The 2018 SoWH Elections are right around the corner. As a Section on Women’s Health member, you have the ability to vote in the Section elections. You have the chance the impact the future of Section on Women’s Health. Let your voice be heard and help us select the next slate of leaders!
* Special Update *
Effective on April 28, 2018, SoWH Vice President Candidate, Darla Cathcart, officially withdrew her nomination from the 2019 SoWH Board of Directors Ballot. In honor of this decision, her name will not appear on the ballot.
Am I Eligible to Vote?
Voting is open only to currently active Section on Women’s Health Physical Therapist (PT) or Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) members. If you want to vote, it is important that both your APTA & SoWH memberships are current. If your membership is expiring soon (e.g. between March 1, 2018 to April 30, 2018), we encourage you to renew your membership by April 26, 2018 in order to be eligible to vote.
*Note: As an important update, due to the SoWH member vote at the SoWH Business Meeting at the 2018 Combined Sections Meeting on Friday, February 23rd, both PTs and PTAs members of SoWH have 1 vote each.
I Need to Update My Membership Profile
Did you get a new job? Are you switching to a different email account? Do you know which email address you have in your APTA membership profile? If you haven’t updated your membership profile in a while, please update your APTA membership profile here.
When Can I Vote?
Voting opens May 1st, 2018 and ends at 11:59pm Eastern Time on May 31, 2018. All electronic and paper ballots must be received by this end date in order for your vote to be counted. Election results will be announced on June 5, 2018.
How Do I Vote?
Electronic: You will receive an email on May 1, 2018 from with a voting link and log-in instructions from myDirectVote ([email protected]), a platform dedicated to secure voting and tallying of votes. Your member email address is your user name and your password is your LastNameAPTA#(no space in between). If you do not receive the voting invitation email, please contact our office at [email protected] immediately for assistance.
Paper Ballot: If you wish to vote using a paper ballot, please submit your paper ballot request here.
2018 Election Candidates
Vice President (Term 2019-2021)
- Darla Cathcart (Candidacy withdrawn before the election. This member will not be listed on the ballot)
- Jennifer Hungate (View Profile)
Director of Practice (Term 2019-2021)
Director of Communications (Term 2019-2021)
- Shannon Fox (View Profile)
Nomination Committee Member (Term 2019-2021)
Each position is for a three-year term, commencing at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in Washington, D.C, January 23-26, 2019.
2018 Elections Timeline
2018 Nominations & Elections Timeline
|May 1, 2018||Elections Open (online)|
|May 31, 2018||Elections Close
11:59 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
|June 5, 2018||Results Notification
Date by which all candidates are notified of results.
|June 6, 2018||Election Results Announcement
SoWH membership and the public are notified of election results.
|Summer/ Fall 2018||Orientation
For incoming 2019 Officer(s) & Board Member(s)
|October 21-22, 2018|
|Board of Directors Retreat in Chicago, IL
Newly elected officers & directors of the board expected to attend (does not include elected Nominating Committee member).
|January 23-26, 2019||Oath of Office
Board of Directors Meeting
Newly elected Board members and Nominating Committee take office at the 2019 APTA CSM in Washington, D.C.
- First and foremost, keep it positive!
- We encourage active campaigning through phone, in-person conversations, text, email and other forms of direct communication. Use your friends and colleagues to spread the word about your candidacy.
- Social media is a great way to make your voice heard. Be mindful that when posting on social media sites, your words, photos and actions reflect back upon the SOWH and APTA. Choose carefully what you say and how you say it. Keep the focus on your campaign and why you are a good choice. Refrain from negative posts about opponents.
- Do not solicit current Board or Nominating Committee members to campaign on your behalf. They are required to remain neutral. They will encourage people to vote but will not speak, email or post on behalf of a particular candidate.
- Be creative and have fun!