Jennifer Whitney, PT, DPT, KEMG
Present Practice Position: Founding Director, Academics, Costa Mesa, CA
Education: UC Berkeley and San Diego, BS Biochemistry, Neuroscience, & Comparative Physiology, 1998; CSULB, MPT, 1999-2001; Temple Univ., DPT, 2009-2010; William Howard Taft University EdD, 2014 to Present, EdD in Process.
District/SIG: Student CPTA Liaison to Long Beach/South Bay (LB/SB); District Member Services Liaison (DMSL) (LB/SB) 2002-2005; DMSL Orange County (OC) 2012-2014; Vice Chairperson, OC, 2014; PR and Education Committee, OC, 2014; Assembly Representative, OC, 2014; Interim Chairperson, OC, 2014; Chairperson, OC, Present.
Chapter: None Listed
APTA: Work Group on PTA Education 2013 and Education Section.
Community/Other Organization Activities: Braille Institute Volunteer 2015; Vital Link K-12 “Immaginology 2015; Special Olympics Volunteer 2015; Manuscript reviewer, multiple publishers 2012-current; President and Founder of Gardens of Love Foundation 2014-2015; President and Founder of Healing Hands Across Borders 2012-Current; and Founder of ProBono Reb Services within Lestonnac Community Clinics, Livingstone Com. Clinic Medical network of 250 volunteer medical professionals and launched services with 120 physical therapy professionals and students.
The Candidates for the Nominating Committee positions were asked to answer the following two questions when giving their personal statements:
- What strategies would you use to motivate potential candidates to run for office?
- What are two to three characteristics you would look for in a potential candidate for office?
It is an honor and privilege to be recommended as candidate for nominating committee amongst a group of talented professionals. Many of my most rewarding professional experiences have occurred through CPTA service opportunities as: Chairperson, Vice Chair, DMSL, Committee Member, and Student Liaison. This is an amazing organization with extraordinary professionals. It would be an honor to serve to help facilitate matching the talents and goals of members and nonmembers, to outreach and advocacy positions within CPTA.
Excellent candidates include individuals who are willing to serve and passionate about our profession. The strategies to motivate candidates include highlighting the amazing experiences found through service and to provide support for candidate development:
1. CONTRIBUTE: Highlight the rewarding aspects of involvement.
a. Participation in CPTA is rewarding and fun.
i. Access should be easy and enjoyable.
2. PARTICIPATION: Simplify grass roots access.
a. Encourage/develop easy access points for participation.
3. TEAM APPOACH: Facilitate buddie system & peer partnering.
a. Team, “co” positions to encourage newer members.
4. ADVOCACY: Grass roots education, leadership training, and networking.
a. Facilitate training with current leaders.
b. Encourage “Meet the Leaders” professional networking.
c. Mentored orientation.
We are all blessed with a rewarding profession. We need to unite to serve and protect our professional values while improving growth, outreach, and advocacy to educate the public regarding access and services provided by our esteemed professionals. I look forward to getting to know our CPTA membership to promote the special talents of our professionals for leadership within our organization.