowship through Duke University, where he began to mentor PA students throughout the state.
Once the fellowship was completed, Collins directed his long-held commitment to public service and the PA profession to progressively advanced roles in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), where he currently holds the rank of Commander. Many of his assignments allowed him to serve in underserved and vulnerable communities. Most recently, he worked with the Indian Health Service on the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas reservation in Polk County, Texas. During this time, he also precepted PA and nursing students.
Collins currently serves as clinic administrator for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institute of Health, and continues to serve as chair and on various committees and advisory groups within the U.S. Public Health Service.
Collins believes strongly in the power of education and life-long learning and works tirelessly to ensure PAs and others have the opportunities to achieve their goals. In addition to his work with the CCPDE, Collins has served as a USPHS mentor for nearly a decade, a USPHS career development reviewer, and on the admissions committee of both Duke and Campbell Universities. His doctoral capstone project was on the effectiveness of teaching fellowships in preparing PAs for academia and he received the certificate of appreciation for completing the Duke University Teaching Fellowship.
Collins earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Care from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Texas and his Master of Science degree in PA studies at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He received his Doctorate of Health Sciences degree from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Student President Katie Ganser
Aurora, CO | Term: 07/01/20 – 6/30/21
Katie Ganser is a third-year student at the University of Colorado CHA/PA Program where she serves as president of the Class of 2021, former President of the program’s student society, and former co-lead of DAWN Women’s Health Specialty Group, a student-run free clinic that serves the Aurora, CO community. During her first year of PA school, she served as a Student Delegate and was the student representative on a reference committee for the 2019 House of Delegates.
Since starting PA school, Ganser has been driven by three main goals: to develop into a compassionate clinician caring for underserved populations, to increase engagement of PA students in professional leadership and advocacy; and to increase diversity within the PA profession to better serve a diverse patient population and address health disparities.
In her role as Student Academy President, Ganser is committed to working to help overcome barriers for minority pre-PA and PA students and to inspire the next generation of PA leaders at the national, state, and employer levels to continue to drive the profession forward and provide high-quality, compassionate care for patients.
Prior to PA school, Ganser earned her BS in Integrated Biology from Merrimack College where she also played basketball and served as team captain for her junior and senior year. After graduating from college, she moved to Dublin, Ireland where she served as a Victory Scholar for Sport Changes Life. During this fellowship, she worked with at-risk youth in the community, coached a number of youth basketball teams, and played basketball in the Premier League. Concurrently, she earned her Master’s in Business and Management from Trinity College, Dublin. Ganser then worked as a healthcare consultant for Boston Strategic Partners where she led numerous engagements focused on developing business and clinical strategies for pharmaceutical and biotech companies.
Ganser lives in Colorado with her partner, Jim, and their dogs Bear and Dee. When not studying medicine or volunteering in the local community, she spends her free time hiking, trail running, mountain biking, camping in their teardrop trailer, and traveling the world – most often to see her family outside of Boston!
Secretary-Treasurer Lauren G. Dobbs, MMS, PA-C
Aledo, TX | Term: 07/01/20 – 6/30/22
Lauren G. Dobbs has experienced a broad spectrum of AAPA leadership opportunities including the AAPA House of Delegates, constituency organizations, and the Student Academy Assembly of Representatives prior to her election to the AAPA Board of Directors in 2014.
Based in Fort Worth, Texas, Dobbs is a PA, associate professor, and interim program director at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) Department of PA Studies. She practices clinically at the UNTHSC Department of Pediatrics and directs the department’s Children’s Literacy Program which provides books and literacy education to patients and their parents as part of their well-child checks. The program partners with the local Red Oak Foundation. During her tenure, she helped establish a clinic designed specifically for adolescent patients. She also worked in family medicine when she resided in Oklahoma.
Dobbs’ commitment to childhood and professional education is reflective of her start in the profession. As a college student, she knew she wanted a career in healthcare, but wasn’t sure which path to pursue until she shadowed a PA in a rural Kansas clinic and emergency room. She credits her success to family, friends, teachers, and patients who encourage and challenge her to keep learning and explore new ideas. Dobbs hopes to offer that same opportunity to others. She has been honored with the UNTHSC Outstanding Preceptor Award three times.
