American Academy of PAs Announces 2018-2019 Board of Directors

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (July 25, 2018)—The 2018-2019 American Academy of PAs (AAPA) Board of Directors began its leadership year on July 1. Jonathan E. Sobel, PA-C, MBA, DFAAPA, FAPACVS, of Rockville Centre, New York, will lead the organization as President and Chair of the Board of Directors. Sobel is Senior Administrative Director of PA Services at Northwell Health in New York, responsible for PA operations at the system’s three Manhattan campuses.

“The PA profession – which is one of the fastest growing healthcare professions in the country — is at an important crossroads,” said Sobel. “The marketplace is causing disruption to traditional models of healthcare delivery. More patients with increasingly complex conditions are seeking care every day, requiring greater access to quality healthcare for a larger population of people. PAs are trusted and valued members of the healthcare team delivering high-quality medical care to these patients, especially those in underserved populations. In order to continue to answer the demands of the marketplace, PAs must be unencumbered by the barriers imposed by antiquated laws and regulations at the state and federal level. AAPA and the Board of Directors are committed to leading dynamic change, within our profession and within the healthcare arena, to ensure our patients receive the care they deserve and that they have the choice for that care to be delivered by a PA. I know I speak for my Board colleagues when I say we are honored and ready to serve our fellow PAs at such a pivotal time.”

Members of AAPA’s 2018-2019 Board of Directors are:

  • President and Chair of the Board Jonathan E. Sobel, PA-C, MBA, DFAAPA, FAPACVS (Rockville Centre, New York)
  • President-elect David E. Mittman, PA, DFAAPA (Boynton Beach, Florida)
  • Immediate Past President Gail Curtis, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA (Clemmons, North Carolina)
  • 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-at-Large Billy S. Collins, DHSc, PA-C (Bethesda, Maryland)
  • Director-at-Large Lauren G. Dobbs, MMS, PA-C (Aledo, Texas)
  • Director-at-Large Melinda Moore Gottschalk, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA (Round Rock, Texas)
  • Student Director Stephen D. Lewia (Lynchburg, Virginia)
  • Director-at-Large, Jennifer Orozco, MMS, PA-C, DFAAPA (Bartlett, Illinois)
  • Director and Second Vice Speaker of the House of Delegates Todd A. Pickard, MMSc, PA-C (Houston, Texas)
  • Director and First Vice Speaker of the House of Delegates William T. Reynolds Jr., MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA (Dallas, Pennsylvania)
  • Director-at-Large Beth R. Smolko, MMS, PA-C (Frederick, Maryland)
  • CEO Jennifer L. Dorn, MPA (Alexandria, Virginia)

The PA profession is estimated to increase by 37 percent between 2016 and 2026.

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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 123,000 PAs across all medical and surgical specialties in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territories and the uniformed services. Visit to learn more.