The AOTA 2016 Annual Business MeetingApril 9, 2016Chicago, Illinois. Am J Occup Ther 2016;70(Supplement_2):7012420030p1-7012420030p3. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2016.706S2abm.
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The President introduced those sitting on the dais: Fred Somers, Executive Director; Nicholas Hantzes, Legal Counsel; Debra Young, Director; Mollie Verdier, Director; Kimberly Hartmann, Director; Kristina Finnel, Consumer Advisor; Denise Chisholm, Director; Wendy Hildenbrand, Director; Timothy Wolf, Director; Wendy Coster, President, American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF); Amy Lamb, President-Elect; Mary Frances Baxter, Speaker, Representative Assembly; Patrick Bloom, Treasurer; Shawn Phipps, Vice President; and Brent Braveman, Secretary.
President Stoffel welcomed the audience and honored guests.
Secretary Braveman called the roll of the states and announced that a quorum of more than 100 members was reached and would remain in place for the duration of the meeting. Forty-four 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: Ashley Fecht (NV), Jessica Boulduc (ME), Jaclyn Schwartz (FL), and Laurel Cargill Radley (NC).
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 the minutes from the 2015 Annual Business Meeting were published in the November/December 2015 issue of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
Written reports from the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer were submitted and included in the Annual Business Meeting Report Booklet. Written reports from the Commission on Practice (COP); Commission on Education (COE); Ethics Commission (EC); Commission on Continuing Competence and Professional Development (CCCPD); Bylaws, Policies, and Procedures Committee (BPPC); Volunteer Leadership Development Committee (VLDC); Special Interest Sections Council (SISC); Affiliated State Association Presidents; Assembly of Student Delegates; American Occupational Therapy Political Action Committee; Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education; World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) Delegate; Speaker of the Representative Assembly; and AOTF were submitted and posted on the Association website.
The following questions were asked by members:
The following individuals gave brief verbal reports:
President Stoffel recognized Dawn Sonnier, Chairperson of the BPPC, to present a summary of the proposed Bylaws revisions. Chairperson Sonnier moved to adopt the revised Association Bylaws. President Stoffel opened the floor for discussion. The following members rose to speak to the motion:
President Stoffel called on Debi Hinerfeld, Chairperson of the VLDC, to give the results of the 2016 general election. Results were as follows: Kathleen T. Foley, Secretary; Gloria Frolek-Clark, Board Director; Melissa Tilton, Board Director; Virginia Stoffel, WFOT Alternate Delegate; Steven Taff, COE Chairperson; Marla Robinson, CCCPD Chairperson-Elect; Andrew Persch, SISC Chairperson-Elect; Timothy Wolf, VLDC Chairperson; David Merlo, OTA Representative to the Representative Assembly; Lenin Grajo, Education Special Interest Section (SIS) Chairperson; and Elena Espiritu, Physical Disabilities SIS Chairperson.
Chairperson Hinerfeld announced the 2017 Call for Nominations, which includes the positions of Treasurer, Board Director (2), COP Chairperson-Elect, EC Chairperson-Elect, Administration & Management SIS Chairperson, Developmental Disabilities SIS Chairperson, Sensory Integration SIS Chairperson, and Work & Industry SIS Chairperson.
President Stoffel opened the floor to new business, comments, and questions. The following members rose to speak:
President Stoffel called the newly elected board members to the stage and administered the oath of office to them.
Robin Clearman of Texas won the drawing for a year of free membership.
President Stoffel adjourned the meeting at 1:49 p.m.
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