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PAEA Councils & Committees

This is a list of all current PAEA councils, committees, subcommittees, and other groups - updated January 2015. For additional information email  info@PAEAonline.org or contact the staff advisor.

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PAEA Councils

Assessment Council

The Assessment Council (AC) oversees the development and implementation of student testing services within PAEA, ensuring that products align with program and student needs. Housed within the AC are the PACKRAT Committee and three Rotation Exam Review Committees (RERC), each charged with writing PACKRAT and End of Rotation examinations.

Chair: Kim Cavanagh, DHSc, PA-C, cavanagh002@gannon.edu


Audit Committee

Chair: Stephanie VanderMeulen, MPAS, PA-C, svandermeulen@unmc.edu


Awards Committee

The Awards Committee develops and oversees a fair and inclusive process to recognize the significant contributions of PAEA members through annual awards by assessing current awards and making recommendations to the board, as appropriate, for new awards or recognition that may be desirable for the organization.

Chair: Elias Villarreal, Jr., MPAS, PA-C, elias@utpa.edu


CAS Enhancements Committee

Chair: Doris Dalton, MPA, ddalton@upap.utah.edu


Clinical Education Committee

The committee provides resources, facilitates initiatives and supports integration of clinical experiences throughout the continuum of entry-level PA education, guiding transition into team-based practice

Chair: Nick Hudak, MSEd, MPA, PA-C, nick.hudak@duke.edu


Committee on Didactic Education

The committee develops and oversees resources and initiatives related to the didactic phase of entry-level PA education

Chair: Robert Hadley, PhD, PA-C , hadley.rdh@gmail.com


Conference Council

The Conference Council promotes the excellence of PA education through ongoing professional development and networking of PA program faculty and others involved in PA education, including, but not limited to, PAEA’s Annual Education Forum and the AAPA Annual Conference. The committee’s main responsibilities revolve around the Annual Education Forum. The committee solicits proposals for education sessions at the Forum, reviews the submissions in a blinded process, schedules the presentations, and moderates and evaluates the sessions.

Chair: Thomas Woods, DHSc, MEd, PA-C, twoods@francis.edu


Conference Committee


Cultural Competencies Review Committee

Chair: DeShana Collett, MSPAS, PA-C, DCollettPAC@uky.edu


Curriculum Council

The council identifies, evaluates and responds to trends and innovations in medical education and practice, and also guides and recommends the enhancement of curricular resources. The council oversees and works side-by-side with both the Committee on Clinical Education and the Committee on Didactic Education to address the broader needs within the PA education continuum.

Chair: Carol Gorney, MPAS, PA-C, carol-gorney@uiowa.edu


Ethics Council

Develops resources to educate member programs about the PAEA Code of Ethics, reviews and evaluates annual council/committee disclosure of conflict of interest forms, and upholds the PAEA Code of Ethics. As part of its effort to review potential ethics violations or conflicts of interest, the Ethics Council, will, as necessary, conduct investigations to determine if there has been a violation of the Code of Ethics.

Chair: FJ Gianola MA, PA, DFAAPA, ggianola@u.washington.edu


External Liaisons


Faculty Development Council

The FDI promotes the professional development of PA program faculty and staff through enrichment, knowledge, and skills in the areas of education, scholarship, management, and leadership. It accomplishes this goal by developing and presenting seminars, webinars, certificate programs, and materials for the PAEA website.

Chair: Tony Brenneman, MPAS, PA-C, anthony-brenneman@uiowa.edu


Finance Council

The Finance Council's main responsibilities revolve around developing the Association’s annual budget, overseeing the transition of investment services, monitoring investment outcomes, assessing financial impact of motions as appropriate, and maintaining the Financial Policies and Procedures Manual. Committee members must be well-versed in the preparation of budgets: able to review financial statements from the prior year so as to identify areas where adjustments may be needed; capable of reviewing investment performance reports; and able to review tax documents to ensure the document presents the organization fairly and accurately.

Chair: William Kohlhepp, DHSc, PA-C, william.kohlhepp@quinnipiac.edu


Governance Council

This council ensures that PAEA’s governing processes and procedures are both appropriate and effective in meeting the needs of the Association and its members. It works with other committees to incorporate committee procedures into the PAEA policy and procedures manual.

