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CAHS Student Leadership

Leadership Accolades

The College of Allied Health Sciences celebrates its faculty, staff, and student leaders and their diverse accomplishments!



John "Trey" Elam, III, graduate student in Occupational Therapy, serves as the Chair of the Student Leaders' Council for 2011-2012 and is the liaison to the Dean's Office. Each year the Dean supports a new student in this position.  Other students have included Carrie Brundage – CSDI, '08;  Candace Canavan – CSDI, '09, Deidre Nixon – HSIM, '10; Bao Xiong – HSIM, '11

Student Leaders Council – each year, the seven degree granting programs in the College are represented by 2 students on this prestigious council.  Guided by a student chair, this group provides leadership development opportunities for all students in CAHS and serves as a leadership training mechanism for the students who are serving on the Council.

Josh Hefner and Justin Pretzel (3rd year Doctor of Physical Therapy students)

Two East Carolina University physical therapy doctoral students are getting exposure to professional athletes on game day while working with the Carolina Hurricanes hockey team.  Third-year students Josh Hefner and Justin Pretzel along with associate professor Dr. Blaise Williams and clinical instructor Kevin Youngs were asked to help conduct pre-season screenings last summer for a research study on hockey player injuries. The invitation came after Jaime Holt, an ECU alumnus and physical therapist with the official team orthopedist of the Hurricanes, spoke to Dr. Walt Jenkins' ECU sports physical therapy class, and Williams participated in a conference hosted by Peter Friesen, head athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach for the Hurricanes.



Bruce Albright, PT, PhD served as the chair of the Chair Search Committee for the Department  of Physician Assistant Studies.  

Leslie Allison, PT, PhD, was one of six Physical Therapists nationally to be invited to the 2-day Center of Disease Control's Injury Prevention working conference on Fall Prevention. Other groups represented were MDs, OTs, exercise professionals, national aging agencies, government agencies related to health & aging, and national safety agencies. There were about 50-60 people total. This group will meet again one more time in the summer to finalize the plans to implement evidence-based exercise programs to reduce fall risk for older adults.

Patricia Hodson, PT, DPT, PCS served on the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for the past year.

Sarah Johnson, PT, DPT, went on a mission trip to Yallahs, Jamaica on June 25 to July 2, 2011.

Amy Gross McMillan, PT, PhD served as a committee member for the University Environment Committee.

Amy Gross McMillan, PT, PhD, and Blaise Williams, PT, PhD were selected to participate on an American Physical Therapy Association task force to address "The Role of Physical Therapists in Childhood Obesity".

Susan J. Leach, PT, PhD, NCS was recognized at the 2011 Combined Sections Meeting in New Orleans for becoming a Recertified Neurologic Certified Specialist.  The certification is for a 10 year period.  She was first certified in 2000.  Dr. Leach was subsequently invited to serve a 2-year team as a Member of the Specialization Academy of Content Experts as an item writer for the neurology specialty area through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

Blaise Williams, MPT, PhD was appointed as co-chair of the newly-formed Running Special Interest group for the American Physical Therapy Association Sports Section.

Blaise Williams, MPT, PhD served as a Faculty Senator for the College of Allied Health Sciences this past year.

Walter L. Jenkins, PT, DHS, ATC, LATC was appointed program chair for the American Physical Therapy Association Sports Physical Therapy Section's Team Concept Meeting to be held in Las Vegas, NV December 1-3, 2011.

Marianna Walker, PhD, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders serves as Chair of the ECU Faculty Senate (2009 – present)

Kathleen T. Cox, PhD, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders serves as the President of the North Carolina Speech-Hearing-Language Association (2011-2012). She also completed the BRIDGES Leadership Development Program for Women sponsored by the UNC system in 2006.

Andrew Stuart, PhD, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders founded the Coast Plain Volleyball Club.

Beth Velde, PhD, Assistant Dean, College of Allied Health Sciences was appointed to direct a new venture at ECU in 2009 – the Outreach Scholars Academy.  She also is a frequent guest speaker at the Chancellor's Leadership Academy.

The Chancellor's Leadership Academy is a leadership development program for faculty and staff across ECU.  Several CAHS faculty have completed this program and are now considered Fellows of the Academy:  Robert Kulesher, Health Services & Information Management, Leonard Trujillo, Occupational Therapy, Kathleen Cox and Rose L. Allen, Communication Sciences and Disorders.


The ECU Scholar-Teacher Award has been earned by the following CAHS faculty:

Martha Chapin, College of Allied Health Sciences

Monica Strauss Hough, College of Allied Health Sciences

Xiaoming Zeng, College of Allied Health Sciences

Andrew Stuart, School of Allied Health Sciences

D.S. Blaise Williams, School of Allied Health Sciences

Marianna Walker, School of Allied Health Sciences

Dr. Robert James Campbell, Department of Health Services and Information Management, College of Allied Health Sciences was awarded the Board of Governors' Distinguished Award for Teaching in 2011. Dr. Campbell was also a finalist for the Max Ray Joyner Award for Faculty Service through Continuing Education.  

Walter Jenkins, DPT, Department of Physical Therapy was a finalist for the Board of Governors' Distinguished Award for Teaching in 2007.  

Lloyd Goodwin, PhD, Rehabilitation Studies is the founder and President of the Professional Association of Rehabilitation Counselors (PARC).



Pat Frede, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, serves the United States as a Navy reservist. She recently returned from a year long deployment in Afghanistan.