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Leadership Service Commendation


Established in 1999


The Board of Trustees of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF) seeks to recognize the outstanding service of those contributing their time, energies, and support to the fulfillment of the Foundation's mission, goals, and objectives.

Click here for a list of Leadership Service Commendation awardees


Retiring members of the AOTF Board of Trustees, life members, or members of the Foundation's committees or councils who meet Criteria for Selection.

Nomination Procedures

The names of all individuals meeting eligibility requirements will be offered in nomination by October 1 of each year.

Criteria for Selection

  • At least three (3) years of active membership on the AOTF Board of Trustees.
  • Attendance at a minimum of eighty percent (80%) of all regular and special meetings of the AOTF Board of Trustees during his/her term.
  • Timely completion of all assigned and voluntary duties and responsibilities.
  • Positive support of the mission of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation.


Contact Jeanne Cooper, AOTF Awards Program Coordinator.

Leadership Service Commendation Awardees

 2018    Leeanne M. Carey, PhD,BAppSc(OT)
             Terri Cassidy, OTD, MS, OTR/L, CDRS
             Susan M. Fitzpatrick, PhD
             Kristine Haertl, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
             Helene Polatajko, PhD, OT Reg (Ont), OT(C), FCAOT, FCAHS

2017    Lisa Body, OTR/L
            Laura N. Gitlin, PhD

2016    Susan M. Fitzpatrick, PhD
            Melissa Oliver, MS, OTR/L

2015    Sandra Rogers, PhD, OTR/L
            Stephanie Singleton, OT/L

2014    Jane D, Acquaviva, OTR/L
            Andrea R. Bilics, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
            Aaron Eakman, PhD, OTR/L
            Nancy Richman, OTR, FAOTA
            Jane Rourk, OTR/L, BCP, FAOTA
            Kim Schoessow, OTD, OTR/L
            Kari J. Tanta, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

2013    Nancy Baker, ScD, MPH, OTR/L
            Catana Brown, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
            Kristie Patten Koenig, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
            Jane M. Powell, PhD, OTR/L
            Mark, C. Sullivan

2012    Nancy Vesper Snyder, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA 

2008    Elizabeth Crepeau, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
            Virginia Dickie, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
            Perri Stern, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA
            Gretchen Stone, PhD, OPTR, FAOTA



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