Forrest Pendleton, BA
As a result of a surfing accident in 1970, Forrest Pendleton spent over five months at the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center (RLANRC) in the Spinal Cord Injury Unit. As a quadriplegic, he fully utilized the occupational therapy services provided there. Afterwards, he went back to school and received a BA in Business Administration w/Major Emphasis in Accounting in 1975. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Pendleton began working for the California Franchise Tax Board (administers the state income tax system) where he worked in various audit related positions until retirement as a regional corporate audit manager in 2016. He passed the CPA exam in 1977. Mr. Pendleton has stayed indirectly connected to occupational therapy through his 1977 marriage to Heidi McHugh Pendleton, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, whom he met in 1974 .
From 1988 -1994, Mr. Pendleton served as a member of the City of Palo Alto Disability Awareness Task Force whose function was to bring forward to the city and the public of issues pertaining to persons with disabilities. Later, Mr. Pendleton served as a board member on two studies led by Florence Clark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA; Community Advisory Board member on Implementing trials of complex interventions in community settings RLANRC (PUPS) and later as a Data and Safety Advisory Board member on the USC/RLANRC Pressure Ulcer Prevention Study (PUPS 2).