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Committees, Moderators, Directors

Committees

The SDPA currently has 12 standing committees each of which work to provide valuable programs and benefits for the SDPA and its members. Committees each have one or more Chairs and at least 2 Fellow members. Committees are overseen by the Board of Directors. We encourage interested SDPA members to join committees of interest.

 

Conference Education Planning Committee

This committee shall develop, organize, and facilitate quality educational sessions for the Fall and Summer SDPA conferences. The committee will continue to drive conference content, speaker selection, CME accreditation, and conference agenda. 

 

CME Director of Conferences - Keri Holyoak, PA-C, MPH

Keri is a Physician Assistant at the Dermatology Center of Salt Lake City, a private medical dermatology clinic. She received a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and a Master of Public Health from George Washington University. She is also an adjunct clinical instructor at the University of Utah Physician Assistant Program.
She served as Fall CME chair from 2012-2019 after finishing her term as past president for the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SDPA). She also represented the SDPA at the American Academy of Physician Assistants annual House of Delegates meeting where she sponsored an accepted resolution against non-compete clauses. She has authored a dermatology chapter for Physician Assistant students. She is married to her best friend and has 3 beautiful children. 

 

Summer Conference Chair - Eileen Cheever, MPAS, PA-C

Eileen obtained a Masters Degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 2008 from Seton Hall University. She is a graduate of Merrimack College in 2005 with a Bachelors of Science in Health Science. In addition to her leadership role in the SDPA, Eileen is also a current member of American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and Massachusetts State Society of Physician Assistants.  She enjoys giving back to the profession by creating engaging educational content at SDPA CME conferences. Eileen practices medical dermatology at Leominster Dermatology in North Central Massachusetts. 

 

 

Fall Conference Chair - Kirk Gautier, PA-C

Kirk is a Registered Nurse, who while serving on a mission trip in Central America felt the call to further his ability to serve and returned to pursue a degree in Physician Assistant studies. He graduated Summa Cum Laude, was awarded the Outstanding Peer Award, elected into the National Honor Society for Physician Assistants Pi Alpha, placed in the top 3% in the nation on PANCE exam, is a Diplomate of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, Past President of the East Texas Physician Assistant Society, and past presenter at AAPA. He is published in the JDPA and Faculty with Maui Derm NP PA in addition to serving as CME Conference Co-Chair of SDPA and on numerous AD Boards. He practices in East Texas in General Dermatology and has a special interest in surgery, acne, and psoriasis. He is proud to volunteer with the SDPA, an organization that has provided him with so much education and networking. Kirk is the father of 3 children ages 10, 9, and 5 whom he loves as well as a beautiful wife, Jennifer. 

 


 

Constituent Relations Committee

This committee shall actively communicate and assist state constituent organizations in the development of state dermatology PA societies. The committee will identify opportunities for the SDPA to provide guidance and assistance to state affiliate organizations. Chartering of constituent organizations shall be developed and monitored by this committee, when appropriate.

 

Chair – Jennifer Conner MPAS, PA-C

Jennifer grew up Indiana and received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Marian University in Indianapolis in 2003. Following her undergraduate education, she attended the U.S Army Interservice Physician Assistant Program at Fort Sam Houston and earned a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in 2006 from the University of Nebraska. She served in the US Army National Guard for 11 years as a Medical Specialist Corps officer and battalion physician assistant. Jennifer began her career as a PA in dermatology in 2006. Jennifer has been involved in SDPA leadership since 2009 and is honored to give back to the SDPA in honor of those who paved the way for the PA profession and the patients we serve. She has served as Public Education Committee Chair, Director at Large, and was the SDPA President from 2016-2017. Jennifer is now the Constituent Relations Committee Chair, as well as a founding trustee and Chair of the Dermatology PA Foundation (DPAF). She is an active volunteer for the Melanoma Research Foundation and has led the SDPA Miles for Melanoma program and philanthropic activities since 2012. Outside of practicing dermatology and serving the SDPA and DPAF, Jennifer enjoys travel, running, all things Disney, and spending time with her husband and three children.

 


 

Distance Medical Education Committee

This committee shall serve as the ‘point of contact’ for all SDPA educational programs that do not occur during in-person meetings and conferences. The committee shall develop, organize and facilitate these quality educational sessions. The committee will also insure these programs are functioning effectively by communicating with all designated parties. The committee will work with the web design team to stay abreast of any new technological advancement and will insure the SDPA is researching and offering new educational opportunities to the membership. The committee shall be responsible for the oversight of the Distance Learning Initiative (DLI) and diplomate status, to include development and marketing.

