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

Lori Taylor, OTR/L MBA 

otaopresident@gmail.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.

Elizabeth (Liz) Miller, OTR/L, CHT 

otaopastpresident@gmail.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.

Kristin Johnson, OTAO Director, NW OregonKristin Johnson, COTA/L 

otaovicepresident@gmail.com

Kristin is a COTA/L and an Aging in Place Coach. 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.

Kristy Fleming, OTR/L 

otaotreasurer@gmail.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.

Laurie Spellman, OTR/L 

otaosecretary@gmail.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

Nicole’ Pavenick, OTR/L 

OTAOmarketing@gmail.com

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

OTAOmarketing@gmail.com

Brooke Gentle, OTR/L 

OTAOlegislative@gmail.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.

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, OTAO Legislative Co-ChairMichael 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.

Brianne Salvati, OTAO Marketing ChairBrianne Salvati, OTR/L MOT

OTAOcontinuinged@gmail.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

 

Katrina Smith, OTS

OTAOpacificstudentreps@gmail.com

Katrina Smith is an occupational therapy student at Pacific University. Katrina goes by she/her pronouns and is originally from Denver, CO but spent the last three years in Oakland, CA. While in CA she worked as a licensed OTA where she gained a deeper interest and passion for occupational therapy. She is specifically interested in acute care, women’s health, and mental health. In her free time, she enjoys seeing live music, yoga, exercising, and spending time with her husband and cat.

 

 

 

 

Samara Phillips, OTS

OTAOpacificstudentreps@gmail.com

Jamie Hahn, OTAS
 

OTAOlinnbentonstudentreps@gmail.com

My name is Jamie, I am currently an OTAS at LBCC. I am a wife, mom of 4, advocate, gardener, saved by Grace, enjoys the sun, coffee and chocolate lover. I am deeply interested in OT/OTA advocacy regarding state and federal policies that affect OT/OTA practitioners. Here is my elevator speech to why Occupational Therapy is important to me.

Occupational Therapy has a goal to focus on individuals across the lifespan with a variety of diagnoses in promoting their independence. Promoting independence means helping find ways for individuals’ to successfully accomplish their day-to-day activities that are meaningful, purposeful, and brings value to their lives despite obstacles. Our role as OTAs consists of providing opportunities of independence in a holistic way. As an OTA student, I am concerned about DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) measures advocating for disadvantaged individuals with diagnosis/disabilities. Though DEI may seem trivial to some, I feel from my experience working with disadvantaged individuals that these measures would have a positive, overall impact on our communities’ quality of life through Occupational Therapy.

Jodie Smalley, OTAS

OTAOlinnbentonstudentreps@gmail.com

Regional Directors

Andrea Betts, OTR/L 

otaodirector.eastnworegon@gmail.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.

Heather Thomas 

OTAOdirector.midwillamettevalley@gmail.com

Dr. Heather Thomas is the new chair of the Doctor Occupational Therapy program at Western University of Health Sciences in Lebanon, Oregon. She has a long history of working in occupational therapy education, starting at Loma Linda University where she served as full time faculty for 10 years and then in 2013 she transitioned over to West Coast University in Los Angeles where she helped develop the MSOT program and served as professor and curriculum coordinator. She was the program director for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at American Career College from 2016-2017. Most recently, she was a full time professor at the University of St. Augustine in San Marcos, California. She has presented at international, national and state conferences, and was involved in providing OT services in Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010. She has served in a variety of leadership positions within the California state OT association, Los Angeles OT Leadership Forum, Los Angeles City, and the American Occupational Therapy Association. She is the author of the top selling activity analysis text book “Occupation-Based Activity Analysis” which is used across the world.  She was the winner of the 2016 Occupational Therapy Association of California Award of Excellence. Her practice background includes working in acute rehabilitation and acute settings, with those who have sustained traumatic and progressive neurological disorders.

Rachel Wolfe, OTR/L 

OTAOdirector.southernoregon@gmail.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.

Fiona Mains, OTAO Director, Central OregonFiona Mains, MS, OTR/L

OTAOdirector.centraloregon@gmail.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.

Jeannise Nichols, OTR/L, MOT

OTAOdirector.easternoregon@gmail.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.

Special Interest Section Liaisons

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

Jackie Fullerton, OTAO SecretaryJackie 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.

Erin Cochran, OTAO SIS Liaison, PediatricsErin 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.

Margaret Wolf, OTAO SIS Liaison, Developmental DisabilitiesMargaret 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.

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.

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

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.