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Please Welcome OTAC’s New And Renewing Members - April, 2019

We would like to take a moment to recognize our new and renewing members from April, below. We are so thankful for your support!

New Members

Renewing Members

  • Sylverline Agomoh, Aurora

  • Danielle Fontana, Littleton

  • Katie Hoff, Denver

  • Laura Morehouse, Denver

  • Kristin Rongaus, Arvada

  • Denise LaRocca, Boulder

  • Meghan Weber, Littleton

  • Jenny Junker, Parker

  • Lisa Cover, Longmont

  • Amanda Molnar, Lakewood

Remember, the bigger the number, the bigger the voice. We are excited these members have joined OTAC to let all of our voices be heard.

OTAC members: View the online membership directory (you must be signed in as a member). Also, search for a member.

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Please Welcome OTAC’s New And Renewing Members

We would like to take a moment to recognize our new and renewing members from January - March. We are so thankful for your support!

New Members Renewing Members
  • Amanda Blossfeld, Denver, CO
  • Cam Boehm, Aurora, CO
  • Amanda Calzolano, Levittown, NY
  • Matt Carter, Charleston, SC
  • Lauren Coble, Albuquerque, NM
  • Rebekah Crisp, Carrboro, NC
  • Sara Dodsworth, Aurora, CO
  • Brynne Dunning, Denver, CO
  • Angelique Hill Roebuck, Denver, CO
  • Benjamin Hueftle, Broomfield, CO
  • Megan Hutson, Fort Collins, CO
  • Shawna Kelley, Thornton, CO
  • Bridget Kerins, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Ashley Lowe, Broomfield, CO
  • Kelli Mabe, Asheville, NC
  • Jamie Murphy
  • Valerie O'Brien, Westminster, CO
  • Jessie Olah, Aurora, CO
  • Lisa Olson, Monument, CO
  • Andrew Persch
  • Lori Sharapov
  • Maureen Stobbelaar, Centennial, CO
  • R.J. Tuchscherer, Denver, CO
  • Tricia Williams, Centennial, CO
  • Kristina Wilson, Parker, CO
  • Danielle Wilson, Pueblo, CO
  • Carmen Aguirre, Littleton, CO
  • Melinda Brown, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Erin Brychel, Denver, CO
  • Christi Cage, Parker, CO
  • Mandy Chamberlain, Carbondale, CO
  • Lavonne Collins-Porter, Denver, CO
  • Dana Cooper, Littleton, CO
  • Brenda Cummings, Windsor, CO
  • Donna Detmar-Hanna, Fort Collins, CO
  • Amber Elhard-Sand, Centennial, CO
  • Katie Espino-Kennedy, Thornton, CO
  • Linda S Falb, Boulder, CO
  • Kellie Fietsch, Denver, CO
  • Heather Grant, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Emily Hall, Denver, CO
  • Kari Hall, Greenwood Village, CO
  • Janice Hinds, Denver, CO
  • Jessica Hinrichs, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Suzanne Holm, Loveland, CO
  • Rebecca Jensen, Boulder, CO
  • Yvonne Jimenez, Westminster, CO
  • Bailey LeBoeuf, Idledale, CO
  • Emily Jorgensen, Monument, CO
  • Adam Kinney, Fort Collins, CO
  • Lorinda G Koster, Commerce City, CO
  • Michelle L. Lange, Arvada, CO
  • Anne Martin, Denver, CO
  • Heather Mehl, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Mindy Mills, Berthoud, CO
  • Emily Miozzi, Canon city, CO
  • Elijah Mullins, Fort Collins, CO
  • Janet Noland, Monte Vista, CO
  • Anne M Pierce, Aurora, CO
  • Staci Quillen, Longmont, CO
  • Roberta Reid, Longmont, CO
  • Caroline Rose, Arvada, CO
  • Carina Roybal, Wheat Ridge, CO
  • Lisa Sandoval, Highlands Ranch, CO
  • Kylie Ann Sleeth, Highlands Ranch, CO
  • Amy Solomon, Lone Tree, CO
  • Patricia Stutz-Tanenbaum, Niwot, CO
  • Andrea Susi, Lafayette, CO
  • Celeste R Tucker, Aurora, CO
  • Jennifer Varra, Erie, CO
  • Mari K. Viers, Loveland, CO
  • Tricia Vigil, Pueblo, CO
  • Heather Walls, Durango, CO
  • Doug Walter, Denver, CO
  • Melanie Weichel, Loveland, CO
  • Melissa R. Weiser-Rose, Denver, CO
  • Courtney Shiffer, Thornton, CO
  • Shannon Young, Lakewood, CO

Creighton Regis Occupational Therapy Students’ Pop Up Bakery Featured Tasty Treats and Increased Awareness of Mental Illness

Eckhart Tolle once said, “Awareness is the greatest agent for change.” Increase the community’s awareness of mental illness is exactly what two Creighton Regis pathway Occupational Therapy students set out to do as a component of their final rotation in their doctorate program.

