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Committees & Appointed Officials

Standing Committees

Nominating Committee

  • Paula Smith, Chair
  • Michelle Kunsman

 Ethics Committee

  • Emily Lourie, Chair

Bylaws Committee

  • Jeff Albertson, Chair

Finance Committee

  • Katesel Strimbeck, Chair


Organizational Committees

Communications Committee

Responsibilities: coordinate communication with members and potential members, manage social media, produces newsletter

  • Kristen Palmer, Chair

Continuing Competence (CCU) Committee

Responsibilities: Administer, monitor and accredit continuing education applications in Vermont in accordance with Vermont State Administrative Rules for Physical Therapy. Conduct business in accordance with and directed toward goals and objectives of the chapter strategic plan.

  • Parm Padgett, Chair
  • Karen Westervelt

Education and Research Committee

Responsibilities: Develop lectures for APTA Annual Conference and other continuing education offerings from APTA Vermont

  • Vacant, Chair
  • Laurel Lakey, Board Liason
  • Karen Westervelt

Government Affairs Committee

Responsibilities: Develop and coordinate legislative advocacy efforts to maximize access for physical therapy services in Vermont

  • Julie Adams, Chair
  • Jeff Albertson, Board Liason
  • Jennifer Simpson

Membership Committee

Responsibilities: Member and potential member outreach to increase membership numbers and membership engagement

  • Jennifer Smithers, Chair
  • Emily Laurie, Board Liason

Payment & Policy Committee

Responsibilities: Educate members in areas related to payment for physical therapy services and to serve as resource for members regarding the changing health care environment. Coordinate chapter advocacy for policies that maximize access to physical therapy services

  • Juie Adams, Chair
  • Jon Robinson, Board Liason

Practice Committee

Responsibilities: To help advance the practice of physical therapy in Vermont, address practice concerns of the members, serve as a resource for members for state regulations and the implications for all practice settings within Vermont

  • Vacant, Chair
  • Paula Smith, Board Liason

Public Affairs Committee

Responsibilities: To promote value of physical therapy services to the community we serve, to coordinate public service opportunities to members to foster increased visibility of the profession in Vermont and to promote partnerships with organizations with compatible missions and visions

  • Vacant, Chair
  • Jon Robinson, Board Liason

The above members may be reached at


Other Leadership

APTA BOD Liaison to Vermont

  • Heather Jennings, PT, DPT

APTA Core Ambassador for Student Assembly (Student Liason)

  • Vacant

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:

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