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


Sheila R. Sweeney,
Vice President

Previous RIOTA Position: Physical Disabilities Special Interest Group

Education: MOT, Worcester State University

BS, Salve Regina University, Human Resources

Employment/Area of Practice: South County Home Health - Home Care

Other Board/Volunteer Affiliations: Narragansett Lions Club

Point Judith Fishermen's Scholarship Fund


Ashley Meizoso, Secretary

Previous RIOTA position: Secretary since 2015

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

Employment/Area of Practice: Hattie ide Chaffee Home for the past
4 years. Skilled nursing facility. Herren Wellness Center, mental
health and substance use recovery.

Other Board/Volunteer Affiliations: Rhode Island Special Olympics.


Linda Curry

Education Resource Coordinator

Previous RIOTA position: Ri representative to the AOTA RA: 2002-2007

Education : MS OT, BOston University, post-professional doctorate OT, Jefferson University

Employment/Areas of Practice: education and Home Health

Specialty Areas: Geriatrics, Cognitive Rehab, Diver evlauation, Parkinson's disease

Other Board and Volunteer Affiliations: Neuro restoritive RI: Human Rights Committee: 2007-2019. ROck Steady Boxing: Co-facilitator of support group for athletes with Parkinson's DIsease.


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

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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, Bethany Pratt,

Nominations Chair, Lucielle Garcia,

Website Editor, Courtney Crone-Socha,

Special Interest Groups

Adult SIG, Linda Curry & Patty Grimes,

Pediatrics SIG, Lise Faulise & Kelly MacDonald,

Mental Health SIG, Natalie Petrucci & Kelly Kania,