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James Madison University

Student Organizations

Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA)

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Amy Russell Yun

Officers 2017 – 2018:

  • President: Laura Vizy
  • Vice-President: Hannah Olson
  • Treasurer: Maegan Sutphin
  • Fundraiser: Lauren Mitchell and Zak Nelson
  • Secretary: Allison Tingler
  • Community Service Chair:  Laura Wood and Bailee Hubert
  • Historian/Alumni Relations: Gabriella McLemore 
  • VOTA /ASD Representative : Jeanine Rossi 
  • Social Chair: Dana Keller and Mady Baker
  • Public Relations: Taylor Difruscio and Adam McKinney


Mission:  SOTA is a professional student organization committed to the promotion of the occupational therapy profession and the link between occupation and wellness. We strive to provide opportunities for networking with other students and the local community, as well as professional development through scholarship and community service. We strive to have an impact on the JMU community through educational activities linking health and wellness, as well as informing potential occupational therapy students of the profession.

Pre-Occupational Therapy Association (POTA)

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Twylla Kirchen

Officers 2017 – 2018:

  • President: Charlea Olmstead
  • Vice-President: Maddie Pfaff
  • Secretary: Nicole Ashby
  • Treasurer: Carol Cheung
  • Volunteer Coordinator: Kiana Misterio
  • Social Chairs:  Ariana Olazagasti and Holly Reid
  • OTCES Coordinator: Tomi Hensley

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