On August 6–7, 2021, NBCOT hosted a virtual orientation meeting for the 10 newly-appointed* and the 15 originally-appointed ambassadors to the NBCOT Ambassador Program. Attendees were provided with a review of NBCOT certification programs, resources, and services, as well as other information related to their roles as ambassadors.

In 2019, NBCOT embarked on a new volunteer-driven initiative, the NBCOT Ambassador Program. The development of this program came from the countless invitations we receive to present and/or exhibit at state conferences and other meetings. While we participate in many of these events, we are unable to meet all requests. The purpose of the NBCOT Ambassador Program is to increase our presence at state-level events and provide information about NBCOT certification programs, resources, and services.

The NBCOT Ambassador Program enables us to have OTR® and COTA® certificants represent NBCOT at events that our staff are unable to attend. The ambassadors provide their OT community with the opportunity to ask questions and send suggestions directly to NBCOT, while also assisting us with environmental scanning to keep us updated on issues affecting occupational therapy practice.

The program officially launched in 2020, but because of the cancellation of in-person events due to COVID-19, you may not have seen an ambassador in your state yet. We encourage you to talk with our ambassadors at events, as they are excited to learn from you. The program will continue to grow in 2021, with more states being added by year-end.

Newly-Appointed NBCOT Ambassadors

Elaine Adams headshot

Elaine Adams, OTR

Adley Chan headshot

Adley Chan, OTR

Rebecca Gross headshot

Rebecca Gross, OTR

Taz Kang headshot

Taz Kang, OTR
North Carolina

Maria Klamm headshot

Maria Klamm, OTR
South Dakota

Shirish Lala headshot

Shirish Lala, OTR

Karthik Mani headshot

Karthik Mani, OTR

Amber Sand headshot

Amber Sand, COTA

Cheryl Strickland headshot

Cheryl Strickland, OTR

Miranda Tippie headshot

Miranda Tippie, OTR

Christopher Trujillo headshot

Christopher Trujillo, OTR

Wayne Winistorfer headshot

Wayne Winistorfer, OTR

* Since the posting of this article, two more ambassadors have been added to the program.