Officers 2020-2021

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Corinne Hutchinson, President

Corinne Hutchison is a second year OTD student. She graduated from UF in May 2019 with a Bachelors in Health Science and a minor in Disabilities in Society. Corinne has been involved in SOTA since 2017 and has served on the executive board for the last 2 years. She enjoys crafts and spending time with friends & family. Corinne is honored to serve as your SOTA president this year and is looking forward to meeting new people and bettering the organization. After graduation, Corinne plans to work as an occupational therapist in a hand and upper extremity clinic or in an inpatient rehab setting. Feel free to contact her at corinneh@ufl.edu.

 

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Madison Wallace, Vice President

Maddie is a fourth year Health science major with minors in health disparities and international studies. She is involved in both SOTA and also Cupcakes for a cure, geared towards raising support and awareness for the pediatric health care fund. She enjoys swimming, hiking, and traveling! She has enjoyed the opportunities to meet other like-minded people in her experience thus far with SOTA, as well as the chance to network with the OT staff at UF and OTs within the Gainesville community. She hopes to obtain an OTD and work either in pediatrics or the psychological OT field, specifically with stroke patients. This year, Maddie looks forward to serving as SOTA’s Vice President. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to her at madisonwallace@ufl.edu.

 

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Brooke Abzug, Treasurer

Brooke Abzug is a second year student in the UF OTD program. She graduated from UF in 2019 after double majoring in Biology and Psychology with a specialization in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience. During her undergraduate career, Brooke worked in a research lab focused on legal psychology, volunteered over 400 hours within the community, and was an active sister in Sigma Kappa. Her favorite hobbies include traveling, taking walks, and watching Pixar movies. She is so excited to serve as treasurer this year and help SOTA flourish. She was recognized as the SOTA Most Active Graduate Member in fall of 2019 and has a goal of increasing participation in SOTA events among OTD students. After she graduates with her OTD, Brooke plans on working in a pediatric setting. Feel free to contact her at babzug@ufl.edu.

 

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Gianna Martello, Secretary

Gianna is a 4th year Health Sciences student on the pre-OT track, with a minor in Disabilities in Society. She has had the opportunity to shadow at a few different in-patient and out-patient occupational therapy settings and has loved every experience she has had so far! Her favorite parts about SOTA are meeting new members that have the same interests as her, to be able to to discuss future goals, study with, and have as friends, along with participating in service events to meet members of the community and learn more about what occupational therapy can do in different ways as well. In her free time, she likes to bake, watch movies, craft, and go on runs with her roommate. 

 

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Paige Gibson, Public Relations Chair

Paige is a fourth year Psychology major with a minor in Disabilities in Society and on the Pre-OT track. She has been a member of SOTA since her sophomore year, and she currently serves as the Public Relations Chair. Her favorite part of SOTA is being surrounded by other students who share the same love and passion for people with disabilities and for occupational therapy. SOTA has helped her connect with OT’s and further her knowledge of the field. Paige has worked as a Personal Care Assistant for students at UF who have physical disabilities since 2018 and plans to continue through undergrad. She has also volunteered with Shands in different OT settings and has shadowed in various pediatric outpatient clinics. Paige will be applying to graduate school this Fall and hopes to be in the OTD program here at UF. She aspires to own a multi-disciplinary outpatient clinic one day in the future and be a practicing occupational therapist.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to her at paige.gibson@ufl.edu.

 

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Kayley Gerard, Professional Development Chair

Kayley is a second-year student in the UF OTD program. She received her bachelor’s degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology with a Specialization in Fitness and Wellness from the UF in 2019. Her undergraduate internship involved working with occupational therapists in a hand therapy clinic, and she worked PRN after graduating. She is really interested in acute care and pediatric settings, but always enjoys learning about different fields within OT. She was an active member in SOTA as an undergrad and is excited to see the organization increase engagement with both the undergraduate and OTD students! She enjoys serving the community through SOTA as well as the OT Equal Access Clinic, which she currently holds the position of Co-Director. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to her at kmgerard@ufl.edu.

