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Leadership and Committees

Officers

Seth A. Rubenstein, DPM

Seth A. Rubenstein, DPM

President-Elect

Jeffrey DeSantis, DPM

Jeffrey DeSantis, DPM

Vice President

Dennis R. Frisch, DPM

Dennis R. Frisch, DPM

Immediate Past President

Board Members

Liaisons

Rebecca A. Sundling, DPM, MPH

Young Physician Liaison to APMA Board of Trustees

Abinav Leva

APMSA Liaison to APMA Board of Trustees

Staff

James R. Christina, DPM

Executive Director and CEO

Jay Levrio, PhD

Jay Levrio, PhD

Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer

Denis M. Russell, CPA, CAE

Denis M. Russell, CPA, CAE

Deputy Executive Director and Chief Business Officer

Chad L. Appel, JD

Chad L. Appel, JD

Director, Center for Professional Advocacy, and Associate Director, Health Policy and Practice

Kathy L. Balderson

Kathy L. Balderson

Director, Continuing Education and Programs

Kenna Barrett, PhD

Director, Development

Catherine A. Davidge

Director, Membership

Scott L. Haag, JD, MSPH

Director, Health Policy and Practice

Anne R. Martinez, CMP

Director, Meetings

Heather Stagliano, OTR/L, DHSc

Heather Stagliano, DHSc

Director, Council on Podiatric Medical Education

Dyane E. Tower, DPM, MPH, MS

Director, Clinical Affairs

Peggy S. Tresky, MA

Peggy S. Tresky, MA

Director, Communications

Benjamin J. Wallner

Benjamin J. Wallner

Director, Legislative Advocacy and APMAPAC

View the full staff list.

The deadline to submit your name for consideration to serve on an APMA committee during the 2020-21 administrative year is September 1. Email your CV and a list of those committees you are interested in to Seth A. Rubenstein, DPM, and Stephanie Simmons. Committee appointments are considered by the Board of Trustees during its February meeting and go into effect at the close of the subsequent House of Delegates.

Below are the charges of each committee. Questions regarding the committee nomination process should be directed to Stephanie Simmons.

If appointed, eligibility for service on APMA committees is contingent upon completion and return of the following forms: Completed forms can either be emailed or faxed to Stephanie Simmons. The fax number is 301-571-9549. Emailed forms must have an electronic signature.

Any questions related to expense reimbursement for current committee members who are eligible related to a face-to-face committee meeting should be directed to your committee's staff liaison.

Affiliate Review Committee

Chair: Frank Spinosa, DPM, NM
Michael W. DeGere, DPM, WI
Donald S. Feldman, DPM, NY
Rebecca A. Moellmer, DPM, CA
Phillip E. Ward, DPM, NC
Staff Liaison: Catherine A. Davidge

Reviews and makes recommendations to the House of Delegates regarding petitions submitted by organizations seeking recognition as APMA affiliates in accordance with the APMA Bylaws and Administrative Procedures. Reviews annual reports submitted by recognized affiliates and makes recommendations in accordance with the APMA Bylaws and Administrative Procedures.

Specific questions related to the Affiliate Review Committee should be directed to Catherine A. Davidge.

Annual Meeting Committee (AMC)

Chair: Robert Frimmel, DPM, FL
Rachel H. Albright, DPM, VT, Young Physician
Leslie Campbell, DPM, BOT
Erin R. Robles, DPM, MD
Seth A. Rubenstein, DPM, BOT
Richard G. Eisner, DPM, MA
David B. Alper, DPM, BOT, Advisor
Staff Liaisons: Kathy L. Balderson; Kenna Barrett, PhD; James R. Christina, DPM; Catherine A. Davidge; Anne R. Martinez, CMP; and Dyane E. Tower, DPM, MPH, MS

Coordinates, recommends, and/or oversees all aspects of the annual meeting, including long-term planning; meeting site selection; scheduling; registration fee; collaborative agreements/revenue sharing with component, affiliated, and/or related organizations; meeting sponsorships; education program content; and exhibit hall. 

Specific questions related to the Annual Meeting Committee should be directed to Kathy L. Balderson.

