President’s Welcome – 2017

Hello, I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself as the ConnAPA President. My name is Deanna (Cichon) Zimkus and I practice dermatology in Wolcott, CT. I am a 2009 graduate of Quinnipiac’s PA program. I have spent the past 5 years on the ConnAPA board in various positions, including Regional director and Membership Chair, among others.

I look forward to the next year of serving as your President. The Board of Directors is made up of dedicated PAs who are all volunteers. Membership numbers continue to be a concern. ConnAPA represents all PAs in CT, even those who are not members. The small membership fee of $125 per year helps to fund our lobbyist and executive management group. Our lobbyist, The Kowalski Group, works diligently at the state Capitol to ensure that our practice privileges are protected, despite constant threats. This is a small amount to pay to help ensure the future of our profession. I implore you to consider joining ConnAPA to support our efforts and ask that you ask your colleagues to do the same.
There are many membership benefits of ConnAPA, including but not limited to:

  • Discounted registration fees for the annual Charter Oak Conference– which offers approximately 30 hours of Category I CME every spring.
  • (2018’s COC will be held at the Mystic Marriott March 25-28, 2018)
  • Access to the members only job board
  • Discount for Exam master PANCE and PANRE Reviews
  • Student loan refinancing thru DRB
  • Members only job board postings

I was honored to be a part of the Connecticut delegation at this year’s House of Delegates Meeting in Las Vegas. This year, the House passed the Optimal Team Practice resolution unanimously after much debate. This is an exciting time for our profession. Stay tuned for legislative updates this upcoming summer.

We are always willing to welcome anyone who would like to volunteer in any capacity within our organization. If I can assist you in any fashion, please do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected]. Thank you.

Deanna JC Zimkus, MHS, PA-C
ConnAPA President 2017-2018