Student Organization: WUSOTA

The Washington University Student OT Association (WUSOTA) is very active each semester. Through their numerous committees, they enrich the lives of many individuals in the community as well as through their international service learning trip. For any questions regarding WUSOTA, or occupational therapy in general, please feel free to contact us at wusota@gmail.com.

Executive Board 2017 - 2018

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President - Ronnie Drummond, OTD/S '20

The president of WUSOTA oversees executive board chair members, leads and organizes student body meetings, and is a liaison for students and administration. Holding this chair is a great opportunity for a determined student to maintain a leadership position with gratifying responsibilities within and outside of the Program.

Vice President - TBA

The vice president of WUSOTA attends monthly WUSOTA executive board meetings to represent the first year students in decisions regarding monthly WUSOTA events, community service activities, and fundraising efforts. As a first year in the program, the vice president has the opportunity to be involved in a leadership position early on in the program and get a strong understanding of how WUSOTA is run. This position is encouraged for someone who enjoys holding a leadership role and ultimately wants to hold a chair or executive board position for WUSOTA in the future.

Treasurer - Maggie Fleita, OTD/S '20

The treasurer works closely with the committee chairs to develop the budget for the operations of WUSOTA. They are the liaison between the OT program's financial administrator and WUSOTA to make sure all disbursements are made on time. The treasurer also oversees the WUSOTA's scholarship program for Hill Day, MOTA, and AOTA.

Secretary - Taylor Grootwassink, OTD/S '20

The secretary takes the attendance of each exec board and general body meeting. The secretary also is responsible for recording the meeting minutes for each meeting and serves to assist the president in organizing students into the various committees.

Advocacy Committee - Cassidy Koziol, OTD/S '20, Christine Nelson, MSOT/S '19, and Erica Steinoff, MSOT/S '19

Advocacy committee is involved with Backpack Awareness Day, letter writing campaigns, presenting to MD students and other WUSM students about OT, presenting at a Health Professions Minority Fair for high school students, helping OT students develop their "elevator speech," and planning and executing activities during OT Awareness Month (April).

ASD - Allison Doerpinghaus, OTD/S '20, and Kylie Van Roekel, MSOT/S '19

The representatives of the Assembly of Student Delegates (ASD) provide a mechanism for the expression of student concerns, and offers a means whereby students can have effective input into AOTA affairs.

Community Service Committee - Julie Abraham, MSOT/S '19, and Leanna Namovic, OTD/S '20

Community Service Committee members help to organize and plan community service events with different populations around the St. Louis area. Some of these include Hope Lodge Dinners and Autism Walk. It's a super fun way to get hands-on experience out of the classroom, and to see what St. Louis has to offer!

Cultural Committee - Virginia Bantz, MSOT/S '19, and Julia Colton, OTD/S '20

The WUSOTA Cultural Committee is dedicated to exposing students to a diverse array of community groups. The committee hosts events throughout the year highlighting individuals from different ethnic, socioeconomic, religious, underserved, and disabled groups to better understand their lived experience and how OTs interact with these populations.

Fundraising Committee - Mary Kate Riffle, MSOT/S '19, and Eric Yamakado, OTD/S '20

The fundraising committee is responsible for planning and conducting fundraising events to maintain WUSOTA's budget. The money raised by fundraising helps other committees to host fun, educational, and service learning events.

Job Fair Committee - Maggie Armstrong, OTD/S '20, Micki Lenderman, OTD/S '20, and Sarah Sherman, MSOT/S '19

The Job Fair Committee helps with mailing out flyers, designing informational posters, and inviting other schools in the area to the annual event. The committee is present for the Job Fair to greet students and help make sure the employers are comfortable.

Media Relations Committee - Tzvia Cahn, OTD/S '20, and Natalie Shirk, MSOT/S '19

Media Relations is a committee dedicated to spreading information about WUSOTA to students, faculty, and the community. Focused on organization and scheduling, this committee is responsible for writing newsletters, managing the calendar, and updating social media (WUSOTA Facebook page). This committee encourages creative, organized, and tech-savvy students who want to contribute to the public relations domain of this organization.

