October 20, 2021
Seasoned Association Executive with Focus on Healthcare and Aging Services
September 30, 2020
AAPA has named Lisa M. Gables, CPA, as chief executive officer (CEO). Gables has served more than eight years with AAPA, including the last year as interim CEO while also serving as chief financial officer and chief development officer. She initially joined AAPA in 2012 as executive director of the PA Foundation.
“COVID-19 has brought tremendous challenges to the PA community and to AAPA, including the disruption of the CEO search process. Thankfully, over the past year, we have seen true leadership as Lisa, in her interim role, pivoted to address member needs caused by the pandemic; created strategies to manage the difficulties caused by the cancellation of AAPA Conference; and advanced strategic planning for the profession in an everchanging healthcare environment. She handled all these challenges and more with creativity, composure, and resilience. Seeing her do this work convinced us we had found our next CEO,” said Beth R. Smolko, DMSc, MMS, PA-C, president and chair of AAPA’s Board of Directors.
Gables is a certified public accountant and seasoned association executive with extensive experience in healthcare and aging services. Prior to joining AAPA, Gables served as executive director of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) Foundation and as the chief development and program officer of ASCP. She also served as the executive director of the National Adult Day Services Association, chief financial officer of the National Council on Aging, and vice president of finance and business development for Active Services Corporation.
“I welcome the opportunity to continue to serve PAs who are so critical to our nation’s healthcare system,” said Gables. “It is an honor to have been selected as CEO of AAPA and I look forward to the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.”
Read Gables’ full biography on AAPA’s website.