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I, and the Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon, have been off the radar for a while.  We had a VERY successful conference in October where we voted in a new mission statement –

The mission of OTAO is to support our members and strengthen the occupational therapy profession through advocacy, education, and networking.


We have had much happening.

  • As a Board, we have decided that we need to have the admin support of an association management company.  With this said, we are no longer using Desiree Keplinger as our Office Manager.  (We did give her a 10-week notice.  And with my last hug from her, she told me that OTAO is like a child who has grown up, and needs to move out into the world.) 
  • As of December 1st, 2014, our admin is now being supported by UpdateManagement.  They will be handling all of our finances, managing our website, assisting us with membership, and generally supplying the support that we require to maintain our forward focus. 

o   Our Association Manager is Dana Baisden.

o   Our email continues to be

o   Our new mailing address is 147 SE 102nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97216

o   In 2-3 weeks, OTAO will also be having a phone line that will be answered during normal business hours, Monday through Friday

o   We have also listened to website feedback.  Our latest roll-out in May was good.  But, look for another major update the first week of January 2015 for even better.


Know that we are also working on next year’s conference.  At this time, the dates are Friday & Saturday, October 9-10, 2015.  (We have already had a couple Call for Papers turned in .)  Pub nights continue to gather momentum.  During Christmas break, I hope to go to Eugene, Astoria (& possibly Bend) to meet with therapists.  There is a meeting happening with Pacific University & OTAO for partnered continuing ed events for this coming year.  And, from what I understand, there was a very successful meeting this past week with Dr. Nancy Golden, Chief Education Officer, and members of the OTLB, OTAO, Pacific and Linn-Benton, to start the discussion of on OT workloads in the schools.    


As OTAO President, I can honestly say, that I am in awe of the dedication and devotion that I get to experience with this Board and all of our committees.  Speaking for all of us, we look forward to living up to our new mission statement.


All the best!

Jan Cuciti, OTR/L, MBA
Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon


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