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We are very pleased to announce the slate of candidates for the 2017 Chapter Elections

Voting for the IPTA Chapter Elections opens on April 17th and will close at 11:59pm on May 5th. Results will be published on May 15th and those elected into position will take office on January 1st, 2018.


Voting is as simple as 1, 2, 3!


1. Go to the voting site: https://vote.associationvoting.com/ipta/

2. Log in by entering your last name and your APTA member number.

3. Follow the online instructions to cast your ballot.

Using your APTA member number ensures that your vote is unique to you and can only be cast once. Once cast, it is anonymous in the system.

Your vote matters. Voting is the most powerful way for you to have a voice in who serves in leadership and where you see the IPTA heading.

Best of luck to all candidates!

*** All candidates appear in order of positions & alphabetically

Executive Committee Positions


PRESIDENT ELECT

Candidate: Michael Riley, PT

 

Personal Statement: I have enjoyed the first year of my term as President of the IPTA and feel that I have been able to make the adjustments in my schedule to meet the demands of the position. With the assistance of a great board and office staff we have been able to devise a new strategic plan and perform a complete governance review. We have also formed a new Health and Wellness committee and initiated a new Diversity Task force at the direction of last years assembly. The number of members that have supported this boards initiatives has been impressive. These volunteers, who are the core of our strength, will become our leaders in the future. Our legislative efforts, along with those of many groups have been stymied by our state's lack of a budget.

Our legislative priorities, copay legislation, the Physical Therapy Compact, dry needling as well as the prevention of encroachment by other professional groups will remain the focus of our spring legislative visits. The identification of key contacts for our legislators will now enable us to rapidly respond when our issues are in committee or coming up for a vote.

I feel that I can provide the necessary leadership and time that is necessary for the IPTA to reach its goals.


TREASURER

Candidate: Christopher Egizio, PT, MPT

 

Personal Statement: I am honored to be slated as a candidate for Treasurer of the IPTA. I welcome the opportunity to serve our professional association, and you, in this capacity. Please allow me to share my qualifications.

In my current professional role as Director of Rehabilitation in a health care system, I am held accountable for the development and administrative oversight of a budget. In this role, I am routinely called upon to negotiate fiscal issues that are pertinent to our profession and the patients we serve. I believe that this experience has prepared me to also successfully serve you as Treasurer in our professional association.

Likewise, I am currently a member of the IPTA Finance Committee. This role has given me the opportunity to work with the current Treasurer, IPTA Executive Director, and members of this important Committee. I am confident, that if elected as your Treasurer, I will be able to quickly step into the Treasurer’s role while minimizing the period of orientation.

Additionally, in my past experience as an Alternate and At Large Delegate with the House of Delegates, I had the opportunity to participate in two election cycles for APTA Treasurer. These two experiences gave me insight into what is required to successfully serve as a Treasurer in our Association. I have been witness to and participated in many discussions on the financing of our Association at both the National and Component levels. I am convinced that this experience places me in a unique position to further serve our professional association.

Lastly, over the past 15 years, I have become increasingly involved in our Association’s legislative initiatives at both the state and federal level. I was honored to serve as your appointed Illinois Federal Affairs Liaison to APTA from 2009-2014. I also served on several legislative committees and as a district legislative chair in the past. With this experience, I was privileged to gain a thorough understanding of the role that legislation plays in how we practice and serve our patients. As healthcare delivery models continue to evolve, I believe this experience and knowledge will serve our Association well. I thank you for your consideration as a candidate for IPTA Treasurer.


CHIEF DELEGATE

Candidate: Jennifer Ryan, PT, DPT, MS, CCS

 

Personal Statement: It has been a privilege to serve in the House of Delegates where I have witnessed great changes in our professional association over the last twelve years. Each meeting of the House of Delegates brings a new level of awareness of the diversity of practice across the nation and the unity that we need to maintain to move our profession forward in a way that elevates our profession amongst healthcare professions and to optimally serve the public. I look forward to my second year as Chief Delegate and the 2017 where we will bring forward motions and I hope to serve you again from 2018-2020. 


SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY

Candidate: Tina Jonas, PT, DPT, Cert MDT

 

Personal Statement: I am excited to be nominated to serve the Association in the role of Speaker of the Assembly. As an active Assembly Representative of the Northern District for many years, I have enjoyed the conversations and debate in this voting body of the IPTA. Our Assembly offers a unique opportunity for members to engage in activities which will help move both our profession and the Association forward. Past activities in the APTA HOD have helped to prepare me in the rules and parliamentary process of the Association. My passion for our profession and organizational skills will help me to communicate with members throughout the year to assist in advancing this crucial business of our membership. It would be an honor to be elected into this position.  I welcome questions from members during this election to share with you personally some of my ideas for fulfilling the responsibilities of this role. 


