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National Consortium of Clinical Educators (NCCE) Dev

The National Consortium of Clinical Educators (NCCE) represents academic and clinical educators and serves as a resource and forum for individuals who have professional interest and responsibilities for the implementation and evaluation of clinical education for physical therapists.

Our consortium represents Clinical Education Faculty (academic and clinical) affiliated with entry-level Programs that are institutional members who serve in clinical education roles such as: Directors of Clinical Education (DCE), Academic Coordinators of Clinical Education (ACCEs), Clinical Faculty (Center Coordinators of Clinical Education (CCCE) and Clinical Instructors (CI)), Clinical Education Coordinators (CEC), and Clinical Administrators/Managers (CAM). Our members are employed by ACAPT member institutions or are a clinical education affiliate with a member institution.

Each ACAPT member institution will support the participation of one clinical education team consisting of at least one academic and one clinical faculty member, both of whom should be APTA members and may hold at least one of the positions described above. The clinical faculty member should be directly involved with the institution's clinical education program. The academic faculty member is responsible for registering its "NCCE Institutional Pair/Team" and for maintaining the currency of this information. 

Our objectives are to support the Mission of ACAPT to promote excellence in physical therapy education by:

  • Providing a mechanism for engaging academic and clinical educators, in representative numbers, to address matters related to integration of clinical education into academic physical therapy.
  • Strengthening partnerships among academic and clinical communities to implement strategies for achieving excellence in academic physical therapy.
  • Communicating with the Academic Council about issues related to clinical education.
  • Promoting cooperative efforts among academic programs and the clinical practice communities that support clinical education.
  • Dissemination of information related to initiatives of the Council that impact physical therapy clinical education.
  • The NCCE will meet at least once annually at ELC in conjunction with the annual meeting of the ACAPT and, when possible, during CSM.

Have Your Registered Your NCCE Team?

To register your team, please complete the "Request to Join" form. Only team registrations will be accepted so you will need to register both persons at the same time. Please have the APTA membership numbers and emails for both team members ready prior to initiating the registration process. Again, teams are formed as institutional pairs and must register as a team in order for the institution's team to be approved.

If you have a change in team membership, please contact the NCCE Secretary, Chalee Engelhard, at  ncce@acapt.org

NCCE Leadership Team

  • Chairperson: Donna Applebaum, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston MA (2015-2017)
  • Vice Chair: Christine McCallum, Walsh University, North Canton OH (2016-2018)
  • Secretary: Chalee Engelhard, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH (2016-2018)

Academic Director-at-Large:

  • Steve Spivey, Texas State University, San Marcos TX (2015-2017)
  • Tawna Wilkinson, AT Still University of Health Sciences, Mesa AZ (2015-2017)
  • Janice Howman, Ohio University, Athens OH (2016-2018)
  • Kathleen Manella, University of St Augustine, Austin TX (2016-2018)
  • Michael Geelhoed, The University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX (2016-2018)

Clinical Director-at-Large:

  • Jamie Dyson, University of Central Florida, Orlando FL (2015-2017)
  • Colette Pientok, Texas Womens University, Houston TX (2015-2017)
  • Dawn Hicks, Emory University, Atlanta GA (2016-2018)
  • Christina Ropp, OSF SAint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL (2016-2018)

Nominating Committee:

  • Nominating Chair: Kristine "Krissy" Grubler, Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling WV (2015-2017); Nominating Chair (2016-2017)
  • Clinical: Joan Drevins, Boston University, Boston, MA (2016-2018)
  • Academic: Vicki LaFay, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY (2016-2019); Nominating Chair (2018-2019)

Leadership Team Positions

The ACAPT National Consortium of Clinical Educators (NCCE) will hold elections in the spring-summer during the ACAPT election cycle.  If your institution's NCCE Team has registered via the NCCE online registration, ONE VOTE may be cast for an institution's NCCE team.  If you have not yet registered your institution's NCCE Team, do so now by clicking on the Request to Join Box above. As with any organization, formation of a leadership team is representative of its members who vote.

