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.
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