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Leadership and Committees

Officers

Sylvia Virbulis, DPM

Sylvia Virbulis, DPM

President Elect

Jeffrey DeSantis, DPM

Jeffrey DeSantis, DPM

Immediate Past President

Board Members

Alan Block, DPM

Trustee

Rebecca A. Sundling, DPM, MPH

Young Physician Trustee

Liaison

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Stephani Cadar

APMSA Liaison to APMA Board of Trustees

Staff

James R. Christina, DPM

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

Denis M. Russell, CPA, CAE

Denis M. Russell, CPA, CAE

Deputy Executive Director and Chief Business Officer

Kathy L. Balderson

Kathy L. Balderson

Director, Continuing Education and Programs

Melanie Carter

Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations

Scott L. Haag, JD, MSPH

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

Will Scott

Will Scott

Director, Communications and Digital Resources

Heather Stagliano, OTR/L, DHSc

Heather Stagliano, DHSc

Director, Council on Podiatric Medical Education

Erin Tench

Erin Tench, CMM, CMP

Director, Meetings

Dyane E. Tower, DPM, MPH, MS

Senior Medical Director and Director, Clinical Affairs

Peggy S. Tresky, MA

Peggy S. Tresky, MA

Senior Director, Communications and Marketing

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 2023-24 administrative year is September 1. Email your CV and a list of those committees you are interested in to Sylvia Virbulis, DPM, and India Keal. 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 India Keal. 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: Michael W. DeGere, DPM, WI
Dennis R. Frisch, DPM, FL
Gretchen A. Lawrence, DPM, NC
Rebecca A. Moellmer, DPM, CA
Phillip E. Ward, DPM, NC
Staff Liaisons: James R. Christina, DPM, and Stephanie R. Simmons

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 Stephanie Simmons.

APMA Political Action Committee (APMAPAC) Board of Directors

Randy K. Kaplan, DPM, Chair
Janet Simon, DPM, Vice-Chair
Michael A. Conway, DPM, Secretary
William N. McCann, DPM, Treasurer
Rami Basatneh, DPM, Young Physician Liaison
Michael J. Cornelison, DPM, ACFAS Liaison
William H. Dabdoub, DPM 
Debra M. Gibson, DPM 
Asmaa Ibrahim, APMSA Liaison
Derek Pantiel, DPM 
Odin de los Reyes, DPM 
Matt Solak, ASPE Liaison
William S. Long, DPM, APMA BOT Liaison
Thomas S. Godfryd, DPM, Chair Emeritus
Barney A. Greenberg, 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 Simmons.

Bylaws, Procedures, and Rules Committee

CHAIR: John M. Wray, DPM, IL (2025)
Patricia A. Moore, DPM, IN (2023)
Derek T. Pantiel, DPM, NC (2023)
Seth A. Rubenstein, DPM, VA (2025)
Michael Tritto, DPM, MD (2024)
Timothy H. Tillo, DPM, FS, ex-officio
Staff Liaisons: James R. Christina, DPM, 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 Simmons.

Center for Professional Advocacy Advisory Group (CPAAG)

CHAIR: Jondelle B. Jenkins, DPM, IL
Jamelah P. Lemon, DPM, SC, State Component Leader
Carolyn E. McAloon, DPM, CA, State Component Leader
Courtney E. McClurkin, DPM, TX, Young Physician
Mike Mathy, CAE, ASPE Representative
Marit M. Sivertson, MN, ASPE Representative
David B. Alper, DPM, BOT Liaison
OBSERVER: Jeffrey R. DeSantis, DPM, BOT
Staff Liaison: Scott L. Haag, JD, MSPH