Persons elected to a leadership position are expected to attend the annual APTA Education Leadership Conference where the NCCE annual business meeting will be held.

NCCE Leadership Positions and Description of Responsibilities:

The Chairperson shall preside at all meetings of the Consortium and shall be an Exofficio member of all committees except the Nominating Committee. S/he shall be the designated liaison to the ACAPT Board of Directors unless otherwise determined by the NCCE Board of Directors; prepare and submit written reports of the activities of the NCCE to ACAPT; prepare and submit an annual written report of the activities of the Consortium to its members. The Chairperson will assure currency of essential information on the ACAPT NCCE Website.

Vice Chair:
The Vice Chairperson shall assume the duties of the Chairperson at the request of the Chairperson or in the absence or incapacitation of the Chairperson and oversee NCCE ad hoc committees as a voting committee member.  The Vice Chair shall serve as the Parliamentarian during the Annual and Special meetings. The Vice Chair shall represent the NCCE related to any Program Planning responsibilities for ELC. 

The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping the minutes of all NCCE and Board meetings; notify NCCE members of the date, time, and place of NCCE meetings; maintain the NCCE’s archives and correspondence; and make NCCE’s minutes and rules and regulations available to the membership and to ACAPT’s executive office. 

Nominating Committee Member:
The Nominating Committee shall consist of three (3) members.  Those eligible to serve are either the Academic or Clinical partner from an Institutional pair from an ACAPT member institution elected by the membership for three (3) year terms, with one (1) member being elected each year.  At least one (1) of the committee members shall be a clinical partner. The senior member of the committee shall serve as Committee Chair for the last year of his/her term.

The nominating committee shall prepare a slate of one (1) or more names for each office to be filled.  The slate (i.e. list of candidates) shall be published in the NCCE newsletter and distributed to the membership at least 60 days prior to the election.  The Nominating Chair will provide the slate, together with the information on each candidate, at least 30 days in advance of the election in the same fashion followed for the publication of the slate.

Directors-At-Large (DAL):

Academic Directors at Large- The Academic Directors at Large shall represent institutional DCEs and ACCEs on the NCCE Board of Directors. The Academic Directors at Large shall serve on the Board of Directors to provide for broad-based input into the decision making process of the leadership team and assist with dissemination of information to the membership. They will serve as a regional liaison as assigned. They will perform such other duties as may be applicable to the office or as directed by the Board. 

Clinical Directors at Large- The Clinical Directors at Large shall represent the clinical partners of ACAPT institutions. The Clinical Directors at Large shall serve on the NCCE Board of Directors and shall provide for broad-based input into the decision making process of the leadership team and assist with dissemination of information to the membership. They will serve as a regional liaison as assigned.  They will perform such other duties as may be applicable to the office or as directed by the Board.

For questions, contact kgrubler@wju.edu



Links to slideshows and meeting minutes presented to academic and clinical educators.

ACAPT and NCCE Regional Liaisons

ACAPT has adopted a regional liaison structure for the purposes of member communication with the Board. The Board of the NCCE has collaborated with the ACAPT Board to identify regions and liaisons that align with the ACAPT regions, for communication purposes with membership. Regions were designed with consideration of the distribution of programs, composition of existing regional consortia, and routine collaborations that occur. Each state/jurisdiction has both an ACAPT Board Representative and a NCCE Board Representative. NCCE Board Representatives will be the Nominating Chair and the 8 Directors-at-large. Below, we have listed the regions and states assigned to each NCCE representative and their email addresses. 

Application to Form the NCCE - June 2013

ELC 2017

The next membership meeting will be at the Education Leadership Conference in Columbus, October 13-15.