MOTA Representatives - Bernadette Sheffield, MSOT/S '19, and Makenna Snyder, MSOT/S '19,

The Missouri Occupational Therapy Association student representatives serve as liaisons between the MOTA board and the Washington University OT student body.  The reps attend MOTA board meetings, help with student recruitment for the annual MOTA conference held in November, and help plan a student mixer at the conference. Additionally, they organize students to attend the annual Missouri Capitol Hill Day in February to advocate for OT as a profession, and educate students on important policy issues related to Occupational Therapy in Missouri.

Professional Development Committee - Maribeth Clifton, OTD/S '20, and Katie Holt, MSOT/S '19

The Professional Development Committee strives to promote opportunities for the academic and professional growth of WUOT students through organizing guest lectures, field trips, workshops, and other events. The committee is always open to ideas for future events and will work to make them happen!

Social Committee - Tarin Buol, MSOT/S '19, Chris Gonzalez, OTD/S '20, and Jaidyn Johnson, MSOT/S '19

The Social Committee aims to bring students together by exploring the St. Louis area and through having a good time through fun social events. The main responsibilities as a committee are to organize orientation events, plan the float trip and Theraball, among other events throughout the year.

St. Catherine's Challenge - Ana Archer, MSOT/S '19, and Erin Gibson, MSOT/S '19

The AOTF St. Catherine Challenge is a student-led initiative to support the profession of occupational therapy by raising funds for occupational therapy research grants provided by the American Occupational Therapy Foundation.

Previous Executive Boards

WUSOTA Executive Board 2017 - 2018

President
Shoshana Falk, OTD '19

Vice President
Ronnie Drummond, OTD '20

Treasurer
Laura Pilney, MSOT '18

Secretary
Jessica Erb, MSOT ‘18

Advocacy Committee
Emily Sherman, OTD '19, Alana Hansen, OTD '19, and Samantha Eagle, OTD '19

ASD
Ang Nguyen, OTD '19

Community Service Committee
Blair Holck, MSOT/S '18, Connor Daws, OTD/S '19, and Karmen Swanson, OTD/S '19

Cultural Committee
Molly Grabill, OTD/S '19, Kathy Yang, OTD/S '19, and Melissa Thomas, OTD/S '19

Fundraising Committee
AJ Neff, OTD/S '19, Nic Huang, OTD/S '19, and Ashley Chuck, MSOT/S '18

Job Fair Committee
Shannon Cochrane, OTD/S '19, and Lindsay Smith, MSOT/S '18, and Madison Rolling, OTD/S '19

Media Relations Committee
Jamie Meyer, MSOT/S '18, Lexie Cirrincione, MSOT/S '18, and Maggie Kindra, MSOT/S '18

MOTA Representative
Audra Hendrix, MSOT/S '18

Professional Development Committee
Ellie Park, OTD/S '19, and Allyson Farren, MSOT/S '18

Social Committee
Richard Whalley, OTD/S '19, Kathryn Signon, MSOT/S '18, and Jamie Brill, OTD/S '19

WUSOTA Executive Board 2016 - 2017

President
KP Poulton, OTD '18

Vice President
Shoshana Falk, OTD '19

Treasurer
Dionne Siyavora, MSOT '17

Secretary
Lanae Nesky, MSOT ‘17

Advocacy Committee
Caitlin Strobel, OTD '18, and Andrea Connolly, MSOT '17

ASD
Elizabeth Kasacenak, MSOT '17

Community Service Committee
Jill Evans, MSOT '17, and Mary Holowatuk, OTD '18

Cultural Committee
Karli Green, OTD '18, Deborah Haynes, OTD '18, and Alex Raybon, MSOT '17

Fundraising Committee
Brooke Fosaaen, OTD '18, Katie Hellessen, MSOT '17, Suzi Skaggs, MSOT '17, and Rachel Nation, MSOT '17

Job Fair Committee
Gabrielle Blenden, MSOT '17, and Chevie Wiseman, MSOT '17

Media Relations Committee
Danielle Wengraf, MSOT '17

MOTA Representatives
Anna Annecca, OTD '18, and Alexis Raybon, MSOT '17

Professional Development Committee
Kelly Baker, MSOT '17, Michelle Egan, MSOT '17, and Kathryn Kadela, MSOT '17

