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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 Masters 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. 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 12 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, ND. 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 2014-2016. Dave is a member of the state association and the American Physical Therapy Association.

Dave began his involvement with the Federation 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 serves as Vice President of Sports Medicine at Texas Health Resources, a 25 hospital system in North Texas. Previous to his current role, Tom was the Associate Executive Director of Sports Medicine & Ambulatory Services for The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center for over 13 years. He received his undergraduate degree in physical therapy from The Ohio State University in 1988 and later earned his post-professional masters 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 2003-2005 prior to his appointment on the PT Section of the Ohio AT, OT, PT Licensure Board where he served for nine years, including Chair from 2012-2013. He served three and six year terms, respectively, on the Nominating and Finance Committees of the Federation. 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 Masters in Exercise Physiology from Southern Connecticut State University, his Masters 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 is currently serving his second 4-year term. Ruggie served as Board Vice-chair from 2014 to 2018, and he is currently serving as Board Chair. He has been actively involved with the Federation since 2014 as a delegate/alternate delegate and served two terms in 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 from the University of South Florida in Curriculum and Instruction with focus on Educational Measurement and Research. 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, MS, received her Master of Physical Therapy degree from Northern Arizona University and a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Arizona. She has been in practice for over 25 years with most of her clinical experience in an outpatient orthopedic setting. Joni was appointed to the Arizona Board of Physical Therapy in 2002 and served for 8 years. She was President of the Board for the last 3 years of her tenure.

She began her involvement with the Federation in 2002 when she served as Arizona’s delegate and went on to serve as Arizona’s delegate for another six years and alternate delegate once. Joni has also been an item writer for the NPTE, chaired the 2009 Bylaws Task Force, attended 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 2008-2012. On this committee, Joni was instrumental in the development of the model for supervised clinical practice and the Performance Evaluation Tool (PET) for supervised clinical practice. She participated in the standard setting for the PET, helped initiate and participated in the annual meeting of the credentialing agencies, and assisted in the development of quality standards for the credentialing agencies.

In an effort to better understand the accreditation process for U.S. PT schools, Joni has served as a CAPTE on-site clinician reviewer since 2014.

Most recently, she served on the Ethics and Legislation Committee from 2012 to 2016. During her service on this committee, products included the telehealth paper, best practices for re-entry and disciplinary guidelines. Joni has spent most of her career practicing in Arizona. In 2015, she relocated to the central Oregon coast and is the manager of the Rehabilitation Department at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City. Joni received the Federation’s Outstanding Service Award in 2009 and again in 2013. In 2016, she was honored with the Richard McDougall Long term Service Award.

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 twelve 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 five 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 an awardee of the FSBPT Outstanding Service Award in 2018.
John Young

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

John M. Young, D.P.S., E.M.L. is on the full-time faculty as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Prior to joining the GW faculty, he was a Senior Principal in the Health Innovation Mission Area at Noblis, Inc., a science, technology and strategy advisory services firm. John is a former senior advisor in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center where he was instrumental in the development and execution of key provisions of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (“Affordable Care Act”) and implementation of many other Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP legislative provisions including physician-based clinical quality measurement programs, physician value-based purchasing initiatives, the National Quality Strategy, health disparity strategies, HIPAA implementation and the identification of an initial core set of children’s quality measures in CHIP during his eleven year tenure at CMS in Baltimore, MD and Washington, He received his undergraduate degree in Health Systems Management from University of Maryland University College, his Executive Masters in Leadership from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, and his Doctor of Professional Studies in Information Management from Syracuse University School of Information Studies.
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.