NOTA Board

Voting Executive Board Members

President - Janel Meis

Where do you live?
Where do you work as an Occupational Therapist?
What area of practice do you specialize in or work in as an OT?
What is your favorite part of being an OT?
Where did you graduate from occupational therapy school?
What is your favorite leisure occupation?
Provide a random personal fact about you.

Vice President of Academia - Emily Barr

Where do you live?
Where do you work as an Occupational Therapist?
What area of practice do you specialize in or work in as an OT?
What is your favorite part of being an OT?
Where did you graduate from occupational therapy school?
What is your favorite leisure occupation?
Provide a random personal fact about you.


Vice President of Acute Care - Hannah Wieger, OTR/L, CLT

Where do you live? Elkhorn, NE
Where do you work as an Occupational Therapist? Methodist Hospital & Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha
What area of practice do you specialize in or work in as an OT? Acute Care, Acute Rehabilitation, Lymphedema Therapy and Adjunct teaching
What is your favorite part of being an OT? The opportunity to change a client's life for the better and also the endless career opportunities you can pursue with an OT degree
Where did you graduate from occupational therapy school? College of Saint Mary Omaha, NE
What is your favorite leisure occupation? Playing outdoors with my two boys
Provide a random personal fact about you. I grew up on a farm in SE Nebraska and often get tired of the "city air" needing a trip to the farm to re-coop


Vice President of Hands & Orthopaedics - Lauren Erickson, OTD, OTR/L, CLT

Where do you live? Kearney, NE
Where do you work as an Occupational Therapist? Kearney & Holdrege, NE
What area of practice do you specialize in or work in as an OT? Hands, Ortho, Neuro, OP, HH, Lymphedema
What is your favorite part of being an OT? Flexibility of my schedule, rural area, Lymphedema
Where did you graduate from occupational therapy school? Creighton University
What is your favorite leisure occupation? Biking, learning, baking/cooking, chilling with my kids!
Provide a random personal fact about you. I have completed 5 half Ironman’s (triathalons). California, Colorado, Kansas, Georgia, and Florida.

Vice President of Mental Health & Wellness - Jill Cuff, MOT, OTR/L

Where do you live? Rural Mills County Iowa
Where do you work as an Occupational Therapist? Cuff & Associates, LLC; Nebraska Methodist College; Select Rehabilitation
What area of practice do you specialize in or work in as an OT? I work primarily in mental health, with adults and youth with intellectual disabilities in the community and forensic care. I also teach Evidence Based Practice in Mental Health and supervise students in fieldwork practice.
What is your favorite part of being an OT? I love the variety of opportunities for professional and personal growth within our profession.
Where did you graduate from occupational therapy school? I received my bachelor's degree from Creighton and master's degree from College of Saint Mary
What is your favorite leisure occupation? I love being outside, camping, hanging out with my family, gardening, and raising small farm animals.
Provide a random personal fact about you. My husband and I are raising 3 boys, 2 dogs, a kitten, 7 chickens, and a lizard.

Vice President of Neurorehabilitation - Melissa Anderson, OTD, OTR/L

Where do you live? Omaha, NE
Where do you work as an Occupational Therapist? QLI
What area of practice do you specialize in or work in as an OT? Neuro-Rehabilitation
What is your favorite part of being an OT? Seeing progress from each patient and building relationships with patients and families
Where did you graduate from occupational therapy school? Creighton University
What is your favorite leisure occupation? Travel
Provide a random personal fact about you.  I love sushi!

Vice President of Pediatrics - Erin Westover, OTD, OTR/L

Where do you live? Omaha, NE
Where do you work as an Occupational Therapist? College of Saint Mary
What area of practice do you specialize in or work in as an OT? Pediatrics and school-based practice, currently work in academia
What is your favorite part of being an OT? Watching the joy and confidence in a child or client when they first become able to successfully engage in occupations that are meaningful to them, open up the door for social connections, or allow them to be more independent.
Where did you graduate from occupational therapy school? Washington University in St. Louis
What is your favorite leisure occupation? Traveling
Provide a random personal fact about you.  My favorite animals are flamingos!  I have loved them since I was a little girl and saw them in-person for the first time on a family vacation in Florida.  I've been pretty excited that they've been popular in recent years. :)

Vice President of Policy - Melissa Kimmerling, EdD, MOT, OTR/L

Where do you live? Papillion, NE
Where do you work as an Occupational Therapist? Nebraska Methodist College/ Snyder Charleson Therapy Services
What area of practice do you specialize in or work in as an OT? Academia/ Higher Education & Home Health
What is your favorite part of being an OT? As an educator, it is seeing the compassion and commitment that future OTs bring to the field. It re-energizes me and re-focuses my efforts to be the best OT I can be.
Where did you graduate from occupational therapy school? College of Saint Mary, 2006 (BS), 2007 (MOT), EdD (2014)
What is your favorite leisure occupation? Spending time at the lake
Provide a random personal fact about you. I have broken 18 bones in my life- all at the same time!

Vice President of Rural Health & Community Services - Kate Brummer OTD, OTR/L

Where do you live? Cozad, NE
Where do you work as an Occupational Therapist? Phelps Memorial Therapy Center
What area of practice do you specialize in or work in as an OT? Outpatient & Inpatient
What is your favorite part of being an OT? Seeing patients make gains that allow them to participate in activities that are meaningful to them.
Where did you graduate from occupational therapy school? Creighton University
What is your favorite leisure occupation? Playing with my 2 daughters
Provide a random personal fact about you. I enjoy cooking and watching movies.

Vice President of School Based Practices - Lindsay Tuxhorn, OTD, OTR/L

Where do you live? Syracuse, NE
Where do you work as an Occupational Therapist? Syracuse Area Health and Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca Schools
What area of practice do you specialize in or work in as an OT? I currently work at a rural hospital and have inpatients and outpatients with a variety of diagnoses.  I also serve students birth to 21 in the Syracuse Public Schools.  Prior to that, I worked at Madonna Rehabilitation Lincoln and specialized in spinal cord injury.
What is your favorite part of being an OT? I love seeing my patients and students succeed! It makes my day when a patient is able to return to something they love or a student is able to participate in a school task because occupational therapy made an impact.
Where did you graduate from occupational therapy school? Creighton University
What is your favorite leisure occupation? Photography
Provide a random personal fact about you. I love to celebrate St. Patrick's Day because it is also my birthday.

Vice President of Skilled Care, Long Term Care, & Home Health - Colleen Spellman, OTD, OTR/L

Where do you live? Elmwood, NE
Where do you work as an Occupational Therapist? Creighton University-FT, Lincoln Surgical Hospital-PRN
What area of practice do you specialize in or work in as an OT? Academia & Progressive Neurological Conditions, spinal cord injury, assistive technology, home health and skilled care, orthopedics
What is your favorite part of being an OT? My favorite part about being an occupational therapist is being able to create a strong rapport with a patient, learning what drives them and using functional tasks, modification to allow them to maximize their potential in their independence, confidence and safety.
Where did you graduate from occupational therapy school? Creighton University 
What is your favorite leisure occupation? Watching my three boys participate in sports, or being outdoors landscaping, hiking, biking
Provide a random personal fact about you.  I love playing fantasy football. I have been in a league for 5 years. I have won our Fantasy Football League 3/5 times!! I'm going for the 3-Peat this year!

Secretary - Mikala Pfeifer, OTD, OTR/L, DRS

Where do you live? Omaha, NE 
Where do you work as an Occupational Therapist? Methodist Hospital
What area of practice do you specialize in or work in as an OT? Acute rehabilitation, acute care, and driving rehabilitation
What is your favorite part of being an OT? Being able to be creative to help my patient's meet their goals for independence
Where did you graduate from occupational therapy school? Creighton University
What is your favorite leisure occupation? I enjoy being outdoors doing anything with my 3 kids and husband.
Provide a random personal fact about you. I once mowed my backyard without realizing I hadn't turned the mower blade on.

Treasurer - Michelle Massey

Where do you live? Omaha, NE 
Where do you work as an Occupational Therapist?
What area of practice do you specialize in or work in as an OT?
What is your favorite part of being an OT?
Where did you graduate from occupational therapy school?
What is your favorite leisure occupation?
Provide a random personal fact about you.

Non-Voting NOTA Officers

Administrative Assistant - Kristin Gzehoviak

Kristin Gzehoviak has been the Administrative Assistant for NOTA since 2011. She and her husband Aaron reside in Omaha with their two children, Henry (8) & Greta (4), and their boxer, Bauer.

Lobbyist - Barry Rubin

AOTA RA Representative - Whitney Rubin, OTD, OTR/L

Where do you live? Omaha, NE 
Where do you work as an Occupational Therapist? College of Saint Mary
What area of practice do you specialize in or work in as an OT? Inpatient Pediatrics, Home Health Pediatrics, Advocacy
What is your favorite part of being an OT? Being able to blend my passions for quality client care and legislation.  I believe this profession allows a variety of opportunities and growth.  The impact we can have on our clients, profession and our nation is powerful.
Where did you graduate from occupational therapy school? Creighton University
What is your favorite leisure occupation? Anything that involves my family and friends.
Provide a random personal fact about you. My parents are the individuals who instilled my passion for advocacy and politics.  My "first campaign" was when I was 2 years old for my father's re-election for County Attorney.

Conference Chair 1 (Appointed) - Andrea Thinnes, OTD, OTR/L

Where do you live? Omaha, NE 
Where do you work as an Occupational Therapist? Creighton University
What area of practice do you specialize in or work in as an OT? Academia focused on geriatrics, mental health, and spirituality
What is your favorite part of being an OT? Everything!  If I had to pick one thing it would be that we address the whole person in our care.
Where did you graduate from occupational therapy school? BSOT from College of St. Mary, OTD from Creighton University
What is your favorite leisure occupation? Repurposing junk
Provide a random personal fact about you. My husband earned a 2nd date because he knew what OT was!

Conference Chair 2 (Appointed) - Lindsay Tuxhorn, OTD, OTR/L

Where do you live? Syracuse, NE
Where do you work as an Occupational Therapist? Syracuse Area Health and Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca Schools
What area of practice do you specialize in or work in as an OT? I currently work at a rural hospital and have inpatients and outpatients with a variety of diagnoses.  I also serve students birth to 21 in the Syracuse Public Schools.  Prior to that, I worked at Madonna Rehabilitation Lincoln and specialized in spinal cord injury.
What is your favorite part of being an OT? I love seeing my patients and students succeed! It makes my day when a patient is able to return to something they love or a student is able to participate in a school task because occupational therapy made an impact.
Where did you graduate from occupational therapy school? Creighton University
What is your favorite leisure occupation? Photography
Provide a random personal fact about you. I love to celebrate St. Patrick's Day because it is also my birthday.

Conference Chair Elect 1 (Appointed) - Anna Domina

Where do you live? Omaha
Where do you work as an Occupational Therapist?
What area of practice do you specialize in or work in as an OT?
What is your favorite part of being an OT?
Where did you graduate from occupational therapy school?
What is your favorite leisure occupation?
Provide a random personal fact about you.

Conference Chair Elect 2 (Appointed) - Miranda Little, OTD, OTR/L, LSVT BIG Certified

Where do you live? Louisville, NE
Where do you work as an Occupational Therapist? Creighton University Faculty
What area of practice do you specialize in or work in as an OT? Academics, previously acute and outpatient
What is your favorite part of being an OT? Helping people be independent and engage in what they love
Where did you graduate from occupational therapy school? Creighton University
What is your favorite leisure occupation? Playing with my kids
Provide a random personal fact about you. I love to dance and was a dance minor in college, as well as on dance team and cheerleading.