Executive Committee

Annette Leier, M.Ed, OTR/L

 

 

Department: AKOTA Executive Committee

Title: President   Term Expiration Date:  12/31/2018

E-mail: president@akota.org       

Profile:    Annette is OT licensed in the State of Alaska and Nationally Board Certified in OT.  Annette received her Bachelor of Science in OT from the University of North Dakota in 1980, and a Master's of Education degree with an emphasis in Early Childhood Special Education from University of Alaska Anchorage in 2000. She has over 36 years’ experience in treating babies, and children, with a variety of developmental and neurological disabilities. Annette has experience with indigenous populations in South Dakota and throughout Alaska, and has diverse experience in early intervention, school based setting, and private practice. Annette's clinical practice emphasizes parent collaboration throughout the treatment process. Annette has special love for treating motor impairments and feeding and eating difficulties. Annette is Certified in providing the AHA (Assisting Hand Assessment) and the Mini-AHA (Mini-Assisting Hand Assessment)and provides  mentoring and consulting with colleagues regarding this specialized assessment. She has NDT Basic, Baby NDT Certified, and NDT Advanced Upper Extremity course-work, Pediatric IM Certified, trained in Therapeutic Listening, and advanced level clinical course-work in feeding and eating, praxis, sensory processing, joint mobilization, and Cranio-Sacral level I & II courses. Annette was presenter in 2011 at the Alaska OT conference relating to feeding and eating, and has served on the AKOTA Board as Vice-President, President, and Legislative Chairperson.

Annette has lived in Alaska since January 1985, and especially enjoys the long summer days gardening, fly fishing, rafting, and biking.

Jennifer (Jenny) Armentrout, OTR/L

Department:   AKOTA Executive Committee

Title: Vice President   Term Expiration Date:  12/31/2017

E-mail: vpres@akota.org     

Profile:  Jenny Armentrout has been an OT for 15 years, all of which has her practicing in the area of pediatrics in Anchorage. Currently, she is employed at Alaska Pediatric Therapy, LLC and in the NICU at Providence Alaska Medical Center. Jenny has always been a member of both AKOTA and AOTA and feel these two organizations are critical to the continued progress of our profession. It is her goal that, over the next several years, AKOTA can find a greater sense of community and collaboration, and an increasing membership and networking as well as staying up to date with current national issues that impact our profession and continued the provision of quality continuing education opportunities. Jenny enjoys leadership roles as well as nonprofit work and have experience as the clinical supervisor for Providence Pediatric/NICU Therapies (2005-2011) and as a board member for Lost Lake Run (2006-present).  Jenny feels in our current climate of challenging and seemingly changing issues in healthcare, it will be important for OTs to understand, share information, and support each other as well as the clients they serve. 

Carol DelValle, M.S., OTR/L

Department: AKOTA Executive Committee

Title: Secretary    Term Expiration Date:  12/31/2018

E-mail: secretary@akota.org

Profile:  Carol has been an OT for 30 years and graduated from the University of Washington with a BS in OT.  Then later earned her MS at UAA in Clinical Psychology.  Carol works for the Anchorage School District for the last 22 years, and her goal professionally has always been to assist people by connecting, supporting and empowering people.  Alaska provides amazing beauty and outdoor opportunities, which are gifts for her spirit, plus, it has been a great place to raise her 2 wonderful kids.  

Julie Johnson, MOT, OTR/L, BCBA

 

 

Department: AKOTA Executive Committee

Title: Treasurer   Term Expiration Date:  12/31/2017

E-mail: treasurer@akota.org

Profile:  I have been practicing within the field of occupational therapy since February 2012. I received my Bachelors in Family Studies and Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. I am also a current BCBA candidate. I have worked in a variety of settings including home health, acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and pediatrics. My passion lies in pediatrics with a special focus on the use of behavior analysis as a therapeutic tool for occupational therapy. I have worked for various sized corporations and non-profits alike. I am considerably new to the state of Alaska, having moved here from Texas in July 2013. My husband and I love Alaska and everything Alaska has to offer, although I don’t think we’ve had to deal with a full “hard winter”. I mostly enjoy all the fishing and “glamping” Alaska to offer. Although I have never held a treasurer position before, I feel that I have the experience and education to serve on the board for the AKOTA. I feel that I will learn much from the position itself and look forward to being a part of something that will assist my fellow state occupational therapy practitioners as we continue to develop our professional selves and adapt to our changing healthcare system.