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 both the inpatient physical rehabilitation and psychiatry departments. During her career, Valerie has maintained an active role at UT teaching distance learning classes and supporting the Recreational Therapy Club. She has provided many education sessions at state and national conferences and is an instructor for SMART CEUs Hub. 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.
Katie is a graduate of the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio. She began her career working in coordination with the Highland Co. Board of Developmental Disabilities providing Independent RT services, including physical fitness, exercise, and aquatic programming to individuals with developmental disabilities. Katie transitioned from there to Adena Greenfield Medical Center, an adult inpatient physical medicine & rehabilitation hospital in Southern Ohio, where she has worked now for the past 12+ years. Katie has been involved in the establishment of ORTA since its beginning and has served as the ORTA Secretary since its official establishment as Ohio Chapter Affiliate in 2017.
Jenn is a graduate of Central Michigan University (Fire Up Chips!). She began her career as a recreational therapist at Memorial Hospital of South Bend in Indiana before moving to Ohio to work for the Department of Veterans Affairs, where she currently serves as a supervisory recreational therapist. When Jenn moved to Ohio in 2013, she began the process of establishing a new chapter affiliate of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) that would serve the entire state of Ohio. Through her persistence and advocacy, Jenn sought out interested CTRSs to create a board of directors, where she was self-nominated to be President-Elect, and served as a liaison between the Board and ATRA. The Ohio Recreational Therapy Association was finally approved as a chapter affiliate and later became incorporated in 2017. Jenn transitioned into the ORTA President role in 2019. Her clinical background includes physical medicine and rehabilitation, adaptive sports, mental health and long-term care. She maintains and utilizes instructor certifications in archery from USA Archery and Wheelchair/Adaptive Tai Chi for Veterans through Adaptive Tai Chi International in her clinical practice.