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 Greetings from the President 

As I began my term as POTA President I welcomed the participation and contribution of all occupational therapy practitioners and students who represent multiple facets of our profession today and in the years to come. Together, we will support and advance occupational therapy practice, education and research in Pennsylvania and provide example within the American Occupational Therapy Association and beyond. Previous POTA board members, state and local leadership committees have positioned our state association for amazing achievements in the years leading to 2017,  when we mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of occupational therapy in the United States. I look forward working with all to realize POTA's strategic goals during this important period!

Meet your POTA Board - this is a dynamic, enthusiastic and diverse group of individuals who work collaboratively to ensure that occupational therapy continues to grow and flourish across Pennsylvania We value members' perspectives. Please let us know how you think we’re doing and consider becoming involved in our association's activity. I look forward to hearing from occupational therapy stakeholders across Pennsylvania, and also to meeting many of you who attend local and state meetings ....

Mary Muhlenhaupt,  OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA


Board of Directors - the legislative and policy-making body of the Association



Mary Muhlenhaupt, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA (2012-2017)

As the chief executive officer of the Association, the President is responsible for the management of POTA and represents the organization within and outside the profession and the Commonwealth.




Vice President:
Bobby Walsh, MS, OTR/L (2016) 

The Vice President assists the President in managing POTA business and is responsible for Strategic Plan development and implementation. The Vice President also coordinates the Annual Awards process.


Amy Gerney, OTD, OTR/L

During the year preceding office as President, the President-elect works with the Board to gain an understanding of the management of POTA. Current president was re-elected in 2017.


Cheri Dotterer, MS, OTR/L 

In addition to responsibility to oversee all communication for POTA, the Secretary records minutes of all Board meetings and manages their availability.


Susan Santalucia, MS, OTR/L (2016-2018)

The Treasurer works collaboratively with association management and accountant to ensure the timely processing of financial information and obligations. The Treasurer develops a proposed budget each year for Board member review and action. 



During the year preceding office as Treasurer, the Treasurer-elect works with the Board to gain knowledge of POTA's fiscal procedures. Next Treasurer-elect ballot is scheduled for 2017.


OTA Representative At Large:
Carolyn Collins, COTA/L (2014-2017)

Facilitating communications between POTA's OTA members and the Board of Directors regarding issues relevant to occupational therapy assistants is the responsibility of the OTA Representative At Large.


District Delegates: Representatives of POTA's geographical districts

District #I

Tara Marshall, MS, OTR/L



District #II

Liz DeIuliis, OTD, OTR/L


District #III

Alysa Scavone, MS, OTR/L


District #IV


Cindy Goril, COTA/L

District #V




Paula McNamara, MS, OTR/L


District #VI

Karen Gualtieri, MS, OTR/L

District #VII

Samantha Panighetti, MOT, OTR/L




Commissions are appointed by the President and approved by the Board of Directors, serving a term that coincides with the president.


Commission on Conference Chair: 
Adel Herge, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA

This Commission coordinates, plans and implements the Annual Conference with the Local Conference Committee.



Commission on Education Chair: 
Amy Gerney, OTD, OTR/L (2015-2017)

This Commission promotes quality education and high educational standards for all POTA members and provides a mechanism for exchange of information.


Student Representative to the Board 
Jennifer Bennis, OTS (2014-2017)
University of Pittsburgh

This member participates in Board Meetings and activities with voice and no vote.




Commission on Practice Chair: 
Michelle Marshina, OTD, OTR/L

This Commission promotes the quality of occupational therapy practice and standards relative to practitioner and consumer needs.



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