ILOTA Awards

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Congratulations to our 2019 ILOTA Award Winners!!!

Honorary Members

Description of Honor: Shall have all the rights and privileges of the membership category for which she/he is qualified and shall pay no dues.

Past Honor Recipients: 
  • Ruth Hadra, OTR
  • Beatrice Wade, OTR
  • Fred Sammons, OTR
  • Barbara Loomis, OTR
  • Terry Giese, OTR
  • 2017 - Catherine Brady, OTR, Kathryn Eberhardt, OTR & Melanie Exellson, OTR
  • 2019 - Mae Brandon, OTR & Nancy Richman, OTR

Honorary Award of Merit

Description of Award: Honors a member of ILOTA whose actions have shaped the course of occupational therapy and thus contributed significantly to its growth and development of Illinois.

Past Award Recipients: 
  • 1980 - Pamela Silverman, OTR
  • 1981 – Marilyn Karim, OTR
  • 1982 – Claudia Papke, OTR
  • 1983 – Carolyn Yoss, OTR
  • 1984 – Gail Fisher, OTR
  • 1985 – Barbara Townsend, OTR
  • 1986 – Nancy Richman, OTR
  • 1987 – Debbie Walens, OTR
  • 1989 – Katie Chrstal-Piazzi, OTR & Carolyn Yoss, OTR
  • 1990 – Karen Gableson, OTR
  • 1991 – Clem Carder, COTA
  • 1992 – Mary Andree Darnell, OTR & Elaine Novak OTR
  • 1993 – Linda Moran, OTR
  • 1997 – Paula Jo Belice, OTR, Letyy Sargent, OTR & Ruthann Watkins, OTR
  • 1998 – Coralie Glantz, OTR
  • 1999 - Atrice Harmon, OTR
  • 2001 – Mae Brandon, OTR & Letty Sargent, OTR
  • 2003 – Deanna Sava
  • 2006 – Alma Tan Torres, OTR
  • 2007 – Rachel Galant, Angelica Barraza, Veronica Llerena, Carrie Nutter, Judith Abelenda
  • 2009 – Monika Robinson, OTR
  • 2011 – Carolyn Calamia, OTR

 

Award of Appreciation

Description of Award: Expresses appreciation to ILOTA members or individuals who are not OTs for extraordinary contributions to the advancement of our profession in Illinois.

Past Award Recipients:
  • 1980 – Senator John D’Arco & Saul Morse
  • 1981 – Edward Lis, MD & Dianne Kolzow
  • 1984 – Charles Chevillon
  • 1990 – Paschal Panio, MD & Wendy Meltzer
  • 1992 – Subash Shah, MD
  • 1994 – Catherin Meyer, MD
  • 1995 – Janet Hogan
  • 1997 – Elizabeth Coulson
  • 1999 – Michelle Henderson
  • 2001 – Elizabeth Coulson
  • 2018 – Louis Fogg

Award of Merit (Historian's Award)

Description of Award: Honors a member of ILOTA whose actions have shaped the course of occupational therapy and thus contributed significantly to its growth and development of Illinois.

Past Award Recipients:
  • 1980 – Beatrice Wade, OTR
  • 1982 – Marian Gilpin, OTR
  • 1983 – Margaret Hollowell, OTR
  • 1984 – Lynette Barnes, OTR
  • 1988 – Fred Sammons, OTR
  • 1989 – Eva McCormick, OTR
  • 1990 – Sarah Skinner, OTR
  • 2001 – Patrick Bloom, OTR
  • 2003 – Deanna Sava, OTR
  • 2006 – Christine Helfrich, PhD., OTR, FAOTA
  • 2008 – Kathryn Melin Eberhardt, COTA
  • 2012 – Kim Bryze, OTD, OTR
  • 2013 – Ruth Bixby, OTR
  • 2014 – Mary Lou Ross, OTR
  • 2019 – Nancy Richman, OTR

 

Board Award of Merit

Description of Award: Recognizes members of the ILOTA Board who have made outstanding contributions toward facilitating the board business.

Past Award Recipients:
  • 1980 – Pamela Silverman – OTR
  • 1981 – Marilyn Karim, OTR
  • 1982 – Claudia Papke, OTR
  • 1983 – Carolyn Yoss, OTR
  • 1984 – Gail Fisher, OTR & Kathryn Melin Eberhardt, COTA
  • 1985 – Barbara Townsend, OTR
  • 1986 – Nancy Richman, OTR
  • 1987 – Debbie Walens, OTR
  • 1989 – Katie Chrystal-Piazzi, OTR & Carolyn Yoss, OTR
  • 1990 – Karen Gableson, OTR
  • 1991 – Clementine Carder, COTA
  • 1992 – Mary Andree Darnall, OTR & Elaine Novak, OTR
  • 1993 – Linda Moran, OTR
  • 1997 – Paula Jo Belice, OTR, Letty Sargant, OTR, & Ruth Ann Watkins, OTR
  • 1998 – Coralie Glantz, OTR
  • 2001 – Mae Brandon, OTR & Letty Sargant, OTR
  • 2006 – Laura Obara, OTR & and Alma Tan Torres PhD, OTR
  • 2007 – Rachel Galant, OTR, Angelica Barraza, OTR, Veronica Llerena, Student, Carrie Nutter, OTR, & Judith Abelenda, OTR
  • 2011 – Carolyn Calamia, OTR
  • 2014 – Peggy Nelson, OTR
  • 2019 – Lisa Mahaffey, OTR

OTA of the Year Award

Description of Award: Recognizes the outstanding contributions of an OTA.

