Advisory Board | Occupational Therapy
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.
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
Kaci is an OTD students at Pacific University. Having grown up in northern Idaho, she's developed great interest for adventure, the outdoors, and wellness. These experiences led her to pursue a BA of Spanish and AS in Nutrition from Walla Walla University in Washington. During undergrad she spent one year living abroad in Spain and traveling throughout Europe, bringing her travel total to 21 countries. Her personal experience with autoimmune diseases have ignited interests in health and wellness that propels her passions within occupational therapy. Kaci joined the Advisory Board as a team member of OTAO's Continued Education Committee to learn about administration, education, and leadership. When she's not studying hard, Kaci enjoys getting outside, taking exercise classes, trying new recipes, or planning her next adventure with her husband.
Christine Marcella Grosso
Christine is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy at Pacific University. Prior to this, she worked as a Public Policy Analyst at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities on areas that impact people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, including: community inclusion, healthcare, cultural and linguistic competency, person-centered thinking, employment, adaptive technology, and transportation. She also volunteers with nonprofits internationally, and has traveled to Kenya and Guatemala to assist with program development and service access.
As part of her advocacy work, she completed a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities fellowship at Oregon Health and Science University. Her research focused on transition services from a family perspective, which she used to coordinate a healthcare transition conference for/with healthcare providers, families, and individuals who experience disability that provided resources related to healthcare, employment, special education, guardianship, special needs trust, and sexual health.
Christine earned her MS in Developmental Disabilities with a concentration in Leadership and Advocacy from Nova Southeastern University, and her BA in Visual Arts from Eckerd College. Christine is most proud of her work as a Direct Support Professional where she worked with individuals with disabilities to lead self-directed lives in the areas of relationship development, employment, education, as well as using art and outdoor recreation therapeutically.
Christine’s family immigrated from Argentina and she was raised in the sunny diverse city of Miami, FL. She considers herself a lifelong learner and advocate for occupational justice, and enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, traveling, and hugging.
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.
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.
Elisabeth McClure has been an OT since 2010 after graduating from Pacific University. She works in an acute care hospital and is particularly interested in/focused on neurology though enjoys working across diagnoses. She got into OT with the goal of working with adults with developmental/intellectual disabilities (driven by her experiences as a sibling of someone with autism) and is passionate about the DD/ID population and improving services.
Elisabeth is also a member of the Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon board as Treasurer. In her off-work time (though OTs never really turn off!) time she loves sewing and crafts, gardening, cooking , and spending time with family and friends.
Kylie is an OTD student at Pacific University. Originally from Washington state, she earned her Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Science from Pacific University in 2013. Before beginning her graduate degree, she served in AmeriCorps for three terms in college access, environmental education, and disaster relief. Through these experiences, Kylie became committed to issues of social and occupational justice. At Pacific, Kylie is a Diversity Coordinator for the Student Occupational Therapy Association and a Student Ambassador to prospective and incoming OTD students. She joined the Advisory Board to learn about leadership and decision making in higher education. In her free time, she enjoys group exercise classes, outdoor activities, spending time with friends, and watching films. To learn more about Kylie, visit her ePortfolio.
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 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.
Jocelyn is a current occupational therapy student at Pacific University. She earned her Bachelors in Health Science from Portland State University. Before gaining her degree, Jocelyn worked as a massage therapist for five years. She loved the work and wanted to expand what she could offer to clients.
At Pacific University, Jocelyn is the Student Occupational Therapy president. Jocelyn is also a school of OT ambassador, assisting prospective students at open houses and interviews.
In 2016, Jocelyn attended and volunteered at the OTAO conference where she assisted with the silent auction. Jocelyn also attended the AOTA conference, a celebration of 100 years of occupational therapy.
Jocelyn enjoys being involved and challenging herself to be a life-long learner. Jocelyn keeps things balanced by getting outside with her family to take in the simple joys in life.
Molly is an OTD student at Pacific University. One of her younger brothers has Mosaic Down syndrome, and her interest in the profession was sparked when she saw the profound impact that occupational therapy services had on enriching his life and expanding his functional abilities. Originally from Arcata, a small, coastal, Northern California college town, she attended the University of California, Davis for her undergraduate degree. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and a Minor in Psychology. She thoroughly enjoyed her time at UC Davis as an athlete on the UC Davis Women's Rowing Team. Her passion for athletics, kinesiology, and human anatomy piqued her interest in developing a career in the emerging niche of occupational therapy for traumatic brain injuries, specifically within the realm of contact sport rehabilitation. She also is pursuing her interests in burns, hand therapy, and acute care settings. Molly enjoys her time serving on the Advisory Board as Secretary, and providing the Advisory Board with a current student perspective. In her free time, Molly can be found running or hiking outdoors in the majestic Pacific Northwest, testing out a new recipe, or searching for a new favorite book. Please feel free to learn more about Molly and her development as an occupational therapy practitioner here: http://web5.lib.pacificu.edu/mollysalamunovich/.
Nina Van Beuning
Nina is in the OTD class of 2020 at Pacific University. She grew up in central Illinois and graduated from Illinois State University with a BS. Nina was a psychology major and sociology minor with a capstone focus on executive function in elementary aged children. Her mother's family lives in Germany which has provided her opportunity to observe OT across seas. She also completed fieldwork at York St. John University in York, England during the summer of 2018. Nina is interested in entrepreneurship within the field of OT in addition to women's health, TBI, chronic pain management, and principles of motivational interviewing. She joined the Advisory Board to gain experience in leadership, organization of higher education, and decision making. She is also the SOTA OTAO representative and is involved in planning the annual conference and OT Night Out. In her free time, she enjoys visiting coffee shops, thrift shopping, reading, watching movies, and going for hikes with her dog and fiance.