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APTA National - Public Member of the APTA Board of Directors 2021

Signup Deadline: 07-15-2021
Starts: 01-01-2022
Ends: 12-31-2022


Please note that individuals eligible for APTA membership are not eligible to apply for this position.

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Public Member of APTA Board of Directors
The appointed public member has the same duties, responsibilities, and roles on the APTA Board as the other directors. This position’s primary contribution is to provide advice, counsel, and strategy by leveraging their own experiences and perspective in order to broaden the diversity of thought and contribute to decision making of the Board.

Term: The public member shall be appointed by the Board of Directors and shall serve a term of one year. The public member shall not serve more than three consecutive terms.

Established by: APTA Bylaws

APTA Mission: Building a community that advances the profession of physical therapy to improve the health of society.

Board of Directors Summary:

The Board of Directors supports the work of APTA and provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance, acting with full authority and responsibility to develop policies for the operation of the organization. The Board monitors the organization’s financial health, programs, and overall performance; and provides APTA’s chief executive officer the resources and authority to manage the staff team and priorities of the organization. While day-to-day operations are led by the CEO, the Board-executive relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected. The Board:

  1. Consists of the officers (president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, speaker, and vice speaker) and 10 directors.
  2. Directs all business and financial affairs for and on behalf of the association, is responsible for all of its property and funds, and provides for an annual audit by a certified public accountant.
  3. Fosters the growth and development of the association.
  4. Appoints and employs a chief executive officer who shall be the administrator of the headquarters and who shall be responsible to the Board of Directors.
  5. Prescribes and publishes the qualifications for each category of membership.
  6. Fills vacancies on the Board of Directors and on committees, except as otherwise provided in the bylaws and in the standing rules.
  7. Is responsible for creation, appointment, purposes, and activities of such committees as it deems necessary.
  8. Provides oversight for development and maintenance of procedural documents related to the bylaws.
  9. Adopts procedures for processing charges that a member has violated the ethical principles and standards of the association.
  10. Provides oversight for the review and revision of existing association policies for consistency of intent and language with such new policies as may be adopted by the House of Delegates.
  11. Appoints the public member.

Board members are committed to the long-term interests of the organization and meet regularly to oversee and direct business operations, set policies, approve business decisions, evaluate executive performances, and fulfill fiduciary responsibilities.

Essential Functions:

  1. Become knowledgeable about the organization.
  2. Provide perspective from their area of expertise, experience, and education.
  3. Actively prepare for and participate in the meetings.
  4. Working with Board members, complete specific strategies in support of the association’s mission, vision, and strategic plan.

Position Requirements for Public Member:

  1. Not eligible for membership in the association.
  2. Experience, expertise, and education consistent with the strategic plan and priorities of the Association.
  3. Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals.
  4. Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving lives.
  5. A passion for and knowledge in an area such as health care, quality health care, health care regulation, the purpose of health care regulation, public protection, or public health.
  6. An educational or work experience background that can be viewed as credible by the membership.
  7. Knowledge of and appreciation for physical therapy.
  8. Willing to make a commitment to the association, including concern for its development and willingness to participate in meetings.
  9. Ability to clearly articulate their views while tolerant of the opinions of others’ points of views and comfortable with change.
  10. Open to new ideas.
  11. Commitment to furthering the mission of APTA.


  • Prepares for and attends Board of Directors Meetings (12 virtual, five in person).
  • Complies with all APTA policies and procedures.
  • Performs other duties as assigned to foster achievement of association priorities.


The public member will receive a yearly honorarium of $16,500, paid quarterly.



Volunteers Needed:

1 (1 open slot)

Experience Required:

More than 10 years volunteer experience


Dena Kilgore