The AOTA 94th Annual Business MeetingApril 5, 2014Baltimore, Maryland. Am J Occup Ther 2014;68(Supplement_3):S44–S45. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2014.686S09
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The President introduced those sitting on the dais: Fred Somers, Executive Director; Pamela Toto, Director; Mollie Verdier, Director; Patrick Bloom, Director; Kristina Finnel, Consumer Advisor; Susan Parker, Public Advisor; Shawn Phipps, Director; Anne Cronin, Director; Timothy Wolf, Director; Mary Frances Baxter, Speaker, Representative Assembly; Diana Ramsay, President, American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF); Nathan B. Herz, Treasurer; Amy Lamb, Vice-President; and Brent Braveman, Secretary.
President Stoffel welcomed the audience and honored guests.
Laura Robinson (MI) won a drawing for free membership.
Secretary Braveman called the roll of the states and announced that a quorum was reached. Forty-three election areas were represented at the meeting.
Secretary Braveman announced the volunteer members of the Minutes Review Committee. The Committee consisted of the following individuals: Dawn Sonnier (LA), Laurel Radley (DC), Ashley Fecht (NV), Kate McCracken (NH), and Heather Thomas (CA).
Secretary Braveman moved for adoption of the agenda. President Stoffel asked for any changes or additions to the agenda; there being no opposition, the motion was adopted.
Secretary Braveman announced that minutes from the 2013 Annual Business Meeting were published in the November/December 2013 issue of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy. He moved that the minutes be adopted. President Stoffel asked for any changes to the minutes; there being no opposition, the minutes were approved.
Written reports from the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Commission on Practice, Commission on Education (COE), Ethics Commission, Commission on Continuing Competence and Professional Development, Special Interest Section Council, Affiliated State Association Presidents, Assembly of Student Delegates, American Occupational Therapy Political Action Committee Chair, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education Chair, World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) Delegate, and Speaker, Representative Assembly, were submitted and included in the Annual Business Meeting Report Booklet. AOTF also provided copies of its Annual Written Report. There were no questions from the floor.
President Stoffel informed attendees that the AOTA Board of Directors had recently approved a position statement reflecting a consensus reached by the Board on the desirability of the profession moving to a single point of entry at the doctoral level. She indicated that the Board would soon be issuing this statement to the membership, consulting with key leadership bodies within the Association, and facilitating a professionwide dialogue on this important issue. The President asked that questions on this topic be deferred until the Board had formally issued its statement and the process of dialogue had begun.
The following individuals gave brief verbal reports:
President Stoffel called on Debi Hinerfeld, Chairperson of the Volunteer Leadership Development Committee, to give the results of the 2014 general election. Chairperson Hinerfeld announced that Patrick Bloom was elected Treasurer, Kimberly Hartmann and Wendy Hildenbrand were elected as Directors, Anne Jenkins was elected as WFOT Alternate Delegate, and Loretta Starnes was elected as OTA Representative-Elect to the Assembly.
Chairperson Hinerfeld announced the call for 2015 nominations for the positions of Vice President; 2 Directors; WFOT Delegate; COE Chairperson-Elect; Ethics Commission Chairperson-Elect; Early Intervention, Home and Community Health, and Mental Health Special Interest Section Chairpersons; and Representatives for CA, IN, IA, LA, MD, MI, MN, NC, NH, NM, NV, OH, OK, PA, SD, VT, and WY.
President Stoffel opened the floor to new business, and members made two motions:
President Stoffel called the newly elected board members to the stage and administered the oath of office.
President Stoffel adjourned the meeting at 1:49 P.M.
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