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Are you looking for an opportunity to become more involved in decisions that could impact the future of not only your professional association, but the future of physical therapy in Illinois? Each year the IPTA votes leaders into office at the district and chapter levels. Check out the elected positions below and see if you would be a good fit. To learn more about serving in an elected position, please contact IPTA Nominating Committee, or email ipta@ipta.org.

Leadership | Assembly of Representatives

  • Speaker of the Assembly
    The Speaker of the Assembly presides over the Assembly of Representatives according to current parliamentary procedure. They also facilitate pre and post Assembly meetings, develop the Assembly's Agenda, and consult on New Business to be considered at the Annual Assembly held each spring.
  • Student Representatives to the Assembly
    Each Illinois PT and PTA school sends two representatives to the annual Chapter Assembly. Student representatives participate in pre and post Assembly conference calls, attend the Assembly, and report outcomes to their school.
  • Nominating Committee
    The  responsibilities of committee members include soliciting nominations; contacting nominees for consent to serve; and attempt to secure at least two candidates for each open position for District elections. They also promote Association, Chapter, and District leadership opportunities and professional development activities to Illinois members.  The committee is comprised of three elected members (one elected each year to a three year term) and the senior member serves as Chair.
  • Ethics Committee
    The Ethics Committee provides guidance and resources to members presenting with ethical inquiries. They work with APTA and the IPTA President to investigate and resolve ethical complaints against members, assists in developing ethical resources and educational programs and materials for IPTA members and annually report to the Assembly of Representatives.  The committee is comprised of three elected members (one elected each year to a three year term) and the senior member serves as Chair.

Leadership | Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is charges with the general oversight of the association and is responsible for assessing the needs of the members, envisioning the role of the IPTA in the community it serves, and planning the route to achieving these roles. Members of the Board of Directors have an overarching purpose to guide the organization’s strategic plan and activities for fulfillment of its mission.

Executive Committee
  • President
    The IPTA President serves first as the president elect for one year and shadows the current president. For the next three years as president, they then serve as the official spokesperson for the Chapter and represents the Chapter in matters relating to policy, public relations, as a Delegate representing the Chapter in the House of Delegates, and as an ex-officio member of all committees (excluding Nominating and Ethics). The president reports as a member of the Chapter Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
  • Vice President
    The Vice President assumes delegated responsibilities as defined by the president, participates in Board of Directors and Executive Committee meetings, presides over meetings in the absence of the president, and serves also as the Vice President for the Assembly of Representatives. IPTA's Vice President will also serve as Chair of the Illinois Physical Therapy Foundation (IPTF).
  • Secretary
    The Secretary assists with preparation of Board meetings and keeps official minutes for the Chapter, participates in Board of Directors and Executive Committee meetings, and serves also as the Secretary for the Assembly of Representatives. IPTA's Secretary will also serve as Secretary of the Illinois Physical Therapy Foundation (IPTF).
  • Treasurer
    The Treasurer works with the Executive Director, CPA, and Finance Committee to develop the annual budget, reviews and approves expenditures according to policies, reviews financial statements and investments, and participates in Board of Directors and Executive Committee meetings. IPTA's Treasurer will also serve as Treasurer of the Illinois Physical Therapy Foundation (IPTF).
  • Chief Delegate
    The Chief Delegate serves as the leader of the Illinois Delegation to the APTA House of Delegates, facilitates pre and post House meetings, represents the Chapter at Midwest Caucus meetings, and participates in Board of Directors and Executive Committee Meetings.
  • PTA Director
    The PTA Director represents the interests of the Chapter at PTA Caucus meetings, responds to issues presented by PTA members, and participates in Board of Directors and Executive Committee meetings.
  • Speaker to the Assembly
    As well as their responsibilities to the Assembly, the Speaker also participates in Board of Directors and Executive Committee meetings.
Leadership | Districts
  • Chair
    The District Chair is a voting member of the IPTA’s Board of Directors and presides over local district meetings. As a member of the Board of Directors, the chair attends board meetings (5-6 meetings annually) and represents the district’s perspectives on issues by contributing their knowledge, insight, and experience to discussions that help implement the IPTA’s strategies and priorities. At the local level, the chair facilitates meetings and events that can provide members with updates and news on APTA and IPTA initiatives, educational opportunities, advocacy, and networking opportunities. The chair is responsible for preparing and submitting District reports on these activities to the Chapter’s Board of Directors and Assembly of Representatives as requested. The chair also serves as Senior Assembly Representatives for their District at the IPTA Assembly of Representatives. The chair should recognize their districts individual needs and establish district committees, chairs and members to accomplish local goals. Responsibilities of the chair also include appointing individuals to fill vacant District officer and nomination committee positions, and district member representatives to Chapter Committees.
  • Vice Chair
    The District Vice Chair is responsible for assuming the duties of the chair when that person is unable to fulfill duties or a specific duty (i.e. attending a specific meeting or event). The vice chair maintains the District Rules of Order so they are in compliance with the Chapter Bylaws and coordinate the location for District meetings and communicates with the Chapter office.
  • Secretary/Treasurer
    The Secretary/Treasurer is the official correspondent of the District and works with the Chapter office to communicate information to District members. The secretary/treasurer keeps an accurate record of meeting and educational program attendance, helps prepare and track the District’s annual budget, and ensures that all District records are kept and retained in accordance with Chapter policies.
  • District Delegate
    Delegates serve as members of the Illinois Delegation to the APTA House of Delegates. They also participate in pre and post House meetings and solicit member input on issues to come before the House of Delegates.
  • PT & PTA Representatives to the Assembly
    The Assembly of Representatives is the IPTA’s largest body of governance and directs the future of the IPTA in its consideration of bylaws, policies, positions, and priorities. The two year term of PT Assembly Representative involves attending the annual Chapter Assembly and representing District PT members in the conduct of the Assembly business. District representatives participate in pre and post Assembly conference calls and activities, and assist District chairs in facilitating discussions at local meetings that can lead to ideas debated at the Assembly. District representatives attend and vote at the annual Chapter Assembly. Representatives also report the Assembly outcomes to the District via emails and presentations at local meetings.
  • Nominating Committee
    The responsibilities of committee members include soliciting nominations; contacting nominees for consent to serve; and attempt to secure at least two candidates for each open position for District elections. They also promote the Association, Chapter, and District leadership opportunities and professional development activities to the District members, and communication with the Chapter Nominating Committee on a regular basis.

