2017 IAPA Ballot

IAPA nominations are set, please see our slate of candidates below and take a moment to read the bios and Candidate Statements of Interest. You can visit the link below to cast your vote!

 

 

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VOTE ON THE 2017 IAPA BOARD SLATE

IAPA nominations are set, please see our slate of candidates below and take a moment to read the bios and Candidate Statements of Interest. You can visit the link below to cast your vote!

VOTE ON THE 2017 CAPA BOARD SLATE

Voting ends December 20, 2017.

Michael Roscoe, PhD, PA-C

Michael Roscoe, PhD, PA-C

President Elect


I am writing to declare my intent to run for the President (elect) of the Indiana Academy of Physician Assistants (IAPA).  I have been an Indiana physician assistant for over 17 years.  I am currently the founding program director and chair at the University of Evansville PA Program, but many of you may know me from the time that I was at Butler University.  Outside of academics, my background is emergency medicine.  I have military experience including two combat tours (Afghanistan 2004-2005, Iraq 2008-2009).  Currently, I am a Lieutenant Colonel and the state senior PA in the Indiana National Guard.  I also have national PA leadership experience and am actively on committees with both the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) and the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). 

There are several major issues that are coming that Indiana Physician Assistants (PAs) will have to address over the next several years.  The Indiana Academy of Physician Assistants (IAPA) must play a crucial role representing all PAs across the State.  I believe that I have the experience in administration, leadership and clinical practice to help guide IAPA through the issues that are coming.  I have outlined a few of my position stances:

  1. The IAPA needs a prominent mission/purpose statement that is clearly posted and shared with its members.  This mission/purpose statement is the anchor for goals that are set moving forward.  With this, measurable outcomes can be defined and assessed.  This then would provide useful information to the membership.
  2. Optimal Team Practice (OTP).  This is a policy that has been adopted by the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) House of Delegates.  I do not believe that this is as well defined or understood by most PAs as AAPA states in its mailings, especially not with our physician partners.  I believe that we MUST explore OTP for the State of Indiana with our membership in conjunction with our physician partners.  This includes non-biased research and communications.  The IAPA must be (become) a source of information on this topic, especially as it affects PA practice in Indiana.
  3. IAPA Membership.  We must engage the Indiana PAs and increase membership.  As the only official membership organization representing PAs, we have to have input from the Indiana PAs to represent them.  This includes PA students, sponsoring physicians and other stakeholder groups that can help IAPA receive the input it needs to ensure that we are representing the entire Indiana constituency.  This must include new methods of communication and involvement of IAPA members. 
  4. PA Program Growth.  There is currently an explosive growth of PA programs in Indiana.  This is excellent for our State!  New PA programs help educate local populations about PAs and increase job markets and opportunities for all.  They also provide access to both new graduate PAs and experienced PA educators that provide insight, knowledge and additional viewpoints that are needed for IAPA to make informed decisions.  Getting the new programs and their students engaged early is critical to the future success of IAPA. Involving these programs with our practicing PAs must be a goal for IAPA.

 

Christen Schmidt, PA-C

Christen Schmidt, PA-C

Vice President

I currently serve as the Vice President and would like to continue my current position on the board.

I am a PA who practices inpatient and outpatient cardiology in Terre Haute, Indiana.

I graduated from Indiana State University’s Physician Assistant program in 2013.  I began working in cardiology immediately upon graduation.  I have leadership experience in the healthcare field as well.  I currently oversee our corporations advanced practice provider program.  I hold a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies and a Bachelors in Business Administration.  My prior education allows me the opportunity to see our career and healthcare in its entirety from multiple angles.

My career is very important to me.  I am aware of the challenges that are facing the physican assistant career on a national level as well as locally. I will strive to work with the President elect and other board members to overcome these obstacles by putting our best foot forward.

In addition to challenges, there are also numerous opportunites for our profession and I will help strategize ways to not let these opportunites out of our sight.

I would like to ask for the vote of the memebers of IAPA as well the Board of Directors to continue my current position as Vice President of the IAPA.

