Elections

TAPA Elections

Beginning May 1, TAPA fellow members will begin voting for the following positions on the TAPA Board of Directors: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, At-large (2), Chattanooga Region Director, Nashville Region Director, and Tri-Cities Region Director. Fellow members will also select four individuals to represent TAPA at the 2018 AAPA House of Delegates meeting.

Listed below are the bios that nominees have submitted to introduce themselves to TAPA members. Online voting will continue through June 15, with newly elected leaders taking office on July 1.

 

TAPA Board of Director Nominations - Bios
 
President – Rex Hobbs
It is an honor to put my candidacy forward in running for President of the Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants. Having served in this position for the past year and in other board capacities in the past, I have greatly enjoyed my time working to further the profession in the great state of Tennessee. Since starting my career as a PA 23 years ago in rural family medicine, I have seen the profession experience changes and challenges, however none as significant as the proposed changes put before us now. The implications of any decision at this juncture are significant and require wide-ranging scrutiny in order to steer us as a profession to the most productive and meaningful endpoint. If elected, my desire is to ensure that we continue to make a strong, positive impact on the health of Tennessee while securing the respect and security we, as a profession, have worked hard to achieve and so richly deserve.
 
Vice President – Justin Mizelle
I’ve had the opportunity to live and serve in the Northeast Tennessee with my wife during the last 6 years. We are a PA family and share our love for medicine state side as well as internationally. I spend the majority of my time in the Emergency Medicine setting and recently began working in OBGYN.  During the last year I have been able to serve as TAPA’s Vice President position, and have enjoyed my time and learning at this position. This role has allowed me to not just better learn and educate myself and others about the importance of issues we as PA’s face. It has also made me aware of the importance of how we as a profession respond and interact with our other state organizations to ensure we are always positioning ourselves well to further develop and mature our profession. TAPA’s role is vital and the very reason that PA’s of Tennessee have one of the best states practice rights. I am hopeful for the opportunity to continue to serve with TAPA to ensure a forward momentum of our profession and serve our states PA’s with the professional quality that we deserve.
 
Secretary – Jennifer Light
I am a 2011 graduate of South College in Knoxville. Since graduating I have worked in pediatrics and am currently in family practice with Trinity Medical Associates. 
 
I am married to Brian and have a 13 y/o daughter and twin 10 y/o sons. As a family we enjoy traveling, camping, and NASCAR!
 
I first became involved with TAPA as the South College student representative to the board of directors. This is when I learned the important role that TAPA plays in protecting our practice rights in the state of Tennessee. The climate of the PA field is changing. I want to be a part of this change and help make sure that all PA's in the state of TN enjoy the same, and even greater, practice authority. 
 
Treasurer – Stephen Noe
Stephen Noe is the Director of Didactic Education for the Physician Assistant Program at Lincoln Memorial University. He is a graduate from the University of Kentucky Physician Assistant Program in 2003. Upon graduation, he began working clinically in emergency medicine in Lexington, Kentucky until 2014. He also has experience in occupational medicine and family medicine. In 2012, he began to work as an adjunct professor and preceptor for Lincoln Memorial University, then moved into a faculty position in 2014. During his time at LMU, he has led students on multiple mission trips to Honduras, reaching hundreds of patients in rural communities. He has been a member of TAPA since 2015, and has lectured at the Spring Fling and Fall Fest TAPA meetings on a number of occasions. This year, he served as a moderator for a panel discussion on rural medicine at the Advancing Rural Primary Care Conference in Omaha, Nebraska. 
 
Mr. Noe is running for the Treasurer position for TAPA for the new cycle. He is interested in this position in order to have a larger role in the direction of physician assistant practice in the state of Tennessee. 
 
At-Large – TAPA members will select two individuals for this position
 
Dorothy Allen - Hi Everyone! My name is Dorothy Allen, a fellow TAPA member practicing in Knoxville, TN. Over the past several years, I have become an active member of TAPA. Seeing the important issues our TAPA representatives deal with regarding all practice issues across Tennessee has instilled in me the desire to aide our professional pursuits in any capacity I can. We all have a united responsibility to ensure PAs in TN maintain these practice rights we have worked so hard over the years to achieve. If you elect me to another term as an At-Large Board member, collaborating with other fellow members to further our professional interests will be my main objective.
 
