Awards & Scholarships

CAPA recognizes the incredible work our members are doing every day in their clinical, administrative, and educational settings. Awardees undergo a process of nomination, review and selection by the Awards Committee. Awards are presented at the Annual Membership meeting, part of the annual winter CME conference. 

Interested in nominating someone for an award? Look for nomination information in the fall! Interested in learning more about the Awards Committee? Check out more information here.


PA of the Year


Kari Schoenwald, MMS, MT, PA-C

PA Schoenwald is a faculty member of the Red Rocks PA program who has greatly influenced the lives of many students through teaching, as a faculty advisor, and providing a welcoming environment to allow students to ask questions and grow. PA Schoenwald is also involved In Jefferson Country providing community outreach and education by speaking with the community about PAs. PA Schoenwald practices at the UC Health Longmont Clinic and Longs Peak Hospital in Infectious Disease and currently serves as the only PA on the Credentials Committee and Infection Control Committee at UC Health. She has previously served on the Medical Executive Committee and Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committees at Longmont United Hospital. PA Schoenwald has demonstrated her compassion and true dedication to patient care through constant learning and recently received an award as one of the top 10 providers in the health system who promoted listening to their patients, and for all these reasons PA Schoenwald is recognized as CAPA's 2020 PA of the Year.


PA Educator of the Year


Dayna Jaynstein, MSPAS, PA-C

Dayna Jaynstein is a faculty member of the Red Rocks PA Program who supports students through case based learning, encouraging her students to get into the provider mindset, providing mentorship and an open door policy for all students. PA Jaynstein not only takes joy in teaching but “delights in student’s enthusiasm and her own learning and improvement, since she often says that these conversations with students drive her and challenge her to learn more”. PA Jaynstein not only excels in teaching, but is a recognized speaker at multiple conferences, including CAPA and the Society of Clinical Ultrasound Fellowships, and has been published in JAAPA. PA Jaynstein also serves a role model for students through through her leadership and dedication to PA service. She has recently served as the President of the Society of Emergency Medicine PAs and is a founding PA member of Time’s Up Healthcare, and organization focused on removing barriers, ending sexual harassment and assault for women in healthcare.  It is for all these reasons that PA Jaynstein is recognized as CAPA's 2020 PA Educator of the Year.



Student Scholarships



Kathryn Ganser, PA-S

University of Colorado Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant Program

Kathryn Gansar has been described by her faculty advisor as an “extraordinary leader” and “one of the most outstanding leaders and emerging clinicians that I have had the pleasure to work with in my 15 years as a PA”. This is demonstrated through her dedication as a volunteer at the DAWN clinic as the Women’s Health Night Coordinator for the past year and a half, improving access to care for hundreds of uninsured and underinsured patients. She has also served as the President of the Silver Society, and was elected the AAPA Student Academy (SAAAPA) President-Elect this past May. As SAAAPA President she hopes to increase diversity in the profession and improve outreach to student societies. She wishes to work with underserved populations with a focus on women’s health, highlighting that volunteering in the DAWN clinic has been the most rewarding part of her experience as a PA student. It is for all these reasons that Kathryn Gansar is recognized as a CAPA 2020 Scholarship Recipient.



Lauren Norheim, PA-S

University of Colorado Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant Program

Lauren Norheim has demonstrated a dedication to serving the underserved. Prior to attending PA school she volunteered in Guatemala and worked in multiple underserved clinics in the San Francisco Bay area. That passion has continued through her time during PA school where she volunteers at the student run DAWN clinic and was recently elected the president of the Silver Society. Ms. Norheim is passionate about leadership and through her participation in the Global Health Track at CHAPA is conducting a research project on emergency medicine in Guatemala to limit preventable deaths. She describes her leadership style with the following statement: “Because it is not about “what can a PA do,” but “what can’t a PA do?”. She is described as “truly one of a kind” by her faculty advisor, and for all these reasons, Lauren Norheim is recognized as a CAPA 2020 Student Scholarship Recipient.


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