Please see the institution and NCCE membership teams below. If you have a change in your membership team, please contact the NCCE Secretary, Chalee Engelhard, at ncce@acapt.org


A - M

Alabama State University

  • Veronica Jackson - DCE
  • Jennifer Ballard - CI

Arcadia University

  • Susan Tomlinson - DCE
  • Andrea Harrison - CCCE/CEC

Arkansas State University

  • Kristie Vinson - DCE
  • Marcie Moffitt - CCCE/CEC

Armstrong Atlantic State University

  • Kathleen (Kathy) Schaefer - DCE
  • Michelle Beverly - CCCE/CEC

AT Still University of Health Sciences

  • Tawna Wilkinson - DCE
  • Joni Raneri - CCCE/CEC

Azusa Pacific University

  • Wendy Chung - DCE
  • Rowena Calvario - CCCE/CEC

Bellarmine University

  • Carrie Clark Hawkins - DCE
  • Kristen Luttrell - CCCE/CEC

Boston University

  • Mary Beth Holmes - ACCE
  • Joan Drevins - CCCE/CEC

Bradley University

  • Priscilla Weaver - DCE
  • Chrissy Ropp – Clinical Partner

California State University, Long Beach

  • Nina Surber - DCE
  • Cheryl Murakami - CCCE/CEC

Carroll University

  • Kathy Shields - ACCE
  • Dianne Isnard - CCCE/CEC

Chapman University

  • Dorcas Tominaga - DCE
  • Mark Glavinic - CCCE/CEC

Chatham University

  • Ann Williamson - DCE
  • Scott Rosen - CCCE/CEC

Clarke University

  • Alecia Thiele - ACCE
  • Madeline Vaassen - CCCE

Clarkson University

  • Vicki LaFay - DCE
  • Mary Ellen Dougherty - CCCE/CEC

Cleveland State University

  • Karen McIntyre - DCE
  • Karoline Lubbeck - CCCE/CEC

College of St. Scholastica

  • Dalerie Lieberz - DCE
  • Christopher Thorson - CCCE/CEC

Concordia University Wisconsin

  • Lois Harrison - DCE
  • Andrea Vassev - CCCE/CEC

Creighton University

  • Lisa Black - DCE
  • Melissa Starr - CCCE/CEC

Des Moines University

  • Cynthia Utley - DCE
  • Elizabeth Harden - CCCE

Drexel University

  • Annette Willgens - DCE
  • Shannon Marriner - CCCE/CEC

Duke University

  • Katie Myers - DCE
  • Kara Lardinois - CI

Duquesne University

  • Leesa DiBartola - DCE
  • Joseph Brence - CCCE/CEC

East Carolina University

  • Patricia Hodson - DCE
  • Glen Newman - CCCE/CEC

Eastern Washington University

  • Julie Bibo – CCCE/CEC
  • R. Joe Palmer – DCE

Elon University

  • Wendy Herbert - DCE
  • Michael Sherk - CCCE/CEC

Emory University

  • Patricia Bridges - DCE
  • Dawn Hicks - CCCE/CEC

Florida International University

  • Teresa Munecas - DCE
  • Melanie Orell - CCCE/CEC

Franklin Pierce University

  • Sarah Cram – CCCE/CEC
  • Olga McSorley – DCE

Gannon University

  • Julie Hartmann - DCE
  • Ashlee Jones - CCCE/CEC

Grand Valley State University

  • Karen Ozga - DCE
  • Kirk Randall - CCCE/CEC

Hardin-Simmons University

  • Mary Lou Garrett - DCE
  • Tina Loza - CI

Hunter College

  • NIcki Silberman - DCE
  • Hope Hunter - CCCE/CEC

Husson University

  • Kim Steinbarger - DCE
  • Jenna Wing - CCCE/CEC

Indiana University

  • Valerie Strunk - DCE
  • Susan O'Bryan - CCCE/CEC

Louisiana State University - New Orleans

  • Ha Hoang – DCE
  • Damita Williams-Swanson – CCCE

Marquette University

  • Danielle Parker - DCE
  • Alyssa Jacklin - CCCE

Marymount University

  • Marti Carroll, PT DPT MS NCS - DCE
  • Maria Summers, PT NCS - CCCE/CEC

Maryville University

  • Ann Fick – DCE
  • Jeff Borgmeyer – CCCE/CEC

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences

  • Aaron Rindflesch – DCE
  • Katie Traver – CCCE/CEC

MGH Institute of Health Professions

  • Donna Applebaum - DCE
  • Ann Jampel - CCCE/CEC

Midwestern University (AZ)

