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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 the Federation.

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.


Read about our current board of directors:

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 served as President of the 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 Ohio

Tom Caldwell, PT, DPT, AT serves as the Associate Executive Director of Sports Medicine & Ambulatory Services for 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 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.

Natalie Harms, PT, DPT, GCS Nebraska

Natalie Harms, PT, DPT, GCS received a Master of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Creighton University. She has been an ABPTS board certified clinical specialist in geriatrics since 1999. Currently she is Vice President and co-owner of Makovicka Physical Therapy in Omaha, NE. She has practiced in a variety of settings in physical therapy and management for over 30 years.

In 2006 Natalie was appointed to the Nebraska State Board of Physical Therapy, served as Board Chair, and currently is a professional member.  She has been actively involved with the Federation since 2008 as a Delegate and most recently was on the Continuing Competence and Finance Committees. 

Natalie has served the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association in the role of President, Vice President and Nominating Committee Chair in addition to numerous committees and task forces. She was a Delegate representing Nebraska at the APTA House of Delegates for 6 years.

Natalie received a 2011 Outstanding Service Award from the FSBPT; 2008 Caring Kind Award from the Nebraska Hospital Association and the 2007 Mary Ellen Sacksteder Award from the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association.
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.

Ron Barbato

Ron Barbato, PT Kentucky

Ron earned his Physical Therapy degree from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Health Related Professions, in 1979. He began his career as a Physical Therapist in Pennsylvania and moved to Kentucky in 1981 to pursue a career in contract therapy management. In 1981, as Director of Physical Therapy, Ron established rehabilitation services at Ephraim McDowell Health (EMH) in Danville Kentucky. What began as a solo practice quickly expanded into services to include a multitude of rehabilitation programs and offerings, and he is currently the Administrative Director of Rehabilitative Services at EMH. He directs therapy services located on five separate campuses, which provide over 80,000 treatments a year, and includes Speech, Occupational, and Physical Therapy, as well as Pediatric Rehabilitation. In addition to directing these services he is currently serving as Corporate Liaison for the Ephraim McDowell Commonwealth Cancer center, a comprehensive cancer treatment center located in Danville. Ron has been an APTA member over 35 years, and is a member of the HP/SOA section. He has been active in the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association as a member of the Legislative and Continuing Education Committees and as a past member of the Ethics Committee. He most recently served on the KPTA Board as Secretary. He is Chairman elect of the Kentucky Board of Physical Therapy and has also served several terms on that Board in various capacities. Ron has been active in the Federation since 2006, previously serving as delegate, and a member of the Resolutions Committee.
Chuck Brown

Charles Brown Arizona

Chuck graduated in 2008 from Grand Canyon University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He is also a former Marine. Chuck has worked in the licensing and regulating of healthcare providers since 2001. During his time with the Arizona Boards he has served at the levels of Investigator, Deputy Director and Executive Director. Chuck actively participates in the CBA and served as Chair and Vice Chair from 2010-2011. He has served as Chair of the Exam Administration Committee, and as a member on the Education Committee, Finance Committee as well as other task forces and focus groups.
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 Virginia
Chief Executive Officer

William Hatherill has over thirty years of experience in healthcare strategy and management and has spent the last 15 years as 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.