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We are please to announce the following candidates for offices beginning January 1, 2014
President – Jodi Kaseff:
Upon completing my Occupational Therapy degree from the Medical College of Virginia in 2000, I began my career as an inpatient acute care therapist at Johns Hopkins Hospital. After working at the hospital for a year and a half, I pursued a position in pediatrics, which led me to my current placement in Prince George’s County Public Schools, where I have been for the last eleven years. Being in an itinerant position, I have had the opportunity to work with a wide range of disabilities and disorders as well as diverse educational programs. During my time in Prince George’s County, I participated in the Rising Stars Leadership Program, facilitated the Autism Focus Group, completed a one year internship in compliance, was nominated for the Robert R. Janus Award sponsored from the Council for Exceptional Children and am currently a member of the Evidence Based Practice group within the department.
Furthering my education, I received my Masters in Educational Studies as well as certifications in administration/supervision and autism from Johns Hopkins University in 2010. This past fall, I became certified in special education which has afforded me the opportunity to be a special education co-chair this 2013-2014 school year.
In 2012, I traveled to the AOTA conference in Indianapolis and presented a poster on compliance and Occupational Therapy. This experience was not only invaluable on a professional level but on a personal one as well. I was born and raised in Indianapolis and am an avid Colts fan, which is not too popular with my Baltimore Ravens neighbors. Currently, I reside in Baltimore with my miniature schnauzer, Hudson.
Executive VP – Kate Eglseder:
Kate Eglseder, MS, OTR/L, is currently working as Clinical Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at Towson University. Kate has spent the last 18 years working for the University of Maryland Medical System in their acute rehabilitation setting, with a focus on spinal cord injury and upper extremity trauma. She has worked in both the clinical and managerial roles within this facility. She received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Dominican College, a graduate certificate in Upper Quarter Rehabilitation from Drexel University, and a Master’s of Science in Education from McDaniel College. Kate is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Occupational Science at Towson University.
Secretary – Katherine Webster:
Katherine Webster graduated from D’Youville College in Buffalo NY in 2012 with a combined BS/MS degree in Occupational Therapy. As a student, Katherine was the student representative to the Niagara Frontier District Board of the New York State Occupational Therapy Association. Katherine was an elected officer of the D’Youville College Student Occupational Therapy Association. Katherine completed her level II fieldwork rotations in Baltimore Maryland, at Levindale Geriatric Hospital (acute rehab, physical disabilities rotation), Sheppard Pratt Psychiatric Hospital (Mann RTC, mental health rotation), and at AOTA (state policy office, optional third rotation). Currently, Katherine is the primary OT in the Child Day Hospital at the University of Maryland Medical Center, in the department of Psychiatry. She lives with her husband in the Charles Village neighborhood of the city of Baltimore.
Vice-President, Advocacy – Francine Miles:
Francine Miles has been practicing OT for 22 years. Her first 16 years were as an occupational therapy assistant and the last 6 as an occupational therapist. Francine began her volunteer experience with MOTA in 2005 while at Towson working on her Master’s Degree in OT. She has been a member for 8 years and has worked on MOTA’s public relations, conference, and legislative committees. Last year, Francine took a strong interest in state legislative issues and agreed to become the acting Chair of Advocacy when the current Vice President went on maternity leave. In this capacity, Francine has worked with MOTA’s lobbyist, Robyn Elliott, and the legislative committee members on multiple issues including, but not limited to habilitative services, telehealth, and healthcare reform.
Vice-President, Membership – Two Candidates:
After graduating from Alvernia College in Reading PA in 2008, Nicole worked 2 1/2 years at the Washington Hospital Center. Her areas of interest were rehabilitation with heart failure patients and geriatrics. She then took a position with Genesis Rehab, working at a skilled nursing facility in the Washington metropolitan area. After getting married to Rob Powels, Nicole moved to Cecil County to be closer to family and continued to work in geriatrics. Nicole now lives in an 1870 farm house on 3.5 acres in Colora. MD. She enjoys being with their two rescue dogs, Sophie and Agatha, as well as the eight hens, one rooster, and four Tennessee fainting goats. When she has spare time, she tends her garden, cans the produce, makes homemade jam, crochets and quilts. "Life truly is better in the country."
