Board of Directors
Erin Clemens, OTR/L, BCP, CIMI currently serves as the President of the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association until her term ends in July 2018.
Pam Nolan MSOT, OTR/L
Pam brings more than ten years of experience providing therapeutic services to children and adults with special needs. As a school based Occupational Therapist for the past six years, she provides OT support services to students in Fairfax County Public Schools. She previously worked as a licensed therapeutic horseback riding instructor. Pam is a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist in the commonwealth of Virginia. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and her Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from Shenandoah University in Virginia.
Stacie Argade OTS/OTAS
Jacqueline Cherry, M.S., OTR/L
Jacqueline “Jacque” Cherry, M.S., OTR/L, graduated in 2008 from Virginia Commonwealth University Occupational Therapy Master’s degree program. Since then, she has been employed with Sheltering Arms, working on the weekdays at the St. Mary’s Hospital location and PRN at the Hanover Inpatient Rehabilitation site. After five years, she was promoted to the St. Mary's team lead position. Her passion remains above all, providing occupational therapy to the geriatric and cardiac populations. After being an Aunt and playing with her dog, she then spends spare time giving back to the OT community by participating in VOTA.
Dianne Simons, PhD, OTR/L
Gretchen is excited to take on the role of Communications chairperson for VOTA. She has been a practicing OT for 7 years with a BA from the University of Virginia in English and Biology and a MS in OT from Columbia University. A native of Northern Virginia, Gretchen recently moved back to Manassas from New York City where she worked in the school system and as an early intervention therapist. While in New York, she served on the Board for the Metropolitan District of the New York Occupational Therapy Association. In addition, Gretchen has presented at local, national, and international OT conferences. In addition to membership in VOTA, Gretchen is a member of AOTA and the Association of Caribbean Occupational Therapists. Gretchen is currently working at Grafton Integrated Health Network in Winchester.
In what has probably become one of the best decisions she has ever made, Bernadette quit her job to go back to school and become an occupational therapist. She graduated from the University of Buffalo’s BS/MS program in occupational therapy in 2013. She now works in adult rehabilitation at HealthSouth of Petersburg, and does PRN work at Johnston Willis Hospital in Midlothian, VA. She is currently working towards advanced certification in stroke recovery and has been active on the advisory board for Virginia College. She has served on the board for the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association since July, 2014.
Capital District Chair
Cody LaRue- graduated from VCU MSOT program in 2012. Currently working as Senior OT and FW Coordinator at HealthSouth Petersburg and PRN at Colonial Heights Health Care Center.
Paige Johns, OTD, OTR/L
Northern District Chair
Tara Morris, MOT, CLT, OTR/L
Mary Bennett, MOTR/L
I graduated from Radford University's Master of Occupational Therapy program in December 2015. I am currently working as an occupational therapist for PRA, providing services to the children in Floyd County Schools. I am excited to be a part of VOTA and connect with other professionals in the state. What an honor to help serve others and make a difference in the world!
Jan Emerick-Brothers has been a practicing Occupational Therapist for 38 years and counting. 35 of these years have taken place in Virginia! She is currently co-chair of the Scholarships and Awards committee. In the past she has also held the following positions with VOTA: founder and chair Northern District, Secretary and School System Liaison. In addition she held the presidency of the Virginia Board of Occupational Therapy, when the first law was passed to protect consumers of Occupational Therapy in Virginia. She thinks of VOTA as "extended" family, and is currently working to pay forward all the good things that she has enjoyed over her years with the organization.
Sheila Krajnik, EdD, OTR/L
I am a graduate of The Medical College of Georgia and have been involved with VOTA since 1989. Currently I work in the south central region of Virginia in Home Health.
Lauren Carter Smith, OTR/L, CBIS
VOTA Student Liaison
Julia Hoffman is looking forward to starting her second year in Radford University’s MOT program and serving as the VOTA Student Representative for her class. She is from Lynchburg, Virginia and received her BS in Communications and Media Studies at Radford University.
Julia’s experience volunteering with The Founders Center of Commonwealth Autism, as well as skills she developed through years of coaching, have influenced her devotion to becoming a pediatric occupational therapist. She is taking in and enjoying every moment of fieldwork and her courses. Julia hopes to expand her knowledge and advocacy efforts through her role with VOTA.
Student Representative, VCU
Student Representative, JMU
VOTA Past Presidents
2012 - 2016 Michele Stoll
2010-2012 Amanda Leo