MOTA is a completely volunteer organization that works to further the practice of occupational therapy in the state of Maryland through advocacy, education, community, and service. Voting is open to membership until Tuesday, November 30, 2021. Please see your email for the ballot.
We would like to thank the following members who have stepped up to fill these offices:
- VP Awards & Nominations – Jennifer Wingrat, ScD, OTR/L
I’d like to thank you for considering me for the position of MOTA VP of Nominations & Awards. I am a MOTA member, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science at Towson University, where I am also a two-time alum, having received my Master of Science in OT and Doctor of Science in Occupational Science. Prior to joining the Towson faculty full-time in 2020, I was previously an adjunct and visiting Professor at Towson in the early 2000s, where I had the opportunity to teach OT students who have gone on to having successful careers as OT practitioners. My primary experience as a practicing OT has been at Kennedy Krieger Institute where I worked for 15 years in a number of areas including outpatient, Spinal Cord rehab, and early intervention. After leaving KKI to teach at Towson full-time I have been fortunate to continue as manager of the monthly multidisciplinary brachial plexus clinic there, and have recently initiated two research projects related to evaluation and treatment of brachial plexus injuries. In the early days of my OT career, I worked as an outpatient therapist at CARE Rehab and also worked on the inpatient child and adolescent psychiatric unit at Johns Hopkins Medical Institution. After having the privilege to teach and work among so many incredible therapists in Maryland over my 25-year OT career, I am excited about the possibility of joining the MOTA board as VP of Nominations & Awards, where I hope to play a meaningful role in recognizing the outstanding members of our profession.
- VP Communications – Kate Eglseder, ScD, OTR/L, CLT
I have been practicing occupational therapy for over 20 years. I have previously served the MOTA both as Vice President and President. After taking some time off, I am ready to get involved with this fabulous association again. I am running for VP of Communications because I believe that this is a great way to connect and engage with practitioners and students throughout Maryland.
- VP Events – Erica Jones, MS, OTR/L, CLT
I am running for VP of Events and Conferences for MOTA. I received my Master of Occupational Therapy from Sage Graduate School in Troy, NY in 2010, and I completed my clinical doctorate from St. Catherine University in Minneapolis, MN in July 2020. With over 10 years of experience as an OT working with adults in a variety of settings, including skilled nursing, outpatient, and acute care, I have a passion for the profession of occupational therapy, for learning, and for service to the community. My previous commitments to the profession include reviewing abstracts for MOTA and AOTA. I have also promoted OT’s role in safety with backpacks during a backpack drive sponsored by a local area hospital. To serve my community, I have organized lunches for local homeless shelters. I have been in charge of planning and promoting events as fundraisers for raising awareness about cancer for the greater Annapolis area. My experiences with service centered around the principles of occupational therapy, my organizational skills, and my creative nature will make me an excellent candidate for Vice President of Events and Conferences. I hope to have the opportunity to hold this service position for MOTA in order to promote education and learning for occupational therapists across the state.
- VP Membership – Heather Keats, MS, OTR/L
I am excited to run for VP of Membership for MOTA. I am a Towson University graduate and have been a licensed OT in the state of Maryland for over 15 years. Throughout my career I have worked with individuals throughout the lifespan and with varying diagnoses. I have also held several leadership positions for outpatient therapy programs in the Baltimore/Washington area. I have a great passion for the OT profession, as well as, for growing and developing my teams. I hope to become the representative for membership with MOTA to encourage the importance of participation in and support for the organization. Our state organization does so much to advocate for our profession and, as OTs, OTAs, or OT students, I feel that it is so important to support those efforts through membership and participation in MOTA. I believe that my history of leadership and experience with program growth and development make me a great fit for the position. Given the opportunity, I would be honored to share my ideas and work with the team to see how we can further drive membership and expand the MOTA network.
