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Board of Trustees Executive Committee

Mary Jane (MJ) Mulcahey, PhD, OTR/L

Chair

Mary Jane (MJ) Mulcahey, PhD, OTR/L
Term: 2019-2023

Dr. Mulcahey is a Professor of Occupational Therapy and Director of the Center for Outcomes and Measurement in Jefferson College of Rehabilitation Sciences (JCRS) at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA. She has over 30 years of experience as a practitioner, educator and researcher, and is a certified health coach, competent coach and life care planner.  Her primary area of research is on the development, validation and utilization of new and existing outcome measures of impairment, physical function, activity, and participation for children, youth and adults with spinal cord injury (SCI), and other chronic conditions. She served as Principal Investigator for a seminal multi-center study on the psychometric properties of the International Neurological Classification of Spinal Cord Injury in children, which subsequently lead to evidence-informed guidelines on evaluation of the neurological consequence of SCI in children, and the first study aimed at establishing imaging biomarkers of pediatric SCI. Engaging and working collaboratively with others, Dr. Mulcahey has developed and validated IRT-based child and parent reported outcome measures, conducted psychometric studies to establish lower age guidelines for outcome instruments used in SCI clinical trials, established pediatric recommendations for the NINDS SCI CDE and International SCI basic data sets, and developed and validated estimates to allow linking between pediatric and adult patient reported outcome scores. Dr. Mulcahey is currently studying the feasibility and outcomes of coaching caregivers of children with SCI and developing an IRT-based clinical trial outcomes assessment. 

Dr. Mulcahey has published over 180 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 24 chapters, and served as editor for nine books/special journal issues. She has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health, Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, Rick Hansen Institute and the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Dr. Mulcahey is past-president of the American Spinal Injury Association (2015-2017) and past-vice president of the Pediatric Spine Foundation (2015-2020) current chair of the Board of Governance of the Steel Assembly for Pediatric SCI\D, associate editor for Topics in SCI Rehabilitation,  and editorial board member of Spinal Cord and the Physical Therapy Journal. Dr. Mulcahey is a member of the Academy of Research

 

 

Kristie K Patten, PhD, OT/L, FAOTA

Vice Chair

Kristie K Patten, PhD, OT/L, FAOTA
Term: 2018-2022
Location: New York, New York

Kristie K. Patten, PhD, OT/L, FAOTA, is Associate Professor and Chair at New York University, Department of Occupational Therapy. Dr. Patten is an occupational therapist with a PhD in educational psychology who examines the efficacy of interventions utilized in public schools for autistic students. Her research focuses on utilizing a strength-based paradigm and the autistic individual’s perspective to understand the impact of these issues on quality of life and well-being in order to guide person-centered interventions utilizing strengths in inclusive settings. Dr. Patten is the Principal Investigator of the NYU Steinhardt's ASD Nest Program, an inclusive program for autistic students in the New York City Department of Education. She is currently Co-PI of a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant entitled "IDEAS: Inventing, Designing and Engineering on the Autism Spectrum" that leverages STEM interests of ASD middle school students to develop social competence and potential career pathways.

Dr. Patten is also PI of the GIFTED project, a three-year grant project aimed at developing women leaders in public schools in Ghana. Dr. Patten teaches professional and post professional courses in the area of pediatric intervention, school-based practice and the challenges and opportunities with autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Patten has published and presented nationally and internationally on topics related to examining the efficacy of public school interventions and examining autism from a strength-based or abilities-based model.

Douglene Jackson, PhD, OTR/L, LMT, ATP, BCTS

Secretary

Douglene Jackson, PhD, OTR/L, LMT, ATP, BCTS
Term: 2021-2024

Dr. Douglene Jackson is an occupational therapist (OT) with over 20+ years of experience in the rehabilitation field, primarily with individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities across the lifespan in schools, hospitals, clinics, and community-based settings. She holds a PhD in Special Education in Early Childhood, a Master’s in Occupational Therapy degree, a Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Services with a concentration in counseling, a Diploma in Massage Therapy, and various professional certifications, including assistive technology, telehealth, and sensory integration. Dr. Jackson owns and operates GIFTS Institute, LLC and provides consultation, professional development, individual and group therapy, and advocacy. She has worked in academia and is an experienced researcher, having written grants and awarded funding, with her research interests including health and educational disparities, early childhood, telehealth, and assistive technology. Dr. Jackson has served in leadership roles with the American Occupational Therapy Association, Florida Occupational Therapy Association, and South Florida Black Occupational Therapy Caucus, as well as volunteered with other boards.

