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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-five years and currently practices in a school-based setting. In addition, she is the Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, and Vice Chair of Rehab and Movement Sciences, 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 Dean for Health Sciences and Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He chaired the UND department of physical therapy from 2014-2021 and 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 completed 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.

Cynthia Potter

Cynthia Potter, PT, MS, DPT, CEEAA, FAAIDD, Pennsylvania

Cynthia Potter, PT, MS, DPT, CEEAA, FAAIDD, currently serves as the Chair of the Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy. She is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatrics and her clinical work has focused on children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in many different practice settings, including owning a private practice for eleven years. She has been a faculty member at Slippery Rock University, Duquesne University, and Robert Morris University. She earned a BS in biology and English writing from Allegheny College, an MS in health-related professions (developmental disabilities track) and a Certificate in Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Slippery Rock University.

She has been involved with FSBPT for more than fifteen years in multiple capacities, including serving as an item writer for the NPTE and jurisprudence exams and she was named to the Academy of Advanced Item Writers. FSBPT committee and task force service includes the Education Committee, serving as chair from 2019 to 2021; Exam Development Committee; Practice Analysis Oversight Committee; Continuing Competence Committee; Membership Survey Task Force; the Exam Licensure, and Disciplinary Database Task Force; and the Excellence in Regulation Committee. She received the Outstanding Service Award in 2011 and 2015. She has been active in the American Physical Therapy Association since she was a student and received the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association Service Award.

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. Elected in October 2018, Ruggie is currently serving his first term as FSBPT Treasurer. Ruggie continues his active role in regulation and public protection by serving as a public member on the Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board.

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 a 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, and she is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Ellen 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. In 2017, Ellen was appointed to the Florida Board of Physical Therapy and continues to actively serve in that role.

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.

Charles Reiter

Charles E. Reiter, III, JD, Illinois 
Public Member

Charles E. Reiter, III, JD, is a practicing attorney in Chicago and founding member of Reiter Burns, LLP. He has served as Senior Vice-President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Loyola University Health System and the Loyola University Physician Foundation and was Executive Vice-President, General Counsel and Secretary of Palos Health, a community hospital. He has also served as a director and board chair of captive insurance companies underwriting medical risks. Since receiving his Illinois attorney license in 1981, he has concentrated his practice of law in health-related areas including medical staff matters, mediation, contracting, compliance, litigation and complex transactions, including developing structures in response to the many challenges posed by health reform.

His pro bono work includes establishing the Loyola Children’s Center at Maybrook to provide free daycare, books, meals, social services, referrals and medical screenings to children whose parents had business in the courthouse but no daycare; establishing the Felony Mental Health Court at Bridgeview to provide mental health services in a non-custodial setting; Chair Emeritus of the Board, BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding Center - Equine assisted therapies for people with special needs including children, military veterans and Gold Star families; Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois (ARDC) - Hearing Board Appointment, 3/1/06-3/1/12, Oversight Committee Appointment, 3/1/06-present.

Reiter is a graduate of Boston University and the University of Miami School of Law. He is admitted to practice in the state and federal (trial bar) courts in Illinois.

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.