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Leadership and Committees

Officers

Lawrence A. Santi, DPM

Lawrence A. Santi, DPM

President-Elect

Board Members

Alan Block, DPM

Alan Block, DPM

Trustee

Rebecca A. Sundling, DPM, MPH

Young Physician Trustee

Liaison

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Stephani Honzura

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

Tina Carter

Tina Carter

Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations

Scott L. Haag, JD, MSPH

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

Tiffany Kildale

Tiffany Kildale

Director, Member Engagement

Gail Reese, JD

Gail Reese, JD

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

Will Scott

Will Scott

Director, Communications and Digital Resources

Stephanie Simmons

Stephanie Simmons

Director, Governance

Heather Stagliano, DSc

Heather Stagliano, DHSc

Director, Council on Podiatric Medical Education

Erin Tench

Erin Tench, CMM, CMP

Director, Meetings

Dyane Tower, DPM, MPH, MS, CAE

Dyane E. Tower, DPM, MPH, MS, CAE

Senior Medical Director and Director, Clinical Affairs

Peggy S. Tresky, MA

Peggy S. Tresky, MA

Senior Director, Communications, Marketing, and Membership

Benjamin J. Wallner

Benjamin J. Wallner

Senior Director, Legislative Advocacy and Director, APMAPAC

View the full staff list.

The deadline to submit your name for consideration to serve on an APMA committee during the 2024-25 administrative year under Dr. Lawrence Santi's leadership as president has been extended to October 1. Please complete the self-nomination form through which you can upload your CV. Committee appointments are considered by the Board of Trustees during its December meeting and go into effect at the close of the 2024 House of Delegates.

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

After appointments are made:

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
Bradley L. Jimerson, DPM, LA
Gretchen A. Lawrence, DPM, NC
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
Javan Bass, DPM
Sierra Clark, APMSA Liaison
Michael J. Cornelison, DPM, ACFAS Liaison
Debra M. Gibson, DPM 
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 (2026)
Seth A. Rubenstein, DPM, VA (2025)
Stephen C. Schmid, DPM, MN (2026)
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
Courtney E. McClurkin, DPM, TX, Young Physician
Mike Mathy, CAE, ASPE Representative
Marit M. Sivertson, MN, ASPE Representative
Cassandra B. Tomczak, DPM, OR, State Component Leader
David B. Alper, DPM, BOT Liaison
OBSERVER: Akram Aljumail, DPM, MI
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 Gail M. Reese, JD.

Clinical Practice Advisory Committee (CPAC)

CHAIR: Rachel H. Albright, DPM, MPH, CT
Brandon M. Brooks, DPM, MPH, FS
Thanh L. Dinh, DPM, MA
Mohammad J. Khan, DPM, PA
Stephen J. Merena, DPM, VT
Colin M. Mizuo, DPM, FS, Young Physician
Jeffrey A. Ross, DPM, MD, TX, Chair Emeritus
Scott M. Neville, DPM, IN, Arthritis Liaison
Laura J. Pickard, DPM, BOT Liaison
James S. Wrobel, DPM, MS, FL, Diabetes Liaison
ADVISOR: Timothy P. Cheung, DPM, PhD, CT
Staff Liaison: Dyane E. Tower, DPM, MPH, MS, CAE


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, CAE.

Coding Committee (CC)

CHAIR: David J. Freedman, DPM, MD
Barbara J. Aung, DPM, AZ
Mark S. Block, DPM, FL
R. Alexander Dellinger, DPM, AR
Augusta K. Henderson, DPM, TN, Young Physician
Jonathan K. Huey, DPM, CA
Luke J. Hunter, DPM, LA
Catherine J. Jacobs, DPM, MA
Andrew Pavelescu, DPM, FL
Jeffrey S. Petty, DPM, TX
Sarah M. Abshier, DPM, OH, CPT Advisor
Brooke A. Bisbee, DPM, BOT, RUC Advisor
William S. Long, DPM, BOT Liaison
SPECIAL EXPERT (Coding Education): Michael J. King, DPM, TN
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
Jane E. Andersen, DPM, BOT
Leslie Campbell, 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.