SUBCOMMITTEE
Continuing Education

CHAIR: Robert Frimmel, DPM, AMC Chair
Rachel H. Albright, DPM, YP AMC Member
Chad L. Appel, JD, Director of the Center for Professional Advocacy
Kathy L. Balderson, Director of Continuing Education and Programs
Dennis R. Frisch, DPM, APMA Immediate Past President
Scott L. Haag, JD, MSPH, Director of Health Policy and Practice
Jeffrey D. Lehrman, DPM, Consultant, Health Policy and Practice
Dyane E. Tower, DPM, MPH, MS, Director of Clinical Affairs

APMA Political Action Committee (APMAPAC) Board of Directors

Barney A. Greenberg, DPM, Chair
Randy K. Kaplan, DPM, Vice-Chair
Janet Simon, DPM, Secretary-Treasurer
Akram Aljumail, APMSA Liaison
Michael A. Conway, DPM
Michael J. Cornelison, DPM
William H. Dabdoub, DPM
Patrick A. DeHeer, DPM, APMA BOT Liaison
Debra Gibson, DPM
William N. McCann, DPM
Matt Solak, ASPE Liaison
Thomas S. Godfryd, DPM, Chair Emeritus
Gerald D. Peterson, DPM, Chair Emeritus
Staff Liaison: Benjamin J. Wallner

Specific questions related to the APMAPAC should be directed to Benjamin J. Wallner.

Awards and Recognition Committee (ARC)

Membership is confidential. 
Staff Liaison: Stephanie R. Simmons 

Reviews and revises criteria and nominations process for major APMA awards, solicits nominees, and recommends awardees to the board. 

Specific questions related to the Awards and Recognition Committee should be directed to Stephanie R. Simmons.

Bylaws, Procedures, and Rules Committee

Chair: John M. Wray, DPM, IL (2022)
H.F. (Bunny) Brown III, DPM, AR (2021)
Patricia A. Moore, DPM, IN (2020)
J.D. Ferritto Jr., DPM, OH, ex-officio
Richard G. Eisner, DPM, MA, Advisor
Kevan R. Kreitman, DPM, MI, Advisor
Derek T. Pantiel, DPM, NC, Advisor
Timothy Tillo, DPM, FS, Advisor
Michael Tritto, DPM, MD, Advisor
Staff Liaisons: James R. Christina, DPM; Jay Levrio, PhD; and Stephanie R. Simmons

Advises BOT and HOD on all matters affecting bylaws, administrative procedures, and HOD operational manual when those matters are referred. Acts as reference committee on bylaws, administrative procedures, HOD operations manual, and standing rules of the house.

Specific questions related to the Bylaws, Procedures, and Rules Committee should be directed to Stephanie R. Simmons.

Center for Professional Advocacy Advisory Group (CPAAG)

Chair: Jondelle B. Jenkins, DPM, IL
Mark S. Block, DPM, FL, State Component Leader
Candace Daly, UT, ASPE Representative
Gary P. Degen, DPM, ME, State Component Leader
Amanda Soelle, WI, ASPE Representative
Adam G. Toren, DPM, CO, Young Physician
William S. Long, DPM, BOT Liaison
Nicholas W. Todd, DPM, CA, Advisor
Staff Liaisons: Scott L. Haag, JD, MSPH, and Chad L. Appel, JD

Provides direction for legal, regulatory, and state legislative advocacy activities that advance the podiatric medical profession. Develops resources and provides support to resolve conflicts commonly confronted by APMA members and state components. Focuses its efforts and resources on issues that have national impact and broad-based consequences for the profession.

Specific questions related to the Center for Professional Advocacy Advisory Group should be directed to Scott L. Haag, JD, MSPH.

