Ohio Recreational Therapy Association


President


Morgan Thomas, CTRS

Morgan is a graduate of the University of Toledo and former member of the UT Recreational Therapy Club. She worked as an Adjunctive Therapist for Columbus Springs and currently works as a Recreation Therapist for OhioHealth Rehabilitation Hospital. Morgan has been an active member of ORTA, most recently serving on the Awards Committee. She is an avid hiker, reader and gardener. She runs a small farmer's market with her family on the weekends where she makes floral bouquets and sells homegrown produce.


President-Elect


Randi Obserstar, CTRS

Randi is a graduate of the University of Toledo where she was a member of the UT Recreational Therapy Club. She started her career at the Cleveland Clinic and currently works at University Hospitals Behavioral Health Institute in Cleveland. Randi has been the committee chair for the ORTA Awards Committee. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time at the local metroparks, and watching Cleveland sports.


Past-President


Valerie Lazzara Mould, MA, CTRS

Valerie is a proud graduate of The University of Toledo and started her career at the University of Toledo Medical Center providing TR services in a variety of departments. During her career, Valerie has maintained an active role at UT teaching distance learning classes. Valerie has served as treasurer and president-elect for ORTA and is currently employed full time at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in the Behavioral Health Pavilion where she is also the EBP coordinator for the TR acute and BH teams. Valerie also received the Outstanding Professional of the year award from ATRA in 2021.


Secretary


Samantha Simon, CTRS

Samantha is a CTRS at Nationwide Children’s Hospital where she began as a contingent in the acute session, then transitioning into her full-time position working with her passion of Behavioral Health.  She is a graduate of The University of Toledo with both a BS in Recreational Therapy and a MA in Recreation Administration.  Outside of work, Samantha enjoys spending as much time as she can with her 3 rambunctious little boys and her wonderful husband.


Treasurer


Holly Eichner. M.Ed, CTRS-BH

Holly Eichner has been a CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist) for 20+ years. She is currently a Lecturer at the University of Toledo in the Recreation Therapy program, a doctoral student working towards a PhD in Educational Psychology and her dissertation is focused on accessible mindfulness interventions. She continues to be a practicing CTRS on an inpatient psychiatric unit. Holly has served as a co-chair for the ATRA (American Therapeutic Recreation Association) Behavioral Health Section and was a member of the ATRA Research Committee. Her professional experience has included work with consumers throughout the lifespan receiving services in mental health, substance abuse, vocational rehabilitation, physical rehabilitation, Veteran services, and palliative/hospice care. Holly has presented at several professional conferences in the areas of Recreational Therapy and Psychiatric Rehabilitation. In addition to being a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, she also is a Certified Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructor, Certified Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention Instructor, Certified Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructor, an adapted Cardio Drumming instructor, and a Girl Scout volunteer. In her free time Holly enjoys camping with her daughter Edna or spending time exploring new parks with her partner Mitch.


Member at Large


Heather Steiner, CTRS

Heather studied TR at Ashland University. She began her career as a contingent at Ohio State Harding hospital then a month later became full time at Columbus Springs Dublin hospital where she has been for 8 years. Heather facilitates quarterly calls with all 18 springstone TR departments and has helped assist in opening 6 new Springstone hospitals. She has a therapy dog named Meatball that goes to work with her for pet therapy. Heather enjoys knitting and playing sand volleyball in her free time along with traveling to Florida to visit her parents.


Student Member at Large


Riley Jones

As a senior at the University of Toledo, Riley found Recreational Therapy in her sophomore year. She knew she wanted to be in rehabilitation healthcare, but wasn’t sure that PT or OT were “just right” for her. Riley's advisor promptly recommended RT. After one semester she liked it, after two she loved it, and now, almost done with school, she's sure that she wants to make RT her life’s work. She wants to push the bounds of what RT encompasses and develop new interventions. Riley wants to be as involved as possible in organizations and ensure that everyone pursuing this career and currently in the field are up to date with the latest in TR. As a current student and the Student Member at Large, she is excited to get both new and current students more involved! Riley hopes to remind everyone why they chose RT, and if people don’t know why, she wants to help them find their “why”! Riley is so glad to hold this position for the time being. Ready to make an impact!


Past Presidents

Mike Sutherland (2017-2019)

Jenn Fultz (2019-2020)

Valerie Lazzara Mould (2020-2021)


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