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Advocacy and Consumer Affairs Committee


Rupal Patel, PT, PhD

Committee Members  
Theresa Najjar, PT, DPT, NCS
Brenda Pratt, PT, DSc, PCS
Jordan Birdsong, PT, DPT
Linda B. Horn, PT, DScPT, MHS, NCS
Sarah Williams, PT
Julie Schwertfeger, PT, DPT, MBA, CBIST
Michele Sulwer, PT, DPT, NCS
Alexander Au Dien, PT

Annual Conference Planning Committee

Committee Members 
Jenni Moore, PT, DHS 
Jane Sullivan, PT, DHS, MS
Genevieve Pinto-Sipp Pt, EdD


Establishes the Academy awards and criteria for nomination with approval from the Executive Committee. Reviews nominations and provides recommendations to the Executive Committee annually. Nominates members for awards external to the Academy (APTA or other organizations) annually.


Natalie Anzures, PT, DPT, MS, CBIS

Committee Members

Alexander Au Dein, PT, DPT
Melissa Chung, PT, DPT, NCS
Deborah Josbeno, PT, PhD, NCS, CSCS 
Diane Wrisley, PT, PhD, NCS Emeritus



CSM Program Committee


Bart Hanson, MPT, DScPT, NCS
Heather Salon, PT, DPT, NCS

Committee Members
Kristi Trammell, PT, DPT
Danielle Frey, PT, PhD
Rebecca Martin, PT, DPT, NCS
Tanya Thomas, PT, DPT
Julie Stutzbach, SPT
Amy DeBlois, PT, DPT

Digital Communications Committee

Develops, reviews and/or revises yearly a communications strategic plan for the Academy. Manages, promotes and coordinates the Academy's communication services including the listserv and website. Educates and serves a resource to the Academy members, officers and Special Interest Groups on available digital communication services.


Tim Nordahl, PT, DPT, NCS

Committee Members

Wendy Koesters, PT, ATP/SMS
Amanda Kayser PT, DPT, NCS
Kelly Rodriguez, PT, DPT, NCS
Jason Diaz, PT, DPT


Evidence Based Documents Committee


Irene Ward, PT, DPT, NCS
Kelly Westlake, PhD, MSc, PT 

Committee Members

Tim Hanke, PT, PhD
Vanina Dal Bello-Haas, PT, PhD
Miriam Rafferty, PT, DPT, PhD, NCS
Allison Miller, PT, DPT, NCS


Finance Committee

Reviews and revises budget forms and processes and the annual budget prior to consideration by the Executive Committee. Presents budget to the membership for the coming year and monitors overall budgetary processes. Provides consultation regarding Academy's finances to the Executive Committee and develops financial goals. Assures the responsible expenditure of Academy resources and safeguards Academy resources through development of appropriate process and procedures for the acquisition, handling, and disbursement of funds.


Nora Riley, PT, PhDc, NCS

Committee Members

Megan Danzl
Joni Barry, PT, DPT


Health, Promotion and Wellness Committee

The purpose of the HPW Committee is to facilitate an ongoing focus on prevention, health promotion and wellness within ANPT, and externally with the larger national and international HPW communities. 


Elissa Held Bradford, PT, PhD, NCS, MSCS


Committee Members

Karen Hutchinson, PT, DPT, PhD
Lauren Perillo, PT, DPT, NCS


Historian Committee

Develops and implements innovative ideas that will capture Academy events and activities for historical preservation. Coordinates and monitors archiving of Academy records with assistance of the Executive Officer and assists in planning for Academy celebrations that incorporate historical perspectives.


Denise Gobert, PT, PhD, CEEA

Committee Members

Binal Motawar, PT, PhD
Mary Talitha Metcalf, PT, NCS
Nicole Blitz, PT, DPT


JNPT Editorial Board


Edelle C. (Edee) Field-Fote, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Director, Spinal Cord Injury Research - Hulse Lab
Shepherd Center
Atlanta, GA


George Fulk, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Clarkson University
Pottsdam, NY, USA


Kathleen Gill-Body, DPT, MS, NCS, FAPTA 
Boston, MA

Anne Kloos, PT, PhD, NCS 
Columbus, Ohio, USA

Terry Ellis, PT, PhD, NCS
Boston, MA

Teresa Kimberley, PT, PhD
Boston, MA

Darcy Reisman, PT, PhD
Newark, DE

Michael Schubert, PT, PhD
Baltimore, MD, USA


George Fulk, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Clarkson University
Pottsdam, NY, USA


Catherine Lang, PT, PhD
Washington University in St. Louis
St Louis, MO 


Valerie Pomeroy, PT, PhD, FCSP
East Anglia, Norwich, UK

Member and PR Committee

Develops and updates a membership and public relations strategic plan identifying membership recruitment/retention strategies. Creates mechanisms that facilitate communication and participation of the membership. Promotes Academy awareness within the APTA and other external associations or groups, which have a common interest in neurology.


