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ASAPA 2020 Candidates
PRESIDENT ELECT (1 position)


SECRETARY (1 position)
Elias Villarreal Jr.

DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE (2 positions)
Amber Herrick

To ASAPA Members, 

I would like to express my interest in running for the Director at Large (DAL) position for ASAPA. I have been an active member of ASAPA since moving back to Arizona in 2014. Having practiced in another state, I feel very fortunate to be a Physician Assistant in the state of AZ and I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to serve ASAPA and its members as DAL.   

I graduated from AT Still University in 2008 and have practiced clinically in several areas of medicine and currently serve as the Director of Didactic Education for Midwestern University's PA Program. I have gained leadership experience as ASAPA's Elections Committee Chair since 2017 and I would like to take the next step and serve as a liaison between the members and the Board of Directors.   

Membership is crucial for maintaining our state organization and having a voice in healthcare. I would be honored to have your support and I thank you for your time and consideration.  

Respectfully submitted, 
Amber Herrick, MS, PA-C

 Elizabeth Stearns

For the past decade throughout my PA education and career, I have been very passionate about the PA profession and I have demonstrated that with my close involvement both within and outside of ASAPA and AAPA. I would be honored to serve as ASAPA Director-at-Large to further my efforts for Arizona PAs to have a voice in leadership and legislative issues.

Integrating interprofessional collaboration into our PA practice only further strengthens our profession and one of my focuses if elected to serve on the ASAPA Board of Directors would be to further our connections with other healthcare professionals on a leadership level. ASAPA is the voice for Arizona PAs and there is a misconception that our legislative and legal coverage are addressed at a national level. We need to ensure Arizona PAs have a clear understanding of the importance of ASAPA, that their voices are heard and most notable, that PAs are included on state based legislation affairs affecting medical practices. After obtaining my MBA, I have also focused on providing leadership pathways and opportunities for PAs particularly given that the traditional leadership pathways tend to be nursing, administrative or physician based. If provided the opportunity to serve as a Director-at-Large, I will serve as a liaison for our Board and constituency to seek opportunities for PAs to be better recognize and serve as leaders.

In 2013, I was fortunate to serve a two-year term as ASAPA Director at Large at which point I was able to chair the Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee. The education and opportunities for PA students and Pre-PA students have always been one of my focuses and I helped to further their involvement within ASAPA. My past involvement with AAPA includes serving on the SAAAPA Board of Directors as Western Regional Director, Chair of the Interprofessional Collaboration Task Force, Advisor of Service & Awareness Work Group, and Active Member of the Leadership Ad Hoc Committee and AAPA Quality Care Work Group.

For 3 years now, I have focused my efforts to be an advocate and representative of our PA Profession through the American Society of Transplant Surgeons as a Board Member of the Advanced Transplant Practitioner Committee. Additionally, I have been deeply involved my hospital committees to serve as a PA advocate as Chair for the NP/PA Leadership Society Board, allowing me to be the Arizona Representative for the Advanced Practitioners across multiple sites nationwide, and Advanced Practitioner Representative for the Hospital Practice Subcommittee within our organization. I am also deeply involved as a Board Member in our employee relations group for Greater Leadership Opportunities for Women, particularly as Vice Chair of our STEM and Community Outreach committees.

It would be a privilege to continue to represent Arizona PAs at a state level and I appreciate your consideration.

AAPA HOD (3 positions)
Sarah Bolander

I am so grateful for the opportunity to be considered to serve as an Arizona representative for the AAPA House of Delegates. I have been honored to work with ASAPA in this capacity for the past two years. I enjoy being involved with ASAPA as a Director-at-Large and as a Co-Chair for the Conference Committee. These positions allow me to better understand the needs of PAs in our state and how to appropriately represent Arizona PAs at the national level. I have the utmost respect for our Arizona delegates and their ability to advocate for our profession.

Currently, I work full-time as an Assistant Professor with the Midwestern University's PA program and continue to work clinically part-time in pediatric orthopaedics at Cactus Pediatric Orthopaedics. I am actively involved in AAPA, ASAPA, PAEA, and PAOS.

As an Arizona delegate, I will remain committed to ASAPA and representing our members. Please consider my interest in continuing to serve PAs in our state. Thank you.

