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Eileen Carter, PT, DPT, MBA
PTPAC Chair
Eileen Carter has been practicing since 1981. She is owner of Comprehensive Rehab of Wilson, Inc. Her clinic provides aquatics, functional capacity, pediatric, and geriatric care for her clients. Her company also provides care for two schools in her community and to three counties for home health services. She received a bachelor's degree in physical therapy and an MBA from East Carolina University. She received a transitional DPT from Northeastern University.

She has been an active member of APTA North Carolina since 1980 and has been honored to serve the NCPTA as president, past district vice chair/chair, and past chair for the Nominating Committee. She currently is co-chair for the Diversity Task Force. She is the NCPTA representative for the NC Task Force for the Hard of Hearing, Visual Impaired, and Deaf Clients. She is also on the Government Action Committee for the Private Practice Section. She is an NCPTA HOD member. She is a member of the APTA Private Practice Section, Academy of Pediatrics, and Academy of Aquatics. She currently serves as the DAR treasurer.

She is very interested in her community and its development. She is a board advisory member for the local Red Cross and the Business Advisory Committee for Wilson County Schools. She is active in her church needs and volunteer work. She is a proud member of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) and serves as chair for veterans' needs.

Jeremy Foster, PTA

Jeremy Foster has been working in physical therapy for 30 years. He is a graduate of the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Salt Lake Community College. He is a staff PTA at North Sunflower Medical Center in Ruleville, Mississippi. Throughout his career, he has worked with patients in multiple settings, from seeing them in the hospital to treating them in their homes. He sits on the PTA Advisory Board at Holmes Community College and Mississippi Delta Community College. He is a national speaker on rural health care and critical access hospital, and he has been active in the American Physical Therapy Association and APTA Mississippi for the past 21 years. He is the current PTA at large for the APTA Academy of Acute Care, and he just finished his second term as the PTA Caucus representative for the state of Mississippi. He was the Mississippi Physical Therapist Assistant of the year in 2017 and APTAs Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant of the year in 2019. Striving for excellence, he has achieved Advanced Proficiency from APTA in the areas of geriatric, integumentary, and acute care physical therapy. He is a credentialed clinical instructor. He has been a strong advocate for leadership roles for PTAs at the state and national levels. He is a member of APTA's Academy of Geriatrics, Academy of Acute Care, and the Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management, and Home Health and Federal Physical Therapy sections.

Linda John, PT
Linda John has been a practicing physical therapist for over 20 years, working in a variety of settings with a primary interest in outpatient orthopedics. She received a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from the University of Oklahoma and is an active member of APTA. She served as Government Affairs chair and APTA Federal Affairs Liaison for the Oklahoma Physical Therapy Association before moving to North Texas. She was appointed Federal Affairs Liaison for the Texas Chapter in 2010 and continues to serve in that role. She served as a PTPAC Ambassador since the inception of the program and now proudly serves as a PTPAC Trustee. She has presented at numerous state and district meetings over the years to educate members about and encourage involvement in the legislative process and importance of building an effective PAC. Since beginning as an FAL, she has been able to improve interest in professional advocacy among PT students, resulting in a significant increase in student attendance at the APTA Federal Advocacy Forum. She also is a member of the Health Policy & ctice, and Orthopaedic sections of APTA.

 

Kendra Lucas, PT, DPT
Kendra Lucas is an aquatic physical therapist at Kettering Health Network in Centerville, Ohio. She graduated from the University of Dayton with a doctor of physical therapy degree. As a student, she completed an internship at APTA headquarters in the Government Affairs department and served as the PTPAC Liaison for the APTA Student Assembly. She has achieved a Certificate in Aquatic Physical Therapy Clinical Competency. Professional areas of interest include aquatic therapy, chronic pain, geriatric rehabilitation, and advocacy. Currently, she serves as a legislative Key Contact, Ohio Physical Therapy Association Conference Committee member, OPTA Early Professional SIG Leadership Subcommittee member, OPTA L.I.F.E. Series Leadership Academy 2020-2021 cohort member, and is proud to wear the "red jacket" as a PTPAC Trustee. She is dedicated to building a strong community for #PTadvocacy to secure a voice and future for the physical therapy profession.

"We have a choice to make a difference together, to speak up and be a champion for change." — Kendra

David Qualls, PT
David Qualls is owner of Rehab Institute, doing business as Qualls & Co., providing rehabilitation services in Southwest Louisiana. He received a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans. Immediately after graduation, he began his career practicing at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital in Sulphur, Louisiana. He left the hospital setting to open a private practice and has now been practicing for 46 years — 41 in private practice.

