NOTA Board

Voting Executive Board Positions:

President- Lindsay Tuxhorn, OTD, OTR/L
Vice President of Academia - Emily Barr, OTD, MBA, OTR/L, BCG
Vice President of Acute Care - Hannah Wieger, OTR/L, CLT
Vice President of Hands & Orthopedics - Mark Kaipust, OTD, OTR/L
Vice President of Mental Health & Wellness - Andrea Thinnes, OTD, OTR/L
Vice President of Neurorehabilitation - Melissa Anderson, OTD, OTR/L
Vice President of Pediatrics - Abby Pauley, OTD, OTR/L, CBIS
Vice President of Policy - Melissa Kimmerling, EdD, MOT, OTR/L
Vice President of Rural Health & Community Services -Amanda Hegy, OTD, OTR/L
Vice President of School Based Practices - Erin Westover, OTD, OTR/L
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, MS. OTR/L

Non-Voting Officers:

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

 


 

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

Where I work as an Occupational Therapist: I work at Syracuse Area Health. I see inpatients and outpatients at our critical access hospital as well as serve the students at the Syracuse School.
My OT specialty or what I love about the OT profession is: One of the things I really love about the OT profession is knowing I can make a fundamental difference in someone's life by helpingthem achieve their goals through meaningful occupations. It is truly amazing to see the joy on a patient or student's face when they are accomplish a task that may not have been possible before occupational therapy was involved. As occupational therapists, we each have a gift that we are able to use daily in our work.


One random personal fact about me is: 
A random fact about myself is that St. Patrick's Day is my favorite non-major holiday.

 

Vice President of Academia - Emily Barr, OTD, MBA, OTR/L, BCG
Contact: [email protected]

Where I work as an Occupational Therapist: Associate Professor at Nebraska Methodist College
My OT specialty or what I love about the OT profession is: Geriatrics and dementia care
My favorite leisure occupation is:  Reading and playing with my kids
The occupation I value most from the OT Practice Framework is:  Social participation
One random personal fact about me is: I love accessories, you’ll always catch me wearing a fun headband or jewelry.

 

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

My OT specialty or what I love about the OT profession is: So many things! I love that I am able to educate patients about OT's impact in their life and why meaningful occupations are the bread and butter of life. I love that occupational therapists are impacting change in so many different treatment settings from wound care to ergonomic evaluations to school classrooms and beyond! I love that OTs are passionate and creative, where there is will there is a way. The list goes on!
My favorite leisure occupation is: Movies and anything to do with being outdoors (bonfires, hunting, riding forewheelers, etc.)
One random personal fact about me is: 
I have two boys, nearly irish twins 4 months apart in age, and my world turns because of them! They go to Montessori school and recently I've become fascinated with how closely the constructs of OT and Montessori align!

 

Vice President of Hands & Orthopedics - Mark Kaipust, OTD, OTR/L
Contact: [email protected]

Where I work as an Occupational Therapist: Creighton University
My OT specialty or what I love about the OT profession is: Orthopedics
My favorite leisure occupation is: Golf
The occupation I value most from the OT Practice Framework is: Leisure
One random personal fact about me is: I am a freak Red Sox fan. So much so that I named my dog Fenway. 

 

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

Where I work as an Occupational Therapist: Creighton University
My OT specialty or what I love about the OT profession is: Mental Health, Older Adults, Recovery of Sex Trafficking Survivors, and Spirituality in OT Practice
My favorite leisure occupation is: Finding Junk and Re-purposing It
The occupation I value most from the OT Practice Framework is: Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs)
One random personal fact about me is: I've lived in Nebraska my whole life!

 

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

Where I work as an Occupational Therapist: QLI
My OT specialty or what I love about the OT profession is: Neuro & Telerehab
My favorite leisure occupation is: Traveling!
The occupation I value most from the OT Practice Framework is: Social Participation
One random personal fact about me is: I have sushi with my husband every Sunday

 

Vice President of Pediatrics - Abby Pauley, OTD, OTR/L, CBIS
Contact: [email protected]

Where I work as an Occupational Therapist: Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital - Omaha Campus
My OT speciality or what I love about the OT profession is: I work in inpatient Pediatrics as well as adult Complex Medical/Cancer Rehabilitation and as an Assistive Technology specialist. I love when my patients are able to return to doing a meaningful activity they were sure they couldn't and seeing joy on their faces with their accomplishment.
My favorite leisure occupation is: Playing with my kids and organizing things. 
The occupation I value the most from the OT Practice Framework is: Play
One random personal fact about me is: I grew up helping my dad work on cars and going to car shows in his mustang. I still love going to car shows with him now.

 

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

Where I work as an Occupational Therapist: Methodist College
My OT speciality or what I love about the OT profession is: Academia
My favorite leisure occupation is: Hiking
The occupation I value the most from the OT Practice Framework is: Education
One random personal fact about me is: I broke 18 bones at one time and lived to tell about it!

