• The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education is a group of 31 individuals, with varied backgrounds, who are charged with:

    • determining whether a program meets the standards of quality in physical therapy education
    • determining what standards of quality to use (i.e., the Standards)
    • setting policy and procedure for the accreditation process

    The Commission is divided into three working groups: 10 members comprise the PT Panel, which reviews PT programs; 13 members comprise the PTA Panel, which reviews PTA programs; and 8 members comprise the Central Panel, which makes all candidacy decisions.

    In order to serve on CAPTE, most members must have served in the Cadre of On-site Reviewers and have participated in at least three on-site visits. The three public members and the consumer member are exempt from this requirement, though they do observe a visit following their appointment to CAPTE.

    Members of CAPTE are physical therapist educators and clinicians, physical therapist assistant educators and clinicians, basic scientists, higher education administrators, and representatives of the public.

    Chair: Laura Lee Swisher, PT, PhD, MDiv, FAPTA

    Vice Chair: Beth C Marcoux, PT, DPT, PhD

    Central Panel Members

    Patricia Gordon Brown, PT, DPT, MS, Term 1/1/17-12/31/20, is director of physical therapy and therapeutic recreation at National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, DC. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist programs since 2001. Dr. Brown serves on the Central Panel as a PT clinician.

    Kathryn G Dodge, PhD, Term 4/1/2015-12/31/18, is the principal owner of Dodge Advisory Group LLC; Excellence in Education Policy and Practice in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Her earlier career experiences include serving as executive director of the New Hampshire Higher Education Commission as well as director of admissions at Keane State College. Dr. Dodge serves on the Central Panel as public member.

    Becky Lynn Keith, PT, MSHS, Term 1/1/16-12/31/19, serves as program director of the physical therapist assistant program at Arkansas State University in State University, Arkansas. Ms Keith serves on the Central Panel as the consumer of accreditation.

    Beth C Marcoux, PT, DPT, PhD, Term 1/1/16-12/31/19, is past Chair of the DPT program at the University of Rhode Island and is currently in private practice. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist programs since 2009. Dr. Marcoux serves on the Central Panel as a recent member of the PT Panel and is vice chair of the Commission.

    Kevin Rudeen, PhD, FASAHP, Term 1/1/15-12/31/18, is dean of the College of Allied Health at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist programs since 2011. Dr. Rudeen serves on the Central Panel as higher education administrator.

    Doreen Stiskal, PT, PhD, Term 1/1/17-12/31/20, is currently chair of the physical therapy program at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist programs since 1995. Dr. Stiskal serves on the Central Panel as a recent member of the PTA Panel.

    Laura Lee Swisher, PT, PhD, MDiv, FAPTA, Term 1/1/14-12/31/17, is interim program director and associate dean in the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist programs since 1996. Dr. Swisher serves on the Central Panel as active participant in accreditation and is chair of the Commission.

    Brad Thuringer, PTA, Term 1/1/14-12/31/17, is instructor and academic coordinator of clinical education at Lake Area Technical College in Watertown, South Dakota. He has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist programs since 2011. Mr. Thuringer serves on the Central Panel as active participant in accreditation.

    PT Panel Members

    Diane Clark, PT, DScPT, Term 1/1/17-12/31/20, is director of the physical therapy program at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist programs since 2011. Dr. Clark serves on the PT Panel as physical therapist educator (curriculum development).

    Laura E Forester, JD, Term 4/1/2015-12/31/18, is currently the chief of medical prosecutions at the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations in Chicago. She has also served in the Illinois Court of Claims and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. Ms Forester serves on the PT Panel as public member.

    Peggy Blake Gleeson, PT, PhD, Term 1/1/16-12/31/19, is DCE and associate director in the School of Physical Therapy at Texas Woman's University in Houston, Texas. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist programs since 1997. Dr. Gleeson serves on the PT Panel as physical therapist educator.

    David Greathouse, PT, PhD, ECS, FAPTA, Term 1/1/16-12/31/19, is currently the Director of Clinical Electrophysiology Services, Texas Physical Therapy Specialists, in New Braunfels, Texas, and previously served as chairman of the School of Physical Therapy at Belmont University. He has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist programs since 1995. Dr. Greathouse serves on the PT Panel as physical therapist educator (basic sciences).

    Mary Edna Harrell, PT, MS, FAAOMPT, Term 1/1/14-12/31/17, is outpatient coordinator & orthopedic clinical specialist at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco, California. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist programs since 2001. Ms. Harrell serves on the PT Panel as physical therapist clinician.