Social Committee
Kegan Murphy, OTD '18, Katie Kaufmann, MSOT '17, and Sonya Randall, MSOT '17

WUSOTA Executive Board 2015 - 2016

President
Brianna Beattie, OTD '17

Vice President
KP Poulton, OTD '18

Treasurer
Kate Heidorn, MSOT '16

Secretary
Amy Fjerstad, MSOT/MPH ‘17

Advocacy Committee
Rachel Harris, OTD '17, and Sam Talisman, OTD '17

ASD
Sam Talisman, OTD '17

Community Service Committee
Sara Rutherford, MSOT '16, and Nirah Shaw, MSOT '16

Cultural Committee
Tania Andrade, MSOT '16, and Kristina Vance, MSOT '16

Fundraising Committee
Lindsey DeSutter, MSOT '16, Chris Enke, OTD '17, Elizabeth Szymke, MSOT '16, and Arielle Yarbrough, MSOT '16

Job Fair Committee
Grace Eisenberg, MSOT '16, and Lindsey Kehlenbrink, MSOT '16

Media Relations Committee
Katrina Christopher, OTD '17

MOTA Representatives
Felicia Foci, OTD '17, and Gloria Sipakati, OTD '17

Professional Development Committee
Melissa Brottman, OTD '17, and Michelle Voss, OTD '17

Social Committee
Stephanie Fitterer, MSOT '16, and Lena Menkes, OTD '17

WUSOTA Executive Board 2014 - 2015

President
Jenna Rebhun, OTD '16

Vice President
Brianna Beattie, OTD '17

Treasurer
Morgan Fry, MSOT '15

Secretary
Sadie Walker, OTD '16

Advocacy Committee
Melissa Feeley, MSOT '15, and Gabrielle Hussey, OTD '16

ASD
Gabrielle Hussey, OTD '16

Community Service Committee
Maggie Biggs, MSOT '15, and Remy Orlins, OTD '15

Cultural Committee
Akos Asare, MSOT '15, and Caryn Mandelbaum, MSOT '15

Fundraising Committee
Erin Boyle, MSOT '15, Sara Killian, MSOT '15,
and Morgan McGinnis, MSOT '15

Global Awareness Committee
Lacey Burchett, OTD '16, Celine Dammond, OTD '16,
and Lauren Rencoret, MSOT '15

Job Fair Committee
Heather Annis, MSOT '15, and Macy Miller, OTD '16, and Erin Sherman, MSOT '15

Media Relations Committee
Nikki Alvarez, MSOT '15

MOTA Representatives
Jianna Fernandez, OTD '16, and Savannah Sisk, MSOT '15

Professional Development Committee
Salma Hussain, OTD '16, and Kelly Taylor, OTD '16

Social Committee
Emily Baker, MSOT '15, and Stacy Rundback, MSOT '15

WUSOTA Executive Board 2013 - 2014

President
Janelle Hively, MSOT '14

Vice President
Jenna Rebhun, MSOT '14

Treasurer
Krista Fox, MSOT '14

Secretary
Gina Spiewak, MSOT '14

Advocacy Committee
Kristen Moosmann, MSOT '14, and Jordan Skowronski, MSOT '14

ASD
Jordan Skowronski,MSOT '14

Community Service Committee
Anita Khoong, MSOT '14, and Elizabeth Tackett, OTD '15

Cultural Committee
Jeanne Horvath, MSOT '14, and Sarah Hendred, MSOT '14

Fundraising Committee
Elizabeth Eklund, MSOT '14, Alexia Overton, MSOT '14,
and Samantha Slutzky, MSOT '14

Global Awareness Committee
Sarah Colwell, MSOT '14, Tess Greene, OTD '15,
and Kelsey Luedtke, OTD '15

Job Fair Committee
Morgan Brundahl-Smith, MSOT '14, and Margaret Glassman, MSOT '14

Media Relations Committee
Juliana Hersh, MSOT '14

MOTA Representatives
Claire Schueler, MSOT '14, and Jeanne Horvath, MSOT '14

Professional Development Committee
Melody Li, MSOT '14, Kimmy Nguyen, MSOT '14,
and Joan Scacciaferro, MSOT '14

Social Committee
Courtney Johnson, MSOT '14, and Laura McCarty, OTD '15


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