Greenland Resident Selected for National Leadership Post

BETHESDA, MD (Sept. 30, 2013) —The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) announces that Susan Parker, MSW, MSP, has been re-appointed by the Association’s president as Public Advisor to the Board of Directors for the national professional organization.

“Ms. Parker has contributed to our Board's deeper understanding of disability policy, especially related to workforce issues, and we are grateful she is willing to serve for an additional three years,” said AOTA President Ginny Stoffel, PhD, OT, BCMH, FAOTA, who re-appointed Parker.

Parker is the Director of Policy and Research at the Office of Disability Employment+69 Policy for the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. She earned a Master’s in Social Planning and a Master’s in Clinical Psychiatric Social Work from Boston College in 1978, and earned a Bachelor of Science in English and French from the University of Vermont in 1968.

In her capacity as Public Advisor, Parker 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. This is her second term in the position.

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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