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The membership committee is responsible for collaborating with all other OTAO committees, Board of Directors, sections, special interest groups, and staff liaisons on: key strategies, challenges, and needs of Oregon’s local practitioners; so they may provide insight on membership recruitment, engagement, and retention.
Britt Behrendt MOT, OTR/L
Brit Behrendt is an occupational therapist in Portland, OR. She has been practicing for 10 years, primarily as a school-based OT. She was born and raised near Chicago, IL and studied occupational therapy at University of Indianapolis. This is her first year serving on OTAO’s Board of Directors after participating in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force and she looks forward to continuing this work with the organization. She is dedicated to many volunteer roles such as co-founding OTsForAction, delivering OT services and promoting sustainability of therapy programs in Belize, serving as a CASA, and advocating for workers’ rights through union representation. Outside of occupational therapy, Brit enjoys camping, kayaking, knitting, gardening, and expressing love through food.
Emily grew up in rural Arizona and received her Bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University. Upon graduation, she began working in K-12 school districts in Arizona, North Carolina, Baltimore, and finally Oregon. She returned to school to receive her A.A.S. to become an OTA, subsequently working in pediatric outpatient until a faculty position became available at Linn-Benton Community College’s OTA program. She will be starting her third academic year with the program and truly enjoys leading future practitioners and spreading her love for all things OT! When not OT-ing, she stays active through hiking, biking, yoga, travel, and dance.
The OTAO conference committee plans each Annual Conference. This is typically a year long planning process, where committee members finalize a venue location (2 in Portland, 1 away is current standard), obtain speakers and posters, obtain exhibitors and sponsors, obtain auction items for student scholarships, and maintain constant contact with the association manager. To volunteer and be a part of the planning team, please click here.
The marketing committee coordinates the functions of the marketing to meet the needs of the community practitioners and market the functions of OTAO. To do this, the committee actively completes public relations and advertising activities, assists in the recruitment of new OTAO members, and maintains accurate records regarding financial expenditures.
Nicole’ Pavenick, OTR/L
Nicolé Pavenick is a native Oregonian and has been practicing occupational therapy for 9 years. Nicolé currently works at Providence Portland Medical Center as the OT lead therapist. Prior to finding OT, she worked in a school district as an educational assistant and at a summer camp with children with special needs. She has served on the OTAO board since graduating in 2012. Her various roles have included; editor of the Viewpoint newsletter, Continuing Education Co-chair, president-elect, OTAO president and she just recently completed her past president role. She is now transitioning into a new role on the OTAO board and excited to get involved with OTAO Marketing. In her free time she enjoys traveling, playing with her puppy, snowboarding, hiking, razor clamming, and spending time with friends.
Natalie Butz, OTR/L
Natalie Butz is a native Idahoan, but birth as an Oregonian via Pacific University OT program. She has explored the world of OT working with the life spans from birth to death and all injuries in between throughout Idaho, Oregon, and Montana. Natalie has nestled into life in Joseph Oregon working in the rural setting to allow her to continue treating 9 months to 90 years all before sunset views on mountain tops and midnight lake paddles. Marketing is a new interest but OT is a long term passion so let’s hope Natalie can help us rule the world with her energy behind it.
The legislative committee works closely with OTAO’s lobbyist and Board of Directors, to assist, create and carry out action plans to defend or assist OT practice in Oregon, collaborate with the Oregon Occupational Therapy Licensing Board for both legislative and licensing issues, collaborate with AOTA on both state and federal legislative issues that affect OT practice in Oregon, plan and carry out one occupational therapy legislative day in Salem each year, and submit articles to newsletters and/or emails outlining current state and federal legislation that affects OT practice when in session. To volunteer and be a part of legislative team, please click here.
Alan Harris, COTA/L
I am a licensed occupational therapy assistant, currently involved with the PACE program Providence. I am a 22-year veteran of the field with 35 years of health care experience. First generation college grad and overall fun guy (that’s me)! I love occupational therapy and I hope that in some ways I can help to advance the field. I believe practitioners of this field are often undervalued and unappreciated. I am hoping that my limited expertise will be overshadowed by my enthusiasm to help and that I will be and asset to the Legislative Team.
Brianne Salvati, OTR/L MOT
Brianne Salvati, OTR/L, MOT is a graduate of Oregon State University and Loma Linda University. She currently works for Infinity Rehab as the Director of Professional Development. Bre is adjunct lab instructor for Linn-Benton Occupational Therapy Assistant program and serves as their Advisory Board Chair. Bre is an Oregon native and a big Portland Timbers fan. When she’s not working, she enjoys kickboxing and spending time with her husband and son.