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Meet the board


Kim Gilbert, ​President

Previous RIOTA position: President, 2012-15

Education: BS in OT from Sargent College of Allied Health, BU

Employment/Area of Practice: Physical disabilities, community health, pediatrics, administration

Other Board/Volunteer Affiliations: OT Board at DOH Division of Professional Regulations; NBCOT Simulation Question Developer

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Natalie Petrucci, MS, OTR/L
Vice President

Previous RIOTA Position: Social media chair; Mental Health SIG co-chair

Education: Masters in Occupational Therapy, Bachelor's Degree in Business Management, Associates

Degree in Occupational Therapy

Employment/Area of Practice: current Mental health and forensic OTR; previously pediatric COTA


Bethany Horne, Secretary

Previous RIOTA position: New to RIOTA board

Education: New England Institute of Technology, East Greenwich
RI. Associates in Science, Occupational Therapy Assistant and Dotorate in Science of Occupational Therapy.

Employment/Area of Practice: Cromwell Public Schools Public Schools, pediatrics. and Assistant Academic Coordinator New England Institute of Technology.


Joanne Jones, Treasurer

Previous RIOTA position: Vice president

Education: B.S. OT
M.S. Clinical Rehab Management
Post-professional Doctorate OT

Employment/Area of Practice: Academia – specialty in gerontology and neuro


Lucy Garcia, 
Education Resource Coordinator

Previous RIOTA position: Nominations chair

Education : MSOT and COTA from New England Institue of Technology

Employment/Areas of Practice: Pediatrics and previously SNF.

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Rebecca Simon, Communications Chair

Previous RIOTA Position: Alternate Representative. PR Chair, Treasurer

Education: BS in Health Care Administration, stone Hill College, MS in Occupational Therapy, Tufts University, EdD in Higher education Administration, Northeastern University.

Employment/Area of Practice: Associate Professor and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator  Johnson & Wales entry level OTD program and consultant in private pediatric practice


Janet Rivard Michaud, Advocacy Chair

Previous RIOTA Position: President 1992-1996, Legislative Chair 2019-present


Education: BS Tufts University Boston School of Occupational Therapy, 1986


Employment/Area of Practice: outpatient rehab in a hospital based setting and self employment. Specialty areas: pain treatment, manual therapy, psychosocial intervention: PTSD, trauma and dissociation


Other Board/volunteer Affiliations: past member and chair of the RI Occupational Therapy Licensure Board; Coordinator St. Michael's International Community Festival


Committee Chairs

Membership Chair, Richard Borges,

Nominations Chair, Open Position,

Website Editor, Courtney Crone-Socha,

Social Media Editor, Tania Rosa,

Special Interest Groups

Adult SIG, Sheila Sweeney

Pediatrics SIG, Lise Faulise & Kelly MacDonald,

Mental Health SIG, Christine Lynch & Kelly Lee, 

AOTA Representative to the Assembly:

Shannon Strate, OTD

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