Clinical Practice Advisory Committee (CPAC)

Chair: Adam E. Fleischer, DPM, IL
Roy R. DeFrancis, DPM, NY
Colin M. Mizuo, DPM, TX, Young Physician
Jeffrey A. Ross, DPM, TX
James Sang, DPM, MA
Mickey D. Stapp, DPM, GA
James S. Wrobel, DPM, IL
David B. Alper, DPM, BOT Liaison
Jeremy J. Cook, DPM, MA, Diabetes Liaison
Scott M. Neville, DPM, IN, Arthritis Liaison
Rachel H. Albright, DPM, VT, Observer
Brandon Brooks, DPM, GA, Observer
Staff Liaison: Dyane E. Tower, DPM, MPH, MS

Addresses questions and facilitates discussion about issues affecting the general practice of podiatric medicine and focuses specifically on issues related to arthritis and diabetes.  Monitors research activities in podiatric medicine. 

Specific questions related to the Clinical Practice Advisory Committee should be directed to Dyane E. Tower, DPM, MPH, MS.

Coding Committee (CC)

Chair: David J. Freedman, DPM, MD
Sarah M. Abshier, DPM, OH
Barbara J. Aung, DPM, AZ
R. Alexander Dellinger, DPM, AR
Mitchell P. Hilsen, DPM, GA
Luke J. Hunter, DPM, LA, Young Physician
Paul Kinberg, DPM, TX
Michael J. King, DPM, GA, Chair Emeritus
Phillip E. Ward, DPM, NC
Brooke A. Bisbee, DPM, BOT, RUC Liaison
Ira H. Kraus, DPM, GA, CPT Liaison (or alternate rep)
Sylvia Virbulis, DPM, BOT Liaison
Jon R. Goldsmith, DPM, NE, Advisor
Staff Liaison: Scott L. Haag, JD, MSPH

Evaluates coding policy as it affects podiatric medicine and educates the membership on current coding issues. Acts in the capacity of adviser to the membership, assisting members in obtaining the tools to improve their coding skills. Evaluates projects by considering their impact on APMA members as practicing podiatrists. Increases the awareness of CC members of available coding publications. Evaluates the Correct Coding Initiative (CCI) to assure that code combinations presented are consistent with quality patient care. Recommends change to current CPT codes that do not adequately address the procedures they represent. Furthers the interaction between the CC and other specialty society coding committees through involvement with the AMA CPT process. Provides and assists in the writing and presentation of current coding issues that address the needs of the membership. Participates in writing and disseminating coding newsletters and manuals to assist the membership. Works in conjunction with HSC, HPC, and other APMA committees when significant issues arise that require CC assistance. When applicable, provides clarification on coding issues to payers. Assists with coding issues that require periodic evaluation. 

Specific questions related to the Coding Committee should be directed to Scott L. Haag, JD, MSPH.

Committee on Physician Parity

Chair: Scott E. Hughes, DPM, BOT
Leslie Campbell, DPM, BOT
Lawrence A. Santi, DPM, BOT
Sylvia Virbulis, DPM, BOT
Staff Liaisons: All Department Directors

Assigned to review and sustain the ongoing progress and growth of the podiatric medical profession in accordance with present and future objectives.

Communications Committee (CC)

Chair: Jane E. Andersen, DPM, NC
Alan L. Bass, DPM, NJ
Brandt R. Gibson, DPM, UT
Alex Kor, DPM, WI
Diane M. Koshimune, DPM, CA
Priya Parthasarathy, DPM, MD, Young Physician
Jonathan Rouse, DPM, IL
Ami A. Sheth, DPM, CA
Grace E. Torres-Hodges, DPM, FL
Cary M. Zinkin, DPM, FL
Laura J. Pickard, DPM, BOT Liaison
Jean Kirk, VA, ASPE Liaison
Staff Liaison: Peggy S. Tresky, MA

Oversees, reviews, and contributes to internal and external APMA communications including campaign, patient, and member-focused materials (both print and online). Ensures content is medically accurate and consistent with the practice of today’s podiatrist. Provides timely medical insight and feedback on all communications efforts.

Specific questions related to the Communications Committee should be directed to Peggy S. Tresky, MA.

