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

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

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,

Legislative Chair, Janet Rivard Michaud,

Nominations Chair, Kathy O'Neil,

Website Editor, Courtney Crone,

Special Interest Groups

Adult SIG, Linda Curry & Patty Grimes,

Pediatrics SIG, Lise Faulise,

Mental Health SIG, Natalie Petrucci & Kelly Kania, 

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