2020 Outstanding Alumni Award honorees

by Michele Berhorst  •  March 9, 2020

We are pleased to announce the 2020 honorees of the Program in Occupational Therapy's Outstanding Alumni Award. The awards recognize alumni for their individual achievements in or contributions to the field of occupational therapy in research, education, leadership, professional development or community participation.


Ashlea Cardin, OTD, MSOT ’99, OTR/L, BCP, CNT, is an assistant professor in occupational therapy at Missouri State University (MSU) in Springfield, Mo. She is a founding faculty member of the occupational therapy program at MSU, a clinician practitioner who studies the vulnerable population of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and a community advocate who provides pro bono pediatric services to the Older Order Amish community in Seymour, Mo. Cardin is being recognized for her role as an educator, her clinical expertise in the NICU, and her advocacy and service to individuals experiencing occupational deprivation.


Kristin Will, OTD ’14, OTR/L, is an independent health-care consultant based in Uganda who specializes in disability programming and community development. She is the director of medical professional and student rotations and the director of strategic partnership at the Musana Community Development Organization and the head of the rehabilitation department and disability programming at the Musana Community Health Center. She is being recognized for her passion, dedication and work to build sustainable programs and improve health services for individuals in Iganda, Uganda.

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