Sarah Polacek, MPAS, PA-C

Sarah Polacek, MPAS, PA-C

Director at Large


I am writing to declare intent to run for the open Director at Large position on the board of the Indiana Academy of Physician Assistants. I have had the opportunity to serve as secretary for the past year, and would appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve the board in a new capacity.

I am a 2014 graduate of Butler University’s Physician Assistant Program and currently work for a private practice otolaryngology group in Indianapolis. As a PA student I served in various leadership roles, and now as recent graduate I look forward to educating the public as well as continuing to advocate for the PA profession in the state of Indiana.

 

Courtney Sullenberger, PA-C

Courtney Sullenberger, PA-C

Director at Large


I have held the IAPA Director at Large position for the past 3 years. I also actively serve on the board as the Public Relations & Communications Committee Chair. I feel these positions go very well together. As the DAL, our main goal is to communicate with PAs in other regions in Indiana (not just Indy) so
ALL voices are heard. We have set up a plan to combat this in the coming year!

Being born and raised in Indiana, I completed my undergraduate at IU Bloomington. I graduated from Saint Louis University’s PA Program in 2013. After graduating, I worked my first year in the Emergency Room at IU West. I have currently worked 3 years at an independent family practice in Greenwood, IN called Premier Family Medicine. 

I truly enjoy getting to know my fellow colleagues along with being a huge advocate for PAs in the state of Indiana. I would love to continue as Director at Large for IAPA. 

Thank you for the consideration and the opportunity to serve PAs in Indiana.

Bret Cornn, MMSc, DFAAPA, CPAAPA, PA-C

Bret Cornn, MMSc, DFAAPA, CPAAPA, PA-C

HOD Delegate


My name is Bret Cornn and I am seeking the position of delegate to the AAPA House of Delegates (HOD). I have appreciated the honor of representing Indiana as a delegate in the HOD for the last five years. In that time, the HOD has considered critical issues related to the PA practice act on a national level, with Optimal Team-based Care being the most recent. I believe participating in recent HOD sessions affords me a good working knowledge of issues most pressing to the national academy and our state academy.

This year the AAPA HOD will consider the issue of recertification examinations and the Academy’s relationship with the NCCPA. As our profession enjoys popularity on a national level and seeks to develop a larger identity, I believe Indiana delegates should serve to promote to the Academy the values important to our state: a strong practice act, stable reimbursement, and an improved public awareness regarding the benefits of care provided by PAs.

I have experience in developing resolutions for the HOD, collaboration with current AAPA HOD leadership, and I enjoy positive relationships with the other Indiana delegates.

I am a life-time member of IAPA and have enjoyed serving in various capacities since joining in 1998 including President, Legislative Committee member, CME Chair, Secretary, and other board of directors positions. So, I feel my experience with IAPA enables me to comfortably represent it’s interests to the Academy.

It has been a privilege to serve in the past, and I respectfully request the members of IAPA to elect me once again to represent their interests to the AAPA HOD.

Dawn LaBarbera, PhD, PA-C

Dawn LaBarbera, PhD, PA-C

HOD Delegate


Our state has the privilege of sending four representatives to the AAPA’s House of Delegates (HOD). Please let this statement serve to express my interest to represent our state once again in the HOD.

Issues facing our profession include Optimal Team Practice (OTP), certification and recertification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), and a name change for our profession, heralded by the American Academy of Physician Assistants change to the American Academy of PAs.

During my over 20 years as a PA, I have a history of involvement in regional and state affairs in IL and IN as a PA educator and practicing PA. My interest in the HOD began in 1999 when I served as a HOD teller at which time I was introduced to the workings of the HOD. As a teller, I worked on the sidelines to facilitate the meeting, assisting with voting, delegate and alternate delegate communications, and other behind the scenes activities.  I continued in this role for 8 years while beginning three years of service to the Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants as an alternate delegate and then delegate. My commitment to the state of Indiana began with my relocation from Illinois late 2006 to serve as the Physician Assistant Program Director at the University of Saint Francis.  At that time, I joined IAPA as a lifetime member. I have the honor of serving Indiana for 9 years as an alternate delegate and delegate to the HOD. I am also currently employed as a family practice PA one day a week in Fort Wayne, IN. Most currently I am developing a new PA Program with Trine University while continuing part time clinical practice. 