Development Committee (DC)

Chair: Leslie Campbell, DPM, BOT
David B. Alper, DPM, BOT
James R. Christina, DPM, APMA Executive Director
William S. Long, DPM, BOT
Seth A. Rubenstein, DPM, BOT, President of the APMA Educational Foundation
Lawrence A. Santi, DPM, BOT
Robert Frimmel, DPM, FL, AMC Liaison
R. Daniel Davis, DPM, CT, Special Expert/Resource
Matthew G. Garoufalis, DPM, IL, Special Expert/Resource
Staff Liaison: Kenna Barrett, PhD

Determines corporate funding priorities for APMA programs. Pursues efforts to garner and solicit nondues income. Assists in prioritizing funding requests considered by the APMA Educational Foundation.

Specific questions related to the Development Committee should be directed to Kenna Barrett, PhD.

Executive Committee

Chair: David G. Edwards, DPM, President
Seth A. Rubenstein, DPM, President Elect
Jeffrey R. DeSantis, DPM, Vice President
Laura J. Pickard, DPM, Treasurer
Dennis R. Frisch, DPM, Immediate Past President
Staff Liaisons: James R. Christina, DPM, and Jay Levrio, PhD

Facilitates an ongoing strategic planning process and annual operational planning process. Reviews and makes recommendations to the board concerning matters affecting APMA real estate decisions. Coordinates the evaluation of the APMA Executive Director. Designs and conducts a periodic self-assessment process, reviews complaints directed at board member conduct, considers disciplinary actions concerning committee members, considers and recommends to the board modification in the Policies, Procedures, and Orientation Manual, resolves disputes concerning reimbursement requests of board members. Recommends general policy about the APMA website, including, but not limited to, public information, member information, CME offerings, links to other sites, e-commerce, advertising, new technology, and overall design. Considers other matters delegated to it by the board. Provides timely prior notification of all Executive Committee meetings to the full board.

Specific questions related to the Executive Committee should be directed to Jay Levrio, PhD.

Finance Committee (FC)

Chair: Laura J. Pickard, DPM, BOT
Jeffrey R. DeSantis, DPM, BOT
Randy K. Kaplan, DPM, MI
Sharon M. Root, DPM, NJ
Sylvia Virbulis, DPM. BOT
Blake O. Zobell, DPM, UT
Richard Bloch, JD, ASPE Observer
Staff Liaison: Denis M. Russell, CPA, CAE

Considers and reviews proposed budget and revisions, appropriations, and expenditures.

Specific questions related to the Finance Committee should be directed to Denis M. Russell, CPA, CAE.

Health Policy and Practice Committee (HPPC)

Chair: John N. Evans, DPM, MI
Mark S. Block, DPM, FL, Chair Emeritus
Nicholas A. D'Angelo, DPM, NY
Denise L. Elliott, DPM, LA
Sara Karamloo, DPM, CA
Paul A. Kesselman, DPM, NY
Luke W. Kovatch, DPM, FS
Jamelah P. Lemon, DPM, SC
Steven J. Merckx, DPM, WI
R. Andrei Pavelescu, DPM, NY, Young Physician
Edward N. Prikaszczikow, DPM, IA
Brooke A. Bisbee, DPM, BOT, BOT and RUC Liaison
Ira H. Kraus, DPM, GA, CPT Liaison (or alternate rep)
Lawrence A. Santi, DPM, Ex-officio
Staff Liaisons: Chad L. Appel, JD, and Scott L. Haag, JD, MSPH

The committee develops policies, programs, and other activities to position the doctor of podiatric medicine as the recognized foot and ankle care specialist within public and private health care delivery and financing systems.  Advocates federal administrative agencies, private insurance plans, and other health care delivery systems to end barriers to services provided by podiatrists, to foster better access to medically necessary care by podiatrists, and for fair and equitable payment for podiatrists.  Advises the APMA Board of Trustees on matters affecting the profession, including those associated with Medicare, Medicaid and related federal health policy and private insurance issues. 

Specific questions related to the Health Policy and Practice Committee should be directed to Scott L. Haag, JD, MSPH.

