President

President Kyrstin Szewczyk is an occupational therapist working primarily in the brain injury rehab therapy program at Northwest Return to Work. She previously worked in hospital settings. She graduated from the University of Washington in 2013 and has previously held the Secretary position.

Past President

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).

Vice President

Occupational therapist with Seattle Public Schools. Currently Vice President of WOTA. Long work history with both OT and teaching elementary third and fourth grade, including at an international school in Vietnam. Specialist in pediatric OT in private and public school settings, and experience in SNF and home health adult population. I love to travel the world and look forward to many more travel experiences before I retire.

Secretary

Josie Jarvis is a Western Washington based OT who has dedicated the past 4 years to building in-depth practice skills in school based practice, acute care, and skilled nursing settings throughout WA state as both a traveling and now full-time therapist. She graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2015 where she had the opportunity to serve as WOTA student representative and SOTA Advocacy committee chair. In 2014 she was selected to participate in the AOTA Emerging Leader Development Program where worked with AOTA leadership on student outreach to integrate state and national OT advocacy efforts. In this project she worked with the WOTA Legislative Committee to help develop WOTA’s Hike-The-Hill legislative training and participate in AOTA’s National Hill Day as a WA state OT representative on two occasions. As a lifelong advocate she looks forward to helping to connect our membership to important information and opportunities for OTs and OTAs to get involved and help build the ongoing strength and service of our profession on the state level.

Treasurer

Josh Cobbley graduated with a BS in Biology from North Park University in Chicago, IL in 1995 and completed his MS in occupational therapy from Rush University in Chicago. He moved to the PNW in 2005 and has specialized in industrial rehabilitation for his entire career. He founded Northwest Return to Work in 2007 which now provides CARF accredited programs in Work Hardening, Brain Injury, and Pain Management. Josh has been an active participant in WA Labor and Industry committees, acting as the WOTA representative. He was one of the first champions advocating for OT and PT students to be allowed to work with Labor and Industry clients.

OTA Representative

Deborah Jackson is a 1977 graduate of the Green River OTA program. After Fieldwork placements at Madigan Hospital and Western State Hospital, Deborah was offered the 1 st COTA position from Seattle Public Schools. Deborah has worked in several settings beyond her 30 yrs in the school setting. Acute Care, Inpatient Rehab, Outpatient/Hand Clinic and Work Hardening. Non-traditional/emerging practice experience have been in Adult Day Health, Transition Programming for 18-21 yo and Senior Settings/Programming.

Currently Deborah works in Acute Care at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tacoma and is an Adjunct Faculty member of the OTA Program at Green River College.

Besides OT, Deborah’s passions include…her family, soccer, her ’73 Super Beetle, gardening, Art -or-Crafts, and the PNW!

For the 2019-2020 WOTA tenure, Deborah will be focusing on how WOTA can reach out to and engage more practicing COTAs in order to build the membership of COTAs and to provide strong mentorships for successful transitioning from the classroom to employment or transitioning from different practice settings. Both of these scenarios can provide their own challenges and the state organization should be able to provide support to entry level COTAs as well as COTAs that choose to change their field of practice.

There will be a survey sent out in September to all licensed COTAs in the state of WA, asking for input and suggestions on how WOTA can provide the support, training and education to our COTA professionals.

If anyone has any concerns, ideas, suggestions or solutions to how we can grow and be strong as COTAs
please don’t hesitate to contact me or any of the WOTA Board members!

Continuing Education Chair

Continuing Education Chair 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.

Continuing Education Chair Elect

Emily Nugen graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2016, and since has been working in Industrial Rehabilitation Field. She fell in love with the WOTA Community the first time she became involved in 2014. Since then Emily has move from a volunteer to a member of the Conference Committee and helps manage Social Media, Volunteers, and more. Emily enjoys all the networking opportunities WOTA has offered her over the years! In her free time Emily enjoys cooking, baking, and some graphic design.

Legislative Chair

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

Suzanne is a first year COTA, working at the Pudget Sound Health Care System and loving being of service to the Veteran population. Her occupational therapy assistant interest includes whole health, hand therapy, mobility and general occupational therapy as a whole. She is passionate about exercise science in regard to whole health and functional mobility with increased independence. Her previous works include an extensive background in anatomy and kinesiology with application through Rolfing, personal training and physical fitness. Holding licenses in the health care industry as a COTA/L and an LMP with specialties in Rolfing, intraoral and craniosacral. With additional certifications through the National Association of Sports Medicine for personal training and senior fitness specialist. She is still pursuing her educational desires towards becoming an OTR/L, with the thoughts of becoming a certified hand therapist or just a further experienced practitioner.

Awards and Nominations Chair

Awards and Nominations Chair Carol Stormer currently works at Industrial Therapy Solutions and is onsite at Oceanspray in Markham Washington. She also works At Grays Harbor Health and Rehab, in Aberdeen, Washington. Most of her career has been focused on industrial rehabilitation and Adult rehabilitation. Honors Graduate of Colorado State University 1987. Past President of Student Occupational Therapy Association. Teaching assistant in Anatomy and Physiology. Teaching Assistant in Death, Dying and Grief. Academic Advisor Elnora Gilfoyle Past AOTA President. Physical Disability Instructor Patricia Christ of NBCOT. Past Mental Health Liaison of WOTA. Trained by Claudia Allen FAOTA with ongoing study. Served on Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon as their first Board Chairperson, served on Conference Planning, Developed onsite academic program classes and internships for OTR students in industrial rehabilitation for students at Pacific University.

Budget and Audit Chair

Budget and Audit Chair Andrea Lynch graduated from Lake Washington Institute of Technology in 2018. She has worked as a COTA in acute mental health and is currently employed with International Community Health Services as part of their Health and Wellness Program in adult day services. She has been involved with WOTA since 2013 as a volunteer. She is honored to be serving with and for her fellow OTP’s.