American Academy of PAs Announces 2024-25 Board of Directors

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (July 1, 2024) – The American Academy of Physician Associates (AAPA) Board of Directors began its 2024-25 leadership year on July 1. Jason Prevelige, DMSc, MBA, PA-C, DFAAPA, of Fairfield, Connecticut, will lead AAPA as President and Chair of the Board of Directors.

Prevelige has held progressive leadership roles on AAPA’s Board of Directors, in the House of Delegates, on various commissions, and within the Connecticut Academy of Physician Associates (ConnAPA). Most recently, Prevelige served as AAPA’s 2023 president-elect and has served as ConnAPA’s president, director-at-large, and since 2018 as chair of the Legislative Committee.

A PA for more than 15 years, Prevelige serves as the Associate Advanced Practice Provider Leader in the Emergency Department at Trinity Health of New England’s Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, Connecticut and in different pediatric specialties at Connecticut Children’s of Hartford, Connecticut. Prevelige’s commitment to his community extends beyond his work as a PA, he also serves his community as chief of the Stratfield Volunteer Fire Department.

“The years I have spent serving our profession in various roles have taught me that truly taking care of our patients requires commitment inside and outside of the clinical setting,” Prevelige said.

“As the next president of AAPA, I take very seriously the responsibility I have to my fellow Board members and all PAs to carry on the work we are doing to modernize PA practice laws and strengthen the capacity and diversity of our profession. Our passion for improving the lives of patients motivates everything AAPA does as we work toward a future of more accessible, high-quality care for all.”

Members of AAPA’s 2024-25 Board of Directors are:

  • President: Jason Prevelige, DMSc, MBA, PA-C, DFAAPA (Fairfield, Connecticut)
  • President-elect: Todd A. Pickard, DMSc, PA-C, DFAAPA, FASCO (Houston, Texas)
  • Immediate Past President: Folusho E. Ogunfiditimi, DM, MPH, PA-C, DFAAPA (Deland, Florida)
  • Vice President and Speaker of the House: Leslie Clayton, DMSc, PA-C, DFAAPA (Maple Grove, Minnesota)
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Kris Pyles-Sweet DMSc, PA-C (Morganton, North Carolina)
  • Student Director: Brittny Dawkins (Silver Spring, Maryland)
  • Director-at-Large: Katherine GeeBah Footracer, MS, PA-C (Los Angeles, California)
  • Director-at-Large: Paola Gonzalez, MPAS, PA-C (Missouri City, Texas)
  • Director-at-Large: Eric P. Martinez, MPAS, PA-C (Houston, Texas)
  • Director-at-Large: Deanna Bridge Najera, MPAS, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA (Mt. Airy, Maryland)
  • Director-at-Large: Ashton Ogle, DMSc, PA-C (Georgetown, Kentucky)
  • Director/First Vice Speaker of the House: Peggy Walsh Sheryka, MS, PA-C (Denver, Colorado)
  • Director/Second Vice Speaker of the House: Rachel Weinzimmer, DMSc, PA-C, CAQ-EM (Grand Junction, Colorado)
  • Chief Executive Officer: Lisa Gables, CPA (Clifton, Virginia)

To learn more about AAPA’s leadership team, visit


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About theAmerican Academy of Physician Associates (AAPA)
AAPA is the national membership organization for all physician associates/physician assistants (PAs). PAs are licensed clinicians who practice medicine in every specialty and setting. Trusted, rigorously educated and trained healthcare professionals, PAs are dedicated to expanding access to care and transforming health and wellness through patient-centered, team-based medical practice. PA was named one of the best jobs overall and one of the best healthcare jobs for the seventh year in a row by U.S. News & World Report. Learn more about the profession at and engage through Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter.