Executive Committee

  • Tony Grillo, President (2024)
  • Emily Hawkins, President-Elect (2025)
  • Megan McIntyre, Secretary (2025)
  • Brandon Smith, Vice President (2024)
  • William Bodfish, Treasurer (2024)
  • Cameron Massumi, Chief Delegate (2025)


District Directors

Blue Ridge District Central District
Director: Nicole Tinsman (2024)
Director: Brooke Lieske (2025)
Director: Kate Hogue (2025)
Director: Cait Davies (2024)


Mountain District Northern District
Director: Eric Coley (2024)
Director: Chase Edwards (2025)
Director: Sheri Fedor (2025)


Tidewater District Valley District
Director: David Furrow (2025)
Director: Lucas Johnson (2024)
Director: Samantha Pierce Foster (2024)
Director: Ben Hodges (2025)

Interested in filling a vacancy? Please contact Marie Stravlo at VPTA@VPTA.org. She'll be glad to tell you more about the opportunity. 



  • Cameron Massumi,  Chief Delegate
  • Katherine Baucom
  • Jade Bender-Burnett
  • Benjamin Darter
  • Stephen Elam
  • Ashley Keesler-Young
  • William Kolb
  • Megan McIntyre
  • Brandon Smith
  • Shawne Soper
  • Michele Wiley
  • Lucy Williams
  • Stacy Pepitone, 1st Alternate
  • Anandbabu Ramadass, 2nd Alternate


Special Interest Group Chairs


Committees Chairs

PAC Brian Britt    Ethics Lee Ann Eagler
PTA SIG Jessica Shrader Finance Will Bodfish 
Pediatric SIG Kristin Sanders Legislative Tom Bohanon
Student SIG Amanda Slay Membership Paxton Helmer 
Private Practice SIG Josh Bailey Nominating Jonathan McGruder
Geriatric SIG Brandon Smith Research Amanda Miller Avila
Early Professional SIG Brandon Gearhart   Payer & Practice Relations Robert Keeton
Ron Masri
      Education Lee Ann Eagler
Charlene Jensen
      Student Relations Co-Chairs Reiko Simmons 
Megan McIntyre
      Communications Jessica Shrader
      Awards Chair Megan Carroll



Committees Descriptions




Maintaining and promoting ethical principles and standards of conduct for members is a function of APTA. APTA is a voluntary organization without the legal power of licensing agencies to enforce standards of behavior; however, the Association's disciplinary process does represent a commitment of a public nature to hold its members to the ethical principles and standards of the profession. The purpose of the chapter Ethics Committee is to serve as a resource and to provide education on ethical issues to members.


Additional Information and Resources

APTA Ethics & Judicial Committee

APTA Ethics & Professionalism

Continuing Education Resources
Health Regulatory Boards
Board of PT - Guidance Documents
Virginia Regulatory Town Hall Meetings
Health Professions- Filing a complaint
APTA Ethics-Resolving Disputes or Complaints
4 New Ethics Courses for 2018 AAOMPT


Course 109:

Ethics for the PT: Real World Cases (2 hours)

Course 116:

Ethics for PT Clinicians: Dealing with Child Abuse, Legally, Ethically, and with Compassion (3 hours)
Course 118: Ethics & Jurisprudence: A Practical Application 2018 (4 hours)





The Finance Committee is where the "rubber meets the road" so to speak. This committee ensures the fiscal well-being of the component as it is responsible developing and implementing the fiscal plan as directed by the yearly goals set from the APTA Virginia Board of Directors and Executive Committee. They are responsible for ensuring that the component fulfills its financial obligations and completes the necessary financial statements in a timely and accurate manner. Overall the finance committee members are responsible for the following:

  • Communicating with the APTA Virginia Board of Directors and Executive Committee about the chapter finances.
  • Assist district directors, committee and SIG chairs with developing yearly budgets.
  • Developing and implementing the fiscal plan for the chapter.






The Legislative Committees is responsible for developing grassroots campaigns and for working with APTA Government and Payment Advocacy Department staff to further the legislative goals of the Virginia Chapter and APTA.






The Membership Committee has an important job -- membership development remains one of the highest priorities of APTA Virginia. The Membership Committee is responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating membership campaigns, including all recruitment and retention efforts.





Elected positions that serves a two (2) year term.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Study the qualifications of eligible candidates and prepare a list of the names and qualifications of nominees consenting to serve.
  • Prepare a slate of nominees for vacant Virginia Chapter offices.




Payer & Practice Relations

The Payer and Practice Relations Committee addresses the primary elements involved in the practice of physical therapy: scope of practice, administration of practice, standards and ethics of practice, and the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice. The committee also recognizes that reimbursement/payment is likely the most confusing and frustrating part of clinical practice, so we are here to help you navigate any questions you might have. Send your question(s) to vpta@vpta.org.





The Education 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 work of this committee has a significant impact on the financial health of the chapter. The committee is responsible for developing and executing the state-wide educational opportunities such as the Fall Summit and Spring Education Event.


  • Review and select program topics and speakers in areas of importance to the profession of physical therapy and in accordance with member needs.
  • Schedule, coordinate, and execute the education program in a way that meets members' needs.
  • Evaluate each education program, and implement changes as appropriate.
  • Participate in Virginia Chapter's strategic planning activities
  • Act as a good steward of the chapter's resources

Qualifications of individuals who serve on this committee:

  • Clinical expertise in one or more areas of practice
  • Excellent communication, coordination, and collaboration skills
  • Interest in elevating the standard of physical therapy care delivery in Virginia through education






Student Relations

The Student Relations Committee (SRC) 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. The SRC plays a key role in mentoring and preparing student for future chapter leadership and encouraging involvement in current national and chapter student opportunities in leadership.





The Virginian E-Newsletter and other communication tools (VPTA.org, Facebook and Twitter) are often the most visible member benefit of the Virginia Physical Therapy Association. Access to information and networking opportunities are the two major reasons why people become members.

The chapter's communication tools are the most important contributor to membership retention and recruitment at the state level. Our membership chair and communications committee work closely together to provide the best member service through different communication platforms.



Communications Committee

Chair Tony Grillo
Content Manager Jordan Tucker, PT, DPT
Website Manager Sarah Patejak, SPT
Social Media Assistant Bailey Long, SPT
Committee Liasion Crystal Okenkpu, SPT

The Virginian

Our e-newsletter is distributed to members on the 1st Thursday of each month. To contribute to The Virginian, please write a short article and/or include 1-2 pictures, if applicable, formatted as jpeg files. Send submissions to Kimberly Hood by the 3rd Friday of each month.

Social Media

All PT/PTA professionals, students, and educators in Virginia are encouraged to share information, post photos, and engage in dialogue with others using Twitter and Facebook . To reach a larger audience on Facebook, please contact the Communications Chair and we will post for you or tweet us at @VPTA_Tweets. We want to hear from you!





The Research Committee coordinates the poster and platform presentations for the Fall Summit. To do this, we develop a Call for Abstracts that goes out to all members, then review each abstract and determine eligibility for presentation. On the day of the conference, we help facilitate the research presentations.




The Awards Committee is a small committee who's primary responsibilities are placing each incoming award nomination through a vetting process and rubric for scoring each candidate. Their responsibilities mainly occur in the month of February from the deadline of nomination submission through the submission of the best award candidates to the APTA Virginia Board of Directors at the March meeting. The Award Committee chairperson will make the final recommendations to the Board of Directors.