OTAO Board of Directors & Leadership Groups

If you are interested in knowing more about any of the open positions, please contact Elizabeth Miller.

Please refer to the 2020-2021 Board of Directors PDF for a quick way to see who is on the Board of Directors & Leadership Groups.

Primary Officers

President

Elizabeth (Liz) Miller, OTR/L, CHT

Elizabeth (Liz) Miller, OTR/L, CHT

president@otao.com

Liz works as an occupational therapist at Providence Sports Care Center and has been practicing occupational therapy since 2009. She has served on OTAO's Board of Directors since 2015. She grew up in Minnesota and enjoys biking, yoga, skiing, and exploring the Pacific NW with her friends, husband, and dog. Areas of expertise: hand and upper extremity, concussion/mTBI.

President Elect

Lori Taylor, OTR/L, MBA

Lori Taylor, OTR/L, MBA

presidentelect@otao.com

Lori Taylor, OTR/L, MBA is a 2000 graduate of the Occupational Therapy program at Maryville University in St. Louis. Lori has worked in the hosiptal setting, outpatient hand therapy, and in post-acute care. She is most passionate about OT Life Balance Model and working to achieve that balance both personally and with others. Lori enjoys running, volunteering with Krayon Kids Children’s Theater, and spending time with her adventurous family. In her practice, Lori oversees 10 therapy post-acute care therapy programs. Being a board member of OTAO fulfills her dedication for life-long advocacy for her profession.

Past President

Nicole' Pavenick, OTR/L

Nicole' Pavenick, OTR/L

pastpresident@otao.com

Nicolé Pavenick is a native Oregonian and has been practicing occupational therapy for 5 years. Nicolé currently works at Providence Portland Medical Center at the inpatient rehabilitation facility. Prior to finding OT, she worked in a school district as an educational assistant and at a summer camp with children with special needs for 7 years. She has served on the board for 4 years beginning as one of the Viewpoint newsletter editors, 2 years as a Continuing Education Co-chair and a year as president-elect, prior to accepting the role of OTAO president. In her free time she enjoys traveling, snowboarding, hiking, razor clamming and crabbing.

Treasurer

Kristy Fleming, OTR/L

Kristy Fleming, OTR/L

treasurer@otao.com

Kristy is a graduate of Pacific University and has been working as an Occupational Therapist at Our House of Portland since graduating with her Master’s degree in 2005. Kristy has served on the OTAO Board of Directors since 2017, served on the Pacific University Advisory Council and on the OTAO conference planning committee for 2 years. Kristy is a Pacific Northwest Native that enjoys long distance cycling, spending time with friends and playing with her pup, Ozzy.

Secretary

Laurie Spellman, OTR/L

Laurie Spellman, OTR/L

secretary@otao.com

I have been a OT for over 25 years graduating from Boston University in 1993 with a MSOT after receiving my BA in Psychology from the Univ of Oregon In 1990. I feel old now 😀

I have worked in a variety of settings including pediatric rehab and the NICU, schools, acute care, inpatient rehab and the last 12 years in home health and currently work as the Executive Director for Signature Healthcare at Home in Albany. I also teach part time in the OTA program at Linn Benton Community College.

I am a Oregon native growing up in Eugene. I love my Ducks and enjoy watching all sports especially basketball.
I enjoy reading, traveling with my family, and continuing to learn.

I previously served on the board as the treasurer and co-chair of our state conference.

Committees

Membership Committee Chairpersons

Jeff Lango, OTR/L, CDRS

Jeff Lango, OTR/L, CDRS

membership@otao.com

Jeff Lango is an Occupational Therapist and Certified Driver’s Rehabilitation Specialist. He is the Executive Director of Alpine Rehab & Wellness Inc. which he founded in Portland in 2003. He has been practicing for over 25 years as an Occupational Therapist and has been involved in adaptive driving for over 20 years. He received his adaptive driver’s training from the Veterans Administration in Long Beach, CA in 1995. He is a member of both the American and Oregon Occupational Therapy Association. He is a Certified Driver’s Rehabilitation Specialist and is currently the President of the Pacific NW subchapter for ADED. Jeff was a committee member for the formation of Oregon’s Department of Motor Vehicles Bioptic low vision driving program in 2004. He is a licensed driving instructor and is the owner and operator of a commercial driving school in the State of Oregon. Jeff has a compassion and dedication to assisting individuals with disabilities pursue their opportunity for returning to independent driving. When he is not working, he  enjoys hiking; working out and spending time with family and friends.