Communications Committee (CC)

CHAIR: Priya Parthasarathy, DPM, MD
Nicholas R. Butler, DPM, OH, Young Physician
Stephanie R. Hook, DPM, NY
Alisha P. Joshi, IL
William N. McCann, DPM, NH
Mark J. Mendeszoon, DPM, OH
Timothy J. Miller, DPM, FL
Sarah N. Standish, DPM, IN
Grace E. Torres Hodges, DPM, FL
Saylee A. Tulpule, DPM, DC
David B. Alper, DPM, BOT Liaison
Jean Kirk, NC, ASPE Liaison
SPECIAL EXPERT (Sports Medicine): Alex Kor, DPM, IN
SPECIAL EXPERT (Preventative Care): Diane M. Koshimune, DPM, CA
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
Alan J. Block, DPM, MS, BOT
James R. Christina, DPM, APMA Executive Director
Patrick A. DeHeer, DPM, BOT
Robert Frimmel, DPM, FL
Lawrence A. Santi, DPM, BOT, President of the APMA Educational Foundation
Rebecca A. Sundling, DPM, MPH, BOT
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: Tina 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
John A. Mattiacci, DPM, PA
Janet Simon, DPM, NM, Public Health/Disparities
Rebecca A. Sundling, DPM, MPH, BOT
Elizabeth A. Ansert, DPM, MA, PPHC Liaison
Thanh L. Dinh, DPM, ACFAS Liaison
Emmanuel Henry-Ajudua, MS, DICE Liaison
Daniel B. Kline, MSPH, MBA, ASPE Liaison
Jeremy Wilson, SNPMA Liaison
Chanelle R. Moyo-Carter, DPM, FASPS, AAWP Liaison
Kathleen Satterfield, DPM, AACPM Liaison
Denise Peraza-Martinez, APMSA Liaison
Brooke A. Bisbee, DPM, BOT Liaison
Patrick A. DeHeer, DPM, BOT Liaison
ADVISOR: Lawrence B. Harkless, DPM, TX
Staff Liaisons: Kathy L. Balderson; Aimee R. Condayan; Kayla S. Fuller; Ronnesha Jackson; Will Scott; Stephanie R. Simmons; Dyane E. Tower, DPM, MPH, MS, CAE; Benjamin J. Wallner

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, TX
Patrick R. Burns, DPM, PA
Leslie Campbell, DPM, BOT, Development Committee Chair
Patrick A. DeHeer, DPM, BOT
Mohammad J. Khan, DPM, NY
Penny Kumar, DPM, TN, (Local member through the 2023 ASM)
Priya Parthasarathy, DPM, MD
Lawrence A. Santi, DPM, BOT, APMA President-Elect
David M. Schweibish, DPM, FL
Rebecca A. Sundling, DPM, MPH, BOT
Jacob Wynes, DPM, MS, MD, (Local member after 2023 ASM)
Staff Liaisons: Kathy L. Balderson; Tina Carter; James R. Christina, DPM; Scott L. Haag, JD, MSPH; Tiffany A. Kildale; Denis M. Russell, CPA, CAE; Will P. Scott; Erin Tench, CMM, CMP; Dyane E. Tower, DPM, MPH, MS, CAE; 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

Sylvia Virbulis, DPM, BOT, President
Lawrence A. Santi, DPM, BOT, President-Elect
Brooke A. Bisbee, DPM, BOT, Treasurer
Laura J. Pickard, 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: Brooke A. Bisbee, DPM, BOT
Thomas J. Elardo, DPM, CA
Shahzad S. Ghori, DPM, GA
Randy K. Kaplan, DPM, MI
Lawrence A. Santi, DPM, BOT
Patrick A. DeHeer, DPM, BOT
OBSERVER: Elizabeth A. Ansert, DPM, TX
OBSERVER: Richard Bloch, JD, ASPE
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
John 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, FL
Christian A. Robertozzi, DPM, NJ
Renee E. Shepherd, DPM, VA, Young Physician
Susan M. Walsh, DPM, MA
Brooke A. Bisbee, DPM, BOT, RUC Liaison
Leslie Campbell, DPM, BOT Liaison
Ira H. Kraus, DPM, MT, CPT Liaison
SPECIAL EXPERT: Lawrence A. Santi, DPM, BOT
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, FL
John Goggin, DPM, FL
William Harris IV, DPM, SC
Sara Karamloo, DPM, CA
Renee E. Shepherd, DPM, VA
David B. Alper, DPM, CPA BOT Liaison, ex-officio
Leslie Campbell, DPM, HPPC BOT Liaison, ex-officio
Edward N. Prikaszczikow, DPM, IA, HPPC Chair, ex-officio
Staff Liaisons: Scott L. Haag, JD, MSPH and Gail M. Reese, JD

