Student Leadership 

Student Leadership Committee

2023 APTA Oregon Student Leadership Committee Academic References
2023 APTA Oregon Student Leadership Committee Application

The Student Leadership Committee (SLC) develops ways to meaningfully engage students in the chapter and in APTA. The SLC is instrumental supporting a shared APTA Oregon and APTA goal to develop the next generation of leaders in the physical therapy profession. APTA Oregon provides resources through its: a) Membership 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 APTA Oregon/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 APTA Oregon committees and workgroups,
  • communicating opportunities for association and community engagement to students
  • regular communication and coordination with the APTA Oregon Board liaison and relevant chapter committees for collaboration, budget development and management, mentorship, and leadership development

The mission of the APTA Oregon Student Leadership Committee (SLC) is to grow a thriving community current PT and PTA students. We aim to promote student involvement and provide a unified voice in APTA and APTA Oregon in order to express views and concerns of students. 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 2022 Student Leadership Committee:

OSU-Cascades - Hailey Heath, SPT   (SLC Chief Liaison)

Pacific University - Kirsten Londeree, SPT    (SLC Secretary)

George Fox University - Olivia Aho, SPT (SLC Core Ambassador)

Mt. Hood Community College - Mike Furuya, SPTA (Social Media Director)

Western University - Cynthia Ho, SPT

Western University - Tristen Escano, SPT



2022 Emerging Student Leader Award

Oregon Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association
Emerging Student Leader Award

Congratulations to our 2022 Emerging Student Leader Award Winners:


Jose Linares Ochoa -SPTA (Mt. Hood Community College)

Morgan Clark - SPT (Pacific University)

The Oregon Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (Chapter) has a unique program to foster leadership for interested students in our profession – the Emerging Student Leader Award (ESLA).  The ESLA provides an opportunity for a student physical therapist (SPT) and a student physical therapist assistant (SPTA) to become fully engaged in the governance of our profession at the state and national levels.  The highlight of the award is funding to attend the House of Delegates (HOD) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

The HOD is the highest deliberative body of the APTA, and meets annually in the fall or summer.

The HOD is composed of delegates from chapters, sections, the PTA Caucus, Student Assembly, and Board of Directors.  In preparation for the House of Delegates, the 2 student awardees attend (either in person or virtually) meetings of the Oregon delegation to the HOD, which are usually held in Portland on a monthly basis. At these meetings, the students are able to meet members of the delegation (7delegates, 1 PTA Caucus Rep, and alternates), learn about developing issues for the HOD, and prepare for the HOD itself. The delegation discusses issues to come before the HOD, and ultimately decides how to vote on motions that will be presented.  The delegation frequently brings motions as well, such as the pivotal policy, Evaluation and Plan to Address Student Debt in Physical Therapy, which was passed unanimously by the HOD.

Awardees are highly encouraged to apply to be House ushers. This is a great way to meet students from other components and play an active role in the business of the HOD.

Student leaders are also welcome and encouraged to attend other Chapter meetings and events of interest, including Board of Directors meetings, Annual Business Meeting, annual retreat in December, and of course PT Night Out!

Finally, Emerging Student Leaders are expected to share their experiences with their classes, keep them up to date on professional issues, and share the many tangible and intangible values of membership. This can include encouraging your peers to become members, to participate in their professional organization, and to develop their own leadership skills. Traditionally, Emerging Student Leaders make a presentation to their class and write an article for the Oregon Log outlining their experiences, as well as the benefits of membership and involvement in the association.

In the end, the experiences that students gain through the ESLA help lay the groundwork for rewarding professional experiences for the rest of their careers. The award provides excellent networking opportunities, allowing students to find mentors who can help accelerate their career development. Many members of the current Chapter Board of Directors and delegation to the HOD were past recipients of this award, and find that those experiences were invaluable in their own professional and leadership development. Most of all, it’s fun!


First year PTA students and second year PT students who are APTA and Chapter members are eligible to apply for the award.


The Chapter will provide reimbursement for expenses to attend the HOD, including travel, lodging, and meals.


Interested PT and PTA students may apply for the Chapter Emerging Student Leader Award by completing and submitting an application accessed on the link below. Submit the completed online application, including two letters of recommendation, by November 18, 2022. Letters of recommendation should be completed by two persons who are not relatives of the candidate, and one recommendation must come from a faculty member of the program in which the student is enrolled. The Oregon delegation to the HOD will select the most qualified candidate. The selected student will be notified directly.

Apply for the ESLA here
 Provide Student Recommendations here