Daniel Canchola, OTR/L

Daniel Canchola, OTR/L

membership@otao.com

Daniel currently works as an Area Director for Consonus Healthcare. Although, from California (graduating from San Jose State University), he has embraced being an Oregonian (while remaining a huge San Francisco Giants fan). His professional experience includes mental health, acute rehab, home health, director roles in industrial rehab and skilled nursing. His passion is working with geriatrics.

Marketing Committee Chairperson

Jasmine Choquette, OTD, OTR/L

Jasmine Choquette, OTD, OTR/L

marketing@otao.com

Jasmine is from Hawaii and attended Pacific University as an undergraduate and graduate student, where she earned her BS degree in Exercise Science and Doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy. She currently practices as an occupational therapist at Northwest Regional ESD, where she serves children and their families in a few early childhood special education programs. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being outdoors, traveling, or listening to music.

Legislative Committee Chairpersons

Brooke Gentle, OTR/L

Brooke Gentle, OTR/L

legislative@otao.com

Brooke graduated from the University of Puget Sound Occupational Therapy Program in 2007. She has experience working as an occupational therapist in long term care, acute care, home health, outpatient pediatrics, early intervention, and schools. She has been working for the Linn Benton Lincoln Education Service District for the past 6 years, where she specializes in early intervention, feeding, and school based consultation. Brooke serves as a representative for her district’s OEA local union, and she represents region #4 on the statewide Regional Services for Orthopedic Impairment Professional Learning Team.

Occupational Profile: Brooke was born and raised in Oregon, She is the mother of a delightful 11 year old boy. She highly values integrity, equality, kindness, and community. She enjoys hiking, backpacking, yoga, reading, writing, and learning.

Michael Falcon, OTD, OTR/L, MHA, BS

Michael Falcon, OTD, OTR/L, MHA, BS

legislative@otao.com

Michael received his Doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy, along with a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration, from Pacific University. He currently works with pediatrics in the school setting and serves on the Legislative Committee in the Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon (OTAO). Currently, he also holds a seat on the Presidential Task Force on the Global Alliance of Pain Patient Advocates, through the International Association for the Study of Pain. (IASP).

Michael has a passion for international OT and program development. His previous work includes program development for children with socialization deficits in Ecuador, training to local medical communities in Ibarra, Ecuador, and humanitarian work in Haiti.

His most recent projects include training Occupational Therapy students in Haiti and consulting with a local Oregon school district in developing pain and opioid curriculum for High School programs. He has also presented at conferences such as AOTA 2016 in Chicago, WFOT 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa and OTAO 2019 in Lincoln City, Oregon.

Conference Committee Chairperson

Connie Liu, OTD, OTR/L

Connie Liu, OTD, OTR/L

conferenceplanning@otao.com

Connie is a native Oregonian and received her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from Pacific University in 2016. She also serves as the OTAO Treasurer. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, being outdoors, and bachata/salsa/kizomba dancing. She is a big Timbers and Blazers fan as well! She currently practices at Providence Sports Care Center with areas of expertise in hand and upper extremity, concussion/mTBI.

Continuing Ed Committee Chairpersons

Brianne Salvati, OTR/L, MOT

Brianne Salvati, OTR/L, MOT

continuinged@otao.com

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.

Oregon OT & OTA School Representatives

Pacific University Faculty Representative

Steve Park, PhD, OTR/L

Steve Park, PhD, OTR/L

pacificfacultyrep@otao.com

Pacific University Student Representatives

Hailey Johnson, OTS

Hailey Johnson, OTS

pacificstudentreps@otao.com

Hailey is an occupational therapy student at Pacific? University and is a native to Portland, Oregon. She has an interest in mental health, postpartum care, and pediatrics. As she continues her degree she has discovered new interest and is excited to continue to learn about where OT fits in her community. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, hiking, gardening, and cooking.

Sydney Linden, OTS

Sydney Linden, OTS

pacificstudentreps@otao.com

Sydney has called the Pacific Northwest home for over 15 years. After a rewarding and life-changing career in homeless services and affordable housing advocacy, Sydney switched gears and decided to pursue a career in occupational therapy. She is currently a student at Pacific University School of Occupational Therapy and will graduate in 2022. When she’s not studying, she enjoys time with friends and family, hiking, camping, dancing, snuggling her dog, and traveling.

Linn Benton Community College Faculty Rep.

OPEN POSITION, TBD

OPEN POSITION, TBD

linnbentonfacultyrep@otao.com

Linn Benton Community College Student Rep.

Kelly Viernes, OTAS

Kelly Viernes, OTAS

linnbentonstudentreps@otao.com

My name is Kelly and I am currently an OTAS at LBCC. I have always been fascinated by indigenous cultures. I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Lesotho where I became intrigued by optimizing health through interventions that ultimately empower the client. I work with youth as an Occupational Therapy Aid through Multnomah county and with yogis as a Yoga Instructor through Afterglow Yoga. I am deeply interested in OTA advocacy and activism regarding state and federal policies that affect OT practitioners.

