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AOTF Staff Members

Scott Campbell, PhD

Chief Executive Officer

Scott Campbell, PhD

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.

Jeanne Cooper

Chief Operating Officer

Jeanne Cooper

Jeanne Cooper serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the Foundation and is responsible for overall Foundation operations. 

Jeanne joined the Foundation in July 2008 as executive assistant to the Executive Director and became manager, executive office in May 2016.

Prior to joining AOTF, Jeanne was the director of chapter relations at a trade association and has worked with other associations and foundations in professional advancement, chapter relations, membership, and certification.

Jeanne majored in psychology at the George Washington University.

Gabrielle Garcon, BS

Executive Assistant

Gabrielle Garcon, BS

Gabrielle Garcon joined AOTF in July of 2018 as the Executive Assistant, providing high-level administrative support to the company and CEO. Gaby has a background in office management where she worked closely with not only occupational therapists but also physical therapists and speech language pathologists for over six years . Working with individuals in an inpatient setting at Genesis Rehab as well as an outpatient setting at Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital, she has been able to gain knowledge in the field of occupational therapy and all that it has to offer.

Gaby received her BS in Exercise Science at North Carolina Central University.

Varleisha Gibbs, PhD, OTD, OTR/L

Scientific Programs Officer

Varleisha Gibbs, PhD, OTD, OTR/L

Varleisha Gibbs has been an occupational therapist for 17 years. Leadership has been an integral part of her career and academic preparation. Dr. Gibbs is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Columbia University’s Programs in Occupational Therapy. In addition, she holds doctoral degrees from Thomas Jefferson University and Seton Hall University. With a PhD in Health Sciences Leadership from Seton Hall University’s School of Health and Medical Sciences, her preparation ignited an interest in research within the field of occupational therapy. Dr. Gibbs’ experience as a principal investigator, and research team member, allots her the skillset and drive needed to increase translational research and implementation science within the field of occupational therapy. As a tenured associate professor, she was actively involved in scholarship and sat on the IRB board at Wesley College for two years. As an instructor of Leadership and Scholarly Inquiry, and Research III courses, Dr. Gibbs has been a mentor for several students and colleagues in their thesis and doctoral dissertations at both Wesley College and the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. 

Dr. Gibbs has been an advocate for research and support for funding through meetings with constituents and stakeholders from the American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Delaware INBRE External Advisory Committee, National Institute of Health (NIH), National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), the Longwood Foundation, Senate meetings to support Bioscience Center or Advance Technology grant funding, and HRSA grant training. Such efforts have led to over $1.2 million dollars in funding as a Principle Investigator or direct support for the academic programs in which she served as a director and chair. 

Dr. Gibbs has published in peer-reviewed journals in addition to authoring two books. She presents nationally, and internationally, on evidence-based topics and promoting the role of occupational therapy. Her research presentations are currently leading to replication and implementation in the actual clinical setting. Furthermore, as a reviewer for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities and the Canadian Occupational Therapy Journal, Dr. Gibbs continues to provide a service to research community.

Lastly, Dr. Gibbs is the inaugural chair of Delaware’s first Master's of Occupational Therapy Program at Wesley College. In that position she leads, and mentors, future practitioners as well as faculty new to higher education. Such efforts resulted in the development of innovative and emerging practice initiatives to support role development for underutilized occupational therapy services. To this end, she has years of experience in program development, strategic planning, and assessment. Dr. Gibbs is excited to join the team at the American Occupational Therapy Foundation to continue her contribution to the field of occupational therapy. 

Lawrence Liff, MA

Chief Development Officer

Lawrence Liff, MA

Lawrence Liff joined the AOTF in October 2017 as Chief Development Officer. In this role, Lawrence promotes the philanthropic priorities of the Foundation, engages people, companies, and organizations that wish to support the AOTF mission, stewards donors, and manages the AOTF Development Council. 

Prior to coming to AOTF, Lawrence worked at the University of Maryland, College Park. From 2012-2017 he was the Director of Development at the College of Information Studies and from 2004-2012 he was the Associate Director of Development for the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences. 

Lawrence earned his BA in American History and Political Science in 2001 from the University of Maryland and earned his Master of Public Policy in 2010. 

Grace Oni

Grants Administrator

Grace Oni

Grace Oni is a recent graduate with her master’s degree in education, health promotion and international development and her bachelor's degree in psychology. She joined AOTF in April, 2019 as the Grants Administrator.

Prior to beginning her work with AOTF, Grace worked as a research coordinator and an Applied Behavior Analysis Therapist (ABA Therapist). Grace enjoys solving problems, traveling, helping and meeting new people. She aims to someday obtain a doctoral degree in public health and eventually influence policy on gender-based violence.

David Robertson, MA

Member and Program Coordinator

David Robertson, MA

David Robertson joined the Foundation in July 2017 and in May 2019 he was promoted to Member and Program Coordinator as the national coordinator for the St. Catherine Challenge and Pi Theta Epsilon.

He joins the Foundation having previously worked in the educational sector as a program coordinator with Learn It Systems. Prior to that, he worked for several years as the Assistant Director, Family Relations and Special Events at the Washington International School in D.C. 

David has a BS and Master's of Education from Springfield College where he was the grad assistant to the Sports Information Director before working in the sports industry.  David lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, son, and Labrador, Luna. 

Kristin Schmehl, BA

Office Assistant

Kristin Schmehl, BA

Kristin Schmehl joined AOTF in July 2019 as the Foundation’s Office Assistant. In this role, she assists with administrative activities related to fundraising, development, and program support as well as various other office projects.
 
Kristin is a seasoned administrative professional with experience supporting both executives and teams. Prior to joining AOTF, she worked as a Staff Assistant for the Architect of the Capitol, a Legislative Branch agency responsible for the care and maintenance of the U.S. Capitol complex. In this role, she provided high-level administrative support to the head of the agency and managed the day-to-day operations of a busy Capitol Hill office. Previously, she served as a Program Assistant for The Smithsonian Associates, the educational outreach branch of the Smithsonian Institution, assisting with the planning, coordination, and execution of educational and cultural programs. 
 
Kristin received her BA in Art History from Dickinson College.

 

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