State and Local District Elections

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Voting is open for the following positions-

President-elect to the Board of Directors

Vice-President to the Board of Directors

Executive Officer to Districts I, III, V, VII

Finance Officer to Districts I, III, V, VII

Recorder to District II, IV, VI

Elections open May 18, 2020 and close June 15, 2020 at noon

Successful candidates will be announced June 17, 2020.

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Please note that statewide elections are combined with each district election for one ballot.  Click on your district below to vote.

District 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6

 

District 7

 


 STATEWIDE ELECTION CANDIDATES
 
 

 <<<President-Elect>>>

 

 
Christine (Chrissy) Daeschner, MSOT, OTR/L
The Mission of POTA is to promote excellence within occupational therapy by advocating for the profession, facilitating quality professional development, and preserving the scope of practice. The mission has grown over the years and so have I.  I have been a member of POTA since 1996 as a student at Gannon University.  My path of leadership in occupational therapy as a volunteer began as a SOTA Treasurer and has grown to my current position as the Chair of the Legislative and Advocacy Committee.  Over the years I personally learned from different leaders within POTA and gained knowledge of the internal operations of the organization.  With my wide range of positions throughout POTA I have a working knowledge of the finances, district level operations, the process of developing and holding conference, and the board positions and structure.

As the Chair of the Legislative and Advocacy Committee, a newly created position on the POTA Board,   I have advocated for the profession on many levels.  I have had the privilege of educating students, districts, and members about the importance of legislation, policy, and advocacy.  In collaboration of POTA’s lobbyist, I organized a successful Advocacy Day in Harrisburg in 2019 and a Virtual Advocacy Day in 2020.  Advocating for occupational therapy in the state has allowed me to meet and work with different POTA members across the state on many issues.  This has expanded my expertise in policy and legislation. I have established relationships with key members affiliated with the state from our own organization and key stakeholders, including Legislators and AOTA legislative and policy leaders.

My personal development in POTA began in 2009, as a member of  the POTA Conference Special Events Committee.  In 2010, I was able to participate in a 6 week course on leadership within POTA that instilled competence, structure, and direction to pursue more roles within the organization.  Since that time I have held the role of District II Treasurer, District II Executive Officer, and LCC (Local Conference Committee) Co-Chairman in 2013 and 2018, helping to lead the local efforts and support the Commission on Conference organizing, developing, and executing the conference.  Through my involvement in POTA, I absorbed many leadership skills from a variety of OT practitioners and other allied health state leaders which I look forward to demonstrating. I have worked with numerous OT practitioners and students across the state while expanding my leadership skills, gathering membership feedback, creating focus groups on practice, designating leadership to individuals across the states, and encourage membership along the way.

If elected as your POTA President-Elect, I will continue to work diligently with our state to preserve OT’s scope of practice while promoting occupational therapy legislatively. I will continue working constantly to increase membership, expand professional development opportunities, and strengthen OT’s viability and advocacy efforts.  I strongly believe this is possible through dedicated communication and collaboration with POTA members while serving as an example to POTA non-members, inspiring them to join our organization. It would be an honor and privilege to continue to serve POTA as your new President- elect.

 

 

 

 

 Krysta Rives, MBA, COTA/L

Education:
EdD in Adult Education (2021)
MBA in Healthcare Management
BS in Healthcare Management
AAS in Occupational Therapy Assistant
AAS in Liberal Arts


POTA Roles:
OTA Representative at Large
POTA Member

AOTA Roles:
AOTA Member
Commission on Practice Committee Member

Position Statement: I am very excited to submit my letter of intent to run for the position of President-Elect for the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association. Having lived and worked in 4 out of the 7 districts of Pennsylvania, I have first-hand experience in the issues that matter to practitioners.

Adaptability and resilience are essential attributes for a leader to possess in this new decade. As we navigate changes in legislation, employment security, work-life balance, and a global pandemic it is important to sustain POTA’s culture of collaborative leadership. This leadership style leverages the strengths and interests of our board members, commission chairs, district representatives and active members to achieve our collective goals as we carry out our 2018-2021 strategic plan, and begin to shape the strategic plan that aligns with the next term.

My goals include addressing the unique needs of POTA members by utilizing technology as a tool to allow for increased member involvement, to support our districts in offering quality professional development that benefits practitioners, and to continue upholding the mission of POTA. This includes intentionally inviting voices of diversity to the table, and strengthening our brand through cultivating cross-functional relationships within our communities.

My background is diverse and includes a combination of clinical practice experience in SNF, home health, outpatient, private practice, and academic education, as well as management and leadership roles in the field of OT and in healthcare business administration. My passion for occupational therapy, advocacy, diversity and inclusion efforts make me a well-rounded and practical candidate worthy of continuing to serve the association in a new role.

