NOTA Board

Voting Executive Board Positions:

President- Lindsay Tuxhorn, OTD, OTR/L
Vice President of Academia - Emily Barr
Vice President of Acute Care - Hannah Wieger, OTR/L, CLT
Vice President of Hands & OrthopaedicsNon - Mark Kaipust
Vice President of Mental Health & Wellness - Andrea Thinnes
Vice President of Neurorehabilitation - Melissa Anderson, OTD, OTR/L
Vice President of Pediatrics - Abby Pauley
Vice President of Policy - Melissa Kimmerling, EdD, MOT, OTR/L
Vice President of Rural Health & Community Services -Amanda Mountain
Vice President of School Based Practices - Erin Westover
Vice President of Skilled Care, Long Term Care, & Home Health - Colleen Spellman, OTD, OTR/L
Secretary - Mikala Pfeifer, OTD, OTR/L, DRS
Treasurer - Michelle Massey, EdD (c), MS. OTR/L

Non-Voting Officers:

Past President- Janel Meis, OTD, OTR/L
Administrative Assistant - Kristin Gzehoviak
Lobbyist- Julie Erickson
AOTA RA Representative - Whitney Rubin, OTD, OTR/L
Conference Chair  1 (Appointed) - Anna Domina
Conference Chair  2 (Appointed) - Miranda Little, OTD, OTR/L, LSVT BIG Certified

 


 

President - Lindsay Tuxhorn, OTD, OTR/L
Contact: [email protected]

Where do you live? Syracuse, NE 
Where do you work as an Occupational Therapist? Syracuse Area Health and Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca Schools 
What area of practice do you specialize in or work in as an OT? I currently work at a rural hospital and have inpatients and outpatients with a variety of diagnoses.  I also serve students birth to 21 in the Syracuse Public Schools.  Prior to that, I worked at Madonna Rehabilitation Lincoln and specialized in spinal cord injury. 
What is your favorite part of being an OT? I love seeing my patients and students succeed! It makes my day when a patient is able to return to something they love or a student is able to participate in a school task because occupational therapy made an impact. 
Where did you graduate from occupational therapy school? Creighton University 
What is your favorite leisure occupation? Photography
Provide a random personal fact about you. I love to celebrate St. Patrick's Day because it is also my birthday.

 

Vice President of Academia - Emily Barr
Contact: [email protected]

Where do you live? Omaha
Where do you work as an Occupational Therapist? Nebraska Methodist College
What area of practice do you specialize in or work in as an OT? Academia and gerontology
What is your favorite part of being an OT? The dynamic and wide-ranging opportunities as a profession
Where did you graduate from occupational therapy school? Creighton University
What is your favorite leisure occupation? Playing with my son Owen!
Provide a random personal fact about you. I love watching all kinds of sports, especially Creighton basketball, the Huskers and Chicago Bears football.


Vice President of Acute Care - Hannah Wieger, OTR/L, CLT
Contact: [email protected]

Where do you live? Elkhorn, NE
Where do you work as an Occupational Therapist? Methodist Hospital & Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha
What area of practice do you specialize in or work in as an OT? Acute Care, Acute Rehabilitation, Lymphedema Therapy and Adjunct teaching
What is your favorite part of being an OT? The opportunity to change a client's life for the better and also the endless career opportunities you can pursue with an OT degree
Where did you graduate from occupational therapy school? College of Saint Mary Omaha, NE
What is your favorite leisure occupation? Playing outdoors with my two boys
Provide a random personal fact about you. I grew up on a farm in SE Nebraska and often get tired of the "city air" needing a trip to the farm to re-coop

 

Vice President of Hands & Orthopaedics - Mark Kaipust
Contact: [email protected]

Where do you live? LaVista, NE
Where do you work as an Occupational Therapist? Creighton University
What area of practice do you specialize in or work in as an OT? Academic clinical education coordinator and specialize in upper extremity orthopedics.
What is your favorite part of being an OT? Assisting patients and students to reach goals they may of never dreamed of reaching.
Where did you graduate from occupational therapy school? Creighton University 
What is your favorite leisure occupation? Coaching my kids basketball and baseball teams and playing golf.
Provide a random personal fact about you. I founded the golf performance institute in 2007.

