OSPA 2018 Elections

    The Oregon Society of Physician Assistants is a strong organization whose efforts are continually improving Oregon as a state in which PAs provide health care.  It is only with active leadership and strong membership this future will continue to look bright.

    Below are descriptions for each of the OSPA Board of Director positions which are on the 2018 ballot, followed by candidate statements from the candidates who ran for each of the open seats. Elections will open, and electronic ballets will be sent on September 30th with elections closing at 08:00am the Sunday of the OSPA conference on October 14th. To be eligible to hold an OSPA Board of Directors office, candidates must be a OSPA Fellow member which means they are both active members of OSPA and AAPA. Terms of office begin immediately following the conference on October 15th.

    Director at Large (Two-year term) One position is open.

    One Director at Large is elected each year, allowing for alternating openings for this position. This is a voting position allowing the member to become acquainted with the administrative process at the state level while attending board meetings, CME, updating bylaws, and participating as a PA advocate within the medical community.

    House of Delegates (Two-year term) (Two Positions Open)

    The Delegates to the AAPA House of Delegates shall be elected for a two (2) year term and governed by the American Academy of Physician Assistants guidelines and shall perform the usual functions expected of this office. Delegates are expected to attend and participate in the AAPA HOD meeting each year which is usually held the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before the AAPA conference opens, but this may vary slightly at times. Partial travel compensation may be available, but this varies depending on budget and location. 


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    Director at Large 



    Brian Mills

    Candidate Statement

    As a current holder of a Director at Large position I would love to have the opportunity to serve in this role for another term. I have tremendous respect for what OSPA has done and what we are currently doing to improve the profession of Physician Assistants. I also genuinely feel as though I have been able to contribute to this cause over the past year. I believe that my previous experience on the board will allow me to be an even greater asset these next two years.

    Since joining the board last year, I have accepted the role of trying to start a new committee in order to be a liaison to early career PAs. I feel as though I am perfectly qualified for this role as I have only been practicing for 4 years so I have both the perspective of being a relatively young PA while also having some experience in the profession.

    I really hope to get another opportunity to continue to serve on the board and improve the future of the PA profession. Thank you for your consideration.


    Director at Large 



    Alisa Gifford

    Candidate Statement 

    I am interested in running for Director at Large (DAL) for OSPA. I am passionate about being a physician assistant. I have rallied for PAs and the profession in all that I do. I am proactive and energetic. I am interested in serving as a OSPA Board member so I can continue to be a voice for the profession, expanding accessibility to quality and affordable health care and improving patient health and outcomes. I relocated from Arizona last year and am looking to be involved as I was in Arizona.

    I have served as DAL in Arizona, and look forward to being involved in OSPA as a DAL. I would work to advocate for PAs, improve organizational management, and advance public health. I want to help ensure that PAs are able to practice to their fullest capability yet also maintain the highest standard of care and patient safety. I love being a PA-C and hope to help maintain the standards of lifelong learning and deliverance of quality healthcare that we have established as a profession.

    I believe in putting members first, being transparent and open with what the board is working on and showing why membership is important to band together to advance our profession. As DAL in Arizona I helped our board bring our organization out of debt and double our membership. I helped create membership drives, mixers, and better communication to members through social media, monthly blog posts and quarterly new letters. I also served on a hospital credentialing board in Arizona. I was the only PA on the board. I was able to help educate the board on PA education, credentialing and training. I helped develop proper guidelines and updated policies and bylaws in regards to PA practice ability in the hospital. I have been an active participant of AAPA and state level chapters during PA school and since graduation. I have served as the Awards Committee Chair, Director at Large, and House of Delegates substitute for Arizona State Association for Physician Assistants. I have also held positions on various committees including, membership, communications, CME, and financial committee. 

    I am qualified to serve as OSPA board member because of my professional experience, previous service in non-profit organizations, and participation in public outreach. I am a practicing clinician, and have been part of the challenges faced by PAs in various practice locations. I understand the importance of proper education, certification, and being up-to-date on medical guidelines to be able to provide the highest level of care and ensure patient safety. I know that being part of a board that rallies for its members brings together our profession to advance all of us.


