Olivia Ziegler is the chief assessment officer of the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). As a member of the senior leadership team she works with the Board of Directors and other stakeholders of strategic importance to develop and advance PAEA’s strategic plan.
As an educator, Olivia was previously the director of clinical affairs at the University of Utah PA Program and has served as a site visitor for the Accreditation Review Commission (ARC-PA). Before joining the Utah faculty, Olivia spent nearly a decade in clinical practice in Salt Lake City where she played a pivotal role in building a new interprofessional palliative care consultation service covering four hospitals.
Olivia is a strong believer in community service and spent a number of years overseas working for non-profit agencies in the areas of health education and microeconomics. She has previously served on the boards of multiple health-related organizations including Clinical Executive Board of the Salt Lake City Veteran Affairs Health Center, and the Utah Area Health Education Centers (AHEC). She is prolific speaker and has participated on expert panels discussing the global state of palliative care for vulnerable populations. She has served as a grant reviewer for both the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Health Care Services (CMS), and chaired the Affordable Care Act Expansion of PA Training (EPAT) grant at the University of Utah from 2011-2013.
While not working, Olivia and her three dogs can be found hiking in the beautiful Utah outdoors.