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OAPA relies heavily on volunteers and several committees. Below are the descriptions and current projects for each. If you are interested in joining a committee or other volunteer opportunities, contact the Chairperson below. All are invited to get involved!
The Communications Committee serves as the editorial board for the Association’s website, electronic newsletter, and social media platforms. Members of the communications committee have periodic conference calls and digital meetings to discuss committee goals and delegate tasks. It is the responsibility of the communications committee to have an active presence in the OAPA, and to maintain the most up to date information to be relayed out to association constituents. In addition to maintaining the website, the committee also upholds a rigorous social media presence. Follow the OAPA on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Snapchat for the most up to date policy information for PAs practicing in Ohio, for live conference video posts, the latest buzz on what is going on in your region, and so much more! If you are interested in volunteering with the Communications Committee email Jennifer Richardson, MPAP, PA-C.
- Updating and revitalizing the OAPA website with a site relaunch date set for mid/late October 2018
- Establishing an effective presence of various social media platforms
- Act as a resource to maximize intra-association communication and develop methods to expedite the productivity of Association functions
- Recruit articles and photos of OAPA related activities
Chairperson: Jennifer Richardson, MPAP, PA-C
Jennifer Richardson, MPAP, PA-C has been involved with OAPA since graduating PA school in 2017 from Ohio University. Upon graduation, she initially returned to her hometown of Metro Detroit where she practiced critical care medicine at Beaumont Hospital. While living and working in Michigan, Jennifer stayed active with OAPA on the Membership Committee. In working to attract more membership, the idea for the website renovation was formulated along with the development of a Communications Committee. Jennifer recently moved to Cleveland, Ohio and practices in the MICU at Cleveland Clinic's Hillcrest Campus. In her spare time Jennifer enjoys running, rock climbing and attempting to see as much of the world as possible.
The Conference Committee works to provide quality, cost-effective, CME conferences for OAPA members that include quality educational content, qualified presenters and relevant vendors/sponsors. The committee is also responsible for the coordination of poster abstract presentations. The OAPA office will ask for volunteers in our monthly newsletter several month's prior to conference events planning. Be sure to keep an eye out for our email or feel free to contact the OAPA office.
- Preparing for the 2018 Fall Conference
- Preparing the slate of speakers and topics, vendor set-up, and poster presentations
- Fall 2018 Conference: Melissa Bowlby, PA-C
- 2019 Pharmacology Conference: Josanne Pagel, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA, Karuna®RMT
The OAPA diversity committee strives to promote the respect of each individual and highlight the differences that makes everyone unique. The goal of this committee is to share current information and advances in healthcare that will encourage PAs to provide the best care possible, while keeping diversity at the forefront. Events, research spotlights and newsletter updates are ways we hope to connect with our members. OAPA is committed to empowering all PAs to be heard. If you are interested in volunteering with the Diversity Committee email Danielle Howard, PA-C.
Chairperson: Danielle Howard, PA-C
Danielle is a graduate of The University of Toledo’s PA program. She graduated in 2014 after having a fulfilling experience at UT. There she volunteered at two free clinics, traveled to Nicaragua on a medical mission trip, and was president of the program’s diversity association. After graduation she began working at Grant Medical Center in Orthopedic Surgery, as well as staffing several urgent cares throughout Columbus. Danielle’s interest in the OAPA diversity committee began after attending a student track of the annual OAPA conference. Outside of work Danielle enjoys hiking, camping, traveling abroad and conducting research.
Government Affairs Committee
The Governmental Affairs Committee is actively involved at the state and national levels. This Committee works in collaboration with OAPA lobbyists and AAPA to write new statues and law language that will allow the PA Profession to continue to grow. It is their duty to be informed with legislation that could impact PA practice and to act when appropriate to inform the Board and take action when necessary. If you are interested in volunteering with the Governmental Affairs Committee email Josanne Pagel.
