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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.

Nancy Baker, ScD, MPH, OTR/L

Secretary

Nancy Baker, ScD, MPH, OTR/L
Term: 2018-2021
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dr. Baker is Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Tufts University.  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

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

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.

Simone Gill, PhD, OTR

Trustee

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.

 

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

Trustee

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.

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.

Forrest Pendleton, BA

Trustee

Forrest Pendleton, BA
Term: 2019-2021

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).

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.

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.

Susan Stark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Trustee

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

Trustee

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.

 

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.

Pooja A. Patel, DrOT, OTR/L

PTE President

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

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.

 

Wendy C. Hildenbrand, PhD, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA

AOTA Board President

Wendy C. Hildenbrand, PhD, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA
Term: Ends 2022
Location: Kansas City

Dr. Hildenbrand is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy Education Department at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1989, her Master of Public Health in 2002, and her Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration in 2016 -- all from the University of Kansas. Her practice experience includes work in mental health, school-based practice, and population and community health. Professional expertise includes leadership, professional formation, policy development and implementation, advocacy, and bulding bridges between policy, academia, and practice. Her most recent research examined the experience of role conflict in frontline occupational therapy professionals when implementing policies (such as productivity requirements) and working to maintain professional values (such as client-centered care). Past and present, Dr. Hildenbrand is an active member and leader within the Kansas Occupational Therapy Association. Currently, she dedicates her leadership service nationally as AOTA President through 2022.

Arameh Anvarizadeh, OTD, OTR/L , FAOTA

AOTA Board Vice President

Arameh Anvarizadeh, OTD, OTR/L , FAOTA

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