Susan Tucker, MPH, OTR/L- AOTA Board of Directors Candidate

This interview is part of a series to promote the AOTA elections. I contacted all of the candidates from two key races and will systematically be releasing these interviews from January 21- January 26, 2015. 

Why did you decide to run for the AOTA Board of Directors? 

I am passionate about my commitment to AOTA and I would be honored to continue my service to the profession.  I have served as Oklahoma’s representative or alternative representative in the Representative Assembly (RA) for a total of 19 years which was a rewarding responsibility that required communication with state constituents and national leaders and gave me many opportunities for continued leadership and service.  It was my privilege to be elected to chair the Credentials Review and Accountability Committee in 2003 where I worked to organize the process for establishing current credentials for all members of the RA.  In 2010, peers again elected me to a leadership position as chair of the Recognitions Committee where I enjoyed the opportunity immensely to oversee the important process of recognizing outstanding and deserving colleagues and encouraging nominations while guiding interest groups to establish new awards.  I also had the pleasure of serving on the inaugural Volunteer Leadership Development Committee which was an exciting experience to shape the role of a new AOTA Committee.  I am a proud champion of my profession and AOTA, and I would be thrilled and honored to serve as a Director to the Board of Directors of the American Occupational Therapy Association.  

If elected, what do you anticipate your upcoming year will look like? 

If elected, I would eagerly join the Association leadership in its unique position to impact the profession by overseeing the exciting process of preparing for the 100th anniversary of occupational therapy and aligning the Association’s goals and objectives to guide the membership in realizing the Vision.  I possess the skills and qualifications for excelling in carrying out the essential functions of a Director to the Board of Directors of the American Occupational Therapy Association:  

  1. solicit input and determine the strategic direction for AOTA,
  2. exercise fiduciary responsibilities to the Association,
  3. serve as spokesperson for the Association and shall act as proponent of the Association’s mission, goals, and activities,
  4. ultimately responsible to the membership for the performance of AOTA,
  5. maintain a working knowledge of the Association bylaws, policies, procedures, positions, and activities,
  6. provide clear and consistent direction to the AOTA Executive Director to implement the vision of the Association,
  7. act as trustee of the assets of the membership, and
  8. serve to increase the Association’s visibility and enhance its positions with members, other health professions, policy makers, and the public.

It has been my privilege to serve in various volunteer leadership positions for AOTA and I am passionate about continuing my service at this exhilarating time in our profession.  I would be honored to serve as a Director to the Board of Directors of the American Occupational Therapy Association. 

What are two specific goals you would like to achieve through your office in the upcoming year?

One essential function of an AOTA Board Director is to solicit input and determine the strategic direction for AOTA.  I would be thrilled to work in this capacity as the efforts to promote the profession of Occupational Therapy are so important to realization of the Centennial Vision which is strategically guiding our profession to 2017 and beyond.  A deliberate and creative use of traditional and social media to seek input is critical; and our ability to clearly communicate our strategic direction connects all AOTA members – scientists, practitioners, educations, and students – so that our efforts are aligned and therefore powerful.  Another essential function of an AOTA Board Director is to increase the Association’s visibility and enhance its positions with members, other health professions, policy makers, and the public.  I would eagerly serve in this capacity as I absolutely think that the efforts to promote the profession of Occupational Therapy are vitally important to realization of the Centennial Vision.   I would be honored and proud to serve as an AOTA Board Director in the coming year as I am someone who sees opportunities and generates new ideas, who makes things happen, and who is fiercely loyal to the profession and to the American Occupational Therapy Association. 

In what area is it most critical for the AOTA to achieve growth over the next 5 years? 

The next three to five years are critical in guiding our profession and addressing the major issues in fulfilling the AOTA Centennial Vision and transitioning beyond 2017. The Association leadership is in a unique position to impact the profession by overseeing the exciting process of preparing for the 100th anniversary of occupational therapy and aligning the Association’s goals and objectives to guide the membership in realizing the Vision. A priority will be to build AOTA membership as there is tremendous power in unity. AOTA membership dues provide the revenue base for the marketing expertise we need to create public understanding of occupational therapy. AOTA membership dues provide the funding for advocacy that will ensure that the necessary reimbursement streams are established. And AOTA membership connects all of us – practitioners, educators, scientists, and students – so that our efforts are aligned and therefore powerful.

What is one thing that you want voters to know about you? 

It has been my privilege to serve in various volunteer leadership positions for AOTA and I am passionate about continuing my service at this exhilarating time in our profession.  I am enthusiastic, organized, attentive to detail, creative, team oriented, and committed, and I would be honored to serve as a Director to the Board of Directors of the American Occupational Therapy Association. 

Contact info:

Email: susan-tucker@ouhsc.edu

Blog: http://otconnections.aota.org/community_blogs/b/blogsstucker1/default.aspx

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OTSusanT

Deborah Whitcomb, PhD, MBA, OTR/L

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