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2021-2022 Officers/Board of Directors

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Bryant Edwards

President
Bryant Edwards, OTD, MA, OTR/L, BCP, MPH

Gigi Smith

Vice President
Jerylin "Gigi" Smith, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Heather Javaherian

Secretary
Heather Javaherian, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Lisa Hiestand

Treasurer
Lisa Hiestand, OTD, MS, OTR/L

Alison George

Treasurer-Elect
Alison George, MS, OTR/L

Karen Polastri

Executive Director
Karen C. Polastri, IOM

2021-2022 Regional Directors/Board of Directors

Susan MacDermott

Region 1 Director
Susan MacDermott, OTD, OTR/L

Renee Makin

Region 1 Director-Elect
Renee Boivin Makin, OTD, OTR/L

Stephanie Kokesh

Region 2 Director
Stephanie Kokesh, OTD, OTR/L, CSRS

Lauren Heflin

Region 3 Director
Lauren Heflin, MS, OTR/L

Nirali Maru

Region 5 Director
Nirali, Maru, OTR/L, CAS

Hiral Khatri

Region 3 Director-Elect
Hiral Khatri, OTD, OTR/L

Danny Pavlovich

Region 4 Director
Danny Pavlovich, OTR/L

2021-22 Committee Chairs

Lauren Lopez

Chair
Advocacy & Government Affairs

Lauren Lopez, OTD, OTR/L

Jackie Meagher

Chair
Bylaws and Policy & Procedures
Jackie Meagher, OTR/L

Karen Park

Chair
Communications

Karen Park, OTD, OTR/L, CLE

Ingrid Leu

Co-Chair
Practice, Ethics, & Reimbursement
Ingrid Leu, OTD, OTR/L

Carnie Lewis

Co-Chair
Practice, Ethics, & Reimbursement

Carnie Lewis, MA, OTR/L

Sherry Hite

Chair
Professional Development & Leadership

Sherry Hite, MOT, OTR/L

Winifred Schultz-Krohn

Chair
Subcomittee Committee for 2021 Conference

Winifred Schultz-Krohn, PhD, OTR/L, BCP, FAOTA

Erwin Borja

Co-Chair
Student Leadership

Erwin Borja, OTD, OTR/L

Open Position

Co-Chair
Student Leadership
Position Open

Cara Hirsch

Co-Chair
Membership

Cara Hirsch, MS, OTR/L

Jhennylyn Rivera

Co-Chair
Membership

Jhennylyn Rivera, MOT, OTR/L

Erin Schwier

Chair
Ad Hoc Committee for Awards
Erin Schwier, EdD,OTD, OTR/L

Jessica De Brun

Chair
Ad Hoc Committee for Nominations

Jessica De Brun, OTD, MOT, OTR/L

Samia Rafeedie

Chair
OTAC-PAC

Samia Rafeedie, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR, CBIS