PTA DIRECTOR

Candidate: Angela Wallace, PTA

 

Personal Statement: I appreciate being nominated for the PTA Director position. As the PTA Director you get the opportunity to represent PTAs in IL and get to know many PTAs Nationally. One thing I really enjoy is meeting PTA students and sharing the importance of being apart of the APTA and IPTA.  


Candidate: Lisa Zemaitis , PTA

 

Personal Statement: I am honored to be a part of the IPTA whose passion is committed to developing standards and serving the physical therapy profession. Since I was a PTA student, one of my goals was to have an integral part in serving our profession. Through the many volunteers in this organization who have given their time, I am grateful for the opportunity to gain their wisdom as well as add to my personal and professional growth. As the current PTA Director, I appreciate the confidence those of you have taken in me in representing the PTA interests, needs and issues throughout the IPTA and APTA governance. I look forward to continue serving our profession.

 


DELEGATES AT LARGE

Candidate: Cori Arquines, PT, MHPE, CLT

 

Personal Statement: It is an honor to be nominated for the positions of Delegate at Large and Ethics Committee member for the Illinois Physical Therapy Association. As a physical therapist, I believe that it is my duty to serve as an example of our core values and I take this responsibility seriously. This belief has been instilled in me by those who have come before me and have inspired me to serve the profession as well as they have. In this vein, I look forward to the opportunity to grow in my professional duty and social responsibility by serving in the capacity of delegate at large and/or ethics committee member. Both of these positions require someone who not only cares about the future of our profession, best in practice, and ethics, but who will also serve as an advocate. I care about our future and I believe that advocacy, on all levels, is one of the most important roles that we fill in our profession. As evidence of caring, I have been a member of the APTA and IPTA since 1999. As an advocate, I continue to serve patients in the acute care setting, I serve students and clinical educators, and I act as co-chair for the Chicago Area Clinical Educators Forum. In whatever capacity I may serve, I will do my best and I will continue to strive for excellence.  


Candidate: Deborah Davey , PT

 

Personal Statement: I have been involved in the IPTA for 10 years as a Vice Chair and Chair (2 terms) for the North Central District, a member of the Health and Wellness task force, and a representative for NC District to the HOD in 2015-16. I believe, it is important for us as a profession to guide our future and determine our role and identity within the increasingly complex healthcare environment. I was motivated to run as a delegate for NC District for the HOD in 2015-16 to better understand the by-laws and to contribute to the impact our state could have on factors that affect our profession, our patients, and the future mission and vision of the APTA. I was inspired to rally with other members from our state on what were identified as the important and pressing issues that affect our day to day operations as well as our vision for the upcoming years. As an educator, I want to help lay the groundwork that will enable new graduates to fully practice to the extended scope of their education. Ensuring alignment with other physical therapists nationally ensures greater professional autonomy, solidarity, and standardization of policies and procedures. With other members of the Illinois HOD I hope to assist in developing and advancing our state initiatives and professional standing. On a personal note, I believe that membership on the HOD will enhance my leadership skills allowing me to serve as a better role model encourage others to take an active role in the IPTA/APTA and to foster their growth as practitioners and political advocates for our profession.


Candidate: Sarah Keller, PT, DPT, NCS

 

Personal Statement: The House of Delegates of the American Physical Therapy Association is the opportunity for the members to voice their concerns and wishes for the future of the profession and organization. I feel strongly that as a member driven organization it is vital that the Board of Directors hear and understand the goals and needs of the members. I have met many members of the Illinois Chapter and would be honored to represent them at the national level as an At Large Delegate for the House of Delegates. Having served multiple years in the IPTA Assembly, on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Chapter, and as an At Large Delegate to the House of Delegates I feel that I have a great level of experience and commitment to the members of this organization and hope to continue to serve Illinois Chapter members as a Delegate in the future.


Candidate: Jennifer Ryan, PT, DPT, MS, CCS

 

Personal Statement: My years in the House of Delegates have been an amazing education. The ability to be a part of forming the policies of the association that supports our profession is a great honor. I look forward to more opportunities of serving in the House of Delegates if elected.