Regional Directors

NW Oregon Region (Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Multnomah, Tillamook, Washington, & Yamhill Counties)

Kristin Johnson, COTA/L

Kristin Johnson, COTA/L

director_nworegon@otao.com

Kristin is a COTA/L and Assistant Rehab Director working for Consonus Healthcare. Practicing since 2000, she has experience in skilled nursing, home health and mental health. Kristin has served on the OTAO board since 2017. A native Oregonian, she enjoys gardening, backpacking, international travel, cooking and lingering over a good cup of coffee.

Andrea Betts, OTR/L

Andrea Betts, OTR/L

director_nworegon@otao.com

Andrea Betts, OTR/L, is a graduate if Seattle Pacific University with a B.S. in Exercise Science and the University of Washington with her Master of Occupational Therapy. She currently works as an OT and Director of Rehabilitation with Infinity Rehab. Andrea has a passion for the geriatric population, particularly in the long-term care setting. Outside of work, Andrea enjoys stand up paddle boarding and spending time with her husband and son.

Mid-Willamette Valley Region (Benton, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, & Polk Counties)

Katie Smith, OTD, OTR/L, MHA

Katie Smith, OTD, OTR/L, MHA

director_midwillamettevalley@otao.com

Katie practices occupational therapy with Samaritan Health Services in Corvalis and also owns and operates a local mental health practice. Katie has been involved with OTAO since 2015, and is a founding member of the Oregon Occupational Therapy Emerging Practice Task Force. Katie plays several instruments poorly, but she sings rather well.

South Willamette Valley Region (Coos, Douglas & Lane Counties)

OPEN POSITION

OPEN POSITION

director_southwillamettevalley@otao.com

Southern Oregon Region (Curry, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, & Lake Counties)

Rachel Wolfe, OTR/L

Rachel Wolfe, OTR/L

director_southernoregon@otao.com

Rachel graduated with her Masters in occupational therapy from Idaho State University in 2006. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and is currently working in acute orthopedics at Providence Medford Medical Center. Her professional interests include acute and chronic pain, concussions, and working with interdisciplinary teams. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children traveling, camping, and backpacking. She also enjoys cooking, baking, and learning to play the ukulele.

Central Oregon Region (Crook, Deschutes, Hood River, Jefferson, Sherman, & Wasco Counties)

Fiona Mains, MS, OTR/L

Fiona Mains, MS, OTR/L

director_centraloregon@otao.com

Fiona graduated as an occupational therapist in 1989 in Scotland where she practiced in various clinical settings before immigrating to New Zealand in 1996, and then relocating to the USA in 2012 with her husband's job relocation. Fiona has worked within a wide range of populations; in hospitals, community services, medical research, and taught occupational therapy students at college for a number of years. Since moving to the USA, Fiona has upgraded her occupational therapy knowledge to fit the American healthcare culture and is now working in a specialist consulting role within the High Desert Education Service District, and as an independent practitioner for Treehouse Therapies. Fiona has past experience in NZ where she was elected, by her peers, to hold the professional portfolio as part of the Occupational Therapy New Zealand Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa executive; working on position papers in response to proposed government law changes. Fiona was later appointed as a professional board member to The Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand, working hard to ensure that best practice was in compliance with New Zealand health law. Fiona and her family love their new home in Bend and are taking advantage of all the fun outdoor activities available so close to home.

Eastern Oregon Region (Baker, Gilliam,Grant, Harney, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa & Wheeler Counties)

Jeannise Nichols, OTR/L, MOT

Jeannise Nichols, OTR/L, MOT

director_easternoregon@otao.com

Jeannise, OTR/L is an Eastern Oregon native, raised in the small town of Athena. Jeannise graduated with a Master’s in Occupational Therapy from the University of British Columbia located in Vancouver, BC in 2017. Jeannise has since returned home and begun working at Providence St. Mary’s Home Health based out of Walla Walla, WA. Jeannise is the OT that serves the communities of Milton-Freewater, Weston, Athena, and Adams in Eastern Oregon. In her free time you will find Jeannise singing with the local choir, playing in the local jazz and concert bands, travelling, or playing with her German Shepherd, Sage.

