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36th Annual 

2016 MOTA Conference

November 11, 2016


DoubleTree by Hilton Baltimore North - Pikesville Hotel

1726 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, MD 21208


Please click on the link below if you are interested in becoming an Exhibitor and/or Sponsor for the upcoming conference:


2016 Official MOTA Vendor Packet.pdf

Please contact Lauren Carls Deaver (VP Events) with questions

**A Special Thank You to all of the 2015 GOLD Exhibitors **

EBS Healthcare 

University of Maryland Rehabilitation Network 

Metropolitan Bath and Tile Showrooms, Inc. 

US Army Health Care

 Celebrate 100 Years of Occupational Therapy
The Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC), is asking occupational therapy practitioners from around the nation to support it's creation of the Occupational Therapy Centennial Float for the Tournament of Roses Parade.  MOTA supports effort for occupational therapy to become widely recognized and globally connected.
Please join us in supporting the creation of this float by donating to:

TEAM MOTA is taking a break for the winter!  Please check back for spring dates!



Welcome New Board Members!


Consumer Member - Michael Bullis

Michael is currently the ED of the IMAGE Center of Maryland, a Center for Independent Living (CIL), in Towson that serves Baltimore city and county, and Harford County.  His CIL is one of seven Centers that serve Maryland statewide, operated by people with disabilities.  They provide the core services of information and referral, independent living skills training, peer mentoring, advocacy and transition services from school to adulthood and from nursing-homes back to the community.


Michael's professional background includes rehabilitation and travel training to blind people, former director of the Maryland Technology Assistance Program at the Maryland Department of Disabilities, Assistant to the Director, Oregon Commission for the Blind and Director of the Oregon Client Assistance program. He has taken a couple of breaks from rehabilitation work over the years to operate a motorcycle shop, several restaurants, and a mediation business.

VP of Events - Lauren Carls Deaver

Lauren Carls has been an Occupational Therapist since 2010 with her master’s degree from Towson University.  She has happily been working at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore for the past 5 1/2 years and is the OT Pediatric Limb Lengthening Specialist on the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics and International Center for Limb Lengthening.  She currently is the clinical site coordinator for the OT student program.  Earlier this year,  Lauren became a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician with Special Needs Training and is working in collaboration with Kids in Safety Seats (KISS)  to introduce a  Car Seat Assistance Program at the hospital to ensure children with special needs are provided with appropriate car seats prior to discharge.  Lauren has been a member of the Maryland Occupational Therapy Conference Committee since 2012 and actively assisted Emily (Event Planner) with coordinating the 2015 Conference.    

VP of Public Relations - Emily Arndts


Throughout Emily’s academic career, she has always been actively involved in a plethora of activities that supported the occupational therapy department at Towson University. She has served terms as both the Vice President and President of the Student Occupational Therapy Associations and the President of Pi Theta Epsilon, an occupational therapy honor society. Through her participation in those leadership roles, she networked and created relationships with various institutions such as Kennedy Krieger and University of Maryland Medical Center; planned and orchestrated various events for the student body; and implemented many fundraisers for those organizations. Some of her biggest projects while serving in these positions were to increase membership of the organizations, develop a mentorship program for students in the occupational therapy department, and enhance inter-cohort interaction amongst the occupational therapy students at Towson University. She was also chosen to represent the occupational therapy department at conferences such as Student Conclave in St. Louis, and AOTA Conference in Baltimore. In May of 2015 she was the recipient of the Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science Award of Excellence.

OTA Student Representative - Emily Griffith

 My name is Emily Griffith and I am a thirty-two year old student in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Allegany College of Maryland.  I am the mother of two terrific girls and have been married to their father for the past 12 years.  I received my letter of acceptance into the OTA program back in March of this year and started my first semester in May.   I am in my second semester of the program and plan to graduate in August of 2016.  I volunteered to become the student representative for MOTA in the first semester of this program.  I am a responsible individual eager to learn and try out new experiences.  Moreover, after visiting the website for MOTA, I can see there is a vast of prevailing experiences and information I would be able to convey to my fellow OTA classmates if given the chance to.  This in return would help to enhance student awareness about MOTA.

As a representative for all the OT and OTAs in Maryland, I will do my best to ensure the profession of Occupational Therapy and increase knowledge to other OTs and OTAs about becoming a member.  There are several wonderful incentives to obtaining a membership with the MOTA, one of them being discounts on educational events.  If there is one thing I have learned this far, staying educated in the world of occupational therapy is necessary.  Participating in annual conferences, getting the opportunity to meet other therapist and gain their personal insights from OT, and most importantly witnessing real patients with real life changing experiences is always a great learning tool as well.  I will not pretend to be the most knowledgeable OTA student, but I would like to have the chance to represent Maryland Occupational Therapy Association and promote the profession of occupational therapy.

OT Student Representative - Sheridan Webb

Sheridan is in her first year as a Master's student in Towson University's Occupational Therapy program. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at Shepherd University in West Virginia where she was actively involved in campus life as an RA, volunteer, and member of the Student Government Association. She is currently a member of MOTA and AOTA and takes pride in supporting the organizations that advocate for her profession. As an OT, Sheridan hopes to work in Spinal Cord, Traumatic Brain Injury, or Stroke Rehab in an acute care setting. While she is a student, she hopes to become more involved in campus organizations and would be honored to advocate for her fellow OT classmates as the student representative for the Maryland Occupational Therapy Association. 

2015 MOTA Award Winners


Kuzhilethu Kshepakaran

Lynne Murphy


Lori Patria


Caitlyn Synovec

Nicole Womack Young


Towson University Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science


Please contact Derek Piggott,  VP Awards and Nominations at for further information.

Available MOTA Positions!

Executive VP



We wish you the very best as our new MOTA Officers!

How about serving on their committees?
We're seeking a few members to help with upcoming awards and the quarterly newsletter.
Volunteer hours can be used toward Maryland licensure and NBCOT certification renewal.
Please contact Kate Eglseder at for information.

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