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Snyder makes appointments, reappointment to Board of Physical Therapy

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Sarah McAllister, of Saline, John Poronto, of West Bloomfield, Renee Auernhamer Przystas, of Grand Haven, and Adam Swain, of Plainwell, and the reappointment of Linda Minter, of Okemos, to the Michigan Board of Physical Therapy.

The 11-member board plays an advisory role, and assists the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs with overseeing the practice of physical therapists.

“I am confident this diverse and talented group of appointees will do great work on this board,” Snyder said.


McAllister is a physical therapist at the University of Michigan’s CS Mott Children’s Hospital where her primary patient population consists of TBI, SCI, CVA, developmental impairments, and high risk obstetrics. She has a diverse work history across a variety of pediatric therapy diagnoses and has experience in many different areas including rehab, neurology, equipment assessments, orthopedics, development, and women’s health. McAllister holds a BS in health science and a MS in physical therapy, both from University of Missouri Columbia. She will represent professionals and replaces Andrew May.

Poronto is the senior manager, project controller practice – North Central Regional Lead for Project Controller Practice at Deloitte. In this role, he manages and executes RC budget, develops and executes recruiting strategy, staff resources, manages performance plans, and provides oversight and management of Project Controller engagements. He previously served as service delivery manager, technical solutions deliver for Sungard Availability Services, global planning manager, information technology services – global housing services for General Motors Corporation, and senior project manager, delivery organization for Compuware Corporation. Poronto holds a BBA in accounting and economics from Western Michigan University. He will represent the general public and replace Mecha Crockett.

Przystas is a physical therapist with Shoreline Sport and Spine where she applies manual therapy in conjunction with functional approaches in treating patients for post-surgical rehabilitation, injury prevention, and sport performance. She served as a student physical therapist at Munson Medical Center and Hills and Dales Healthcare Center. Przystas is the assistant cross country coach for the Grand Haven Girls Cross Country Team. Przystas holds a BS in kinesiology from Michigan State University and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Central Michigan University. She will represent professionals and replaces Jill Marlan.

Swain is a senior physical therapist with Agility Physical Therapy & Sports Performance. He has over 27 years of experience in practice, management and academics in the therapy realm and previously served at K Valley Orthopedics, Southwestern Michigan Sports Medical Clinic, Kalamazoo Foot Surgery, and Physical Therapy Services. Swain holds a BS in physical therapy from Northeastern University. He will represent professionals and replace David Goldenbogen.


Minter is currently retired and previously served as the coordinator of the Women’s Resource Center and Special Populations at Lansing Community College. She is a volunteer for Edgewood Village and a member of the Zonta Club of the Michigan Capitol Area and the fundraising committee for the Greater Lansing Housing Coalition. Minter holds a BA in English literature and a MA in education administration, both from Michigan State University. She will continue to represent the general public.  

Members serve four-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2017, and their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.