AOTA Executive Director Announces Retirement

Frederick P. Somers served the Association for 32 years

Bethesda, MD (Oct. 18, 2017) — The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Board of Directors has announced the retirement of its Executive Director, Frederick P. Somers.

In a statement issued by the Board, the group expressed their appreciation to Somers for his 32 years of service to the Association, serving the last 13 years in the role of Executive Director.

“Mr. Somers’ accomplishments in this role include sustained membership growth, eight years of strong financial performance and stability for the organization, and major advocacy successes on legislative and regulatory initiatives at both the federal and state levels,” the statement, signed by AOTA President Amy J. Lamb, said. “We wish Mr. Somers well in his retirement.”

AOTA is pleased to announce that Chief Financial Officer Charles M. Partridge will serve as the Interim Executive Director of the 62,000-member organization, and a national search for a new Executive Director of AOTA will begin immediately.

Founded in 1917, AOTA represents the professional interests and concerns of more than 213,000 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, visit


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