- VP Public Relations – Amanda Littleton, OTD, OTR/L, CDCS
I am running for the VP of Public Relations position. I received my Occupational Therapy Doctorate from Temple University. My clinical focus is on adults and geriatrics with physical disabilities and the Dementia population. I am a clinical faculty member and the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator at Towson University and have successfully created programs both at clinical sites and within the Institute of Well-being at Towson University to meet the needs of my clients. I use this clinical expertise to enhance my classroom teaching and bridge students from the classroom to the clinic. I plan to use this knowledge and expertise to benefit the MOTA as the VP of Public Relations by building on existing relationships and creating new working relationships between OTs and the community we serve.
- OTA Representative – Allyssa Hothouse, COTA/L
I am running for the OTA representative for Maryland Occupational Therapy Association. I graduated from CCBC in June 2021 and I recently accepted a job at University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopaedics Institute on the stroke unit. I became involved with MOTA after a professor recommended students to get involved with MOTA in the spring of 2020. The following year, I applied and accepted a position as the student representative for MOTA during my final year of school. I have enjoyed my time working with MOTA members and helping people get more involved with the community, and I am looking forward to starting this new journey as OTA representative if elected.
- Student Representative – Carmen Lysaker, OTS
I am an occupational therapy student attending Towson University. Prior, to my courses at Towson, I served in the United States Army for 11 Years as a Spanish Linguist, small and mid-teams supervisor, and operative for the National Security Agency. I have traveled to four different countries and have enriched myself with amazing cultures and opportunities. I am a mother of two boys and wife of 15 years to an active-duty service member. As student representative of MOTA, I will use all my skills acquired in the Amy to organize, manage, and dispense information to and from committee members. I will also use skills learned within my studies as an OT to be client centered and focused on the best outcome for all parties involved.
MOTA would like to welcome Barbara Demchick to our Treasurer position. The term began in January, 2021.
Treasurer – Barbara Demchick, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Barbara Demchick, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA is a Clinical Associate Professor at Towson University. She is an occupational therapist with over 43 years of experience working with infants, toddlers and preschoolers and their families, and nearly 30 years working in occupational therapy education at the associate, bachelor, masters, and doctoral levels. She is deeply committed to the profession of occupational therapy, and although she has served the national association in different capacities for the past several years, it has been many years since she served the state association other than as a member. As her career is winding down, she is happy to offer to fill the vacancy of MOTA treasurer.
MOTA would also like to welcome Allyssa Hothouse to our Student Representative position. The term began in January, 2021.
Student Representative – Allyssa Hothouse OTAS
My name is Allyssa Hothouse and I am looking forward to potentially becoming the student representative for MOTA. I am currently a second year student in the OTA program at CCBC-Catonsville. During my time as a student, I have served as the treasurer for our Students of Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA), creating and managing the budget for student activities, the OT Fun Fair, and the pinning ceremony done at graduation.
I hope to become the student representative for MOTA to encourage the importance of advocacy in current and future students. In the fall semester of 2019, I jointly researched and presented on the PDPM and PDGM changes put into place by Medicare in October, which helped my fellow students better understand what the changes meant for our chosen field. Advocating for this profession is something I take as a personal responsibility, and I enjoy educating the public about everything occupational therapy has to offer. I have encouraged my classmates to join MOTA and AOTA, while explaining all the dedication and hard work these organizations do for our profession.
As the MOTA student representative, I will offer a fresh set of eyes and ideas for advocacy and patient treatment. I have had life experiences outside of the health care world, providing me with a broader outlook and understanding of the world our patients inhabit. I look forward to speaking to current members of SOTA across the state and being a resource to those members. I could create relationships with the students, and also educate them on what is happening at MOTA and encourage a membership to this association.
I believe I am a great fit for the student representative position, because of my advocacy history and my passion for occupational therapy. I would be honored to be a voice for students state-wide, and be given the opportunity to learn more about the profession.
MOTA board positions run for a period of three years with rare exceptions. Former officers are happy to assist in training new officers and will pass on documentation and materials needed for each position. For a description of each role, please see MOTA’s Bylaws. If you would like more information, please reach out to Derek Piggott, Vice President – Awards & Nominations.