The first Depressed Cake Shop Pop Up in Denver was held at Brewability Lab on Saturday April 27th, 2019. Dr. Andrea Thinnes, Occupational Therapy faculty at Creighton University and two Occupational Therapy students, Sylver Agomoh and Alexa Trujillo hosted the Depressed Cake Shop as a component of the students' Doctoral Experiential Component of the doctoral program. “One in four people will experience, or be touched by a mental health issue at some point in their lives” (DCS, 2019).

The Depressed Cake Shop is a unique (and delicious) platform designed to raise awareness of mental illness. “We provide a safe place for conversation and detailed resources that will enable interested bakers and organizers to raise funds for mental health charities through locally organized pop-ups “ (DCS, 2019). In addition to the tasty treats sold, Agomoh and Trujillo created a comprehensive list of mental health resources local to the area and gave them to anyone who visited the pop up bakery. Conversations and personal stories were shared by those that visited the pop up which made for a rewarding experience!

The inaugural Denver pop up bakery raised $1,017.50 to support the National Alliance on Mental Illness for the local NAMI Colorado chapter. Trujillo and Agomoh acknowledged the partners who contributed to make the event a success: Brewability Lab for the wonderful space for the pop up bakery, Coquette’s Bakery of Colorado Springs, Cupcake Girls of Colorado Springs, Walmart of Aurora, King Soopers of Aurora, Starbucks of Aurora, fellow Creighton doctoral students and family.

Alexa Trujillo and Sylver Agomoh are Occupational Therapy students in the Creighton Regis pathway and graduate in May of 2019. Dr. Andrea Thinnes, OTR/L is an Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and served as the faculty mentor for the student endeavor.

Depressed Cake Shop, DCS (2019). Mission & FAQ. Retrieved from

Submitted By Alexa Trujillo, OTS; Sylver Agomoh, OTS; and Andrea Thinnes, OTR/L


Student Corner: CSU Student Occupational Therapy Association Silent Auction Fundraiser Success

Colorado State University’s Student Occupational Therapy Association hosted their annual Silent Auction fundraiser on March 1st, offering a night of entertainment, networking, and donation opportunities to CSU OT students and faculty, OTAC members, and OT practitioners. Proceeds from this event support CSU SOTA members in attending professional development opportunities as they prepare to become OT practitioners.

Together attendees enjoyed live music, door prizes, and hors d’oeuvres while exploring auction tables filled with items to bid on. The majority of the auction items were donated by local Fort Collins small businesses and included a variety of unique items including ski rentals and lift tickets, homemade art and jewelry, and many different gift cards to attend coffee, dinner, comedy shows or enjoy massages and facials.

The Silent Auction event was a huge success! Donations for auction items surpassed SOTA’s goal, students and OT practitioners participated in significant networking, and students learned from OTAC board members of the importance of membership in OTAC and the support the organization offers practitioners, for example, supporting the upcoming renewal of OT licensure legislation. Silent Auction funds will be used by CSU SOTA members to participate in professional development both locally and nation-wide including: 2019 AOTA conference fees, OTAC and AOTA membership fees, splinting courses, and NBCOT preparation. A portion of the funds will be donated to a non-profit organization supporting members of the local Northern Colorado community. We hope to see you all at next year’s CSU SOTA Silent Auction!

Kristina Ihrig, OTS, OTAC CSU Student Representative


Member Services Committee Meeting, April 17, 2019

The committee met over video conference.  Roll Call: Amber Sand, BS, COTA/L, Jill Groskreutz, OTD, OTR/L, and Marilyn Olson, OTAS.  Absent: Monica Waldorf, MS, OTR/L, and Lisa Olson, OTAS. 

Honorary Member SOP and Soliciting SOP are currently under revision. Postcards to promote membership to nonmembers is in mailing preparation stage. Revisions of OTAC website headings have been submitted to webmaster. Confirmed receipt of and approved Centennial State Financial corporate membership application. The Member Services subcommittee (Alesha Brightbill, OTAS, Meghan Weber, PMI Student Representative, and Jill Groskreutz ) is in the preliminary stages of developing a student portal for the OTAC webpage and a student video to promote OTAC membership; reviewed results from student-feedback survey. The collection of these surveys are still underway. 

Submitted by Amber Sand, OTAC Board Chair for Member Services

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