The AAPA Board of Directors is the governing body responsible for the Academy's administrative and financial management.
President and Chair of the Board
Josanne K. Pagel, MPAS, PA-C, Karuna®RMT, DFAAPA North Ridgeville, Ohio
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Term: 7/1/16 – 6/30/17
L. Gail Curtis, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPAWinston-Salem, N.C.
Immediate Past President
Jeffrey A. Katz, PA-C, DFAAPAHickory, N.C.
Vice President and Speaker of the House
David I. Jackson, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPAHuntington, N.Y.
Jonathan E. Sobel, PA-C, MBA, DFAAPA, FAPACVSRockville Centre, N.Y.
Term: 7/1/16 – 6/30/18
Director / First Vice Speaker
William T. Reynolds, Jr., MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPADallas, Penn.
Director / Second Vice Speaker
Todd A. Pickard, MMSc, PA-C, DFAAPAHouston, Texas
Laurie E. Benton, PhD, MPAS, PA-C, RN, DFAAPATemple, Texas
Term: 7/1/15 – 6/30/17
Diane M. Bruessow, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPAMiddle Village, N.Y.
Lauren G. Dobbs, MMS, PA-CFort Worth, Texas
David E. Mittman, PA, DFAAPABoynton Beach, Fla. email@example.com
Beth R. Smolko, MMS, PA-CFrederick, Md.
Joseph D. Sutherland, MS, PA-CLouisville, Ky.
Chief Executive Officer
Jenna L. Dorn, MPAAlexandria, Va.
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.
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
Many other governance documents, member resources and reports are available on the AAPA website or are available by request.
AAPA Articles of Incorporation
AAPA Disclosure Policy
Conflict of Interest Policy and Disclosure Form
View the 2016-2017 Board Manual
View the 2016-2017 AAPA Bylaws (PDF).
View the AAPA BOD meeting schedule and meeting records.
The summary of actions taken by the AAPA Board of Directors are reported in the
(PDF) to the AAPA House of Delegates.
Download the 2014 financial report
(PDF) and 2015 financial report (PDF).
2012-2013 Tax Return
2013-2014 Tax Return
2014-2015 Tax Return (PDF).
Individual Board members may be contacted directly via their aapa.org email address.
To contact the AAPA governance department, please email
To invite a Board member to speak at your meeting or event, please complete the
AAPA Speaker Request Form