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Published 1/27/03
Owens Community College Chair Receives Ohio Occupational Therapy Association Award

Beth Ann Kneisley Owens Community College Chair of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, Beth Ann Kneisley, was chosen by the Ohio Occupational Therapy Association (OOTA) to receive the prestigious Award of Merit for her exemplary contributions and dedication toward the educational advancement of occupational therapy in the state of Ohio.

"Beth Ann is a dedicated administrator, teacher and leader," said Dr. Paul V. Unger, Provost for Owens Community College. "Her devotion to occupational therapy and the health care community is reflected in the amount of time she shows to each student, while always displaying a positive attitude and providing constant support."

The OOTA Award of Merit is the highest honor awarded to an organizational member who demonstrates outstanding qualities of leadership, academics or clinical achievement in the initiation, development or perpetuation within the field of occupational therapy.

Selection criteria for the annual OOTA Award of Merit is based upon outstanding contributions made toward the enhancement of occupational therapy standards, as well as innovative approaches to curriculum development, institutional service and commitment to the profession.

The OOTA was founded in 1971 to promote the profession of occupational therapy, address issues and advance the practice within the allied health field. Consisting of more than 1,000 professional members, the organization' s primary goal is to serve its members and meet the consumer need for occupational therapy in the state of Ohio.

Kneisely joined the College's faculty in 1996 as Chair of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program for the Health Technologies Division. During her tenure as Chair, Kneisely has been instrumental in the development and creation of the allied health program at Owens.

The two-year Occupational Therapy Assistant Program was first offered in January 1997. Since its inception, approximately 82 certified students have graduated from the program. Owens graduates from the allied health care program can be found serving as occupational therapy assistants within schools, community health centers, nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and home health agencies throughout Northwest Ohio.

Her professional involvement includes membership with district, state and national occupational therapy organizations. Kneisley currently is serving on the Autism Academy of Learning Board and the Student Allied Health Board for the Medical College of Ohio. She also is a roster of accreditation evaluator with the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.

Active in the community, Kneisley is a consultant for Bittersweet Farms and the Fulton County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. The two organizations were established to provide assistance to individuals with special needs.

Kneisley's accomplishments include being recognized by the Medical College of Ohio for significant contributions to the profession of occupational therapy, receiving the George Isaac Award for Integrity in 2001. The George Isaac Award for Integrity honors an educator who displays outstanding dedication and service to the community.

She earned her master's degree in occupational therapy from the Medical College of Ohio and a bachelor's degree in science from the University of Toledo. A resident of Maumee, she also received an associate's degree in occupational therapy from Lourdes College and holds certification with the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy. Kneisley is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in education with a specialization in teaching and learning from Capella University.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 23 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 140 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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