SUBCOMMITTEES/WORKGROUPS:
Private Insurance Subcommittee

Chair: Steven J. Merckx, DPM, WI
Nicholas A. D'Angelo, DPM, NY
Denise L. Elliott, DPM, LA
Sara Karamloo, DPM, CA
Jamelah P. Lemon, DPM, SC
John N. Evans, DPM, MI, HPPC Chair, ex-officio
Brooke A. Bisbee, DPM, HPPC BOT Liaison
William S. Long, DPM, CPA BOT Liaison, ex-officio
Staff Liaisons: Chad L. Appel, JD, and Scott L. Haag, JD, MSPH

Advises full committee on issues related to private insurance plans, including but not limited to, preferred practice organizations (PPOs), employer insurance carriers, health maintenance organizations, commercial accountable care organization and other alternative health-care delivery and payment systems.  Develops and/or recommends resources to help educate members on private insurance plans and policies, and recommends marketing activities to promote the professional within private insurance plans.

Medicare and Public Payer Subcommittee

Chair: Edward N. Prikaszczikow, DPM, IA
Mark S. Block, DPM, FL
Paul A. Kesselman, DPM, NY
Luke W. Kovatch, DPM, FS
Steven J. Merckx, DPM, WI
John N. Evans, DPM, MI, HPPC Chair, ex-officio
Brooke A. Bisbee, DPM, BOT, HPPC BOT and RUC Liaison, ex-officio
Ira H. Kraus, DPM, BOT, GA, CPT Liaison, ex-officio (or alternate rep)
Josh White, DPM, NJ, Special Expert
Staff Liaisons: Scott L. Haag, JD, MSPH, and Gail M. Reese, JD

Advises the full committee on issues related to public payer plans and federal health policy, including Medicare, Medicaid, Veteran’s Affairs, and Tricare. Reviews and provides advice on national coverage determinations and develop positions for NCDs. Offers guidance to Carrier Advisory Committee representatives (CAC) on local coverage determinations. Recommends the development of resources and educational materials to foster member understanding of public payer reimbursement and compliance issues.

DME Workgroup

Coordinator: Paul A. Kesselman, DPM, NY
Jordan R. Stewart, DPM, MD
Josh White, DPM, NJ
John N. Evans, DPM, MI, HPPC Chair, ex-officio
Steven J. Merckx, DPM, WI, Private Insurance Subcommittee Chair, ex-officio
Edward N. Prikaszczikow, DPM, IA, Medicare and Public Payer Subcommittee Chair, ex-officio
Brooke A. Bisbee, DPM, HPPC BOT Liaison
Staff Liaisons: Chad L. Appel, JD, and Scott L. Haag, JD, MSPH

Advises the full committee on issues related to public payer plans and federal health policy, including Medicare, Medicaid, Veteran’s Affairs, and Tricare. Reviews and provides advice on national coverage determinations and develop positions for NCDs. Offers guidance to Carrier Advisory Committee representatives (CAC) on local coverage determinations. Recommends the development of resources and educational materials to foster member understanding of public payer reimbursement and compliance issues.

Legislative Committee (LC)

Chair: Patrick A. DeHeer, DPM, BOT
Bruce G. Blank, DPM, OH
Jean Chen-Vitulli, DPM, NY
Tyson E. Green, DPM, LA
Barney A. Greenberg, DPM, FL, APMAPAC Chair
Michael L. Sganga, DPM, MA, Young Physician
Ami A. Sheth, DPM, CA
Kerry J. Sweet, DPM, FS
Jessica E. Taub, DPM, FS
Katie J. Springer, IL, APMSA Liaison
Michael Q. Davis, PA, Special Expert (GUILD)
Staff Liaison: Benjamin J. Wallner 

Reviews federal legislation and its impact on podiatric medical practices and patients, advises the Board of Trustees concerning federal legislative priorities and recommends related policy and actions to the Board, ensures implementation of policies and actions, facilitates partnerships with other health care organizations for the advancement of APMA’s legislative agenda, updates the Board and membership on federal legislative issues and activities in order to further engage APMA members in the political process. 

Specific questions related to the Legislative Committee should be directed to Benjamin J. Wallner.

