Executive Committee

  • Josh Bailey, President (2020)
  • Tony Grillo, President Elect (2022)
  • Joe Spagnolo, Secretary (2021)
  • Mark Bouzaine, Vice President (2020)
  • Wil Kolb, Treasurer (2020)
  • Dianne Jewell, Chief Delegate (2021)
  • Marie Stravlo, Executive Director, Ex-Officio (Staff)
    Phone: 866-364-VPTA (8782)


District Leaders

Blue Ridge District Central District
Director: Kristin Lambert (2020)
Director: Comet Mekonen (2021)
Director: Brandon Smith (2020)
Director: Andrea Blanchard (2021)


Mountain District Northern District
Director: William Bodfish (2020)
Director: Barret Blevins (2019)
Director: David Finkelstein (2020)
Director: Behnaz Struthers (2021)


Tidewater District Valley District
Director: Laura Standard (2020)
Director: Elizabeth Chambers (2021)
Director: Brian Britt (2021)
Director: Vacant

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



  • Dianne Jewell, Chief Delegate
  • Thomas Bohanon
  • Megan Bureau
  • Lee Ann Eagler
  • Steve Elam
  • Kyle Feldman
  • Samantha Foster
  • Emily Hawkins
  • Erik Lineberry
  • Tom Mayhew
  • Megan McIntyre
  • Brandon Smith
  • Shawne Soper


Special Interest Group Chairs


Committees Chairs

PAC Andy Tatom   Ethics Lee Ann Eagler
PTA SIG Zac Lutz Finance Wil Kolb
Pediatric SIG Kim Lephart Legislative Tom Bohanon
Student SIG Paxton Helmer Membership Brandon Poen
Private Practice SIG Ryan Webb Nominating Jonathan McGruder
Geriatric SIG Cathy Renkiewicz Research Amanda Miller Avila
Early Professional SIG Erik Lineberry   Payer & Practice Relations Ron Masri
      Education Skye Donovan & Charlene Jensen
      Student Relations Co-Chairs Brandon Smith & Megan McIntyre
      Communications Chelsea Lindo



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: https://www.ptcourses.com/course.php?id=168
Health Regulatory Boards: http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/
Board of PT - Guidance Documents: http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/GDocs.cfm
Virginia Regulatory Town Hall Meetings: http://townhall.virginia.gov/index.cfm
Health Professions- Filing a complaint: http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/Enforcement/complaints.htm
APTA Ethics-Resolving Disputes or Complaints: http://www.apta.org/Ethics/Disputes/
4 New Ethics Courses for 2018 AAOMPT: https://www.physiospot.com/physioplus/new-ethics-courses-coming-this-may/
Ethics in Marketing and Advertising: http://thesciencept.com/ethics-of-healthcare-advertising/


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.