TAPA Committees & Chairs

Continuing Medical Education
Chair: Tammy Harris, DMSc, MPAS, PA-C

Continuing Medical Education committee provides two CME conferences a year that are timely, cost effective and relevant.

Finance
Chair: John Porro, PA-C
Develop & refine the TAPA Finance Policy, including but not limited to: handling of monies, budgeting, financial planning, executing external audit, etc. Assist in duties of the Treasurer as tasked

Governance
Chair: Eva Montes, PA-C
Annually review, revise and update all TAPA Bylaws and Policies and refer and/ortask to appropriate committee(s) for input; Oversee TAPA Elections and TAPA Awards.

Legislative Affairs
Chair: Melinda Gottschalk, DMSc, PA-C, DFAAPA

Legislative Affairs works toward improving and staying up-to-date with PA laws. They form relationships with key medical groups and legislators and obtain money for the legislative fund.

Membership Relations 
Chair: Benito Lopez, BC-ADM, DMSc, PA-C

The Membership Relations Committee's tasks are to promote and retain memberships and coordinate an annual membership drive.

Public Relations 
Chair: Kristi Catacutan, BSN, RN, PA-C

This committee works to develop, implement and maintain statewide and local public relations and programs to increase awareness and acceptance of the physician assistant profession both to the general public and other legislative and medical professions and maintain all social media.

Student Affairs
Chair: Veronica Coleman, MPAS, PA-C

The Student Affairs Committee works as a liaison between the PA Programs and TAPA.  They support student activities and encourage professional involvement.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Chair: Laura Lawrence, PA-C

Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion practices within TAPA and the profession.