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Board of Trustees Executive Committee

Mary Lawlor, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Chair

Mary Lawlor, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Office: 2018 – 2020
Term: 2018 – 2020
Location: Los Angeles, California

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.

Elizabeth Francis-Connolly, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

Vice Chair

Elizabeth Francis-Connolly, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Office: 2017-2019
Term: 2016-2019
Location: Portland, Maine

Dr. Francis-Connolly is Dean of the College of Interdisciplinary Health and Science at the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut. She moved to Connecticut in June 2018 from Maine where she was Professor in Occupational Therapy and former Dean of Westbrook College of Health Professions at the University of New England in Portland and Biddford, Maine. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy at Quinnipiac College, her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Boston University, and her PhD in sociology from the University of Michigan.

Cheryl Miller-Scott, DrOT, OTR/L

Treasurer

Cheryl Miller-Scott, DrOT, OTR/L
Office: 2017-2019
Term: 2016-2019
Location: Sunrise, Florida

Dr. Cheryl Miller-Scott is a licensed occupational therapist and the Vice President of Therapy Operations for Encompass Health. She is a licensed occupational therapist in the state of Florida, with more than 30 years of experience working with physically impaired adults and children. Dr. Miller-Scott is NDTA and Sensory Integration certified, and specializes in neurological rehabilitation. She currently oversees physical, occupational, and speech therapy services for Encompass Health's 121 hospitals, which are distributed over 37 states. She received her doctoral degree in 2014 from Nova Southeastern University, and has most recently trained in six sigma and Lean management leadership principals. She completed her dissertation with a specialty in patient education and health literacy. Dr. Miller-Scott has also served as adjunct faculty for Nova Southeastern University, Florida International University, and Barry University.

Recent positions

Dr. Miller-Scott was selected by the AOTA to System Changes in Health Care Focus Group on February 29 and March 1, 2016. She gave a presentation to the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Association called “Evidence-Based Health Literacy Training for Occupational Therapy Professionals” on April 12, 2016. Dr. Miller also serves on the Cerner EMR Rehabilitation Strategic Council.

Kristie Patten Koenig, PhD, OT/L, FAOTA

Secretary

Kristie Patten Koenig, PhD, OT/L, FAOTA
Term: 2018-2020
Location: New York, New York

Kristie Patten Koenig, PhD, OT/L, FAOTA, is Associate Professor and Chair at New York University, Department of Occupational Therapy. Dr. Patten Koenig 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. Koenig 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 Koenig is also PI of the GIFTED project, a three-year grant project aimed at developing women leaders in public schools in Ghana. Dr. Patten Koenig 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 Koenig 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.

Trustees

Tara C. Alexander, OTR/L, CPC

Tara C. Alexander, OTR/L, CPC
Term: 2018-2020
Location: Dallas, Texas

Tara C. Alexander, OTR/L, CPC is an occupational therapist specializing in mental health. Currently, she is the Mental Health Team Leader for inpatient and outpatient occupational therapy and kinesiology therapy services for the North Texas Veteran Affairs Medical Center. She received her occupational therapy degree from the University of Kansas and has worked as the Regulatory Analyst in the Reimbursement and Regulatory Policy department at AOTA from 2001-2007. Additionally, she is a Certified Professional Coder.

Ms. Alexander is very involved in her community and her profession. She is the current President of the National Black Occupational Therapy Caucus. She has served as a volunteer reviewer for the E.K. Wise AOTA scholarship, AOTA Conference Selection Committee, and Trinity North District Chair for the Texas OT Association. She also enjoys traveling, reading, and volunteering.

Nancy Baker, ScD, MPH, OTR/L

Nancy Baker, ScD, MPH, OTR/L
Term: 2018-2020
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dr. Baker is an associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh.  She received her Doctor of Science (ScD) in Therapeutic Studies at Boston University in 2000, and a Master of Public Health (MPH) in epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health in 2009. Before obtaining her doctoral degree, she was a clinical therapist for 11 years, specializing in adult physical disabilities and industrial rehabilitation.  She also trained in ergonomic assessment and intervention.  

Dr. Baker is an internationally-recognized expert in musculoskeletal disorders, particularly those related to work and arthritis. Her scholarly work includes over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, over 175 podium and poster presentations, and 12 textbook chapters.  She has expertise in experimental and epidemiological methodology and have been funded at the federal, foundation and university levels.  In 2014, she was invited to be a Guest Researcher at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and spent a year developing skills in large dataset analysis and public health interventions. She was elected to the AOTF Academy of Research in 2009 and was a member of the AOTF Dissertation Research Grant Panel from 2009 to 2012, and then a member of the Scientific Review Group for the AOTF Intervention Research Grant program from 2013 to 2016.  She has also been on study sections for the CDC, NIOSH, NSF, and NIH.  She is the chair of the US Bone and Joint Initiative’s patient education initiative Experts in Arthritis and works with that group to mentor junior faculty in grant writing.  Dr. Baker is an associate editor for OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, and has served on editorial boards for AJOT and Work.  In recognition of her outstanding service she received a Leadership Service Commendation from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation in 2013.