 

Vice President of Rural Health & Community Services - Amanda Hegy, OTD, OTR/L
Contact: [email protected]

Where I work as an Occupational Therapist: Franciscan Healthcare in West Point, NE
My OT speciality or what I love about the OT profession is: I primary work with adult and pediatric patient out-patients, however my day may include working with an in-patient, home health and/or nursing home patient. This is one thing that I love about working in rural health. Every day is so different from the last and I have been able to work with a new born baby to a 103 year old patient all in one day. What I love most about the OT profession is the ability to help someone make their life better than it was before they started therapy. This could be helping them through the recovery after a surgery, accident or life event. The end goal is always to get back to doing the things that matter to them.
My favorite leisure occupation is: I enjoy spending time with my 3 boys and scrap booking the memories we have created.
The occupation I value the most from the OT Practice Framework is: Play
One random personal fact about me is: My husband and I are high school sweet hearts and have been married for 15 years. We have 3 boys ages 11, 8, and 3. My 11 year old beat leukemia when he was 2 and continues to inspire me to be a better person every day.

 

Vice President of School Based Practices - Erin Westover, OTD, OTR/L
Contact: [email protected]

Where I work as an Occupational Therapist: College of Saint Mary
My OT speciality or what I love about the OT profession is: My love has always involved working with children and youth--that is what drew me to OT and I haven't deviated from that passion since! I've primarily worked in school-based settings, but also in outpatient pediatrics and home health. What I love about OT, especially when working with kiddos and their families is seeing the joy, confidence, and pride that comes from accomplishing a milestone related to occupational performance. Being a small part of making that happen is humbling and so rewarding. I work in academia now, but I still get to share my love of the littles through teaching our pediatric courses at CSM!
My favorite leisure occupation is: Traveling or doing anything outside
The occupational I value the most from the OT Practice Framework is: Leisure
One random personal fact about me is: I have a 12-year-old black lab mix named Riley who I adopted during OT school. Her name was inspired by Mary Reilly, who spoke one of my favorite OT quotes in her 1961 Slagle lecture: "Man through the use of his hands, as they are energized by mind and will, can influence the state of his own health."

 

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

Where I work as an Occupational Therapist: Creighton University 
My OT specialty or what I love about the OT profession is: Experience working in many settings. Worked as Rehab Manager, Clinical Coordinator in SNF and worked in home health, as related to my VP position.
My favorite leisure occupation is: Being outside! Watching my boys play outdoor sports, landscaping, biking, walking, boating, fishing!
The occupation I value most from the OT Practice Framework is:  Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs)
One random personal fact about me is: I love to make up my own lyrics to popular songs to share a "message" with my boys.

 

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 occupation I value 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, MS. OTR/L
Contact: [email protected]

My OT specialty or what I love about the OT profession is: I love that OT provides all practitioners the opportunity to develop skills in multiple treatment settings. This is how I developed my passion for treating infants and children with a specialty in feeding and swallowing disorders.
My favorite leisure occupation is: Anytime I am not hanging with my family and friends, or working, I can be found in the Pilates studio.
One random personal fact about me is: I have a 17 y/o son who has an amazing gift of singing who aspires to be a Broadway performer. We spend many hours running to and from rehearsals, lessons and watching him sing. We have even watched him on stage with Omaha Symphony. Here is a sample of his singing of Empty Chairs and Empty Tables from Les Miserables : https://youtu.be/c-ee0pYlimc

  

Non-Voting NOTA Officers

Past President - Janel Meis, OTD, OTR/L, BCP

Where I work as an Occupational Therapist: Raytown Quality Schools
My OT specialty or what I love about the OT profession is: I love pediatrics with a focus on working with individuals with Sensory Processing Disorder and incorporating aquatic therapy treatment intervention. I just transitioned from outpatient to school-based practice so I am learning a lot!
My favorite leisure occupation is: Tennis or Bike Riding
The occupation I value most from the OT Practice Framework is: Education
One random personal fact about me is: I have drank glacier water off of an actual glacier (performing the necessary glacier push-up as well)!

 

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 I work as an Occupational Therapist: 
My OT specialty or what I love about the OT profession is: My background is in pediatrics and advocacy. I truly enjoy being part of a profession that allows blending of passions in order to promote inclusion, diversity and independence.

The occupation I value most from the OT Practice Framework is:  Social Participation
One random personal fact about me is: I have a very vibrant 2 year old son who has a strong passion about trucks. His excitement and joy when seeing one reminds me to stop and appreciate the “surprises” in life.

 

Conference Chair 1 (Appointed) - Anna Domina, OTD, OTR/L
Contact: [email protected]

Where I work as an Occupational Therapist: Creighton University 
My OT specialty or what I love about the OT profession is: Practice experience in school-based, early intervention and pediatric outpatient. Currently specialized clinical education with a focus on fieldwork, capstone and fellowship.
My favorite leisure occupation is: Home decor projects
The occupation I value most from the OT Practice Framework is:  Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
One random personal fact about me is: I have a beautiful 11 year old daughter who adores singing and dancing!

 

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

Where I work as an Occupational Therapist: Creighton University
My OT specialty or what I love about the OT profession is: Physical Rehabilitation, Orthopedics, Neuro, NICU
My favorite leisure occupation is: Dancing
The occupation I value most from the OT Practice Framework is:  Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs)
One random personal fact about me is: I used to be a ballerina and have danced six different roles in The Nutcracker ballet.