Board Members

President (2018-2019)

Name: Pamela DiPasquale-Lehnerz , MS, OTR/L 
Years with OTAC and on the board: She has been on the OTAC Board as Secretary, Recognitions, Public Policy Chair, Vice-President, and now President. 
Why did you join OTAC and the board? Pam has a contributed to OTAC Board since 1982 and has enjoyed the networking opportunities and the friendships throughout the years.
Brief work history and current work setting: Has practiced for over 30 years, graduating from Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in OT and then attending and graduating from CSU with a Master’s Degree. OT experience has been in adult rehab for about 25 years and for the past 15 years has worked in the schools. She has done inpatient rehab, outpatient work hardening, home health, management and school based pediatrics. 
A couple fun facts: Pam has been married for 25 years and has 2 children who are both in college.  Her hobbies are gardening, golf, quilting and “Memories” scrapbooking.  

 


Vice President (2018-2020)

Name: Natasha Smet, OTD, OTR/L
Years with OTAC and on the board:  3 years with OTAC, and this is my first year on the OTAC Board.
Why did you join OTAC and the board?  I saw the need for a volunteer leader, and I was called to serve our profession and my colleagues.
A couple fun facts: I am from Johannesburg, South Africa. I am multi-lingual. I love to travel - 25 countries and counting. My favorite occupational roles include: wife, mom, and OT Educator.

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 Secretary (2017-2019)

Name: Ravi Hunjan, OTR/L
Years with OTAC and on the board: I have been an OTAC member since 2012 and this is my first year serving on the OTAC board.
Why did you join OTAC and the board? I joined OTAC in order to remain up to date and engaged with our professional activities in the state. I then decided I wanted to be of more service directly to our profession and had the opportunity to serve on the board.
Brief work history and current work setting: I have been an OTR since 2000 when I graduated from Colorado State University. Since that time I have worked primarily in skilled nursing facilities, but now serve older adults in a regional clinical position across multiple sites and types of settings.
A couple fun facts: I live in the metro-Denver area with my wife and daughter and two dogs. In my free time I enjoy hiking, camping, mountain biking and listening to music (preferably live) .

Treasurer (2018-2020)

Name: Lucy Bosio, MAT, OTR/L
Years with OTAC and on board: Member since 2007. Board member 2012-13, Conference Chair, Conference mentor 2014,15,16
Why did you join OTAC and the board? I joined OTAC to support licensure and professional education
Brief work history and current work setting: Most of my career has been in school based settings serving infants to high school
A couple fun facts: Currently retired to have play dates with our grandson, take motorcycle trips with my husband and enjoy needle work in between times 

 


Member Services Chair (2018-2020)

Name: Amber Sand, COTA/L
Years with OTAC and on board: I have been an OTAC member since 2013 and I have serviced on the OTAC Board as Conference Chair in 2014
Why did you join OTAC and the board? To advocate for the profession of occupational therapy and it’s an opportunity to meet other occupational therapy practitioners for networking and build friendships. 
Brief work history and current work setting: Since 2013, I have worked at subacute rehabilitation and long term care facilities. 
A couple fun facts: My husband and I are from the upper midwest and we moved to Colorado for job opportunities and skiing. We enjoy sharing our interests of midwest card games, food, and sense of living with friends we meet. 

 

 


Conference Chair (2017-2019)

Name: Brandy Bregar, OTR/L
Years with OTAC and on board: This is my first year on the board.
Why did you join OTAC and the board? I joined OTAC to collaborate with other OT professionals and support the efforts to maintain the interests of Occupational Therapy in Colorado.
Brief work history and current work setting:
A couple fun facts: I have two boxer dogs and have recently moved to Pueblo, CO!

 

 

 

 


Newsletter Editor (2017-2019)

Name: Jenny Junker, OTR/L
Years with OTAC and on board: I recently joined OTAC in the spring of 2016, this is my first experience on the OTAC board. 
Why did you join OTAC and the board? I joined the OTAC board because I wanted to be more involved as an OT in the state of Colorado, for networking opportunities, and to positively impact the occupational therapy profession at a state level. I value our state association and its benefits, and therefore want to spread the word to other OTs throughout our state.
Brief work history and current work setting: I graduated from Creighton University's OTD program in 2012 and relocated to Denver. I began my career in a SNF setting for a couple years, and have now spent the past 2 years as the rehab director with Legacy Healthcare Services at an Assisted Living Facility and Memory Care community. I really enjoy being a clinical instructor for occupational therapy students and frequently have students in my clinic. I also currently serve as a geriatrics lab adjunct faculty and Kinesiology lab assistant for the Creighton University OTD distance program at Regis University.
A couple fun facts:I love living in Colorado, especially for all of the outdoor activities! I enjoy hiking, skiing, camping, playing sports, and spending time with family and friends. I'm working on my cooking skills and also have begun to teach myself to crochet. 


Professional Development & Education Chair (2017-2019)

Name: Kylie Sleeth, OTR/L
Years with OTAC and on board: I previously served as the Professional Development & Education Chair from 2015-2017.
Why did you join OTAC and the board? I was an Emerging Leader for AOTA from 2016-2017. I joined OTAC and was excited to serve on the board to network with other OT professionals, build relationships, learn more about OT in CO, and increase contact hour opportunities and resources. 
Brief work history and current work setting: I graduated from OT school 3 years ago and have been working as an OT at Powerback Rehab in Lakewood. 
A couple fun facts: My husband and I just welcomed our first child, Beckham in January.  I love being an OT, running, being outdoors and spending time with family. I enjoy networking with OT/OTA’s/students and growing the OT profession in Colorado. 


