2021 Election

Please review the candidates for the offices of President and Nominating Committee Member.  Submit your ballot by clicking the button below. This election will close on October 31, 2021 at 11:59pm.  This page and ballot are only available to voting members of the Academy.  

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Angela Abeyta Campbell, PT, DPT

APTA member since: 1993
Academy member since: 1996

Academy Activities:

  • President, Academy of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Physical Therapy, First Term -- Feb 2019- Feb 2022 -- includes serving as Academy delegate to APTA House of Delegates.
  • Subject Matter Expert, Cardiovascular/ Pulmonary Description of Specialty Practice Revalidation Team, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, 2015-2021.
  • Academy Entry-Level CVP PT Competency Task Force, 2019 - Present.
  • Reviewer, Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal, 2012-Present.
  • Legislative Committee Chair (appointed position), Cardiovascular/Pulmonary Section, American Physical Therapy Association, 2013-present.
  • Nominating Committee Chair (elected position), Cardiovascular/Pulmonary Section, American Physical Therapy Association, 2012-2015.
  • Clinical Content Expert (CCE), Advisory member to Cardiovascular & Specialty Council, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. 2008-Present
  • Federal Government Affairs Liaison, American Physical Therapy Association, Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Section. 2002-2006

Other APTA Activities: (include state and national activities):

  • PACER (Post-Acute COVID-19 Exercise & Rehabilitation) Curriculum Developer & Program Producer (began as Academy initiative, then collaborated/coordinated across sections/academies and APTA).
  • APTA Cross Academy/Section COVID-19 Core Outcome Measures Task Force, July 2020 - Present
  • APTA Cross Academy/Section COVID-19 Response Task Force, March 2020 - Present.
  • Credentialing Services Committee Member (Application Reviewer & Site Visitor), American Physical Therapy Association, American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education. 2010-2017
  • Specialty Council member, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Section. 2005-2008
  • Specialization Academy of Content Experts (SACE) Item Writer, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, Cardiovascular & Pulmonary2002-2008

Candidate Statement: 

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. (Drucker & Bennis)
More than half of my first term has been amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Academy stepped up and did the right things during these challenging times. You all stepped up and helped highlight the Academy as a trusted source of expertise, information and resources. When I envisioned the PACER Project, everyone who was asked to be involved said yes, without hesitation. PACER -- with its faculty and its director extraordinaire, Talia Pollok, along with the support of APTA and the COVID-19 Response Task Force – has been front and center in APTA’s response to this pandemic.

During my tenure we have: 1) rebranded as the Academy of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Physical Therapy; 2) developed APTA-aligned branding/logo; 3) contracted new member-responsive Executive Director; 4) launched new website; 5) created more networking opportunities; 6) introduced CCS Prep Study Guide; 7) officially voted within APTA House of Delegates; 8) initiated regular virtual courses, with member discount pricing; 9) established 2021-2022 strategic goals; 10) developed partnership with Guidelines Central.  All of these great things have only been possible due to an amazing team of servant-volunteers – your APTA CVP Board of Directors, Committee Members, as well as the leadership of those who served before me. 

If re-elected I promise to continue to bring value to your membership. Our new Strategic Goals have our members at its heart, and I look forward to moving them from goals to actions.

Richard S. Severin, PT, DPT, PhD(c), CCS

APTA member since:  2010
Academy member since:  2014

Academy Activities:

  • 2020- Current, Associate Editor, Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal
  • 2018-2021, APTA-Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section Board of Directors, Nominating Committee Member; (elected).
  • 2018-2020, APTA-Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section Board of Directors, Communications Committee Chair; (appointed).
  • 2016-Current, Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal, Emerging Media Editor.
  • 2016-2018, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists, Specialization Academy of Content Experts; Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Specialist Examination.
  • 2015-2020, APTA- Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section, Clinical Practice Guideline Team, Heart Failure Exercise Training, Article Reviewer.
  • 2015-2018, APTA-Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section, Public Relations Committee, Social Media.

