OKLAHOMA OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSOCIATION

OKOTA Spring 2020 - Officer Elections

SHARE YOUR PASSION FOR THE PROFESSION - JOIN THE OKOTA BOARD!!

VOLUNTEER WITH US! OKOTA has a team of short-term volunteers plus annual leadership roles available. 

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

COMMITTEE CHAIRS 

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

 2020 Officer Roles OPEN for Election:

- Vice President
- Treasurer
- Director-At-Large 
- Student Representative

**Nominees for office will be on a ballot for members to vote in OKOTA elections in May 2020. Officers volunteer for two years, and receive CEU's for their service. Officers have multiple benefits including  voting privileges on the board & free registration to all OKOTA CE events!

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 2020 "Chairperson" Roles OPEN on Committees

  - IT/Website "Captain"
  - Legislative/Advocacy Committee "Captain"
  - Awards Committee "Captain"
  - Development "Captain" 


**Volunteers for "Team Captain" are appointed for a year, by board approval, with benefits of earning medical board approved CEU's & voting privileges on the OKOTA board.
A committee chairperson also receives 50% off registration fees at all OKOTA sponsored events! 

2020 Committees Recruiting
Member Volunteers 

  - IT/Website/Media Committee
  - Membership Committee
  - Continuing Education Committee
  - Community Awareness Committee
  - Legislative/Advocacy Committee
  - Conference Committee 
  - Elections Committee (now thru July)
  - Awards Committee


MEET THE CANDIDATES

VICE PRESIDENT

MEGAN BURKDOLL

Serving on the OKOTA executive board over the past four years has been a true joy in my time an occupational therapist.  Being an active member, as well as consistently engaging in board meetings, has allowed me to provide input from OKOTA’s previous experiences to maximize success in our future endeavors. I have served my community in the Tulsa area through working primarily in outpatient orthopedics and pediatrics (outpatient and school-based).  I am eager to continue finding ways to advocate for our members within their various settings. Through my roles on the OKOTA board, I have consistently promoted opportunities and incentives for our members and soon-to-be members, to find their connections within our growing organization.  It would be a pleasure to serve as the OKOTA Vice President, to continue supporting our membership and engaging with our community.


KELSEY LADENBURGER

Kelsey earned her Master of Occupational Therapy degree at the University of Oklahoma. While attending graduate school, she held the OKOTA OT Student Representative position for the 2019-2020 year. While being on the board, she interacted with the OT and OTA programs across the state and participated in all board meetings. She has accepted a position as an in-patient rehabilitation occupational therapist, where she will work with a variety of patients and diagnosis. In her free time, Kelsey enjoys being outdoors and exploring the Oklahoma State Parks. She loves going on hikes with her dog, Branson, as well as spending time with her friends and family. Kelsey believes that it is important to continue to advocate for occupational therapists in Oklahoma. As a new graduate, she provides a unique perspective to the board and will dedicate her previous studying time to representing OT in our community. Her passion drives her to promote the profession and, as a result, stand up for every client served by occupational therapy. She began as the OKOTA student representative and would looks to pledge herself to the board in a new role. As Vice President, Kelsey would be honored to devote herself and her time to continue to impact, change, and make a difference in Oklahoma!


TREASURER

LINDA COOPER

Hello, my name is Linda Cooper, and I am excited to be running for Treasurer of OKOTA. I have been involved in OKOTA serving as Vice President and as chair of various committees for more than 10 years, and I love everything about the organization. Currently, I am interim Treasurer for OKOTA and the community development chair. One of my many passions is the student scholarship fund which is awarded through this committee within the organization. I have also served on the conference committee organizing the auction fundraiser each year. The reason I would like to run for Treasurer is because I want to stay involved in the field of occupational therapy. I would like to give back to those individuals on the local and national levels who are advocating for our profession.  I want to make sure that we continue to grow and stay active. Most importantly, I love being around occupational therapy professionals.


DIRECTOR AT LARGE

PENNY STACKS

Dr. Stack has over 30 years of experience as an occupational therapist that include a variety of settings such as community re-entry for traumatic head injury, SNF, acute care, outpatient, outpatient hands, home health adult and pediatrics, schools, long-term acute, private practice and academia. Currently Dr. Stack has several roles that include Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Director and Assistant Professor, Tulsa Community College, Founder and Owner:  Dyslexia Center of Tulsa and National Speaker with PESI. Practice areas of expertise include Academia, private emerging practice with an emphasis on dyslexia and dysgraphia, lymphedema

Dr. Stack earn an Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant in 1989 from Loma Linda University, a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Science with a concentration in Healthcare Administration in 1993 from California State University, San Bernardino, a Masters in Occupational Therapy in 1996 from Samuel Merritt College, a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy  in 2016 from Loma Linda University. Certifications include:  Lymphedema Therapist - Klose Training, Handwriting Without Tears, and Executive Certificate Non-Profit Fund Development, Notre Dame University.

