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ATRA Committees

Become more involved with ATRA and the profession by volunteering to be part of one of the committees listed below. To get involved, contact the committee chair.


Academy

Chair

Pam Fleck
newsletter@atra-online.com

Direction Statement from the Board of Directors

Provide excellent and high quality distance learning opportunities for recreational therapists.

Tasks

Develop six webinar series for 2016 and 2017. Evaluate NCTRC Preapproval Virtual speaker’s bureau Certification based series.

Board Liaison

Marilyn Radatz
President@atra-online.com

Annual Conference

Chair

Debbie Robinson
debbie@gndhome.com

Direction Statement from the Board of Directors

Promote, plan and host a successful 2017 Annual Conference in Orlando, FL.

Board Liaison

Marilyn Radatz
President@atra-online.com

Awards    

Chairs

Matt Frye
Awards@atra-online.com

Direction Statement from the Board of Directors

Promote, plan and host a successful 2017 Awards presentation at the Annual Conference.

Tasks

Promote awards widely in various media.Develop committee of 3 – 5 members. Solicit and review nominations. Submit recommendations for winners to BOD for approval. Coordinate with the Foundation for the Frank Brasille Award.

Board Liaison

Vacant
ATRABOD@atra-online.com

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)

Chair

Mary Lou Schilling
CARF@atra-online.com     

Direction Statement from the Board of Directors

Advocate for the profession to the CARF Board and International Advisory Council and educate members about CARF.

Tasks

Develop and implement a process to incorporate treatment networks in standards review as necessary and continue to educate members about CARF standards as they relate to practice. Broadcast the benefits our members receive as a result of ATRA’s CARF involvement. Promote RT within CARF standards.

Board Liaison

Dawn DeVries
pastpres@atra-online.com

Coverage    

Chair

Tim Passmore
Coverage@atra-online.com

Seeking Co-Chair: Please contact ATRA if you are interested in this position.

Direction Statement from the Board of Directors

Collaborate with ATRA committees and members on issues regarding coverage and reimbursement of services.

Tasks

Develop a plan for regulatory initiatives. Work collaboratively with appropriate teams affecting reimbursement, federal and state legislative teams and sections. Assure that ATRA members have access to up-to-date coverage information via website, conference presentations and newsletter articles. Explore alternate structure for this committee. Identify succession plan or recruit.

Board Liaison

Dawn DeVries
pastpres@atra-online.com

Diversity

Chair

Turkessa Shermaine Johnson, CTRS
Diversity@atra-online.com

Direction Statement from the Board of Directors

Create an atmosphere that encourages diversity in ATRA membership.

Tasks

Recruit new committee members.  Provide a newsletter article and a presentation at annual conference to educate members about diversity issues.  Facilitate posting recently reviewed Diversity statement on website.  Explore ways to connect minority ATRA members.

Board Liaison

Rachel Gorman
ATRABOD@atra-online.com

Ethics 

Chair

Wayne Pollock
Ethics@atra-online.com

Seeking Co-Chair: Please contact ATRA if you are interested in this position.

Direction Statement from the Board of Directors

Educate ATRA membership and the public about ethical standards and conduct.

Tasks

Complete ethics publication, to Publication Committee for review. Board to identify two to three people for committee to develop international code of ethics.

Board Liaison

Vincent Bonadies
Chapters@atra-online.com

Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)

Chair

Gretchen Snethen
gsnethen@temple.edu

Task

Provide leadership in creating and promoting evidence-based practice (EBP).

Board Liaison

Ellen Broach
ATRABOD@atra-online.com

Federal Public Policy

Co-Chairs

Dawn DeVries

Tim Passmore

Thom Skalko
FPP@atra-online.com

Direction Statement from the Board of Directors

Position ATRA to influence federal legislation and regulation to positively impact consumers and the practice of RT.

