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Board of Directors

Leading Us Forward

Through the leadership of our previous board members, FSBPT has developed a firm foundation for the future. Today, our board of directors helps provide the overall direction and continued growth for FSBPT.

Our CEO and board of directors consist of diverse, dedicated professionals who bring a range of insights and perspectives. They include educators, practitioners, state licensure board members, and a public representative.


Nancy Kirsch

Nancy R. Kirsch, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA New Jersey

Nancy R. Kirsch, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA received her PT degree from Temple University, her Master's in Health Education from Montclair University, Certificate in Health Administration from Seton Hall University, her PhD concentration in ethics from Rutgers University (formerly UMDNJ), and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from MGH Institute of Health Professions. She practiced in a variety of settings including in-patient rehabilitation, acute care, long term care, and home care. She owned a private practice for twenty years and currently practices in a school based setting. In addition, she is the Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Nancy has been a member of the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners since 1990 and was chairperson of the board for twelve years. She served as an evaluator for FCCPT. Nancy has been involved with the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy in the following capacities: she served two terms on the Finance committee and also served on several task forces, in addition to the Board of Directors. Nancy has been active in the American Physical Therapy Association since she was a student. She served the New Jersey Chapter as Secretary and President, and as a delegate and chief delegate to the House of Delegates. She served the national association as a member of the ethics document revision task force. She also served a five-year term on the APTA Ethics and Judicial Committee and the APTA Reference Committee. She received the Lucy Blair Service Award and was elected a Catherine Worthingham Fellow from National APTA and received an Outstanding Service Award and the President's Award from the FSBPT.

David Relling

David Relling, PT, PhD North Dakota
Vice President

David Relling, PT, PhD, is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He has practiced in a variety of settings including acute care, orthopedics and long term care. Dave was appointed to the North Dakota Board of Physical Therapy in 2010 and will complete his second term on the board in 2020. He served as President of the ND Board from 2014 to 2016. Dave is a member of the state association and the American Physical Therapy Association.

Dave began his involvement with FSBPT in 2005 as an item writer and has served as a member and then co-chair of the NPTE Exam Development Committee for physical therapists. He was inducted into the Academy of Advanced Item Writers in 2010.

Thomas Caldwell

Thomas J. Caldwell, PT, DPT, AT Texas

Tom Caldwell, PT, DPT, AT, returned to Columbus, Ohio, in June of 2020 to join the U.S. Council For Athletes' Health, a consulting group working with athletic organizations on their health care delivery systems to prioritize athlete health and safety. Previous roles include Vice President of Sports Medicine for Texas Health Resources and Associate Executive Director of Sports Medicine and Ambulatory Services at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He received his undergraduate degree in physical therapy from The Ohio State University in 1988 and later earned his post-professional master’s degree from the University of Indianapolis and transitional doctorate from Alabama State. He maintained the credential as a board certified sports clinical specialist for twenty years. Tom is also licensed as an Athletic Trainer.

His professional service has included a term as Vice President of the Ohio Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association from 2003 to 2005 prior to his appointment on the PT Section of the Ohio OT, PT, AT Licensure Board where he served for nine years, including Chair from 2012 to 2013. He served three and six year terms, respectively, on the FSBPT Nominating and Finance Committees. Caldwell was awarded the APTA State Legislative Leadership Award in 2004 for his leadership role in Ohio’s successful campaign to obtain direct access to physical therapy services. He was appointed to the USA Rugby Medical & Safety Committee in December of 2008. Caldwell has enjoyed a successful career as a clinician, administrator, and entrepreneur in the areas of orthopedics and sports physical therapy, athletic training, wellness, and fitness.

Ruggie Canizares

Ruggie Canizares PT, MS, MBA, CMPT Oregon

Ruggiero (Ruggie) S. Canizares, PT, MS, MBA, CMPT, received his PT degree from University of Santo Tomas, his Master's in Exercise Physiology from Southern Connecticut State University, his Master's in Business Administration from Northwest Christian University (MBA Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society), and his Certified Manual Physical Therapist (CMPT – certified “with distinction”) from The North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy. Ruggie practiced in various clinical settings including acute care, in-patient rehabilitation, nursing home and long-term care, and in-school pediatrics. He currently owns a private practice that has been operational since 2008 and also works per diem as a Home Health Physical Therapist in a local regional hospital.

In 2011, Ruggie was appointed to the Oregon Physical Therapy Licensing Board and completed his second four-year term in 2019. Ruggie served as Board Vice-chair from 2014 to 2018, and as Board Chair from 2018 to 2019. He has been actively involved with FSBPT since 2014 as a delegate/alternate delegate and served two terms on the Finance Committee.

Ellen Donald

Ellen Kroog Donald, PT PhD Florida

Ellen Donald, PT, PhD, earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Boston University in 1985, and a Master of Science in Adult Education from Syracuse University in 1995. In 2016, she earned her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with focus on Educational Measurement and Research from the University of South Florida. She currently is a member of the Faculty at Florida Gulf Coast University and was founding Department Chair of Physical Therapy. Prior to her positions at Florida Gulf Coast University, she was Director of Clinical Education for the Physical Therapy Program at the University at Buffalo. Her clinical expertise is in pediatric physical therapy.