In the most recent years, she was awarded the Tulsa Community College Service-Learning Research Fellowship December 2019, Fieldwork Coordinator Award September 2017 by OKOTA, Hamid Javaherian Memorial Scholarship Award: For exemplified compassion, leadership, program innovation, and dedication to the community spirit of occupational justice by Loma Linda University May 2017,  Annual Heucker Lecture by Loma Linda University Department of Occupational Therapy Graduate Research Colloquium 2016, California Foundation of Occupational Therapy Research Grant, 2016 and the Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Department of Occupational Therapy Research Grant 2016.

Her research on closed head injuries and cognitive retraining has been published in Brain Injury Journal. Penny has dedicated her research to Dyslexia and Its Impact on Occupation: The lived experience. Throughout her career she has been an active member of both AOTA and OKOTA. Currently, she serves the American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF) Intervention Research Gran Program as a Grant Reviewer. In addition to her experience in occupational therapy she is a Navy Veteran, Hospital Corpsman of Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Outside of the professional world Penny can typically be found either enjoying the outdoors kayaking, hiking or gardening. When indoors she enjoys reading, alchemy, and knitting. But, most of all Penny enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


RECCA YOUNG

An Oklahoma City native, Reeca Young received an Associate degree in Occupational Therapy/ Therapeutic Recreation from Oklahoma City Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Studies and Gerontology from Southern Nazarene University in 1992, and a Masters in Education from the University of Oklahoma.

Reeca has worked as an OTA in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, home health, and school based, while working with clients with physical, cognitive, and mental health conditions.

She is retired from Oklahoma City Community College where she served as a professor and Director of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.

Reeca has been a member of OKOTA for many years and has served as a volunteer on the OKOTA board in a variety of positions including OTA Rep, chair of the conference committee, and co-chair of the Development committee.

Reeca received the COTA of the year award from the Oklahoma Occupational Therapy Association in 1993, 2010, and 2017.

She served on the Roster of Accreditation Evaluators for the American Occupational Therapy Association and as a volunteer test item reviewer for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.

Reeca has been a member of OKOTA for many years and has served as a volunteer on the OKOTA board in a variety of positions including co- chair of the

Reeca received the COTA of the year award from the Oklahoma Occupational Therapy Association in 1993, 2010, and 2017.

She currently volunteers in the community as a reading tutor for Whiz Kids and serves on the Advisory Board for the Northwest Classen High School Health Academy.


CYNDY ROBINSON

Cyndy Robinson, MPH, OTD, OT/L  is an OUHSC occupational therapy graduate and retiree after over 30 years of practice as a clinician, educator, researcher, and administrator.  In the past, she has served OKOTA as a member of the Board in many roles including, secretary, vice-president, geriatric SIS chair, scholarship committee chair, conference committee co-chair, and legislative chair (for several years).  She feels strongly about occupational therapy and the role that it plays in helping individuals, groups, communities and society live life to its fullest.  She believes being an occupational therapist is a lifetime commitment that includes serving the profession.  If elected, she looks forward to supporting OKOTA and its members as a Director at Large.


STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE

EMILY GRUENWALD

My name is Emily Gruenwald, and I am a first-year occupational therapy student at Northeastern State University. I am also a currently practicing COTA and have been working in outpatient pediatrics and schools for three years. Growing up, I was inspired by my mother who used her creativity and problem solving to make engaging lesson plans for her special education classroom. Now as a COTA, I enjoy getting to utilize those same skills to address each patient’s individual needs while looking at the whole person in context. 

I chose to continue my education not only to expand my knowledge as a practitioner but ultimately to become a leader within the field that I love. As a COTA and a student of occupational therapy, I believe that I have a unique perspective to share. I am currently able to communicate with my classmates through my experiences to make the information we are learning together more relatable. I am also able to spread awareness of all that our field encompasses through working with my patients, coworkers, and other disciplines daily. I believe that I am a qualified applicant for this position due to these present reasons, as well as my past experiences serving as the American Liason for Oklahoma State University's International Student Organization, and my part in establishing OSU’s first Pre-OT student organization during my undergraduate career. These opportunities for bridging populations and advocating for OT in previous roles will assist me in effectively representing my school, my state, and my field as OKOTA’s student chair.


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