Candidate: Babette Sanders, PT, DPT, MS, FAPTA

 

Personal Statement: Serving as a Delegate to the House of Delegates is one of the most important positions a physical therapist can participate in. I’m honored to be considered for the position. The House is the highest decision making body in APTA. I take the responsibility of serving as a delegate seriously and am committed to helping the profession continue to strive to meet the rapidly changing needs of health care, our patients and the profession through our Vision Statement. Given my long history of service and continued involvement with the APTA and IPTA, my perspective on the major issues facing the profession and the Association has both the breadth and depth to continue to be an asset to the Illinois delegation and the House Delegates. The relationships I have fostered with colleagues from across the country allow me to access information that can help the delegation. It is a privilege to have served the APTA and IPTA in many capacities throughout my career. My enthusiasm for serving has not diminished as my career has progressed. I am excited to continue participating as we shape the future of our profession. I have had additional wonderful opportunities to use the leadership skills I have developed through APTA in external agencies. These positions further promote our profession outside of the physical therapy community and provide me with additional perspectives on the issues before us.


Candidate: Meghan Simonetti, PT, DPT, MSHA

 

Personal Statement: Some say that I am a millennial, some call me a new grad, others say I am a young professional. However, I know that I am much more than what any of those stereotypes could possibly infer. My name is Meg Simonetti and I am a 27-year-old Doctor of Physical Therapy with a Masters in Health Administration from Batavia, IL. I have needs and worries and struggles; I have talents and ideas and goals; but above all of these I have passion. I have passion for service to those in need, passion for clinical excellence in the physical therapy field, passion for health and wellness in the community, and passion for the American Physical Therapy Association.

My APTA involvement is vast despite my novice and when I see an opportunity that I believe I can contribute, I take it. Specifically related to this leadership opportunity within the Illinois Chapter of the APTA, my experience includes the following: helping establish a Student Special Interest Group in Illinois in 2012; I chaired a project committee within the APTA's Student Assembly with the goal of increasing student involvement at the chapter level expressing my passion for helping others find their voice and gain experiences despite their age or demographic in 2013; I served as Director on the Student Assembly where I had several responsibilities including having a role in the development of RC 15 14 in 2014; I was selected to serve on the Retention and Recruitment of Early Career Members Task Force in 2015 which allowed our idea from RC 15 14 to become a tangible action; I currently serve within the IPTA's Northern District as Vice Chair, Nominating Committee, and Assembly Representative since 2015. What is more important than the titles is the progress that was made toward advancing the profession. I know that the skills I have developed through my past can make me an invaluable asset to this group of Illinois leaders and, in turn, I hope to learn, grow, and be further challenged from our current leaders to advance the profession.

From my past involvement at the student level and now at the young professional level, I understand that when physical therapists powered by passion connect to achieve a common goal, we are unstoppable. I foresee the Illinois Chapter continuing to set the tone for positive change which the whole profession, state and nation wide, needs to propel past today, into tomorrow, and beyond.

Physical therapists are givers. We take our skills and give them to our communities. I am offering my skills to this chapter. I would also graciously offer this great opportunity to other early career individuals in order to increase diversity and exposure. However, I do believe that my experience with this nomination will allow the chapter to be unstoppable. If I were considered by others to be useful for this objective, I would be honored to assist in any way possible. Thank you for your time.


Candidate: Eric Sparks, PT, MPT

 

Personal Statement: I have truly enjoyed my time involved with the IPTA and APTA and have taken the opportunity to make excellent contacts and friendships throughout the country to promote and further our great profession. It has been an honor to represent the constituents of the Western District and I look forward to the opportunity to continue my service representing all of Illinois at the national level as an elected Delegate at Large.


Candidate: Bradford Tracy,PT, DPT, OCS

 

Personal Statement: It is an honor to receive this nomination for Delegate-at-Large and I would look forward to serving in this capacity. We practice in truly exciting times. Like no other time in my career have I been humbled and challenged to be part of such an outstanding profession. If the recent past is any predictor of the future, our health care system of which we all practice will continue to evolve. Increasingly the value of our profession is being recognized as a key player in many important areas. Our profession has tremendous potential to further enhance health care quality, value, and effectiveness. It is with this attitude that I would look forward to being a representative to APTA House of Delegates.


Candidate: Barbara Tuncil, PT

 

Personal Statement: I am honored to have been nominated to the position of Delegate At Large and Ethic Committee Member. I believe that my previous experiences as Southern District Chair and Delegate At Large has prepared me for the challenges that these positions hold. Should I be elected I will work diligently to maintain and improve the position of Physical Therapy in our changing health care system.