SIS Liasions

Work and Industry

Trevor Tash, OTR/L

Trevor Tash, OTR/L

sis_work.industry@otao.com

Productive Aging

Paul Zulak, OTR/L, QMHP

Paul Zulak, OTR/L, QMHP

sis_productiveaging@otao.com

Paul is an occupational therapist at Providence St Vincent Hospital.
He grew up in Upstate NY, is a Navy Vet and enjoys grandkids, gardening, running, biking, lions, tigers and bears, and exploring the Pacific NW with family & friends. Areas of expertise: Old folks, Aging in Place, Behavioural Health / Cognition

Mental Health

Jackie Fullerton, OTR/L

Jackie Fullerton, OTR/L

sis_mentalhealth@otao.com

Jackie works as an occupational therapist at Oregon State Hospital. She is passionate about the role of OT in promoting participation and quality of life among individuals who are facing criminalization, often resulting from untreated illness. At the hospital, she has the opportunity to help patients stabilize and learn new skills to support health, safety, and lifelong recovery.

Jackie grew up on a horse farm in Maryland. She enjoys hiking, camping, yoga, learning new things, and spending time with her fiance and three furry family members. She is currently working towards becoming a certified yoga teacher. Areas of expertise: mental health, mindfulness, pain management.

Pediatrics (Children and Youth)

Erin Cochran, OTR/L

Erin Cochran, OTR/L

sis_children.youth@otao.com

Erin has been working as an occupational therapist since 2008 after graduating from Tufts University. She has worked in many pediatric settings including inpatient rehab, hospital based outpatient clinics, acute inpatient including NICU, and school based programs. She currently works at the Institute on Development and Disability at OHSU and specializes in feeding, assistive technology, Down syndrome, and NICU follow up. Erin hails from Cleveland, OH yet has enjoyed living in Oregon since 2012 and loves running, cooking, knitting, hiking, and exploring the outdoors with her husband and daughters.

Developmental Disabilities

Margaret Wolf, OTR/L

Margaret Wolf, OTR/L

sis_developmentaldisabilities@otao.com

Margaret is an Assistant Professor and occupational therapist at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center at Oregon Health and Science University, where she has worked since graduating from Colorado State University in 2007. She directs the student program and works in a variety of clinical settings, including Spina Bifida, Autism and Neurodevelopment, Constraint Induced Movement Therapy, Down syndrome and splinting programs. She grew up in Oregon and loves spending time with her family and friends outdoors.

Academic Education

Mary Greer, PhD, OTR/L

Mary Greer, PhD, OTR/L

sis_academiceducation@otao.com

Mary has worked in an academic environment for most of her career; as an instructor in an OTA program, as an academic fieldwork coordinator and assistant professor in a master’s level OT program and currently in the OTD program at Pacific University. Prior to working in academia, she worked as a staff OT and supervisor in psychosocial and pediatric settings. She also served as an accreditation evaluator of OT education programs for ACOTE. She looks forward to being involved with OTAO and contributing to the OT community.

Emerging Practice

Kristin Johnson, COTA/L

Kristin Johnson, COTA/L

sis_emergingpractice@otao.com

Kristin is a COTA/L and Assistant Rehab Director working for Consonus Healthcare. Practicing since 2000, she has experience in skilled nursing, home health and mental health. Kristin has served on the OTAO board since 2017. A native Oregonian, she enjoys gardening, backpacking, international travel, cooking and lingering over a good cup of coffee.

Paul Zulak, OTR/L, QMHP

Paul Zulak, OTR/L, QMHP

sis_emergingpractice@otao.com

Paul is an occupational therapist at Providence St Vincent Hospital.
He grew up in Upstate NY, is a Navy Vet and enjoys grandkids, gardening, running, biking, lions, tigers and bears, and exploring the Pacific NW with family & friends. Areas of expertise: Old folks, Aging in Place, Behavioural Health / Cognition

Retirees

Charlotte Maloney, BS

Charlotte Maloney, BS

sis_retirees@otao.com

Charlotte Maloney Retired in 2011, after 38 year career. First position was as the sole OTR at what is now called a skilled nursing facility; published an article with a case study about development of long term care team- AJOT 1976 (26) 300-304. Subsequent experience: acute inpatient rehab, home health, consultant at SNFs, consultant team member for developmentally disabled individuals and their families, and several outpatient settings: community and vocational reentry after TBI, work site injury prevention, work hardening, upper extremity rehab after on-the-job-injury, and biofeedback for pain management.

Published two articles in Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics and co-authored a chapter on discharge planning in Occupational Therapy for the Older Adult: A Clinical Manual.

Presented at numerous OTAO and AOTA conferences on topics of biofeedback for relaxation, chronic pain and neuromuscular reeducation; age-related sensory loss and compensation; health care reform; and other topics. She served over 10 years on the state board of Health Care for All- Oregon, a term on the Oregon Occupational Therapy Licensing Board, over 5 years on the Editorial Board of Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, and various community and OTAO committees. Currently, coordinates OTAO Retiree SIS, while persuing many diverse interests.

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