48 PAs Join AAPA’s Elite Group of Distinguished Fellows

Program Provides Opportunity to Recognize Dedication, Professional Achievements

July 12, 2021

Some PAs can’t help but stand out in their professional lives, whether through innovation in medical practice, serving their communities, or taking on leadership roles for their specialty and profession. They exemplify what it means to be role models, showing that what PAs can achieve is endless. As elite members of AAPA, Distinguished Fellows are the strong foundation that make the successful future of the PA profession possible.

Fewer than 2% of the entire AAPA membership have earned the distinction of Distinguished Fellow. This year’s members earned the achievement from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

On behalf of AAPA and all of our members, congratulations to the newest Distinguished Fellows:

  • Carey L. Barry, PA-C, DFAAPA (Massachusetts)
  • Gayle B. Bodner, PA-C, DFAAPA (North Carolina)
  • John Philip Bryan, PA-C, DFAAPA (Wisconsin)
  • Nicole B. Burwell, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA (California)
  • Joshua Butler, PA-C, DFAAPA (Pennsylvania)
  • Amy Elizabeth Butts, PA-C, DFAAPA (West Virginia)
  • Christopher Richard Cannell, PA-C, DFAAPA (Massachusetts)
  • James Alfred Carroll, DMSc, DC, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA (Maine)
  • James Stephen Cavanaugh, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA (Texas)
  • Alkiesha Collins, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA (California)
  • Angela M. Conrad, MPA, PA-C, DFAAPA (Virginia)
  • Bettie Hays Coplan, PA-C, DFAAPA (Arizona)
  • Kristine C. Correira, DScPAS, MHP, PA-C, DFAAPA (Massachusetts)
  • Phillip D. Davis, PA-C, DFAAPA (Virginia)
  • Nadya Dimitrov, PA-C, DPM, DFAAPA (New York)
  • Lisa Doverspike, PA-C, DFAAPA (Pennsylvania)
  • Brian Keith Downie, PA-C, M.S., DFAAPA (Michigan)
  • James Earel Jr., PA-C, DFAAPA (Iowa)
  • William H. Edmonds, PA-C, DFAAPA (California)
  • Jana L. Flener, PA-C, DFAAPA (Washington)
  • Heather A. Gallagher, PA-C, DFAAPA (Pennsylvania)
  • James Edward Hill Jr., PA-C, DFAAPA (North Carolina)
  • Susan Hollobaugh, PA-C, DFAAPA (Ohio)
  • Shaun C. Horak, DMSc, PA-C, DFAAPA (Nebraska)
  • Jason Conrad Hrdina, PA-C, CPAAPA, DFAAPA (North Carolina)
  • Elizabeth Yielee Kang, PA-C, DFAAPA (Nevada)
  • Susan Edwinna Kirk, PA-C, DFAAPA (Texas)
  • Nicholus Blair Kopacki, PA-C, DFAAPA (Michigan)
  • Stacy A. Krause, PA-C, DFAAPA (Texas)
  • Shinu K. Kuriakose, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA (New York)
  • Roger D. Lovelace, DHSc, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA (Wisconsin)
  • Ian Marks, PA-C, DFAAPA (California)
  • Ashley Christine Mines, PA-C, DFAAPA (Colorado)
  • Sara L. Nicely, DHEd, PA-C, DFAAPA (Virginia)
  • Theresa Oakley, PA-C, DFAAPA (Illinois)
  • Thomas Pittman, PA-C, DFAAPA (Illinois)
  • George Rego, PA-C, DFAAPA (Florida)
  • Angel I. Ribo, PA-C, MPAS, AAHIVS, DFAAPA (Florida)
  • John Riley, PA-C, DFAAPA (Alaska)
  • Vicki Roberts, PA-C, DFAAPA (South Carolina)
  • Cheryl A. Sandrin, PA-C, DFAAPA (Wisconsin)
  • Thomas Jacob Sernas, PA-C, DFAAPA (New Jersey)
  • Beth R. Smolko, DMSc, MMS, PA-C, DFAAPA (West Virginia)
  • Mary Stern, PA-C, DFAAPA (New Jersey)
  • Daytheon De’Ron Sturges, PhD, MPAS, PA-C, CAHIMS, CHES®, DFAAPA (Washington)
  • Les Eugene Swafford Jr., PA-C, DFAAPA (North Carolina)
  • Sheri Tokarczyk, PA-C, CPAAPA, DFAAPA (Illinois)
  • Anne Elizabeth Wright, PA-C, DFAAPA (California)

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The Distinguished Fellow Program was established by AAPA in 2007 in order to recognize the exceptional contributions of PAs to the profession through professional achievement, leadership, professional interaction, learning and community service. For more information about the Distinguished Fellow Program, please feel free to contact AAPA staff at [email protected].

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