Candidate: Dan Varel, PT

 

Personal Statement: The IPTA and APTA have been good to me. I have been supported and mentored by several wonderful professionals in nearly two decades of involvement. I have enjoyed 4 previous years of experience in the House of Delegates as a member of a well-respected delegation and I am honored to be nominated to serve the IPTA again. I have been impressed by the Delegation's role in explaining and interpreting the Articles of Incorporation to balance the power of the Board of Directors with the decision-making of the House of Delegates. My time on the Delegation has also included voting on a new APTA Vision statement, careful consideration of Section representation at the House as well as exploring the future role of the Physical Therapist Assistant.

I am excited to have the potential opportunity to serve Illinois as an At-large Delegate. As the practicing manager of a small Hospital Department , I will bring the perpesctive of a clinician as well as a manager. I am interested in continuing the discussions on roles of PTAs and improving the value of membership. I have also been keeping an eye on the current discussions on "mandatory membership" during my year off from the Delegation. I look forward to representing Illinois again in the role of an At-Large Delegate.


Candidate: Frances Wedge, PT, DSc, GCS, CEEAA

 

Personal Statement: Fran Wedge, PT, DScPT, GCS, CEEAA graduated from the Royal Orthopedic Hospital School of Physiotherapy, Birmingham England. Fran obtained her Master’s degree in Professional Development from the University of Greenwich, London and Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Having worked primarily in geriatrics, Fran became a Board Certified Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy in 2000. Fran is currently employed as the Program Director for the PTA program at Morton College in Cicero, Illinois. Nationally, Fran has served as chair of the Academy on Geriatrics task force examining entry level competencies in Geriatric Physical Therapy for the PTA, has attended item writing workshops and served on the TOEFL task force for the FSBPT. Fran is an on-site reviewer for CAPTE. At the State level Fran serves as a district assembly representative, is a member of the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation Physical Therapy Board and has previously served on the Ethics Committee and as an At Large Delegate for the IPTA.

My experience at the State and National levels places me in a good position to represent the Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants of Illinois. Previous experience on both the Ethics Committee and at the House of Delegates will serve me well if chosen for a position this year. I am committed to the profession of Physical Therapy and would be honored if chosen for this position.


NOMINATING COMMITTEE MEMBER

Candidate: Dawn Brown, PT, DPT

 

Personal Statement: As a physical therapist, countless patients have benefited from my clinical expertise, as well as my commitment to ensure that they have optimal access to physical therapy services despite limitations imposed by the healthcare system. I am a firm believer that we as physical therapists and physical therapist assistants have an obligation to advocate on behalf of our profession and patients to ensure accurate and appropriate access to, and delivery of physical therapy services. As a Nominating Committee Member, one of my goals would be to identify a diverse group of PTs and PTAs who have strong potential to lead the Illinois Physical Therapy Association (IPTA) in the development of new initiatives to advance the practice of physical therapy within Illinois, as well as at the national level. My experiences within the IPTA since 1997 will be immediately beneficial to the position of Nominating Committee Member. If elected to this position, I will continue to commit myself to professional advocacy by cultivating relationships with members and nonmembers to address key issues facing the profession of physical therapy. The IPTA is one of the strongest chapters within the APTA based upon ACTIVE member participation. With your support of my candidacy for Nominating Committee Member, let’s aim keep it that way! Thank you.  


Candidate: John Lamble, PT, DPT, MS, NCS, OCS

 

Personal Statement: I have always loved the camaraderie and excitement of being part of the IPTA. The chance to network with fellow therapists, make new friends and work toward a common goal is so rewarding. I have had the good fortune of being able to serve the Eastern District and the Chapter in elected and appointed positions in the past and now I hope to have the opportunity to work at the state level for the association on the Nominating Committee. I enjoy networking and encouraging younger members to get more involved. As a member of the Nominating committee I feel I can do this more formally to the benefit of our chapter.


Candidate: Meghan Simonetti, PT, DPT, MSHA

 

Personal Statement: Some say that I am a millennial, some call me a new grad, others say I am a young professional. However, I know that I am much more than what any of those stereotypes could possibly infer. My name is Meg Simonetti and I am a 27-year-old Doctor of Physical Therapy with a Masters in Health Administration from Batavia, IL. I have needs and worries and struggles; I have talents and ideas and goals; but above all of these I have passion. I have passion for service to those in need, passion for clinical excellence in the physical therapy field, passion for health and wellness in the community, and passion for the American Physical Therapy Association.