 

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Nina Naran, Fundraising Co-Chair

Nina is a fourth year student in the accelerated BHS-OTD program with a minor in disabilities in society. She is extremely grateful to be a member of the first cohort of the accelerated bachelors in health science to doctorate in occupational therapy program. She has been a member of SOTA since her freshman year and currently serves as the fundraising co-chair. Thanks to SOTA, Nina was able to gain experience working with individuals with disabilities out in the community and has been able to deepen her passion for the profession. Her hope as a member of the SOTA executive board is to help those who have a passion for occupational therapy by sharing her past experiences and knowledge to help them better engross themselves into the profession. She has also volunteered with Shands in several different settings and has found a strong passion in working with pediatric patients. After finishing her last year of undergrad, Nina will continue in UF’s OTD program as a second year student, with the hopes of becoming a practicing pediatric occupational therapist. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to her at ninanaran@ufl.edu.

 

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Maya Thompson, Fundraising Co-Chair

Maya is a third-year Applied Physiology and Kinesiology major on the pre-OT track. She has been a member of SOTA since her sophomore year, and currently serves as the co-fundraising chair. SOTA has given her new experiences and opportunities and she’s so happy to have found this organization. Being in SOTA has personally helped her understand more about what occupational therapy entails and has connected her with people who share the same passion. Maya has volunteered at Fit for All, which is a program that helps physically-challenged adults perform exercise routines. In addition, she has volunteered at balance 180 for summer camp and the adaptive Saturday program to assist and guide children with varying abilities do gymnastics. Maya has also worked as a Personal Care Assistant for students at UF with special needs. During her free time she enjoys doing barre workout classes, baking, going to the beach, watching movies and listening to music.

 

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Jaime Kay, Social Co-Chair

Jaime is a fourth year Health Science major and a theatre minor. She has beeN in SOTA for three years, and this is grateful to serve SOTA members this year. Jaime is an assistant coach for Balance 180, an adaptive gym for children with disabilities, and is also a member of the UF Ukulele club and the Women’s chorale. She has volunteered for both Hands to Love and Night to Shine, and looks forward to the new opportunities that awaits her in SOTA. In the summers, she is a counselor for a children’s theatre camp and can be found performing onstage. She will be applying to graduate school for occupational therapy. She plans to become a pediatric OT with a focus on autism, and hopes to incorporate her love of theatre in her practice. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to her at kayjaime@ufl.edu

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Abbey Raddi, Social Co-Chair

Abbey is a third-year Health Science major with a minor in Disabilities in Society. She has also been accepted into the Accelerated OTD Program. She volunteers with IFUS, Inclusive Fitness and Unified Sports, as a workout buddy and is a member of the BHS’s LEAP program. She also takes part in Special Olympics on campus and volunteers at UF health Shands. Abbey has shadowed in settings such as outpatient geriatrics and outpatient pediatrics and has enjoyed both populations. This will be her fourth semester in SOTA and her favorite part is being able to connect with others who are passionate about both occupational therapy and service. As a future occupational therapist, she is unsure what setting she wants to pursue, but she does want to work in depth with individuals who have Cerebral Palsy and try to find new ways for these individuals to have more independence. In her free time she enjoys reading, playing sports, and baking! She is very excited to participate in and organize social events for SOTA this coming year! Feel free to contact her at abbeyraddi@ufl.edu.

 

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Karen Bruchs, Service Co-Chair

 

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Service Co-Chair: Hannah Comitz

Hannah is a junior studying Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavioral Analysis. She became interested in Occupational Therapy while volunteering with a young girl who has cerebral palsy during high school, it was then she realized how heavy an impact OT can have on others. While searching for potential undergraduate degrees, she found Applied Behavioral Analysis and realized it can be very applicable while practicing Occupational Therapy, especially in pediatrics. She has shadowed an outpatient hand therapist and an outpatient pediatric OT. She has fallen in love with pediatric OT through her shadowing experiences. She loves the creativity, joy, and enthusiasm that children bring out in her. Hannah has been in SOTA since spring of freshman year. Her favorite part of SOTA has been connecting and learning from other people on the same track as her. Her favorite activity during SOTA has been becoming a family pal at Hand Camp. After Hannah graduates, she hopes to attend a doctoral program in Occupational Therapy. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends, exploring new places, thrift shopping and discovering local coffee shops. Please feel free to reach out to her if you have any questions or just want to hang out! Her email is hannahcomitz@ufl.edu