MOTA would like to welcome all members to consider running for an open position in our leadership. MOTA is a completely volunteer organization that works to further the practice of occupational therapists in the state of Maryland through advocacy, education, community, and service. We are seeking members to fill the following offices:
- VP Communications
- VP Public Relations
- VP Membership
- VP Events
- VP Awards & Nominations
- OTA Representative
- Student Representative
These positions run for a period of three years, beginning January 1, 2022, and elections will be held the first week of September, 2021 (or a different date as decided upon by the board and disseminated to members). The former officers will be happy to assist in training new officers and will pass on documentation and materials needed for that 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.
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.