VOTA is Virginia's leading organization for occupational therapy practitioners and students. VOTA is committed to advocating for and further developing the profession of occupational therapy in our state.

Past Student Award Winners 

2020 

OT Award winner: Cara Harmann, VCU

Centennial OT winner: Molly Gupta, VCU

Barbara Howard winner: Kaitlyn Apple, Mary Baldwin

OTA Award winner: Rashida Idris, Northern Virginia Community College

Bernadette O'Donoghue Memorial Award Winner - Jaclyn Colton, Tidewater Community College

Award of Merit/ Educator: Carole Ivey, VCU

Award of Merit/Clinician: Paula K. Martin, Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services 

2019 

OT Award winner: Kayla Swringen, VCU

Centennial OT winner: Katie Penn, VCU

Barbara Howard winner: Blair Jones, Radford

OTA Award winner: Kelli King, Tidewater Community College

Award of Merit/ Educator: Albert Copolillo, VCU

Award of Merit/Clinician: Lauren Carter Smith, Bon Secours Mercy Health Richmond and Brain Injury Association of Virginia

2018

OT Award winner: Charis Okada, James Madison University

Centennial OT winner: Kelli Landreth, Emery and Henry

Barbara Howard winner: Carly Tillage, Mary Baldwin

OTA Award winner: Laura Feildina, Tidewater Community College

Award of Merit/ Educator: Pamela Stephenson, Mary Baldwin

2017

OT award winner: Christie Briskey, James Madison University

Inaugural Centennial OT Award: Makenzie McDonald, Virginia Commonwealth University

Barbara Howard winner: Laurie Seril, Northern VA Community College

OTA award winner: Heather Nielsen, Northern VA Community College

Award of Merit/ Educator : Dr. Twylla Kirchen

2016

OT award winner: Sarah Matthew, Radford University

OTA award winner: Kara Fox, Tidewater Community College

Barbara Howard winner: Jamie Guzman, Shenandoah University

Inaugural AWARD OF MERIT /EDUCATOR : Jayne Shepherd, Virginia Commonwealth University

Inaugural AWARD OF MERIT/CLINICIAN:  Deborah Schwind, Loudoun Co. Public Schools

2015

OT award winner: Corrine Sharp, Virginia Commonwealth University

OTA award winner: Tatsiana Kacheuskaya, Tidewater Community College

Barbara Howard winner: Courtney Halsey, Mary Baldwin University


2014 Records for winners not found


2013 *Records indicated names but not schools

OT award winner: Robin Unso

OTA award winner: Xiomara Guerra

Barbara Howard winner: Kayla Saby

2012

OT award winner: Emily Belyer, Virginia Commonwealth University

OTA award winner: Ipek Muessmeyer , Tidewater Community College

Barbara Howard winner: Rebecca Johnson, Radford University

2011

OT award winner: Sarah DiDimenico, James Madison University

OTA award winner: Denis Smeriaki, Jefferson College of Health Sciences

Barbara Howard winner: Courtney English, Virginia Commonwealth University

2010

OT award winner: Cutting Polakiewiez, Virginia Commonwealth University

OTA award winner: Sandra James, Tidewater Community College

Barbara Howard winner: Tara Brown, Radford University


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