Past Award Recipients:

• 1980 - Maureen Massart-Reardon, COTA
• 1981 - Kathleen Peter, COTA
• 1982 - Robin Jones, COTA,
• 1983 - Betty Czekala, COTA & Kathleen Moylan, COTA
• 1985 - Frances Lewis, COTA
• 1986 - Cheryle Palahnuik, COTA
• 1987 - Christine Casey, COTA
• 1989 - Sue Lynn Hansen, COTA
• 1990 - Peter Blazina, COTA
• 1991 - Clementine Carder, COTA
• 1992 - Patrica Heath, COTA
• 1995 - Jennifer Young, COTA
• 1997- Michelle Zurisk, COTA
• 1998 – Mary Jo Boehn, COTA
• 1999 – Kate Parent, COTA
• 2001 – Kim Packwood Navarro, COTA
• 2004 – Mark Stojakovich, COTA
• 2006 – Jeanne Rehr, BA COTA
• 2008 - Kathryn Melin Eberhardt, COTA
• 2011 - Peggy Smutny, COTA

OT of the Year Award

Description of Award: Recognizes the outstanding contributions of an OT.

Past Award Recipients:
  • 1980 – Lillian Parent, OTR
  • 1981 – Barbara Loomis, OTR
  • 1982 – Elizabeth Cada, OTR
  • 1983 – Norma Howat, OTR
  • 1984 – Shirley Esenther, OTR
  • 1985 – Beverly Myers, OTR
  • 1986 – Velma Reichenbach, OTr
  • 1987 – Cynthia Hughes, OTR
  • 1988 – Florence Goold, OTR
  • 1989 – Barbara Townsend, OTR
  • 1990 – Shari Intagliata, OTR
  • 1991 – Peggy Sabol, OTR
  • 1992 – Nancy Richman, OTR
  • 1993 – Batia Levy, OTR
  • 1995 – Kimberly Bryze, OTR & Elizabeth Wittbrodt, OTR
  • 1997 – Cathy Brady , OTR
  • 1998 - Coralie Glantz, OTR
  • 2003 – Cynthia Carr
  • 2006 – Mary Maresso Michaelsen, OTR
  • 2007 – Terri Giese, OTR
  • 2009 – Lisa Mahaffey, OTR
  • 2012 – Cheryl Huber Lee, OTR
  • 2013 – Bev Meyers, OTR
  • 2015 – Molly Bathje, OTD, OTR & Susanne Higgins, OTD, OTR
  • 2019 – Caren Schranz, OTR & Steven Taylor, OTR

Public Awareness Award

Description of Award: Recognizes members of ILOTA and non-members who have increased public awareness and understanding of occupational therapy through the media or in the political arena.

Past Award Recipients:

• 1980 - Barbara Loar, OTR
• 1981 - Jeff Blackman & Mark Des Jardins
• 1982 - K. B. Hudgens, OTR
• 1983 - Licensure Committee: Beth Cada, Robin Jones, Jessica Presperin, Sue Cummins, and Norma Arras
• 1985 - Terri Giese, OTR, Terrie Nolinske, OTR
• 1987 - Mae Brandon, OTR
• 1989 - Maggie Montejano, OTR
• 1993 - Archives Committee
• 1997 - Nancy Richman, OTR
• 1998 - Katherine Burson, OTR
• 1999 - Peggy McRoberts, OTR
• 2000 - Barbara G. Fox, OTR
• 2001 - Kim Marshall, OTR; Elizabeth Cada, OTR; Students: Erin Forbes, Sunny Harries, Kelly Keserich, Carolyn Krusinowski, Elaine
  Naranjo, Nathan Rieder, Renee Rossetti and Cheryl Widstrand,
• 2002 – Deanie Loconte
• 2003 – Clem Carder
• 2007- Laura Obara, OTR; Rhonda Schleis, OTR

OT Student Award (added in 2014):

Recognizes an occupational therapy student who has demonstrated leadership and excellence in academic or clinical performance.

Past Award Recipients:

  • 2014 – Justin Kaspryk – Midwestern University
  • 2016 – Nadia Marasti – Midwestern University
  • 2019 – Morgan Stasell – Rush University 

OTA Student Award (added in 2014):

To recognize an occupational therapy student who has demonstrated leadership and excellence in academic or clinical performance. 

Past Award Recipients: 

  • 2019 – Krecia Sweeney – McHenry County College