The Committees of APTA Virginia

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APTA Virginia relies on the time and efforts of its devoted volunteers to perform key functions and to work towards the mission: “to advance excellence, quality, and accessibility of physical therapy through advocacy, education, research, and services for its members and consumers.” Volunteers serve to support the organization locally through service to their chapters, or through support to the organization as a whole, via committees or special interest groups. 

The organization is always looking for volunteers! If any of the committee descriptions below pique your interest, of if you want to volunteer and are not sure how, please reach out to Marie Stravlo, the Chapter's Executive Director. She'll set up some time to get to know you and talk about the various opportunities. From there you'll discuss what would be a good fit for you and the chapter. She can be reached at or by calling 866.364.VPTA (8782).

One way in which volunteers can support the organization is through service on one of APTA Virginia's hard-working committees. Each committee serves an important role in the functioning of the organization and in achieving the mission described above.  

The ten committees of APTA Virginia are:
  • Communications: This committee works to provide the best member experience through different communication platforms to ensure that members can have access to information and networking. The communication platforms used by the committee also assists in member retention and recruitment.
  • Education: This committee serves to elevate the standard of physical therapy care delivery in the Commonwealth of Virginia through provision of evidence-based, high-quality, and cost-effective continuing education. The education committee is responsible for developing educational opportunities at events such as the Fall Summit and the Spring Education Event.
  • Ethics: This committee serves as a resource that provides education on ethical issues to members. 
  • Finance: This committee ensures the fiscal well-being of the chapter, assists chairs in developing yearly budgets, and develops and implements a fiscal plan for the organization.
  • Legislative: This committee is responsible for developing grassroots campaigns to further the legislative goals of the organization and of the APTA. More advocacy information can be found here.
  • Membership: This committees plans, implements, and evaluates membership campaigns, including all recruitment and retention efforts. 
  • Nominating: This committee evaluates the qualifications of eligible candidates for leadership positions and prepares a slate of nominees for vacant offices. 
  • Payer & Practice Relations: This committee addresses the primary elements involved in the practice of physical therapy including scope of practice, standards and ethics of practices, and The Guide to Physical Therapy Practice.  This committee also works to answer member questions regarding practice. You can see some recent and past answers to practice questions here and here.
  • Research: This committee coordinates poster and platform presentations at the Fall Summit. The committee ensures the best event by reviewing and approving each submitted abstract and then facilitating the presentations on the day of the event. 
  • Student Relations: This committee serves to facilitate the engagement of student-related activities as they pertain to the chapter, Student Special Interest Group (SSIG), and associated gatherings throughout the calendar year. This group also plays a key role in mentoring and preparing students for future chapter leadership roles and encouraging involvement in current national and chapter student leadership opportunities.



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