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Candidates for President-elect

Avery Schroyer, PT, DPT, CMTPT, Cert-APHPT

I am honored to be nominated for the office of President-elect of the KPTA. I have been very privileged to serve on the Board as Secretary since 2014. We are all very fortunate due to the hard work of past Presidents and Board Members to be able to practice in the best state for physical therapy. Our Association has been forward thinking, proactive and has fought many hard battles to protect our rights. I will continue to uphold our values as a profession and strive to progress us into the future. I know there are issues on the horizon that need to be addressed as we continue to protect our practice rights and meet the ever-demanding changes in healthcare. Our Association is changing and so are the ways we communicate with each other and the public. It is important that we continue to focus on the image of what our Association provides for its members, and what we as therapists provide to our community. I look forward to being able to continue to serve you as President of the KPTA.

Charlie Workman, PT, MBA

 I am honored to be nominated as president-elect for the Kentucky Chapter as a means of continuing my service to our members and our physical therapy profession. I have served KPTA for many years, initially as the Draper Loan Committee Chair, then as Treasurer and now as Vice President. Serving in prior leadership roles for the association, I have been fortunate to work along-side strong leadership over the years that has positioned KPTA to be recognized as one of the elite and trailblazing associations in the nation. With all the successes achieved in years past, the healthcare arena continues to present challenges for our profession in payment/reimbursement models for services, evolving opportunities in care delivery, and patient access to therapy services. Critical forward thinking and stronger membership involvement will be paramount for our association to successfully advance our profession through these challenges. I am dedicated to ambitiously working with members, APTA representatives, legislators and board members to promote innovative collaboration to achieve 4 specific objectives: optimizing membership value and engagement, promoting the value of physical therapy services across Kentucky, fostering continued state and federal legislative advocacy, and developing future leaders/practitioners in our profession. I appreciate your support and continued involvement with KPTA to make a significant impact for our physical therapy profession.

Candidate for vice president

Robbie Hinkebein, PT, DPT, ATC

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

It would be my pleasure to serve you in the role of Vice President. I have served on various KPTA committees throughout my 23-year career. For the past 3 years, I have had the pleasure of serving on a strong team that has worked on many legislative efforts as part of the KPTA legislative and payment policy committees. I feel that there is more to tackle on behalf of all KPTA members given the changing face of health care. For example, only 10-15% of those whom develop a musculoskeletal injury, that lasts longer than three months, currently access a physical therapist for their injury. With a focused team effort, we can collaboratively better inform our communities, on how physical therapy can be a great solution to decrease healthcare costs and improve outcomes. Another important issue would be to continue the efforts the KPTA has made to push back on the utility of third-party administrators or utilization management review organizations. These organizations only increase costs and decrease access for patients in need in our communities. Let’s work together so our communities can better access the most cost-effective provider to treat musculoskeletal injuries, a Physical Therapist.


Candidate for Treasurer

Debra Stanley Turner, PT, MBA

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as the KPTA Treasurer for the last three years. As healthcare continues to evolve and our profession grows, we face many challenges and opportunities. I am excited about the KPTA strategic plan which will need strong finances to support the mission and vision of our chapter. Over the last few years and with the collaboration of the finance committee, I have developed an annual budget that has sustained daily operations and supported growth in our reserve accounts that ultimately enables us to support the strategic plan goals.

Professionally, I serve as the Director of Rehabilitation for Rehab Services at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Northern Kentucky. My work responsibilities include managing budgets, analyzing financial reports, strategic planning and program development. With your support, I am looking forward for the opportunity to serve as the KPTA treasurer again.


Candidates for PTA Caucus Representative

Mark Cook, PTA

I graduated from the University of Cincinnati with an Associates degree in applied science in 1994 and became a licensed PTA that year. I’ve been practicing for 25 years, primarily in sports medicine and the orthopedic outpatient setting for St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Northern Kentucky, but have also worked in home health, inpatient and PRN assisted living facilities.

I’ve been a member of APTA/KPTA since 2010, serving as the KPTA Northern District representative to the #ChoosePT Task Force from 2016-2017.

In April 2018 I completed a three-year term as a commissioner on the Housing Authority of Covington. I’m deeply involved in my faith, serving as a musician in the church choir for 28 years (ongoing) and as president of the Holy Name Society for the past 2 years. Within my community, I serve as an assistant to the president of the Monte Casino Neighborhood Association.

I am honored to be nominated for the PTA caucus representative position and I vow that if elected, I will use my 25 years of clinical expertise to represent the PTA community at the national level to maintain the high level of standards that is expected from this ever-changing profession.

Ky Pak, PTA

I am currently running for the position of KPTA PTA Caucus representative. I believe I am a great candidate because I have been involved in the profession since I was a student. I understand how important being an active member is and want to represent all PTAs not only at the APTA House of Delegates but make sure our voices are heard. I was involved as the Director of SPTA Relations during my first year as a student, PT-PAC Liaison as a second-year student and currently on the KPTA Legislative and PAC Teams as a new grad PTA.

The position of PTA Caucus Representative is important and should be an active voice and listener for all PTAs in Kentucky. I want to make sure that PTA members know about issues that affect our place in the profession, raise concern if an issue involves PTAs in our state, and act as a point of contact for PTAs. Thank you for your consideration and it would be a great honor to take these next steps with the PTAs of Kentucky.

