|The North Carolina Physical Therapy Association is happy to announce its new Executive Director, Pauline Flesch, who will begin on January 7, 2019. Pauline was selected during a long and thorough search after Nancy Garland, present NCPTA Executive Director, announced that she would be retiring.
NCPTA President Kyle Covington said, "NCPTA is thrilled to welcome Pauline to our organization. Pauline brings a wealth of history and experience that will help us achieve our strategic goals and advance the practice of physical therapy in North Carolina. The combined history as a legislative advocate, chapter leader, APTA board member, and healthcare manager will be a perfect blend to give expert guidance to our board and our members."
Pauline is presently the Executive Director of Rehabilitation and Fitness Services for Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, Indiana, which is a statewide healthcare system consisting of 17 hospitals. As part of her responsibility, Pauline was involved in rehabilitation services for 4 hospitals including the academic medical center, Level I trauma center, children's hospital, one community based hospital, multiple outpatient clinics located around the city and five employee fitness centers.
Pauline graduated with a BS in physical therapy from The Ohio State University and received her Masters of Management in Public Service from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Pauline has been very active in the Indiana Physical Therapy Association (IPTA) and the APTA. Pauline is a past Indiana Chapter president and was very instrumental in passage of the direct access legislation in Indiana. She continues to serve as Legislative Chairperson for the Indiana Chapter.
Besides her work at the state level, Pauline was elected to the APTA Board of Directors for 2 terms from 2001-2007. She was also chairperson of the APTA Federal Government Affairs Committee and has extensive experience at both the state and federal level of physical therapy.
"I am very much looking forward to joining NCPTA. Supporting and advocating on behalf of the physical therapy profession has been my passion in every employment position or volunteer role I have had. Serving as Executive Director of NCPTA offers a great opportunity to work with a dynamic leadership team and the dedicated membership of the chapter. I know I have some big shoes to fill and that will not be easy! I am excited to be part of the future of NCPTA".