Volunteer service has always been a part of his career. He has served on the Nominating Committee, Governmental Affairs Committee, Ethics Committee as chair, vice president, and president of now APTA LA. He has served as alternate delegate, delegate, and chief delegate from Louisiana to the APTA House of Delegates over the past 20 plus years. He also served as chair of the Committee on Chapters and Sections for APTA. He has been an LPTA PAC trustee for many years. He received the APTA LA Dave Warner Physical Therapist Service Award in 2003, and he received the APTA Lucy Blair Service Award in 2014. He was inducted into the APTA LA Hall of Fame in 2018. The local high school has honored him with a service award and the local Rotary Club awarded him a Service Above Self Award. He is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and is proud to be an Eagle Scout. He has served his church at the local, district, and state levels over the past 25 years.

Qualls, or Poppa, as many call him, has served on the PPS Board of Directors and the PPS Institute Board of Directors. He served on the PPS Nominating Committee. He received the PPS Robert G. Dicus award. He also represented PPS on the Louisiana Legislative Patient Access Resolution Committee whose recommendation provided huge input supporting passage of the Patient Access to Physical Therapy Legislation in Louisiana. He understands the importance of the role of the PTPAC and is honored to be a new Trustee.

Jerry Smith, PT, ATC, LAT, MBA
Jerry Smith is a center therapy director for Concentra in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has worked in acute care for five years, in orthopedic, sports, and occupational outpatient settings for 30 years, and had his own practice for 15 years. He received a bachelor's degree in science and health education and athletic training from Indiana State University, a physical therapy degree from Indiana University, and an MBA from the University of Indianapolis.

Throughout his career he has been an active APTA member locally and nationally. He served two terms as president, vice president, chief delegate, and 20 years as a delegate for the Indiana Chapter. At the national level, he has been a member of the APTA Nominating Committee, and Alliance of APTA and OSHA Task Force. He currently is a PTPAC Trustee. In his community he has volunteered his services to many high schools, colleges, professional, and Olympic caliber events throughout the country. In 1991 in Barcelona, Spain, he volunteered with the men's United States gymnastics team. He served as a Boy Scout leader, member of the Governor's and Mayor's Council of Physical Fitness and Sports, and member of the Worker's Compensation Research Institute advisory committee for the state of Indiana.

He is a member of the APTA Private Practice Section, APTA American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy, APTA Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, and the APTA Health Policy & Administration Section. In 2017, he was awarded the APTA Lucy Blair Service Award. He looks forward to working with members who are committed to advancing the profession of physical therapy. As a PTPAC Trustee, he is dedicated to working to ensure that physical therapy remains a strong and viable profession, and is committed to ensuring that the profession has a strong voice in all legislative matters.

Kerry Wood, PT, DPT
Kerry Wood has 35 years' experience as a PT, receiving a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from the University of Vermont and a tDPT from Simmons College. She currently serves as a physical therapist in acute care at the University of Vermont Medical Center — an academic medical and level I trauma center in Burlington, Vermont.

She spent more than 25 years in management for the Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Center of the University of Vermont Medical Center and served as an adjunct professor at Simmons College and the University of Vermont, Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences. She served as a Vital Smarts Crucial Conversations faculty for 10 years. She has been involved with the Vermont Chapter as delegate and chief delegate and Federal Affairs Liaison, and with HPA The Catalyst as a board member in different roles for nine years as well as LAMP Leadership faculty. She has served on numerous task forces and committees with APTA.

She is passionate about advocacy to help educate the public and lawmakers for promoting access to the people we serve to be able to receive physical therapist services. We have a responsibility to help them make informed decisions.

Sheree Chapman York, PT, DPT
Sheree Chapman York is a board-certified clinical specialist in pediatric physical therapy and an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She retired from Children's of Alabama in 2019 with more than 20 years as director for the Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Department and Early Intervention Services. She received a bachelors' degree and a master's degree in physical therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a doctor of physical therapy degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She completed a Maternal and Child Healthcare Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

She has worked in pediatric physical therapy since 1979, including schools, preschools, clinics for a variety of diagnoses, and for the State Department of Education as a specialist in PT and OT services and preschool and early intervention programs. Her most recent clinical work includes Newborn Follow-up Clinic, early intervention, and neonatal intensive care units. In her assistant professor role she teaches courses in pediatrics, management, and professional practice. She continues to work in the UAB Newborn Follow-up Clinic. Her research interests include outcomes for premature infants, effective interventions for children and adults with cerebral palsy, and constraint-induced therapy for both children and adults.

She has had many professional volunteer responsibilities during her career, including an appointment to the Alabama Governor's Early Intervention Interagency Coordinating Council and various committees focusing on training EI providers. She has served the American Physical Therapy Association in various roles, such as governance review, CSM review, and Learning Center Task Force; president, legislative chair, chief delegate, and delegate for the Alabama Chapter; and vice president, president, regional director, state representative, Education Committee chair, and Hospital-based Special Interest Group chair for the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy. In 2007 she was elected secretary and in 2015 president of the WCPT International Organisation of Physical Therapists in Paediatrics. She continues to serve in this role through 2023.