  • Debbie Bierwas - DCE
  • John Klune - CCCE/CEC

Midwestern University (IL)

  • Cori Arquines - DCE
  • Heidi Tippner - CCCE/CEC

Missouri State University

  • Marcia Himes - ADCE
  • Nancy Drake- CCCE/CEC

Mount Saint Joseph University

  • Jamie Bayliss – DCE
  • Abigail Uihlein - CCCE/CEC

Mount Saint Mary’s University

  • Valerie Teglia – DCE
  • Tiffany Preuschoff – Clinical Partner

N - T

New York University

  • Elaine Becker - DCE
  • Angela Stolfi - CCCE/CEC

Northeastern University

  • Christopher Cesario - DCE
  • Lisa Giallonardo - CCCE/CEC

Northern Arizona University

  • Lorie Kroneberger - ACCE
  • Erica Peterson - CCCE/CEC

Northwestern University

  • Christopher Meachem – CCCE/CEC
  • Krista Van Der Laan – DCE

Nova Southeastern University

  • Robin Galley - DCE
  • Christine Alvero - CCCE/CEC

Oakland University

  • Beth Black - ACCE
  • Jamie Janes - CCCE/CEC

Ohio University

  • Janice Howman - DCE
  • Tara Legar - CAM (Clinical Admin/Mgr)

Pacific University 

  • Jeremy Hilliard - DCE
  • Derek Fenwick - CCCE

Regis University

  • Nancy Mulligan – DCE
  • Katherine Ogle – CCCE/CEC

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions

  • Joel Tenbrink - ACCE
  • Aaron Swalberg - CCCE/CEC

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

  • Patrick Withrow - DCE
  • Jennifer Warning - CCCE/CEC

Sacred Heart University

  • Beverly Fein - DCE
  • Michael Catuccio - CCCE/CEC

Saint Francis University

  • Peg Calvert - DCE
  • Nate Barr - CCCE/CEC

Saint Louis University

  • Carol Beckel - DCE
  • Jennifer Heckert - CI

Samuel Merritt University

  • Gaye Raymond - DCE
  • Lori Beyer - CCCE/CEC

San Diego State University

  • Kelly Prescher - DCE
  • Tabitha Rozeboom - CCCE/CEC

Shenandoah University

  • Melissa Wolff-Burke - DCE
  • Chris Massonneau - CCCE/CEC

Springfield College

  • Deborah Pelletier - DCE
  • Matthew Calendrillo - CCCE/CEC

St. Ambrose University

  • Lynn Frank - ACCE
  •  Amanda Crouch- CCCE

St. Catherine University

  • Christi Anderson - DCE
  • David Gillette - CI

State University of New York Upstate Medical University

  • Janice Lazarski – CCCE/CEC
  • Jill Dungey – ACCE

Stockton University

  • Leann Guenthner - DCE
  • C McCulley - CCCE/CEC

Temple University

  • Jane Fagan - DCE
  • Andrea Blau - CCCE/CEC

Texas State University - San Marcos

  • Steve Spivey, PT, DPT - DCE
  • Joshua Lee, PT, MSPT, CEEAA - CI

Texas Tech University

  • Misty Miller - DCE
  • Kirk Canada- CI

Texas Woman's University

  • Peggy Gleeson - DCE
  • Colette Pientok - CCCE/CEC

The George Washington University

  • Marisa Birkmeier, PT, DPT, PCS - DCE
  • Joseph Signorino, PT, DPT, OCS - CCCE/CEC