Chair: Michelle DiBaise, DHSc, MPAS, PA-C, email: michelle.dibaise@nau.edu


Government Relations & External Affairs Council

The Government Relations & External Affairs Council is charged with ensuring that the Association’s advocacy efforts effectively address PA education issues on the national level. The committee’s major functions are to: contribute to and monitor the Association’s legislative agenda and advocacy strategy, promote greater interaction by faculty and students with federal policymakers, advocate for greater inclusion of PAs in federal programs, advocate for increased amounts of public funding for PA education programs, and build new strategic partnerships with other associations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies related to PAEA’s advocacy agenda.

Chair: David Keahey, MSPH, PA-C, dkeahey@upap.utah.edu


Inclusion & Diversity Council

The standing charge of the IDC is to promote diversity and inclusion within PA education, including applicants, students, and faculty. The committee focuses on this aspect as it relates to health care disparities and workforce issues.

Chair: Shani Fleming, MSHS, MPH, PA-C, shfleming@barry.edu


International Clinical Rotations Subcommittee

Chair: Nicholas Hudak, MSEd, MPA, PA-C, email: nick.hudak@duke.edu


Leadership Development & Recruitment Council

LDRC’s charge is to facilitate the recruitment of qualified prospective leaders for the Association and the process by which members get to know candidates, as well as to provide information for potential candidates to help form their decision-making. One future initiative is to develop leadership competencies for the Association. LDRC members are expected to bring prior leadership experience to their role on the committee.

Chair: Jeanne Bird, PA-C , Jeanne.Bird@rrcc.edu



The committee provides oversight for the maintenance and enhancement of the PACKRAT™ exam, constructing a new version of PACKRAT each year

Chair: Theresa Riethle, MS, PA-C, email: triethle@baypath.edu


Project Access Committee

Chair: Terry Scott, MPA, PA-C, email: tscott@u.washington.edu


Recruitment & Admissions Council (formerly CASPA)

Included in its charge to provide oversight for the maintenance and enhancement of the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) service, the committee serves as an admissions resource for PA programs; develops program recruitment strategies, identifies barriers to participation; develops strategies to increase applicant data sharing among programs; reports on the applicant pool, trends, and other related data; and provides workshops for CASPA participating programs on best practices for admissions.

Chair: Christina Robohm, MS, PA-C, email: christina.robohm@ttuhsc.edu


Recruitment & Retention Committee

Chair: Susan LeLacheur, DrPH, MPH, PA-C, email: slela@gwu.edu


Research Council

The charge of the Research Council is to recommend research priorities for the Association, encourage the dissemination of PA educational research, foster faculty scholarship and educate faculty regarding Association and other data sources that support research."

Chair: Richard Dehn, MPA, PA-C, Richard.Dehn@nau.edu


Rotation Exam Review Committee: Emergency Medicine/Surgery

The RERCs oversee specific End of Rotation examinations. One committee focuses on the development of the Internal Medicine and Family Medicine End of Rotation, another on the Pediatrics, Women’s Health, and Psychiatric End of Rotation exams, and the third one on the Emergency Medicine and Surgery End of Rotationexams.

Chair: Tracy Cleveland, PA-C, email: tracycleveland@missouristate.edu

Rotation Exam Review Committee: Internal/Family Medicine

Chair: John D. Sheffield, MPAS, PA-C, jsheffield@southuniversity.edu


Rotation Exam Review Committee: Women's Health, Pediatrics, Psychiatry

Chair: Millie Roach, PhD, PA-C, Millie.roach@kc.edu


Student Advisory Task Force

Chair: Jenny Kluznik, MPH, PA-C, email: kluznik@augsburg.edu


Workshop Committee

Chair: Emily Babcock, DHSc, MPAS, PA-C, email: Emily.Babcock@nau.edu


Special Committees and Other Groups


Journal of Physician Assistant Education

Editor in Chief: David P. Asprey, PhD, PA-C

Journal Editorial Advisory Board Roster