Faculty winners in AOTA elections
January 29, 2021
USC Chan faculty members and alums Arameh Anvarizadeh ’05, MA ’06, OTD ’07 and Ashley Halle ’08, MA ’11, OTD ’12 will soon be contributing their talents to the national occupational therapy professional association, as each won their respective races for volunteer leadership positions, according to election results released by the American Occupational Therapy Association (membership log-in required).
Anvarizadeh won the race for AOTA Vice President. In this role, Anvarizadeh will fulfill the presidential duties in the absence of the president, represent AOTA to the public, liaise with the association’s various governance bodies and chair committees and special groups as needed.
“This is what happens when community comes together to support change,” Anvarizadeh said. “History has been made. Now let the work begin for creating a more efficient, effective and transparent AOTA.”
Halle was elected chair of the Home and Community Health Special Interest Section. The Home and Community Health SIS provides resources and support for occupational therapy practitioners and students practicing in home and community settings, including home health, adult day services, senior housing, wellness programs, community mental health centers, home modification and accessibility consultation.
“I’m excited, overjoyed, honored and humbled at the opportunity to serve our profession, our clients and our communities in this capacity,” Halle said. “At a time when we are physically distanced, it is more important than ever for us to support our work in home and community settings.”
March 15 update: Associate Chair for Curriculum and Faculty Julie McLaughlin Gray was also elected as chair of AOTA’s Academic Leadership Council. The ALC is a national-level forum for deans, department chairs, program directors, academic fieldwork and capstone coordinators to present, examine and debate issues impacting occupational therapy education.