2020 FPTA Delegate to HOD Candidates Information

Complete FPTA and District elections information may be found on the 2020 Elections Homepage.

Meryl Alappattu (NO)
Constanza (Connie) Aranda Garcia (EC)
Mark Bishop (NO)
Martha Bloyer (SE)
Jonathan Bray (SE)
Yasmin Broomand (NO)
Katherine Calvert (WC)
Kristin Carlson (SE)
William Conrad (WC)
Dan Curtis (EC)

Rick Douglass (SW)
Thomas Eberle (SE)
Jen Fogel (NO)
Melissa Goodman (WC)
Lori Gusman (SE)
Greg Hartley (SE)
Richard Johnson (WC)
Matthew Lazinski (WC)
Melissa Laziniski (WC)
Joshua Lewis (SW)
Jodi Liphart (NO)
CariAnn German (EC)

Kevin Lulofs-MacPherson (NO)
Amado Mendoza (EC)
Gina Musolino (WC)

Laurie Neely (EC)
Max Oliver (SE)
Raine Osborne (NO)
Catherine Patla (NO)
Leiselle Pilgrim (SE)
Nicole Richards (NO)
Sandy Riegor (SE)
Richard Romeis (SW)

Ketul Shah (SW)
Eric Shamus (SE)
Laurie Shimko (NO)
Paula Shulthiess (SW)
Ginger Snead (EC)
Kathy Swanick (SW)
Melissa Urrutia (NO)
William (Ray) VanWye (WC)
Craig Vecchiarelli (WC)
Donni Welch-Rawls (NO)
Amanda Williamson (EC)

 

Candidate Name

Candidate Information

Meryl Alappattu (NO)

 

My qualifications to serve in the position of Delegate include my strong record of service and leadership in the FPTA.


I have led two major motions during my service as Delegate. RC 16-16, which passed in 2016, called for postdoctoral research fellows to be included in the postprofessional trainee category of APTA membership. In 2018, I led RC 43-18, which called for APTA to endorse and promote integration of the IASP Curriculum Outline on Pain for Physical Therapy. Both of these motions represented issues brought to my attention by FPTA members and I have worked hard to represent Florida well while pushing for change in our association.

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Constanza (Connie) Aranda Garcia (EC)

My name is Connie Aranda and I am running for delegate to be part of and
enhance the change that will allow equality and quality of service for our
community and our profession.

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Mark Bishop (NO)

Being able to represent for you and serve our profession is a great privilege. I have been a member of FPTA for more than 20 years and served in the Assembly, FPTA committees and taskforces, and on the Board of Directors, in addition to represent Florida in the House of Delegates. I value your trust in me and the opportunity to serve in this role.

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Martha Bloyer (SE)

Professional goal “to serve.” In order to persevere in my professional goal, it would be an honor to continue to serve as part of the Florida delegation to the 2021 APTA House of Delegates (HOD). I humbly ask for your support and vote, Martha Bloyer.

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Jonathan Bray (SE) 

My name is Jonathan Bray and I thank you for taking the time to consider my candidacy to serve as a state delegate. I hope that as you read my bio and statement you will find that my background, experiences, and skillset would be of value to the FTPA.

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Yasmin Broomand (NO) 

I believe that my diverse background, experiences, and career settings will allow me to serve as an effective delegate who brings a fresh perspective. As we advance our profession through these challenging and uncertain times, I will continue to be an advocate for our colleagues and patients. It would be my honor to serve as a delegate for our chapter.

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Katherine Calvert (WC)

Thank you for considering my nomination for the position of Delegate. I am excited at the possibility of representing Florida during such challenging and rapidly changing times. I am most grateful to be considered, despite graduating recently, in 2017. This opportunity allows for others in my position to continue to stay involved after finishing school, in order to influence positive changes, such as Telehealth, to our community.

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Kristin Carlson (SE)

 

Thank you for the opportunity to join the Florida delegation at the APTA House of Delegates. I have three years of experience participating in the House. I would love to continue shaping the future for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants as we adapt our position in the medical field and transform society.

