COTAD is fortunate to have many wonderful leaders who live our mission and make positive change in the profession and in their communities every day. Whether they are coordinating meetings, editing articles, managing finances, or matching mentors, the COTAD Board Members are very active in making sure the organization and its members and activities matter.
Recently COTAD Board Members Dr. Cristina Reyes-Smith and Dr. Natasha Smet have received exciting news that necessitates a step back from their COTAD roles so they can focus on other professional and personal opportunities.
In September 2017, Dr. Cristina Reyes Smith, OTD, OTR/L started a new position as the College of Health Professions Diversity Liaison at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). In this role, she will continue as the Faculty Advisor for the CHP Student Diversity Leadership Council and also assist with faculty, staff, and College-wide diversity and Inclusion initiatives. Dr. Smith will also be presenting at the upcoming AOTA Education Summit in Fort Worth, TX in October 2017. The first session will focus on holistic admissions as a key mechanism to promote student body diversity and she will be presenting in collaboration with fellow COTAD Board Member Natasha Smet, OTD, OTR/L. Dr. Smith will also be presenting a poster about a pilot educational research project comparing outcomes between student cohorts that did and did not take an elective course on service delivery with diverse and underserved communities in collaboration with an OT student research group at MUSC.
Dr. Smith and several of her MUSC OT students
Dr. Natasha Smet is also taking a hiatus from her role as the Minority Mentorship Program Coordinator due to a bump in the road - a baby bump, that is! Over the past several months she has been busy educating students as an adjunct faculty member at National American University. Additionally, she presented a session about developing mentor relationships for the October 2017 Occupational Therapy Association of Colorado conference. In the near future, Dr. Smet will be taking time over to settle into the new roles and routines of motherhood, while continuing to work on professional projects.
Dr. Smet, Mr. Smet, and Baby Smet
COTAD sincerely wishes Dr. Smith and Dr. Smet the best as they embark on these new endeavors, and we look forward to welcoming them back when they are ready to return!