Chairperson: Josanne Pagel, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA, Karuna®RMT
Josanne Pagel is the Executive Director of PA Services at the Cleveland Clinic Health System. She is a Past President of AAPA and OAPA. She is presently the GAC chair for OAPA and its pharmacology CME Chairperson. She received multiple awards for her work within the PA profession. Recently she received the Hudson Society for Outstanding Educator award and was the inaugural recipient of the Josanne Pagel PA Advocacy Award from Case Western Reserve PA program. In 2017 she accepted the Partnership Award from PA Education Association for all of the work Cleveland Clinic’s PA Services has done to promote clinical training of PA students. In spring of 2014 she was inducted into the Pi Alpha Honor Society for Physician Assistants.
Pagel began her PA career 40 years ago as a Peace Corps volunteer, working with communities in the Philippines. She has worked in various medical disciplines, including CT surgery, family practice, psychiatry and addiction medicine. She presently volunteers with the county free clinic, providing much needed health care to members of the community. She is an Ordained Minister with a Masters in Divinity and is presently finishing her studies for a doctorate in divinity and metaphysical sciences.
The membership committee serves many purposes. The primary purpose involves engaging it's current members. It is also responsible for the recruitment and retention of OAPA members as well as engagement of PA Students. The membership committee works closely with the Communications Committee. The committee is also involved in reviewing of awards and provides support and input to office staff. If you are interested in volunteering with the Membership Committee email Matthew Freado, MPAP, PA-C.
Chairperson: Matthew Freado, MPAP, PA-C
Matthew completed his undergraduate studies at OSU where he studied nutrition and exercise science. In between undergrad and grad school Matthew worked at both Nationwide Children’s and The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. His Physician Assistant Program was completed through Ohio University and he currently works in Emergency Medicine. While attending Ohio University, Matthew served as the Outreach Chair for OU's Student Board and completed a pediatric dental health project through an awarded NCCPA grant. In his spare time Matthew enjoys brewing beer, hiking, biking, spending time with his wife and child.
The OAPA Reimbursement Committee advocates on behalf of Physician Assistants to improve State and Federal reimbursement policy pertaining to the PA profession. The Committee is available to educate hospital administrators, physicians, and other healthcare personnel regarding the current regulatory environment and how healthcare establishments can receive payment for services rendered by a Physician Assistant. Physician Assistants are enrolled as healthcare providers by Medicaid, Medicare and reimbursed by private third-party insurers alike. The OAPA Reimbursement Committee works toward expanding a PAs ability to be paid for their services. If you are interested in volunteering with the Reimbursement Committee email Clayton Rotuno, PA-C.
- Fielding inquiries from PAs regarding the current reimbursement environment
- Participating in AAPA STAR Conference Calls with AAPA Advocacy Leadership
- Outreach, Promotion, and Education via OAPA Newsletter and social media outlets
- Networking with reimbursement personnel and healthcare leadership
Chairperson: Clayton Rotuno, PA-C
I been involved with OAPA since before graduating from PA School as far back as 2013 as a member of the Diversity Committee. Before graduating in 2015, I received the OAPA Diversity Scholarship and later was asked to serve at the Chair of Diversity, which I did for 3 years. In early 2018, I decided to take on a new role as the Chair of Reimbursement. In this role, I plan to address regulatory barriers that prevent PAs from being paid appropriately for the healthcare they provide.
Student Affairs Committee
The Student Affairs Committee is constantly organizing events and thinking of ways to actively engage PA students with the emphasis of student involvement in the OAPA. This committee includes both practicing PAs and students. We are always open to fresh ideas and insights that can allow this committee to grow and aid in student involvement. If you are interested in volunteering with the Student Affairs Committee email Michell McDiffett, PA-C.
Chairperson: Michell McDiffett, PA-C
Michell McDiffett, PA-C has been a member of OAPA since 2008 and, in addition to holding her Region 1 Director position, serves as the Student Affairs Committee Chair and volunteers for the Membership Committee. Michell is a graduate from Tri-C/CSU (2010) and has worked the last 8 years with Signature Health Inc., a FQHC and CMHC, where she currently treat adults with mental health and substance use disorders. Michell is also a clinical preceptor for the Lake Erie College PA Program.