NCOTA Leadership

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

Meredith Gronski, OTD, OTR/L, CLA

President 

 *Email: [email protected]                   

 

*OT Education: Bachelor of Arts (Psychology; 2003)- Washington University in St. Louis; Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD; 2005)- Washington University in St. Louis

*Current Setting/Title: Academia/Early Childhood

*Previous Experience: Schools, Early Intervention, Community-based Pediatrics

*Clinical/Professional Interests: early childhood, trauma/toxic stress, food allergy self-management, hearing impairment/vestibular dysfunction 

*Meaningful Roles and Occupations: parent (of 5 boys), wife, meal prep and trying new recipes, watching beauty blog videos, lector and faith formation catechist

Additional Information (Professional Memberships, Awards, Honors, Activities, etc.): NCOTA board member, AOTA member, Executive Committee- Partnership for Children of Cumberland County 

 

Catherine Crawford, MOTR/L 

Vice President

 

 

 

Mary Bird, OTR/L
Treasurer

 

 

 Secretary  

 Robbin Newton, MA, OTR/L, BCP, C/NDT

 OT Education: BSOT-East Carolina University, Master of Liberal Studies-Duke University, AT Certificate-ECU

Current Setting/Title:Clinical Manager, Duke Pediatric Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy

Previous Experience: 34 years at Duke in Pediatric OT

Clinical/Professional Interests: Neuromuscular Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Assistive Technology

Meaningful Roles and Occupations: Mother of Two Adult Children, Beach Lover, Advocate for OT

Additional Information (Professional Memberships, Awards, Honors, Activities, etc.): Member of American Occupational Therapy Association and Neuro-Developmental Therapy Association. Life time member of NCOTA.  Past recipient of the Nova and Scullin Award from NCOTA.

 

Beth Hathaway, OTD, OTR/L 
Member at Large

 

*OT Education: Undergraduate degree from East Carolina University, Advanced Master's Degree from AT Still University and OTD from Thomas Jefferson University in 2013

*Current Setting/Title: Founder of a Raleigh based pediatric private practice which intentionally hires new graduates and practitioners who wish to change practice areas or have not worked in the field for several years, offering a 1:1 mentorship program that supports them in their professional growth. 

Previous/Current Experience: Over 35 years in the specialty area of pediatrics, specifically focusing on providing early intervention services to families and young children

*Clinical/Professional Interests: Pediatrics, teaching

*Meaningful Roles and Occupations: Husband and blended family of 7 adult children. Currently enjoying the "empty nest"

Additional Information (Professional Memberships, Awards, Honors, Activities, etc.): NCOTA Member, recently completed term as NCOTA President

 

Lauren Jones, MSOT

Special Interest Section Coordinator

 

 

 Kimberly Godwin, OTR/L

Legal/Political Chair

 

 

 

 

Samantha Ryan, COTA/L

OTA Liaison

*OT Education: Associate of Applied Science, Occupational Therapy Assistant from Greenville Technical College.

*Current Setting/Title: Pediatric Outpatient Clinic

Previous Experience: Skilled Nursing, Home Health, CCRC, Vocational Rehabilitation, and School Services

*Clinical/Professional Interests: Advocacy, Special Education Rights, sensory processing, emotional and behavioral regulation in children, leadership, 

*Meaningful Roles and Occupations: Samantha resides in Cary, NC with her Partner, Jenn, and their son. In her free time she enjoys cooking, exploring outdoors with her dog, and game nights with her friends and family. 

Additional Information (Professional Memberships, Awards, Honors, Activities, etc.): Member of American Occupational Therapy Association, North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association; graduate of the 2017-18 cohort of American Occupational Therapy Association’s Emerging Leaders Development program. 