Tasks

Monitor federal regulations and legislation impacting consumers of recreational therapy. Position the association to proactively influence federal legislation and regulation. Provide the membership with regular updates on federal public policy issues via presentations, website, newsletter, blogs, etc. Identify representatives to serve on coalitions. BOD and FPP to develop strategic plan for federal public policy. Explore alternative lobbying options and make recommendations. Explore plan for Public Policy Summit proposed in 2017. Recruit practice/section experts to be members of PP according to new structure.  Develop plan for inclusion of state representatives from chapters into PP committee

Board Liaison

Dawn DeVries
pastpres@atra-online.com

Higher Education

Chair

Kelly Ramella
kelly.ramella@asu.edu

Fran Stavola-Daly
fdaly@kean.edu

Direction Statement from the Board of Directors

Encourage educator engagement and membership in ATRA.

Tasks

Develop Higher Education Institute for Annual Conference. Create a task force to address strategic plan for higher education to include recommendation on Entry Level degree(chair and committee to be determined).  Explore interprofessional competencies for RT.

Board Liaison

Jo-Ellen Ross
ATRABOD@atra-online.com

International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and World Health Organization (WHO)

Chair

Debbie Pate
ICFWHO@atra-online.com

Direction Statement from the Board of Directors

Advocate the inclusion of the ICF for practice, research, and professional preparation.

Tasks

Position ATRA to a proactive leadership role in global ICF implementation efforts through increased collaboration with key organizations representing the disability community. Provide information and training for ATRA members and the profession regarding the ICF.  

Board Liaison

Dawn DeVries
pastpres@atra-online.com   

International    

Chair

Pei-Chun Hsieh, Ph.D., CTRS
International@atra-online.com

Direction Statement from the Board of Directors 

To facilitate an exchange between international professionals to enhance practice, education and research.

Tasks

Share information on global RT practice through presentations and newsletter articles. Organize International Institute for Annual Conference with at least 3 sessions. Work with ATRA Board on International collaborations/ partnerships (potentially with Australia, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa).

Board Liaison

Ellen Broach
ATRABOD@atra-online.com

Joint Commission (JC)

Chair

Tim Passmore
JointCommission@atra-online.com

Direction Statement from the Board of Directors

Influence standards development for continued inclusion of RT.

Tasks

Develop and implement a process to incorporate the sections and standards review process including the sections. Arrange speaker at the 2016 Annual Conference in Lombard.

Board Liaison

Dawn DeVries
pastpres@atra-online.com   

Licensure

Chair

Debbie Robinson
debbie@gndhome.com

Direction Statement from the Board of Directors

Promote licensure of qualified recreational therapists throughout the United States

Tasks

Identify future leader for succession planning.  Advocate for licensure of RT’s in all states.

Board Liaison

Dawn De Vries
Pastpres@atra-online.com

Membership

Chair

Direction Statement from the Board of Directors

Develop, implement and evaluate strategies to increase membership and retain members

Tasks

Exit survey Benefits of ATRA presentation Member recognition Lifetime memberships

Board Liaison

Marilyn Radatz
President@atra-online.com

Nominations and Elections

Chair

Open Position

Direction Statement from the Board of Directors

Establish a slate of candidates to recommend to the ATRA Board for the 2017-2018 Board of Directors and ensure an ethical election.

Tasks

Recruit individuals to run for the 2017-201 Board of Directors using various media. Assemble and chair a committee to review nominees. Recommend slate of candidates to the Board. Policy

Board Liaison

Marieke Van Puymbroeck
Preselect@atra-online.com

Peg Connolly Scholarship Committee   

Chair

Abby Pestak
PCScholarship@atra-online.com

Direction Statement from the Board of Directors

Administer scholarship program to recognize outstanding students.

Task

Promote Peg Connolly Scholarship program. Solicit and review nominations. Organize and oversee committee to review applications. Notify recipients. Conduct training for recipients. Serve as resource during conference. Be a representative on the PCS Task Force to evaluate the purpose of the program.

