Student Leadership Project Committees

Student Assembly Project Committees (PC) are established by the Student Assembly Board of Directors (SABoD) for the purpose of aiding in achieving the SABoD annual goals. Each PC is comprised of 1 or 2 chairs that are appointed through an annual application process. Each PC chair is able to select their members.

The PC regularly collaborates with an assigned SABoD liaison and APTA staff. The SABoD liaison will assist the PC chair and members in establishing and accomplishing their goals. While the weekly commitments differ for each PC according to tasks and time of year, members can expect to devote between 1-5 hours a week performing committee related activities. At the National Student Conclave, each PC will be asked to present their achievements to the Student Assembly.

Call For Committee Chair and Members for  2 Newly Formed Project Committees

The call for volunteers for the Interprofessional Development and Professional Advocacy project committees is now closed. Selections will be announced on this webpage later this month. Thank you for your interest.

*Not ready to dive in to be a project committee chair this year? Be a member on any committee by emailing Kait Bianco at

New Task Force Being Formed

Prospective Student Task Force*
This task force will work with the Student Assembly and APTA Staff to provide recommendations to update the Prospective Student Powerpoint Presentation as well as the Prospective Student page, one of the most visited pages on the APTA website.

Participate in this Task Force
*The SABoD will appoint the task force members so there is no need to apply for this position. Please email Kait Bianco at if you are interested in being a member of this task force.

New Professionals Project Committee
Selected committee members for the New Professionals Project Committee will be posted below with their perspective committees later this month.

2015 Project Committees

Community Outreach:
This committee will foster student opportunities in community service, public health awareness, and engagement with minority and underserved populations. The committee will work closely with APTA staff to develop the profession's commitment to improving health and wellness within the community. This committee will also help inspire the next generation of physical therapists by promoting ways for students to mentor and educate today's youth interested in health care careers. Contact Co-Chairs Joey Bikkers and Dominique Forte for information on this project committee.

Foundation Liaison:
This liaison will collaborate with the Foundation for Physical Therapy to expand awareness of physical therapy research value within both the profession and the community. It will promote opportunities for SPT and SPTA involvement, encourage student participation in Center of Excellence networks, and work closely with the coordinators of the Marquette Challenge to develop initiatives to increase student participation.  Contact Chair Yasmin Broomard for information on this project committee.

Global Health:
This committee will work with the APTA and its components, PT and PTA programs nationally and internationally, and student special interest groups to promote awareness of global affairs concerning physical therapy and opportunities available for students. Responsibilities would include establishing personal connections with the Global Health Special Interest Group under the Health Policy and Administration Section, reaching out to international programs, and becoming a resource for students who are interested in getting involved.  Contact Co-Chairs April Fajardo and Josh Greensweig for information on this project committee.

The Interprofessional Development Project Committee
This committee will promote collaboration, education, and networking between students across various health care specialties. Anticipating modern health care transformations, this committee will also advance DPT and PTA students' understanding and experience with providing patient-centered care as part of an interdisciplinary team.

Loop Communication Network (LCN):
This committee aims to keep every SPT and SPTA well aware of APTA opportunities through the LCN. This committee will ensure that Core Ambassadors have current resources to be the most effective in their states. The committee will assess and encourage growth of current Loop initiatives and develop innovative ways to increase engagement and streamline communication by utilizing the LCN.  Contact Chair Craig Bowen for information on this project committee.

This committee will work with APTA, DPT programs, and PTA programs across the nation to develop and maintain initiatives focused on increasing and retaining student membership. It will be guided by analysis of effective targets and methods for membership promotion as well as the intention to spread awareness of APTA, the Student Assembly, and the value of membership. Contact Chair Jessica Plummer for information on this project committee.

National Student Conclave (NSC):
Join with APTA staff to develop an inspirational student-centered conference that lets students experience the amazing opportunity, support, and community that exists within APTA. This committee has the chance to create a conference for students by students. Contact Co-Chairs Thomas Mork  and Jocelyn Wallace for information on this project committee.

New Profession Project Committee Description:
Explore ways to inspire and guide new professionals, defined as individuals within the first 5 years of their career. This committee will: Demonstrate the value of remaining within the APTA community; develop events and initiatives for new professionals; andlead the growing new professional movement within APTA. NOTE: Only a new professional can chair this committee, however we encourage both new professionals and current students to join as members.

The Professional Advocacy Project Committee
This committee will work to provide strategies to advocate the needs for services provided by physical therapists and physical therapists assistants. The committee will work towards educating students on current and emerging public policy issues impacting the professional of physical therapy. Lastly, the committee will work on how students can advance the profession through legislative avenues.

PT-PAC Liaison:
This liaison to the Student Assembly will interact with students to educate them about PT-PAC and how it impacts their future profession. The position will also interact with APTA staff and PT-PAC trustees to develop initiatives and get students more involved in PT-PAC. Contact Chair Thomas Janicky for information on this project committee. 

SPTA Relations:
This committee serves to enhance the SPTA experience by investigating and facilitating involvement opportunities within APTA and its sections. This committee will work to increase communication and collaboration between SPT and SPTA membership through existing and newly developed efforts. This committee will focus on strengthening, educating, and promoting current SPTA members within APTA. Contact Chair Tyler King for information on this project committee.

Support the development of Student Special Interest Groups within APTA components by encouraging the students and component leadership to work together. This committee will help build connections between PT and PTA program class officers, core ambassadors, and chapter leadership to facilitate a larger regional community of resources. Contact Co-Chairs Ademola Giwa and Maddie Williams for information on this project committee.

**Not ready to dive in to be a project committee chair this year? Be a member on any committee by emailing Kait Bianco at

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