My APTA involvement is vast despite my novice and when I see an opportunity that I believe I can contribute, I take it. Specifically related to this leadership opportunity within the Illinois Chapter of the APTA, my experience includes the following: helping establish a Student Special Interest Group in Illinois in 2012; I chaired a project committee within the APTA's Student Assembly with the goal of increasing student involvement at the chapter level expressing my passion for helping others find their voice and gain experiences despite their age or demographic in 2013; I served as Director on the Student Assembly where I had several responsibilities including having a role in the development of RC 15 14 in 2014; I was selected to serve on the Retention and Recruitment of Early Career Members Task Force in 2015 which allowed our idea from RC 15 14 to become a tangible action; I currently serve within the IPTA's Northern District as Vice Chair, Nominating Committee, and Assembly Representative since 2015. What is more important than the titles is the progress that was made toward advancing the profession. I know that the skills I have developed through my past can make me an invaluable asset to this group of Illinois leaders and, in turn, I hope to learn, grow, and be further challenged from our current leaders to advance the profession.

From my past involvement at the student level and now at the young professional level, I understand that when physical therapists powered by passion connect to achieve a common goal, we are unstoppable. I foresee the Illinois Chapter continuing to set the tone for positive change which the whole profession, state and nation wide, needs to propel past today, into tomorrow, and beyond.

Physical therapists are givers. We take our skills and give them to our communities. I am offering my skills to this chapter. I would also graciously offer this great opportunity to other early career individuals in order to increase diversity and exposure. However, I do believe that my experience with this nomination will allow the chapter to be unstoppable. If I were considered by others to be useful for this objective, I would be honored to assist in any way possible. Thank you for your time.


ETHICS COMMITTEE MEMBER

Candidate: Cori Arquines, PT, MHPE, CLT

 

Personal Statement: It is an honor to be nominated for the positions of Delegate at Large and Ethics Committee member for the Illinois Physical Therapy Association. As a physical therapist, I believe that it is my duty to serve as an example of our core values and I take this responsibility seriously. This belief has been instilled in me by those who have come before me and have inspired me to serve the profession as well as they have. In this vein, I look forward to the opportunity to grow in my professional duty and social responsibility by serving in the capacity of delegate at large and/or ethics committee member. Both of these positions require someone who not only cares about the future of our profession, best in practice, and ethics, but who will also serve as an advocate. I care about our future and I believe that advocacy, on all levels, is one of the most important roles that we fill in our profession. As evidence of caring, I have been a member of the APTA and IPTA since 1999. As an advocate, I continue to serve patients in the acute care setting, I serve students and clinical educators, and I act as co-chair for the Chicago Area Clinical Educators Forum. In whatever capacity I may serve, I will do my best and I will continue to strive for excellence.  


Candidate: John Lamble, PT, DPT, MS, NCS, OCS

 

Personal Statement: I have always loved the camaraderie and excitement of being part of the IPTA. The chance to network with fellow therapists, make new friends and work toward a common goal is so rewarding. I have had the good fortune of being able to serve the Eastern District and the Chapter in elected and appointed positions in the past and now I hope to have the opportunity to work at the state level for the association in this committee. The job description for an Ethics committee member states that the ideal candidate has “a sincere interest in ensuring that our members engage in the ethical and best practice of physical therapy.” I believe that I have that interest and have tried to work employing the best practices and ethics of our profession. It would be an honor to serve on the Ethics Committee to help promote these ideals further.


Candidate: Barbara Tuncil, PT

 

Personal Statement: I am honored to have been nominated to the position of Delegate At Large and Ethic Committee Member. I believe that my previous experiences as Southern District Chair and Delegate At Large has prepared me for the challenges that these positions hold. Should I be elected I will work diligently to maintain and improve the position of Physical Therapy in our changing health care system.


Candidate: Frances Wedge, PT, DSc, GCS, CEEAA

 

Personal Statement: Fran Wedge, PT, DScPT, GCS, CEEAA graduated from the Royal Orthopedic Hospital School of Physiotherapy, Birmingham England. Fran obtained her Master’s degree in Professional Development from the University of Greenwich, London and Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Having worked primarily in geriatrics, Fran became a Board Certified Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy in 2000. Fran is currently employed as the Program Director for the PTA program at Morton College in Cicero, Illinois. Nationally, Fran has served as chair of the Academy on Geriatrics task force examining entry level competencies in Geriatric Physical Therapy for the PTA, has attended item writing workshops and served on the TOEFL task force for the FSBPT. Fran is an on-site reviewer for CAPTE. At the State level Fran serves as a district assembly representative, is a member of the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation Physical Therapy Board and has previously served on the Ethics Committee and as an At Large Delegate for the IPTA.

My experience at the State and National levels places me in a good position to represent the Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants of Illinois. Previous experience on both the Ethics Committee and at the House of Delegates will serve me well if chosen for a position this year. I am committed to the profession of Physical Therapy and would be honored if chosen for this position.


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