 

Diplomate Fellowship Director- Kristen Grippe, MPAS, PA-C

Kristen has worked as a dermatology PA for the past 10 years in Erie, PA. Recently she decided to start as a full time faculty member in the Gannon University PA program in Erie.  Having joined the SDPA in 2005 as a volunteer committee member, she wanted to contribute even more to the organization and transitioned a Committee Chair in 2012. Kristen has served as the Co-Chair for the Distance CME Committee for a number of years and was instrumental in leading the development of the Diplomate Fellowship. She currently serves as the Director of the Diplomate Fellowship program. Kristen has this to say when asked why she decided to join SDPA leadership “I feel that it is very inspiring to work with an organization made up of people just like yourself....Dermatology PAs! We can all relate to one another and our unique specialty, but more importantly we can all make a difference in the SDPA by using our inspiration and motivation to support one another and the advancement of all PAs working in dermatology.”

 


 

House of Delegates (HOD) Committee

This committee is responsible for communicating AAPA policy, information, activities, and programs to SDPA constituents. The committee shall relay constituent views and suggestions; particularly those related to implementation of AAPA policy positions, to the appropriate SDPA leadership. The committee shall advocate constituent views within the AAPA House of Delegates (HOD) and report highlights of the AAPA HOD meetings to constituents at state and regional society meetings. The committee shall serve as an advocate for patients to improve the health of the public and the health care system. The committee shall cultivate promising leaders and help them gain leadership positions.

 

Senior Delegate - Travis Hayden MPAS, PA-C

Travis is a Board-Certified PA working in dermatology in beautiful Upstate New York. He completed his undergraduate studies at Le Moyne College with a degree in biology. Upon graduating he was awarded enrollment into the U.S. Navy’s Health Services Collegiate Program. Through the program he received his formal training as a physician assistant (PA) at the Sisters of Charity Medical Center of Staten Island, New York. He then proudly served on active duty as a Medical Service Corps Officer in the U.S. Navy, working as a PA in military and family medicine. During his time in the Navy, he completed his Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) from the University of Nebraska. Since completing his tour in the Navy in 2003, he has been been working in the specialty field of dermatology as well as teaching in PA education. Travis is a full time faculty member of the Le Moyne College PA Program and a clinical instructor & preceptor for the SUNY Upstate Medical University PA Program. In addition to his clinical and educational work, Travis has also served as the SDPA Publications & Communications Committee Chair from 2005-2017, SDPA Director At Large from 2017-2018, and SDPA AAPA House of Delegates Representative from 2018-current. In 2007 he became the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Dermatology for Physician Assistants (JDPA), the official journal of the SDPA. Travis also served as a founding Board of Trustee member of the Dermatology PA Foundation (DPAF). Travis’s passion for medical education, teaching, and helping the under-served is rooted in his firm belief that, "whether with students, our peers, or with our patients…only good can come from the sharing of our medical knowledge."

 

Junior Delegate - Erin Call , MSPAS, PA-C

 

Erin is a dermatology Physician Assistant in Southern California.  She received her Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Pacific University of Oregon in 2012.  Erin worked for several years in a dermatology clinic before PA school and was excited to get back into the field as a PA-C.  She sees both medical and cosmetic patients in offices in Westlake Village and Santa Barbara, California.

From 2017 to present she has held various positions on the Board of the California Dermatology Physician Assistant Society and currently Erin is serving as Vice President.  She enjoys networking and giving back to the PA community locally in California, and is also excited to now be involved at the national level as part of the SDPA leadership team. 

  

 


 

Judicial and Ethical Affairs Committee

This committee shall serve to interpret the SDPA Bylaws and Policy and Procedures and other SDPA documents to insure compliance when questions of adherence arise pertaining to business procedure. The bylaws and policy shall be reviewed at least annually to assure that these documents are not in conflict and review amendments to these documents for compliance to existing policy.

This committee is responsible for the development of a code of medical ethics that establishes the responsibility, moral principles, standards of conduct, and social policy involved in the morality of the practice of medicine and delivery of health care as it relates to the dermatology PA profession. This committee will also develop position papers and policy statements regarding medical ethics and evaluate current medical, moral, and social trends that impact the patient/PA relationship.

 

Chair – John Notabartolo, DMSc, PA-C, DFAAPA

John University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1998. He served 21 years active duty in the US Air Force and has been actively participating in nonprofit leadership for the past 20 years. John has been President of the Society of Air Force PAs and the SDPA. He has also held numerous volunteer and elected positions within those organizations as well as within the AAPA. During the past year, John held the position of Legislative Affairs Committee Chair in the SDPA, prior to being elected as the Vice Chair. John also served on the Dermatology PA Foundation (DPAF) as a founding Board of Trustee member and specifically as Chair of the Foundation from 2016-2017.

 

 

 


 

Legislative Affairs Committee

This committee shall educate our members about the legislative process and importance of individual involvement, maintain contact with state dermatology societies, distribute information packets on state regulations and utilization of dermatology PA and to be the ‘point of contact’ for legislative issues that come up across the nation.