Dobbs believes strongly in the potential for PAs to improve the state of health care and has been a dynamic advocate for legislative change in both Texas and Oklahoma. During her term as president of the Texas Academy of PAs (TAPA), the organization was able to work with lawmakers to eliminate practice barriers for PAs and increase the number of AAPA- recognized key elements of PA practice. She was awarded the TAPA Legislative Advocate Award in 2014.
Dobbs received a Bachelor of Science degree in health and exercise science at the Wake Forest University and her Master of Medical Science degree from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine Department of PA Studies.
Director-at-Large Jeremy A. Adler, DMSc, PA-C, DFAAPA
San Diego, CA | Term: 07/01/20 – 6/30/22
Jeremy A. Adler joins the AAPA Board of Directors in 2020 with diverse leadership experience at national, state, and local levels. He has served AAPA in the House of Delegates, as a member of AAPA commissions and task forces, and as an AAPA representative to other professional associations. Adler has served as president of the California Academy of PAs and was the founding president of the San Diego Society of PAs. He has additionally held leadership positions for the American Academy of Pain Medicine.
For over 20 years, Adler has practiced in the specialty of pain medicine. He practices in a suburb community of San Diego, California, and is a partner, chief operating officer, and provider at Pacific Pain Medicine Consultants. The practice is a group partnership between PAs and physicians which provides the full spectrum of comprehensive pain treatments for people experiencing cancer and non- cancer pain conditions.
As an advocate for advancing both the PA profession and the specialty of pain medicine, Adler has testified in front of California legislative bodies and regulatory agencies. He additionally has served as a medical expert for civil and criminal legal cases.
In the field of pain medicine, Adler has published in peer-reviewed literature, including co-authoring clinical practice guidelines addressing opioids and urine drug monitoring endorsed by national professional organizations. He is a frequent lecturer and has presented to the majority of PAs in California through his work with a PA-specific Controlled Substance Education regulatory course.
In recognition of his service to the PA profession, in 2018 Adler was awarded the California Academy of PAs’ highest honor, Pride of the Profession. He is an AAPA Distinguished Fellow.
Adler’s educational background includes a Doctor of Medical Science from the University of Lynchburg, a Master of PA Studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, a PA degree from SUNY Stony Brook, and an undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego.
Director/Second Vice Speaker of the House Leslie Clayton Milteer, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA
Maple Grove, MN | Term: 07/01/20 – 6/30/21
Leslie Clayton Milteer is serving her second term on the AAPA Board of Directors, building on her extensive record of service to the Academy. Beginning her leadership career in the Student Academy’s Assembly of Representatives, she has since held progressive leadership roles in the House of Delegates representing the Minnesota Academy of PAs, on the Standing Rules Committee, and leading multiple Reference Committees. She also represented the Academy on important policy issues by serving as a member of the PA Full Practice Authority Task Force and representing AAPA on the National Committee for Quality Assurance Patient Centered Medical Home. Her leadership career also extends to multiple constituent organizations, including serving in multiple leadership roles, including president and legislative chair of the Minnesota chapter.
PA Clayton Milteer is an Assistant Professor with the Saint Catherine University PA Program, where she teaches students in both the didactic and clinical phase of their studies. In addition, she practices family medicine with North Memorial Health in Golden Valley Minnesota. She also holds a formal clinical leadership position as a Primary Care Provider Lead. In this role she provides administrative support and oversight for three family medicine clinic’s providers, including physicians, PAs and NPs.
PA Clayton Milteer is a fierce advocate for access to quality primary care and the value of the PA profession in achieving that goal, as is indicated by her 20-plus years in the field. In addition to her clinical roles, she has previously served on such committees as the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvements (ICSI) Adult and Pediatric Preventive Care Work Group; Clinical Practice Committee of the University of Minnesota Physicians Board of Directors; the Mill City Clinic Primary Care Clinic Development Committee; and as clinical instructor at the Philips Neighborhood Free Clinic University of Minnesota Medical School.
During her career, PA Clayton Milteer has worked closely with nurse practitioners (NPs) often representing both the NP and PA professions on clinical committees and lecturing on the differences and similarities of each profession.
She earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology at Texas A&M University and a Certificate of PA Studies from Saint Francis University (formerly Saint Francis College) in Pennsylvania. She earned her Master of PA Studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a graduate certificate in Integrating High-Value Patient Care and Performance Improvement in Health Care from Arizona State University.
