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2020-2021 SSIG Executive Committee Results
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We are very pleased to announce the results from the 2020 SSIG Elections.

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

The results are in! Below you will find the 2020-2021 SSIG Executive Committee results.
Those students elected into position will take office with a term of June 1st, 2020 - May 31st, 2021.  

Welcome new student leaders! 

Your 2020-2021 SSIG Executive Committee

PRESIDENT

MEET:

DENA KONTOS, SPT

 

2nd year student at Northwestern University

 

 

A little bit about Dena:

"I am a second year student at Northwestern University, originally from the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Kinesiology. In my free time, playing tennis is my favorite way to get some exercise and relieve stress! I first picked up the game in middle school, and loved it so much that I continued playing in high school and in college as part of my school’s club team. Currently, I am interested in the Pediatric or Pelvic Health settings, but I am open to any and all possibilities!"


VICE PRESIDENT

MEET:

DANIEL BARAJAS, SPT

 

1st year student at Northern Illinois University

 

 

A little bit about Daniel:

"I am originally form Mexico and lived in Europe growing up. Nothing cheers me up like helping others so I volunteer with adaptive sport teams. I also love dogs (hello k-9 therapy!). I run ultramarathons (ouch) and have my eye on becoming an Ironman. My SPT journey has not been easy but I have the endurance and grit to be a great example and move us forward."


SECRETARY/ TREASURER

MEET:

JENNA BROWN, SPT

 

2nd year student at Northwestern University

A little bit about Jenna:

"I grew up in Southern Minnesota on a farm, where I learned the value and life skills about honesty and hard work. I expanded my horizons when I traveled to the big city of Minneapolis for my undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota, where I majored in Kinesiology. I have grown very fond of the city of Chicago! Some of my favorite things to do here are running on the lakefront, exploring the summer festivals, finding new restaurants or coffee shops, and participating in intramural basketball and volleyball. A fun fact about me is that I love to train for and run marathons!"


SPECIAL EVENTS COORDINATOR

MEET:

MEGAN McCONNELL, SPT

 

2nd year student at Northern Illinois University

 

 

A little bit about Megan:

"I grew up in a small town in northern Illinois called Kingston with two younger sisters and my parents. I attended community college to receive my Associate of Science as well as my EMT-Basic certification. In 2015, I transferred to Northern Illinois University to pursue my B.S. in Health Sciences with a Pre-Physical Therapy emphasis. I currently work as a security guard at the campus library and work as extra help on a horse farm on weekends. I also enjoy volunteering some of my free time to a nearby physical therapist who provides hippotherapy to pediatric patients.

My favorite things to do include hiking with my friends, playing softball, or reading a good book. Some of my more recent interests are horseback riding and Olympic weightlifting. One of my favorite things to do outside of school is travel. My boyfriend and I frequently take weekend trips to places like St. Louis to attend sporting events. He’s a St. Louis fan and I’m a Chicago fan, so we have a fun little rivalry. "


SPTA DIRECTOR

POSITION CURRENTLY VACANT

There was no one slated, and no write-ins, for the SPTA Director position. Per the SSIG Bylaws (https://www.ipta.org/page/SSIGBylaws), “In the event that a position of the Executive Board becomes vacant, except for the SSIG President, the vacancy shall be filled by appointment by the SSIG President of an individual who meets the qualifications specified in the bylaws. The appointment must be approved by a 2/3 vote of the SSIG Executive Committee.”

If you are an Student Physical Therapist Assistant (SPTA) member of the IPTA, and are interested in serving as the SPTA Director for the SSIG (June 1, 2020 - May 31, 2021) please reach out to Matthew Nicholas at mnicholas@ipta.org.



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