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OTAC Student Representatives 

Creighton University Student Representative

Name: Jenny Naylor, OTS
Email: jen54319@creighton.edu

What do you love about OT?
I was initially drawn to OT as a profession because of how person-first, and holistic it is at its core. OT is such a unique and exciting field because it combines the amazing science and technology we have in our modern age and combines it with the creativity and personal care of every individual person. I love that every OT I have met has a kindness and a bright mind that creates an environment to grow and heal. 

How did you choose this profession?

During my undergraduate schooling, I was looking for a major that would allow me to be in the medical field in an imaginative, meaningful, and fun way. It was when a family friend told me about her experience as being an OT that all the pieces clicked together and I knew it was the route I wanted to take and the goal I wished to work toward.  

Why did you choose to become an OTAC student representative?

Becoming the OTAC student representative from my program was an honor and has allowed me the opportunity to understand the process and immense importance of state legislation. Learning more about the state government and legislation side of OT is incredibly valuable as a student and a future OT to best navigate and support change and growth in the field. Having the opportunity to be the liaison between my classmates and OTAC is so meaningful for myself, knowing that everyone can be connected and work as a community. 

    What's your favorite thing to do in Colorado? 
    I am a Colorado native, and like all good Coloradans, hiking and camping are my two favorite activities. I am working towards hiking more 14ers and expanding my hiking trail favorites!

    Colorado State University Student Representative

    Name: Scott Beckett, OTS
    Email: Scott.Beckett@colostate.edu

    What do you love about OT?
    I have a saying that “OT makes people more awesome.” I hear it from professors and mentors all the time that people refer to occupational therapists as magic. In learning about OT I am beginning to see the profession as filling the negative space between medical and rehabilitation professions. OT fills an unquantifiable need and that make us a powerful force for health and change. Should be fun.

    How did you choose this profession?

    My first career was working with 4th -12th grade students in outdoor settings, environmental education and sailing school vessels. It’s hard to explain but there are many similarities between what I did and OT and I did not want to throw out all my experience but I did want to move in a new direction

    Why did you choose to become an OTAC student representative?

    My father is very involved in civic matters, and I have always admired his efforts. It’s a role that I have never done before, and I am curious about how the organizational body works.
     What's your favorite thing to do in Colorado?

    I am definitely a skier and I am just back from ten years living in the south so it will be great to take some turns. I have a lot of river boating experience from my youth and I am looking to take on some float trips.

    Pima Medical Institute Student Representative

    Name: Mackenzie Kinney, OTAS

    What do you love about OT?
    I love OT because it looks at every aspect of someone's well-being, whether it be emotional, physical, or psychological in order to help them improve their quality of life. It is one of the most holistic and client-centered professions I could choose, and I'm so happy to have chosen this as a career path. 

    How did you choose this profession?
    It took me years to find a career path that I was passionate about. I knew I was very interested in health and wellness and was set on Physical Therapy. I wanted to interact one on one with people and loved the idea of being a key role in someone's goals. Then, I met an OT. She opened the world of OT to me, and I just knew that from what she was describing, would be a way better fit for the type of person I am. I set out to obtain observation hours under a licensed pediatric OT, and ever since I have never been so set on one day being able to implement my services as an OT professional. 

    Why did you choose to become an OTAC student representative?
    Heather Noonan was my school's student representative before she passed the torch to me. When I first met her, I was so inspired by the role and knew I wanted to learn more. I knew I was destined for great things in the world of OT, and I was naturally drawn to take on a role like this. I wanted to learn and experience as many things as possible in the OT professional world, and I am so excited to see what it has in store for me. 

    What's your favorite thing to do in Colorado?
    It's hard to pick just one thing that I love to do in Colorado! In the summer, I enjoy hiking, mountain biking, camping, and rock climbing. In the winter, I love snowboarding! Thankful to live in such an adventurous state! 

    I would love to work in a rehab setting for people with brain and spinal cord injuries, or somewhere in the mental health field. I am also interested in traveling and implementing my services to multiple states, or globally through disaster response!

    Pueblo Community College Student Representative 

    Name: OPEN


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