Student Leadership 

Student Leadership Committee

2023 APTA Oregon Student Leadership Committee Academic References
2023 APTA Oregon Student Leadership Committee Application

The Student Leadership Committee (SLC) develops ways to meaningfully engage students in the chapter and in APTA. The SLC is instrumental supporting a shared APTA Oregon and APTA goal to develop the next generation of leaders in the physical therapy profession.

The mission of the APTA Oregon Student Leadership Committee (SLC) is to grow a thriving community current PT and PTA students. We aim to promote student involvement and provide a unified voice in APTA and APTA Oregon in order to express views and concerns of students. We strive to foster a collaborative relationship between students and licensed clinicians to promote professional excellence both pre- and post-graduation.

SLC Positions:

Chief Liaison:
Coordinates SLC meeting, runs meeting agenda, and presents updates to SLC. Designate leads for SLC projects and facilitate student events.
Student Council Representative:
Attends student council meetings and communicates any national APTA Student Assembly information to the state level PT & PTA programs via monthly newsletters. Coordinates events during the year with the SLC.
Coordinates meetings, creates agendas, and emails SLC for input on agendas. Records meeting minutes and updates goal tracker.
Social Media Manager:
In charge of posting updates and events decided by SLC. Coordinates social media takeovers and approves content to be published.
General SLC Representatives:
Attends monthly SLC meetings and forwards monthly newsletters to designated programs. Assists in coordinating events throughout the year.

APTA Oregon provides resources through its: a) Membership Committee and budget, and b) Board of Directors, to advance SLC initiatives devoted to student membership and leadership development.

To contact any of the committee members, please email [email protected]

The 2022-2023 Student Leadership Committee:

OSU-Cascades - Hailey Heath, SPT   (SLC Chief Liaison)

Pacific University - Kirsten Londeree, SPT    (SLC Secretary)

George Fox University - Olivia Aho, SPT (SLC Core Ambassador)

Mt. Hood Community College - Mike Furuya, SPTA (Social Media Director)

Western University - Cynthia Ho, SPT

Western University - Tristen Escano, SPT


2023 Emerging Student Leader Award

Apply for the 2023 ESLA Here!
Provide Student Recommendations here

The Emerging Student Leader Award (ESLA) is a unique program of APTA Oregon designed to foster leadership and association involvement for interested students in our profession. The award provides the opportunity for one student physical therapist and one student physical therapist assistant to become fully engaged in the governance of our profession at the state and national levels. ESLA award winners become members in the APTA Oregon delegation to the APTA House of Delegates (HOD).  The highlight of the award is funding to attend the annual meeting of the HOD (typically held in the summer). 

The HOD is composed of delegates from chapters, sections, the PTA Caucus, Student Assembly, and Board of Directors.  The APTA Oregon delegation consists of 7 apportioned delegates, 1 PTA Caucus Rep, alternates, and the 2 student awardees. Meetings of the delegation are conducted either virtually or in person in the Portland area on a monthly basis. Students are assigned mentors and participate fully in all discussions and actions of the delegation, except for voting at the HOD.  The delegation discusses issues to come before the HOD, including elections of  candidates for national office and motions that impact our profession and association. The delegation frequently develops and presents motions, such as the pivotal policy Evaluation and Plan to Address Student Debt in Physical Therapy, which was passed unanimously by the HOD in 2016.

Emerging Student Leaders are expected to share their experiences with their classes, and write an article for the Oregon Log describing the related highlights and benefits. These experiences provide excellent networking and career development opportunities.  In fact, many current APTA Oregon leaders were past recipients of this award.  Our association, profession, and patients and clients who seek physical therapy benefit from their leadership.


First year PTA students and second year PT students who are APTA Oregon members are eligible to apply for the award.


APTA Oregon will provide reimbursement for expenses to attend the HOD, including travel, lodging, and meals, up to $1750.


The online application is accessed via the link above, and includes two short essays and two letters of recommendation. Deadline for all application materials is November 30, 2022. Letters of recommendation must  be completed by two persons who are not relatives of the candidate, and one recommendation must come from a faculty member of the program in which the student is enrolled. The APTA Oregon delegation will select and notify the awardees.

Congratulations to the 2022 APTA Oregon Emerging Student Leader Award Recipients!

SPT - Morgan Clark

SPTA - Jose Linares Ochoa

Congratulations to the 2021 APTA Oregon Emerging Student Leader Award Recipients!

SPT - Mason Flores

SPTA - Rebekkah Joliff

Congratulations to the 2020 APTA Oregon Emerging Student Leader Award Recipients!

SPT  - Gavin McBride

SPTA - Michelle Spindler

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