Jennifer Feirstein

Dear Arizona PAs,
I am requesting your vote to continue my service as an Arizona delegate to the AAPA House of Delegates (HOD). I am honored to have been a member of the PA profession for the past 16 years – my clinical background is in family medicine, and I am currently working as a PA educator. I have been involved with ASAPA for the entirety of my career, serving in various roles including on the Legislative, CME, Public Relations, and Membership Committees, as well on the board of directors as Secretary and President.

My role as a delegate to the AAPA HOD has been one that I have valued tremendously; I have been a delegate since 2005, and have served in the role of Chief Delegate for five of those years. I am honored and humbled to have had the opportunity to represent Arizona PAs at the national level, participating in discussions and decisions that guide policies, procedures, and philosophies that guide the future of our profession.

In addition to my baseline duties as a delegate, I have also served on six different reference committees in the House, which has allowed for more in-depth analysis of the resolutions discussed during the HOD, and a greater understanding of the culture and inner workings of the HOD. I have also served on the HOD Standing Rules committee four times, and am the current chair of this committee. Completing the work of the Standing Rules committee has allowed me the opportunity to expand on my knowledge of the parliamentary rules and procedures that dictate how the HOD functions.

My goal as a delegate has always been to make sure your individual PA voice continues to be heard at the national PA level. Given my recent leadership on the ASAPA board and my role as legislative committee chair, I think I am uniquely positioned to be able to represent the PA culture in Arizona, as well as the views and goals of Arizona PAs as it relates to the vision of the PA profession.

Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to the possibility of working with you over the next two years!

Jennifer Feirstein, PA-C

Allyson Hamacher

Being involved with ASAPA in some form since the end of my second year of PA school I've realized how important it is that as PAs we advocate for ourselves and our profession. As medicine and healthcare continue to advance and change I would look forward to representing the voice of Arizona's PAs to ensure the interests of those practicing in our state are well-represented at a national level.

 Jacqueline Spiegel

Hello ASAPA Members,

I am running for ASAPA Delegate to the AAPA House of Delegates and hope to earn your support for my candidacy.  I have served the PAs of our state in this capacity for many years including as Chief Delegate for the past 3 years.  I would be honored with the opportunity to continue as your HOD representative.  Many of you know me and my service to the profession, but for those who do not, I decided to approach this statement by answering some pertinent questions related to my ability to serve as your Delegate.

What kind of background do I have in leadership? 

I have been a PA for 19 years and during that time have served in many leadership roles at the local, state, and national level.  Since moving to Arizona 14 years ago, my involvement with ASAPA has been substantial including Past President of ASAPA, 9 years as CME Committee co-chair, 4 years as Legislative Committee Chair, 4 years on HOD Reference Committees, and 1 year on HOD Standing Rules Committee. 

In my professional life, I am currently the Director of Clinical Skills and Simulation for Midwestern University overseeing operations of two Sim Centers in Glendale AZ and Downers Grove IL.  In this daily role, I have learned how important it is to understand the needs of my 200+ staff, the numerous faculty we serve, and the thousands of students who rely on our Center to enhance their education. 

What personal characteristics and strengths can I offer ASAPA and its members?

I bring with me strength in the following areas:

  • Public speaking and networking. Essential to effectively reflect and advocate for the constituency of Arizona PAs.
  • Dependability and trustworthiness. Vital qualities of a successful leader.
  • Governance and Organizational Structure. I really am a “policy nerd”! It is key to navigating the intricate and sometimes fast-paced environment on the floor of the House of Delegates.
  • Engagement and Collaboration. I enjoy engaging with other, hearing all sides, and think about the merits of others perspectives. I value the growth in myself and others in the course of collaborating and accomplishing an end goal.
  • Open Communicator. I am not afraid to provide my perspective and thoughts while still respecting that of others.
  • Passionate about the Future. I have a strong passion for the PA profession and our future in the healthcare arena. I was part of the HOD and witness to an incredible step in PA history with the adoption of Optimal Team Practice (OTP). The victory was only the first step in achieving the advance clinical practice settings that PAs must achieve to remain vital members of the health care delivery team.

To conclude, I believe my past leadership experience, skill set, and personal qualities would serve ASAPA and its members well in the House of Delegates. I am ready to devote my time and energy to being your representative and would be honored to have your support/vote.