With a longitudinal history with the HOD, and the lenses of both an Indiana clinician and PA educator, I would be honored to serve as one of Indiana’s HOD representatives and respectfully ask for your consideration.

 

Jerry Parsons, PA-C

Jerry Parsons, PA-C

HOD Delegate


I am interested in continuing my position as a Delegate to the HOD for IAPA.

 

 Tatsiana Singh, MPAS, PA-C

Tatsiana Singh, MPAS, PA-C

HOD Delegate


Our profession has undergone a tremendous growth but to be able to practice on top of our license and be an effective member of healthcare team will take an ongoing effort on the part of the leaders of the profession.  It is critical for each practicing PA to become an active voice in the profession and take part in the discussions and decision making when it comes to factors that influence our work environments.  Each PA has a unique work arrangement and experience and sharing these with the rest of our community is incredibly important to make sure that decisions in regards to when, where, or how we can provide patient care are made based on the views and experiences of a large group of practicing PAs.  It is critical for IAPA to focus on the outreach to its members and be creative in engaging Indiana PAs in the work of the Academy.  Being transparent and vocal about what the Academy is working on is critical to building the relationship with its members.  I hope to help IAPA with these efforts by taking on a more active role in the Academy by being able to serve as a representative of the chapter to AAPA House of Delegates.

Jennifer A. Snyder, PhD, PA-C

Jennifer A. Snyder, PhD, PA-C

HOD Delegate

I would like to put forward my name to be considered to represent the Indiana Academy as a Delegate to the AAPA House of Delegates (HOD). I have the experience needed to understand the intricacies of the House, Reference Committees, and parliamentary procedures used in the House. In the past I served as a Delegate representing IAPA for several years and most recently, I have served over the past 4 years in an official observer status representing the Physician Assistant Education Association. I am a Lifetime, Fellow member within the IAPA and a Fellow member of AAPA in good standing.

There are numerous, complex issues facing the profession that will be considered in the 2018 House. One resolution that will return to the HOD that could impact PAs in Indiana includes considering the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) certification exam as the entry point to the profession. In 2017, this was postponed until the 2018 House. While AAPA and NCCPA have reached tenuous agreements, this is by far the most pressing KNOWN issue. However, with Optimal Team Practice (OTP) looming in the background, there are bound to be several resolutions brought forward in the next few months of monumental importance, including likely the recommendation for a name change.

I respectfully request that the members of the Indiana Academy and the Board of Directors consider me for the role of Delegate for the House of Delegates representing the great state of Indiana and the IAPA.

Daniel Sturm, MMS, PA-C

Daniel Sturm, MMS, PA-C

HOD Delegate


Having been a primary care PA for 15 years prior to moving to Indiana in 2011, I was stunned to learn about all of the practice barriers PAs from this state endure. I’ve seen IAPA make tremendous strides over the past 6 years with our practice act, but PAs in Indiana are still widely unknown to the general public and our abilities are not even fully recognized by MD/DO’s in Indiana.  Part of the problem is a lack of general public education on the PA profession.  If elected as a Delegate for IAPA, I would push AAPA to be more proactive at a state level in promoting and educating both the general public and health institutions in Indiana about the PA profession.  A second issue of importance is that PAs have become “hidden providers” in our health care system due to a lack of transparency in the billing process.  AAPA needs to continue working on policy that “unmasks” our productivity so that PAs have more leverage during job searches or interviews and during their performance reviews.  The last big issue I see facing Indiana PAs is Optimal Team Practice (OTP).   While OTP may work for PAs in other states it is likely to be a long process in Indiana given our historically slow rate of advancement.  This issue is complicated and too difficult to address in a few sentences, but given my experience as a PA educator and as an actively practicing clinician, I am able to view this issue from multiple angles.  If elected as a Delegate for IAPA I would continue seeking advice from my constituency on this complicated issue.