Felicia Chew, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA

Treasurer

Felicia Chew, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA
Term: 2019-2022

Felicia Chew, Vice President of Clinical Services, Education and Staff Development for Genesis Rehab Services has 30 years of clinical experience in diverse practice settings including acute care, outpatient, mental health, and long-term care.  Ms. Chew's professional activities include executive board member for the New Jersey Occupational Therapy Association, past faculty member at Atlantic Cape College (NJ), and presentations at the local, state, and national levels related to clinical and administrative topics. Ms. Chew received a BS in Occupational Therapy and a MS in Occupational Therapy Leadership from Misericordia University and is currently enrolled in the doctoral program at George Washington University.

Ms. Chew has worked as a leader in occupational therapy practice at GRS and has been instrumental in developing several programs and resources for GRS including mental health, seating and positioning, driving, low vision, dementia, and occupation-based practice resources as well as electronic documentation and functional clinical outcomes based on the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework.  She has published several articles and done interviews related to care delivery in geriatric practice.

Trustees

Anne M. Bryden, PhD, OTR/L

Trustee

Anne M. Bryden, PhD, OTR/L
Term: 2022-2024

Anne Bryden PhD, OTR/L is the Director of Clinical Trials and Research for the Institute for Functional Restoration (IFR) of Case Western Reserve University, a non-profit organization with the mission of restoring function to people with spinal cord injury (SCI) and other paralytic disorders. Additionally, she is part-time lecturer in the Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program at Cleveland State University and Staff Scientist in the MetroHealth Center for Rehabilitation Research. Anne received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Cleveland State University, and PhD in Sociology from Case Western Reserve University. Anne has over 25 years of experience specializing in upper limb management of people with tetraplegia. Her research interests include upper extremity assessment, surgical interventions, outcomes measurement, and the social determinants of health and wellness in people with chronic, physical disability. Her current work focuses on the utility of human rights discourse to frame the barriers and limitations experienced by people with disabilities and their support persons in attaining services and technology to improve quality of life.

Pamela Talero Cabrejo, OTD, OTR/L, CPAM

Trustee

Pamela Talero Cabrejo, OTD, OTR/L, CPAM
Term: 2022-2024

Dr. Talero-Cabrejo is an experienced bilingual Occupational Therapist from Colombia with a demonstrated history of working both as a clinician and educator in different settings including acute care; inpatient rehab; skilled nursing; community-based; school-based; post professional education, capacity-building and service-learning projects in Colombia, Guatemala, Cuba, and Ecuador. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor and a student mentor in Thomas Jefferson University's Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate program. Dr. Talero-Cabrejo works as a Per Diem clinician at Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital in Tucson, AZ in the acute care, acute psychiatric, and inpatient rehab units. She is also a published author, a peer reviewer for a variety of Occupational Therapy-related scientific journals, a second alternate Colombian delegate for the WFOT, and part of the editorial committee for the Colombian Occupational Therapy Journal.

Dagny Fidler, PhD

Trustee

Dagny Fidler, PhD
Term: 2021-2023

Dagny Fidler, Ph.D. is Assistant Academic Coordinator for Morningside University coordinating courses for teachers seeking certification to work with students who have multiple disabilities. Her educational background is in special education with a MS in Ed. from Drexel University and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.

Dr. Fidler has worked as a teacher, support teacher, consultant, administrator, and professor. She retired from her position as a special education administrator for Des Moines Schools where she worked mostly with students who had significant intellectual disabilities or severe behavior disorders. Over the years, she worked closely with OTs, PTs, and other related service staff providing instruction to students. She has worked with students at all grade levels in inner city and suburban settings as well as in state run facilities and public schools.

Dr. Fidler has been actively involved with the Council for Exceptional Children serving on the Division for Autism & Developmental Disabilities board for many years as well as CEC’s Inter-Divisional Caucus. She also served on the board of Iowa Council for Exceptional Children.

