This is Who We Are
Positions on the board are volunteer based, and nominations and elections are held annually in June.
NCOTA Board of Directors
Amy Mahle, MHA, COTA/L
Amy Mahle is the founding Program Director and Chair of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in Salisbury. Her clinical experience includes outpatient rehabilitation and acute care. She has a BA in Psychology from Houghton College, is a graduate of Cabarrus College of Health Science OTA program, and earned a Master of Health Administration from Pfeiffer University. She has also served on the NCOTA Board as Education and Research Chair for two years.
Amy is passionate about education and uniting OT practitioners across North Carolina. Her current research interests are Constraint Induced Movement Therapy and education. Prior to her career in OT, she worked in social services and was also a local small business owner for 7 years. She is married, has two grown children, and a new grandson. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, baking, gardening, and trips to the mountains.
Contact Amy at President@ncota.org
Beth Hathaway, OTD, OTR/L
President - Elect
Dr. Beth Hathaway received her undergraduate degree from East Carolina University and after practicing for over 20 years went on to earn an advanced master’s degree in occupational therapy from AT Still University and then her OTD in 2013 from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Her dissertation focused on equipping providers of early intervention on how to effectively implement family centered care including the importance of mentorship.
Beth has dedicated over 35 years to the specialty area of pediatrics, specifically focusing on providing early intervention services to families and young children. After completing her doctoral work Beth launched her Raleigh based private practice, Locus Family Centered Therapies, which currently employs OTR’s and COTA’s. She intentionally hires new graduates or practitioners who have not worked in the field for several years, offering a 1:1 mentorship program which supports them in their professional growth. Beth’s passion for empowering families to fully participate in valued routines, activities and celebrations is the heart of her interactions with families, children and providers of early intervention. In addition to her clinical work Beth is also a part-time assistant professor at AT Still University, teaching online occupational therapy students at both the master’s and doctoral level. Most recently,Beth accepted the position of President Elect and is excited to deepen her commitment to occupational therapy practitioners across the state.On a more personal note, Beth is happily married to a Raleigh businessman and together they have a blended family of seven adult children, four grandchildren and a very spoiled doggie Jazzy.
Catherine Crawford, MOTR/L
Catherine Crawford has been an occupational therapist for 10 years. She currently works as a PRN OT in outpatient rehabilitation, acute care and long term acute care settings for Carolinas Healthcare System and Carolinas Specialty Hospital. Her primary area of practice is treating a variety of orthopedic UE and neurological injuries and conditions.
Catherine has been proudly serving the NCOTA Board as Secretary for the last few years, and was recently elected as Vice-President. Catherine has earned her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Temple University and currently resides in Charlotte, NC with her husband Chris and sons Andrew and Alexander.
Maureen McBride, COTA/L
Maureen “Mo” McBride, COTA/L Maureen graduated from Tidewater Community College in 2007 and has committed herself to working with geriatric populations with PeopleFirst Rehabilitaion. She believes in maintaining and supporting all of Occupational Therapy's professional organizations, and hopes to encourage others to get involved!
Meredith Gronski, OTD, OTR/L
Meredith Gronski, OTD, OTR/L is the founding Program Director and Chair of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program at Methodist University in Fayetteville. Her clinical and research interests include children who are deaf and hard of hearing, balance and vestibular function, early intervention, school-based practice and pediatric self-management of food allergies. Dr. Gronski is board certified and licensed to practice in North Carolina. She serves on the American Occupational Therapy Association's Commission on Practice. In addition to her academic position, she performs evaluations for Cumberland County Schools.
Amber Ward, MS, OTR/L, BCPR, ATP/SMS
Member at Large
Brad Myers, MA, OTR/L
Brad Myers has been practicing Occupational Therapy since graduating from East Carolina University in 1999. He is also a 2003 alumni of ECU’s Health Education and Promotion Graduate program. Brad is currently the Clinical Specialist for Carolina Therapy Services. In this position, he is responsible for insuring documentation and clinical compliance, staff and facility training, insuring third party reimbursement through the Medicare appeals process, disseminating legislative changes affecting therapy, and program development in each of CTS’s skilled nursing, outpatient, hospital, school system, and home health settings across North Carolina. Brad lives in Raleigh with his wife, Kellie, and son, Carter.