Membership Committee (MC)

Chair: Robert M. Sage, DPM, WI
Adam B. Lowy, DPM, MD
Laura J. Pickard, DPM, BOT, PRN Chair
Sarah N. Standish, DPM, IN, Young Physician
Abinav S. Leva, CA, APMSA Liaison
Blake O. Zobell, DPM, UT
Lawrence A. Santi, DPM, BOT Liaison
Karen Lambert, FL, ASPE Liaison
Staff Liaisons: Catherine A. Davidge 

Maintains and builds membership. Assesses membership services and makes recommendations to BOT. Maintains liaisons with APMSA.

Specific questions related to the Membership Committee should be directed to Catherine A. Davidge.

Physicians' Recovery Network (PRN)

Chair: Laura J. Pickard, DPM, BOT
Brooke A. Bisbee, DPM, BOT
John A. Chisholm, DPM, CA
Sarah N. Standish, DPM, IN, Young Physician
Biff Kramer, DPM, FL
Janet Simon, DPM, NM
Abinav S. Leva, CA, APMSA Representative
Staff Liaison: Kathy L. Balderson

Considers and is responsive to issues concerning impaired podiatrists.

Specific questions related to the Physicians' Recovery Network should be directed to Kathy L. Balderson.

Podiatric Seals Committee (PSC)

Membership is confidential. 
Staff Liaison: Kathy L. Balderson 

Reviews applications and recommends action on Seal of Approval, Seal of Acceptance, and Recognition Award programs. Advises BOT on policy matters referred to it regarding podiatric materials and therapeutics. 

Specific questions related to the Podiatric Seals Committee should be directed to Kathy L. Balderson.

Public Health and Preventive Podiatric Medicine Committee (PHPPMC)

Chair: Ajitha K. Nair, DPM, CA
James J. DiResta, DPM, MA
Jondelle B. Jenkins, DPM, IL
Kelsey J. Millonig, DPM, MPH, WA
Calvin J. Rushing, DPM, FL, Young Physician
Janet Simon, DPM, NM
Ali Fadel, OH, APMSA Representative
Dyane E. Tower, DPM, MPH, MS, Liaison, Chair of APHA Podiatric Health Section
Seth A. Rubenstein, DPM, BOT Liaison
Vanessa M. Darmochwal, DPM, NY, Special Expert
Chia-Ding (JD) Shih, DPM, MA, Special Expert
Alexander Malek, DPM, NY, Observer
Staff Liaisons: James R. Christina, DPM, and Dyane E. Tower, DPM, MPH, MS 

Stimulates and develops podiatric involvement in public health programs. Assists components in public health issues. Extends efforts which will increase podiatric representation in both administrative and advisory capacities among public health programs at the national level. 

Specific questions related to the Public Health and Preventive Podiatric Medicine Committee should be directed to Dyane E. Tower, DPM, MPH, MS.

Young Physician Leadership Panel (YPLP)

Chair: Rebecca A. Sundling, DPM, MPH, Young Physician Liaison to the Board
Rachel H. Albright, DPM, VT, Young Physician Liaison to AMC
Cheree S. Eldridge, DPM, GA, Young Physician Liaison to COTH
Luke J. Hunter, DPM, LA, Young Physician Liaison to CC
Colin M. Mizuo, DPM, TX, Young Physician Liaison to CPAC
Priya Parthasarathy, DPM, MD, Young Physician Liaison to CC
R. Andrei Pavelescu, DPM, NY, Young Physician Liaison to HPPC
Calvin J. Rushing, DPM, FL, Young Physician Liaison to PHPPMC
Michael L. Sganga, DPM, MA, Young Physician Liaison to LC
Sarah N. Standish, DPM, IN, Young Physician Liaison to MC and PRN
Adam G. Toren, DPM, CO, Young Physician Liaison to CPAAG

The Young Physician Leadership Panel (YPLP) is comprised of the designated young physicians who serve as APMA committee members, the liaison to the APMA Board of Trustees, and the liaison to the Council of Teaching Hospitals (COTH). These young physician committee members and liaisons unite to discuss issues and report back to each other, serving as the steering committee of the Young Physicians Program. The coordinator of the group is the young physician liaison to the Board of Trustees.

Specific questions related to the Young Physician Leadership Panel should be directed to Tiffany A. Kildale.