Donald J. Fogelberg, PhD, OTR/L

Trustee

Donald J. Fogelberg, PhD, OTR/L
Term: 2020-2022

Donald Fogelberg is an Associate Professor in Occupational Therapy Division of the University of Washington School of Medicine’s Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. He received a BA in psychology from Occidental College prior to completing his occupational therapy training in the United Kingdom. He worked for the British National Health Service in various settings, including a psychiatric day hospital, primary care clinics, and community mental health teams, for 10 years before joining the University of London faculty as fieldwork coordinator. While in the UK, he also worked as a registered psychotherapist. He obtained his PhD in Occupational Science at the University of Southern California in 2008, where he also spent two years as a postdoctoral research associate. His current research focuses on sleep disturbance in individuals with chronic central nervous system dysfunction.

Merrill Friedman, BA

Trustee

Merrill Friedman, BA
Term: 2022-2024

Merrill is Regional Vice President, Inclusive Policy & Advocacy for Anthem where she leads the advocacy strategy and execution. She works collaboratively with consumers, advocates and stakeholders to ensure the diverse interests of various communities e.g., disability, aging, LGBTQA+, and child welfare inform Anthem’s health benefits approaches and healthcare programs. Ms. Friedman advances the integration of the independent living philosophy, person-centered thinking, and the National Advisory Board (NAB) on Improving Healthcare Services for Older Adults and People with Disabilities six foundational principles throughout programs, individual interactions, and business practices. In addition, she leads strategic partnerships with national and local organizations to advance access, health equity, and inclusive public policy. Previously, Ms. Friedman was interim director at a nonprofit foster care agency serving children and adolescents who experienced severe neglect and abuse. She also served as president and chief executive officer of a private organization that owned and operated residential treatment facilities, group homes and home and community-based services in several states for adolescents with mental health conditions, substance use disorders, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Ms. Friedman has served on numerous national boards and commissions. She was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities and by Governor Jennifer Granholm to the MI Statewide Independent Living Council where she served as Board Chair. Currently, Ms. Friedman serves on the board of directors for Rebuilding Together, the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI), the Institute for Exceptional Care (IEC), and the American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF), and is a member of ADvancing States MLTSS Institute Advisory Board.

Kathleen Doyle Lyons, ScD, OTR/L

Trustee

Kathleen Doyle Lyons, ScD, OTR/L
Term: 2022-2024

Kathleen Lyons, ScD, OTR/L, is a Senior Scientist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. Her research is focused on building the evidence base for occupational therapists working in oncology. She is trained in experimental design, mixed methods and implementation science. Her research program is designed to answer the following question: How can we support people living with cancer to fully participate in meaningful activities, life roles, and society through theory-driven and evidence-based rehabilitation? She designs and tests pragmatic interventions that blend occupational therapy with behavioral therapies. Her research is primarily community-based as she has developed both telehealth and home-based interventions.

 

 

Susan Magasi, PhD, MS, BScOT

Trustee

Susan Magasi, PhD, MS, BScOT
Term: 2020-2022

Susan Magasi, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Departments of Occupational Therapy and Disability Studies. Her scholarship focuses on healthcare justice for people with disabilities (including access, quality and outcomes).  She is passionate about evidence-informed practice, knowledge translation and mentoring.

Kerri Morgan, PhD, OTR/L, ATP

Trustee

Kerri Morgan, PhD, OTR/L, ATP
Term: 2020-2022

Kerri Morgan, PhD, OTR/L ATP.  Dr. Morgan received a Masters of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Washington University and a PhD in Movement Science from Washington University. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. She is currently an Assistant Professor for the Program in Occupational Therapy and Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine. She is actively involved in conducting research and mentoring health professional students. The focus of her clinical and research career has been to generate empirical knowledge helpful for guiding rehabilitation to improve the participation of persons with a mobility disability once they have been discharged from rehabilitation and are living in the community. Her work has ranged from community-based studies to basic mechanistic studies focused on increasing physical activity, preventing secondary conditions, and improving overall health. In addition, she is deeply involved in the community working with disability organizations to promote health and wellness for people with disabilities. Dr. Morgan is also an avid wheelchair athlete. In 2009, she was the first woman to be selected to represent the US National Wheelchair Rugby team. She has competed in three Paralympic Games on the US Track and Field team that included Beijing in 2008, London in 2012, and Rio in 2016. She has won 4 Paralympic medals and 10 World Championship medals in distances ranging from 100m to 800m.