 

Vice President of Mental Health & Wellness - Andrea Thinnes, OTD, OTR/L
Contact: [email protected]

Where do you live? Omaha, NE  
Where do you work as an Occupational Therapist? Creighton University
What area of practice do you specialize in or work in as an OT? Academia focused on geriatrics, mental health, and spirituality
What is your favorite part of being an OT? Everything!  If I had to pick one thing it would be that we address the whole person in our care.
Where did you graduate from occupational therapy school? BSOT from College of St. Mary, OTD from Creighton University
What is your favorite leisure occupation? Repurposing junk
Provide a random personal fact about you. My husband earned a 2nd date because he knew what OT was!

 

Vice President of Neurorehabilitation - Melissa Anderson, OTD, OTR/L
Contact: [email protected]

Where do you live? Omaha, NE
Where do you work as an Occupational Therapist? QLI
What area of practice do you specialize in or work in as an OT? Neuro-Rehabilitation
What is your favorite part of being an OT? Seeing progress from each patient and building relationships with patients and families
Where did you graduate from occupational therapy school? Creighton University
What is your favorite leisure occupation? Travel
Provide a random personal fact about you.  I love sushi!

 

Vice President of Pediatrics - Abby Pauley
Contact: [email protected]

Where do you live? 
Where do you work as an Occupational Therapist? 
What area of practice do you specialize in or work in as an OT? 
What is your favorite part of being an OT? 
Where did you graduate from occupational therapy school? 
What is your favorite leisure occupation?
Provide a random personal fact about you.  

 

Vice President of Policy - Melissa Kimmerling, EdD, MOT, OTR/L
Contact: [email protected]

Where do you live? Papillion, NE
Where do you work as an Occupational Therapist? Nebraska Methodist College/ Snyder Charleson Therapy Services
What area of practice do you specialize in or work in as an OT? Academia/ Higher Education & Home Health
What is your favorite part of being an OT? As an educator, it is seeing the compassion and commitment that future OTs bring to the field. It re-energizes me and re-focuses my efforts to be the best OT I can be.
Where did you graduate from occupational therapy school? College of Saint Mary, 2006 (BS), 2007 (MOT), EdD (2014)
What is your favorite leisure occupation? Spending time at the lake
Provide a random personal fact about you. I have broken 18 bones in my life- all at the same time!

 

Vice President of Rural Health & Community Services - Amanda Mountain
Contact: [email protected]

Where do you live? 
Where do you work as an Occupational Therapist? 
What area of practice do you specialize in or work in as an OT? 
What is your favorite part of being an OT? 
Where did you graduate from occupational therapy school? 
What is your favorite leisure occupation?
Provide a random personal fact about you. 

 

Vice President of School Based Practices - Erin Westover
Contact: [email protected]

Where do you live?  
Where do you work as an Occupational Therapist?
What area of practice do you specialize in or work in as an OT? 
What is your favorite part of being an OT?
Where did you graduate from occupational therapy school? 
What is your favorite leisure occupation?
Provide a random personal fact about you.

 

Vice President of Skilled Care, Long Term Care, & Home Health - Colleen Spellman, OTD, OTR/L
Contact: [email protected]

Where do you live? Elmwood, NE
Where do you work as an Occupational Therapist? Creighton University-FT, Lincoln Surgical Hospital-PRN
What area of practice do you specialize in or work in as an OT? Academia & Progressive Neurological Conditions, spinal cord injury, assistive technology, home health and skilled care, orthopedics
What is your favorite part of being an OT? My favorite part about being an occupational therapist is being able to create a strong rapport with a patient, learning what drives them and using functional tasks, modification to allow them to maximize their potential in their independence, confidence and safety.
Where did you graduate from occupational therapy school? Creighton University 
What is your favorite leisure occupation? Watching my three boys participate in sports, or being outdoors landscaping, hiking, biking
Provide a random personal fact about you.  I love playing fantasy football. I have been in a league for 5 years. I have won our Fantasy Football League 3/5 times!! I'm going for the 3-Peat this year!

 

Secretary - Mikala Pfeifer, OTD, OTR/L, DRS
Contact: [email protected]

Where I work as an Occupational Therapist: Methodist Hospital
My OT specialty or what I love about the OT profession is: I am a lead OT and work primarily on an inpatient rehab unit but i also float to acute care and assist with the Methodist rehab driving program. I love OT because there are so many different settings and patient populations we can work with and i enjoy working with people to help them regain their independence back.
My favorite leisure occupation is: I enjoy being outdoors doing anything with my family. 
The occupational I value the most from the OT Practice Framework is:  Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
One random personal fact about me is:  I dislike almost all food condiments except bbq sauce, sour cream, and italian dressing.

