Advisory Board

Established in 2006, the Advisory Board membership of public, practicing, and student members was created to provide advice and counsel to the School of Occupational Therapy.

Mission Statement

To advise and support the School of Occupational Therapy in its endeavor of recruitment, development, and promotion of students and the profession.

Advisory Board Members

Genevieve deRenne
Genevieve worked in multiple capacities at Providence Medical Center for 33 years, until her retirement in early 2013. Twenty years was working as an OT at Providence St. Vincent’s in psychiatry, 13 years in management of the Occupational Therapy Department at Providence Portland, and all of it in support of student fieldwork supervision. She received both her bachelor's and master's degrees in OT from the University of Southern California.

Genevieve has been particularly active in leadership roles within occupational therapy. She recently completed eight years on the Oregon Licensing Board, was a member of the Certification Examination Development Committee and NBCOT content expert for Mental Health from 1983-1992, a director of NBCOT from 1993-2001, and Oregon State President from 1990-1992. She presently continues her responsibility to the Oregon Licensure Board as the Investigator for disciplinary action.

Known for many years as an artist of unique and yet salable art, Genevieve and her twin sister Charlotte created and sold in-demand OT specific items at every AOTA Conference for many years through the 1980’s. Everyone ran to their booth each year to see and buy what they had created.

She continues to grow as an artist and explorer with a recent certificate from the London Guild of Art and Design, online courses in Evolutionary Astrology, and study of DMP (Deep Memory Processing) a technique used for healing trauma cases.

Originally from California, most of her extended family lives in Hawaii and travel time often finds her reuniting in the Aloha State.


Ellen Downes
Ellen Downes received her master's degree in occupational therapy from the University of Puget Sound in 1982, and performed clinical internships at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, Cambridge Psychiatric Hospital in Boston, and the Crippled Children's Division of the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Ore. Since then, Ellen has worked in Medford and Ashland, in multiple clinical settings, including acute care, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, home health and hospice, school settings, community-based residential mental health, consultation services, professional mentoring, and administration/management. She has presented professionally on a multitude of topics to multi-disciplinary audiences. Ellen received a Special Recognition Award from the Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon (OTAO) in 2003 for her years of work on annual conference and other continuing education events throughout the state. In 2004, Ellen received the Grace Black Award of Honor from OTAO, in recognition of long-term contributions to the profession. In addition to occupational therapy, Ellen enjoys gardening, piano, hiking, travel, and an occasional whitewater raft trip.


Sherry Hoff
Sherry Has been teaching and volunteering at the Pacific University School of Occupational Therapy since 1986. With a diploma in nursing from Columbia Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1966 to a BS in occupational therapy from the University of Washington in 1983, and followed by a master of public health from the University of Washington in 1995, Sherry has a strong value for education and healthcare.

Her work roles have been diverse from management of multi-disciplinary teams to direct patient care, specializing in neurology and cognition. From 1995 to 1998 Sherry was an adjunct faculty member at the School of OT.

Sherry was the OTAO annual conference chair in 1986 and 1987 and secretary from 1998-2000. She presented multiple times at the OTAO conferences and AOTA National conference on working with older adults, leadership, and exploring new frontiers for occupational therapy. She was the keynote speaker at OTAO and South Dakota state conferences. Sherry received the OTAO Therapist of the Year Award in 1991, and the Sue Nelson Award in 2002. From 2006 to 2008 Sherry was the inaugural chair of the School of OT Advisory Board, returning in 2012.

Recently retired from Peace Health Southwest Washington Medical Center, Sherry has resumed her lifelong search for creativity through fiber arts: batik, fabric design, and knitting socks. Summers find her salmon fishing with husband Mike and throughout the year her eight grandchildren keep her excited about what’s new.


Kelly Iranshad
Kelli is a 1997 graduate of Pacific University School of OT. Her work experience has been in long-term care, community mental health, and physical rehab in both acute and outpatient settings. She has combined this with caring for a young family and activities related to their growth and development.

Through these years Kelli has continued her affiliation with OTAO and Pacific University through communication and fieldwork education.

Ever seeking to expand her own personal knowledge as well as new opportunities for occupational therapy practice in non-traditional settings, Kelli is raising her professional participation. Through an engaging personality Kelli demonstrates astute insight and questioning at a time when she feels occupational therapists need to stay informed on new systems and where occupational therapy can and will go.


Dode Jackson
Dode graduated from the physical therapy program at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. Prior to founding PT On Call in 1986, Dode served as the director of the Physical Therapy Department at the University Hospital, University of Saskatchewan and at the Oregon Health Science University in Portland, Ore. Her experience includes direct patient care, management and teaching responsibilities in a variety of clinical settings.

For over 10 years, Dode has served in a variety of capacities on the Board of the Oregon Physical Therapy Association, currently as chair of the Nominating Committee. OPTA awarded her the Distinguished Service Award in 2007.

Dode enjoys cycling having completed both the STP and the RSVP twice. She also enjoys walk/talks, line dancing and swimming. In her community, she is actively involved in advocating for a pedestrian pathway to promote health and safety for all ages. Dode enjoys an action packed lifestyle with her physician husband of 36 years and is very proud of her three children Kirk, Nicole and Tom.

Dode’s professional goal is to enhance the image as well as the quality of physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology in today's competitive healthcare environment.


