ALEXANDRIA, VA (January 8, 2015) – The Foundation for Physical Therapy is pleased to announce the appointment of Stuart Binder-Macleod, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Aimee Klein, PT, DPT, DSc, OCS, Sheila Schindler-Ivens, PT, PhD, and Fran Welk, PT, DPT, MEd, to the Board of Trustees.

Binder-Macleod currently serves as associate deputy provost of clinical and translational research, and is the Edward L. Ratledge Professor within the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Delaware. He is a past Foundation funding recipient, receiving a Doctoral Training Research Grant from the Foundation in 1989. Binder-Macleod also served on the Foundation’s Scientific Review Committee from 1998-2001.

Klein is an associate professor and coordinator of post-professional residency education in the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. In addition to being a long-standing supporter of the Foundation and various initiatives, Klein has served on the Foundation’s Awareness Committee, and served as a member of APTA’s Board of Directors (2006-2012). Klein received the Lucy Blair Service Award in 2004 for her exceptional contributions to APTA.

Schindler-Ivens is an associate professor of physical therapy at Marquette University. A past Foundation funding recipient, Schindler-Ivens received 3 scholarships from the Foundation, while pursuing her doctorate. As a student, Dr Schindler-Ivens helped create the Foundation’s annual grassroots fundraising effort, the Marquette Challenge, and was the first Marquette Challenge coordinator. In 2010, she received the Robert C. Bartlett Innovation in Fundraising Award for her exceptional inventiveness and leadership to create fundraising activities.

Welk is a consultant to physical therapy practices and to corporations who provide services to physical therapists. He resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and in St. Croix, USVI. He previously served as the Foundation’s treasurer from 1999-2005. Welk has served in leadership roles on corporate and nonprofit boards, including APTA’s Board of Directors from 1998-2005. He also served as treasurer for APTA’s Board of Directors from 1999-2005. Welk was awarded the Lucy Blair Service Award for his exceptional contributions to APTA in 2007.

“Each new trustee has been a longtime supporter of the Foundation’s work, both personally and professionally,” said Foundation Board of Trustees President Barbara Connolly, PT, DPT, EdD, FAPTA. “Each of our trustees provides critical expertise in guiding the Foundation. I am confident each will be a tremendous asset.”

In addition to the 4 new trustees joining the Foundation’s Board, officers elected to serve in 2015 include Barbara Connolly (President), Michael J. Mueller, PT, PhD, FAPTA (Vice President), Charles L. Martin Jr, CAE, CIA (Treasurer), and Randy A. Roesch, DPT, PT, MBA (Secretary).

Barbara Connolly’s appointment comes as former president William Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAPTA, FAAOMPT completes 9 years of service as a trustee, serving as president for 5 years. Connolly is a professor emeritus at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, where she served as chair of the Physical Therapy Department for 24 years, and interim dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences for 2 years. She is currently the president of the International Organization of Physical Therapists in Pediatrics, a subgroup of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy. She has served on APTA’s Board of Directors, APTA Pediatric Specialty Council, and the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists. She was president of the Section on Pediatrics from 2002-2006.

The Foundation for Physical Therapy was established in 1979 as a national, independent nonprofit organization to fund physical therapy research to optimize health and movement. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $17 million in research grants, fellowships and scholarships. Many of today’s leading physical therapy researchers, clinicians, and academicians began their careers with this support. Foundation-funded researchers have gone on to secure more than $824 million in follow-on funding.

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