 

Treasurer - Michelle Massey, EdD (c), MS. OTR/L
Contact: [email protected]

Where do you live? Bennington
Where do you work as an Occupational Therapist? Nebraska Methodist College
What area of practice do you specialize in or work in as an OT? Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing and NICU
What is your favorite part of being an OT? I love being able to make a difference in a child and essentially a families life.
Where did you graduate from occupational therapy school? D'YTouville College, Buffalo NY
What is your favorite leisure occupation? Watching my teenage kids in their various activities, from football, track, Play performances, and singing with Resonance and the Symphony.
Provide a random personal fact about you. I grew up in Park City Utah and was a Ski racer for the Park City Ski team.

 

Non-Voting NOTA Officers

Past President - Janel Meis, OTD, OTR/L

Where do you live? Overland Park, KS 
Where do you work as an Occupational Therapist? Raytown Quality Schools 
What area of practice do you specialize in or work in as an OT? Pediatrics! I love working with children who have sensory processing disorders. 
What is your favorite part of being an OT? I love making kids happy by helping them succeed in whatever is meaningful to them....and typically, in pediatrics, this is play - so I love to play! 
Where did you graduate from occupational therapy school? Creighton University School of Pharmacy & Health Professions 
What is your favorite leisure occupation? Playing tennis or Reading
Provide a random personal fact about you. I've have been lucky enough to use my occupational therapy knowledge in six different international medical service/mission trips.

 

Administrative Assistant - Kristin Gzehoviak
Contact: [email protected]

Kristin Gzehoviak has been the Administrative Assistant for NOTA since 2011. She and her husband Aaron reside in Omaha with their two children, Henry (8) & Greta (5), and their boxer, Bauer.

 

Lobbyist - Julie Erickson

Julie is managing partner of ACG, Inc., amassing 30 years of experience in legislative and administrative lobbying, organizational planning, fundraising and governmental communications. American Communications Group, Inc. was founded in 1985 by Rich Lombardi and Julie Erickson. Today, more than thirty years later, their team supports the efforts of local, state and national organizations to craft public policy. Utilizing skills in law, economics, media communications, their team provides clients with strategic plans for influencing public policy through coalition building, government relations and campaign consulting. To read more about American Communications Group, Inc. and Julie, check out their website.

 

AOTA RA Representative - Whitney Rubin, OTD, OTR/L
Contact: [email protected]

Where do you live? Omaha, NE 
Where do you work as an Occupational Therapist? College of Saint Mary
What area of practice do you specialize in or work in as an OT? Inpatient Pediatrics, Home Health Pediatrics, Advocacy
What is your favorite part of being an OT? Being able to blend my passions for quality client care and legislation.  I believe this profession allows a variety of opportunities and growth.  The impact we can have on our clients, profession and our nation is powerful.
Where did you graduate from occupational therapy school? Creighton University
What is your favorite leisure occupation? Anything that involves my family and friends.
Provide a random personal fact about you. My parents are the individuals who instilled my passion for advocacy and politics.  My "first campaign" was when I was 2 years old for my father's re-election for County Attorney.

 

Conference Chair 1 (Appointed) - Anna Domina
Contact: [email protected]

Where do you live? Omaha
Where do you work as an Occupational Therapist? Creighton University
What area of practice do you specialize in or work in as an OT? Academia, Fieldwork Education, OT Fellowship Programming, School-based practice
What is your favorite part of being an OT? Occupational therapy provides nothing but opportunity for everyone!  What is better then being a part of a profession that addresses the whole person!
Where did you graduate from occupational therapy school? Creighton University
What is your favorite leisure occupation? Crafting and Baking (I can't pick just one)
Provide a random personal fact about you.

 

Conference Chair 2 (Appointed) - Miranda Little, OTD, OTR/L, LSVT BIG Certified
Contact: [email protected]

Where do you live? Louisville, NE
Where do you work as an Occupational Therapist? Creighton University Faculty
What area of practice do you specialize in or work in as an OT? Academics, previously acute and outpatient
What is your favorite part of being an OT? Helping people be independent and engage in what they love
Where did you graduate from occupational therapy school? Creighton University
What is your favorite leisure occupation? Playing with my kids
Provide a random personal fact about you. I love to dance and was a dance minor in college, as well as on dance team and cheerleading.