Sincerely,

Krysta M. Rives

 

 

<<<Vice-President >>>

 

 
 
 Paula McNamara, MS, OTR/L
The experiences I have had during my 15+ year journey in occupational therapy have instilled passion within my work and vision about the strength and future of our profession. I have gained broad professional experiences practicing in NC, CA, PA; within schools, community mental health agencies, housing first, and early intervention; with children, families and adults who are homeless. Over the last four years, serving on the POTA board (first as District V Executive Officer and currently as POTA’s Vice President) has deepened my passion for occupational therapy and the need to advocate for occupational therapy in Pennsylvania.

As POTA’s Vice-President over the last two years, I have worked closely with Amy Gerney in developing new roles and responsibilities for POTA’s Vice President. This has allowed me to expand my leadership role within POTA and my working knowledge of the POTA board. We have identified ways to increase membership including a need to support district officers who in turn serve the POTA members within their districts. I provided formal onboarding for all new district officers, worked with district officers to conduct surveys to identify district needs, and collaborated with district officers to provide virtual continuing education. These new practices have increased communication amongst districts and provided increased opportunities for continuing education for all POTA members.

Based on POTA members’ concerns, I have worked with POTA board members to create a School-Based Practice task force, which is identifying the needs of school-based practitioners and strategically planning how to address these needs. I have worked closely with the Commission on Practice and the Legislative and Advocacy committee to ensure the development of this task force. Over the last three months, through the COVID-19 pandemic, I worked closely with Amy Gerney to identify needs of members and provided continuing education to support these needs. I have taken a leadership role in the virtual platform and have participated in the execution of all the webinars that we have been offered in this time.

In serving a second term as POTA’s Vice President, I will continue to work with district officers in reaching out to members across the state. I look forward to continuing to work with POTA’s president and President-Elect in supporting POTA’s mission to “promote and advocate for high quality occupational therapy services that are accessible to our individual, groups and populations of consumer.”

 

 

DISTRICT ELECTION CANDIDATES

 
 
District I
 

 <<<Executive Officer>>>

 

 
 
 Dee Andersen, MS, COTA/L
Dee Anderson is currently a full-time COTA/L working at Rose City Nursing and Rehab since February 2019. She is a 2018 graduate from Daytona State College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant’s program, where she also served as Daytona State College’s student president. Dee has a varied career background with over 15 years’ experience as a public relations professional and HR generalist, holding a BA degree in Public Relations from Roosevelt University and a master’s degree in Human Resources Management from Rivier University. She is a strong proponent of “giving back” and is no stranger to serving on professional boards. Dee served a member of the Illinois Association of the Public Relations Society of America while working as a Communications Manager for the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists in Park Ridge, Illinois.

Her background in public relations and experience in new employee orientation and in creating a strong corporate culture, coupled with her current position as a COTA, provides an excellent platform and capacity to effect change in the field of Occupational Therapy. “I am passionate about being a COTA and all that the position entails,” she says. “For me, using my skills to help POTA while building relationships with other occupational therapy professionals would be an honor and, hopefully, positively impact the field and POTA as a whole.”

 

<<<Finance Officer >>>

 No Candidate

 

 

 

District II

 

<<<Recorder>>>

 

 
 Bernadette Schmeltz, OTD, OTR/L, CLT

 Dr. Bernadette Schmeltz received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh in 2000 and Doctor of Occupational Therapy at Chatham University in 2019.  She is an Assistant Professor and Doctoral Capstone Coordinator at Slippery Rock University.  She has over 19 years of clinical experience working in diverse settings such as acute care, home health, outpatient pediatrics and adults, inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and cyberschool.  She is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist as well as holds certifications in Handwriting Without Tears Level 1 handwriting, Therapeutic Listening, Astronaut Training, and administering the Sensory Processing Measure.  She has presented at both the state and national level on her capstone project related to improving evidence-based practice utilizing an online journal club.  She was recently accepted to present at the Janet Falk-Kessler Distinguished Lectureship at Columbia University in New York City.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Kasey Stepansky, CScD, OTR/L, C/NDT, CBIS

Kasey Stepansky is a graduate of Duquesne University where she received both her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science (2012) and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (2013). She received her Clinical Science Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh in 2018. She currently works full time as the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and Assistant Professor at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA.  Kasey has provided occupational therapy services for adults in inpatient rehabilitation, home health, and acute care settings. Kasey maintains her professional practice as a PRN Occupational Therapist at Encompass Health Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital of Harmarville and Pittsburgh Encompass Health Home Health. She has provided occupational therapy evaluations and interventions for neurological clients in two different NIH funded studies. Her primary scholarship interests are in community reintegration of adult clients with neurological injuries and quality improvement of health systems based on evidence-based practice. Kasey is certified as a Brain Injury Specialist and in Neuro-Developmental Treatment. She completed a teaching fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh and has worked as an adjunct clinical instructor at both Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh. Kasey has presented locally, statewide, and nationally on topics including home modifications, practice scholarship, and caregiver training.

