Meet The Consultants

Scott L. Massey, PhD, PA-C

With over three decades of experience in PA education, Dr. Scott Massey is a recognized authority in the field. He has demonstrated his expertise as a program director at esteemed institutions such as Central Michigan University and as the research chair in the Department of PA Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Massey's influence spans beyond practical experience, as he has significantly contributed to accreditation, assessment, and student success. His innovative methodologies have guided numerous PA programs to ARC-PA accreditation and improved program outcomes. His predictive statistical risk modeling has enabled schools to anticipate student results. Dr Massey has published articles related to predictive modeling and educational outcomes. Doctor Massey also has conducted longitudinal research in stress among graduate Health Science students. His commitment to advancing the PA field is evident through participation in PAEA committees, councils, and educational initiatives.

Email: ScottMasseyPhD@outlook.com

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Antoinette Polito, EdD, PA-C

Antoinette Polito, a Physician Assistant since 1999 and a Duke University PA Program alumna, has excelled in both clinical practice and education. Her extensive experience spans rural primary care and academic oncology. Since 2009, she has been a dedicated PA educator at prestigious institutions including Duke University and Oregon Health & Sciences University. As the founding Director of Didactic Education at Valparaiso University's PA Program, she played a pivotal role in its establishment. Her research interests range from obesity care to LGBTQ+ healthcare, bridging the humanities and medicine. Dr. Polito's EdD from Northeastern University enriches her educational prowess.

Email: AntoinettePolitoPAC@outlook.com

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Cathy C. Ruff, MS, PA-C

With nearly 25 years in Physician Assistant education, Cathy C. Ruff has made a mark in administrative roles across established and emerging programs. Cathy has successfully developed the PA program at Rocky Vista University and has achieved continuing accreditation. Her forte lies in curriculum design and student assessment, and she passionately champions competency-based design. A nationally and internationally recognized speaker, Cathy pioneered the integration of Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) and competencies into PA curricula. Her commitment extends to fostering inclusive and productive work environments by leveraging individual strengths within teams.

Email: CathyRuffPAC@outlook.com

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Deb Munsell, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA

Dr. Deb Munsell's impactful four-decade career in the Physician Assistant Profession includes spearheading the establishment and growth of multiple PA programs. Dr Munsell has extensive experience in achieving provisional accreditation and navigating programs through the provisional pathway. Her leadership as the inaugural Program Director for the Louisiana State University Health Science Centre-New Orleans PA Program and the Mississippi State University PA Programs played a pivotal role in their success. A principal faculty member, Dr. Munsell's dedication to training PA students is commendable, setting them on the path to delivering exceptional patient care.

Email: debramunsellpa@gmail.com

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Jennifer R. Eames, MPAS, DHSc, PA-C

Dr. Jennifer Eames, a distinguished Physician Assistant with over 20 years of experience, is a trailblazer in PA education. As the founder of a PA program at Hardin-Simmons University, she successfully navigated the provisional pathway and achieved continued accreditation and high PANCE pass rates. Dr. Eames' multifaceted contributions include authorship, global mission work, and leadership roles within professional organizations. Her commitment to advancing the PA field is evident through her participation in committees, councils, and educational initiatives.

Email: jenny_eames@yahoo.com

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Jennifer Hixon, DHSc, PA-C

Dr. Jennifer Hixon's influence as a PA program director is marked by her commitment to diversity and intercultural awareness. Developing distinctive programs in Western Massachusetts, she has promoted inclusivity and multicultural understanding. Dr. Hixon's versatile academic leadership roles and her involvement as an ARC-PA site visitor for over 10 years reflect her dedication to excellence. Her clinical background in Urgent Care and contributions to sports medicine further enrich her professional portfolio.

Email: jenniferhixon@ymail.com

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Johnna Yealy, PhD, PA-C

Dr. Johnna Yealy, a certified Physician Assistant, brings her 15+ years of experience to the realm of Physician Assistant education. With expertise in faculty and administrative roles across multiple PA programs, she has played a pivotal role in establishing and advancing these programs. Holding a PhD in Global Health Research and Education, Dr. Yealy's commitment to assessment and her active role in the US Army Reserves underscore her dedication to healthcare and education.

Email: JYealyPAC@outlook.com

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Tina Butler, MPAS, PA-C

Dr. Tina Butler, a seasoned leader, holds a pivotal role as the Program Director for the Hardin-Simmons University Physician Assistant Program. Her journey encompasses a diverse range of experiences, from clinical practice in cardiology, urgent care, and family medicine to academic leadership. Dr. Butler's dedication to the PA profession is manifest in her roles on state and national committees, where she advocates for excellence in education. As an educator, she has authored publications, presented at conferences, and contributed to advancing PA education, consistently demonstrating her commitment to the growth and development of future Pas.

Email: DrTinaButler@outlook.com

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Vivian Moynihan, MD, MPH

Dr. Vivian Moynihan possesses a rich clinical background as a board-certified OB-GYN, which she leverages in her academic pursuits. With 14 years of experience in PA education, she brings a wealth of knowledge to her consultant role. This includes service to the ARC-PA as a commissioner. Her unique perspective fosters excellence in PA educators, and her global mission work reflects her commitment to enhancing healthcare on a broader scale. Dr. Moynihan's dedication, combined with her clinical and educational experience, allows her to guide and support fellow educators in making lasting contributions to the PA profession.

Email: DrVivianMoynihan@outlook.com

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Stephanie Bowlin, PhD

Dr. Stephanie Bowlin has 35 years of experience in PA education and administration, and has served the profession in various capacities. Formerly the PA Program Director at Western University of Health Sciences, a tenured associate professor, and the former chair of ARC-PA, she also contributed as a site visitor, consultant for PAEA, and reviewer for the PAEA Journal. In 1998, she earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of La Verne. Dr. Bowlin's distinguished career includes being the first woman of color to hold the title of Physician Assistant with a doctorate in California and the first PA to be appointed as a Dean. For two decades, she served as dean of the College of Health Sciences, overseeing programs with impressive retention rates and board scores. Transitioning to central administration, she now serves as an assistant team chair for WSCUC and has held leadership roles in CAPA, AAPA, and PAEA. Recognized as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Dr. Bowlin aims to leave a lasting legacy of leadership and excellence in PA education.

Email: stephaniebowlinpa@outlook.com

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Madea Valdez, PhD

Dr. Medea Valdez has served as the Founding PA Program Director of the Master of Science Physician Assistant Degree Program (SEU PA Program) at Saint Elizabeth University since 2017. With over 30 years of clinical experience in Internal Medicine, Chemical Dependency, Employee Health, Oncology, and Endocrinology. Dr. Valdez's research focuses on medical errors, the role of PA students in promoting patient safety, and interests in interdisciplinary education, simulation for improving student learning outcomes, and stress management. She is dedicated to raising competent and committed PAs who respectfully serve their patients, finding joy in working with an exceptional group of faculty and students at Saint Elizabeth.

Email: drmedeavaldez@outlook.com

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