Other APTA Activities: (include state and national activities):

  • Jan 2022-Dec 2024, Chapter Nominating Committee Member, Illinois Physical Therapy Association (elected).
  • Jan 2021-Dec 2022, District Delegate for the APTA House of Delegates, Eastern District, Illinois Physical Therapy Association (elected).

Candidate Statement: 
As president, I pledge to serve you and our academy faithfully and diligently as I have for the past seven years across multiple committees and board positions. I will provide the same energy and excitement that established one of the most recognized and impactful campaigns in the history our profession (Vitals Are VITAL). I will bring the same forward-thinking mindset that led to the creation of numerous clinical and educational resources, scholarly contributions, and communication platforms that have enhanced our academy and enriched the physical therapy profession overall.

I believe my experiences, expertise, and collaborative skills will help our academy become recognized as the global leader in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation. I will actively encourage all members to participate in service to the academy, in order to leverage the diverse and valuable talents of our membership that will strengthen our academy.

Lastly, I hope to create an inclusive and supportive environment that inspires future leaders of our academy and the physical therapy profession. I look forward to the opportunity to serve you, our academy, and the physical therapy profession as president of APTA Academy of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy.


Deanna Colburn Hostler, PT, DPT, PhD

APTA member since:  2003
Academy member since:  2020

Academy Activities:
Chair of new Education SIG for the Academy

Other APTA Activities: (include state and national activities):
Question writer for CVP Specialist exam

Candidate Statement: 
I have been a member of the APTA for 18 years and first became a Cardiovascular and Pulmonary clinical specialist in 2007. I have been active in contributing to ABPTS by being a question writer for the specialist exam and would like to participate more actively in the Academy. I am interested in becoming a member of the Nominating Committee to serve by continuing to find qualified candidates to participate on the board and by promoting Academy members for national awards within the APTA.

I would like to promote the development of educational resources for clinicians, students, and PT program instructors in CVP Physical Therapy diagnosis and treatment. While I will work on this goal through the Education SIG within the academy membership an appointment on the nominating committee will allow me to help to provide recognition to members who are advancing education in our area of expertise.

Talia Pollok, PT, DPT, CCS

APTA member since:  2006
Academy member since:  2010

Academy Activities:
1) Current Education Chair of APTA ACVPT: assisted with the administration of the PACER Project, coordination of CSM 2021 Pre Conference; coordination of webinars with multiple Sections/Academies; coordination and planning of Academy-sponsored educational activities.
2) Member of an Expert Consensus Work Group addressing the need for current/consistent guidance regarding the administration and titration of supplemental oxygen by physical therapy professionals.

Other APTA Activities: (include state and national activities):
VPTA Member
Acute Care Academy Member

Candidate Statement:
I have had the honor of serving the Academy of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy as the current Education Chairperson. In order to meet the needs of the membership and the profession, it was essential this role evolve to become more active and hands-on. While developing ideas for Academy-sponsored education, I also had the opportunity to learn more about the responsibilities of an Executive Board, observe the logistics of planning a national conference and, amazingly, assist a passionate and highly motivated group of people come together during a pandemic to provide support and education for all via The PACER Project.

The PACER Project brought together physical therapy professionals from all over the country across all Sections and Academies. This first-of-its-kind collaboration, under the leadership of Angela Campbell, provided an opportunity for me, as a new Board member, to meet and work with those on the front lines, educators who quickly pivoted to virtual platforms, administrators navigating ever-changing policies and many other veteran leaders in our field.

The many professional connections created in these last two years will allow me, as a Nominating Committee member, to provide insight as to who may best serve the Academy on National and Executive committees and receive well-deserved recognition for excellence. In the event I am elected to this position I will step down from my duties as Education Chair, assist with the transition to a new Chair and continue with duties of the Nominating Committee.

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