Greg Cain
 
Donna Lynch
 
David Roberts - First, let me say it is an honor to be nominated for both an At-Large position and for a position on the AAPA House of Delegates. TAPA works hard to advocate for the PAs of our great state. I am excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the incredible work they do and to serve each of you through TAPA. 
 
I have been married to my high school sweetheart for the past 19 years. We have 4 children, 3 boys and 1 girl, with the hopes for 2 more kiddos to join us soon through adoption. I've spent the last 20 years in health care. Before graduating from Bethel University’s PA program in 2007, I worked as a registered nurse in cardiology for 10 years. Since becoming a PA, I have worked in orthopedics and emergency medicine. 
 
I am also privileged to be adjunct faculty at Bethel University for the past 5 years where I have taught EKG and pathophysiology. I have had the chance to have several Bethel students rotate with me in the ER. I also enjoy speaking at both Spring Fling and Fall Fest TAPA conferences. Thanks for your consideration. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. robertsda@bethelu.edu.
 
Chattanooga Region – Jennifer Coker, MPAS, PA-C, MT
Jennifer Coker, MPAS, PA-C, MT was raised in rural north Louisiana and attended Louisiana Tech University obtaining a B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science and attending Louisiana State University Health Science Center’s Physician Assistant Program in Shreveport, LA. Jennifer is experienced in Orthopaedics and Ortho Trauma and currently practicing in Neurosurgery and Spine for the last 6 years at UT Erlanger Neurosurgery Group in Chattanooga , TN. She has served in numerous roles supporting the PA profession including Louisiana Academy of Physician Assistant’s Director at Large and CME Conference Coordinator (LAPA 2010-2011), Conference Planning and Education Work Group (AAPA 2011-2014), Vice President of the Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants (TAPA 2012-2015) and currently serves as the Chattanooga Liaison for the UT School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program. Jennifer was the first Physician Assistant in the state of Tennessee to be inducted into an all Physician Organization, serving as an associate member of the Hamilton County Medical Society in 2015 and has published research in Orthopaedic surgical techniques. Jennifer maintains active memberships in TAPA and AAPA. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, working out, and coffee….lots of coffee….
 
Nashville Region – Iveylee Trump
Hey there! I'm Iveylee and have served on TAPA as the Nashville region representative for about 4 years. I really enjoy helping set up dinners for members to learn and network. I hope to continue to grow the Facebook group and start more casual meet-ups and happy hours. One of my favorite parts of my involvement is participating in board meetings. The education I have gained related to PA policy -making and advancement has been wonderful. I look forward to staying involved with TAPA leadership for years to come.
 
Tri-Cities Region – Susan Mizelle
I have lived and practiced in northeast Tennessee with my husband for the last 6 years. I have spent nearly that entire time practicing pediatric emergency medicine at Niswonger Children’s Hospital. I have also had the privilege and honor to serve as the Tri-Cities Regional Director position with TAPA over the last 2 years. During this time, I have not only learned the importance of serving with our representative body but also just how vital TAPA is to our profession within Tennessee. Its been a wonderful opportunity to connect the PA’s of the Tri-Cities via social media and give an outlet that has led to new jobs and growth for PA’s in our region. I look forward to continuing to serve with TAPA and am excited for how TAPA can continue to better our profession and quality of the PA lifestyle and practice rights within Tennessee.
 
 
2018 House of Delegates (TAPA has been apportioned 4 delegates)
 
John Davis
 
Daniel Jones - Daniel Jones completed his Masters of Science in Medicine at Trevecca Nazarene University in 2003 and was an inductee in the TNU PA program Academic Eagles Club. He worked for eight years in rural primary care at Mountain City Medical Center. He currently works with multi-state company SHC Medical Partners where he continues to practice as a PA in Post Acute/Long Term Care and also currently serves as Director of Innovation/Implementation, Assistant Medical Director of Mountain City Care Center, and on the leadership team.  Interest and expertise are education, primary care, quality assurance, wound care, care coordination, chronic disease management, transitional care, occupational medicine, advance care planning, and house calls. Daniel also serves as Director of the Village Medical Assistant Program for non-profit Operation Renewed Hope with purpose of implementing primary care access via mobile medical units internationally. He works internationally several weeks out of the year. He is an advocate for optimal team practice, doctoral degrees for PAs who wish to pursue them, and a proponent for continued innovation for the PA profession. Daniel served as student delegate for AAPA HOD while at Trevecca. He is currently a member of TAPA, AAPA and PA’s for Tomorrow.
 
