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2022 AOTA Inspire Annual Conference & Expo

The faculty, staff, students and alumni of USC Chan were strongly represented at the American Occupational Therapy Association’s 2022 conference in San Antonio. With nearly 80 USC-affiliated speakers/presenters, nine USC-affiliated award winners and a Friday night Trojan Family Reception, this conference was one to remember!

2022 Award Winners

Mary Lawlor | Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship Award

Elizabeth Pyatak ’02, MA ’04, PhD ’10 | American Occupational Therapy Foundation Academy of Research in Occupational Therapy

Stacey Schepens Niemiec Postdoc ’13, Cheryl Vigen, Jenny Martínez, Jeanine Blanchard ’99, PhD ’10 and Mike Carlson | Cordelia Myers AJOT Best Article Award

Stacey Morikawa MA ’11, OTD ’12 | Distinguished Fieldwork Educator Award

Bryant Edwards MA ’05, OTD ’06 | AOTA Roster of Fellows

Jenny Martínez ’09, MA ’10, OTD ’11 | AOTA Roster of Fellows

2022 AOTA Service Commendations

Arameh Anvarizadeh ’05, MA ’06, OTD ’07 | Member, Governance Enhancement Task Force, 2019–2021

Chantelle Rice Collins ’07, MA ’08, OTD ’09 | Representative, NQF Behavioral Health Standing Committee, 2021

Bryant Edwards MA ’05, OTD ’06 | Member, Affiliated State Association Presidents (ASAP), 2020–2022; Member, Affiliated State Association Presidents (ASAP) Ad Hoc Committee, 2021; Member, Pediatric Item Writing Committee, 2021

Mary Foto ’66, Board of Councilors | AOTA Advisor, Coding and Payment Policy, 2021

Katie Jordan MA ’03, OTD ’04 | AOTA Advisor, Coding & Payment Policy, 2021; AOTA Advisor, Telehealth Advocacy, 2021

Heather Kitching MA ’02, OTD ’10 | Chairperson, Affiliated State Association Presidents (ASAP), 2021–2022

Kimberly Lenington MA ’12, OTD ’13 | Advisor, MIPS Cost Measure, 2021–2022

Jenny Martínez ’09, MA ’10, OTD ’11 | Member, Bylaws, Policies, and Procedures Committee (BPPC), 2020–2022

Julie McLaughlin Gray MA ’95, PhD ’06 | Member, COE Framework for OT Curriculum Design Task Force, 2019–2022

Rachel Proffitt Postdoc ’14 | Member, Representative Assembly Agenda Committee, 2021–2022; Missouri Representative, Representative Assembly, 2019–2022

Pamela Roberts | AOTA Advisor, Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Policy, 2021; AOTA Advisor, Quality Advisory Group, 2021; Representative, NQF Cost and Efficiency Committee, 2021; Representative, NQF MAP Post-Acute Care, 2021

Shelby Surfas MA ’04, OTD ’06 | Member, Pediatric Exam Review Committee, 2021; Member, Pediatric Item Writing Committee, 2021

Jamie Wilcox MA ’13, OTD ’14 | Advisor, MIPS Cost Measure, 2021–2022

Janis Yue ’16, MA ’20, OTD ’21 | ASD Liaison, Commission on Education, 2020–2022; Contributor, AOTA DEI Toolkit, 2021; Student Rep to the Commission on Education; Assembly of Student Delegates Steering Committee, 2020–2022

Highlight Sessions

Arameh Anvarizadeh led a live panel discussion, including Jesús Díaz and alumna Esther Suh Kwon, on “Leveraging the Power of Person-Focused Care”

Katie Jordan led a live panel titled “I’m the Boss: Building Your Entrepreneurial Identity”

USC Faculty, Staff Members, Current Students and Alumni Presenters/Speakers

Yasi Amanat | Eva-Maria Anger | Arameh Anvarizadeh | Karla Ausderau | Grace Baranek | Amber Bennett | Christy Billock | Jeanine Blanchard | Erna Blanche | Aaron Bonsall | Sarah Bream | Brett Buford | Erin Bussell | Sharon Cermak | Megan C. Chang | Alison Cogan | Dominique Como | Rebecca Cunningham | Celso Delgado | Jesús Díaz | Leah Stein Duker | Aaron Eakman | Cheryl Ecker | Yiyang Fang | Kayla Gan | Chen Gong | Elizabeth Goodman | Gabrielle Granados | Janet Gunter | Caroline Hardin | Mark Hardison | Valerie Hill | Cristin Holland | Kaho Ishizuki | Carli Jimenez | Jennifer Jones | Katie Jordan | Mary Khetani | Lynn Kim | Sharada Krishnan | Mary Lawlor | Kimberly Lenington | Jocelyn Lin | Julia Lisle | Katie Loomis | Marissa Marchioni | Erin McIntyre | Tessa Milman | Stacey Morikawa | Katie Narbutas | Kristin Nxumalo | Emily Ochi | Daniel Padilla Vega | Diane Parham | Loree Pham | Deborah Pitts | Ann Marie Potter | Julian Prado | Elizabeth Pyatak | Pamela Roberts | Shawn Roll | Stacey Schepens Niemiec | Emma Schiewe | Aviril Sepulveda | Hilary Stanek | Esther Suh Kwon | Melanie Symister | Sandy Takata | Joseph Christian Ungco | Samantha Valasek | Cheryl Vigen | Jennifer Weaver | Myka Persson | Bill Wong | Buwen Yao | Su-Min Yeu | Janis Yue

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