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The American Physical Therapy Association Accreditation department is comprised of 10 individuals who provide support for the activities related to on-site visits and CAPTE meetings. Staff are also available to respond to questions about the accreditation process. 

Our offices are located at:
American Physical Therapy Association
3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100
Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085

Hours: The Department of Accreditation is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.

Staff Contact List

Mary Romanello, PT, PhD (Director, Accreditation)
Phone: 703-706-3241| Email:

Academic Qualifications:
PhD. in Educational Administration, Miami (Ohio) University
M.S. in Physical Therapy, Indiana Central University
B.S. in Education, University of Cincinnati

Professional Qualifications:

Higher Education Administration

Founding Dean, School of Nursing and Health Professions
Trinity Washington University, Washington, DC

Active participant in institutional accreditation and specialized accreditation for multiple disciplines

Executive Associate to Academic Dean
LaGuardia Community College, Long Island City, New York

Activities included grant management, learning community enrollment, program outcome assessment, and adjunct faculty

Faculty Role

Associate Professor and Program Chair
College of Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati, Ohio

Activities included curriculum development and accreditation for physical therapy and athletic training, interdisciplinary general education course development and teaching, budget management, institutional assessment, and faculty responsibilities of teaching, scholarship, and service

Instructor and Assistant Athletic Trainer
Miami University (Ohio)

Teaching and athletic training event coverage and athlete rehabilitation

Associate Director and Clinical Staff
Queen City Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, Cincinnati, Ohio

Client rehabilitation, business management, athletic event healthcare

Doreen Stiskal, PT, MS, PhD (Manager, PT Programs)
Phone: 703-706-3247 | Email: 

Sharan Zirges, PTA, DPT, PhD, MSHA (Manager, PTA Programs)
Phone: 703-706-3238 | Email: 

Fenos Judd, MBA (Manager, Accreditation Office)
Phone: 703-706-3383 | Email: 

Mike Chevalier, PTA, AAS, BS (Senior Specialist, PT Programs)
Phone: 703-706-3385 | Email: 

Teresa Emmons, PTA, AAS, BS, MHA (Specialist, PTA Programs)
Phone: 703-706-3231 | Email: 

Tim Artis (Associate, Accreditation Projects)
Phone: 703-706-3173 | Email: 

Kristy Gramling (Associate, Accreditation Office)
Phone: 703-706-3244 | Email: 

Danijel Obradovic (Senior Specialist, Accreditation Support)
Phone: 703-706-3245 | Email: 

Keisha Pettigrew (Associate, Accreditation)
Phone: 703-706-3236 | Email: