For practitioners, Krysta provides continuing education courses on various occupational therapy topics. She also created and manages hOTopics, a social media group that shares professional news, facilitates discussions on the roles of occupational therapy practitioners in society, and shares podcast episodes featuring interviews with OTRs and COTAs from around the U.S.
Compelled by a Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Krysta is passionate about justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in occupational therapy, and she has emerged as an advocate and leader on these issues within the profession for current and future practitioners. For the past several years, Krysta has been involved with the national organization Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD). She was one of the first developers of a COTAD education chapter within an OTA program, and she is currently a mentor in COTAD’s mentorship program. In addition to her work with COTAD, Krysta established an annual scholarship at her alma mater to support diversity within OT education and practice.
Krysta’s impact extends to the state and national levels as well. She served as chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force for the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association and as a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion Task Force. Her contributions show students and practitioners that COTAs have a place and a voice in leadership within the occupational therapy profession.