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: Jeffrey A. Ross, DPM, MD, TX
Rachel H. Albright, DPM, MPH, CT
Adam E. Fleischer, DPM, MPH, IL
Mohammad J. Khan, DPM, PA
Karla De La Mata, DPM, NY
Colin M. Mizuo, DPM, FS, Young Physician
Laura E. Sansosti, DPM, PA
Scott M. Neville, DPM, IN, Arthritis Liaison
James S. Wrobel, DPM, MS, FL, Diabetes Liaison
Leslie Campbell, DPM, BOT Liaison
ADVISOR: Stephen J. Merena, DPM, VT
OBSERVER: Brandon M. Brooks, DPM, MPH, SC
OBSERVER: Timothy P. Cheung, PhD, IL
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
Alexander Dellinger, DPM, AR
Augusta K. Dunse, DPM, TN, Young Physician
Mitchell P. Hilsen, DPM, GA
Jonathan K. Huey, DPM, CA
Luke J. Hunter, DPM, LA
Michael J. King, DPM, TN
Jeffrey S. Petty, DPM, TX
Brooke A. Bisbee, DPM, BOT, RUC Advisor
Ira H. Kraus, DPM, TN, CPT Liaison (or alternate rep)
David B. Alper, DPM, BOT Liaison
SPECIAL EXPERT (Coding Resources): Paul Kinberg, DPM, TX
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
David B. Alper, DPM, BOT
Leslie Campbell, DPM, BOT
William S. Long, DPM, BOT
ADVISOR: Andrew R. Mastay, DPM, MI
ADVISOR: Sabrina Minhas, DPM, PA
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.

SUBCOMMITTEES/WORKGROUPS:
Education Workgroup

CHAIR: David B. Alper, DPM, BOT
Marc A. Borovoy, DPM, MI
Adam S. Cirlincione, DPM, NY
Alexandra K. Grulke, DPM, PA
Emily A. Lobos, DPM, PA
Andrew R. Mastay, DPM, MI, Young Physician
Adam Reece, FL
Diana E. Rogers, DPM, IL
Kevin M. Smith, DPM, IA
Robert J. Snyder, DPM, FL
John S. Steinberg, DPM, VA
Michael J. Trepal, DPM, NY
ADVISOR: Keith D. Cook, DPM, NJ, CPME Liaison
ADVISOR: Michael J. Cornelison, DPM, CA
Staff Liaison: Dyane E. Tower, DPM, MPH, MS

Testing Workgroup

CHAIR: Leslie Campbell, DPM, BOT
Juaquin F. Balaguer, DPM, PR
Rami Basatneh, DPM, Young Physician
Harold Brabon, OH
Katherine L. Gutierrez, CA
Severko Hrywnak, DPM, MD, IL
Charles M. Lombardi, DPM, NY
Colin M. Mizuo, DPM, FS, Young Physician
Stephanie C.S. Wu, DPM, DPM, IL
Paul Naylor, PhD, NBPME Liaison
Phil Park, NBPME Liaison
ADVISOR: Robert M. Joseph, DPM, PhD, CPME Liaison
ADVISOR: Stephen C. Wan, DPM, CA
Staff Liaison: Gail M. Reese, JD

Communications Committee (CC)

CHAIR: Priya Parthasarathy, DPM, MD
Alisha P. Joshi, IL
Alexander Kor, DPM, IN
Diane M. Koshimune, DPM, CA
Camille P. Ryans, DPM, FS
Ami A. Sheth, DPM, CA
Grace E. Torres Hodges, DPM, FL
Saylee A. Tulpule, DPM, MD
Lauren A. Wurster, DPM, AZ, Young Physician
Jane E. Andersen, DPM, BOT, Chair Emeritus
Jean Kirk, ASPE Liaison
Scott E. Hughes, DPM, BOT Liaison
SPECIAL EXPERT (Preventive Care): Gretchen A. Lawrence, DPM, NC
SPECIAL EXPERT (Sports Medicine): Mark J. Mendeszoon, DPM, OH
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
Patrick A. DeHeer, DPM, BOT
Scott E. Hughes, DPM, BOT
Lawrence A. Santi, DPM, BOT
Sylvia Virbulis, DPM, BOT, President of the APMA Educational Foundation
James R. Christina, DPM, APMA Executive Director
Robert Frimmel, DPM, FL
SPECIAL EXPERT (Resource): Barbara J. Aung, DPM, AZ
SPECIAL EXPERT (Resource): David G. Edwards, DPM, UT
SPECIAL EXPERT (Resource): Matthew G. Garoufalis, DPM, IL
Staff Liaison: Melanie R. Carter

