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We are very pleased to announce the results from the 2017 Chapter Elections!

The Chapter Elections Results are in! Meet your future leaders.

Thank you to all of those members who voted in this year's election and a special thank you to all of those who were slated for positions this year.

The members with the most votes were elected to hold the positions of Chapter President-Elect, Treasurer, Speaker of the Assembly, Chief Delegate, PTA Director and members of the Ethics and Nominating Committee will begin their terms January 1st, 2018. Also elected were the Chapter's At Large Delegates to the APTA House of Delegates for 2018-2019.

Executive Committee Positions


Michael Riley, PT


"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."


Christopher Egizio, PT, MPT


"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.


Tina Jonas, PT, DPT, Cert MDT


"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." 


Jennifer Ryan, PT, DPT, MS, CCS


"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."


Lisa Zemaitis , PTA


"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."

Other Chapter Positions


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


"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." 


Dawn Brown, PT, DPT


"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." 

Please note: The Delegates at Large are listed in order starting with the TOP SIX candidates who recieved the most votes. The number of Delegates at Large are determined by apportionment by the APTA. Illinois' at large delegates will be determined by the July 2017 total IPTA membership. Alternate Delegates, if needed, shall be selected from the pool of candidates remaining in the number of votes received after the election of the District delegate.


Babette Sanders, PT, DPT, MS, FAPTA

Daniel Varel, PT

Sarah Keller, PT, DPT, NCS

Meg Simonetti, PT, DPT, MSHA

Deb Davey, PT

Brad Tracy, PT, DPT, OCS


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