The Journal of Physician Assistant Education

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About PAEA

​​​PA Education Association (PAEA) is the only national organization representing physician assistant educational programs in the United States. Currently, all of the accredited programs in the country are members of the Association. PAEA provides services for faculty at its member programs, as well as to applicants, students, and other stakeholders.

The Association was founded in 1972 as the Association of Physician Assistant Programs. Member programs voted to adopt the current name in 2005.


Linda Sekhon, DHSc, PA-C
Highpoint University

President Elect
Nicole Burwell, PhD, MSHS, PA-C
North Carolina A&T State University 

Immediate Past President 
Kara L. Caruthers, MSPAS, PA-C
Meharry Medical College

Janie McDaniel, MS, MLS(ASCP)SC
Yale PA Online Program

Jacqueline Barnett, DHSc, MSHS, PA-C
Duke University

Director at Large
Shalon Buchs, MHS, PA-C
Florida State University

Director at Large
Jennifer Eames, DHSc, MPAS, PA-C

Director at Large
Shaun Grammer, DMSc, PA-C
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Director at Large
Robert D. Hadley, PhD, PA-C
Radford University 

Director at Large
Virginia Valentin, DrPH, PA-C
University of Kentucky

Student Member at Large
Cassidy McCandless, MS
Missouri State University