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ALEXANDRIA, VA, February 3, 2014 – APTA today announced that J. Michael Bowers has been selected as its new chief executive officer, effective February 28, 2014.
Bowers comes to APTA with recent experience as the CEO of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). He worked at AAMFT in a variety of leadership positions for more than 25 years, developing expertise in many aspects of association management, including advocacy, governance, volunteer development, financial management, and member relations. While at AAMFT, he led the effort to achieve universal licensure for marriage and family therapists, and also improved the association's financial position by overseeing the purchase and full payment for a headquarters building.
"On behalf of the APTA Board of Directors, I am thrilled that Michael will be joining us as CEO, and I look forward to working with him," said APTA President Paul A. Rockar Jr, PT, DPT, MS. "Throughout his career, Michael has proven himself to be an innovative and visionary leader who cares deeply about members and staff. He also exhibits a passion for the types of quality of life issues that are so important to mission-based organizations like APTA and to the physical therapy profession."
Bowers will succeed Bonnie Polvinale, CMP, who has been serving as Interim CEO since June 2013.
"I couldn't be more excited or honored to join the staff of APTA in advancing physical therapy," Bowers said. "My commitment to members and the organization is to work collaboratively, with all my energy, to achieve outcomes that matter for patients and for the profession."
During his tenure at AAMFT, Bowers presented testimony in 22 state legislatures, the US House of Representatives, and US Senate, and he has appeared on CNN and NBC Nightly News. He was instrumental in AAMFT becoming a part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Minority Fellowship Program, and having marriage and family therapy recognized as a core mental health profession. He also led AAMFT to its highest student membership in the organization's history.
Bowers is trained as a marriage and family therapist and has bachelor's and master's degrees from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. He has prior experience as a therapist in the justice system and also as a minister. In addition, he is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives.
Bowers lives in Alexandria, Virginia, where he and his wife participate in the music community as singer-songwriters.
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