• The PT-PAC is governed and directed by an 8-person Board of Trustees, which is directed by the PAC's bylaws and procedures. Each trustee serves a 4½-year term. The APTA treasurer serves as a liaison to the board, and the board is supported by the APTA director of congressional affairs.

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    2017 Board of Trustees

    Eva Norman, PT, DPT
    Champlin, MN
    PT-PAC Chair
    Term Expires: December 2020
    Eva Norman has been practicing physical therapy for more than 17 years. She founded Live Your Life Physical Therapy LLC to offer in-home and community services to her clients, patients, and the public to help them to experience health, wellness, and a more active lifestyle throughout their life spans, through the creative applications of preventive and rehabilitative physical therapy. Norman received her BS and MS in physical therapy in 1996 and her DPT in 2009. She has practiced in different settings with patients of all ages with various diagnoses. Early on in her career she developed a strong interest in geriatric rehabilitation. To expand her skill set over the years she has taken numerous continuing education courses and also worked in the areas of neurology, orthopedics, and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, and she is a certified exercise expert for the aging adult. An active member of APTA since 1994, Norman has served in numerous roles. Currently she is the federal affairs liaison and a delegate for the Minnesota Physical Therapy Association, and is a PT PAC trustee. She also is a member of the APTA private practice, home health, geriatric, and neurology sections.

    Bill Bandy, PT, PhD, ATC
    Little Rock, AR
    Term Expires: December 2018
    Bill Bandy is a professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Central Arkansas and teaches courses in orthopedics and sports. A board-certified clinical specialist in sports physical therapy, Bandy volunteered his services to the Olympics in Atlanta in 1996. He is a former 2-term president of the Arkansas Physical Therapy Association, and he has served on the APTA Board of Directors. In 2010 Bandy was awarded the APTA Lucy Blair Service Award and was inducted into the Sports Section Hall of Fame. He has had written 3 textbooks: Therapeutic Exercise: Implications for Intervention (with Sanders), Joint Range of Motion and Muscle Length Testing (with Reese) and Therapeutic Exercise for the Physical Therapist Assistant (with Sanders).

    Alan Crothers, PT
    Meridian, ID
    Term Expires: December 2018
    Alan Crothers is a sports physical therapist at Foothills Physical Therapy in Meridian, Idaho. He has been an active APTA member and physical therapist since 1986 and is a board-certified clinical specialist in sports physical therapy. Crothers has served APTA in many several positions, including on the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties Sports Specialty Council, SACE, and the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education Accreditation Committee. He is a former sports physical therapy residency director and has served the Idaho Physical Therapy Association as president, treasurer, and chief delegate. He was also chairman and a member of the Idaho Physical Therapy Licensure Board. As a PT-PAC trustee, he is dedicated to working to ensure that physical therapy remains a strong and viable profession. He enjoys the legislative process and is committed to ensuring that the profession has a strong voice in all legislative matters.

    Paul Hildreth, PT, DPT, MPH
    New Orleans, LA
    Term Expires: December 2020
    Paul Hildreth is the outpatient physical therapy supervisor at University Medical Center in New Orleans, after practicing in several positions in Arizona and New Orleans. He received his bachelor's in physical therapy from Northwestern University in 1981, a master's in public health from Tulane University in 2003, and his DPT from Massachusetts General Hospital-Institute of Health Professions in 2006.

    Throughout his career Hildreth has been an active APTA member locally and nationally. For the Louisiana Chapter he served as president, vice president, treasurer, and chief delegate. At the national level, he has been a member of the APTA Nominating Committee and the Committee on Risk Management and Member Benefits. He currently is a PT-PAC Trustee. In his community he served as a member of the Governor Health Care Consortium, the Louisiana Medicaid Medical Advisory Committee and the Department of Insurance's Health Care Commission. Hildreth is a guest lecturer and clinical instructor for the LSU School of Physical Therapy at New Orleans and is. the outpatient PT CCCE and has been part of the advisory committee for the Delgado Community College PTA program.

    Heidi Jannenga, PT, MPT, ATC/L
    Phoenix, AZ
    Term Expires: December 2018
    Heidi Jannenga is the founder and COO of WebPT, an electronic medical records solution for physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists. She leads the company's product strategy and oversees its brand vision. Jannenga brings with her more than 15 years of experience as an orthopedic and sports physical therapist and multisite clinic director. Her passion for health care innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership propelled WebPT to be named to the Inc. 500, a list of the nation's fastest growing companies, in 2013 and 2014.

    Mark Reitz, PT
    Glen Mills, PA
    Term Expires: December 2020
    Mark Reitz is a sole practitioner of Penn Therapy Associates, which operates in 2 locations in Pennsylvania. He originally incorporated Penn Therapy Associates Inc in 1987 and opened a second business, Penn Sports Rehab, in 1988. During the ensuing 10 years, Reitz lectured on body mechanics and work safety to entities such as Smith Kline Beecham, Penn Company, Scott Pater and Conrail. As his businesses grew, they became an attractive target of larger therapy groups, and Reitz sold them in 1996 to The Atlantic Health Group. Reitz then reopened Penn Therapy Associates in 1999. He continues to treat a full patient load in addition to offering clinical training opportunities for PT students attending school in the Philadelphia region.

    Reitz graduated from Ursinus College with a BS in biology and earned his graduate certificate in physical therapy from Columbia University. He is a member of APTA and the Private Practice Section (PPS) became a member of the PPS PAC in 2014. He also was the PPS federal affairs liaison to APTA for the past 2 years and currently is a PT-PAC trustee.

    Marcia Smith, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA
    Denver, CO
    Term Expires: December 2018
    Marcia Smith is professor in the Department of Professional Studies for the School of Physical Therapy at Regis University in Denver. Smith has been an active APTA member and physical therapist for over 4 decades and has served the association in many leadership positions, including on the APTA Board of Directors and Nominating Committee. She currently is a member of the Governmental Affairs Committee for the Colorado Chapter and has been awarded the APTA Lucy Blair Service Award and the APTA State Legislative Leadership Award. She was named a Catherine Worthingham fellow in 2015. Smith looks forward to working with members who are committed to advancing the profession of physical therapy.

    Brad Thuringer, PTA
    Brookings, SD
    Term Expires: December 2020
    Brad Thuringer has been a faculty member for the Physical Therapy Assistant Program at Lake Area Technical Institute, in Watertown, South Dakota, since 2001, teaching in the areas of ethics, pathology, orthopedics, and therapeutic modalities. His excellence in teaching has earned him the F.A. Davis Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Educator of the Year. His clinical work is in outpatient orthopedics and acute care at a local hospital. Thuringer has been active in the South Dakota Chapter (SDPTA), having served as director, PTA Caucus representative, and in other roles; and he received the Outstanding PTA of the Year Award from SDAPTA in 1999, 2001, and 2009. Thuringer has served on the Health Policy and Administration Section's member services, nominating, and government affairs committees; and he also is a member of the education, pediatrics, and acute care sections. He is an onsite reviewer for the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education and an item writer for The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Since being nominated as a PAC ambassador in 2010 and appointed as trustee in 2012, he has overseen and participated in PAC actions that have raised thousands of dollars for the profession.

  • Last Updated: 8/30/2017
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