The Board of Trustees of the Physician Assistant Foundation (PA Foundation), the charitable arm of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), in conjunction with the AAPA CEO Jenna Dorn and the AAPA Board of Director, is pleased to introduce Lynette Sappe-Watkins as the PA Foundation’s executive director. She will lead the PA Foundation in pursuit of its mission to empower physician assistants (PAs) and PA students to engage in philanthropic programs that will improve health.
“The PA Foundation is fortunate to have been able to secure an executive with such extensive experience in the industry. Her knowledge around health care related foundations will serve us well moving forward. The Board of Trustees is very excited about Lynette joining our organization and even more so about the prospects for moving us to the next level” said Rick Rohrs the President of the PA Foundation Board of Trustees.
Sappe-Watkins transitions to the PA Foundation from the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation, where she served as their director of Development, and was responsible for establishing relevant opportunities for pharmacists to engage philanthropically to support the APhA Foundation’s key initiatives that improve patient health through pharmacists’ patient care services.
“Lynette’s experience in healthcare and her unique understanding of the association and foundation relationship make her ideally suited to lead the PA Foundation as it continues to tap the PA community’s commitment to philanthropy,” said AAPA CEO Jennifer L. Dorn. “We are thrilled that she is joining the PA Foundation as its Executive Director.”
Sappe-Watkins will be responsible for leading and growing the numerous PA Foundation programs and initiatives, including the recently expanded IMPACT and Global Outreach Grant programs. These programs provide seed funding to PAs working to improve health in their local communities and around the world.
“As I meet PAs engaged with the PA Foundation, I’m learning they not only have the clinical expertise to help patients, as they do every day, but they also have great compassion for helping those with healthcare issues who lack access to consistent care,” said Sappe-Watkins. “This is where the PA Foundation has a wonderful opportunity to empower PAs to expand healthcare support in ways they know will impact the health of their local communities.
Sappe-Watkins has spent her nonprofit career focused on health and prevention issues, serving in development and marketing roles at the American Red Cross and the Home Safety Council/Safe Kids Worldwide in addition to the APhA Foundation.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia’s Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications and has been a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) since 2010. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and president- elect of the Association Foundation Group.