Donna Lynch
 
Christy G McGhee – My name is Christy McGhee, I have been a PA for nearly 17 years, the majority of which was spent in Orthopedic clinical practice in TN and VA. I have been teaching either full or part-time at LMU’s PA program since August of 2011. I am a member in good standing of both TAPA and AAPA and have been a speaker in the past at TAPA’s fall conference. I have also represented the PA profession by taking students to Washington, DC for PA day on the Hill. I am currently enrolled in LMU DCOM working on a doctorate level degree while working full-time. I am fully committed to promoting the PA profession and encourage students to become involved in the legislative process to positively affect PA rights within the states. I would be honored to serve TAPA as a House of Delegate member and would represent them well at AAPA.
 
Paula Miksa - My goal is to support TAPA and PA’s to the best of my ability. I believe I am qualified for this position because I have spent many years in service with TAPA serving in such positions as secretary of the board, Knoxville regional director, CME co-chair and as the student representative. I have been a PA for 15 years but have spent the last 8 years dedicated to PA education. While working as the Clinical Director of LMU’s PA program I have encouraged students to become active in the state and national organizations. During my tenure at LMU I have served as the PA program student society faculty representative for many years. I have also taken students and attended PA day on the Hill multiple times. I believe it is important for PA’s entering practice to understand the legislative process and how it affects their ability to practice. Lastly, I am dedicated to mission work and yearly take 25-30 PA students on an international mission trips over spring break. Thank you in advance for the consideration of my nomination.
 
Stephen Noe - Stephen Noe is the Director of Didactic Education for the Physician Assistant Program at Lincoln Memorial University. He is a graduate from the University of Kentucky Physician Assistant Program in 2003. Upon graduation, he began working clinically in emergency medicine in Lexington, Kentucky until 2014. He also has experience in occupational medicine and family medicine. In 2012, he began to work as an adjunct professor and preceptor for Lincoln Memorial University, then moved into a faculty position in 2014. During his time at LMU, he has led students on multiple mission trips to Honduras, reaching hundreds of patients in rural communities. He has been a member of TAPA since 2015, and has lectured at the Spring Fling and Fall Fest TAPA meetings on a number of occasions. This year, he served as a moderator for a panel discussion on rural medicine at the Advancing Rural Primary Care Conference in Omaha, Nebraska. 
 
Mr. Noe is running for the Treasurer position for TAPA for the new cycle. He is interested in this position in order to have a larger role in the direction of physician assistant practice in the state of Tennessee. 
 
Eugene Platt - After 25 years in the computer business I got the opportunity to make a career change. At that time, I met a new graduate PA who shared with me his excitement with the PA profession and it was very contagious. I checked into what was necessary to become a PA and PA work and was sold. A couple of my best friends were MD's and when I asked them their opinion they both said, "you'll be great". One even offer me a job when I graduated. 
 
I graduated from Bethel University in McKenzie Tennessee with MS in Physician Assistant Studies in May 2007. Since then I've worked continuously in the PA profession. I've worked in Internal Medicine, Addiction Medicine, Emergency Department, Primary Care, Occupational medicine, and for the past 4 years Urgent Care. I got involved with TAPA and AAPA while still a student and have served on the TAPA board in various capacities for the past 6 or 7 years. Being an AAPA delegate is an honor and privilege. I look forward to continuing to serve and support Tennessee PAs for years to come.
 
David Roberts - First, let me say it is an honor to be nominated for both an At-Large position and for a position on the AAPA House of Delegates. TAPA works hard to advocate for the PAs of our great state. I am excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the incredible work they do and to serve each of you through TAPA. 
 
I have been married to my high school sweetheart for the past 19 years. We have 4 children, 3 boys and 1 girl, with the hopes for 2 more kiddos to join us soon through adoption. I've spent the last 20 years in health care. Before graduating from Bethel University’s PA program in 2007, I worked as a registered nurse in cardiology for 10 years. Since becoming a PA, I have worked in orthopedics and emergency medicine. 
 
I am also privileged to be adjunct faculty at Bethel University for the past 5 years where I have taught EKG and pathophysiology. I have had the chance to have several Bethel students rotate with me in the ER. I also enjoy speaking at both Spring Fling and Fall Fest TAPA conferences. Thanks for your consideration. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. robertsda@bethelu.edu.