Milwaukee Resident Selected for National Leadership Post

BETHESDA, MD (Sept. 30, 2013)—The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) announces that Kristina Finnel, MSW, APSW, has been named the Consumer Advisor to the Board of Directors for the national professional organization.

“Having such an accomplished advocate for others as part of our Board of Directors supports the core values of our profession,” said AOTA President Ginny Stoffel, PhD, OT, BCMH, FAOTA, who appointed Finnel.

Finnel is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mental Health America of Wisconsin, and has held various roles there since 2006. During her tenure she has chaired community initiatives (she is currently Action Team Chair of the county’s mental health redesign); advocated on local, state, and federal levels; been the media spokesperson for issues relevant to mental health issues; coordinated program evaluation; and maintained relationships with local foundations, coalitions, individual and corporate funders, and state and county mental health systems, among many other duties.

She is currently working toward a certificate in nonprofit management at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and earned a Masters of Social Work in 2005 and a Bachelors of Social Work in 2003 at Arizona State University.

“It is truly an honor to be selected to the Board of such an accomplished association,” said Finnel. “I believe my personal and professional experience will complement AOTA's current efforts. I am grateful for the opportunity and am proud to serve."

In her capacity as Consumer Advisor, Finnel will help formulate and approve Association policies, and carry out the duties of the associated advisory commissions and committees, among other responsibilities. She will serve through 2016.

Founded in 1917, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) represents the professional interests and concerns of more than 140,000 occupational therapists, assistants, and students nationwide. The Association educates the public and advances the profession of occupational therapy by providing resources, setting standards including accreditations, and serving as an advocate to improve health care. Based in Bethesda, Md., AOTA's major programs and activities are directed toward promoting the professional development of its members and assuring consumer access to quality services so patients can maximize their individual potential. For more information, go to

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