Janet Poole, PhD, OTR/L

Trustee

Janet Poole, PhD, OTR/L
Term: 2021-2023

Dr. Janet Poole is Professor and Division Chief of the Occupational Therapy Graduate Program at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Poole’s research has primarily focused on the impact of systemic sclerosis (SSc, scleroderma) on participation in daily life. She and a colleague developed TOSS (Taking Charge Of Systemic Sclerosis), the only comprehensive self-management program for people with systemic sclerosis. The development and evaluation of the effectiveness of this internet program was funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). This program has received much acclaim nationally and internationally, leading to collaborations with other health professionals in Europe to develop similar culturally relevant programs for people with SSc. Dr. Poole also created a brochure with hand and face exercises for people with SSc that is available on the Scleroderma Foundation website; she was honored with the Foundation’s Volunteer of the Year award in 2011. Dr. Poole just concluded her term as President of the Association of Rheumatology Professionals (ARP), and currently, as Immediate Past President, is the Chair of the ARP Membership and Nominations Committee. The ARP honored Dr. Poole with the Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2018; the Master Clinician Award in 2012 and the Distinguished Educator Award in 2011. Dr. Poole is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association and was elected to the AOTF Academy of Research in 2008.

Antoinette Shaw, OTR

Trustee

Antoinette Shaw, OTR
Term: 2022-2024

Antoinette Shaw is an occupational therapist who has been practicing since 1990. She has worked in various clinical settings, including subacute, acute, home care, and long-term care. She also worked as an adjunct lab instructor in the OTA program at the Community College of Baltimore County before becoming the program director in October 2021. She received a Bachelor's in Occupational Therapy from Howard University, a post-profession certification in administration from Towson University, and an OTD from Thomas Jefferson University. Antoinette is committed to service and has served in several capacities and on various committees to promote occupational therapy and the development of future leaders, specifically in the area of geriatric rehabilitation.

Stephen Shore, Ed.D.

Trustee

Stephen Shore, Ed.D.
Term: 2021-2023

Diagnosed with "Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies" and "too sick" for outpatient treatment Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonspeaking until 4, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a full time professor at Adelphi University and adjunct at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, focusing on aligning best practice in supporting autistic people to lead fulfilling and productive lives.

In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen is an internationally renowned educator, consultant and author on lifespan issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, and self-advocacy. His most recent book College for Students with Disabilities combines personal stories and research for promoting success in higher education.

A current board member of Autism Speaks, the Organization for Autism Research (OAR), American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF), president emeritus of the Asperger/Autism Network, and advisory board member of the Autism Society, Dr. Shore also serves on the advisory boards AANE, and other autism related organizations.

Non-Voting Members

Scott Campbell, PhD

Chief Executive Officer

Scott Campbell, PhD
Location: Bethesda, Maryland

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.

 

Dr. Campbell 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.

J.M. Trevino, MS

PTE President

J.M. Trevino, MS
Office: 2021-2023
Term: 2021-2023
Location: Las Vegas, NV

J. M. Treviño graduated from the Historically Black University, Howard University (HU) in Washington, D.C. (Beta Alpha chapter), with her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2020. OT is her second career, as she spent a decade providing psychosocial rehabilitation and case management services to children and adolescents with severe mental health conditions. It was through her previous work that she found OT and immediately began taking prerequisite courses to apply to graduate school. While at HU, Jay completed her thesis on the role of OT with survivors of sexual violence, as well as a research internship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her OT areas of interests include mental health, academia, research, advocacy, legislation, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). As treasurer, Jay strives to promote the mission of PTE, fulfill the functions of the role as treasurer, increase communications between executive board members and chapters, and increase scholarship opportunities for underrepresented/marginalized persons within OT.

 

Arameh Anvarizadeh, OTD, OTR/L , FAOTA

AOTA Board Vice President

Arameh Anvarizadeh, OTD, OTR/L , FAOTA

Bio coming soon! 

Alyson Stover, MOT, JD, OTR/L, BCP

AOTA Board President

Alyson Stover, MOT, JD, OTR/L, BCP

Bio coming soon!

