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Bylaws Committee

The Bylaws Committee is responsible for assuring that the bylaws of the Florida Physical Therapy Association and of each of its component districts are internally consistent, that the bylaws of the districts are not in conflict with the bylaws of the FPTA and that neither the chapter bylaws nor the districts’ bylaws are in conflict with national APTA bylaws.

Committee Chair: Linda Eargle

Conference Committee

The Conference Committee is responsible for educational sessions and events held each year at the Spring and Annual Conference.

Committee Chair:  Eric Shamus

CE Procedures Committee

The Continuing Education Procedures Committee has the responsibility to interpret the concepts and scope of continuing education required for license renewal within Florida, in a manner consistent with rules of the Florida Board of Physical Therapy. The concepts and scope of continuing education through the attainment of approved courses represents educational activities that are responsive to the current and future needs of the profession.

Committee Chair: Debra Stern


The Ethics Committee is charged with the responsibility for investigation complaints of violations of ethical standards within the jurisdiction of the FPTA.

Governmental Advocacy

The Governmental Advocacy Committee is responsible for overseeing the FPTA's advocacy efforts before the Florida Legislature, US Congress, and state & federal regulatory agencies, and works hand-in-hand with the FPTA professional lobbying team vetting major public policy issues.

Leadership & Mentoring

The Leadership & Mentoring Committee works to develop programs that will enhance leadership skills among active members and provide mentoring services.


The Membership Committee is responsible for recruitment and retention of members.

Committee Chair: Jamie Dyson


The job of the Nominating Committee is to prepare a slate of names for each office to be filled. Nominating Committee members are usually individuals who have been active in FPTA activities and as such, know a fair number of members who can be recruited to run for office in the association. More information about the Committee can be found in the Bylaws, Article VIII. Committees, Section 2. Nominating Committee.

Committee Chair: Raine Osborne

Past Presidents

The FPTA past presidents date back to Ada Winstanley (1946-1948) and consist of a dedicated group of individuals.


The Research Committee is responsible for vetting applicants for the Linda Crane Research Grant and Abstract Presentations at the FPTA Annual Conference and Assembly of Representatives.

Committee Chair: Larry Mengelkoch
Committee Members: Mark Bishop, Dorian Rose, Jason Highsmith


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