2017-2018 AAPA Board of Directors to Lead Organization During Pivotal Time for PA Profession
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Oct. 5, 2017) — After holding a special election to fill a director-at-large position, the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) has announced its 2017-2018 Board of Directors. AAPA’s 2017-18 Board of Directors, led by L. Gail Curtis, MPAS, PA-C, of Clemmons, North Carolina, officially began its new term on July 1. Curtis, chair and associate professor at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine’s Department of PA Studies, serves as president and chair of the board.
“It is a great honor and privilege to serve PAs at such a pivotal time for PAs across the country,” said Curtis. “As we build on the success of the first 50 years of the PA Profession, I look forward to working with my colleagues on AAPA’s board as we continue to remove practice barriers for PAs and improve patient access to quality care.”
AAPA’s 2017-2018 Board of Directors consists of the following 14 members:
- President and Chair of the Board Gail Curtis, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA (Clemmons, North Carolina)
- President-elect Jonathan E. Sobel, PA-C, MBA, DFAAPA, FAPACVS (Rockville Centre, New York)
- Immediate Past President Josanne K. Pagel, MPAS, PA-C, Karuna® RMT, DFAAPA (North Ridgeville, Ohio)
- Vice President and Speaker of the House of Delegates David I. Jackson, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA (Huntington Station, New York)
- Secretary-Treasurer Diane M. Bruessow, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA (Middle Village, New York)
- Director and First Vice Speaker of the House of Delegates William T. Reynolds Jr., MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA (Dallas, Pennsylvania)
- Director and Second Vice Speaker of the House of Delegates Todd A. Pickard, MMSc, PA-C (Houston, Texas)
- Director-at-Large Melinda M. Gottschalk, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA (Round Rock, Texas)
- Director-at-Large Billy S. Collins, DHSc, PA-C (Beaumont, Texas)
- Director-at-Large Lauren G. Dobbs, MMS, PA-C (Aledo, Texas)
- Director-at-Large David E. Mittman, PA, DFAAPA (Boynton Beach, Florida)
- Director-at-Large Beth R. Smolko, MMS, PA-C (Rockville, Maryland)
- Student Director Alfred “Trae” Beasler III (Bethany, Oklahoma)
- CEO Jennifer L. Dorn, MPA
The new board will represent the profession and advance AAPA priorities, including modernizing PA laws and policies, documenting and measuring PA value, advocating for evidenced-based maintenance of certification and improving employer policies and workplace cultures.
To learn more about the AAPA’s leadership team, visit www.aapa.org/bod.
About the American Academy of PAs
AAPA is the national organization that advocates for all PAs and provides tools to improve PA practice and patient care. Founded in 1968, AAPA represents a profession of more than 115,500 PAs across all medical and surgical specialties in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territories and the uniformed services. Visit www.aapa.org to learn more.