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William Conrad (WC) 

Dr. Will Conrad has been a physical therapist for 15 years and a member of APTA/FPTA for 17 years.  Dr. Conrad currently serve as Chair of the West Central District and as 1st Alternate Delegate for FL within the APTA.  I have greatly enjoyed serving within the profession and would greatly appreciate your vote to continue to so.

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Dan Curtis (EC)

Dan Curtis, PT, DPT, MTC has a demonstrated history of service to the professional and our professional associations. My previous experience as a delegate as well as my experience as a FPTA Board member make me an excellent choice to represent Florida to the APTA HOD.

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Rick Douglass (SW)

The rewards of this profession, in my opinion, are in the learning and in the passing on of the fruits of that learning to my patients and colleagues. I appreciate this opportunity to continue to serve.

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Thomas Eberle (SE)

Dr. Eberle’s experience includes 20 years of outpatient orthopedic practice, teaching physical therapy at Florida International University and the University of St. Augustine at Miami. Dr. Eberle has trained hundreds of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants through his company FIOMPT, has served 5 years on the FPTA Board of Directors, and served as a Delegate to the APTA House of Delegates since 2013.

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 Jen Fogel (NO)

For the last 6 years, Dr. Fogel has been a very active member of her professional association through active participation in the FPTA Northern District as the current FPTA ND Chief Assembly Representative and has held previous district level positions including ND Nominating Committee (2013-2018), and Gainesville Sub-District Chair as well as a previous/current Florida Alternate Delegate to the APTA HOD.

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Melissa Goodman (WC) 

After practicing as a physical therapist for 20 years, I have come to realize the importance of the FPTA and APTA to our profession. For many years, I knew that work was being done to support our profession, but I did not know all that was involved. After serving as an assembly representative, I am eager to continue to serve the profession and explore ways in which I can make a difference for current and future physical therapists and physical therapy assistants. I have worked in acute care, inpatient rehab, day rehab, and outpatient facilities, all with unique views on therapy.

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Lori Gusman (SE)

My name is Lori Nolan Gusman and I am so excited to have my name on this ballot to serve a fourth term as a Florida Delegate. Although the first year had a steep learning curve, I find myself at this stage understanding the process and the importance of our work as a Delegate. I believe I have found my calling in this role and hope to serve for many years to come

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Gregory Hartley (SE)

Thank you for nominating me for Delegate to the APTA House of Delegates. I consider the role of delegate as one of the most critical within our Chapter and Association, and I am happy to be considered for this position. I look forward to representing you in next year’s House.

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Richard Johnson (WC)

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Matthew Lazinski (WC) 

My years of clinical practice, management both in the private sector as well as in academic
practice, and teaching and administration at an academic institution provides me a wellrounded base to speak on diverse issues and advocate for an increased emphasis on clinical issues, CMS issues, and financial change. With a dedicated focus as an experienced clinician, I will bring a fresh, driven, and focused voice to the Florida Delegation.

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Melissa Laziniski (WC) 

It is critical that our profession be guided from a broad perspective appreciating the challenges and opportunities facing us in both the educational and clinical settings. My background allows me a holistic perspective and an understanding of our state’s needs. My goal is to advance our profession and serve our patients through physical therapist education and initiatives supporting clinical practice.

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Joshua Lewis (SW)

I envision the future of the profession in a far different place than we are today.
I’d like to help to create the change from the front line. We have a unique
opportunity to further define our profession and our role as medical professionals
in the wake of COVID-19. I have been blessed to serve our profession at
different levels. With your support it would be an honor to continue to serve our
profession at the next level. Thank you for your vote, and allowing me to serve
you all.

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Jodi Liphart (NO)

My background within the Association has been diverse. Past experience as an Assembly Officer as former Secretary gives me an understanding and appreciation for the role of the Vice Speaker position. I understand parliamentary procedure and motions, possess excellent organizational, communication and collaboration skills. I have leadership and team building experience I believe will be of benefit to the role.

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CariAnn German (EC) 

Dr. CariAnn German, an FPTA member since 2012, was involved in developing the Early Professional SIG and serving as Vice Chair/Chair for 2 years. She is seeking election as Secretary to reinvest the skills the FPTA has fostered through her early professional opportunities. She plans to serve to combine new ideas and seasoned experiences for the growth of the association.

