Community Spotlight

Leading by Example


Physician Assistant Program Director and Professor Mary Jo Bondy, DHED, MHS, PA-C leads by example as an experienced, distinguished clinician, educational leader, and innovator. In 2020 she became the first PA to serve as the CEO of the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA), where she led a staff of 40 in serving the more than 250 member programs of PAEA and meeting the needs of more than 3,000 individual faculty. 

Dr. Bondy’s involvement and contribution on key publications related to healthcare workforce shortages in Maryland contributed to UMB Graduate School receiving a state-funded grant to establish a Physician Assistant Leadership and Learning Academy (PALLA), founded in July 2019, to increase the capacity of faculty to educate future PAs for the Maryland health workforce, and to advance PA education, research, and policy.