 
 District III
 

<<<Executive Officer >>>

 

 
 
 Katie Landsiedel, OTD, OTR/L

 Dr. Katie Landsiedel, OTR/L is a certified and licensed occupational therapist.  She has worked in pediatric settings such as Early Intervention and school-based settings for the last 8 years, assisting students ages 3-5 years old, and in grades Kindergarten through age 21.  Katie has served on the POTA Board of Directors as the District III Executive Officer since July 2018.  While in this leadership position, Katie organized several webinars for POTA members and is co-founder of POTA's School-based Task Force, a group formed to begin the process of developing school-based practice guidelines for practitioners in the Commonwealth.  In October 2019, Katie was awarded POTA's President's Award for her leadership and volunteer efforts.  She is also an Adjunct Faculty member at Misericordia University in the Occupational Therapy department.  Katie currently works as a school-based therapist in Northeastern, PA and resides in Harvey's Lake, PA with her husband, Matt, and their new little boy, Ryan.

 

 
 

 <<<Finance Officer>>>

 

 

 Melinda Clarke

Melinda Clarke, MS, OTR/L is a graduate of Misericordia University and is currently working in the acute care and skilled medical mental health units of Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton, PA. Along with her duties as Finance Officer for District III, Melinda is actively involved at her workplace through her roles as Fieldwork Coordinator and Safety Coach. 
 
 

 

District IV

 
<<<Recorder >>>
 

No candidates 

 

 
District V
 

 

<<<Executive Officer>>>

 

 
 
 Ashley Binkowski, MS, OTR/L and Jordan Porter, MS, OTR/L
             

 Jordan Porter  has served as the co-District Delegate for the past 2 years alongside Ashley Binkowski. She has been an occupational therapist for 7 years, working at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is newly AOTA board certified pediatric therapist. and lives in the city of Philadelphia with her husband and their 11 year old bulldog. 

 Ashley Binkowski, has been an occupational therapist for 12 years, nine of which have been at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on the inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient Teams. Ashley is also an active member of the ACRM pediatric stroke task force. She is currently participating in two NIH clinical Trials and two IRB approved research studies. She specializes in pediatric stroke and TBI rehabilitation. Ashley has served as the Co-executive officer along with Jordan Porter for the past two years and enjoys advocating for our profession. 

 
 

 

<<<Finance Officer >>>

 

 Sharon Marcy, MS, OTR/L

Sharon B. Marcy, MS, OTR/L is a candidate for Finance Officer with POTA District V. She is a full-time faculty member in the MSOT program at Salus University in Philadelphia and a pediatric occupational therapist serving early intervention and school-based communities. Sharon is currently pursuing her OTD with a specialization in remedial vision therapy. She was a presenter at the 2019 POTA annual conference and served as a Special Events Committee co-chair for the event.

 

 

 
 Amy Raphael, OTR/L

 Amy Raphael is an Occupational Therapist for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). Amy, a 2010 alum of Thomas Jefferson University, has worked for SEPTA since 2016. In her role at SEPTA, Amy's goal is in helping to enable a client to increase independence in taking public transportation in order for them to participate in their valued occupations.  Before coming to SEPTA, Amy had prior experience working with clients across the life span, from pediatrics to geriatrics working in acute care, inpatient rehab, SNFs, and early intervention. Amy's passion is in expanding OT's role in emerging practice settings.

 

 
 
 

 Tracey Recigno, OTD, OTR/

Tracey Recigno has been an occupational therapist for close to 15 years and greatly appreciates the opportunity to contribute to the profession through a leadership position with POTA. Having served as the POTA District V Treasurer for a year, she has experience with managing the budget and working with the District V team in event planning and preparation. Tracey currently works at Thomas Jefferson University as faculty in the occupational therapy department.  Her primary area of practice has been in acute care and inpatient rehab for adult populations. She resides in South Jersey with her family, however, she has worked in Pennsylvania her whole career and understands the needs of occupational therapy practitioners and students of this region.

 
 District VI
 
 <<<Recorder>>>
 No Candidate
 
 District VII
 

 <<<Executive Officer>>>

 

 
 Amy Van Tassel, MS, OTR/L
Amy graduated from Gannon University 2001, currently lives in North East, PA and works for UPMC Home Health for the past 15 years- serving clients across Erie County, PA.She is the mom of 3 children and loves to go trail running in her spare time. She is looking forward to representing District VII, networking with members within the District, and advocating for POTA!
 

 <<<Finance Officer>>>

 

 

 Susan Marasco, MS, OTR/L

Suzi is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University and is currently living and working in Bradford, PA. As an Occupational Therapist she works in Birth-3 Early Intervention as well as with children PreK-12 for Intermediate Unit 9. She lives with her two year old son and husband, and is working on completing a Doctorate of Education for Leadership in Organizations through the University of Dayton.

 

 

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Upcoming District Election Schedule

All districts must have at least an executive officer, a recorder, and a financial officer who comprise the district executive board. 

Districts may choose to add additional officers for which they determine the selection process- either by appointment or by election.

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July 1 2020-June 30 2022

July 2021-June 30 2022

July 1 2022-June 30 2024

July 1 2023-June 30 2025

July 1 2024-June 30 2026

July 1 2025-June 30 2027

July 1 2026-June 30 2028

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July 1 2028-June 30 2030

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