Executive Management: Liberty Square Group


Executive Director: James Leahy, CAE                  

Jim Leahy brings 30 years of experience in lobbying, non-profit association management and political organizing to APTAMA's efforts. An expert in building strong grassroots organizations, he has worked with clients in a wide variety of sectors, including healthcare, environment, consumer protection, budget, gaming, government procurement, public safety, development, as well as arts & culture. His advocacy track record includes several high profile

wins, including two first-in-the-nation laws, one to require labeling genetically modified foods and another to require labeling small parts that pose choking hazards to children under 3.

A seasoned lecturer with a focus on leadership, grassroots advocacy and communicating with public officials, Mr. Leahy has addressed professionals at national, regional, and state organizations as well as students at more than a dozen New England colleges anduniversities. He is also a Certified Association Executive, the highest level of professional achievement available from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

A graduate of Brandeis University with a B.A. in Psychology, Mr. Leahy lives in Tolland, CT with his wife Mary Jo and children Hannah and Tommy.



Program Manager: Tamara Paolangeli, PT, MS         

Tamara Paolangeli knows association management from both sides.  As a Connecticut Physical Therapy Association member and former member of the chapter's program committee, she understands the challenges faced by professionals volunteering in their professional association.  Additionally, as the clinical coordinator in the Physical Therapy program at the University of Hartford she had to balance numerous practice locations and relationships to benefit her students.  She is able to put all those skills to work at Leahy Management Group as the Program Coordinator for our physical therapy associations.  

Tamara works directly with the Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association to support their Board and Committee priorities, enhance their communication efforts and ensure quality programming.

Tamara received her B.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Vermont.  She went on to earn an M.S. in Allied Health from the University of Connecticut.

Tamara lives in Tolland, Connecticut with her husband Joe and three children, Michael, Marissa and Nathan.


Lobbying Firms:

The APTAMA currently works with two professional firms to represent us to decisionmakers in the public policy arena.  McGlynn, McGlynn & Crawford focuses on PT practice issues, while Smith, Costello and Crawford are primarily engaged in the payment policy arena.


McGlynn & McGlynn

Jack McGlynn

Beth Mullen 


Smith, Costello & Crawford

Michael Costello

Carlo Basile

Jay Youmans 


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