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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.

Dunsin Akinyemi, BS

Grants Administrator

Dunsin Akinyemi, BS

Dunsin Akinyemi joined AOTF as the Grants Administrator in August of 2021. She is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the foundation's grants process and providing administrative and technical assistance and support. 

Before joining AOTF, Dunsin worked as an Administrative Assistant at the Center for Sleep and Wake Disorders. She also has a background in research. She was a scholar in the two-year NIH-funded ASCEND Biomedical Research Program and the 2019 BSOS SRI at the University of Maryland, College Park. She conducted research on various topics, including neurocognitive development in children, ischemia-reperfusion, and cardiovascular development and studied SSRIs such as fluoxetine.  

Dunsin graduated with honors from Morgan State University with a B.S. in Biology-Psychology in 2019. She is currently pursuing an MS-MPH dual degree in Health Informatics and Social and Behavioral Sciences at Temple University. She aspires to discover practical ways to analyze and skillfully communicate data and use information technology to improve health outcomes and learn the various strategies, policies, and interventions for different structural solutions to public health problems. 

Kristin Bukovsky, BS

Director of Communications and Marketing

Kristin Bukovsky, BS

Kristin joined AOTF in the fall of 2019. As Director of Communications & Marketing, she promotes AOTF mission by developing effective, high-impact, and cost-efficient outreach with consistent branding to various stakeholders using appropriate channels.

Prior to joining the Foundation she was Director of Marketing at the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) for five years, Communications Specialist at the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS), and Account Manager at Nemetschek Vectorworks Inc., a computer-aided design software company. 

She earned her BS in Corporate Communications at the University of Baltimore. She also holds an Associate's in Computer-Aided Design.

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.

Satvika Garg, PhD, OTR/L

Scientific Programs Officer

Satvika Garg, PhD, OTR/L

Dr. Satvika Garg started as the Scientific Programs Officer at the AOTF in October, 2021.  Prior to joining the AOTF, she served as an Occupational Therapist/Research Collaborator at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC from 2015-2021 and as an Adjunct Faculty/ Researcher/ Teaching Assistant at New York University, NY from 2009-2014. Dr. Garg obtained her PhD in occupational therapy from New York University (NYU), NY under the mentorship of Dr. Kristie Patten and received her MS in OT from Tufts University, MA. During her PhD, she received NYU Doctoral Fellowship, NYCT Fahs Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation Doctoral Dissertation Grant & NYU Steinhardt Doctoral Travel Awards. 

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. 

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. 

Sandy Weiss

Office Assistant

Sandy Weiss

Sandy Weiss joined AOTF as a part-time Office Assistant in December 2019. Sandy primarily provides program support for the Pi Theta Epsilon honor society and assists with processing donations.

After graduating from the University of Maryland, Sandy worked as a Senior Administrative Assistant and Conference Planning Assistant for the National Association of Community Health Centers. Most recently, Sandy worked for several years as an Office Manager in two local preschools, and currently is an Assistant Teacher in creative enrichment classes in public elementary schools.

Sandy and her husband grew up in New Jersey. They have 2 grown children and live in Maryland with their dog, Casey.