Director-at-Large, Bethany Grubb, MPH, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA
Dallas, TX | Term: 07/01/20 – 6/30/22
Bethany Grubb is serving her first term on the AAPA Board of Directors. She previously served two terms as a delegate in the AAPA House of Delegates representing the Texas Academy of PAs. Her leadership career extends to multiple constituent organizations including President of the Society of Dermatology PAs (SDPA), Founding Trustee and Treasurer of the Dermatology PA Foundation (DPAF), and member of the Professional Education and Development Council for AAPA.
Grubb has advocated for the PA profession nationally for two decades. She has regularly published clinical journal articles and lectured to PA and physician audiences on PA workforce issues, evidence-based medicine, and clinical practice. She has devoted her career to both advocacy and educational programs for PAs in dermatology. She practiced in a private clinical setting for 17 years, six of which she also spent serving as a Faculty Associate in the Department of Dermatology at UT-Southwestern (UTSW). Grubb has now joined the UTSW faculty full time as an Assistant Professor in the Department of PA Studies.
Grubb earned a Bachelor of Science in Education at Baylor University and a Bachelor of Science in PA Studies from UTSW. She completed a post-graduate fellowship in Dermatology at UTSW after completing her PA education. She earned a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska and a Master of Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. She will begin studies for a PhD program in Global Leadership and Change at Pepperdine in the fall.
Grubb is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion within the PA profession and is dedicated to creating opportunities for PA student admission. Grubb has also enjoyed traveling internationally to provide medical care in the countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and South Africa.
Director/First Vice Speaker of the House Todd Pickard, MMSc, PA-C, DFAAPA
Houston, TX | Term: 07/01/20 – 6/30/21
Todd Pickard is serving his fifth term on the AAPA Board of Directors, building on his 15-plus years of service in the House of Delegates representing the Association of PAs in Oncology (APAO) and the Texas Academy of PAs. He has also served as the president and on leadership boards of both constituency organizations.
Specializing in oncology, PA Pickard has spent two decades fighting cancer at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Joining the MD Anderson team as a PA in the department of Urology, PA Pickard has served in other roles including clinical cancer prevention, head and neck medical oncology, lymphoma, and administrative leadership. He currently serves as executive director of advanced practice, while continuing to practice in the urology department.
Inquisitive by nature, PA Pickard has spent a lifetime asking questions and seeking answers. As the PA always asking “how” or “why,” he was often tasked with finding answers when none existed or solutions when the answers weren’t good enough. PA Pickard’s reputation as a problem solver goes well beyond his work at MD Anderson, and extends to his work as a policy maker, legislative advocate, and mentor. Often reflecting on the challenges he’s faced as a PA and administrator, he enjoys being a resource for others and seeing his colleagues empowered.
His leadership journey began by volunteering to solve operational issues early in his career as a clinical PA. When Texas approved prescriptive authority for PAs, PA Pickard volunteered to help design the implementation process for his institution. As a result of these experiences, he was given the opportunity to create, and then interview for, the first PA administrative position in the newly-designated Office of PA Programs at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Advocacy for PAs has lead him to other opportunities to serve. PA Pickard was the legislative chair for the Texas Academy of PAs. During his tenure he strengthened the inclusion of PA trainees and pre-PA students in legislative activity. One of his accomplishments was the elimination of PA supervision limits in Texas.
PA Pickard’s passion for oncology practice and increasing the recognition of PAs for their clinical roles in the care of patients with cancer, led him to help create and then serve as the AAPA/APAO Medical Liaison to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, where he worked with others to secure a stronger voice for PAs in Oncology.
PA Pickard earned his Bachelor of Arts in biology from the University of Texas, Austin and his Master of Medical Science from Emory University School of Medicine. A believer in life-long learning, he has also acquired a graduate certificate in health care management from Rice University, and completed MD Anderson certificate programs in administrative leadership and clinical safety and effectiveness. He has earned the designation of AAPA Distinguished Fellow.
Director-at-Large Stephen D. Lewia, Jr., DMSc, MPAM, PA-C
San Bernadino, CA | Term: 07/01/19 – 6/30/21
Stephen Lewia was elected as Director-at-Large in 2019 after serving previously as the Student Director on the AAPA Board of Directors, President of the AAPA Student Academy, and a member of the AAPA House of Delegates.
Lewia is currently an Emergency Medicine PA at Arrowhead Medical Center in San Bernardino County, California, which serves as a trauma and burn center to a large urban population with an annual census of over 130,000 patients.