Dr. Donald has volunteered with the FSBPT since 1999 in multiple roles, including serving as an item writer, Chair of the Item Bank review committee, and member of the Finance committee. She received the FSBPT Outstanding Service Award in 2013. She currently is a member of the Florida Board of Physical Therapy.

Joni Kalis

Joni Kalis, PT, MS Oregon

Joni Kalis, PT, MPT, MS, is a physical therapist clinician specializing in outpatient orthopedics. Joni served on the Arizona Board of Physical Therapy for eight years (2002-2010) and was President of the Board for the last three years of her tenure. She began her involvement with the FSBPT in 2002 when she served as Arizona’s delegate and continued to serve as Arizona’s delegate/alternate delegate for seven more years.

Joni has been an item writer for the NPTE, chaired a Bylaws Task Force, participated in the NPTE summit in 2011 and was a member of the NPTE Eligibility Task Force in 2013. She served on and chaired the Foreign Educated Standards Committee from 2008 to 2012 and was instrumental in the development of the model for supervised clinical practice and the Performance Evaluation Tool (PET) for supervised clinical practice. She served on the Ethics and Legislation Committee from 2012 to 2016 and during her service on this committee, products included FSBPT's first telehealth paper, background work on re-entry, and board action guidelines. Joni also served on the program committee for the 2019 biannual meeting of the International Network of Physiotherapy Regulatory Authorities (INPTRA).

Joni received the FSBPT's Outstanding Service Award in 2009 and 2013. In 2016, she was honored with the Richard McDougall Long Term Service Award. She also received the Outstanding Service Award from INPTRA in 2019.

Joni spent most of her career practicing in Arizona, but in 2015, relocated to Lincoln City, Oregon, where she is the manager of the Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital Physical Rehabilitation Department. Joni has served on the FSBPT's Board of Directors since 2017. In her free time she enjoys running, walking, yardwork, playing piano, and beach combing.

Adrienne Price

Adrienne D. Price, RN, BA, MSN Georgia

Adrienne D. Price RN, BA, MSN, obtained her associates of science in nursing from Macon State College, her bachelor of arts degree from Mercer University, and her masters of science in nursing from the University of Phoenix. As a registered nurse, she practiced in a number of different health care settings including obstetrics, gynecology, hospice and palliative care, pediatrics with a concentration in developmental disabilities, public health, and nursing regulation as a Legal and Disciplinary Nurse Consultant. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) appointed her as the Promising Practice Consultant for Discipline on the Committee for the Commitment to Ongoing Regulatory Excellence (CORE). She was also a member of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI).

In 2013, she was instrumental in the development, editing, and the selection of content for the board of nursing’s quarterly magazine, The Georgian Nurse. She also served on the County Health Emergency Assistance Resource Team (CHEART), an affiliate of the Public Health Task Force for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) in the North Central Health District. Adrienne has been with the Professional Licensing Boards Division of the Georgia Office of Secretary of State for fourteen years and has served in her present role as the Executive Director of seven licensing boards, including the Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy, for seven years. She has been involved with the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy as a member of the FSBPT Membership Survey Task Force, a member of the FSBPT Resolutions Committee, the Chair of the FSBPT Re-entry to Practice Task Force, and a recipient of the FSBPT Outstanding Service Award in 2018.

John Young

John M. Young, DPS, EML Washington, DC
Public Member

John M. Young is currently the Vice Chair for Administration (Chief of Staff) and Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), U.S. Department of Defense. He is also the co-lead of the Uniformed Services Health Equity Collaborative in the USUHS Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics.

Dr. Young was formerly Section Chief, Clinical Operations and Management, Program Director, Master of Science in Health Care Quality, and Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership in the Department of Clinical Research and Leadership at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He continues to hold appointments as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at The George Washington University Milken School of Public Health.

Prior to joining the GW faculty, Dr. Young was Director of Performance and Value at the American Society of Clinical Oncology and for five years the Senior Principal Consultant in the Health Innovation Mission Area at Noblis, Inc., a science, technology, and strategy advisory services firm.

He spent over a decade in federal service at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in multiple roles including a HIPPA policy analyst, an epidemiologist, Technical Director, and Senior Advisor in the CMS Innovation Center, where he was instrumental in the development and execution of key provisions of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act, including health care quality, medical homes, and Alternative Payment Models.

John earned a Doctor of Professional Studies in Information Management from Syracuse University School of Information Studies, an Executive Master’s in Leadership from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, and bachelor’s degree in Health Systems Management from University of Maryland Global Campus. He is a graduate of the GW Master Teacher Leadership Development Program (Cohort 16).

He served in the United States Marine Corps Forces Reserve and now serves as public member on the board of directors of the Federation for State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT).

William Hatherill

William A. Hatherill 
Chief Executive Officer

William Hatherill has over thirty years of experience in health care strategy and management and has spent more than twenty years as the CEO of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. His broad and deep experience includes expertise in organizational design and management, feasibility analyses, and operations, enabling companies to improve their productivity, quality, and competitiveness. Prior to joining FSBPT, Bill held executive positions, including president and corporate operations officer, in a variety of organizations; Texas Tech University Health Science Center, American Medical International, Republic HealthCorp, and St. Paul HealthCorp. Bill has also enjoyed a successful consulting career.