NadiaPresident: Nadia Miniclier Cobb

Nadia was born in Nairobi, Kenya and traveled extensively as a young child while her father worked for the Associated Press. She graduated from the University of Utah Physician Assistant program in 1997. As a physician assistant, Nadia has worked clinically in a variety of settings, including an inner city ER, family practice, occupational medicine and refugee health. Nadia is the Director of the Office for the Promotion of Global Healthcare Equity in the Division of Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Utah. She has been involved nationally with global health in a variety of ways through the University of Utah School of Medicine and the US Physician Assistant Education Association. On an international level, she has developed an educational collaboration in Ghana, West Africa with their Ministry of Health, College of Health Kintampo and the KNUST Medical School. She annually leads teams of physician assistant students and school of medicine faculty to teach the only CME seminar in the country for the Ghanaian physician assistant analog. She was nominated to serve as Secretary to the IAPAE for 3 years. Her work has expanded to the World Health Organization as a member of the Technical Working Group on Health Workforce Education Assessment Tools. The American Academy of Physician Assistants awarded her the 2014 Humanitarian of the Year. Her passion and focus is on education for global health equity and the global health workforce.

PAdjase_smast President: Emmanuel Teye Adjase

Dr. Emmanuel Teye Adjase is a Medical Doctor by training and he is a Public Health Physician Specialist with rich experience in Health Systems Management and Human Resource Development. He was appointed Director of the Kintampo Rural Health Training School (KRHTS)- now the College of Health in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana in September 2000. It is slated to become the University College of Health in 2011/2012. Prior to Dr. Adjase’s appointment as the Director of the College of Health, he has undertaken clinical work in hospitals in Ghana and served as Municipal & District Director of Health Services for nearly a decade and a half providing services to urban, peri-urban and rural folks. He has been extensively involved in human resource for health development policy formulation and implementation and is a member of the Ghana Health Workforce Observatory as well as a resource person on many health courses including District Health Systems Operations and Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI). Dr. Adjase is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kintampo Municipal Mutual Health Insurance Scheme – an affiliate of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in Ghana. He is a member of the Ghana Medical Association and an elected member of the Ghana Medical and Dental Council – the regulatory body responsible for regulating Medical and Dental practice in the country

SmalleySecretary: Scott Smalley

Scott Smalley is a Faculty Member of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Family Medicine Department of the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a Lecturer for the Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice Degree programme within the Rural Health Division, providing education, clinical coordination, and curriculum development to train students to be certified as Clinical Associates, South Africa’s new, Mid-Level Health professional. Scott has provided medical care and training as a Physician Assistant in the US, as a Clinical Officer in Kenya, Uganda and Zambia and currently as a Clinical Associate in South Africa. He is passionate about promoting the future development and training for all Physician Associate education programs through partnerships, collaboration and global communication.

vangsnes-eric-portraitTreasurer: Eric Vangsnes

Dr. Vangsnes is currently the Chair and Professor of the Western Michigan University Physician Assistant Department.  Dr. Vangsnes earned his Ph.D., from Western Michigan University in 2007, he earned his M.S. in Hospital Administration from Central Michigan University in 1995, he earned his B.S.M (Physician Assistant) from Western Michigan University in 1983 and his B.S (Medical Technology) from Weber State University, in 1980.  His clinical background is in critical care medicine, urology/nephrology, trauma surgery and family practice.  Prior to becoming a Physician Assistant educator he served as a hospital administrator.  Dr. Vangsnes has also served as a Physician Assistant in United States Army and United States Air Force.  Dr. Vangsnes has been in PA education for the past 18 years.  His interests include development of standardization of curriculum for Physician Assistants internationally and development of the profession internationally.

Karen_smDirector of Communication: Karen E. Mulitalo

Karen Mulitalo is an Associate Professor and Program Director of the University of Utah Physician Assistant Program. Karen earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Utah and graduated from the University of Utah Physician Assistant Program in 1996. She received her Master’s Degree from the same program in 2003. Prior to becoming the Program Director, Karen worked in PA education for 16 years and has experience as teaching faculty at various institutions including the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and the University of Florida.  In 2007 she became the Director of the Physician Assistant Studies Program at the University of Queensland in Queensland, Australia and spent four years developing and adapting a PA curriculum for the context of the Australian health care system. Clinically, her interests are family practice and underserved populations.  Other interests include educational technology, PA workforce diversity and the development of the PA profession internationally with particular interest in Pacific region.

saneleDirector of Communication: Sanele Ngcobo

Mr. Sanele Ngcobo (24) was among the 1st group of Clinical Associates to graduate at University of Pretoria (UP) in 2011. He was than seconded by KwaZulu Natal Department of Health (KZN DOH) to work for University of Pretoria as a Junior Lecture for Clinical Associates students. He is also serving as a head of Academics for Professional Associate of Clinical Associate in South Africa (PACASA). Sanele is also a KZN Clinical Associate coordinator. He is currently doing post grad diploma in Public health at UP.