Sarah Larsen
Sarah Larsen graduated from Pacific University’s School of Occupational Therapy in 2003. For the first few years, Sarah practiced as an Early Intervention and pediatric outpatient OT at Vancouver Children’s Therapy Center. From there, she became a pediatric and adult inpatient OT at Emanuel Children’s Hospital and the Rehabilitation Institute of Oregon treating individuals who suffered significant traumas. This is where Sarah developed an interest in working with individuals with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. She also gained experience with aquatic therapy, myofascial release, and disability sports. Currently, she has transitioned to working with older adults in a skilled nursing setting. Sarah is actively involved in disability sports and the School of Occupational Therapy. She is on the Board of Directors for Oregon Disability Sports.

Sarah enjoys traveling to islands all over the world, live music, salsa dancing, and spending time with her wonderful husband.


Sara Marcotte
Sara Marcotte is a student in the OTD program at Pacific University. She earner her Bachelor's degree in Sociology with a minor in Spanish from the University of Oregon. While there, she was involved in the First-Year Programs and served as president of the Duck Store Board of Directors. This experience is what led her to want to be a part of Pacific's Advisory Board. While at the University of Oregon, Sara also studied abroad in Queretaro, Mexico and took advantage of beautiful Eugene.

At Pacific, Sara serves on the recreation committee for the Student Occupational Therapy Association and is also an OT Ambassador, giving tours to prospective students and helping out with admissions-related events. Outside of school, she enjoys volunteering, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. To learn more about Sara, visit her ePortfolio at;


Danny Pavlovich
Danny Pavlovich is a student in occupational therapy at Pacific University. Danny earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at California State University Fresno. He has also earned a certification in drug and alcohol counseling. Danny has previous experience working in retail and in an adaptive physical education setting. He has experience in various club officer positions and research teams during his undergraduate education.

In his spare time, he enjoys lifting weights, seeing live music, volunteering, and being involved in church. Danny is using his work and organization experience to contribute to the advisory board.



Rebecca Pence
Rebecca Pence graduated from Pacific University's School of Occupational Therapy in 2005. Since then, Rebecca has worked for Legacy Health System and for the past six years she has been an occupational therapist with the Rehabilitation Institute of Oregon based at Good Samaritan Hospital. Currently, she primarily treats patients with traumatic brain injuries, burns, and strokes. She recently took a special interest in learning more about impaired vision caused by traumatic brain injuries, and pre-prosthetic training.

She gained an interest in joining the Pacific OT Advisory Board to give back to the school and help ensure students have the same positive experience she had while there.

Rebecca also enjoys the outdoors, gardening, painting, and most of all spending time with her family.


Pauline Petterson
Pauline became interested in OT after doing a fifth-grade career report, and talking with her mom’s cousin, an OT, who started one of the first COTA programs at Fort Collins, Colo. She also chose as her Campfire Indian name, Onka-Chuta, which means to “help in sickness with hand.” OT has always been a “lifestyle” for Pauline and not just an occupation.

Pauline graduated in 1967 from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, Wisc., with a BS in occupational therapy. When the job recruiters came to the school in her junior year, Pauline signed up as an ensign in the US Navy. Pauline worked at the Naval hospital treating servicemen coming back from Vietnam.

Pauline worked part-time through Tuality Hospital , and then on-call at OHSU while her son and daughter were young. In 1980 Pauline started her 25-year career with Kaiser Permanente. She worked at Bess Kaiser Hospital for 18 years mainly with acute stroke and neuro, total joint, and other orthopedic patients. In addition, Pauline taught the total joint, fibromyalgia, and arthritis classes.

Pauline served on the OTAO board for a period of 25 years in various capacities; vice president for several years, fundraising, education and by-laws committees, and Hospitality Chair for the National OT Conference held in Portland in 1984. Pauline received the Award of Merit from OTAO.

Since retiring from Kaiser seven years ago, Pauline has filled the void with many “fun” activities. Pauline and Tom have three grandchildren and they spend a lot of time with them; i.e. attending sports activities, volunteering at their schools, and “kidsitting” while parents are away. Pauline enjoys doing yard work, sewing, camping, traveling, (have been on five Rick Steve’s tours), and still is the “social director” for several retiree groups.

Dona Schumacher
Dona Schumacher began her career as a special education teacher in Oregon in 1975. She enjoyed this job for 10 years and then decided there was something more she wanted to know about that could deepen her understanding of the children she worked with in schools. In 1987 she received her degree in occupational therapy from Pacific University’s second graduating class. She has been working at Portland Public Schools as an occupational therapist for the past 22 years. Dona has been a fieldwork supervisor and currently is the clinical fieldwork coordinator for Portland Public Schools. She has worked with a team of educational researchers from University of Oregon’s school of special education on a research project to test a curriculum on self-determination for adolescents with orthopedic impairments. Dona traveled with a team of occupational and physical therapists to Russia where they helped to set up a therapy clinic for school aged children with disabilities. In 2002, Dona received the Judy Rowe Award for School Occupational Therapist of the Year. Continuing a quest for more understanding about facilitating meaningful and successful performance for children in schools Dona completed her post professional occupational therapy doctorate at Creighton University in May 2010. Dona hopes to bring her interest and experience in education and perspectives on the challenges and opportunities found in working as an occupational therapist today to the Pacific University Occupational Therapy Advisory Board.

Further Information

Advisory Board Guidelines (pdf)

Advisory Board Member Application (rtf)