Jimmy Pacini, PTA
Present Practice Position: Physical Therapy Assistant
Education: California State University, Fresno, Pre-PT, 2004-2008; College of the Sequoias, PTA, 2010-2012.
District/SIG: PTA Assembly Representative, San Joaquin Valley (SJV), 2014-2015.
Chapter: Student Conclave Task Force 2013; PTA Caucus Alternate Representative, 2014-2015.
APTA: House of Delegates Student Delegate, 2011; Student Assembly Board of Directors Candidate, 2011; PTA Caucus Communication Committee, Co-Chair, 2014-2015.
Community/Other Organization Activities: College of the Sequoias PT Aide Instructor; College of the Sequoias Guest Lecturer, College of the Sequoias PTA Advisory Board Member.
The Candidates for PTA Caucus Representative were asked to answer the following two questions when giving their personal statements:
- What advice would you give to the PTA member to work collaboratively with the PT?
- What role do you see the PTA serving within CPTA?
Although only one of three PTA motions passed at the 2015 House of Delegates, it proved to be a big year for PTAs in the association. The PTA Caucus was proud of the work accomplished across the country between the 2014 and 2015 House, but the work is not complete and I am more than willing to continue my service as a representative of California within that body.
Collaboration was vital in achieving the goals of the PTA Caucus over the last year. This work included collaboration with the APTA Board of Directors, component leadership, and general membership. Collaboration is at the root of what allows the PTA to exist and goes beyond just the work of the association. It is imperative that PTAs seek to work with others. These relationships are cultivated by the respect earned due to the professional and knowledgeable input provided for patient care. The PT/PTA team is just that, a team in every sense of the word.
Many PTAs limit their possibilities in the clinic and the profession as a whole but I encourage my colleagues to actively pursue new endeavors that may lead to greater opportunities. More PTAs need to take the initiative to make contributions to the association which would allow there to be PTAs represented in every committee, work group, and task force. PTAs have proven their worth and are more than capable of being leaders and innovators when it comes to patient care, the association, and transforming society.