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Certificate of Appreciation

Established in 1979


The Board of Trustees of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF) seeks to recognize the outstanding service of those external to the Foundation who have contributed significantly to the fulfillment of the Foundation's mission, goals and objectives.

Click here for a list of Certificate of Appreciation recipients


  • Any individual, agency, business or other institution.
  • May not be a current voting member of the AOTF Board of Trustees.

Nomination Procedures

Nominations must be emailed to the Chair of the AOTF Awards and Recognition Committee in care of Jeanne Cooper, AOTF Awards Program Coordinator by October 1 of each year.  

Please include:

  • a letter of nomination summarizing contributions as they relate to the purpose and criteria for selection of the Certificate of Appreciation.
  • a short paragraph of no more than 100 words to appear in professional publications citing the nominee's contributions.
  • the candidate's curriculum vitae (if appropriate) to accompany the letter of nomination.
  • a hi-resolution (300 dpi or greater, jpg preferred) photograph.

Criteria for Selection

Demonstration of consistent and significant contributions to the American Occupational Therapy Foundation.



Contact Jeanne Cooper, AOTF Awards Program Coordinator.


Certificate of Appreciation Recipients

 2015   Kathleen Matuska, PhD, OTR/L

 2012   Jane Case-Smith, EdD, OTR/L

 2011   Stephen A. Wilburn

 2010   Catherine S. Nielson, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA

 2008   Wendy J. Coster, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
            Janet Craik, OT(C), MSC
            Helene Polatajko, PhD, OT(C), OT Reg (Ont), FCAOT

 2007   Christine Peters, PhD, OTR

 2006   Lexi Funk
            Michaela Vatimo

 2004   M. Carolyn Baum, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

 2003   Carol Sue Bernardo, MEd, MA, OTR
            James R. Stanton, MSW

 2002   Mark Biehl
            Mori MacKenzie

 2001   Bette Bonder, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
            Virginia Dickie, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
            Smith and Nephew, Inc. Rehabilitation Division

 2000   Don Lollar, EdD

 1999   Charlene Ager, MA, OTR, FAOTA
            Peter Gillette, MD

 1998   The Psychological Corporation and
            Therapy Skill Builders

 1997   James Papai, MPH
            Center for Collaborative Research at the
            National Center for Dental Hygiene Research
            at Thomas Jefferson University

 1996   Esther Bell, MA, OTR/L
            Florence Clark, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

 1995   John Cowin
            Margaret Short-DeGraff, PhD,  OTR/L, FAOTA
            Catherine Trembly, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

 1994   Kathleen Kannenberg, MA, OTR/L

 1993   Jean S. Morgenweck, MBA

 1992   Richard L. Allison, MS, OTR/L
            Gail S. Fidler, OTR, FAOTA
            Maureen Fleming, EdD, OTR, FAOTA
            Mary Foto, OTR, FAOTA
            Cheryl Mattingly, PhD

 1991   Ann Hight
            Kenneth Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

 1990   Elnora M. Gilfoyle, DSc, OTR, FAOTA

1989    RGK Foundation

1988    Kappa Delta Phi Sorority

1987    Cynthia M. Berchulc, MOT, OTR
            Amy Bridgman, MLS
            Kathleen Reed, PhD, OTR/L

1986    Evelyn Jaffe, OTR, FAOTA
            Judith Powell, PhD,OTR
            Elizabeth Yerxa, EdD, OTR, FAOTA
            The Moody Medical Library

1985    Lezlie J. Adler, MA, OTR
            Christine Carlson, MA, RPT
            Gretchen Dahl Reeves, MA, MOT, OTR   

1984    Charles H. Christiansen, EdD, OTR, FAOTA
            Richard C. Cox, PhD
            Mae D. Hightower-Vandamm, OTR, FAOTA

1982    Jean Morse, PhD
            Virgil Scardina
            Virginia Scardina, MEd, OTR, FAOTA  

1981    Marion W. Crampton, OTR, FAOTA

1980    Nancy V. Snyder, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA
            Carlotta Welles, MA, OTR, FAOTA

1979    Frank W. Oppenheimer  


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