Honorary Life Members

Nancy Vesper (Snyder) Lieftinck, MS, OTR/L, BCP, FAOTA

Nancy Vesper (Snyder) Lieftinck, MS, OTR/L, BCP, FAOTA
Office: Lifetime Honorary
Location: Columbus, Ohio

Following completion of her undergraduate degree in occupational therapy at Ohio State University (OSU), Nancy Vesper Lieftinck immediately began her first job as a staff occupational therapist in 1954 at the Department of Physical Medicine, treating persons with polio. Reflecting on her career, she indicated that her most significant accomplishments occurred as chairperson of ACOTE, in which she developed a streamlined system for program evaluation during her 9 years of service on the council. As an acknowledged leader in occupational therapy, she served the American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF) generously, completing two terms as president of AOTF from 1969 to 1976 and 1985 to 1989. Under her direction, the AOTF Board of Directors established the AOTF state scholarship program and hired the Foundation's first full-time executive director. In 2003, she was honored with the distinct designation of Honorary Life Membership by the board of directors of the AOTF and was also recognized with the Leadership Commendation Award in 2012 for her many contributions and distinguished service. In addition, Nancy was inducted into the Roster of Fellows of AOTA in 1975 and received the Retired Educator’s Award in 2003. She is also listed in Who’s Who in Rehabilitation. .

Fred Sammons, PhD (Hon), OT, FAOTA

Fred Sammons, PhD (Hon), OT, FAOTA
Office: Lifetime Honorary
Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan

Fred Sammons began his professional life teaching mechanical drawing to high school students. It was after serving in the Army during the Korean War that he earned his occupational therapy degree at Virginia Commonwealth University on the GI Bill. His first job was at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, becoming the director of occupational therapy in 1957. In 1960, Fred joined the staff of the amputee clinic at Northwestern University, and this is where he began to design and build devices to assist individuals with disabilities in their every day activities. With a growing demand for his devices, Fred decided in 1965 to devote all his time to creating, manufacturing, and distributing his inventions, and "the rest is history." Sammons, Inc. grew to a multimillion dollar business, and is now Sammons Preston, an AbilityOne Company. His honorary doctorate in occupational therapy, awarded by the Western Michigan University (WMU) Department of Occupational Therapy, recognizes the many contributions he has made to the profession. Mr. Sammons was named one of the 100 Influential People of Occupational Therapy by AOTA.

Mr. Sammons continues to give to the profession through grants, scholarships, and donations that support research, education, and clinical programs. In his retirement, he has been an active member of AMBUCS, Inc., with whom he collaborates to develop designs for adapted bicycles and tricycles (AmTrykes) for children with disabilities. He expresses great pride in his innovative seating system and in the ways in which he has been able to adapt these bikes to each child’s needs. His love for innovation and technology that help others has been present throughout his life and continues today.

Mr. Sammons' support of the Foundation has been generous, long standing, and diverse including the Fred Sammons and Barbara Rider Endowed Scholarship of the Michigan Occupational Therapy Association, and the Fred Sammons Endowed Scholarship of the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association. AOTF established a new volunteer recognition award in 2017 as a result of a generous endowment for the award from Fred Sammons and Barbara Rider: the Fred Sammons Volunteer Recognition Award. This award will be presented by the AOTF in perpetuity. Mr. Sammons was the inaugural recipient. With the establishment for the endowment for this new volunteer recognition awards, Mr. Sammons becomes the first, and to date only, living million-dollar donor to the Foundation.

In 2017, AOTF created the Fred Sammons Volunteer Recognition Award in honor of Mr. Sammon's devotion to volunteerism. Mr. Sammons was the inaugural recipient.

Past Board Chairs

Mary Lawlor, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Past Board Chair: 2018-2020

Dr. Mary Lawlor is Associate Chair of Research and Professor, joint appointment with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, Department of Pediatrics.  Dr. Lawlor is known for her work in the areas of pediatric occupational therapy, maternal and child health, family-centered care, interdisciplinary models of service delivery, and ethnographic research.  She is currently Principal Investigator for an interdisciplinary longitudinal ethnographic research project funded by the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health.  She has also received grants from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the U.S. Department of Education, and the American Occupational Therapy Foundation. Dr. Lawlor is a member of the AOTF Academy of Research.

Full List of Past Board Chairs/Presidents

Mary C. Lawlor (2018-2020)
Wendy J. Coster (2016-2017)
Diana L. Ramsey (2009-2015)*
Ruth Ann Watkins (2003-2009)
Jane Davis Rourk (1998-2003)
Maralynne D. Mitcham (1994-1997)
Elizabeth B. Devereaux (1988-1994)
Nancy V. Snyder (1970-1971 & 1985-1988)
Martha S. Moersch (1982-1985)
Wilma L. West (1972-1982)
Myra L. McDaniel (1968-1969)
Elizabeth J. Yerxa (1966-1968)
Alice C. Jantzen (1965-1966)

*Board President now referred to as Board Chair