American Academy of Physician Assistants

  • 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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    President and Chair of the Board  

    Josanne K. Pagel, MPAS, PA-C, Karuna®RMT, DFAAPA  
    North Ridgeville, Ohio
    jpagel@aapa.org  

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    Term: 7/1/16 – 6/30/17
    Board Appointments:

    • Executive Committee (chair)
    • Finance Committee
    • Internal Affairs Committee
    • Executive Compensation Committee
    • Governance Documents Review Task Force
     

     

     

    President-elect  

    L. Gail Curtis, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA
    Winston-Salem, N.C.
    gcurtis@aapa.org  

    Term: 7/1/16 – 6/30/17
    Board Appointments:

    • Executive Committee
    • Finance Committee
    • Executive Compensation Committee
    • Awards Task Force
    • Clinical Rotations Joint Task Force with PAEA
    • Commission on the Health of the Public (Board representative)
     
     

    Immediate Past President  

    Jeffrey A. Katz, PA-C, DFAAPA
    Hickory, N.C.
    jkatz@aapa.org  

    Term: 7/1/16 – 6/30/17
    Board Appointments:

    • Executive Committee
    • External Affairs Committee
    • Executive Compensation Committee
    • Governance Documents Review Task Force (chair)
    • PA Full Practice Authority Task Force (chair)
    • JAAPA Editorial Board (Board representative)
     
     

    Vice President and Speaker of the House  

    David I. Jackson, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA
    Huntington, N.Y.
    djackson@aapa.org  

    Term: 7/1/16 – 6/30/17
    Board Appointments:

    • Executive Committee
    • Finance Committee
    • Internal Affairs Committee
    • Executive Compensation Committee
    • PA Foundation Board of Trustees (Board representative)
     
     

    Secretary-Treasurer

    Jonathan E. Sobel, PA-C, MBA, DFAAPA, FAPACVS
    Rockville Centre, N.Y.
    jsobel@aapa.org  

    Term: 7/1/16 – 6/30/18
    Board Appointments:

    • Executive Committee
    • Finance Committee (chair)
    • Internal Affairs Committee
    • Audit Committee (chair)
    • Executive Compensation Committee Governance Commission (Board representative)
     
     

    Director / First Vice Speaker  

    William T. Reynolds, Jr., MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA
    Dallas, Penn.
    wreynolds@aapa.org  

    Term: 7/1/16 – 6/30/17
    Board Appointments:

    • External Affairs Committee
    • Governance Documents Review Task Force
    • Judicial Affairs Commission (Board representative)
     
     

    Director / Second Vice Speaker  

    Todd A. Pickard, MMSc, PA-C, DFAAPA
    Houston, Texas
    tpickard@aapa.org  

    Term: 7/1/16 – 6/30/17
    Board Appointments:

    • Internal Affairs Committee
    • Commission on Continuing Professional Development & Education Commission (Board representative)
     
     

    Director-at-Large  

    Laurie E. Benton, PhD, MPAS, PA-C, RN, DFAAPA
    Temple, Texas
    lbenton@aapa.org  

    Term: 7/1/15 – 6/30/17
    Board Appointments:

    • Governance Documents Review Task Force
    • Student mentor
     
     

    Director-at-Large  

    Diane M. Bruessow, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA
    Middle Village, N.Y.
    dbruessow@aapa.org  

    Term: 7/1/15 – 6/30/17
    Board Appointments:

    • Finance Committee
    • Awards Task Force
    • Governance Documents Review Task Force
     
     

    Director-at-Large  

    Lauren G. Dobbs, MMS, PA-C
    Fort Worth, Texas
    ldobbs@aapa.org  

    Term: 7/1/16 – 6/30/18
    Board Appointments:

    • External Affairs Committee (chair)
    • Awards Task Force (chair)
    • Commission on Research and Strategic Initiatives (Board representative)
     
     

    Director-at-Large  

    David E. Mittman, PA, DFAAPA
    Boynton Beach, Fla. 
    dmittman@aapa.org  

    Term: 7/1/15 – 6/30/17
    Board Appointments:

    • Internal Affairs Committee (chair)
    • Student Academy Task Force
     
     

    Director-at-Large  

    Beth R. Smolko, MMS, PA-C
    Frederick, Md.
    bsmolko@aapa.org  

    Term: 7/1/16 – 6/30/18
    Board Appointments:

    • Full Practice Authority Task Force
    • Commission on Government Relations and Practice Advancement (Board representative)
     
     

    Student Director  

    Joseph D. Sutherland, MS, PA-C
    Louisville, Ky.
    jsutherland@aapa.org  

    Term: 7/1/16 – 6/30/17
    Board Appointments:

    • External Affairs Commission
    • Student Academy Task Force
     
     

    Chief Executive Officer  

    Jenna L. Dorn, MPA
    Alexandria, Va.
    jdorn@aapa.org  

    Board Appointments:

    • Executive Committee
    • Finance Committee
    • Audit Committee
     
    • About the Board of Directors
    • Elections
    • Governance Documents
    • Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes
    • Financial Reports
    • Contact

    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

      Complete details on the BOD elections can be found on the AAPA Elections webpage.

      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 (PDF).  

      View the AAPA Disclosure Policy (PDF).  

      View the Conflict of Interest Policy and Disclosure Form (DOC).

      View the 2016-2017 Board Manual  (PDF).

      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 annual report (PDF) to the AAPA House of Delegates.

      Download the 2014 financial report (PDF) and 2015 financial report (PDF).  

      Download the 2012-2013 Tax Return (PDF) 2013-2014 Tax Return (PDF) and 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 governance@aapa.org .

      To invite a Board member to speak at your meeting or event, please complete the AAPA Speaker Request Form .