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

Specific questions related to the Development Committee should be directed to Melanie Carter.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (DEIC)

CHAIR: William Harris, IV, DPM, SC
Rachel H. Albright, DPM, MPH, CT, Young Physician
Frank S. Campo, DPM, MA
Jean T. Chen-Vitulli, DPM, NY
Nathaniel V. George, DPM, IL
Danielle M. Green-Watson, DPM, GA
Shanika L. Hill, DPM, FL
Jondelle B. Jenkins, DPM, IL
Karen A. Langone, DPM, NY
Janet Simon, DPM, NM, Public Health/Disparities
Rebecca A. Sundling, DPM, MPH, BOT
Elizabeth A. Ansert, DPM, MA, PHPPMC Liaison
Thanh L. Dinh, DPM, ACFAS Liaison
Emmanuel Henry-Ajudua, MS, DICE Liaison
Daniel B. Kline, MSPH, MBA, ASPE Liaison
Yong Seon Lee, SNPMA Liaison
Chanelle R. Moyo-Carter, DPM, FASPS, AAWP Liaison
Moraith G. North, AACPM Liaison
Denise Peraza-Martinez, APMSA Liaison
Jane E. Anderson, DPM, BOT Liaison
Lawrence A. Santi, DPM, BOT Liaison
ADVISOR: Lawrence B. Harkless, DPM, TX
Staff Liaisons: Kayla Fuller; Dyane E. Tower, DPM, MPH, MS; Stephanie R. Simmons

Evaluates the feasibility of and implements the recommendations of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force. Evaluates and ensures diversity, equity, and inclusion perspectives and efforts are incorporated into all aspects of APMA. Increases awareness and importance of understanding implicit bias and cultural competence in the delivery of podiatric medical and surgical care.

Specific questions related to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee should be directed to Kayla Fuller.

Education Committee

Chair: Robert Frimmel, DPM, FL
Sarah M. Abshier, DPM, OH
Rachel H. Albright, DPM, MPH, CT, Young Physician
Elizabeth A. Ansert, DPM, MA
Alan J. Block, DPM, BOT
Patrick A. Burns, DPM, PA
Leslie Campbell, DPM, BOT
Penny R. Kumar, DPM, TN
Priya Parthasarathy, DPM, MD
Laura E. Sansosti, DPM, PA
Sylvia Virbulis, DPM, BOT
Patrick A. DeHeer, DPM, BOT Liaison
ADVISOR: Carlyn M. Hinish, DPM, MI
Staff Liaisons: Kathy L. Balderson; Melanie R. Carter; James R. Christina, DPM; Scott L. Haag, JD, MSPH; Denis M. Russell, CPA, CAE; Will P. Scott; Erin Tench, CMM, CMP; Dyane E. Tower, DPM, MPH, MS; Peggy S. Tresky, MA; and Benjamin J. Wallner

Ensures the continuity for APMA’s overall program of continuing education by conducting an annual needs assessment and review of all continuing education activities. The committee is responsible for oversight in planning, implementing, coordinating, and evaluating all continuing education activities of the association including but not limited to the annual scientific meeting, live in-person seminars, internet live webinars, and on-demand activities providing continuing education contact hours (CECH) in podiatric medicine.

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

Executive Committee

Laura J. Pickard, DPM, BOT, President
Sylvia Virbulis, DPM, BOT, President-Elect
Lawrence A. Santi, DPM, BOT, Treasurer
Jeffrey DeSantis, DPM, BOT, Immediate Past President
Staff Liaisons: James R. Christina, DPM, and Denis M. Russell, CPA, CAE

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 James R. Christina, DPM.

