2012 Executive Officer Bios
President: Michele Stoll, BS, OTA
Michele Stoll has been an occupational therapy assistant for over 14 years. She is a graduate of VCU with a Bachelor Degree in Health Education and an AAS degree from J. Sargeant Reynolds in Occupational Therapy. Michele has spent most of her career working with older adults. Recently she has ventured into inpatient rehab, home health and school system therapy. Michele is also a certified massage therapist and holds a license as a Nursing Home Administrator. Michele has served VOTA since being a student at J. Sargeant Reynolds as their Student Liaison. In addition, she has served as Capital District Chair, OTA Liaison and Legislative Chair. In 2001 she was the VOTA OTA Award of Merit recipient. She lives in Richmond with her husband and daughter.
Past President: Amanda Leo MOT, OTR/L
Amanda graduated Cum Laude from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA with a Bachelor’s in Health Sciences (2001) and a Master’s of Occupational Therapy (2002) and has experience working in early intervention, outpatient pediatrics and school system services. She now works full time for the OTA Program at Tidewater Community College as both a professor and academic fieldwork coordinator. Amanda has been a member of VOTA since 2003 and has served on the Board of Directors for several years in various roles, including President from 2010-2012. She enjoys professional service and is dedicated to meeting the unique membership needs of the Virginia Commonwealth. Amanda currently lives in Virginia Beach with her husband and two daughters.
Judith Schoonover is an occupational therapist and former elementary school teacher. She is certified as an AT practitioner by RESNA and is a founding member of the Loudoun County (VA) Public Schools AT team. Judith has worked in schools for more than 35 years, publishing and presenting on the topics of school-based occupational therapy, transition, and assistive technology. She is the continuing education chair for the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association, and has served as the communication liaison for the American Occupational Therapy Association Early Intervention and School Special Interest Section. Judith is a member of AOTA’s Transition Task Force, and an AOTA Representative to the National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities (NJC).
Secretary: Meg Cook, OTD, OTR/L
Meg Cook graduated summa cum laude from Misericordia University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Sciences and a Master’s of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. Since graduating, Meg has spent her entire career working as an occupational therapist in the state of Virginia. Meg has worked in the clinic as an occupational therapist at UVA HealthSouth, for the Valley Health System, and at INOVA Mount Vernon Hospital. Her clinical passion is working with adults with neurological conditions. In addition to her clinical work, Meg has been a faculty member at Shenandoah University and has most recently been developing the Northern Virginia Community College OTA program as the Assistant Dean and as a professor. Meg has been an active member of VOTA since moving to Virginia to start her career as an occupational therapist. While pursuing her post-professional OTD at Virginia Commonwealth University, Meg developed and led, beyond her doctorate studies, the E-mentoring Program for professional members of VOTA. On a personal level, Meg, her husband, Sundar, and daughter, Mya, happily live in Alexandria, VA and enjoy exploring the many parks and historical sites of the Northern Virginia and DC area. Meg also enjoys running and spending time with family and friends.
Treasurer: Paula V. Naudzuinas, OT
Paula has 25 years of experience as an occupational therapist. She graduated from Towson State University with a B.S. degree in OT in 1985 and worked for six years in Baltimore, Maryland prior to moving to the Hampton Roads area. She has worked primarily in the outpatient setting and earned a Hand Certification in 2006. Paula has held chair and vice-chair positions for the Southeast District of VOTA and has served as the current VOTA Treasurer for two and one half years. Non work related activities include teaching Sunday school to teens and singing at her church. Paula also enjoys spending time with friends, traveling, good food and red wine.
AOTA Representative: Dianne F. Simons, Ph.D., OTR/L
Dianne has been an occupational therapist for 27 years. She received her MS from VCU and worked in mental health settings for 12 years. The majority of her clinical career was dedicated to working with youth in psychiatric hospitals, chemical dependency treatment centers, and juvenile corrections. She began teaching at VCU as an adjunct faculty member in 1990 and joined the faculty fulltime in 1995. She has been a strong supporter of VOTA and AOTA since her days as an OT student. She received her PhD in Instructional Technology from the University of Virginia in 1999. She teaches courses in the MSOT and OTD programs in theory, activities, and psychosocial intervention and supervises students in research. Her current research interests are in the areas of technology use by clients with mental illness for cognitive assistance and OT student development of professionalism and therapeutic use of self. She and Jayne Shepherd are the coauthors of the OT Student Professionalism Scale. She is the Director of the Entry-level Master’s Program at VCU and chairs the Graduate Admissions Committee. She was elected to a three year term as Virginia’s Representative to the AOTA Representative Assembly in fall 2011. She is delighted to be representing Virginia AOTA members in the RA and encouraging all VOTA members to join AOTA!