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).
President Elect Kyrstin Szewczyk is an occupational therapist working in the brain injury rehab therapy program at Northwest Return to Work, while still picking up some shifts at Harborview Medical Center. She graduated from the University of Washington in 2013, during which she worked with WOTA on the HEAL-WA project and since then has been involved as a volunteer then Secretary on the board.
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.
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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.
Past Continuing Education Chair
Angela Bosse, Past Continuing Education Chair, has been an OT for 15 years working in a variety of settings, including school-based pediatrics, skilled nursing, geriatrics, and academics. She has been on the Executive Board for 9 years working on Continuing Education and Conference. Angela has planned the last seven annual WOTA conferences (Wenatchee, Lynnwood, Spokane, Tacoma, Tri-Cities, Bellevue, and Tacoma), the past five Mini conferences and she works with the Legislative Committee to organize and plan Hike the Hill, each January. She has created a Continuing education committee, with dedicated members that have all joined the Executive Board in various roles. Angela enjoys helping the WOTA community grow and thrive with new members and new learning opportunities.
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 and currently teaches at the OTA program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology. She graduated from Samuel Merritt University in 2012 and completed AOTA’s competitive Emerging Leadership Development Program from 2013-14. She is an active volunteer for the Arthritis Foundation and has participated in many advocacy, research and education endeavors to serve persons with rheumatic diseases. Cheryl has published articles on daily living adaptations for persons with rheumatoid arthritis, exploring the unique challenges of invisible illness, strategies for best serving neurodiverse children on numerous platforms including her website The Enthusiastic Life. Cheryl served as WOTA’s legislative chair from 2015-17 and has served as membership chair since mid-2017.
Awards and Nominations Chair
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.
Budget and Audit Chair
Constance Mullans – Details Coming Soon