Seeking Illinois Occupational Therapy Association Executive Board Nominations

(May 2023)

Nominations are Due by June 15, 2023

We are excited to announce that two ILOTA Executive Board positions are open for nominations. The Illinois Occupational Therapy Association (ILOTA) Board wants and needs your active involvement.  Voting will occur this summer for positions which start September 1, 2023. The two positions are:
  • President-Elect
  • Director of Advocacy

The current Board Members have shared some information below about the positions.  We encourage anyone who would like to be involved to consider nominating yourself or others for one of these Executive Board positions. Please send nominations or questions to Hannah Kaytonah, OTR/L, ILOTA Nominations Coordinator. She can be contacted through the ILOTA office at [email protected]. Nominations are due by June 15, 2023. All nominees should provide a Position Statement. The Position Descriptions for the open positions can be accessed below or requested from the ILOTA Executive Director or Nominations Coordinator. It may also be useful to view the ILOTA Organizational Chart here.


The President-Elect position begins September 1, 2023, but the person elected will not automatically become President until September 1, 2024. The following description is for the President position: Oversees the current and future functions of the organization. Leads the board of directors to move the organization forward and ensuring the organization addresses the needs of the membership across the state. Follows and updates the organizational bylaws to ensure continuity. Networks with the Presidents from neighboring state associations. Ensures state representation with the AOTA. View Position Description here.

"The time spent as President-Elect was a wonderful year of mentorship to prepare for the position of President. As President of ILOTA for the past nine months, I have learned so much about issues our profession faces at the state and national levels. Every day I grow and learn, working with colleagues in different practice areas to prepare for educational events, including our annual conference and advocacy issues important to all OT Practitioners in the state. I especially enjoyed spending time with State Presidents during AOTA Inspire, which helped me realize what we have in Illinois as a membership organization. It motivated me to return and continue to help grow our organization in new directions. The position of President does take time each week, and the nice thing is that there is support all around me, so it is manageable.

Beverly Menninger, MA, OTR/L"

Director of Advocacy

Oversees the advocacy of Occupational Therapy within the state seeking out barriers facing our profession including public policy and reimbursement. Collaborate with AOTA and state lobbyists to further promote and protect the role of occupational therapy. View Position Description here.

"In my role as Director of Advocacy, I have the opportunity to advocate for the profession of occupational therapy through legislation that directly impacts practice.  Through collaboration with practitioners across practice, research and education areas, changes in policy and reimbursement have been successful.  While the role requires good organizational and time management skills, it is rich with great support from many strong leaders and volunteers in our field.

Brenda Koverman, PhD, MBA, MS, OTR/L"

Please send nominations or questions to Hannah Kaytonah, OTR/L, ILOTA Nominations Coordinator. She can be contacted through the ILOTA office at [email protected]. Nominations are due by June 15, 2023.