Finance Committee (FC)

CHAIR: Lawrence A. Santi, DPM, BOT
Brooke A. Bisbee, DPM, BOT
Thomas J. Elardo, DPM, CA
James E. Fullwood, DPM, ME
Randy K. Kaplan, DPM, MI
Sylvia Virbulis, DPM, BOT
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: Edward N. Prikaszczikow, DPM, IA
Nicholas A. D'Angelo, DPM, NY
John P. Goggin, DPM, FL
William Harris IV, DPM, SC
Theresa M. Hughes, DPM, IA, CAC Chair
Sara Karamloo, DPM, CA
Paul A. Kesselman, DPM, NY
Steven J. Merckx, DPM, WI
Andrew Pavelescu, DPM, NY
Renee E. Shepherd, DPM, VA, Young Physician
Susan M. Walsh, DPM, MA
Brooke A. Bisbee, DPM, BOT, RUC Liaison
Patrick A. DeHeer, DPM, BOT Liaison
Ira H. Kraus, DPM, TN, CPT Liaison (or alternate rep)
ADVISOR (Chair Emeritus): John N. Evans, DPM, MI
SPECIAL EXPERT (LCD Development): Mark S. Block, DPM, FL
SPECIAL EXPERT (Private Insurance): Lawrence A. Santi, DPM, BOT
OBSERVER: Franklin Kase, DPM, CA
Staff Liaison: 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: Andrew Pavelescu, DPM, NY
Nicholas A. D'Angelo, DPM, NY
John P. Goggin, DPM, FL
William Harris IV, DPM, SC
Sara Karamloo, DPM, CA
Edward N. Prikaszczikow, DPM, IA, HPPC Chair, ex-officio
David B. Alper, DPM, CPA BOT Liaison, ex-officio
Patrick A. DeHeer, DPM, HPPC BOT Liaison, ex-officio
Staff Liaison: 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: Steven J. Merckx, DPM, WI
Theresa Hughes, DPM, IA, CAC Chair
Paul A. Kesselman, DPM, NY
Renee E. Shepherd, DPM, VA
Susan M. Walsh, DPM, MA
Edward N. Prikaszczikow, DPM, IA, HPPC Chair, ex-officio
Ira H. Kraus, DPM, TN, CPT Liaison, ex-officio (or alternate rep)
Brooke A. Bisbee, DPM, BOT, HPPC RUC Liaison, ex-officio
Patrick A. DeHeer, DPM, HPPC BOT Liaison, ex-officio
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, NY
Steven J. Merckx, DPM, WI, Medicare and Public Payer Subcommittee Chair, ex-officio
Andrew Pavelescu, DPM, NY, Private Insurance Subcommittee Chair, ex-officio
Edward N. Prikaszczikow, DPM, IA, HPPC Chair, ex-officio
Patrick A. DeHeer, DPM, HPPC BOT Liaison
Staff Liaison: 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: William S. Long, DPM, BOT
Jean T. Chen-Vitulli, DPM, NY
Patrick A. DeHeer, DPM, BOT, Chair Emeritus
Jondelle B. Jenkins, DPM, IL
Randy K. Kaplan, DPM, MI, APMAPAC Chair
Andrew R. Mastay, DPM, MI, Young Physician
Stephen C. Schmid, DPM, MN
Jodie N. Sengstock, DPM, MI
Ami A. Sheth, DPM, CA
Todd A. Zeno, DPM, PA
Alyson Raynor, APMSA Representative
ADVISOR: David M. Schweibish, DPM, FL
SPECIAL EXPERT: Michael Q. Davis, PA
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
Michelle L. Butterworth, DPM, SC
Stephani Cadar, BOT, APMSA Representative
Marc D. Jones, DPM, FS
Adam B. Lowy, DPM, MD
Sarah N. Standish, DPM, IN, Young Physician
Karen Lambert, ASPE Liaison
Brooke A. Bisbee, DPM, BOT Liaison
ADVISOR: Joseph S. Coppola, DPM, MA
Staff Liaisons: Tiffany A. Kildale and Loretta Hudson

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 Tiffany A. Kildale.

