IT'S ELECTION TIME!!! All members are encouraged to please consider joining the WOTA board for 2024!
To APPLY, please send an email to WOTA (email@example.com) indicating which position you are interested in - also include a brief paragraph about why you are interested in that position and what unique skills or abilities you have to fulfill the position requirements. All position requirements can be found in the WOTA bylaws (the bylaws are detailed under the "About Us" tab above).
The following positions are open to applications for 2024: President Elect, VP of Internal Affairs, and VP of Professional Affairs
All positions can be co-chaired with another individual. So if you have interest in "co-applying" please indicate that on your email application.
The deadline for applying is November 16th, 2023.
Thank you for your consideration!!! Please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been an occupational therapist for 22 years. I have worked in a variety of settings. Currently, I am an academic fieldwork coordinator/assistant professor at Mount Mary University. I have volunteered on the WOTA board for the past 6 years. I have certifications in lymphedema, home modification, and I am a certified aging in place specialist. I currently volunteer my time with WOTA, AOTA, Waukesha County special needs committee, and as a parent-to-parent educator. I am an advocate for special needs families and the OT community. I enjoy helping people find their strengths and reach their goals.
2023 PRESIDENT ELECT
I graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin and have been an OT for 20 years. Most of my clinical experience has been in the area of physical rehabilitation. I became the Department Chair and an instructor in the OTA Program at Fox Valley Technical College in 2014. I have volunteered over the years for both NBCOT and WOTA and feel strongly about what our profession offers to our clients.
2023 VP - INTERNAL AFFAIRS
Teresa Van Lanen
I am Teresa Van Lanen and I am an OTR. I have been in the field of Occupational Therapy for 42 years, first as a COTA and then as an OTR.
I have had an eclectic career path mainly in Northeast Wisconsin in various roles. My most recent role is an instructor in Fox Valley Technical College's OTA program. I have been part of the WOTA board for 2 years and have presented at several WOTA conferences. One thing I love about our profession is its diversity and the creative challenges that being an OT brings.
2023 VP - MEMBERSHIP
2023 VP - PROF DEVELOPMENT
I am Katie Arnold and I am an OTR. I have been working in Occupational Therapy for about 12 years. I have worked in many different settings (including acute care, subacute care, inpatient and outpatient rehab, industrial rehab, etc.) and am a certified Lymphedema Therapist.
I am completing my Masters of Occupational Therapy at Carroll University and will graduate in 2024! My future interests of OT include dementia care, women's health, and pelvic health!
WOTA Mission and Vision Statements:
WOTA VISION STATEMENT
WOTA will bring vitality to the profession of occupational therapy
in Wisconsin by committing to demonstrate value, create public awareness,
provide advocacy, and anticipate change and foster proactive leadership.
(August 2002& 2007)
WOTA MISSION STATEMENT
The Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association is a voluntary
professional organization, which represents and is committed to promoting the
profession & professional services of occupational therapists and occupational
therapy assistants and the education of Occupational Therapy students in
Wisconsin. (October 2007)
WOTA CORE VALUES
The Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association Commits to these
core values as guides for association decisions and actions in pursuing its
vision, mission, and strategic planning. (January 2009)
Relevance: Relevance is required for WOTA to be vital and valued as an organization.
Association work and outcomes must be timely and responsive to consumers, members and other
Integrity: Integrity is critical when communicating, interacting and making decisions. It is
measured by respectful, inclusive, honest, accessible, open accountable and fiscally responsible
Advocacy: Advocacy is essential so that health, human service and education policies and
legislation effectively meet public need. WOTA contributes the official voice of Occupational
Therapy in Wisconsin
Professional Development: Continuing professional development and evidence-based
practice are critical to ensure practitioner competence, association improvement and ultimately
quality service to consumers
Collaboration: Broad collaboration of practitioners and strategic partnerships with
stakeholders promotes better decisions, outcomes, and relationships than Individual efforts. Such
mobilization ultimately strengthens both the profession and participants
Volunteerism: Volunteerism provides evidence of commitment to the profession as
practitioners and students contribute time, talents, and monetary resources to WOTA
Professional Identity: Professional identity is fostered by Occupational Therapy education
programs and sustained through professional associations. Because this unique identity and
perspective is ingrained in OT practitioners, it is readily apparent to all who interact with them.