Lisa Pierce, COTA/L
Lisa Pierce graduated from the OT Assistant program at Stanly Community College in 1998. She is a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist (CEAS) and Certified in Lymphedema (LLCC). Her skills and certification in Lymphedema made her instrumental in the development of the Lymphedema programs. Lisa has co-presented at the NCOTA Fall Conference and assisted with the AOTA conference in Charlotte, NC.
She has worked in settings such as Home Health, SNF and Long Term Acute Care [LTAC]. Lisa’s experience as VP and President of Randolph County Home Health Council demonstrates her leadership and cooperative efforts toward program growth.
She has been a member of the NCOTA since 1998 and has been a speaker at NCOTA conferences. Her active involvement in representing the field of Occupational Therapy over her career provides her the skills to be a strong OTA representative for the NCOTA board.
Heide Dorfman, OTR/L
Heide is currently the Co-owner and Financial Manager for Total Rehabilitation, Inc. She currently serves NCOTA as the NCBOT Liaison. She has previously served NCOTA as the Administration and Management Special Interest Session Chairperson. She has been a practicing Occupational Therapist in North Carolina for over 18 years. Her specialty areas included administration/management including third party billing, home health, and geriatrics.
Michelle Yoder, OTR/L
Michelle is a graduate of The Ohio State University and has been an OT for 18 years. She has spent the last 16 years working in pediatrics. Michelle is the owner and clinic director of Touchstone Therapy in Charlotte and co-creator of Fundanoodle, a handwriting development program.
As Membership Co-Chair she is committed to serving our profession by strengthening our membership across the state. Given the pending changes in healthcare, she feels it is more than important than ever to be an advocate for our profession.Michelle lives in Charlotte with her husband Matt and their children Sydney and Owen.
Robbin Newton, MA, OTR/L, BCP, C/NDT
Robbin is currently the Outpatient Coordinator of Pediatric Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy at Duke University Medical Center where she has worked for the last 27 years. She received her Occupational Therapy degree at East Carolina University and a MALS from Duke. She is NDT certified and holds a Board Certification in Pediatrics from the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Robbin has a special interest in assistive technology and coordinated the South Central Assistive Technology Resource Center for 17 years. She is a past recipient of NCOTA’s Nova and Scullin Awards. Robbin has held many different positions on the NCOTA Board over the years including Vice-President, Bylaws Chair, Pediatric SIS Co-Chair, Awards Chair and Public Relations Co-Chair. Robbin is excited to be involved with the board again and looks forward to the challenge of increasing our membership. She lives in Raleigh with her husband Jeff and has two children in college.
Katherine Stewart, OTR/L
Continuing Education Co-Chair
Katherine has been an occupational therapist with Carolinas Rehabilitation since graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2011. Her professional interests include physical disabilities, neurological injuries and conditions, and aging in place. In her free time she enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Katherine lives in Charlotte with her husband, Matt.
Her professional interests include physical disabilities and neurological conditions as well as aging in place, and in her free time she enjoys running, playing the violin, and spending time with family and friends. She is excited to become more involved with NCOTA in the role of Continuing Education Co-Chair.
Anna Walls, OTR/L
Continuing Ed Co-Chair
Social Media Co-Chair
Lauren Jones, MSOT
Lauren is a graduate of the UNC Chapel Hill Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program. Her practice interests include working with youth and adolescents to support successful post-secondary transitions, military service members and families, and increasing diversity in the professional workforce. As Social Media Co-chair Lauren helps share updates and resources with practitioners and students across the state and build a network of information to support OT practice in North Carolina. Her other interests include blogging, reading, and exploring NC with friends and family.
Marcie Gardner, OTR/L
Marcie Gardner completed her MSOT at Tufts University in 2003 and has practiced in a variety of settings and areas. She came to North Carolina in 2007 and has been actively involved with the NCOTA since that time. Marcie is a home health therapist with Carolinas Health Care System. When not working, she focuses her time on activities with her 2 children engaging in Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and competitive gymnastics
Nancy Green, MHA, OTR/L, CIMI, YRT 200