    Delegate to AAPA House of Delegates (HOD)


    Alysia Privrat

    Candidate Statement

    It has been my privilege to represent the PAs of Oregon at the national level these last four years.  In that time I have continued to build on relationships with other constituent organizations and the AAPA executive.  My work has been paying off; we can now call on the other organizations for support in issues vital to our profession such as OTP and student debt and have been a valued ally for other constituent organizations while pursuing issues that impact us as providers and our patients. I have worked on ensuring access to care without limitation, supported resolutions to strengthen PA education and lobbied for parity at the states and federal levels. I have listened to our membership when the radical changes proposed by the NCCPA were advanced to ensure that PAs have a say in how we maintain our certification and have worked at both the State and Federal level in the goals of OTP. 

    I want to continue representing the PAs of Oregon in the House of Delegates for the next two years and will work tirelessly in advancing the goals and needs of our profession. 

    Thank you for your support.


    Delegate to AAPA House of Delegates (HOD)




    Tamara Houston

    Candidate Statement

    I have been one of Oregon's four House of Delegates members, representing our great state of Oregon, for the past two years.

    I enjoy this position; it is critical for PAs in Oregon to have a voice on a national level regarding issues related to our profession as well as our professional rights and responsibilities. As a HOD member, I have tried to be part of that voice - your voice - considering member comments and opinions prior to attending the HOD session at AAPA. 

    I currently work in primary care and in psychiatry, and both of my roles involve working with Oregon's medically underserved. These positions offer me insight into the way in which our profession can collaborate on a larger scale with our colleagues across disciplines, in all areas of medicine, to benefit our patients. I bring this perspective to the HOD, the body that decides what values and principles the PA profession should embody as we move into the future. 

    Thank you for your consideration of my candidacy.


    Delegate to AAPA House of Delegates (HOD)




    Alisa Gifford

    Candidate Statement

    I am interested in running for House of Delegate (HOD) representative for OSPA. I am qualified to be part of OSPA's HOD delegation because I understand the interaction of our profession with the larger regulatory world. I have helped lobby on Capitol Hill, meeting with representatives from the House and Senate to vote on legislation that affects our profession. I have been part of the selection process of choosing a lobbyist for the Arizona State Association for Physician Assistants (ASAPA) who would represent our needs to the state legislature. I want to be part of advancing the profession to improve public health and promote the PA profession through public outreach to the public, PAs, legislation and healthcare partners.

    I have participated as a member of ASAPA HOD representative at national conference in Las Vegas, NV and was part of the HOD that voted on Optimal Team Practice. As a working PA, I know what our struggles are in our profession and I am anxious to help Oregon move forward OTP and advance our profession to be able to practice to the fullest capabilities. I have been an active participant of AAPA and state level chapters during PA school and since graduation. I have served as the Awards Committee Chair, Director at Large, and House of Delegates substitute for Arizona State Association for Physician Assistants. I have also held positions on various committees including, membership, communications, CME, and financial committee. 

    I am passionate about being a physician assistant. I have rallied for PAs and the profession in all that I do. I am proactive and energetic. I am interested in serving as a OSPA HOD representative so I can continue to be a voice for the profession, expanding accessibility to quality and affordable health care and improving patient health and outcomes. I have served as DAL and HOD in Arizona, and look forward to being involved in OSPA as a HOD representative. I want to help ensure that PAs are able to practice to their fullest capability yet also maintain the highest standard of care and patient safety. I love being a PA-C and hope to help maintain the standards of lifelong learning and deliverance of quality healthcare that we have established as a profession. 


    Delegate to AAPA House of Delegates (HOD)




    Kathryn Mayhew 

    Candidate Statement

    I graduated from Pacific University and was the OSPA student rep.  I have practiced in Oregon for 9 years in rural family practice clinics.  I am especially interested in the Optimal Team Practice and the opportunities it will create for PAs in Oregon. I have lived and worked in Oregon all of my life.  I've been practicing medicine for 9 years and don't plan on stopping anytime soon so I want to make sure PAs are well represented, well respected, and have a bright future here.  Years of family practice experience have shown me what PAs are capable of and how important we are to the medical care system.  However, as a preceptor to PA students, I know we need balance in the OTP proposal.  I had a manager tell me they were only hiring NPs because they were less work and I do not want that happening to other PAs!
     



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