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AOTF Award Recipients

2019

ACADEMY OF RESEARCH
Yael Goverover, PhD, OTR/L
Hui-Ing Ma, ScD, OT
Timothy Reistetter, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Robert Sainburg, PhD, OTR/L
Susan Stark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

AOTF MID-CAREER RESEARCH EXCELLENCE AWARD
Natalie Leland, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, FGSA

FRED SAMMONS VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION AWARD
Ruth Ann Watkins, MBA, OTR, FAOTA

AOTF A. JEAN AYRES AWARD
Stefanie Bodison, OTD, OTR/L, C/NTD

AOTF MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD
Bette Bonder, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

AOTF LEADERSHIP SERVICE COMMENDATION
Linda Heilman, COTA
Martha Kirkland, OTR
Joan Rogers, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Ruth Ann Watkins, MBA, OTR, FAOTA

AOTF CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION
Liliana Alverez, PhD

AOTF PI THETA EPSILON MARY J. BRIDLE FIRST RESEARCH AWARD
Rylie Power

 

2018

ACADEMY OF RESEARCH
Bernadette Nedelec, PhD, BScOT(C)
Ching-yi Wu, ScD, OTR

AOTF FRED SAMMONS VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION AWARD
Donald F. Lang (posthumously)

AOTF A. JEAN AYRES AWARD
Roberta (Bobbi) Pineda, PhD, OTR/L

AOTF VIRGINIA SCARDINA AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Rondalyn Varney Whitney, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

AOTF MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD 
Joseph K. Brey, OTD, OTR/L
Mary Ellen Buning, PhD, OTR/L, ATP/SMS
Wendy J. Coster, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Jan Miller Polgar, PhD, OT Reg (Ont), FCAOT

AOTF LEADERSHIP SERVICE COMMENDATION
Leeanne M. Carey, PhD, BAppSc(OT)
Terri Cassidy, OTD, MS, OTR/L, CDRS
Susan M. Fitzpatrick, PhD
Kristine Haertl, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Helene J. Polatajko, PhD, OT Reg (Ont), OT(C), FCAOT, FCAHS
Jan Stube, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

AOTF PI THETA EPSILON MARY J. BRIDLE FIRST RESEARCH AWARD
Elizabeth Torrez, OTD, OTR/L

2017

ACADEMY OF RESEARCH
Natasha A. Lannin, PhD, BSc(OT), GradDip
Keh-chung Lin, ScD, OTR

AOTA-AOTF PRESIDENTS' COMMENDATION AWARD IN HONOR OF WILMA L. WEST
Florence A. Clark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

AOTF FRED SAMMONS VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION AWARD
Frederic W. Sammons, OTR, FAOTA

VIRGINIA SCARDINA AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Tara J. Glennon, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Heather Miller-Kuhaneck, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

PI THETA EPSILON MARY J. BRIDLE FIRST RESEARCH AWARD
Sara S. Ulfers

AOTF MERITORIUS SERVICE AWARD
M. Carolyn Baum, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Martha Kirkland, OTR
Kinsuk K. Maitra, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

AOTF LEADERSHIP SERVICE COMMENDATION
Lisa Bodry,  OTR/L
Laura N. Gitlin, PhD

2016

ACADEMY OF RESEARCH
Gary Bedell, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Roseanne Schaaf, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Jenny Ziviani, PhD, BAppSC(OT), MEd

AOTA-AOTF PRESIDENTS' COMMENDATION AWARD IN HONOR OF WILMA L. WEST 
Mary Foto, OT, FAOTA, CCM

A.  JEAN AYRES AWARD
Alison E. Lane, PhD, OTR

AOTF AWARD FOR COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERISM
Fern Silverman, EdD, OTR/L and Andrea Tyszka, MA, OTR/L