Board Liaison

Maggie Bayerl
ATRABOD@atra-online.com

Publications

Chair

Vacant
Publications@atra-online.com

Direction Statement from the Board of Directors

Coordinate and manage ATRA’s publications.

Tasks

Identify 3-5 publications needed within the profession. Identify possible authors for publications. Develop plan for publications. Review publications and make recommendations for which publications should be available as E-books in the future.

Board Liaison

Ellen Broach
ATRABOD@atra-online.com

Research

Co-Chairs

Angela Wozencroft - Seeking Co-Chair
Research@atra-online.com

Direction Statement from the Board of Directors

Promote and support dissemination of quality research.

Tasks

Propose an ATRA research agenda. Review all proposed surveys prior to distribution to insure credibility, usability, and avoid redundancy; make recommendations for improvement as appropriate. Serve as a resource to ATRA members interested in research.

Sub-Committee: Research Institute

Coordinators for Research Institute
Stephen Lewis, PhD, CTRS
Jasmine Townsend, PhD, CTRS

Coordinators for Poster Session
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Cari Autry
Brandi Crowe
ResearchInstitute@atra-online.com

 

Direction Statement from the Board of Directors

Facilitate the dissemination of RT research abstracts at ATRA Conference

Tasks

Host research institute with at least three sessions at the 2017 conference. Host a combined research and practice poster presentations with at least 15 posters (50:50). Publish electronic version of research abstracts within Annual in TR.

Board Liaison

Jo-Ellen Ross
ATRABOD@atra-online.com

RT Month

Chair

Janelle Krantz

RTMonth@atra-online.com

Direction Statement from the Board of Directors

Provide ATRA members with tools to promote RT month in February.

Tasks

Identify 2018 3-5 promotional items all tagged with ATRA to sell for RT Month by July 2017. Identify 2018 theme for RT Month all tagged with ATRA by July 2017.  Identify 2017 3-5 promotional items to sell for RT month by November 2016.  Promote RT month through various media, newsletters and ATRA Updates, working with the ATRA Office and Social Media Coordinator.  Communicate with International Committee chair and Canadian TRA to create joint International RT Month.

Board Liaison

Maggie Bayerl
ATRABOD@atra-online.com

Standards of Practice (SOP)

Chairs

Marcia Smith
SOP@atra-online.com

Direction Statement from the Board of Directors

Educate ATRA membership and the public about the Standards of Practice.

Task

Explore development of SOP.  Training for online CEU’s.  Develop Educators training – how to integrate SOP into your classes/curriculum.

Board Liaison

Rachel Gorman
ATRABOD@atra-online.com

State Public Policy

Chair

Seeking Chair
SPP@atra-online.com

Direction Statement from the Board of Directors

Advocate for inclusion of RT in state legislation and related activities.

Task

Explore need for state public policy committee in light of licensure joint task force and new Public Policy structure.

Board Liaison

Dawn De Vries
Pastpres@atra-online.com

Student Development

Co-Chairs

Taylor Hooker

Michelle Miller

Students@atra-online.com

Direction Statement from the Board of Directors

Encourage student membership and engagement in ATRA.

Task

Plan and coordinate activities at the Annual Conference for Students.  Develop plan for recruiting and retaining student members.  Assist in developing a Student section/page on the website (may work with Workforce Development, website Board liaison and ATRA office).

Board Liaison

Maggie Bayerl
ATRABOD@atra-online.com

Workforce Development

Chair

Kevin McCann
Workforce@atra-online.com

Direction Statement from the Board of Directors

Educate the high school student, counselors and the public about RT as a viable employment option.

Tasks

Develop an outcome measure to assess ATRA’s ROI at HOSA.  Develop a resource list of publications/websites that target high school students, showcase professionals in alternative careers in newsletter article.  Assist in developing content for website to target or educate  future students  about the field.

Board Liaison

Ellen Broach
ATRABOD@atra-online.com