Megan Warner is a candidate for Treasurer on the Student Assembly Board of Directors.
Hello! My name is Megan Warner, and I am running for the Student Assembly Board of Directors' position of treasurer. I just completed my second year at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
My passion, time-management, and team-building skills make me a perfect match for the Student Assembly Board of Directors. If elected to serve, I will perform the duties of treasurer with honesty and integrity, and I will work hard to help the Board achieve its goals. I will also strive to equip students who attend national conferences to return to their schools and discuss what they’ve learned. I discovered at CSM this year that involvement in APTA for people between their first and fifth years of practice posteducation is extremely low. I am running for this position because I believe that if we can ignite passion within our students early in their academic careers, this will carry over into those first few years of practice.
I also am running because I believe that Oklahoma needs strong student leadership in the profession of physical therapy. We are one of the few states that does not have direct access and, because of this, I feel we are falling behind. I want to be involved in APTA at the national level to set an example for my fellow students and future colleagues, both in Oklahoma and across our nation. I want Oklahoma to advance in the profession of physical therapy, and being involved at the national level is a crucial part of that.
I am qualified for this position because I have very strong leadership skills, and I am very detail-oriented. I am proud to be a leader at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC). I am the president of the OUHSC Rehabilitation Sciences Class of 2013. I serve as historian for our branch of the Student Physical Therapy Association, which this year raised more than $10,000 for Marquette Challenge for the first time in our school’s history. I also am a research assistant within our department. I am involved in the Oklahoma Physical Therapy Association as a mentee in our mentorship program and as an advocate for our profession. I have attended APTA's National Student Conclave and the Combined Sections Meeting, where I participated in leadership meetings and forums.
My involvement in all of these activities—while still balancing school, family, and friends—has honed my time-management skills, and I consider this one of my best assets. Prior to being a student at OUHSC, I owned and operated my own personal training business and coached volleyball. Because of these activities, I have extensive experience working within groups with people of varying personalities and strengths. I also have experience with balancing a business budget and maintaining financial records.
If elected, I will bring passion, perseverance, and productivity to the Student Assembly Board of Directors. Mahatma Gandhi said, "Be the change you want to see in the world," and I believe I can be that change in the profession of physical therapy. Let's move forward!