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President : Andrea Thinnes

Dr. Andrea Thinnes is married to Josh and together they have 3 children Emily, Alex, and Madelynn. She is an Omaha native and loves to experience all 4 seasons in Nebraska, sometimes all in 1 week! Andrea works as Assistant Professor and Director of the Clinical Education team in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Creighton University since 2006. She is the coordinator of the Occupational Therapy Gerontology Residency program. Her teaching responsibilities include clinical education courses, Occupational Therapy with Older Adults in the summer China program and an elective on Spirituality in Occupational Therapy practice. She has a dual appointment in the Graduate school teaching Occupational Therapy with Older Adults in the International Masters of Rehabilitation program. She has specialty certifications in CarFit, Memories in the Making, and Dementia Capable Care. As NOTA President she looks forward to continued growth in membership, excellent continuing education offerings, and effective communication across the great state of Nebraska!

Vice President – District 1 : Lindsay Tuxhorn

Lindsay Tuxhorn, OTD, OTR/L currently resides in Syracuse, NE with her husband and two daughters. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Applied Communications from Creighton University in 2004. In 2007, Lindsay completed her Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy at Creighton University. She has worked at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, NE for the past eight years and specializes in spinal cord injury. Lindsay has been involved with NOTA in varied capacities throughout the past years including previous conference chair, presenter at NOTA conference, and serving on the continuing education committee and executive board for NOTA.

Vice President – District 2 : Anna Domina

Anna Domina is the Vice Chair and Assistant Professor and Academic Clinical Education Coordinator in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Creighton University. She graduated with her OTD in 2004 from Creighton University. She has practiced as a school-based and early intervention pediatric occupational therapist for 10 years as well as a faculty member for the last 6 years. She currently coordinates occupational therapy residency programs at Creighton University. Anna served as the Nebraska Occupational Therapy Association (NOTA) president from 2012-2016.


Vice President – District 3: Lauren Erickson

Lauren Erickson resides in Kearney, Nebraska, with her husband Brian, and their son, Paxton. She enjoys golfing, biking, running, swimming, and doing anything out and about! She also enjoys skydiving. She works at New West Orthopaedic and Sports Rehabilitation in Kearney, Nebraska, and Phelps Memorial Therapy Center in Holdrege, NE. She has been an OT there for almost 9 years.

 



Secretary : Mikala Pfeifer

Mikala Pfeifer graduated from Creighton University in 2008. She has been at Methodist Hospital for 7 years where she is a lead occupational therapist. She works primarily on the acute rehab floor, but has experience on the acute care floors as well as in outpatient driving rehabilitation. She is excited to serve her first term as secretary of NOTA this year! Mikala is married to her husband, Adam, and together they have two daughters, Mya and Payton.


Treasurer : Janel Meis

Janel Meis, OTD, OTR/L specializes in outpatient and aquatic pediatric occupational therapy services. She holds her physical agent modalities certification and is certified in interactive metronome. Janel has served as a teaching assistant within Creighton’s OTD curriculum for the past five years. Janel has also traveled internationally with a medical team as an occupational therapist. She has represented the occupational therapy profession at a state and national level. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, the World Federation of Occupational Therapists and is also actively involved in the Nebraska Occupational Therapy Association. Janel is an advocate for the occupational therapy profession and believes in empowering the individuals we work with to live a better life!

Nominations Chair : Open


Appointed Board Members

District 1 Membership : Brooke Murtaugh

Brooke is a graduate of Wayne State College where she received her bachelor’s in Health Science. She then received her Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Creighton University in 2004. She began working as an occupational therapist at Madonna in 2006. She has practiced in brain injury rehabilitation for nine years and has managed the neurological vision rehabilitation program, burn rehabilitation program and now Madonna’s brain injury program. Brooke is responsible for coordinating the care and rehabilitation programs serving Madonna’s brain injury and burn population. She has presented numerous presentations on brain injury and burn rehabilitation throughout the region and nationally.

