Student Leadership

Applications for the Student Leadership Committee are OPEN!

Calling all PT and PTA students in Oregon!

Now is your chance to apply for the Student Leadership Committee (SLC)! The SLC was developed to help foster engagement between students and the Oregon Physical Therapy Association and will consist of one student from each school. Applications are open January 25, 2020 through February 23, 2020, so act now!

Student Applications                                               

"The Student Leadership Committee (SLC) develops ways to meaningfully engage students in the chapter and in APTA. The SLC is instrumental supporting a shared OPTA and APTA goal to develop the next generation of leaders in the physical therapy profession. OPTA provides resources through its: a) Membership Committee committee and budget, and b) Board of Directors, to advance SLC initiatives devoted to student membership and leadership development.

Examples of prior SLC activities to build leadership and a value for OPTA/APTA include:

  • planning and implementing student-focused conferences,
  • promoting student advocacy for the profession (e.g., flash action and National Advocacy Dinner),
  • developing opportunities to integrate students into OPTA committees and workgroups,
  • communicating opportunities for association and community engagement to students
  • regular communication and coordination with the OPTA Board liaison and relevant chapter committees for collaboration, budget development and management, mentorship, and leadership development

The SLC Chief Liaison shall 

·         Regularly communicate SLC meeting dates and agendas with the OPTA Board Liaison
·         Appoint an SLC member to serve as a liaison to, or member of, the chapter Membership Committee"

The mission statement of the Student Leadership Committee (SLC) of the Oregon Physical Therapy Association is to grow a thriving community of recent graduates (<5 years) and current PT and PTA students. We aim to promote student involvement and provide a unified voice in APTA and OPTA in order to express views and concerns of students and recent graduates. We strive to foster a collaborative relationship between students and licensed clinicians to promote professional excellence both pre- and post-graduation.

To contact any of the committee members, please email [email protected]


The 2019 Student Leadership Committee:

George Fox University - Peter Cain, SPT  (Chief Liaison)

Mt. Hood Community College - Scotlyn Gamboa, SPTA

Pacific University - Sydney Zamora, SPT

Lane Community College - Kayla Rondeau, SPTA

Core Ambassador (Mt. Hood Community College) - Scotlyn Gamboa, SPTA