Jake has been a member of the MPTA / APTA since 1976. She has enjoyed serving in numerous roles over the years, including past Eastern District Vice Chair and Chair, former Academic Administrators Chair, former Speaker of the Membership Meeting as well as serving on various committees for the Eastern District and Michigan Chapter. Additionally, Jake was an invited member and consultant to APTA Coalitions for Consensus on Preferred Roles of PT and PTAs and APTA Clinical Education for PTs.
Two of the most professionally challenging and personally rewarding positions for Jake was her past service as former Chief Delegate for the Michigan Chapter and serving as the MPTA President from 2009 until 2012. As Chief Delegate, Jake made sure that MI Delegates were well prepared and represented MPTA proudly at the APTA House of Delegates. Under Jake's leadership as President, MPTA achieved licensure for PTAs, enjoyed membership growth and intensified efforts in the arenas of reimbursement and legislative advocacy.
Jake currently serves as a Delegate, is a member of the Legislative and Reimbursement Committees, is a MPT-PAC Trustee, is the Chapter Ambassador to the APTA PT-PAC and is Chair of the Bylaws Committee. Jake guided the effort to update the MPTA Bylaws as a "thank you" for all the Chapter has allowed her to experience. Jake readily admits that she will enjoy relinquishing the role of Chair of the Bylaws Committee when the MPTA membership votes on the updates in the near future!
The APTA House of Delegates is the policy making body of the APTA. Jake is very interested in serving as a Delegate again to continue to shape the policies and priorities of the APTA, especially under APTA's new leadership effective June 2016.
Jake remains especially interested in guiding APTA policies that impact on advocacy in the legislative arenas including the US Congress and State Legislatures.
Jake also wants to contribute to policies and plans that promote physical therapy services to the public, third party payers and other stakeholders who need to know the value of physical therapy services in preventing injury, improving and promoting health restoration and wellness. The APTA Vision: "Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience" guides our APTA priorities very well. Our MPTA priorities also benefit from APTA's broad outreach, which is true for all of APTA's components.
Especially with the new changes in APTA leadership; Jake looks forward to guiding APTA priorities as our association enters this new beginning. Jake has the skill set to move membership priorities forward as a Michigan Chapter Delegate and respectfully asks for your vote.