Leadership | House of Delegates

Delegates serve as members of the Illinois Delegation to the APTA House of Delegates. They also participate in pre and post House meetings and solicit member input on issues to come before the House of Delegates.
  • Chief Delegate
  • Delegate-at-Large (Chapter)
  • District Delegate (District)





How will you
leave your mark?




"I took on the role of district corresponding secretary for a couple of reasons… I was new to the state of Illinois and wanted a way to get involved with the Association and also to meet other therapists… I was involved at the district level for about 3.5 years before being asked to run for Chapter secretary. All of my IPTA experience has been excellent, though I do find involvement at the Chapter level to be more rewarding, more interesting”
– Barbara Gutierrez
Secretary, Board of Directors
(2013-2014)



"Being involved as a student made me interested in being involved in the IPTA when I moved to Illinois after graduation. My first positions in the IPTA were as an Eastern District Assembly Rep and as a member of the Membership Committee. I served as an Assembly Rep and Membership Committee Member for 4 years before running for chair. Being the ED Chair has provided wonderful opportunities for networking with new members in the District as well as some of the most experienced leaders in the Chapter. It has been nice to be a part of advancing our profession and creating change within the organization.”
– Miriam Rafferty
Eastern District Chair (2012-2013)



"I was prompted to run for [representative to the Illinois Assembly] because a few of my work colleagues were members of the Assembly and recommended that I should run. It felt like a great way to begin involvement in the IPTA, a way to have a voice, and a great way to stay up to date with the matters of physical therapy in Illinois. I like that as a district chair I have the opportunity to bring members of our district together on a local level where everyone feels comfortable voicing their opinion in a smaller group.”
– Sarah Keller
East Central District Chair (2013-2014)



"The first office I held was Assembly Representative… [Then] I ran and won for Delegate for the past two year term ending this year. I was encouraged by several senior members each time to run for each office. After serving as delegate for just one year, I felt much more confident about serving as district chair. My experience as a delegate has been my favorite so far. There is a wealth of knowledge and experience in the people who stay involved in our Illinois Chapter. To be able to spend quality time with those people is an invaluable networking experience.”
– Dan Varel,
Southern District Chair (2013-2014)



updated 7/24/17

 

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