Beth Horn, DPT
April Fajardo, PT, DPT


Committee Members

Lilliana (Lily) Jimenez, PT, DPT
Catherine Barillo, PT, DPT, NCS 
Jennifer Solverson, PT, DPT
Zane Bright, PT, DPT 
Jennyfer Oh, SPT
Andrew Moul, PT, DPT, NCS, CBIST
Tracy Stevens, Pt, DPT, NCS


News Committee

Manages, promotes and coordinates the Academy's communication services including the Action Potential and other news communications. Educates and serves a resource to the Academy members, officers and Special Interest Groups on available digital communication services.

Chair Newsletter Editor

Tina Stoeckmann, PT, DSC, MA


Committee E-newsletter Submissions

Sheila Espina, PT, DPT, NCS


Committee Members

Deanna George,PT, DPT
Gillian McLean, PT, DPT
Kim DeChant, PT, DPT

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee (NC), strives to increase membership, foster early involvement within the Academy, and maintain a pool of qualified individuals willing to serve the section within both elected and non-elected capacities in accordance with the mission of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy.


Nora Fritz, PT, DPT, PhD, NCS 


Committee Members

Tara McIsaac, PT, PhD
Alicia Flach, PT, DPT


Online Education Committee


Denise O'Dell, PT, DScPT, NCS
Roberto Lopez-Rosado, DPT, MSPT, MA


Committee Members

Elizabeth Ruckert, PT, DPT, GCS, NCS
Michelle Green, PT, DPT, NCS
Deborah Josbeno, PT, PhD, NCS
Andrea Kimalat, PT, PhD, NCS
Kelly Stratton, PT, DPT, NCS
Margie Roos, PT, DPT, PhD, NCS
Kristen Johnson, PT, EdD, MS


Neurologic Specialty Council


Hallie Zeleznik, PT, DPT


Maintenance of Specialty Certification Council Liaison

Lisa Brown, PT, DPT


Item Review Coordinators

Jennifer Kahn, PT, DPT
Rick (Morris) Beato, PT, DPT


Practice Committee

Increases Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy involvement with the Departments of Government Affairs and Reimbursement at APTA. Participates in activities, which promote and modify the practice of neurologic physical therapy. Serves as a resource to accrediting agencies to establish guidelines to neurologic practice.


Heather Knight, PT, DPT, NCS

Payment chair

Katie Flores, PT, DPT, NCS

Committee Members

Leslie Wolf, PT, DPT, NCS
Aimee E Perron PT, DPT, NCS, CEEAA
Eileen Tseng Stultz, PT, DPT, NCS
Anna de Joya, PT, DSc, NCS
Karen Whitesell, PT, DPT, NCS, ATP
Daniel Miner, PT, DPT, NCS


Research Committee

Develops, reviews, and/or revises yearly a research strategic plan for the Academy. Promotes research in the area of neurologic physical therapy. Disseminates results of research in neurologic physical therapy.


Jill Stewart, PhD, PT, NCS


Abstract Review Mentoring

Kelly Westlake, PT, PhD

Committee Members 

Allison S. Hyngstom, PT, PhD
Emily J. Fox, PT, DPT, PhD, NCS
Denise Peters, Pt, PhD
Louis Awad, PT, DPT, PhD

Research-in-Review Editorial Team

Tricia Kesar, PT, PhD
Antoinette Domingo, PT, PhD
Evan Papa, DPT, PhD
Brendan Dougherty, PT, PhD


Specialization and Advanced Proficiency Committee

Develops and updates a strategic plan for addressing the needs of potential and current Neurologic Clinical Specialists, that is consistent with the Academy's strategic plan. Creates mechanisms that facilitate communication and participation of the NCS membership in Academy activities.


Suzanne Trojanowski, PT, DPT, NCS

Committee Members

Victoria Stevens, PT, NCS
Mary Crumley PT, DPT, NCS
Bonnie E. Pancoast, PT, DPT, NCS
Jasmine Edwards, PT, DPT, NCS
Jeannie Stephenson, PT, PhD, MS, NCS
Devashish Tiwari, PT, DPT, NCS, PhD


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