Community Partners

Program Advisory Council

The purpose of the Northern Arizona University Occupational Therapy Program Advisory Council (PAC) is to facilitate program visibility, viability and development through partnering and collaborating on projects that provide leading curriculum experiences for our students and assists with the program’s strategic vision. The PAC provides leadership and environmental scanning to enhance our instruction, scholarship, service as well as professional, community and global connections. Our mutual goal is to promote occupational therapy and ensure quality educational experiences for NAU OT graduate students.


Program Advisory Council 
Facility Contact PersonCredentials
AzTAP: Arizona Technology Access ProgramJill S. PleasantMA, OTR/L
Banner University Medical CenterStephen CarnazzoOT
Desert Hand Therapy Donna GilbertCHT, OTR/L
KidzSPOTDebbie HinesOTR/L, Owner
Mayo ClinicTina M. SauberOTD, MOT, OTR/L, BCPR
NAU- Institute for Human DevelopmentNikkol AndersonOTR/L
Northland- Rural Therapy Associated (NRTA)Maureen RussellOTR/L, MHI, PhD
Phoenix Children's HospitalElizabeth LinosOTD
Piller Child DevelopmentAimee PillerMOTR/L
St. Luke's Hospital- Mental Health (Geriatrics)Chris GuruleOTR/L
Transformative Therapy Transformative,                         ArizOTA PresidentBenjamin GrossOTR/L


Fieldwork Advisory Committee

The purpose of the Northern Arizona University Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Advisory Committee (FAC) is to collaborate with the program on the development and review of fieldwork and practice experiences that are embedded across the curriculum.  The FAC encompasses diverse and skilled clinicians with all levels of background and experience in order to provide clinical guidance and expertise on best practice strategies, professional skill development and current practice trends. Our mutual goal is to prepare and develop doctoral level occupational therapy practitioners who will become transformative practice scholars. 

Fieldwork Advisory Committee 
Facility Contact PersonCredentials
Advanced Therapy SolutionsJenna BurninghamMOT, OTR/L
Ashley Clyde, LLCJodie LindstromOTR/L
Banner Health Home CareDan GibbonsOTD, OTR/L
Banner University Medical Center- TucsonChad SpearMS, OTR/L
Carondelet St. Joseph's HospitalEileen HartigOTR/L
Cenpatico Schools/ Child & Family ResourcesJenine CookOTR/L
Crockett Ranch Therapy ServicesCathy RussellRN
Deer Valley Unified School DistrictJanet ChmelaOTR/L
Desert Bloom Health and RehabilitationJulie SnyderOT/L
Dignity Health- St. Joseph's Sara StephensonOTR/L, BCPR
HealthSouth East Valley Rehabilitation HospitalMary Kay EwaldOTR/L
Paradise Valley HospitalMary Kay Zurel- OrtizOTR/L
Spooner Hand TherapyTy PehrsonMOT/L, CHT
St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center- Outpatient Christopher DalyMS, OTR/L, CHT
University of Arizona Medical CenterChad SpearMs, OTR/L