The Ohio State University

  • Tonya Apke - DCE
  • Brianne Rice - CCCE/CEC

The University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Kristine "Tina" Chase - DCE
  • Megan K. Kennedy - CCCE/CEC

The University of Iowa

  • Kelly Sass - DCE
  • Lisabeth (Libby) Kestel - CAM

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Dana McCarty - DCE
  • Kristel Maes - CCCE/CEC

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

  • Kevin Gibson – CCCE/CEC
  • Jacque Bradford – DCE

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

  • Laurie Farroni - DCE
  • Lori Stacks - CCCE/CEC

The University of Texas Medical Branch at San Antonio

  • Michael Geelhoed – DCE
  • David Salgado – CCCE/CEC

The Universtiy of Tennessee at Chattanooga

  • Debbie Ingram, PT, EdD, FAPTA - DCE
  • Connie Petty, PT, ATC, CHT - CCCE/CEC

Thomas Jefferson University

  • Janette Scardillo - DCE
  • Susan Mulhern - CCCE/CEC

Touro College

  • Ofra Pottorf - DCE
  • Shereen Rehman - CCCE/CEC

U - Y


  • Theresa Jaramillo - ACCE
  • Bernadette Currier - CCCE/CEC

University at Buffalo

  • Juli Wylegala - DCE
  • Alanna Pokorski - CCCE/CEC

University of Central Arkansas

  • Melissa Booth - DCE
  • Gabe Freyaldenhoven - CCCE/CEC

University of Central Florida

  • Erin Brown - DCE
  • Jamie Dyson - CCCE/CEC

University of Cincinnati

  • Chalee Engelhard - DCE
  • Alice Holder - CAM (Clinical Admin/Mgr)

University of Colorado

  • Jenny Rodriguez- DCE
  • Michele Kohl- CAM CCCE/CEC

University of Dayton

  • Sean Gallivan - DCE
  • Julie Crompton - CCCE/CEC

University of Delaware

  • Carrie Foeller, PT, DScPT - DCE
  • Gabrielle (Gaby) Steinhorn, PT, DPT, NCS - CCCE/CEC

University of Florida

  • Willliam McGehee - DCE
  • Michelle Musalo - CCCE/CEC

University of Hartford

  • Dawn Roller - DCE
  • Walter Gorack - CCCE/CEC

University of Indianapolis

  • Renee Van Veld - DCE
  • Lori Thorp - CAM (Clinical Admin/Mgr)

University of Kansas Medical Center

  • Yvonne Colgrove- DCE
  • Julie Ginter- DOR

University of Kentucky

  • Lynn English
  • Angela Henning - CI

University of Mary

  • Jody Eckert - DCE
  • Lisa Kaufman - CCCE/CEC

University of Maryland - Baltimore

  • Laurie Neely - DCE
  • Carly Funk - CCCE/CEC

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

  • Michele K Fox - DCE
  • Tim Lison- CCCE/CEC

University of Miami

  • Lori Gusman - DCE
  • Ernesto Castaneda - CCCE/CEC

University of Michigan - Flint

  • Karen Berg - DCE
  • Sarah McAllister - CCCE/CEC

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Nikki Sleddens - DCE
  • Lindsay Nichols - CCCE/CEC

University of New England

  • Sally McCormack Tutt - DCE
  • Jennifer Nelson - CCCE/CEC

University of New Mexico

  • Tiffany Pelletier, PT - DCE
  • Lynette Ewer - CCCE/CEC

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

  • Lynn Jeffries - DCE
  • Joe Streich - CCCE/CEC

University of Pittsburgh

  • Lynn Fitzgerald - DCE
  • Hallie Zeleznik - CAM (Clinical Admin/Mgr)