Felicia Chew, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA

Felicia Chew, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA
Term: 2019-2021

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.

Susan Garber, MA, OTR, FAOTA, FACRM

Susan Garber, MA, OTR, FAOTA, FACRM
Term: 2017 - 2019
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Ms. Garber is a Professor in the Department of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.  She has dedicated her career to researching prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers in people with spinal cord injuries and has made significant contributions to this field.  She joined the faculty at Baylor after working as a full-time clinical occupational therapist.  She spent 19 years conducting research at The Institute of Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) as assistant director for research and education in the department of occupational therapy and then 10 years conducting research through the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

She received her bachelor of science in occupational therapy from Columbia University and her master of arts in occupational therapy at Texas Women’s University.

Ms. Garber is a member of the AOTF Academy of Research, a recipient of the AOTA Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship Award, and is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association as well as the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Ms. Garber was named one of the 100 Influential People of Occupational Therapy by AOTA.

Simone Gill, PhD, OTR

Simone Gill, PhD, OTR
Term: 2019-2021

Simone Gill is an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy in the College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences at Sargent College, Boston University. She received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University, a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University, and a PhD in Psychology (Cognition & Perception with a Developmental Concentration) from New York University. She is the director of the Motor Development Lab. Her current research interests focus on fall risk and how adults modify their gait to cope with changes in their bodies before and after bariatric surgery. Her clinical background is in the area of pediatrics. She serves on the Board of Trustees at the Metrowest Health Foundation in Framingham, Massachusetts.

 

Roger I. Ideishi, JD, OT/L, FAOTA

Roger I. Ideishi, JD, OT/L, FAOTA
Term: 2018-2020
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Roger Ideishi, JD, OT/L, FAOTA is the Program Director & Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy in the College of Public Health at Temple University in Philadelphia. His work is focused on community access and opportunities for children with diverse sensory and cognitive abilities and their families. He is a national leader in sensory and cognitive access services in the cultural arts industry. He consults, develops, and evaluates accessible programming at cultural organizations that build personal, shared, and collective meaning in the community. Among the organizations he serves are: The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC), Segerstrom Center for the Arts (Costa Mesa, CA), Flint Institute of Arts (Flint, MI), Michigan Council of Arts & Cultural Affairs (Lansing, MI), Minnesota Orchestra (Minneapolis, MN), Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra & Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh, PA), New Jersey Center for Aquatic Science (Camden, NJ), Delaware Theatre Company (Wilmington, DE), People’s Light & Theater (Malvern, PA), Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadelphia Orchestra, & Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA). 

 

Dr. Ideishi is also working to support culturally and linguistically diverse populations navigate the health, education, and community systems. His current works include PCORI and Department of Education funding to examine engagement factors in the therapeutic process and community integration for linguistically diverse populations. His work involves collaborations from across the globe working with practitioners, researchers, and organizations in Canada, Australia, Japan, and the United Kingdom. He received the AOTA 2017 Emerging and Innovative Practice Award for occupational therapy’s role in in arts accessibility. 

 

Dr. Ideishi and his passion for designing sensory-friendly performances and cultural experiences to promote inclusivity for all is featured in this video created by Temple University:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-IZ1FmNXGs&feature=youtu.be

 

Interview with Dr. Ideishi on arts access for everyone.    https://bartol.org/arts-access-for-everyone-interview-with-occupational-therapist-roger-ideishi/

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

Mary Jane (MJ) Mulcahey, PhD, OTR/L
Term: 2019-2021

Dr. Mulcahey is a Professor of Occupational Therapist in the College of Rehabilitation at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), and member of the scientific staff of Shriners Hospitals for Children in Philadelphia, PA. She has 30 years of experience as a practitioner, educator and researcher. 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 establish 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 has published over 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 19 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 the immediate past-president of the American Spinal Injury Association, chair of the Board of Governance of the Steel Assembly for Pediatric SCI\D, Vice president of the Pediatric Spine Foundation, and serves as 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 AOTF Academy of Research

Forest Pendleton

Forest Pendleton
Term: 2019-2021

Susan Stark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Susan Stark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Term: 2019-2021

Susan Stark is an Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, Neurology and Social Work and co-director of the TL1 predoctoral training program at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Stark’s research focuses in on how the environment influences the occupational performance and participation of community-dwelling older adults with chronic conditions. The goal of her work is to support aging in place at home and to prevent falls. She conducts clinical trials and implementation studies among community-dwelling older adults (including medically underserved older adults. Dr. Stark is an Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, Neurology and Social Work and co-director of the TL1 predoctoral training program at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Stark’s research focuses in on how the environment influences the occupational performance and participation of community-dwelling older adults with chronic conditions. The goal of her work is to support aging in place at home and to prevent falls. She conducts clinical trials and implementation studies among community-dwelling older adults (including medically underserved older adults). Dr. Stark is a member of the AOTF Academy of Research, and is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Gerontological Society of America

 

Cheryl Strickland, OTR/L

Cheryl Strickland, OTR/L
Term: 2019-2021

Ms. Strickland has over 36 years of healthcare and rehabilitation experience mostly in operations and marketing in the long-term care but she also spent her early years in the mental health field in both clinical and management positions. All of her experiences prepared her for founding Choice Rehabilitation in January 2017, a contract therapy company based in St. Louis, Missouri. Within its first two years, Choice grew to provide therapy services in four states at over 100 facilities and it employs over 800 therapists including occupational therapists and assistants, physical therapists and assistants, and speech therapists. Ms. Strickland's passion for the occupational therapy has inspired active membership in both national and state OT organizations. She has been an active advisory board member for several OT programs including currently for the St. Louis Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. Her hobbies include travel and entertaining family and friends.

