We have assembled an esteemed panel of professionals to thoroughly review and evaluate the applications. This selection committee will be scouring each submission with areas of emphasis including: future impact potential, academic performance, personal character and conduct, leadership and community-building skills, work ethic, reliability, entrepreneurship and financial acumen.
Efosa L. Guobadia, PT, DPT, is the founder of the integrated wellness company FFITT Health; President and CEO of Move Together, a 501(c)3 for purpose organization dedicated to improving access to quality rehab medicine around the corner and around the world; Co-Founder of the initiative Global PT Day of Service, which has spanned over 80 countries since its inception; and Founder of the informational website PT Haven. In 2017, he contributed a chapter on sustainability as well as the closing afterword for the book "Why Global Health Matters”, edited by Dr. Chris E. Stout, and with a foreword by Nobel Laureate Jody Williams.
He has lectured in the Americas, Asia, and Africa. He received his BS in Kinesiology from the University of Massachusetts in 2007 and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Scranton in 2010. He is the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Young Alumni Award given by the University of Massachusetts/Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences and is a 2018 American Physical Therapy Association Social Impact Award Recipient.
Dr. Efosa Guobadia
Mia Gonzales Dean
Mia Gonzales Dean
Mia is the COO for DriQ Health, Inc., a healthcare digital tech startup with the world’s first Internet of Things (IoT) enterprise incontinence monitoring solution. Mia is a PT who worked in the acute care and inpatient rehabilitation settings for academic health systems in New York City and Philadelphia. Mia’s previous leadership roles were in operations for Penn Medicine – first for PT & OT practices across the care continuum and then for hospital support services at Penn’s flagship hospital.
Mia is a Filipino-American, who was born in Manila and raised in Massachusetts. Mia has served as a mentor to many individuals throughout her career (PTs and non-PTs). Many of these individuals are from diverse backgrounds and have expressed feelings of inadequacy or bouts of “Imposter Syndrome” when seeking new career opportunities. Through prior invitations to participate and speak at The Graham Sessions, on this topic, Mia has enjoyed the opportunity to speak with others who are interested in developing both strategy and tactics to catalyze enhanced diversity, equity and inclusion within our profession and its leadership.
Sharon is a Partner, Chief Operating Officer at MSP Sports Capital, where she oversees the firm’s operations as well as capital raising and investor relations functions. Before joining MSP, Sharon was Chief Operating Officer at the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. Prior to GPEC, Sharon held various roles at Turner Impact Capital, Watershed Asset Management, ESL Investments/Sears Holdings, and Lehman Brothers.
Sharon received a BA from Yale University and attended the MBA/MA dual degree program with The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. She serves on multiple nonprofit boards and is a founding member of a regional community bank (in organization).
Wendy is a software engineer at WebPT and a passionate advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion of underrepresented and underserved communities in STEM education and careers. At work - in addition to her job duties - Wendy volunteers as a founding member of the WebPT DEI Task Force, leads the multi-ethnic ERG (Propel-ME), and hosts engaging social events to foster a fun and inclusive culture. Outside of work, Wendy has volunteered and served at various capacities for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) - the nation’s largest association dedicated to fostering Hispanic leadership in the STEM field.
Throughout her 20 year involvement with SHPE, Wendy has chaired regional pre-college conferences and served on the SHPE scholarship review committee - among many other roles at the local, regional, and national level. As a first generation American and daughter to immigrant parents from Mexico and El Salvador, Wendy personally knows the challenges of rising through adversity. Wendy is devoted to promoting resources for BIPOC students to maximize their potential and achieve their dreams.
Mo received her DPT from Duke and has over 10 years of experience in outpatient orthopedics, specifically in occupational health. She is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and has completed both residency and fellowship training in orthopedic manual physical therapy. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Manual Physical Therapists. Mo was a member of the Diversity Task Force during her three years at Duke, and she was President of the Task Force as a third-year student. During that time, she organized events celebrating the different cultures represented within Duke DPT and attended career fairs at several Historically Black Colleges and Universities toward increasing awareness about a career in physical therapy in underrepresented minority groups.
Since graduation, Mo has presented at several career fairs at Middle, High, and Early College programs in Durham, NC and recently joined the co-founder of the National Association of Black Physical Therapists in a talk on ‘Leadership through a Diverse Lens,' hosted by DukeDPT. Mo recently served on the Duke DPT Task Force on Racial Inequality, discussing issues related to DEI within Duke University, Duke DPT, and the greater community. She serves as an Alumni Mentor for Duke DPT’s Award-Winning Summer Discovery Program, and continues to mentor prospective and current BIPOC DPT students. She is an active and engaged member of the Occupational Health Special Interest Group of the APTA Academy of Orthopaedics, as well as the APTA Academy of Education, APTA–North Carolina, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, and National Association of Black Physical Therapists.
Dr. Moyo Tillery
Dr. Gene Shirokobrod
I'm a physical therapist guided by entrepreneurial passion. I co-founded UpDoc Media, a company focused on producing high quality custom content and digital marketing for healthcare companies. UpDoc media is focused on providing "content you NEED to know, that is delivered with clinical precision."
I am also the CEO and co-founder of Recharge. The company is a unique membership based combination of physical therapy, group fitness and health data analytics. Incorporating three important elements of health under one roof with a focus on the customer experience and fun. Now it's all about redefining healthcare for the better.
Dr. Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC, is the founder and President of the Rizing Tide Foundation, which seeks to inspire more diversity and inclusiveness in the physical therapy industry.
In addition, Heidi is a physical therapist and the co-founder and Chief Clinical Officer of WebPT, a nine-time Inc. 5000 honoree and the leading software solution for physical, occupational, and speech therapists. As a member of the board and senior management team, Heidi advises on WebPT’s product vision, company culture, branding efforts and internal operations, while advocating for rehab therapists, women leaders, and entrepreneurs on a national and international scale. Since the company launched in 2008, Heidi has guided WebPT through exponential growth. Today, it’s the fastest-growing physical therapy software in the country, employing over 600 people and serving more than 90,000 therapy professionals- equating to an industry leading 40% market-share.
In 2017, Heidi was honored by Health Data Management as one of the most powerful women in IT, and she was a finalist for EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2018, she was named the Ed Denison Business Leader of the Year at the Arizona Technology Council’s Governor’s Celebration of Innovation. In addition to serving on numerous non-profit leadership boards, Heidi is a proud member of the YPO Scottsdale Chapter and Charter 100 as well as an investor with Golden Seeds, which focuses on women-founded or led organizations.
Heidi is a mother to her 10-year-old daughter Ava and enjoys traveling, hiking, mountain biking and practicing yoga in her spare time.
Dr. Heidi Jannenga