University of Rhode Island

  • Carol Petrie - DCE
  • Carol Sepe - CCCE/CEC

University Saint Mary

  • Jamie Dehan - DCE
  • Karen Bock - CCCE/CEC

University of South Alabama

  • Kareaion Eaton - DCE
  • Kayla Braddock Mowdy - CI

University of South Dakota

  • Joy Karges - DCE
  • Carrie Bills - CCCE

University of Southern California

  • Michael S Simpson - DCE
  • Kirk R Bentzen - CAM (Clinical Admin/Mgr)

University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences

  • Kathleen J. Manella - ACCE
  • Jon Anderson - CCCE/CEC

University of Texas at El Paso

  • Rhonda Manning - DCE
  • Nicole Alvillar - CCCE/CEC

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

  • Julie DeVahl - DCE
  • Julie Buchl - CAM (Clinical Admin/Mgr)

University of the Incarnate Word

  • Chad Jackson - DCE
  • Samantha Zimmerman - CCCE/CEC

University of Toledo

  • Amy Both, MHS, PT, DCE - ACCE
  • Alison Pollacek - CCCE/CEC

University of Vermont

  • Paula Smith – DCE
  • Traci Glanz – Clinical Partner

University of Wisconsin- LaCrosse

  • Amy Taebel - DCE
  • Doug Grovergrys - CCCE/CEC

University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee

  • Ann Dietrich - DCE
  • Christine Henning - CCCE/CEC

Upstate Medical University

  • Jill Dungey - DCE
  • Kelly Meyers - CCCE/CEC

Utica College  

  • Michelle Nunno-Evans - ADCE
  • K Merrell - CCCE/CEC

Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Emma Wheeler - ACCE
  • Alice Paey - CCCE/CEC

Walsh University

  • Christine McCallum - DCE
  • Ann Wargo - CAM

Washington University in St. Louis

  • Tamara L. Burlis - DCE
  • Sara Alhajeri - CCCE/CEC

Wayne State University

  • Martha Schiller - DCE
  • Krissy Stein - CCCE

West Virginia University

  • Ralph Utzman – DCE
  • David Felton – CCCE/CEC

Western University of Health Sciences

  • Janet Konecne - DCE
  • Toni Kitagawa - CCCE/CEC

Wheeling Jesuit University

  • Kristine Grubler - DCE
  • Thomas McCracken - CI

Wichita State University

  • Jennifer Celso - DCCE
  •  Dana Hayworth- CCCE

Widener University

  • Ellen Erdman - DCE
  • Michele Mulhall - CCCE/CEC

Winston-Salem State University

  • Jennifer Martin - DCE
  • Rebecca Medendorp - CCCE/CEC

Youngstown State University

  • Cara Berg-Carramusa - DCE
  • Julie Gruden - CCCE

National Consortium of Clinical Educators 2017 Election Results

Thank you to all who participated in this year’s election. Installation of the newly elected NCCE Leadership officers will occur on Saturday, October 14, 2017 during the NCCE Business Meeting from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM at the 2017 APTA Education Leadership Conference in Columbus, Ohio.  

 The officers elected this year were:

 Chair (2 year term 2017-2019):

Donna Applebaum

 Academic Directors at Large (2 year term 2017-2019)

Robin Galley

Lori Nolan Gusman

 Clinical Directors at Large (2 year term 2017-2019)

Julie Bibo

Colette Pientok

Nominating Committee (3-year term 2017-2020; Nominating Chair 2019-2020):

Marcia Himes


2017 Nominating Committee

Chair: Krissy Grubler, kgrubler@wju.edu

Joan Drevins, Nominating Committee Member, Chair 2017-2018

Vicki LaFay, Nominating Committee Member, Chair 2018-2019 

NCCE Region Map 2017

This map represents the percent of NCCE member pairs relative to ACAPT member institutions as of February 6, 2017. It divides the membership into regions and displays each region's NCCE Board representative. 

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ELC 2017

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