AOTF MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD
Patricia (Pat) Booth, MAT
Mary Foto, OT, FAOTA, CCM
Emily A. Kringle, MOT, OTR/L
Diana L. Ramsay, MPP, OTR, FAOTA

AOTF LEADERSHIP SERVICE COMMENDATION
Susan M. Fitzpatrick, PhD
Melissa Oliver, MS, OTR/L

2015

ACADEMY OF RESEARCH
Jane Case-Smith, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA (presented posthumously)
Naomi Josman, PhD, OT(I)
Mary Jane Mulcahey, PhD, OTR/L
  
AOTA-AOTF PRESIDENTS' COMMENDATION AWARD IN HONOR OF WILMA L. WEST
Jane Case-Smith, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA (presented posthumously)

A. JEAN AYRES AWARD
Patricia Bowyer, EdD, MS, OTR, FAOTA
  
VIRGINIA SCARDINA AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Diana A. Henry, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA

 AOTF MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD
Alfred "Chip" J. Chiplin, Jr., JD, MDiv, CPE
  
AOTF CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION
Kathleen Matuska, PhD, OTR/L
  
AOTF LEADERSHIP SERVICE COMMENDATION
Sandra Rogers, PhD, OTR/L
Stephanie Singleton, OT/L

2014

ACADEMY OF RESEARCH
Deirdre Rose Dawson, PhD, OT Reg (Ont)
Joy Hammel, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Elizabeth R. Skidmore, PhD, OTR/L

AOTF AWARD FOR COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERISM
Sandy Hanebrink, OTR/L
Alexander Lopez, JD, OT/L

A.  JEAN AYRES AWARD
Dottie M. Ecker, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA
Susan H. Knox, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

VIRGINIA SCARDINA AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Deborah Whitcomb, PhD, MBA, OTR/L AOTF MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD
Adam T. Drobot, PhD

AOTF LEADERSHIP SERVICE COMMENDATION
Jane D. Acquaviva
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

PI THETA EPSILON MARY J. BRIDLE FIRST RESEARCH AWARD
Beta Delta Chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon at Nova Southeastern University 

2013

ACADEMY OF RESEARCH
Christine A. Helfrich, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Stephen Page, PhD, MS, MOT, OTR/L, FAHA
Sylvia Rodger, BOcc Thy, MEd St, PhD

AOTA-AOTF PRESIDENTS' COMMENDATION AWARD IN HONOR OF WILMA L. WEST
Kenneth Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

AOTF AWARD FOR VOLUNTEERISM
Fengyi Kuo, DHS, OTR, CPRP

A. JEAN AYRES AWARD
Patricia L. Davies, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

VIRGINIA SCARDINA AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Mary L. Schneider, PhD, OTR/L

AOTF MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD
Sharon G. Ryan, OTR

AOTF LEADERSHIP SERVICE COMMENDATION
Mark C. Sullivan
Nancy Baker, ScD, MPH
Catana Brown, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Kristie Patten Koenig, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Janet M. Powell, PhD, OTR/L 
  

2012

ACADEMY OF RESEARCH
Anita Bundy, ScD, OTR, FAOTA
Sherrilene Classen, PhD, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA
Dorothy Farrar Edwards, PhD
Annette Majnemer, PhD, OT(C), FCAOT

AOTF AWARD FOR VOLUNTEERISM
Evelyn Jaffe, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA
 
A. JEAN AYRES AWARD
Shelley E. Mulligan, PhD, OTR/L
Grace Baranek, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA 

AOTF MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD
Melissa Oliver, MS, OTR/L
 
CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION
Jane Case-Smith, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA
 
SERVICE COMMENDATION
Nancy Vesper Snyder 

2011

ACADEMY OF RESEARCH
Suryakumar Shah, PhD, OTD, MEd, OTR, FAOTA
Susan L. Murphy, ScD, OTR/L
 