 

Heide Dorfman, OTR/L

NCBOT Liaison

 

 

 

Karen Kitchens-Law, OT/L

Membership Co-Chair

 

 

 

 

Christie Briskey, OTR/L

Membership Co-Chair

 

 

 

Morgan Sawyer, MS, OTR/L, ITFS

Continuing Education Co-Chair

OT Education: Master of Science in Occupational Therapy - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 Current Setting/Title: Early Intervention - North Carolina Infant Toddler Program - Raleigh CDSA Occupational Therapist

Previous Experience: Acute Care

Clinical/Professional Interests: Early Intervention, Family Coaching

Meaningful Roles and Occupations: Member of a large (and growing!) family, Flower Guild Member at Church; Enjoy baking, photography, gardening

Additional Information (Professional Memberships, Awards, Honors, Activities, etc): Member of NCOTA

 

 

 

Amy Siegler, OTD, OTR/L, BOCO

Continuing Education Co-Chair

*OT Education: OTD from Creighton University

*Current Setting/Title: Mobility and positioning

Previous/Current Experience: NICU, hospice, academia, management

*Clinical/Professional Interests: Orthotics, seating, positioning and mobility, education, advocacy

*Meaningful Roles and Occupations: Wife, mother of 3 daughters

Additional Information (Professional Memberships, Awards, Honors, Activities, etc.)

 

 Yolanda Ortiz, COTA/L

Social Media Co-Chair

*OT Education: Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant from Durham Technical Community College

*Current Setting/Title: NextStep Raleigh Community-Based Paralysis Recovery Center, Director of Training

Previous Experience: SNF, Acute Care

*Clinical/Professional Interests: Neurorehab (SCI, CVA, TBA, MS), Geriatrics: Fall Prevention and Recovery, Mental Health (depression/anxiety, SA, skill building for behavior change), Chronic disease management

*Meaningful Roles and Occupations: Activity-Based Trainer, Group fitness instructor, lover of kettlebells, fitness enthusiast, yogi, Aunt to 2 nephews and one niece, 

Additional Information (Professional Memberships, Awards, Honors, Activities, etc.): Current Social Media Co-Chair for NCOTA, NCOTA and AOTA member

 

Marcie Gardner, OTR/L

Awards Chair

 

 

 

Nancy Green, MHA, OTR/L

Bylaws Chair

*OT Education: BA from Western Michigan University, Cum Laude

*Current Setting/Title: Education, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences, Atrium Health, OTA Program Chair

Previous Experience: Weekend Charge of acute care OT, PT, & ST, intensivist at Trauma Level I, Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan

*Clinical/Professional Interests: Use of art and horticulture,

Reviewer

2018Adult Therapeutic Conditions: Intervention Strategies for the Occupational therapy assistant. FA Davis. ISBN: 978-0-80365-918-6

2017 Mobility in Context, Principles of Patient Care Skills 2nd Edition, FA Davis. ISBN: 9780803658172

2017 Mindful Crafts as Therapy: Engaging More Than Hands, Cynthia L. Evetts, Suzanne M. Peloquin, FA Davis. ISBN:978-0-80364-674-2

*Meaningful Roles and Occupations: Mother, grandmother, friend, sister, gardener, antiquer, artist

Additional Information (Professional Memberships, Awards, Honors, Activities, etc.): Member of AOTA & NCOTA

2018     Presidential Coin Award, Atrium Health

2018     Tier 1 Engagement Survey Atrium Health

2018     Values in Action, Atrium Health

2017     Tier 1 Engagement Survey Carolinas Health Care System

2016     Key Engagement Award, Carolinas Health Care System

2016     Tier 1 Engagement Survey Carolinas Health Care System

2015     Values in Action, Carolinas HealthCare System

2015     Pinnacle Award Finalist, Carolinas HealthCare System

2015     Anita A. Brown Leadership in Education Award, Cabarrus College of Health System

2015     Tier 1 Engagement Survey Carolinas Health Care System

2014       Key Engagement Award, Carolinas HealthCare System

2014     Pinnacle Award Nominee, Carolinas HealthCare System

2013      Values in Action, Carolinas HealthCare System

2012      Values in Action, Carolinas HealthCare System

2011     Key Engagement Award, Carolinas HealthCare System

2008     Award of Outstanding Practice in Clinical Education, North Carolina Occupational      Therapy Association

2008    Award of Outstanding Practice in Community Service, North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association