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2016 Candidate Statement Tom DeFranco
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Thomas DeFranco, PT

Present Practice Position: Manager, Acute Care Rehabilitation Services – Good Samaritan Hospital, San Jose, CA
Education: CSU-Fresno, BS Physical Therapy, 1991

Association Activities

District/SIG: Website Committee, San Jose (SJ), 1999-Present; Membership Committee, SJ, 2006-Present; Chief Representative, SJ, 2001-2004, 2008-2012; Treasurer , SJ, 2005; District Chair Elect, SJ, 2004; Chair, SJ, 2005; Representative , SJ, 1997-2012 


Chapter: District/SIG Committee, 2005-2006; Organizational Task Force, 2012 to present; Title 22 Task Force, 2014 to present; Chapter Delegate, 2001-2006, 2009-2012; Chief Delegate, 0073 2013-2015


APTA: None Listed


Community/Other Organization Activities: AYSO Competitive Soccer Coach, 2002-Present

The Candidate for the Chief Delegate position was asked to answer the following two questions when giving their personal statements:

  1. Share an experience that facilitated the development of your personal skills that you feel contribute to your qualities that serve in this position.
  2. What advice would you give to the California delegates to work collaboratively with delegates from other components?

Candidate Statement

It is an honor to be slated again for the position of CPTA Chief Delegate. I am confident that I possess the experience and skills to effectively lead the California Delegation once again. My leadership experiences in large groups and audiences as a competitive soccer coach, musician and manager of a large acute care rehabilitation services department helped make my first chief delegate term successful and will continue to guide me if re-elected.

Leading the California Delegation for three years has been a wonderful experience. My most memorable experience came when developing the California motion on Best Practice for Clinical Education. The scope of this motion required significant collaboration with other chapters, sections and APTA consultants to develop a motion that best meets the needs of the profession. I reached out to the Oregon and Florida Chapters, the Education Section, the Academic Council and APTA Board of Residencies for input from content experts. This powerful collaboration not only created a successful motion but also fostered personal and professional relationships across the delegation and organization.

Over the last three years I have also chaired the CPTA Organizational Review Task Force. The work of this task force has been very productive, developing recommendations for improving the form and function of the CPTA districts and SIGs, resulting in many of the motions that will be presented at the 2015 CPTA Assembly of Representatives. I hope to continue to chair the task force to oversee the implementation of its recommendations.


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