AOTF/PATTERSON AWARD FOR VOLUNTEERISM
Patricia Coker-Bolt, PhD, OTR/L
Yvette Hachtel, JD, MEd, OTR/L
Debra Lindstrom Hazel, PhD, OTR
Deborah Whitcomb, MBA, OTR/L
Catalina Zobel, BA, COTA

A. JEAN AYRES AWARD
Ellen S. Cohn, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Jane A. Koomar, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA 

VIRGINIA SCARDINA AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Sarah A. Schoen, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
 
AOTF MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD
Cynthia F. Epstein, MA, OTR, FAOTA
Ruth Ann Watkins, MBA, OTR/L, FAOTA
 
CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION
Stephen A. Wilburn 

2010

ACADEMY OF RESEARCH
Patricia L. Davies, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Johanne Desrosiers, PhD, OT(C), FCAOT
Roger O. Smith, PhD, OT, FAOTA, RESNA Fellow
 
AOTA-AOTF PRESIDENTS' COMMENDATION AWARD IN HONOR OF WILMA L. WEST
Joan C. Rogers, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

A. JEAN AYRES AWARD
Erna Imperatore Blanche, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Mary L. Schneider, PhD, OTR/L 

VIRGINIA SCARDINA AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Julia L. Wilbarger, PhD, OTR
 
AOTF CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION
Catherine S. Nielson, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA
 
AOTF MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD
William "Bill" Farland, PhD
Nancy Talbot, MEd, OTR, FAOTA 

2009

ACADEMY OF RESEARCH
Nancy A. Baker, ScD, OTR/L
Leeanne Carey, BAppSC(OT), PhD
 
AOTA-AOTF PRESIDENTS' COMMENDATION AWARD IN HONOR OF WILMA L. WEST
M. Carolyn Baum, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

A. JEAN AYRES AWARD
Shelly Lane, PhD, OTR/L
Susanne Smith Roley, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA

​VIRGINIA SCARDINA AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L
 
AOTF MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD
Phyllis Bauer Madachy 

2008

ACADEMY OF RESEARCH
Grace T. Baranek, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Shula Parush, PhD, OTR
Janet Poole, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
 
A. JEAN AYRES AWARD
Beatriz Abreu, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Roseann C. Schaaf, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
 
VIRGINIA SCARDINA AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Zoe Mailloux, MA, OTR, FAOTA
 
HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP
Ann P. Grady, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Jane Davis Rourk, OTR/L, OTR/L, FAOTA, BCP
Donald Lang
 CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION
Wendy J. Coster, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA 
Janet Craik, OT(C), MSc
Helene Polatajko, PhD, OT(C), OT Reg (Ont), FCAOT
 
LEADERSHIP SERVICE COMMENDATION
Elizabeth Crepeau, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Virginia Dickie, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Perri Stern, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Gretchen Stone, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
 
AOTF MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD
Jean Deitz, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Reatha Clark King, PhD 

2007

ACADEMY OF RESEARCH
Daniel Bourbonnais, PhD, OT
Joyce Engel, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Catherine L. Lysack, PhD, OT(C)
 
AOTA-AOTF PRESIDENTS' COMMENDATION AWARD IN HONOR OF WILMA L. WEST
Charles Christiansen, EdD, OTR, FAOTA
 
PI THETA EPSILON MARY J. BRIDLE FIRST RESEARCH AWARD
Laureen R. Franklin, MS, OTR/L

VIRGINIA SCARDINA AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Joan Dostal, OTR/L 

CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION
Christine Peters, PhD, OTR
 
LEADERSHIP SERVICE COMMENDATION
Nancy L. Beck, MA, OTR/L
Helen L. Hopkins, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA (Posthumous)
Elizabeth Tiffany Mather, MEd, OTR, FAOTA
Carole Simon, MS, OTR/L 

2006

ACADEMY OF RESEARCH
M. Carolyn Baum, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Susan Garber, MA, OTR, FAOTA, FACRM

​CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION
Lexi Funk
Michaela Vattimo 