Physicians' Recovery Network (PRN)

CHAIR: John A. Chisholm, DPM, CA
Brooke A. Bisbee, DPM, BOT
Stephani Cadar, BOT, APMSA Representative
Biff Kramer, DPM, FL, Chair Emeritus
Janet Simon, DPM, NM
Sarah N. Standish, DPM, IN, Young Physician
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: Chia-Ding (JD) Shih, DPM, MPH, MA, CA
Rizcion B. Dagani, DPM, GA
Alton R. Johnson, Jr., DPM, MI
Calvin J. Rushing, DPM, TX, Young Physician
Janet Simon, DPM, NM
Nell V. Blake, DPM, PA/Rachel H. Albright, DPM, MPH, CT, Liaison, APHA Foot and Ankle Health Section
Hai Le, OH, APMSA Liaison
Patrick A. DeHeer, DPM, BOT Liaison
ADVISOR: Camille P. Ryans, DPM, FS
SPECIAL EXPERT: William D. Spielfogel, DPM, NY
SPECIAL EXPERT: Elizabeth A. Ansert, DPM, MA
SPECIAL EXPERT: Kelsey J. Millonig, DPM, MPH, IA
SPECIAL EXPERT: Michelle P. Sparks, DPM, PA
Staff Liaisons: Dyane E. Tower, DPM, MPH, MS, and James R. Christina, DPM

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.

Student Engagement Committee

CHAIR: Patrick A. DeHeer, DPM, BOT
David B. Alper, DPM, BOT
Alan J. Block, DPM, BOT
Alisha Joshi, APMA Student Member from SCPM
Jeff Nerestant, APMA Student Member from KSUCPM
Stephani Cadar, BOT, APMSA Student Liaison
ADVISOR: Marie Collins, APMA Student Member from NYCPM
ADVISOR: William Bui Tran, APMA Student Member from DMU
Staff Liaison: Tiffany A. Kildale

Responsible for reviewing and strategizing ways to enrich APMA’s student engagement and outreach as outlined in the two pillars of engagement, at the recommendation of the APMA College Visit Task Force:

Pillar I: Board Representation at the Colleges

  • In-person visits and presentations at the colleges
  • Work through second-year APMSA delegate
  • Newly appointed BOT liaison to each of the nine colleges

Pillar II: Virtual Student Outreach and Engagement

  • Continuation of PodMed Student Q&A Webinars
  • Continued social media engagement and outreach
  • Marketing and development of student resources

Both pillars work in tandem to complement one another and provide multiple touchpoints with students throughout the year while offering a robust and multifaceted experience with APMA that captures the two most valued cornerstones of support: board member interaction and virtual connections.

Specific questions related to the Student Engagement Committee should be directed to Tiffany A. Kildale.

Young Physician Leadership Panel

CHAIR: Rebecca A. Sundling, DPM, MPH, Young Physician Member, APMA Board of Trustees
Rachel H. Albright, DPM, MPH, CT, Young Physician Liaison to Education Committee
Augusta K. Dunse, DPM, TN, Young Physician Liaison to Coding Committee
Alton R. Johnson Jr., DPM, MI, Young Physician Liaison to COTH
Andrew R. Mastay, DPM, MI, Young Physician Liaison to LC
Courtney E. McClurkin, DPM, TX, Young Physician Liaison to CPAAG
Colin M. Mizuo, DPM, FS, Young Physician Liaison to CPAC
Renee E. Shepherd, DPM, VA, Young Physician Liaison to HPPC
Calvin J. Rushing, DPM, TX, Young Physician Liaison to PHPPMC
Sarah N. Standish, DPM, IN, Young Physician Liaison to MC and PRN
Lauren A. Wurster, DPM, AZ, Young Physician Liaison to Communications Committee
Staff Liaison: Tiffany A. Kildale

The Young Physician Leadership Panel (YPLP) is comprised of the designated young physicians who serve as APMA committee members, the Young Physician Member of 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 Member of the Board of Trustees.

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