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Kevin Lulofs-MacPherson (NO)

Hi, how can I help you? As a delegate, the answer I need to this question comes from you. We can only make the right choices for our profession if we know what the practitioners need. Your thoughts, my voice. Thank you for considering me to do this vital job.

 

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Amado Mendoza (EC) 

Dr. Amado Mendoza’s goal is to help implement the APTA mission statement of 2020 to improve our public profile as an independent profession and the essential neuromusculoskeletal specialist of choice.


My passion is to help improve public access to our PT profession and help move the needle forward in helping new graduates of DPT become entrepreneurs and business owners adapting to a new post covid world where we are the therapists and leaders of choice. We have a great momentum as I have 2 outpatient PT clinics open during the pandemic and making a successful pivot into the new normal. I believe that we need to step up the political efforts to have direct and full access with no limitation as to who can or cannot be seen by PT and to expand our role as safe, effective and valued movement experts.Thriving means improving public awareness of our diverse profession.

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Gina Musolino (WC) 

 As an effective FL Delegate, former 2-term, FL Chief, FPTA BOD, and experienced advocate, I bring a broad perspective from clinical practice, education, state, and national experience. I am prepared to dedicate time, energy and effort to serve FPTA to the national HOD. Through year-round governance, I enjoy mentoring delegates and national HOD collaborations, for meaningful and efficacious APTA policy.

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Laurie Neely (EC)

I am the Director of Clinical Education at the University of Central Florida and my clinical experience is in the acute care setting. I have served the APTA of Maryland as a Delegate and as Director of Government Relations and currently serve as a Delegate for Florida. It would be an honor to continue to serve in this role.

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Max Oliver (SE)

My name is Max Oliver. I am a physical therapist serving the outpatient community in
Tamarac, Florida. I am running for delegate of Florida’s South East district. I aim to use my
previous experience serving the FPTA as a student and early professional to push the
profession forward towards heights not previously attained!

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Raine Osborne (NO)

Thank you for considering me to represent you at the House of Delegates. This responsibility is a great honor and privilege. As your Delegate, I will strive to advance the physical therapy profession into a leading role in ensuring societal health and wellbeing through excellence in clinical practice, education, and research.

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Catherine Patla (NO)

I seek reelection to the House of Delegates to represent FPTA at the HOD 2021.  My seventeen years of experience as a Florida delegate remains an advantage to our Florida delegation through my contacts and enthusiasm. 

  

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Leiselle Pilgrim (SE)

Rotary International’s motto is “service above self” and as the daughter of a passionate Rotarian, Leiselle Pilgrim lives by this adage. Leiselle believes that advocacy is extremely important and has maintained active membership since she was a student. As a professor, she endeavors to be an example for future professionals by demonstrating the importance of serving the profession.

 

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Nicole Richards (NO)

Hello, my name is Nicole Richards. I graduated from the USF in 2013 and have worked in an outpatient clinic in Tallahassee, Florida since graduation. I’ve been active within the FPTA over the last 8 years donating to our PAC, participating in advocacy days and serving as the Vice President and President of the FPTA Early Professional SIG.  

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Sandy Riegor (SE)

I ask for your vote for Delegate to the APTA House of Delegates. My experience as a Delegate for 29 years (7 years as Chief Delegate) has assisted our delegation in making the right decisions for our profession.  I believe my networking across the country has facilitated Florida in achieving success in influencing outcomes for Florida motions and in motions that we support.

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Richard Romeis (SW) 

My goal is to serve at the local and state level in any capacity that I am best suited for to further advance our profession. My passion begins with educating students and mentoring the next generation of Physical Therapists. This is why I was happy to help found the Early Professional Special Interest Group. From there, my passion extends to building our profession in terms of advocacy when educating patients and members of the community. I have a good deal of experience in the FPTA beginning in 2015 when taking a district level position and developing professionally with clinical skills and leadership skills. This is what I strive to provide to the next generation of Physical Therapists.