 

Chair – Holly Glover, MPAS, PA-C, MBA

Holly has been a practicing dermatology physician assistant since 2013, currently serving patients at the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX. She is honored to advocate for SDPA constituents and our profession at the AAPA national level meetings by addressing Derm PA concerns and advancing Derm PA interests. Dermatology physician assistants face many key issues regarding our scope and practice, reimbursement, relationship with dermatologists and public perception of our role in providing care. She believes it is vital for each SDPA member to be informed on the current issues, and equally important that each member has a voice in response to those issues.

 

 


 

Membership Committee

This committee shall develop the membership categories, application process, and evaluate applications for appropriate category of membership within the SDPA. The committee will work with the SDPA Executive Director to maintain a current membership database. The committee will update and send electronic ‘welcome’ information to new members. The committee will strive to identify non-members and work to recruit them into SDPA and also identify ways to retain current members. The committee will evaluate, develop and implement new membership benefits.

 

Chair – Keri Squittieri, MMS, PA-C

Keri is board certified by the NCCPA and a practicing Physician Assistant at Dermatology Care of Charlotte in Charlotte, NC. She graduated Cum Laude from Hodges University in Naples, Fl with a Bachelors Degree in Science and went on to receive her Masters in Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Nova Southeastern University. She became a member of the SDPA as a student as she has always had a passion for the field of dermatology. She has since earned Diplomate status with the SDPA. She is also a member of AAPA, GDPA, and North Carolina Medical Society.

She is president of the Queen City Dermatology Association. She specializes in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. She enjoys precepting PA students from local PA schools in North Carolina. She also volunteers regularly performing skin cancer screenings in her community. She is excited to take on a leadership position with the SDPA to give back to the profession and encourage others to do the same. When she is not working, Keri enjoys traveling with her husband and 2 children.

 


 

Publications and Communications Committee

This committee is responsible for developing the written and electronic communications of the SDPA, which may include a quarterly newsletter and monthly electronic communication.

 

Chair - Mark Hyde, PhD, PA-C

Mark is a PA and the director of advanced practice at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. He has been on the Cutaneous Lymphoma team for 10 years and has presented for the Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation multiple times at patient education forums. Mark organized and co-facilitates a CTCL patient and caregiver support and education group with support from the Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation. He is from Woods Cross, Utah where he enjoys hiking and spending time with his wife and 4 children. He went to PA school at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ. He also recently finished his PhD in public health and epidemiology at the University of Utah. He is involved in the SDPA because he feels it is important to contribute back to the profession while also gaining valuable networking and new experiences. 

 


 

Public Education Committee

This committee is responsible for promoting PAs who practice medical, surgical and/or cosmetic dermatology. This committee will develop and implement materials that educate the public, health care professionals, and affiliate organizations regarding the role of dermatology PAs in the delivery of quality medical care, as a member of the health care team. This committee will organize the SDPA booth at the AAD winter meeting.

 

Chair - Jennifer Winter, MSPAS, PA-C

Jennifer practices in Olympia, Washington, near where she grew up. She started in dermatology as an MA in 1989. She returned to that practice after PA training and continues to this day. Jennifer joined the SDPA after graduation and later began to gradually get involved in leadership. She first volunteered a few hours at the SDPA booth at the AAD and helped with the DLI forum answering questions. Later she joined the board of directors and served as president. Today she helps spread the word about PA practice in dermatology as the chair of the public education committee.

 

 


 

Moderators, Directors & Liaisons

 

Director of Industry Relations – Robert Higham MPAS, PA-C

Robert obtained his B.S. in Physician Assistant Practice from the University Of Southern California School Of Medicine in 1999. Follow this he obtained a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska’s Physician Assistant Program in 2005. In 2004 Robert began a long and dedicated career in SDPA leadership as a Director At Large on the SDPA Board of Directors. Following this he was appointed the AAPA liaison to the AAD in 2005, a role which he continues to hold. Robert served as President of the SDPA from 2007-2009. Robert has held the position of SDPA Director of Industry Relations since 2005. Participating in SDPA leadership provides Robert with a pathway to give back to a profession and society which have in turn given so much to him.

  

American Academy of Physician Assistant (AAPA) Medical Liaison to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) - Vicki Roberts, MPAS, PA-C

Vicki Roberts graduated from the University of Florida in 1999 with a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies. Since then, she has been working as a dermatology PA at Palmetto Dermatology in West Columbia, SC. She is also an adjunct instructor at the USC School of Medicine PA program. In 2011, she began volunteering her time in various positions including serving as president of her state society (SCSDPA) and national dermatology PA society (SDPA). She also has been dedicating her time to help promote philanthropy, research, and education as a founding and current Board of Trustee on the Dermatology PA Foundation (DPAF). As medical liaison between the AAPA and AAD, Vicki will serve a two year term as the official ambassador of the AAPA helping to be a voice for PAs in the rapidly evolving healthcare environment.

Calendar
SDPA 17th Annual Fall Dermatology Conference 2019
November 21-24, 2019 – WestinKierland Resort & Spa – Scottsdale, AZ
Pre-Conference:  November 20
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