About Us

The Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon - a 501 (c)(6) tax-exempt organization - is a community of Occupational Therapy practitioners formed around our passion to help others find a quality and a balance to life, no matter what the area of specialty we have chosen.  

We unite around common goals, common needs to gain further education and knowledge. We believe in and advocate for the practice of occupational therapy throughout Oregon.

So, what does this mean? How does this work?

The OTAO Board is made up totally of volunteers. It all starts with someone saying “I want to help”; “I want a bigger role in my professional organization”; “I want to make a difference.”

  • Elected (voting) positions include: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Trustee & OTA Representative
  • Appointed (voting) positions include: Research/Scholarship Committee Chairperson, Continuing Education/Conference Co-Chairs, Legislative Chairperson, Marketing Co-Chairs, Board Development Chairperson, Pacific University and Linn-Benton Faculty Representatives
  • Appointed (non-voting) Officers include: President-Elect, Treasurer-Elect, Past President, Student Representatives (2 from Pacific University and 2 from Linn-Benton Community College)
  • Regional Representatives and Special Interest Section liaisons 

The Board meets quarterly (meetings are listed in our Community Calendar). What gets accomplished through the Board carries over to our membership. The Board's role is to support OTAO's Mission Statement. They create value for all OTAO members by supporting and providing networking/educational opportunities and meeting our advocacy needs.

What can I do?

We are all in different places in our lives. We may not have the time to dedicate to the Board. But, being a member of OTAO supports the mission of OTAO. Being an OTAO member supports our Board, so they can create value for all Oregon OT practitioners. Being a member helps to pay our monthly expenses. Being a member allows us to hire our lobbyists.

There are also many opportunities to volunteer for short projects. Be on a special committee. Join a group. Give an opinion, answer a question, or make a comment. Share your knowledge. Be that needed support in that instance.

It truly takes a village to make our OTAO community a community!