Meet the NOTA Board

Left to Right Bottom Row:   Mary Schmitz (Legislative Chair) Edith Feld (Membership Chair), Paula Cook (Southern District Chair), Melissa Brown (Treasurer -former), Ashley Fecht (Nevada Delegate for AOTA Representative Assembly), Cynthia Lau (Co Vice-President).

Top Row: Annie Guiliano (Secretary), Stephanie Anderson (Co Vice-President), Lacee Bukoskey (President)

Not pictured:   Linda Frasier (Treasurer), Roger Loomis (Neuro Special Interest Chair)

Board Member Bios

Lacee Bukoskey, President

Lacee earned her Bachelor of Science degree from a Montana State University, and a Masters in Occupational Therapy from Touro University, Nevada.  She currently practices at her clinic, Thrive Therapies, serving the pediatric population  Lacee also enjoys working in acute care and home health. She draws inspiration for her practice as an OT from Mary Reilly’s 1961 Eleanor Clarke Slagle lecture, “Man, through the use of his hands, as they are energized by mind and will, can influence the state of his own health.” In her free time, Lacee enjoys spending time with her family, crafting, reading and enjoying the outdoors. 


Stephanie Anderson - Co-Vice President 

Stephanie Anderson was born and raised in Las Vegas, with very strong family roots tied to the city. She became an OTA in 2006 (graduating from Community College of Southern Nevada), and an OTR in 2010 (graduating from Touro University, Nevada). Currently, she is employed at Care Meridian 4 Kids (since 2012) and is Director of Rehabilitation, specializing in pediatric therapy services with medically fragile children.

When not working with children with highly specialized needs, she spends time with her husband, David, and four-year-old son, Drake. They are involved with the NASCAR Whelen Racing Series out of Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where David and his father race in the Super Late Model series. She also enjoys running in half-marathons and competing in Spartan races. 

Stephanie is very active with occupational therapy students and is certified as an AOTA Fieldwork Educator. She integrates hands-on learning with didactic classwork knowledge with Level I and Level II students not only from local schools, but partners with other Occupational Therapy schools in other states. 

Favorite Quote: Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A 'you can do it' when things are tough. - Richard M. DeVos


Cynthia Lau - Co-Vice President 

Cynthia Lau has taught in the School of Occupational Therapy at Touro University Nevada since its beginning in 2005. Cynthia shares her expertise in child-based assessment and treatment in a broad array of child-based topics within the curriculum. She involves occupational therapy students in ongoing service learning and scholarly projects on health promotion.  Dr. Lau is board certified in pediatrics through the American Occupational Therapy Association.  For occupational balance, she enjoys playing tennis and spending time with her husband, three teenagers, and her dog - Marshall.


Linda Frasier - Treasurer

Linda Frasier OTD, OTR/L, CLT, CEAS, CAPS is currently an Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at Touro University Nevada and continues to work in inpatient rehabilitation with adults. She has been a practitioner for 14 years with diverse training in multiple settings including acute care, intensive care, and inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation where she has served as a team leader and participated in program development. Dr. Frasier has obtained certifications in lymphedema, ergonomics and aging in place, and has served on the State of Nevada Board of Occupational Therapy. Her current teaching courses involve Management and Provision of Occupational Therapy Services, Emerging Areas of Practice, Preparation for Professional Practice, Evaluations of Older Adults, and Advanced Theory. Dr. Frasier has served on various university committees including the Strategic Planning Committee, International Rotations Committee, and Student Progression Committee. She has presented at state and national conferences as well as authored articles in professional magazines.


Paula Cook - Secretary

Paula is an Occupational Therapist from Chicago, IL.  She served as the Southern District Chair in NOTA before becoming Secretary.  She graduated from Roosevelt University with a B.A. in Sociology and from the University of Illinois at Chicago with her MS/C and OTD in Occupational Therapy.  She currently works in acute rehab but has worked in schools and residential facilities in the past.  In her free time, Paula enjoys reading, traveling, cycling, hiking, and watching the Great British Baking Show with her husband and two children. 


Edith Feld - Membership Chair 

Edith is an Occupational Therapist at an outpatient pediatric clinic in Las Vegas. She has been a part of NOTA for a little over a year as the Board Membership Chair.  Edith graduated from Touro University Nevada in 2016 with a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy, and from the University Nevada, Las Vegas in 2013 with Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. She enjoys hanging out with family and friends, being active such as working out and going on hikes, and traveling.


Breanna Dickson - Southern District Chair

Breanna is an Occupational Therapist at UMC.  To be continued!


Mary Schmitz - Legislative Chair

Mary has been an occupational therapist for nearly 32 years, practicing in a wide variety of settings.  Being an advocate for our profession comes second nature, as well as participation in district and state associations over the years in Ohio, Arizona, and now, Nevada.  Mary currently works in home health and telehealth.  Mary and her husband Bob raised 3 sons who visit to share in their love of boating, hiking, and weekend getaway road tripping.

NOTA 2018 Strategic Plan

Vision 2018

We strive to be recognized as the foremost occupational therapy resource in Nevada.

 

Revised Mission 2018

We seek to advance and advocate for the profession and practice of occupational therapy.   We also strive to further educational opportunities, increase professional engagement of occupational therapy practitioners, promote evidence-based practice, and align ourselves with the practice standards established by AOTA. 

Former Mission:  We seek to improve, advance, and advocate for the profession and practice of Occupational Therapy.  We also strive to further educational opportunities, to support research, and to maintain the standards of practice as established by the American Occupational Therapy Association.

 

Review of 2017 Strategic Plan

Mark as:  Continue, discontinue, progressing, attempted, achieved

1.       NOTA will offer more opportunities for members to actively participate in the political process to ensure that Occupational Therapy is represented at the state level by:

a.       Establishing 3 letter-writing/phone-call campaigns related to specific pieces of legislation.  Informally achieved via Facebook blasts.  Continue with revision.  Revise to “as needed.”

b.       Offering an organized Hill Day in which practitioners visit the state legislature and advocate for Occupational Therapy, practitioners and clients.  Discontinue.  Develop connections with community leaders via virtual format.  Identify and inform members of legislative issues and means to connect with decision makers.

d.       Exploring the possibility of creating a Political Action Committee to support legislators who share the values and priorities of Occupational Therapy practitioners and clients.  Discontinue.

2.       NOTA will offer more opportunities for members to network with other practitioners throughout the state to facilitate a stronger sense of community and engagement by:

a.       Developing Special Interest Sections for practitioners to meet with other practitioners in a similar practice area and review the current issues and research.  Attempted, revising into journal EBP club.

b.       Organizing “round table” discussions on general practice issues, professional issues, documentation and reimbursement.  Discontinue.  Revise to include on monthly agenda.  Add to monthly agenda as ongoing discussion.  Add a professional issues agenda item to monthly board meetings. 

c.       Offering 1-2 short-courses per year, as well as an annual conference.  Achieved.  Exceeded, with several collaborative sites and two conferences.

3.       NOTA will explore the interests and motivations of its membership to better target planning by:

a.       Hosting an annual meeting with leadership at local facilities  Achieved with leadership symposium in 2017.

b.       Facilitating discussions with practitioners at 4 sites per year.  Achieved.  Continue.

c.      Develop member profile:  10-15 minute survey on phone at board meetings, conference attendees to have a profile for the “Nevada OT.’  Look at AOTA workforce study to compare.

d.  Leadership symposium in 2019

e.  Increase practitioner members, increase communication to members/attendees 

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