Public Relations and Fundraiser Chair (2016-2018)

Name: Kelly Hicks, OTR/L
Years with OTAC and on board: I have been a member of OTAC since 2015. This is my first year serving on the board as the PR/Fundraising representative.
Why did you join OTAC and the board? I joined OTAC in order to fulfill what, I believe, is my personal and professional responsibility to support (at very least financially) the state and national organizations that represent our profession. In this time of uncertainty in the areas of both healthcare and education, it is comforting to know that my OTAC membership supports lobbyists who represent and fight for the interests our profession at the Capitol on a daily basis. I decided to become a board member for the networking and leadership experience that this opportunity affords. Lastly, I want to ensure that my lens on the scope of occupational therapy remains wide so that I may see and experience all of the great achievements of this great profession!
Brief work history and current work setting:  In January of 2015, I moved to Colorado to complete my final Level 2 fieldwork at Colorado Mental Health Institute. I currently work as an occupational therapist in Jeffco Public Schools and thoroughly enjoy helping my students do those things that they need and want to do on a daily basis.
A couple fun facts: As a southern girl, born and raised, I never donned a pair of skis, much less, pointed them down a mountainside. Last year, I began teaching myself to ski (with the help of a few trusty friends and teachers) and LOVE it! I currently live in Golden, Colorado with my sweet husband, Keith, and our 13 year old Boston Terrier, Brody.  

 


Occupational Therapy Assistant Representative (2018-2020)

Name: Dennis Nuding, COTA/L
Years with OTAC and on board:

 I have been a member of OTAC since October 2013, when I was a first year OTA student. This is my 1st year on the OTAC board.
Why did you join OTAC and the board? I believe volunteering is critical in our profession as well as our society. Joining OTAC is a necessity, as more accomplishments are made as a group, and becoming part of the group is the first step to contributing. Joining the OTAC board is the next step to contribute/give back and has opportunities to pay it forward. Occupational therapy would not even exist if not for the founders voluntarily contributing to the creation and preservation of our profession. It is up to all practitioners to continue to advocate for occupational therapy.
Brief work history and current work setting:  I have spent most of my working years involved in agriculture. At age 52, after graduating from PCC OTA program, I started working in the hospital acute care setting. I transitioned to short-term rehab setting and have remained for over 2 years.
A couple fun facts: I enjoy hiking in the mountains, playing in the ocean, and relaxing on a beach. Fun at work is always a must.

 


 

Pueblo Community College Student Representative 

Name: Lisa Olson
Years with OTAC and on the board:  One month
Why did you join OTAC and the board? To represent the OTA students and program of Pueblo Community College
Brief work history and current work setting: Previously I was a special education teacher working with students with significant needs and early childhood special education in San Diego. I took a 12 year break to stay home with my own children. Most recently I worked as a special education resource teacher in Monument, CO.  Currently I am an OTA student at PCC.
A couple fun facts: I am a long time volunteer with the humane society, mostly fostering cats and dogs. My newest hobby is backyard beekeeping.

 


Creighton University Student Representative

Name: Samantha Kelly, OTS
Years with OTAC and on the board: I am currently serving my first year as the Creighton- Regis Student Representative.
Why did you join OTAC and the board?  I made the decision to serve as a student representative, because I believe that the more that students are connected to state organizations, the greater the impact we can have on the profession when we graduate. I hope to increase my class and other students’ understanding of the importance of being involved with the occupational therapy community, promote life-long educational growth, and strengthen the bonds between emerging and established OT’s. The more our community is connected, the closer we will be to reaching our goals and impacting those in need.
Brief work history and current work setting: I am currently a second year student and will begin my Level II fieldwork this coming May.
A couple fun facts: I am a big believer that there’s nothing loud music, singing at the top of your lungs, and dancing around the kitchen can’t cure. I majored in English writing in my undergrad and enjoy getting lost in a good book at a bright coffee shop. My favorite activities include rock climbing, snowboarding, and backpacking with my fiancé. I hope to find work either in neuro or pediatrics, but I am open to where this great profession will take me.

Colorado State University Student Representative

Name: Ryan Kepler, OTS
Years with OTAC and on the board: I am in my first year of the occupational therapy program.
Why did you join OTAC and the board?: I joined the OTAC board to support the field of occupational therapy by bringing the perspectives of the more than 100 occupational therapy students at CSU to the board while also keeping those same students informed on what is happening in our future career fields.
A couple fun facts: I have lived in three countries and eight states. Outside of school I love to run, hike and ski.

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Pima Medical Institute Student Representative

Name: Andrea Susi, OTAS
Years with OTAC and on the board: I am currently serving my first year as the Pima Medical Institute Student Representative.
Why did you join OTAC and the board?  I joined the OTAC board to get as involved in the OT profession as early as possible. I am excited to help promote and learn more about our profession.
Brief work history and current work setting: I am a second semester student and will graduate March 2019.
A couple fun facts:  I moved to Colorado two years ago with my boyfriend and our two dogs, Ronin (boxer) and Stanley (French bulldog). One of my favorite things about living here is the easy access to nature. While I miss the ocean back home in Massachusetts, I have fallen in love with the natural beauty of the mountains. When I’m not busy with school, or work, you can find me out in nature.  I love camping, hiking, skiing, traveling, and photography. Since graduating college with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature, I have been working in customer service. After deciding I needed a career change, I was told about OT and all the wonderful things practitioners can do for people. I am so excited about starting my path into OT. 


 

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