Stephanie Taylor, PTA

It is an honor to be nominated to run for a second term as the KPTA Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Caucus Representative. Over the past two years, I have had the opportunity to serve in this role while representing the interests of the PTA and profession. I have learned a great deal about the policy-making process and gained an appreciation for the hard work involved in making important decisions that impact our patients and the profession.

I believe by serving in this capacity for one term, combined with my 22 years of PTA experience, being an active member of KPTA/APTA also for 22 years, and working as a PTA educator 14 years, I will provide continued leadership to the Kentucky Chapter.

Thank you for the consideration and your vote. I would be a great honor and privilege to continue serving the Kentucky chapter and the PT and PTAs across the state.


Candidates for Delegate to the APTA House of Delegates

Wendy Colley, PT, DPT

Professionally, I am the founder of Touch Physical Therapy, specializing in Craniosacral Therapy and work PRN in various environments. I began my physical therapy career in 2000 and have practiced in a variety of settings including sub-acute, outpatient, pediatrics, long-term care, home health, adult day, and ICF/MR (in Kentucky). I’ve served as a clinical instructor and I volunteer with the Special Olympics serving as the Clinical Director for their FunFitness program which provides fitness screenings to the athletes.

I have never been prouder of my professional organization than now, witnessing APTA/KPTA add our collective voice, with commitment, to the fight against the opioid epidemic. As KPTA Delegate, I hope to see this collective voice continue to work for the greater good of those we serve as well as make a difference improving ease of providing therapy, improving job security for therapists, help to decrease conditions that add stress in the work place, leading to burnout, work to optimize transitions with CMS payment changes and help to create conditions of practice that allow PT/PTA relationships to thrive. As Kentucky’s alternate delegate to the APTA House of Delegates, I’ve gained valuable insight into this policy-making body and I would appreciate your vote in this upcoming election.

Carrie Hawkins, PT, DPT

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

The House of Delegates (House) is an APTA policy-making body, in which delegates make decisions on issues that may have implications for the association and for the profession of physical therapy. Members of the House may propose amendments to APTA's bylaws, direct a course of action, articulate an association attitude on the physical therapy needs of the public or the needs of members, or describe a goal the association wishes to achieve. Our APTA members in Kentucky have become leaders in the #ChoosePT campaign, our practice act, and our Compact inclusion. Many of our members actively lobby our state and federal legislators. We are a state with great APTA members and physical therapy professionals, and I want our voice to continue to count. I have been a delegate since 2015, and every year I learn more about the policies and issues facing Kentucky and the U.S. in our healthcare and our profession. I am improving in my initiative to contact KPTA members on their opinions on motions and how the motion would impact their practice. If I am fortunate enough to continue to represent Kentucky, I plan to continue to find ways to reach more of our members, to discuss upcoming motions and gather information and viewpoints from our members.

Melanie Hines, PT, DPT, ATC, Cert. MDT

Hello, my name is Melanie Hines, and I am once again asking for your vote to continue to serve as Delegate to APTA House of Delegates. First of all, I would like to thank you for allowing me to serve as your Delegate for a total of seven years. I have also previously served as your Treasurer and am currently a member of your Finance Committee.

With my previous experience, I understand the how the House works and will be committed to the issues as they pertain to physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in our state. With issues such as reimbursement, student loan repayment for new graduates, and a review of the bylaws of the APTA becoming even more pressing in the next two years, it is imperative that we rely on proven leaders to help guide us through these debates. I believe that, having spent seven years as a delegate, my understanding of the what it means to be a delegate and how a vote may affect the members of our chapter give me the ability to make the best decisions for our chapter. I have seen a greater commitment to diversity and inclusion, and a spirit of working together to unite the association through my time spent at the house during my previous two years. I would like to continue to help with that process as well as help make Kentucky a better place to practice physical therapy by continuing to serve.

Once again, I am humbly asking for your vote and I look forward to serving you.

Elaine Lonnemann, PT, DPT

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists

I would be honored to serve as a Kentucky Delegate to the APTA House of Delegates (HOD). With 30 years as a physical therapist in the roles of clinician, practice owner, educator and advocate, I have valuable experience that will make me effective in representing the Kentucky delegation. I will bring a historical perspective on issues that affect the practice and integrity of physical therapy.

In my leadership experience, I have had the opportunity to assist with bylaw revisions, create main motions and improve processes for governance. I believe that the HOD will be considering different methods of governance in the future and I would like to assist with this process. As the President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapists, I am the voice of the association. I would be an effective spokesperson and represent the concerns and needs of the members of the KPTA. I welcome the opportunity to serve you.

Ron Meade, PT, DPT

I have had the good fortune to serve as the Director of the PTA Program at Somerset Community College for the past fifteen years. This position has afforded me the opportunity to be engaged in activities on behalf of PTs, PTAs and the profession as a whole.

I presently serve as the KPTA Membership Chairperson and have served as the Chapter Student Liaison and in other roles in the past. I hold membership in several academies/sections of the APTA, predominantly in areas that I teach, and currently serve on the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Workgroup. I served as the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy’s Membership Chairperson from 2016-2018.

I am excited about our profession’s future and this opportunity to serve my colleagues. I am interested in learning more about the inner workings of our association and I believe this opportunity will provide me with opportunities for personal and professional growth. It is my hope that, through my participation, our members will feel confident about expressing their individual perspectives, concerns and aspirations for the profession and that I may energize our membership. I will be a committed, dedicated team member if elected.