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 M. Hughes, DPM, IA, CAC Chair
Paul A. Kesselman, DPM, NY
Christian A. Robertozzi, DPM, NJ
Susan M. Walsh, DPM, MA
Brooke A. Bisbee, DPM, BOT, RUC Liaison, ex-officio
Leslie Campbell, DPM, HPPC BOT Liaison, ex-officio
Ira H. Kraus, DPM, MT, CPT Liaison, ex-officio
Edward N. Prikaszczikow, DPM, IA, HPPC Chair, 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
Leslie Campbell, DPM, HPPC BOT Liaison, ex-officio
Steven J. Merckx, DPM, WI, Medicare and Public Payer Subcommittee Chair, ex-officio
Andrew Pavelescu, DPM, FL, Private Insurance Subcommittee Chair, ex-officio
Edward N. Prikaszczikow, DPM, IA, HPPC Chair, ex-officio
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
Mark S. Block, DPM, FL
Jean T. Chen-Vitulli, DPM, NY
Dayron Hernandez-Perez, APMSA Representative
Jondelle B. Jenkins, DPM, IL
Randy K. Kaplan, DPM, MI, APMAPAC Chair
Andrew R. Mastay, DPM, MI, Young Physician
Stephen C. Schmid, DPM, MN
David M. Schweibish, DPM, FL
Jodie N. Sengstock, DPM, MI
Lauren A. Wurster, DPM, AZ
SPECIAL EXPERT: Michael Q. Davis, PA
OBSERVER: David Lau, DPM, FS
OBSERVER: Kiana R. Trent, DPM, FS
OBSERVER: Todd A. Zeno, DPM, 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, BOT
Susan G. Amico, DPM, NY
Michelle L. Butterworth, DPM, SC
Stephani N. Cadar, BOT, APMSA Representative
Marc D. Jones, DPM, FS
Ami A. Sheth, DPM, CA
Sarah N. Standish, DPM, IN, Young Physician
Scott E. Hughes, DPM, BOT Liaison
Karen Lambert, FL, ASPE Liaison
ADVISOR: Brooke A. Bisbee, DPM, BOT
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.

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.

Podiatric Population Health Committee (PPHC)

CHAIR: Chia-Ding (JD) Shih, DPM, MPH, MA, CA
Rizcion B. Dagani, DPM, GA
Todd A. Hasenstein, DPM, OK
Lasya Anand, APMSA Representative
Janet Simon, DPM, NM
Lauren A. Wurster, DPM, AZ, Young Physician
Rachel H. Albright, DPM, MPH, CT, Chair of the APHA Foot and Ankle Health Section
Scott E. Hughes, DPM, BOT Liaison
ADVISOR: Camille P. Ryans, DPM, FS
SPECIAL EXPERT: Elizabeth A. Ansert, DPM, TX
SPECIAL EXPERT: Alton R. Johnson, Jr., DPM, MI
SPECIAL EXPERT: Karen A. Langone, DPM, NY
SPECIAL EXPERT: Jenneffer D. Pulapaka, DPM, FL
OBSERVER: Joseph S. Coppola, DPM, MA
Staff Liaisons: Dyane E. Tower, DPM, MPH, MS, CAE 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 Podiatric Population Health Committee should be directed to Dyane E. Tower, DPM, MPH, MS, CAE.

Student Engagement Committee

CHAIR: David B. Alper, DPM, BOT Liaison
Avinash Arul, APMA Student Member from RFUSPM
Jeff J. Nerestant, APMA Student Member from KSUCPM
Alan J. Block, DPM, MS, BOT Liaison
Stephani N. Cadar, BOT, APMA Liaison
Patrick A. DeHeer, DPM, BOT Liaison
ADVISOR: Mark Makkar Gabriel, APMA Student Member from TUSPM
ADVISOR: Marie E. Hirko, APMA Student Member from NYCPM
ADVISOR: Scott Chanthongthip, APMA Student Member from DMU
ADVISOR: Abigail Ross, APMA Student Member from WUCPM
ADVISOR: Hoanganh Chau, APMA Student Member from SMUCPM
ADVISOR: Rashika Budhathoki, APMA Student Member from BUSPM
ADVISOR: Andre Moezzi, APMA Student Member from AZCPM
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 the DEI Committee and the Education Committee
Nicholas R. Butler, DPM, OH, Young Physician Liaison to the Communications Committee
Augusta K. Henderson, DPM, TN, Young Physician Liaison to the Coding Committee
Alton R. Johnson Jr., DPM, MI, Young Physician Liaison to COTH
Andrew R. Mastay, DPM, MI, Young Physician Liaison to the 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
Sarah N. Standish, DPM, IN, Young Physician Liaison to the Membership Committee
Lauren A. Wurster, DPM, AZ, Young Physician Liaison to PPHC
OBSERVER: Rami Basatneh, DPM, Young Physician Liaison to APMAPAC
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.