Leadership

Leadership of NMOTA is comprised of an elected Board of Officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer) and Committees who are members of NMOTA and who volunteer their time, energy, and innovative spirit to managing the daily affairs of the association and creating a strong, protected, and robust environment for the practice of occupational therapy in New Mexico.

Your Board Members

Robert Hobbs - President

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President

Robert Hobbs

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Mary Thelander Hill has lived in New Mexico her whole life.  She worked at local non-profit organizations prior to attaining her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy degree from UNM.  Mary serves clients in Adult Rehabilitation, teaches OT students at UNM and achieved her Assistive Technology Professional certification in 2018.  Mary has run the Auction to benefit NM student scholarships for NMOTA since 2013.    

Treasurer

Mary Thelander-Hill

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Conference Committee Co-Chair

Kristi Driggs

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Membership Co-Chair

Rachel Kay

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Legislative Committee Chair

Rachel Nelson

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Nominating Committee Chair

Nancie Furgang

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Social Media/Communications Chair

Jessica Hafner

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Vice President

Joanna Cosbey, PhD, OTR/L

Julie Bronson - Secretary

Julie is an Occupational Therapist Registered/Licensed who was appointed to serve as secretary of NMOTA in December 2018. She previously served as secretary of NMOTA from July 2015 to August 2016 but had to step down due to moving out of state. Now that she is back in New Mexico, Julie is glad to be involved again with occupational therapy activities at the state level and have a voice in issues that affect practitioners across the state of New Mexico. Julie’s primary practice area is pediatrics in an outpatient clinic setting, which she currently practices in Las Cruces. She acquired her master’s degree in occupational therapy from UNM in 2014. 

Secretary

Julie Brunson

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Julie Gutierrez is an Occupational Therapist Registered/Licensed who volunteered as co-chair of the Conference Committee beginning in November 2018 to further promote occupational therapy in New Mexico, and to provide opportunities for occupational therapists/assistants throughout the state to network, expand their knowledge base, and implement research/evidence based practices into their work. Julie holds a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of New Mexico. Julie's primary practice area is in Early Intervention throughout Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, but she has experience in other practice areas including pediatric, private practice, DD Waiver, and with the use of hippotherapy. Prior to obtaining her degree in OT, Julie worked as a volunteer coordinator for a local therapeutic riding facility, participated in planning the OT Legislative Day at the state capitol, and co-authored two publications. 

Conference Committee Co-Chair

Julie Gutierrez

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Membership Co-Chair

Katie Myers

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Continuing Education Chair

Celicia Perez

Lindsey Lopez is an OTA who has volunteered to Chair of the Rural Practice Ad Hoc Committee in September 2017 because she is very passionate about representing our profession. 

Lindsey's primary practice area is Skilled Nursing and Rehab in Socorro, NM. She is a Certified with Handwriting Without Tears as a Level 1 Specialist and Advanced Advocate, Circle of Security Facilitator, and Certified Community Health Worker.

Lindsey holds an Associates Degree in Occupational Therapy from Pennsylvania State University, Bachelor's Degree in Holistic Health and Minor in Religious Studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Master's Degree in Public Health from WaldenUniversity and currently working on an Early Childhood Education Administrators Certificate from the university of New Mexico.

Lindsey has practiced in rural New Mexico for over 8 years in settings such as home health, skilled nursing, school-based therapy and early intervention.

 

Lindsey is proud to represent the rural practitioners all over the state.  With several years of experience in various settings including hospitals, outpatient,  school based therapy, rehab, skilled nursing, behavioral health, home health, and early intervention she can relate to the resources and support our practicers and patients need in rural New Mexico.      

Rural OT Committee Chair

Lindsey Lopez

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