Emergency medicine has long been a passion for Lewia. Prior to becoming a PA, Lewia served as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for a local rescue squad soon after graduating high school and later became a Nationally Registered Paramedic. During his years with the rescue squad, he gained leadership experience as he served on multiple positions on the squad’s board, including Training Director and Education Coordinator which allowed him to teach initial certification as well as continuing education courses.
Lewia soon discovered his passion for emergency medicine was matched with a desire to teach. He earned a master’s degree in teaching with a concentration in secondary school science, and taught biology and anatomy at an inner-city high school in Richmond, Virginia. Here, he experienced first-hand the effects of poverty and its down-stream impact on students and worked with his school’s administrative team to create programs to support at-risk students and coached several pre-service teachers who were working towards teaching in an inner-city setting.
Wanting to do more in the medical field, Lewia enrolled in the PA program at the University of Lynchburg, where he was elected president of his class, and later, the program’s student society. During his first year, Lewia was also elected as a member of the student delegation and served on a Reference Committee in the AAPA House of Delegates (HOD). He served as the Student Academy Board of Directors for two years, serving as president in 2018-19 where he prioritized amplifying the student and early-career voice within the Academy, and encouraging student engagement in national policy issues.
Lewia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master of Teaching from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Virginia. He earned his Master of PA Medicine and Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) degrees from the University of Lynchburg in Virginia, and recently completed an Emergency Medicine PA Fellowship at Arrowhead Medical Center in San Bernardino County, California.
Director-at-Large Jennifer Orozco, MMS, PA-C, DFAAPA
Bartlett, IL | Term: 07/01/19 – 6/30/21
Jennifer Orozco is serving her second term on the AAPA Board of Directors. Previously she served four terms as a delegate in the AAPA House of Delegates, representing the Illinois Academy of PAs and three years on AAPA’s Commission on Government Relations and Practice Advancement (GRPA). In addition to her service in the House of Delegates, her leadership career also extends to multiple consitutent organizations, where she served in multiple leadership roles, including president of the Illinois chapter and a member of the PA, Administrators, Managers, and Supervisors (PAAMS) Special Interest Group.
Much of Orozco’s career has been dedicated to both the clinical and academic programs at Rush University in Chicago. She currently practices vascular surgery at the Rush University Medical Center, where she is also the Director of Advanced Practice Providers. In addition, Orozco is a member of Rush University’s faculty and Assistant Professor in the Department of PA Studies.
Orozco is a strong advocate for the advancement of the PA profession and a champion of advocacy efforts on both the state and federal levels. In addition to her work with GRPA, she serves as legislative chair of the Illinois Academy of PAs, as a national-level adviser on workforce and medical staffing issues and frequently lectures on current legislative initiatives impacting the medical team to PA, nurse, and physician audiences.
Orozco earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology at University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master of Medical Sciences in PA Studies from Midwestern University.
Chief Executive Officer Lisa Gables
Lisa M. Gables, CPA, is an association executive with extensive experience in healthcare and aging services. She was named chief executive officer of the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) in September 2020 after serving as interim CEO since June 2019.
Gables has been with AAPA since 2012, having served as chief financial officer and chief development officer from May 2012 to September 2020. In these roles she was responsible for overseeing the financial management of the organization, fostering external strategic outreach to individuals and like-minded organizations, and developing and implementing an integrated strategy to generate opportunities to provide AAPA and the PA Foundation with funding to support their missions.
From May 2012 to July 2015, Gables also served as the executive director of the PA Foundation. Prior to joining AAPA and the PA Foundation, she was the executive director of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) Foundation and the chief development and program officer of ASCP where she held similar roles. Before that Gables was the executive director of the National Adult Day Services Association, where she increased awareness of adult day services with federal regulators while managing all aspects of the association’s operations. Prior to that, she served as the chief financial officer of the National Council on Aging and vice president of finance and business development for Active Services Corporation, the nation’s largest adult day services, home care and rehabilitation network.
Gables also served as finance manager and senior financial analyst for Birmingham Baptist Medical Center and held financial positions with ReLife, Inc. and Ernst & Young. She is a certified public accountant with a degree in business administration and accounting from the University of Louisville, Kentucky. In addition to her career in aging and health services, Gables serves on the board and as the chair-elect of the American Society on Aging and will take the chair role in 2022. She is the past treasurer of the Fairfax County Law Enforcement Foundation and currently serves as a volunteer with the Fairfax County Adult Protective Services Agency.
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