AOTA Announces New Executive Director


The AOTA Board of Directors is proud to announce that Sherry Keramidas, PhD, FASAE, CAE, will be joining the AOTA team as our new Executive Director!

Sherry KeramidasSherry rose to the top of a diverse slate of candidates that emerged from our national search, completed in partnership with Korn Ferry. There was a significant amount of interest in AOTA and the Executive Director position, with more than 100 candidates being interviewed and vetted by our team at Korn Ferry. Many recognize AOTA as being ripe for opportunity in the health care and education landscapes and wanted to be a part of it.

For 20 years Sherry served as the Executive Director of the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society (RAPS). Previously, she served as CEO of the American College of Dentists; as the Associate Executive Vice President of Research and Education of the American Physical Therapy Association; and as the Scientific Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She also served as a Special Consultant to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), working on research program evaluation, strategic planning, and interagency collaboration in the Office of the Director and across NIH. She has served on advisory groups for government agencies and academic organizations.

Sherry received her PhD in neurosciences and physiological psychology from Purdue University. She participated in executive education programs at the Kellogg School of Management and Haas School of Management. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives and holds the Certified Association Executive designation. She is also a Certified Executive and Leadership Coach. 

Sherry is a results-oriented leader known for fostering innovation, and she understands the importance of building membership and identifying approaches to better meet members’ changing needs. Sherry commented, “I am honored to be selected for this role at AOTA and excited to work with the staff, volunteers, members, and Board in facilitating new paths to a great future.”

AOTA President Amy Lamb, OTD, OT/L, FAOTA, stated, “I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to my partners on the Executive Director Search committee. Board members included Donna Costa, Debi Hinerfield, Melissa Tilton, and Debra Young. Staff members included Frank Gainer, Sharmila Sandhu, and Melissa Stutzbach. I would also like to recognize Chuck Partridge for serving as our Interim Executive Director and for his thoughtful leadership during this time of transition at the National Office. Finally, a special thanks to our partners at Korn Ferry for casting a wide net to identify a strong list of qualified candidates in the search process.”

Sherry will officially assume her role as AOTA’s Executive Director on May 1, 2018. As we welcome Sherry to AOTA, we look forward to her leadership as we build on the momentum of our past success to create a future that recognizes the distinct value of occupational therapy in maximizing health, well-being, and quality of life for all people, populations, and communities.