WOTA is led by an all-volunteer board of directors comprised of OT practitioners from around the state. In addition, WOTA has a part-time Executive Director and lobbyist. Elections are held each year in the spring for those positions that turn over. If you would like to know more about volunteer opportunities at WOTA, please get in touch!
President Genie Charvet currently works in the Kent School District. She previously worked in a variety of adult settings, including inpatient, outpatient, work rehab, SNF and home health. She has been a member of WOTA for many years and has served as Continuing Education Co-Chair, Newsletter Editor, Treasurer-Elect, Treasurer, Audit and Budget Chair, and Administrative Secretary. She has a BS in OT from University of Puget Sound (1980), post-professional MS from San Jose University (2008), and OTD from Loma Linda University (2014).
Past President Sarah Jensen graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 2000 and has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient rehabilitation, hand therapy, industrial rehabilitation and management. She is currently working in the school district. She has been involved with WOTA for several years serving as Secretary and Membership Chair. She has thoroughly enjoyed serving on the board, networking with other practitioners in our state and helping WOTA to achieve its vision.
Julie Kugel, Vice-President graduated with her BS in Health Science and MOT in 2006 from Loma Linda University, CA. Soon after graduation she moved to Washington where she began working at Providence Centralia Hospital, gaining experience in inpatient rehabilitation, acute care, and outpatient pediatrics. She then worked for the Centralia-Chehalis School District for 7 years. During this time, she pursued her post-professional OTD (2009). Her doctoral research focused on health, wellness, and childhood obesity in rural Washington. Over the past 5 years she has also been teaching in the OTD program for Loma Linda University via distance education. Areas of interest include health and wellness, pediatrics, education, research, and advocacy.
Secretary Kyrstin Szewczyk is an occupational therapist working in inpatient rehab at Harborview Medical Center. She also has experience in long term acute care, and is the current editor of the WOTA Newsletter. As a student Kyrstin was co-president of the University of Washington's SOTA and worked on HEAL-WA project to benefit OT in Washington.
Treasurer Mary Matthews-Brownell has more than 25 years of clinical experience in hand and upper extremity assessment and rehabilitation. She has worked across a variety of multidisciplinary team settings including home health, skilled nursing, sub-acute care, outpatient, and assisted living. She earned a BS with honors in Occupational Therapy from the University of Puget Sound, a Masters in Health Care Administration as well as many professional certifications. Mary currently works at the Veterans' Administration.
OTA Rep Rosie Narayan graduated from PIMA Medical Institute in 2014. She has experience working in hospital settings, school districts and now has been working at University Place Care Center a skilled nursing home for one year. She volunteered at WOTACON in 2013 and is excited to part of the WOTA board.
Angela Bosse, Continuing Education Chair, has been an OT for 11 years working in a variety of settings, including school-based pediatrics, skilled nursing, geriatrics, and academics. She has been on the Executive Board for 5 years working on Continuing Education and Conference. Angela has planned the last five annual WOTA conferences (Wenatchee, Lynnwood, Spokane, and Tacoma), and the past two Mini conferences. Angela enjoys creating continuing education opportunities for the WOTA community.
Laura Sutton, Awards and Nominations Chair, a member of WOTA since 2011, has attended the conference every year. She is a graduate of Pima Medical Institute and former student of Angela Bosse. Laura volunteered at WOTA as a student in 2011 and was a founding member of the Pima chapter of SOTA. She recently returned from her first AOTA conference in Chicago. Before becoming a COTA, Laura was a stay at home mom of her 11 children. She looks forward to giving back to our organization by serving on the board as the Nominations and Awards chair.
Continuing Education Chair–Elect Stephanie Brubach graduated from Pima Medical Institute in 2014. She has worked as a pediatric OTA in the school districts and now a private outpatient clinic, Kidspace Therapy in Longview, WA. She has been involved with WOTA since 2013 as a student volunteer and membership chair. She looks forward to continuing her journey and being part of the wonderful WOTA team.
Legislative Chair Robin Huesca earned her Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology from the University of Washington in 2003, followed by her Master of Occupational Therapy from University of Washington in 2005. While completing her Masters, Robin worked in partnership with WOTA and another student at UW, to develop and establish WOTA's internet presence. She works as an OTA Academic Fieldwork Coordinator at Lake Washington Institute of Technology and Per Diem at the Providence Everett Regional Medical Center. Robin's passion is working to bring Evidence-Based Research into everyday treatment practice. Now, in her role as the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator at the Lake Washington Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, she is working to help students develop both the skills to become advocates for the profession of OT and bring current, evidence-based research into their future practice.
Membership Chair Cheryl Crow is a pediatric occupational therapist currently working at Stepping Stones Occupational Therapy in Bellevue, WA. She graduated from Samuel Merritt University in 2012 and was selected as part of AOTA's Emerging Leadership Development Program from 2013-14. As a person with rheumatoid arthritis, she is an active volunteer for the Arthritis Foundation and has participated in numerous advocacy, research and education endeavors to serve persons with rheumatological diseases. Cheryl joined the WOTA Hike the Hill committee and Legislative committee in 2014 and remains an active member.
Budget and Audit Chair Wendy Waterval–van Ooyen is an occupational therapist currently working at Snoqualmie Valley Hospital as an outpatient occupational therapist and hand therapy specialist. She also has experience in inpatient therapy, outpatient pediatric therapy, and school based therapy. Wendy graduated from the University of Washington MOT program in 2014.
Nick Senzee returned as Executive Director 2016, having worked in the same role with WOTA from 2012-2014. He has fifteen years' experience in (allied health or VHO) association management, having worked in Washington DC at AAMFT, the Alpha-1 Foundation and AAPA. Once in the Evergreen State, while working for WOTA, he served as Executive Director for the American Academy of Oral Medicine. An on-again-off-again stay-at-home dad to two kids, Nick serves on the board of the National At-Home Dad Network and is a member of the American Society of Association Executives. He holds an MA from Brigham Young University.
Kate White Tudor, JD, represents healthcare clients before the legislative and executive branches of state government. In addition to her work with WOTA, she represents other clients including WACMHC, and End of Life Washington, an organization that advocates for patients facing end-of-life decisions. She also serves on the Western Institutional Review Board. A graduate of Stanford Law School, began her career as a commercial litigation associate in Houston. She most enjoyed representing a major teaching hospital at the Texas Medical Center in its medical malpractice cases, and she served on the hospital's clinical ethics committee for several years. She later represented healthcare providers in business transactions and regulatory compliance matters before returning to Washington State and her passion for political advocacy and healthcare policy matters.