Committees

The Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistants has several committees. Below are the descriptions of each.
All association members are invited to get involved!

If you are interested in joining a committee or other volunteer opportunities, please complete the KAPA Member Volunteer Opportunities Form.


Constitution and Bylaws Committee

Chair: Ed Sorace, PA-C, Interim

The Constitution and Bylaws Committee shall recommend amendments or changes to the Bylaws and Policies and Procedures Manual that are required or recommended to keep them current. The Committee shall also recommend any additional policies or revisions to existing policies


Continuing Medical Education (CME) Committee

Christina Thurston, PA-C
Cardiovascular Medicine
University of Kentucky Healthcare
Lexington, KY
cmstealey13@gmail.com

This committee, along with the administrative manager, shall set up the Annual KAPA CME Symposium. This includes developing lecture topics, securing speakers, organizing the location of the CME rooms, luncheons, lectures and exhibit tables and presenting this to the membership as outlined in the KAPA Policies & Procedures Manual.


Governmental Affairs Committee
Co-Chairs: 

Chrys Means, PA-C
Capital Medical Group
Frankfort, KY
cmeans8455@aol.com
  Kristi Hall, PA-C
Lexington Clinic
Lexington, KY
khallpac@aol.com

The Governmental Affairs Committee shall be responsible for monitoring all legislative and regulatory changes introduced to the Kentucky General Assembly. The Committee shall coordinate chapter support of national advocacy initiatives.


Membership Committee

Chair: Cheryl Vanderford, PA-C
Lexington VA Medical Center
Mental/Behavioral Health
Lexington, KY
cheryl.vanderford@yahoo.com

The Membership Committee shall assist with membership retention and recruitment activities.


Leadership and Mentoring Committee

Chair: Erin Chalmers, MSPAS, PA-C
Academic Coordinator
Sullivan University
Louisville, KY
erinrileypac@gmail.com

The Leadership and Mentoring Committee shall aid Pre-PA student members in finding mentors (job shadowing), oversee the election of the KAPA Student Representative to the Board of Directors, help new PA graduates establish networking and connections with experienced PAs, and aid all KAPA members with challenges that arise in area of networking and mentoring.


Newsletter Committee

Chair: Andrew Rutherford, PA-C, Interim

The Newsletter Committee shall act as newsletter editor and will be in charge of collecting information from board members and committee chairpersons, as well as articles from other members.


Nominating and Election Committee

Chair: Ed Sorace, PA-C, Interim
The Nominating and Election Committee shall help solicit volunteers for each office to be voted on at the annual meeting. 


Public Education Committee

Chair: Ed Sorace, PA-C, Interim
The Public Education Committee shall be responsible to assist the KAPA with any and all public announcements or educational programs to enhance the public’s understanding and acceptance of physician assistants.