District 1 Chair : Open

District 2 Membership : Nicole Brown

Nicole Brown, MOT, OTR/L resides in Omaha, NE with her husband and two daughters. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln in 2006 and obtained her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL in 2009. She has worked for Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, Bellevue and Omaha, NE for the past seven years. Nicole has been involved with NOTA for several years and enjoys taking the lead to secure vendors for our annual conference.

District 2 Chair : Emily Barr

Emily Barr graduated from Creighton University's OTD program in 2011. She has been working at Hillcrest Health Services for five years, starting as a staff occupational therapist and now serving as the Rehab Director for the Papillion locations. Emily also serves as an adjunct faculty member for Creighton University's Greater Omaha program. Emily's passion is geriatrics, and she is currently working on her board certification in gerontology which she hopes to finish in December. On a personal, note she loves traveling, being outside, and spending time with her family.



District 3 Membership : Open

District 3 Chair : Kate Brummer

Kate Brummer is an occupational therapist at Box Butte General Hospital where she has worked since she graduated from Creighton University in 2012. She enjoys the diversity working in a rural setting brings, allowing her to see a pediatrics, ortho patients and geriatrics all in the same day. She is a Car Fit Event Coordinator and has helped to put on several CarFit events in Western Nebraska. She is a new mom to baby girl name Jaina. Kate and her husband enjoy running and working on their house in their spare time.

 


Appointed Committee Chairs

Membership Chair : Open
Fiscal Advisory Chair : Open
Continuing Education : Open
Legislative Chair : Open


Fundraising Chair: Becca Frans

Rebecca Frans, OTD, OTR/L, lives in Bennington with her husband Jeff, and their two dogs. She enjoys camping, kayaking, anything outdoors, and training for half-marathons. Becca graduated from Creighton University in December, 2011. She has been working at Methodist Hospital since 2012, both on the acute rehab and acute care floors, and as a lead occupational therapist. Becca holds her physical agent modalities certification and serves on the Methodist Master of Occupational Therapy Advisory Board as well as the Nebraska Stroke Advisory Council Rehabilitation Task Force. Becca is looking forward to serving as Fundraiser Chair!



Membership Committee Members:


Other

Administrative Assistant : Kristin Gzehoviak
Kristin Gzehoviak has been the Administrative Assistant for NOTA since 2011. She and her husband Aaron reside in Omaha with their two children, Henry (5) & Greta (1), and their two boxers, Santo & Bauer.

Lobbyist : Cheryl Frickel

Cheryl Frickel recently started as Lobbyist in January 2017. Formerly, Cheryl assisted Steve Bowen, previous NOTA lobbyist, with the creation of NOTA Policy and Advocacy Committee (NOTAPAC) to expand the occupational therapy presence in Nebraska and increase the occupational therapy students’ involvement in policy and advocacy. Cheryl attends the Board of OT meetings in Lincoln and communicates with the state Senators to ensure the occupational therapy practice is protected. She aims to advocate for the people in Nebraska to receive health care and occupational therapy skilled services needed by following bills, contacting Senators, and reaching out to practitioners through NOTAPAC and social media. Supporting Cheryl’s efforts are OT students and practitioners on the committee that also play integral roles in assisting her with lobbying. Outside of lobbyist, Cheryl is an OT for CHI at Immanuel Hospital and Immanuel Fontenlle Home.

RA / AOTA Representative : Melissa Kimmerling


Dr. Melissa Kimmerling EdD, MOT, OTR/L is the Program Director for the Master in Occupational Therapy Program at NMC. Dr. Kimmerling has clinical experience in acute care, rehabilitation, skilled nursing, outpatient, and home health. Dr. Kimmerling serves as the Representative from the State of Nebraska to the American Occupational Therapy Association's Representative Assembly. Dr. Kimmerling has presented her practice research locally, regionally, and nationally and has also been a speaker for community-based organizations. Dr. Kimmerling holds her Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy and her Doctorate in Health Professions Education from the College of Saint Mary. Dr. Kimmerling spent three years in full time academic appointment for College of Saint Mary prior to moving into the consulting role and then Program Director role for NMC.


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