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Ketul Shah (SE)

Ketul Shah is an early professional within the FPTA and practicing physical therapist since
2017. He has been the Chair for Orthopedic and Sports SIG since 2018 and was recently
elected as Chief Assembly Representative for the Southwest District. He is eager to continue
serving the profession on a national level and would appreciate your vote!

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Eric Shamus (SE)

With the changes in reimbursement and healthcare on the horizon, it is important to help shape the future. It is an honor to be nominated to possibly be a part of shaping the future. I look forward to serving in the role as a Delegate representing Florida.

 

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Laurie Shimko (NO)

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Paula Shulthiess (SW)

Paula Shulthiess is an early professional with a passion to make a difference in the profession. She has held numerous leadership roles as a student and in her first five years as an early professional. Paula is privileged to have served as Delegate for three years and Alternate for two. She would appreciate for your vote to continue serving the state of Florida. Paula believes through passion we can achieve great milestones for our profession. 

 

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Ginger Snead (EC) 

 

I am honored to be slated for the position of APTA HOD Delegate.  The delegate position is not a responsibility to take lightly; it requires diligence and dedication. The decisions and actions undertaken have the potential to shape not only our association but the future of our profession.  If elected I will be diligent in my research of the topics and RCs.  I will look at each item from all sides both from inside and outside the therapy “box”.   I will be dedicated to making decisions that will impact growth and forward thinking for our profession as well as the FPTA.  Thank you for the opportunity to run.

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Kathy Swanick (SW)

I am honored to be slated to run for the position of Delegate for the Florida Chapter: I have had the opportunity to serve as a Florida Delegate since 2007 and have gained tremendous experiences in association governance. I have been actively engaged with the FPTA as a Regional Director, Chapter Secretary, Chapter President and now serve as director of Advocacy. This year I was again elected by the Florida Delegates to serve as the Assistant Chief Delegate: in this role I assisted the Chief Delegate in representing the Florida Chapter at caucuses and leadership meetings for the House of Delegates. In serving as a chapter Delegate I have the experience and knowledge of Association policy, APTA Bylaws, and previous House motions to effectively represent the Florida Chapter at the APTA HOD.

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Melissa Urrutia (NO) 

My goal as a delegate to the APTA House of Delegates is to carry forward the values and goals of all PTs and PTAs in Florida to the national business meeting of our association. House is where our profession is shaped, and where progress begins. As a representative of our state, I would be honored to participate in the shared governance and decision making of the APTA. The relationships built through the House process are invaluable to the success of our profession, especially as we move forward as independent practitioners. I have been off the delegation for a couple of years, and I am eager to return to this important role. It would be my privilege to have your vote as a delegate for Florida.

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William (Ray) VanWye (WC)

Hello, my name is Ray VanWye, and I am an Assistant Professor at Gannon University in Ruskin, FL. I am currently Chair of the FPTA Cardiopulmonary SIG. I promise to utilize the leadership skills I developed as a student physical therapist, clinician, and now as a Ph.D. student to best serve Florida as a delegate. Thank you for your vote.

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Craig Vecchiarelli (WC)

I look forward to serving the physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, and students of our profession as a Delegate for the state of Florida. I am passionate about our profession. Previously, I have served on the local district council for the West Central district, serving various roles including Vice Chair. I continue to serve as representative for our district in the state assembly of Florida. My passions include motivating a new generation of physical therapist to be stewards of our profession while advocating on issues that allow us to practice to the fullest of our professional responsibilities as a doctoring profession. I also believe strongly that we not allow other parties to devalue our services and abilities as a principle provider in the conservative care of neuromusculoskeletal impairments. I thank you for your consideration as a Delegate for the state of Florida!

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Donni Welch-Rawls (NO) 

I am pleased to be slated as a Florida Delegate for the APTA House of Delegates.  With extensive involvement in our professional association at the district and state levels, as well as past and current experience as a Delegate, I hope to represent Florida’s members and our profession at the House during the APTA Centennial!

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Amanda Williamson (EC)

As an early professional, Amanda has served on district, state, and national levels of leadership with the FPTA and APTA. She is passionate about removing barriers and improving access to physical therapy services as well as allowing the profession to practice to the full extent of our education.

 

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