It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2021 Tennessee Occupational Therapy Foundation Awards.
Allison Nance is second-year MOT student at UTHSC. She graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology and Health Science from Louisiana State University and has a Master's degree in Public Health from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has worked as a wellness coordinator for the last 11 years where she has taught the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle. Her activities have included the Working for a Healthier Tennessee initiative, lunch and learn presentations, the weekly Alli's Corner newsletter, and leading the Tour of Tennessee activity challenge. She is a member of the Black Students Association, TNOTA, AOTA, COTAD, AKA Sorority, and is a National Black MBA Association Leaders of Tomorrow mentor.
Dr. Cruz is recognized for her efforts in and out of the classroom. She is an advocate for profession of Occupational Therapy, but even more so, an advocate for her students. She not only focuses on her students' academic skills, but content of character and professional behaviors. She fosters self reflection in her students and emphasizes the importance of positive thinking. Dr. Cruz is an excellent example of the type of person, therapist, and teacher we should all strive to be.
Cara is a second year OTD student at UTC. She is a CIEE global scholar and studied abroad for five months in Denmark, the UK, and Italy. She is currently a trainee in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities and is a graduate assistant for the Leadership, Advocacy, and Practice in Autism Spectrum Disorder Project. Cara also serves as the TNOTA Southeast District secretary and was a TNOTA CE speaker regarding her involvement with the Mosaic program.
Carly is a second year MOT student at UTHSC. She has worked as a personal care assistant for a young adult with autism, and she is currently a gross anatomy graduate teaching assistant. Carly is very committed to community service. She was a recipient of the Gold Service Medallion for completing 1,577 service hours. She is a member of the Imhotep Society which is awarded to students for leadership and service to UTHSC. She is a member of AOTA, TNOTA, SOTA (where she served as the chapter president and TNOTA student representative), and COTAD. She is also a lifetime member of Pi Theta Epsilon Honor Society and is a board member of the Rachel Kaye Stevens Therapy Center.
Madison is a second year OTA student at Walters State Community College. She is a member of AOTA, TNOTA, and is the treasurer for SOTA. She is also a page at Walter State Community College. Madison has served as the student ambassador to the CTE Advisory Committee for Hamblen County. She is currently working as a pharmacy technician.