Michelle Sigmund-Gaines, Director, Oregon Board of Physical Therapy; Director on the FSBPT Board of Directors
The 2023 CBA Forum was held in Jacksonville, Florida, on October 19 as part of the Annual Education Meeting. Administrative staff from twenty-six jurisdictions were able to attend in person this year, and they had the opportunity to participate in collaborative discussions, as well as attend the annual CBA business meeting. I'm pleased to report that Missy Anthony from Ohio has been elected as the new Chair of the Council. As your outgoing Chair, it is an honor to pass the baton to such capable hands. And speaking of capable leadership, Erin DeTomaso from Minnesota was elected as the Nominating Committee Member. Missy and Erin join Karen Gordon from Texas, the CBA Vice Chair, whose experience, guidance, and leadership skills made my service a delight. To put it differently, we can rest assured that we are in good hands. If you haven't had the chance to meet any of them yet, take note of their names. You can always seek their support or ask them to guide you toward relevant resources or other members who have dealt with—or are currently dealing with—similar questions or topics.
For those of you who haven’t yet had a chance to engage with the CBA membership, let me back up just a moment. The Council of Board Administrators (CBA) was established for a three-fold purpose: to connect, to learn, and to inform—all with the driving outcome of public protection. It is a sub-group within the FSBPT comprised of the administrative staff of member boards. It exists to create a forum for those of us who serve as public servants: those of us focused on the operation of the boards themselves. The CBA is our place to connect—with other jurisdictions and FSBPT staff; our place to learn—via access to relevant resources and tools; and the place where we can inform the future—where we bring forth topics for future meetings and future resources for the benefit not only of ourselves but for each other, which thereby furthers overall public protection.
We understand that many of you also work on boards across multiple professions, not just physical therapy. We appreciate the diverse backgrounds and experiences that they bring to the table. We strive to provide comprehensive resources and networking opportunities that can be useful beyond the scope of physical therapy regulation.
Serving as board staff in our various jurisdictions—with myriad organizational structures, statutes, rules, and governance differences—it's often easy to feel like an agency of one. However, one of the greatest values of membership in FSBPT is that we are made stronger together. We are not only that single, unique board in our own jurisdiction. We are the fifty-three.
Okay, but how? Here are a few examples and some actions you can take right now.
As board staff, we are not alone in our efforts, and we can benefit from the resources, tools, and support provided by the CBA and FSBPT. We are the fifty-three, and together, we can make a difference.
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