    Beverly J Johnson, PT, DSc, GCS, Term 1/1/15-12/31/18, is assistant director of clinical education of the physical therapy program at University of North Dakota. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist programs since 1997. Dr. Johnson serves on the PT Panel as physical therapist educator and is vice chair of the PT Panel.

    Sandra L Pennington, PhD, RN, Term 6/1/16-12/31/19, is Executive Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Initiatives at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Utah. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist programs since 2013. Dr. Pennington serves on the PT Panel as institutional member.

    Pamela D. Ritzline, PT, EdD, Term 1/1/14-12/31/17, is dean of the School of Behavioral & Health Sciences at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist programs since 2003. Dr. Ritzline serves on the PT Panel as academic administrator and is currently chair of the PT Panel.

    Patricia A Trela, PT, DPT, CMPT, SCS, Term 1/1/17-12/31/20, is a PT clinician in an outpatient orthopaedic clinic at the University of Utah. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist programs since 2003. Dr. Trela serves on the PT Panel as clinical teacher.

    Stephen C. Wilhite, PhD, Term 1/1/14-12/31/17, is senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania. He has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist programs since 2001. Dr. Wilhite serves on the PT Panel as higher education administrator.

    PTA Panel Members

    Kerri A Bednarcik, PT, Term 1/1/17-12/31/20, is director of education and staff development at Genesis Rehab Services in Yardley, Pennsylvania. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist assistant programs since 2011. Ms. Bednarcik serves on the PTA Panel as a physical therapist in clinical practice who supervises PTAs.

    Sherry Bell, PTA, Term 1/1/16-12/31/19, is a staff PTA at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist assistant programs since 1997. Ms. Bell serves on the PTA Panel as physical therapist assistant clinician.

    Myrna E Brown, PT, DPT, Term 1/1/15-12/31/18, is currently in private practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist assistant programs since 2012. Dr. Brown serves on the PTA Panel as physical therapist assistant educator.

    Cindy I Buchanan, PT, PhD, Term 1/1/17-12/31/20, is program director of the physical therapy program at American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts. Dr. Buchanan also served as coordinator of a PTA program for six years. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist programs since 2010. Dr. Buchanan serves on the PTA Panel as physical therapist educator.

     Jason A Dougherty, PTA, MEd, Term 1/1/17-12/31/20, is program coordinator of the physical therapist assistant program at Delaware Technical and Community College-George Campus in Wilmington, Delaware. He has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist assistant programs since 2014. Mr. Dougherty serves on the PTA Panel as physical therapist assistant educator.

    William S Dunlap, PhD, Term 1/1/15-12/31/18, is professor in the Allied Health Department at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. He has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist assistant programs since 1997. Dr. Dunlap serves on the PTA Panel as institutional member.

    Janice Haas, PTA, MS, Term 1/1/15-12/31/18, is program director of the physical therapist assistant program at Mercyhurst University in North East, Pennsylvania. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist assistant programs since 2009. Ms. Haas serves on the PTA Panel as physical therapist assistant educator and is chair of the PTA Panel.

    Neal L Henning, PhD, Term 1/1/16-12/31/19, is dean of career education at Florida State College at Jacksonville. He has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist assistant programs since 2008. Dr. Henning serves on the PTA Panel as institutional member.

    Katherine Krieg, PT, MHS, PhD, Term 1/1/14-12/31/17, is dean in the School of Arts, Sciences, and Health Professions at Our Lady of the Lake College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist assistant programs since 2007. Dr. Krieg serves on the PTA Panel as PTA educator.

    Jonna Mayfield, PTA, BS, Term 1/1/16-12/31/19, is a staff PTA at St Joseph Medical Center Outpatient Clinic in Tacoma, Washington. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist assistant programs since 2013. Ms Mayfield serves on the PTA Panel as physical therapist assistant clinician.

    Diana Ploeger, PT, MEd, CCI, Term 1/1/14-12/31/17, is professor and academic coordinator of clinical education at Salt Lake Community College in Utah. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist assistant programs since 2010. Ms. Ploeger serves on the PTA Panel as physical therapist assistant educator and is vice chair of the PTA Panel.

    Catherine Portman, RN, MS, Term 1/1/14-12/31/17, previously worked for the California Prison Health Care Services and the California Department of Public Health and is now retired. She resides in Woodland, California, and serves on the PTA Panel as public member.

    Kimberly Crealey Rouillier, PT, DPT, Term 1/1/16-12/31/19, is department chairperson of the Rehabilitative Health Department at Community College of Rhode Island in Newport. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist assistant programs since 2008. Dr Rouillier serves on the PTA Panel as physical therapist assistant educator.

  • Last Updated: 5/4/2017
    Contact: accreditation@apta.org