2020 Board of Directors

Responsibility for all Association activities lies with the PAEA Board of Directors. The Board administers the Association’s financial affairs, appoints standing and ad hoc committees, and conducts all Association business between membership meetings. Board members are elected by the PAEA member programs. The day to day activities of PAEA are handled by the PAEA staff.

Michel Statler


Michel Statler, MLA, PA-C

Associate Professor
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Kara Caruthers

President Elect

Kara L. Caruthers, MSPAS, PA-C

Assistant Program Director
University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Howard Straker

Immediate Past President

Howard Straker, EdD, MPH, PA-C

Assistant Professor, PA Studies
George Washington University

Carl Garrubba


Carl Garrubba, DMSc, PA-C, CPA

Program Director and Professor
Dominican University of California

Janie McDaniel


Janie McDaniel, MS, MLS(ASCP)SC

Director of Admissions and Lecturer
Yale Physician Assistant Online Program

Shalon Buchs

Director at Large

Shalon Buchs, MHS, PA-C

Associate Program Director
University of Florida School of Physician Assistant Studies

Nicole Burwell

Director at Large

Nicole Burwell, PhD, MSHS, PA-C

Clinical Associate Professor
Stanford University

Reamer Bushardt

Director at Large

Reamer Bushardt, PharmD, PA-C

Professor & Senior Associate Dean
George Washington University

Shaun Grammer

Director at Large

Shaun L. Grammer, DMSc, PA-C

Program Director
University of Nebraska Medical Center PA program

Robert Hadley

Director at Large

Robert D. Hadley, PhD, PA-C

Associate Professor
Radford University PA program

Linda Sekhon

Director at Large

Linda Sekhon, DHSc, PA-C

Chair & Program Director
Butler University

Mary Ruggeri

Student Member at Large

Mary Ruggeri, MEd, MMSc, PA-C

Physician Assistant Student
Yale Physician Assistant Online Program

You can view a full list of all past PAEA presidents on the PA History Society website.