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Scott Campbell, PhD

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Scott Campbell began his tenure as Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation in May 2015.  Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Campbell served as a Scientific Advisory Board member for Temptime Corporation and served as Executive Director and CEO of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.  He was responsible for overall leadership of the FNIH and was involved with many of the collaborative research projects funded through the FNIH including the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI), the Biomarkers Consortium, the Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership (OMOP), Grand Challenges in Global Health, the US-Russia Scientific Forum and the mHealth Summit.  He also represented the Foundation on the Health Research Alliance and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Forum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation.  


From 2001-2010, Dr. Campbell served as National Vice President of Research Programs at the American Diabetes Association.  In addition to overseeing all research-related programs at the ADA, he also was responsible for helping acquire major donations to the ADA Research Foundation.  He was a trustee on the Board of Trustees, Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC); member of the IOM Clinical Research Roundtable; and served on the Board of Directors of the Health Research Alliance.  He also represented the ADA on several federally related committees, including the Diabetes Mellitus Interagency Coordinating Committee (DMICC) at the National Institutes of Health.  Before beginning his non-profit scientific administration career, Dr. Campbell spent 16 years in academia with academic appointments at the University of South Dakota, University of Missouri, and Michael Reese Hospital.


Scott received his PhD in Basic Biomedical Sciences from the University of South Florida.  He is the author of 40 peer-reviewed articles, 9 invited reviews, and 14 book chapters related to cardiovascular disease.


 

Cara F. Archer
Development Associate and Pi Theta Epsilon (PTE) Coordinator

Cara Archer joined the Foundation as development associate and Pi Theta Epsilon (PTE) coordinator in August 2012.  Previously, Cara served as development associate and events coordinator with The Prevention of Blindness Society, where she coordinated the society's annual Gala, American Girl Fashion Show and other fundraisers.  Cara has more than 10 years of experience as a fundraising and event management professional.  Cara has also served as customer service coordinator at the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

 

Cara is a Certified Massage Therapist and is accredited by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).  Cara is currently enrolled in Montgomery College.  She is a volunteer with the Georgetown Business District and CAUSE and resides in Rockville, Maryland.

 

 Julie D. Bass,
PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Associate Director, Institute for the Study of Occupation and Health
 

Dr. Julie Bass began her appointment as the associate director of the Institute for the Study of Occupation and Health in April 2012.  The associate director is a newly established position which will further AOTF's mission of research, education, and public awareness for occupational therapy.  The Associate Director will establish innovative programs, engage researchers, educators, and practitioners in AOTF initiatives, and work with key organizational partners such as the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), to further develop research capacity in the field.

 
Julie has been professor and program director of occupational therapy and more recently director of the Program in Public Health in the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health at St. Catherine University.  She is an established and well-published scholar who has been a frequent presenter at AOTF sponsored events.  Julie earned her undergraduate degree in occupational therapy at the University of Minnesota, and completed graduate study in Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota, earning an MA in 1989 and a PhD in 1990.  She is a fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association.
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Jeanne Y. Cooper,
Executive Assistant and Scholarship Coordinator

Jeanne Cooper joined the Foundation in July 2008 and serves as Dr. Campbell's executive assistant. In addition to that role, Jeanne is the scholarship coordinator for AOTF’s Scholarship Program and supports her colleagues in a number of the Foundation’s programs.

 

Jeanne came to the Foundation with over 10 years experience in the not-for-profit arena. She began at the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) working in the Education Standards Division coordinating educational seminars and managing the society’s certification programs. She continued in a variety of roles for other professional societies and trade associations managing membership recruitment & retention activities; managing professional & student chapters and planning & execution of annual conferences. Most recently Jeanne was the director of Federation Relations at a trade association where she worked with local and state chapters in the area of chapter and leadership development.

 

Jeanne majored in psychology at the George Washington University.

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Mindy A. Hecker, MBA, MLS,
Associate Executive Director for Administration and Director of Information Resources and the Wilma L. West Library

Mindy Hecker currently serves as the director of Information Resources and the Wilma L. West Library. She holds a Bachelor's of Science in Human Ecology from Cornell University, a Master's of Business Administration from the University of Miami ,and a Master's in Library Science from the Catholic University of America.

 

Mindy began her employment at the AOTF in September 2004 as a reference librarian and became the director in 2006. In addition to her responsibilities with the library she also works with the Fellowships in Leadership Development, Pi Theta Epsilon, DocNet, Scholarships, and Awards.

 

Prior to becoming a librarian and beginning her work with the Foundation, Mindy served as the director of membership for the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

 

In addition to her work at AOTF, Mindy volunteers at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum archives.

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Helene Ross,
Communications Associate

Helene Ross has been an AOTF staff member since 1999. She is currently communications associate and edits the e-newsletters: Research Resources, Inside AOTF, and the Scroll & Pen, is the social media voice of AOTF, and provides support to many of AOTF's initiatives.

 

Prior to joining AOTF, Helene was a researcher for the health and anatomy book series of US News and World Report and for Science 82-86 of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She also served as a freelance researcher for the book division of the National Geographic Society, the American Chemical Society, and the Foundation for Biomedical Research.

 

Helene holds a BA in history from State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook with a minor in secondary education. Additionally, she completed coursework in the MBA program of American University as well as many classes in social media, Adobe Creative Suite, editing, grant writing, and outcomes management. Helene enjoys spending her free time quilting and knitting and going on visits with her therapy dog, Happy.