Sthefane Melo is an occupational therapist with Care resources. She received her bachelor degree from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brasil) and her Masters from Towson University with a certificate in Family Studies. After her third-year career in Brazil (one in a Psychiatric hospital and two at the school system) she moved to the USA. She started working for Care resources in 2007 and has completed a varied of contracts which include: Kennedy Krieger partnership with Baltimore City schools, Baltimore City and County schools, Maryland School for the Blind and non-private schools. She has served at Children of the World – Coop board – 2 years; Care Resources Advisory Committee – 4 years; Maryland Occupational Therapy association Bill Review Committee – 1 year; and currently at Charles Village Recreation League (soccer and other sports) – Second year. She currently resides in Mayfield (Baltimore) with her husband Purna, their three children: Amar(9) and Asha and Asish(6).
OTA Rep – Megan Heidt:
Megan Heidt is a new graduate from the Community College of Baltimore County and has started her career at Shady Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Her special interests are orthopedics and neurology. Prior to graduating summa cum laude as an Occupational Therapy Assistant, Megan worked in the communications field for nearly 4 years and has a BA from Christopher Newport University. She is running as the Occupational Therapy Assistant Representative in order to become more involved in the Occupational Therapy community and to learn from the experience of other Occupational Therapy practitioners. Megan wants to share the perspective of a new graduate with others as well as encourage fresh and new ideas about the field of OT. Megan is a current member of the Maryland Occupational Therapy Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Student Rep – Serap Bastepe-Gray:
Serap Bastepe-Gray, a musician and a music educator, began her graduate study in the field of occupational therapy in 2010 at the Occupational Therapy/Occupational Science Department of the Towson University, with a vision to provide better care for injured musicians through increased involvement of occupational therapists in musicians' injury prevention and rehabilitation.
Her scholarly work since the commencement of her occupational therapy studies include a presentation of a case report on a work hardening program in facilitating return to play following injury at the 31st Annual Symposium of Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) in July 2013; two published articles and one article accepted for publication in the subject area of music education, and two co-authored manuscripts submitted for consideration for publication in two peer reviewed journals. In April 2014, she will be presenting, along with a faculty member and two fellow occupational therapy students, a study on the psychometric properties of a measurement tool at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference.
As a graduate research assistant for Operation STAT, an annual mass casualty incident exercise sponsored by the Towson University, Serap collaborated in the preparation, implementation and evaluation phases of this exercise with an interdisciplinary team of faculty members and community participants. Other community work at the Towson University included free tutoring of occupational therapy students in kinesiology and neurology, and completing, in collaboration with a team of fellow occupational therapy students, the start-up phase of a self-sustaining injury prevention and rehabilitation program for the Towson University music students that uses the innate resources of the University setting.
In her classwork, Serap has been a vocal advocate of enhancing the profile of occupational therapy within the healthcare field through better understanding of the scientific method, unified terminology and development of standardized clinical outcome measures specific to the domain of occupational therapy with established psychometric properties and utility. She was recently recruited to the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society Towson Circle.
Members in good standing may log into the website to cast their vote or respond to the email sent on December 10, 2013.
MANY THANKS to all of you who responded to the call about your opinion on Maryland Habilitative Services.
There were 89 responses to the state workgroup's survey that was sent out to allied health professionals. The largest group of respondents were OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PRACTITIONERS at 36%, almost twice as vocal as any of the other groups. The rest of the breakdown was 20% from physical therapists, 18% from speech-language pathologists, 9% who provided behavioral health services, and 15% who practiced in other disciplines, including psychology, art therapy, and music therapy. The final report has been published. If you would like to read it in its entirety, click HERE.
The Maryland Board of Occupational Therapy Practice typically holds its meetings on the third Friday of the month.
Due to scheduled Disciplinary Hearings, The Board of Occupational Therapy Practice (MDOTP)
will not conduct their regularly scheduled Open Session Meetings on the following dates:
Friday, November 15, 2013
Friday, December 20, 2013
Friday, January 17, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014
It is expected that the General Session Open Meetings for the Board of Occupational Therapy Practice will resume in March 2014. .
Please contact Marilyn Pinkney, Licensing Coordinator at (410) 402-8556 if you have any questions/concerns.
The MBOTP has announced the following meeting dates for 2014:
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Maryland Youth Ballet has a program for kids with disabilities called Music and Motion. It’s administered by a professional dance instructor and student volunteers, and has the support of a licensed PT. I suspect some MOTA members may already know about this program, but I wanted to pass on the information in case you think it would be worth sharing with your members. I’m sure the kids involved get a lot out of it. More info available at the link below.