2020 Academy Elections

Elections are now open. Cast your vote by 11:59pm EST, July 31, 2020

Make Your Voice Heard!

With elections for the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy board and special interest groups opening on July 1, 2020, we remind our Academy members to ensure that your membership information on your member account is up to date. As a member, you will have the opportunity to vote for the leaders who you believe represent the changes you want made in the Academy and our profession. Each active Academy member will receive an elections email with a link to electronically cast their vote.

Voter Eligibility

National Board Elections and National EPSIG Elections: You must be a currently active PT or PTA member of the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy. Please check your membership to ensure that it is active, in good standing and does not expire during the elections period. | Renew/Review My Membership Account

SSIG Elections: You must be a currently active STUDENT member of the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy. Please check your membership to ensure that it is active, in good standing and does not expire during the elections period. | Renew/Review My Membership Account

2020 Elections Timeline

February 1-June 15, 2020: Nominations are open

July 1-31, 2020: Elections are open

August 1-5, 2020: Candidates are notified of results

August 10, 2020: Election results are announced to the membership

February 24-27, 2020:  Elected candidates take Oath of Office at CSM 2021 in Orlando, FL.

Meet the Candidates

Candidates for the National Board of Directors, Nominating Committee and Early-Professional Special Interest Group

Voting will be ONLY open to currently active PT and PTA members of the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy.

2021-2022 President-Elect

Heather Jeffcoat

DPT

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Running Unopposed

2021-2024 Director of Education

Miranda Harvey

PT, DPT, OCS, CFMT, FFMT, FAAOMPT

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Running Unopposed

2021-2024 Director of Research

Christine Cabelka

PT, MPT, PhD, CLT, WCS

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Laurel Proulx

PT, DPT, OCS, PhD (c)

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2021-2024 Nominating Committee Member

Emily Bessemer

PT, DPT, CLT-LANA, PRPC

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Krystyna Holland

PT, DPT

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Daniel Kirages

PT, DPT

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2021-2023 EPSIG Director (2)

Alexandria Burch

PT, DPT

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Sarah Deacon

PT, DPT

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Claire Hamnett

PT, DPT

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Matthew Harville

PT, DPT

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Candidates for the Student Special Interest Group

Voting will ONLY be open to currently active student members of the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy.

2021-2022 SSIG Director (4)

Amanda Clarke

SPT

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Lindsay Durand

SPT

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Sasha Schneider

SPT

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To lead, or not to lead?

Some people are natural born leaders; others learn to lead by taking a risk and surprising themselves with skills they never knew they possessed. Making the choice to become a leader is to make yourself vulnerable and open to risk and change, but more often than not, it is a valuable learning and growth opportunity. Open yourself up to the possibilities of what will transform your life, your profession and your community this year!

National Office

Special Interest Group Office

Giving back through service.

Many of us wear multiple hats, including physical therapist, mom/dad, spouse, friend, community volunteer. Time is precious. How can you possibly give one more thing? I remember getting an elections email and on that day thinking, “Maybe it would be nice to give back.” I’ve been in practice for more 15 years. My profession has served me well on many levels—enabled a successful business, wonderful patient relationships, life-long friends and colleagues, and a way to grow and deepen my knowledge. Perhaps it was time to serve my profession by becoming a leader in the Section on Women’s Health-APTA. Since being elected to the Nominating Committee, I have been fortunate to interact with local and national leaders in our profession and newbies just like me. I have met students, seasoned PTs, and new Section members. The energy is addictive!

Dr. Blair Green, PT, DPT, OCS, PHC

Former Nominating Committee Chair

Learn, Collaborate, Lead.

Participate in Meetings

As an officer or board member of the academy, you will be participating in 1-2 in-person meetings and quarterly virtual meetings throughout the year. Each year, the board meets at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting to conduct its annual winter board meeting to review the academy’s strategic plan and progress, introduce new initiatives and discuss industry issues and trends.

Build Leadership Skills

Officers and board members gain new leadership skills throughout their service. Each board member serves as a liaison to various volunteer groups such as committees and task forces.  The board focuses on governance, direction and vision. Board members conduct ongoing assessment of vision, progress and opportunities while the academy staff manages day-to-day operations within the context of the board’s direction.

Liaise with Volunteers

Implementation of the strategic plan most often involves recruiting volunteers who may be committee chairs, task force chairs, editors, and project directors, to name a few. The board develops task forces to work on key initiatives or charges committees to conduct specific work that supports the strategic plan. Board liaisons periodically check in with their assigned committees to communicate what is going on in the organization, how it affects the committee or group, and to give direction, guidance, and support to the group.

Devise Strategy

The board’s role is to set direction for the organization through strategic thinking, or a strategic plan to meet the changing landscape of the physical therapy profession and industry. It is also responsible for making sure that the goals and action strategies of the plan are implemented in partnership with volunteers and staff. While the board is not responsible for doing the actual implementation, it is responsible for establishing a mechanism to get the work accomplished and for monitoring progress.

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