2005

ACADEMY OF RESEARCH
Patrice L. Tamar Weiss, PhD, MSc, BSc(OT)

AOTA-AOTF PRESIDENTS' COMMENDATION AWARD IN HONOR OF WILMA L. WEST
Martha Kirkland
 
A. JEAN AYRES AWARD
Paula Kramer, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Zoe Mailloux, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA
 
PI THETA EPSILON MARY J. BRIDLE FIRST RESEARCH AWARD
Kimberly A. Van Den Wymelenberg, MS, OTR/L

VIRGINIA SCARDINA AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Jane Koomar, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
 
AOTF LEADERSHIP COMMENDATION
John Bardi
Edward A. Eckenhoff
Karen Jacobs
Mori MacKenzie
Patti Moore
Daniel P. Ryan
 
AOTF MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD
Leopold G. Selker, PhD, MBA
Gordon Williamson, PhD, OTR, FAOTA 

2004

ACADEMY OF RESEARCH
Marcia Finlayson, PhD, OTR/L
Mary C. Lawlor, ScD OTR, FAOTA

AOTA-AOTF PRESIDENTS' COMMENDATION AWARD IN HONOR OF WILMA L. WEST
Elizabeth B. Devereaux, MSW, ACSW/L, OTR/L, FAOTA

A. JEAN AYRES AWARD
Catherine A. Trombly, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

VIRGINIA SCARDINA AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Susanne Smith Roley, MS, OTR/L
 
CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION
M. Carolyn Baum, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA 

2003

ACADEMY OF RESEARCH
Helen Cohen, EdD, OTR
Linda Tickle-Degnen, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
 
A. JEAN AYRES AWARD
Winifred Wiese Dunn, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
 
CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION
Carol Sue Bernardo, MEd, MA, OTR
James R. Stanton, MSW 

HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP
Nancy Vesper Snyder, MS, OTR, FAOTA
 
MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD
Jean Deitz, PhD, OTR, FAOTA   

2002

ACADEMY OF RESEARCH
Virgil Mathiowetz, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

AOTA-AOTF PRESIDENTS' COMMENDATION AWARD IN HONOR OF WILMA L. WEST
Gail Fidler, OTR/L, FAOTA

CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION
Mark Biehl
Mori MacKenzie 

PI THETA EPSILON MARY J. BRIDLE FIRST RESEARCH AWARD
Dorothy "Dottie" Handley-More

HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP
Maralynne D. Mitcham, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA 

2001

ACADEMY OF RESEARCH
Laura Gitlin, PhD
Margo Holm, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, ABDA
 
AOTA-AOTF PRESIDENTS' COMMENDATION AWARD IN HONOR OF WILMA L. WEST
Jeanette Bair, MBA, OT, FAOTA

A. JEAN AYRES AWARD
Jane Case-Smith, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Wendy Coster, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
 
PI THETA EPSILON MARY J. BRIDLE FIRST RESEARCH AWARD
Renee Watling, MS, OTR/L
 
CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION
Bette Bonder, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Virginia Dickie, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Smith and Nephew, Inc, Rehabilitation Division 

LEADERSHIP SERVICE COMMENDATION
Elizabeth Crepeau, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Terry Crowe, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Malcolm Cutchin, PhD
Alexis Henry, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Doris Pierce, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Graham Rowles, PhD
Louise Thibodaux, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA
 
MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD
Susan B. Fine, MA, OTR, FAOTA
Lex Frieden, MA
Hanna Gruen, OTR/L
Ann Hight 

2000

ACADEMY OF RESEARCH
Craig A. Velozo, PhD, OTR

CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION
Don Lollar, EdD
 
LEADERSHIP SERVICE COMMENDATION
Virginia Dickie, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Mary Beth Early, MS, OTR/L
Joyce Engle, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Kathleen Kannenberg, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Lisette Kautzmann, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Heather McBride, OTR
Wendy Starnes, OTR/L
Perri Stern, EdD, OTR
Virginia Stoffel, MS, OT, FAOTA 

MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD
Jim Hinojosa, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

1999

ACADEMY OF RESEARCH
Betty Rirsteen Hasselkus, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Cheryl Mattingly, PhD
 
AOTA-AOTF PRESIDENTS' COMMENDATION AWARD IN HONOR OF WILMA L. WEST
Florence S. Cromwell, MA, OTR, FAOTA

PI THETA EPSILON MARY J. BRIDLE FIRST RESEARCH AWARD
Beth A. Hall, MOT, OTR/L
Lisa Ross, MOT, OTR/L
 
CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION
Charlene Ager, MA, OTR, FAOTA
Peter Gillette, MD 
HEALTHSOUTH REHABILITATION AWARD 
Robin Jones, COTA, ROH
 
LEADERSHIP SERVICE COMMENDATION
Winifred Wiese Dunn, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
L. Diane Parham, PhD, OTR, FAOTA   

1998

ACADEMY OF RESEARCH
Mary Schneider, PhD, OTR
 
AOTA-AOTF PRESIDENTS' COMMENDATION AWARD IN HONOR OF WILMA L. WEST
Ruth Brunyate Wiemer, MEd, OTR, FAOTA

A. JEAN AYRES AWARD
L. Diane Parham, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Charlotte Brasic Royeen, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
 
PI THETA EPSILON MARY J. BRIDLE FIRST RESEARCH AWARD
Kyle Russell

CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION
The Psychological Corporation and Therapy Skill Builders
 
HEALTHSOUTH REHABILITATION AWARD
Lezlie Adler, MA, OTR
 
MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD
Ronya Kozmetsky
Maralynne D. Mitcham, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

1997

ACADEMY OF RESEARCH
Wendy Coster, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
 
AOTA-AOTF PRESIDENTS' COMMENDATION AWARD IN HONOR OF WILMA L. WEST
Lela A. Llorens, PhD, OTR/RET, FAOTA

A. JEAN AYRES AWARD
Anne C. Mosey, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
 
PI THETA EPSILON MARY J. BRIDLE FIRST RESEARCH AWARD
Mary Ponte-Allan, MOT 

CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION
James Papai, MPH
Center for Collaborative Research at the National Center for Dental Hygiene Research at Thomas Jefferson University
 
HEALTHSOUTH REHABILITATION AWARD
Glen Gillen, MPA, OTR/L, BCN
 
MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD
Charles H. Christiansen, EdD, OTR, FAOTA 

1996

ACADEMY OF RESEARCH
Mary Law, PhD, OT(C)
Helene Polatajko, PhD, OT(C)
 
PI THETA EPSILON MARY J. BRIDLE FIRST RESEARCH AWARD
Claire Yanoshak, MS, OTR/L
 
CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION
Esther Bell, MA, OTR/L
Florence Clark, PhD, OTR, FAOTA 

HEALTHSOUTH REHABILITATION AWARD
Constance Davis, OTR
 
MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD
Bryon Cohen (posthumously)
Edward Eckenhoff, MA, MHA, FACHE

1995

ACADEMY OF RESEARCH
Noomi Katz, PhD, OTR (presented in 1996)
 
A. JEAN AYRES AWARD
Virginia Scardina, MA, MEd, OTR, FAOTA
 
PI THETA EPSILON MARY J. BRIDLE FIRST RESEARCH AWARD
Sheri Zimmerer-Branum
 
CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION

John Cowin
Margaret Short-DeGraff, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Catherine Trombly, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA
 
HEALTHSOUTH REHABILITATION AWARD
Michele Ellis, MEd, OTR/L
 
MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD
Elizabeth Devereaux, MSW, ACSW/L, OTR/L, FAOTA
Sharon Stoffel, MA, OTR, FAOTA 

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