Committees and Appointed Officials

Standing Commmittees


Nominating Committee

  • Maggie Holt, Chair
  • Paula Smith


Ethics Committee

  • Sue Arbogast, Chair


Bylaws Committee

  • Vacant, Chair


Finance Committee

  • Karen Staniels, Chair


Organizational Committees


Comminications Committee

  • Vacant, Chair


Education and Research Committee

  • Catherine Shearer, Chair
  • Jackie Jancaitis
  • Parm Padgett
  • Reuben Escorpizo


Government Affairs Committee

  • Julie Adams, Chair
  • Jenn Simpson, Federal Affairs Liaison


Membership Committee

  • Jennifer Smithers, Chair


Payment & Policy Committee

  • Juie Adams, Chair


Practice Committee

  • Jeannie Cushman, Chair


Public Affairs Committee

  • Vacant, Chair


The above members may be reached at


APTA BOD Liaison to Vermont

  • Susan A. Appling, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS


Student Liaison, UVM

  • Jillian Tanych


APTA Core Ambassador

  • Carolyn Carney

APTA Core Ambassadors (CAs) are the primary links between the Student Assembly Board of Directors (SABoD) and PT and PTA students in each state. CAs are responsible for implementing strategies and initiatives to promote student engagement. Their goal is to create awareness of advocacy efforts at the state and national levels, and to provide students with opportunities to increase involvement within APTA. CAs communicate and develop student initiatives with their state chapter to enhance the student experience. Within the state of Vermont, the VT CA is the direct link between the University of Vermont students and the community, UVM faculty, Vermont Chapter members, and the APTA SABoD.

To contact the VT CA, please email
For more information and a list of CAs in each state, please visit: