TOTA Annual Awards

TOTA is pleased to recognize therapists, educators, students and friends of Occupational Therapy for their excellent work for their patients and their profession. To recognize the contribution of an individual or a facility please complete the application. E-mail the completed application to membership@tota.org. Awards are given every year at the annual business meeting at the Mountain Central Conference. 2017 award nominations are due October 6, 2017.

 

2015
OTR of the Year Robin Clearman, OTR
COTA of the Year  
Distinguished Service Award Sandra Whisner, PhD, OTR
Claudette Fette, PhD, OTR
Connie Daby, MHS, OTR
Distinguished Service Award
15 Years of Service
Mary Hennigan, OTR, MBA
Distinguished Service Award
5 Years of Service
Kami Lusson
Roster of Merit Marsha Neville, PhD, OTR
Certificate of Appreciation Kathy Hutto
Ping Law, OTR, MBA, FACHE
Leonette Toone, MSED, OTR
Tara Alexander, BS, OTR/L, CPC
Kira Beal, OTR, OTD, CPAM, CLT
Judith Joseph, OT
Eric Bass, OT
Elizabeth Holland, OTA
Cynthia Tiongco, OTR, MOT
Award for Clinical Excellence Autumn Clegg, MSOT, OTR, CBIS
Clinical Educator of the Year Riqiea Kitchens, OTR
Honorary Life Membership Harriet Davidson, MA, OTR
COTA/OTR Collaboration Award  
Interdisciplinary Team Award

Karin Barnes, PhD, OTR
University of Texas San Antonio Health Science Center

Autumn Clegg, MSOT, OTR, CBIS
University of Texas San Antonio Health Science Center

Bridgett Piernik-Yoder, PhD, OTR
University of Texas San Antonio Health Science Center

Academic Educator of the Year Ricky Joseph, PhD, OTR
Student Leadership Award Katherine Hahn, OTS
Horizon Award Anna Haertling, OTR
Service Recognition Award  
TOTA Legislator of the Year Representative Garnet Coleman
   
2014
OTR of the Year Mack Ivy, OTR, MOT
COTA of the Year Sally Harris, COTA
Distinguished Service Award  
Roster of Merit Sophie Rydin, OTR, PhD
Certificate of Appreciation  
Award for Clinical Excellence  
Clinical Educator of the Year Kira Beal, OTR, OTD
Honorary Life Membership Jaclyn F. Low, OTR, PhD, FAOTA
COTA/OTR Collaboration Award  
Interdisciplinary Team Award Texas Tech University – Cynthia Tiongco, OTR, MOT
Academic Educator of the Year Terra Ruppert, OTR, PhD
Student Leadership Award Adele Kurt Brunson, MOT Student
Horizon Award  
Service Recognition Award  
   
2013
OTR of the Year Leonette Toone, OTR, MSED
COTA of the Year  
Distinguished Service Award  
Roster of Merit Cecelia Maynor, COTA
Certificate of Appreciation Judi Jenkins Joseph, Gulf Coast East Chair 2009-2013
Award for Clinical Excellence Occupational Therapy Center, Inc.
Clinical Educator of the Year Tricia Peters, OTR, MOT
Honorary Life Membership Lynne C. Tupper, OTR, MPH, MOT
COTA/OTR Collaboration Award  
Interdisciplinary Team Award Heather Nichols, Tomball ISD Special Education
Academic Educator of the Year Eugenia Catalina Gonzalez, OTR, PhD
Student Leadership Award  
Horizon Award Michelle Fonseca, OTR
Service Recognition Award  
   
2012
OTR of the Year Judith Jenkins Joseph, OTR, MA
COTA of the Year  
Distinguished Service Award Sophie Rydin, OTR, PhD
Roster of Merit Mary Frances Baxter, PhD , OT, FAOTA
Letter of Appreciation Lois Nance, MA, LPC, LMFT
Award for Clinical Excellence  
Clinical Educator of the Year Carolyn Marie Pena, OTR
Honorary Life Membership Suzanne Peloquin, OTR, PhD, FAOTA
COTA/OTR Collaboration Award  
Interdisciplinary Team Award University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
ICU Early Mobilzation Program
Academic Educator of the Year Noralyn Pickens, PhD, OT
Student Leadership Award Kara Kincaid, OTS
Horizon Award Ursel Lovett, OTR
Service Recognition Award Lynda Jennings, OTR
Richard Cheng, JD, OTR
Bridgett Piernik-Yoder, PhD, OTR
April Arnold, COTA
Jennifer Hughes, OTR
   
2011
OTR of the Year Lauro Munez
COTA of the Year  
Distinguished Service Award Richard Cheng
Virginia Dykes
J. Roland Dykes
Roster of Merit Jaclyn F. Low
Terri R. Gonzalez
Letter of Appreciation  
Award for Clinical Excellence Pam Glazener
Clinical Educator of the Year Joanne Ripple
Honorary Life Membership  
COTA/OTR Collaboration Award  
Interdisciplinary Team Award  
Academic Educator of the Year Emily Haltiwanger
Student Leadership Award April Arnold
Horizon Award Jennifer Hughes
Service Recognition Award Judy Skarbek
Debora Ridener
Leonette Toone
Constance Daby
Vanessa Richardson
Debbie Mincher
   
2010
OTR of the Year Judy Skarbek
COTA of the Year  
Distinguished Service Award Judith Jenkins
Roster of Merit Eileen Garza
Letter of Appreciation Gretchen Stone
Award for Clinical Excellence F. Kay Brown
Michael Simpson
Clinical Educator of the Year Sally Harris
Honorary Life Membership Kathlyn L. Reed
COTA/OTR Collaboration Award Kelly Strome
Cecelia Maynor
Interdisciplinary Team Award  
Academic Educator of the Year Bridgett Piernik-Yoder
Student Leadership Award Annie H. Chen
Horizon Award  
Service Recognition Award Joni McGhee
Rachelle Stevens
Ping Law
   
2009
OTR of the Year Mary Hennigan
COTA of the Year Michelle McKamy
Distinguished Service Award Len Sobel
Roster of Merit Stephanie Johnston
Letter of Appreciation Donna Weimaker
Dwain Klostermann
Cheryl Cleary
Mary Francis Baxter
Award for Clinical Excellence  
Clinical Educator of the Year Vivianne Yang
Honorary Life Membership  
COTA/OTR Collaboration Award  
Interdisciplinary Team Award  
Academic Educator of the Year Alison Beck
Student Leadership Award Andrea Dulworth
Horizon Award  
Service Recognition Award Joan Bell
Eileen Garza
   
2008
OTR of the Year Claudette Fette
COTA of the Year  
Distinguished Service Award Sophie Rydin
Mack Ivy
Roster of Merit Lynne C. Tupper
Letter of Appreciation  
Award for Clinical Excellence  
Clinical Educator of the Year OT Staff-Memorial Hermann/TIRR
Honorary Life Membership Virginia White
COTA/OTR Collaboration Award  
Interdisciplinary Team Award 1st Texas Home Health Agency
Academic Educator of the Year Carolyn Cantu, OTA
Marsha Neville-Smith, OTR
Student Leadership Award  
Horizon Award  
Service Recognition Award  
   
2007
OTR of the Year Constance Daby
COTA of the Year  
Distinguished Service Award Bobby J. Vasquez
Cecelia Fierro
Mack Ivy & Tomball HS Life Skills Class
Roster of Merit Jaclyn F. Low
Letter of Appreciation Garden Terrace of Houston Shriners Hospital for Children - Houston
Award for Clinical Excellence  
Clinical Educator of the Year  
Honorary Life Membership  
COTA/OTR Collaboration Award  
Interdisciplinary Team Award Take Action for Better Solutions -Quentin Mease Community Hospital
Academic Educator of the Year  
Student Leadership Award Jennifer M. Cable
Horizon Award  
Service Recognition Award  
   
2006
OTR of the Year Jackie Low
COTA of the Year  
Distinguished Service Award  
Roster of Merit Joan E. Bell
Cindy Brosig
Harriett Davidson
Dwain Klostermann
Teri Powers
Letter of Appreciation Margarette Shelton
Gerry Nichols
Award for Clinical Excellence  
Clinical Educator of the Year Lucy Aguirre-Kelley
Honorary Life Membership  
COTA/OTR Collaboration Award  
Interdisciplinary Team Award  
Academic Educator of the Year Regina M. Campbell
Stephanie Johnston
Student Leadership Award Kathryn Flowers
Horizon Award  
Service Recognition Award  
   
2005
OTR of the Year Evie Harness
COTA of the Year Betsy Stroder
Distinguished Service Award  
Roster of Merit Edward E. Beaty Jr.
Judith E. Bowen
Letter of Appreciation Christina Chapa
Joanne Naylor
Rachel Ramirez
Joan Bell
Lauro Munoz
Award for Clinical Excellence Toni Houge
Clinical Educator of the Year Dalaine B. Fletcher
Honorary Life Membership  
COTA/OTR Collaboration Award Sally White
Interdisciplinary Team Award  
Academic Educator of the Year  
Student Leadership Award Loraine Bernal
Horizon Award  
Service Recognition Award  
   
2004
OTR of the Year Margaret Wise
COTA of the Year Rachel Ramirez
Distinguished Service Award Jackie Houck
Lauro Munoz
Roster of Merit Shirley Wells
Letter of Appreciation Helen Cohen
Award for Clinical Excellence MD Anderson Cancer Team
Clinical Educator of the Year Jan Hunter
Honorary Life Membership  
COTA/OTR Collaboration Award  
Interdisciplinary Team Award  
Academic Educator of the Year Karin Barnes
Francie Baxter
Student Leadership Award  
Horizon Award  
Service Recognition Award  
   
2003
OTR of the Year Joan Bell
COTA of the Year Christina Gallardo
Distinguished Service Award Donna Barnett
Dwain Klosterman
Roster of Merit  
Letter of Appreciation Constance Daby
Gerry Nichols
Rachel Ramirez
Linda Singleton
Award for Clinical Excellence  
Clinical Educator of the Year  
Honorary Life Membership  
COTA/OTR Collaboration Award  
Interdisciplinary Team Award  
Academic Educator of the Year Tana L. Hadlock
Student Leadership Award  
Horizon Award  
Service Recognition Award  
   
2002
OTR of the Year Catherine Benavidez
COTA of the Year Suzanne M. Krenek
Distinguished Service Award Leonard Sobel
Roster of Merit Elizabeth A. Flores
Kathlyn L. Reed
Letter of Appreciation  
Award for Clinical Excellence Ping-Kwong Law
The OT Center, Inc.
Clinical Educator of the Year Karen A. Kunz
Honorary Life Membership Gretchen M. Schmalz
COTA/OTR Collaboration Award  
Interdisciplinary Team Award  
Academic Educator of the Year Judith E. Bowen
Student Leadership Award Suzanne M. Krenek
Horizon Award  
Service Recognition Award  
   
2000
OTR of the Year Susan Lemke
COTA of the Year Larry Duron
Distinguished Service Award  
Roster of Merit Tana L. Hadlock
Gerry Nichols
Letter of Appreciation  
Award for Clinical Excellence Mack Ivy
Clinical Educator of the Year Cindy Brosig
Honorary Life Membership  
COTA/OTR Collaboration Award  
Interdisciplinary Team Award  
Academic Educator of the Year Gale Haradon
Student Leadership Award Carolyn M. Gaona
Horizon Award  
Service Recognition Award  
   
1999
OTR of the Year Bridgett Piernik-Yoder
COTA of the Year Cecelia Maynor
Distinguished Service Award OT Dept. - VA Hosptial of North Texas
Roster of Merit Adele G. Polk
Dianna D. Puccetti
Barbara W. Rose
Letter of Appreciation  
Award for Clinical Excellence Lauro Munoz
Clinical Educator of the Year  
Honorary Life Membership  
COTA/OTR Collaboration Award  
Interdisciplinary Team Award Intensive Outpatient Geriatric Program - UTMB Galveston
Academic Educator of the Year Suzanne Peloquin
Student Leadership Award Betsy Stroder
Horizon Award  
Service Recognition Award Joy Vaughn
   
1998
OTR of the Year Dwain Klostermann
COTA of the Year  
Distinguished Service Award  
Roster of Merit Beatriz C. Abreu
Georgiann F. Laseter
Letter of Appreciation  
Award for Clinical Excellence  
Clinical Educator of the Year Joan Bell
Honorary Life Membership Esther Bell
COTA/OTR Collaboration Award Cindy Hammecker
Catherine Letinich
Babette Lemons
Interdisciplinary Team Award  
Academic Educator of the Year Dr. Gretchen Schmalz
Student Leadership Award Christine Valdez
Horizon Award  
Service Recognition Award  
   
1997
OTR of the Year Jean Polichino
COTA of the Year Madelon R. Tryon
Distinguished Service Award Christine Foran
Kathy Hutto
Roster of Merit Nancy L. Griffin
Rosalyn C. Fisher
Letter of Appreciation  
Award for Clinical Excellence Michael Rodriguez
Clinical Educator of the Year Imelda Burns
Honorary Life Membership  
COTA/OTR Collaboration Award Sally Robinson
Sheila Brose
Kim Conner-UTMB
Interdisciplinary Team Award  
Academic Educator of the Year Jaclyn Low
Student Leadership Award  
Horizon Award  
Service Recognition Award Victor Pascali
   
1996
OTR of the Year Dr. Janette Schkade
Dr. Sally Schultz
COTA of the Year  
Distinguished Service Award Gary Wade
Cindi Kenady
Georgiann Leseter
Randy Batsven
Roster of Merit Dorit H. Aaron
Regina M. Campbell
Sheree G. Jarrell
Letter of Appreciation  
Award for Clinical Excellence Upper Extremity Specialists, Inc.
Clinical Educator of the Year Gail Lane
Honorary Life Membership  
COTA/OTR Collaboration Award Rochelle Lefton
Carmen Flores
Interdisciplinary Team Award  
Academic Educator of the Year Jean Cole Spencer
Student Leadership Award  
Horizon Award  
Service Recognition Award  
   
1995
OTR of the Year Paul Ellsworth
COTA of the Year  
Distinguished Service Award Jean Polichino
Roster of Merit Esther Bell
Letter of Appreciation  
Award for Clinical Excellence Caryl Washburn
Clinical Educator of the Year Theresa Powers
Honorary Life Membership Grace Gilkeson
COTA/OTR Collaboration Award  
Interdisciplinary Team Award  
Academic Educator of the Year Suzanne Peloquin
Student Leadership Award  
Horizon Award  
Service Recognition Award Judy Flagle
Sher Harnish
Rita Handley
Bobby Vasquez
Melinda McGouldrick
   
1994
OTR of the Year Sheree L. Jarrell
COTA of the Year  
Distinguished Service Award Augusta Gelfand
Roster of Merit Grace E. Gilkeson
Linda D. Veale
Rita K. Handley
Linda D. Veale
Carl Westhause
Letter of Appreciation George W. Wharton
Tamara Steward
Award for Clinical Excellence Anne Mercier Woodson
Clinical Educator of the Year Terry Jackson
Honorary Life Membership Cary Westhause
COTA/OTR Collaboration Award  
Interdisciplinary Team Award  
Academic Educator of the Year Janette K. Schkade
Student Leadership Award  
Horizon Award  
Service Recognition Award  
   
1993
OTR of the Year  
COTA of the Year  
Distinguished Service Award  
Roster of Merit Donald A. Davidson
Karen Hardwick
Cynthia G. Jones
Gretchen M. Schmalz
Letter of Appreciation  
Award for Clinical Excellence  
Clinical Educator of the Year  
Honorary Life Membership  
COTA/OTR Collaboration Award  
Interdisciplinary Team Award  
Academic Educator of the Year  
Student Leadership Award  
Horizon Award  
Service Recognition Award  
   
1991
OTR of the Year Barbara Winthrop Rose
COTA of the Year  
Distinguished Service Award Cindy Pulte Brosig
Eileen R. Garza
Roster of Merit  
Letter of Appreciation Nancy Kozak
Catherine Carranza
Dr. David Mallams
Dr. Susan Van de Water
Award for Clinical Excellence Susan Lipton Garber
Clinical Educator of the Year  
Honorary Life Membership  
COTA/OTR Collaboration Award  
Interdisciplinary Team Award  
Academic Educator of the Year  
Student Leadership Award  
Horizon Award  
Service Recognition Award