 

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.

 

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.

Pooja A. Patel, DrOT, OTR/L

PTE President

Pooja A. Patel, DrOT, OTR/L
Office: 2017-2019
Term: 2017-2019
Location: New Jersey

Pooja Ashok Patel, DrOT, OTR/L is a traveling occupational therapist with an affinity for acute care. She is the president of Pi Theta Epsilon (PTE) for the 2017-2019 term and a research advisor for the MSOT Program at the University of the Southern Caribbean (USC). Her primary areas of interest are research, academia, program development, and entrepreneurship to further the profession of occupational therapy with respect and dignity. Dr. Patel is a strong presenter with consistent state-level poster presentations, formal and informal board meetings, and student mentorship. She strives to speak to the growing occupational therapy industry at large and work towards her vision of occupational therapy being recognized, understood, and respected as are its allied healthcare counterparts. Outside of the OT world, Dr. Patel serves as a lead curriculum developer on a team launching a health education program for a nonprofit serving incarcerated, abandoned, and orphaned youths in India.

 

Amy Lamb, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA

AOTA Board President

Amy Lamb, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Term: Ends 2019
Location: Dexter, Michigan

Dr. Lamb is an Assistant Professor of occupational therapy at Eastern Michigan University, and owner of AJLamb Consulting. She earned her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy and her post-professional doctorate of occupational therapy (OTD) from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

Dr. Lamb’s clinical practice spans from school-based pediatrics, acute care, and geriatrics. She has served as an Outpatient Coordinator with Brookdale Senior Living managing the outpatient therapy clinics and home health rehabilitation services in assisted living and independent living communities in the Denver. Colorado area. Her private practice focuses on program development, and intervention in prevention and wellness. Dr. Lamb’s teaching interests include: health policy and advocacy; management and leadership; assessment and intervention in OT practice with adults; and assessment and intervention in OT practice with older adults.


Dr. Lamb serves as the President of the American Occupational Therapy Association

Shawn Phipps, PhD, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA

AOTA Board Vice President

Shawn Phipps, PhD, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA
Term: Ends 2018
Location: Los Angeles, California

Shawn Phipps is the Chief Quality Officer & Associate Hospital Administrator at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Phipps is responsible for hospital-wide strategic planning, quality improvement, directing the implementation of key hospital-wide strategic initiatives, leadership development, driving the development of effective and efficient systems of patient-centered care across the continuum, and engaging all levels of the organization in creating a culture and commitment to quality improvement and innovation. Dr. Phipps also oversees the hospital’s accreditation programs with The Joint Commission (TJC) and the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), and provides oversight of the Quality Resource Management Department and the Patient Safety, Infection Control, and the Risk Management Departments.

Dr. Phipps also served two consecutive elected terms as the President of the Occupational Therapy Association of California from 2008 – 2012, was inducted as a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association in 2011, was a recipient of the OTAC Practice Award in 2005, and was the 2014 recipient of the OTAC Award of Excellence and the 2015 recipient of the AOTA Recognition of Achievement for Excellence in Leadership, Management, and Administration. Dr. Phipps received an AOTF Dissertation Research Grant in 2011. Dr. Phipps served as a Director on the Board of Directors of the American Occupational Therapy Association from 2012 – 2015 and is currently serving as Vice President of the American Occupational Therapy Association (2015 – 2018). Dr. Phipps is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California.

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

Nancy Vesper Lieftinck is an acknowledged leader in occupational therapy. She served the Foundation 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 according her the rare designation of Honorary Life Membership, the Board of Directors of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation recognizes Ms. Snyder's numerous contributions and distinguished service.

Jane Davis Rourk, OTR/L, BCP, FAOTA

Jane Davis Rourk, OTR/L, BCP, FAOTA
Office: Lifetime Honorary
Location: Durham, North Carolina

Ms. Rourk is a native of North Carolina currently living in Durham, North Carolina. She received her occupational therapy degree from the University of Pennsylvania. The focus of her clinical experience has been mental health and pediatrics. She served in a number of professional leadership positions at both the state and national levels including President of the North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association, Chair of the North Carolina Licensure Board, Member of the Council on Allied Health in North Carolina, Speaker of the AOTA Representative Assembly, and Chair of the AOTA Specialty Certification Board. Ms. Rourk and her husband, Henderson, have four adult children. Her special interests and hobbies include spending time with her grandson, cooking, gardening, quilting, reading, needlepoint, and travel.

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.