||Alexia-Rae Reed, SPT
The following candidate statement was written prior to Alexia's election to the nominating committee of the Student Assembly Board of Directors.
National Student Conclave holds a special place in my graduate student life. From attending my first National Student Conclave (NSC 2013), I returned with a revitalized spirit to boost advocacy efforts. I never imagined attending a small "How to become an Advocate" session would plant the seed of developing me into the advocate that I am today. APTA continues to provide ample methods to become involved within the profession.
I am driven. I have found opportunity by my willingness to serve as the chairperson for the Interprofessional Development Committee. This project committee has enhanced my leadership skills and has given me the platform to bring my local idea of interprofessional efforts to a national stage. Through this integration, we can learn to respect one another sooner than later, and have confidence as we pass the baton as healthcare providers.
The ever-ready energy of the organization re-invigorates me. Every time I attend a conference, I leave inspired and full of fresh ideas. I want to share the fever with my fellow colleagues within the profession as well as across the healthcare disciplines.
I am a leader, and an experienced advocate, as I have visited our nation's capital for the past two consecutive years during my student career to advocate our profession to state Senators and Congressmen alongside fellow Louisiana constituents.
As Nominating Committee Member for the Student Assembly Board of Directors, I will bring purpose to my position. With a fresh outlook for innovation, I will be the voice to lend new ideas to collaborate with project committees and engage APTA's student constituents. I am dedicated to elevating the physical therapy profession to new heights as a student and carryover this enthusiastic spirit into my professional career.