Thank you for joining us for the 2018 Annual MOTA Conference.  There were many highlights of the event including our keynote speaker, John Kriesel, our Communication Award speaker, Andrea Harrison and several excellent break out sessions.  It was two fun filled days of learning and networking!

Arrival and set up for conference - volunteer students


Keynote speaker John Kriesel


Lunch, exhibitors, break out sessions and posters..................


Communications Award Winner Address provided by Andrea Harrison


Social Gathering with OT's providing the music!!


Conference Committee Members include Peggy Brandenburg, Jennifer Fischer, Barb Kelii, Julie Johnson, Katelyn Brady, Liz Larsen, Amanda Hoehn, Kris Wilson and Kirsten Prouty (not pictured Jami Ehlers)



Award Winners

We had many MOTA Award winners this year! Thank you to Diane Anderson, MOTA Award Committee Chair for her organization of this event.

Gretchen Prohofsky received the lifetime achievement award for the dedication to help patients who are struggling with mental illness with innovative and compassionate care.  Gretchen received multiple nominations for this award.  She was obviously admired by friends and colleagues within and outside of the Occupational Therapy profession.  Gretchen's husband received the award on her behalf.



Sarah Murphy-Buckles, OT Practitioner of the Year for her strong advocacy and influence as a pediatric school-based occupational therapist.

Kris Wilson received OT Practitioner of the Year for her work in standardizing clinical best practice care of NICU infants across the five metro hospitals.

Robin Samuel received the Communication Award for outstanding contributions to Occupational Therapy for her work in the ALS community and writing a chapter on the role of rehab in the book "Clinical Handbook on Neuromuscular Medicine."

Allison Gerlach received the MOTA Scholar Award for outstanding contributions to OT through research of early mobility in the ICU  

Jennifer Swanson received a MOTA Service Award for outstanding contributions to occupational therapy specialty in visual rehabilitation

The MOTA Conference Co-chairs, Kris Wilson and Katelyn Brady received a MOTA Service Award for leading the 2018 Annual MOTA Conference.  They did an exceptional job to make the conference successful.


The MOTA Board Members, (left to right), Peggy Brandenburg, President, Terrianne Jones, Secretary, Andrea Horvath, VP of Advocacy, Liz Larsen, VP of Professional Development, Kelly Robertson, VP of Promotions, Kris Wilson, District Coordinator, Alice Snorteland, Treasurer received MOTA Service Awards for their ongoing commitment to MOTA.  (Not pictured, Karl Anderson, Member at Large)