NCOTA Leadership

This is Who We Are

Positions on the board are volunteer based, and nominations and elections are held annually in June.  

NCOTA Board of Directors

Beth Hathaway, OTD, OTR/L 

Dr. Beth Hathaway received her undergraduate degree from East Carolina University and after practicing for over 20 years went on to earn an advanced master’s degree in occupational therapy from AT Still University and then her OTD in 2013 from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Her dissertation focused on equipping providers of early intervention on how to effectively implement family centered care including the importance of mentorship.

 Beth has dedicated over 35 years to the specialty area of pediatrics, specifically focusing on providing early intervention services to families and young children. After completing her doctoral work Beth launched her Raleigh based private practice, Locus Family Centered Therapies, which currently employs OTR’s and COTA’s.  She intentionally hires new graduates or practitioners who have not worked in the field for several years, offering a 1:1 mentorship program which supports them in their professional growth. Beth’s passion for empowering families to fully participate in valued routines, activities and celebrations is the heart of her interactions with families, children and providers of early intervention. In addition to her clinical work Beth is also a part-time assistant professor at AT Still University, teaching online occupational therapy students at both the master’s and doctoral level. Most recently,Beth accepted the position of President Elect and is excited to deepen her commitment to occupational therapy practitioners across the state.On a more personal note, Beth is happily married to a Raleigh businessman and together they have a blended family of seven adult children, four grandchildren and a very spoiled doggie Jazzy.

Contact Beth at [email protected]

Catherine Crawford, MOTR/L 
Vice President

Catherine Crawford has been an occupational therapist for 10 years. She currently works as a PRN OT in outpatient rehabilitation, acute care and long term acute care settings for Carolinas Healthcare System and Carolinas Specialty Hospital. Her primary area of practice is treating a variety of orthopedic UE and neurological injuries and conditions.

Catherine has been proudly serving the NCOTA Board as Secretary for the last few years, and was recently elected as Vice-President. Catherine has earned her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Temple University and currently resides in Charlotte, NC with her husband Chris and sons Andrew and Alexander.





 Meredith Gronski, OTD, OTR/L, CLA


 Meredith Gronski, OTD, OTR/L is the founding Program Director and Chair of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program at Methodist University in Fayetteville.  Her clinical and research interests include children who are deaf and hard of hearing, balance and vestibular function, early intervention, school-based practice and pediatric self-management of food allergies. Dr. Gronski is board certified and licensed to practice in North Carolina.  She serves on the American Occupational Therapy Association's Commission on Practice.  In addition to her academic position, she performs evaluations for Cumberland County Schools.    


Amy Mahle, MHA, COTA/L

Member at Large 

 Amy Mahle is the founding Program Director and Chair of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in Salisbury. Her clinical experience includes outpatient rehabilitation and acute care. She has a BA in Psychology from Houghton College, is a graduate of Cabarrus College of Health Science OTA program, and earned a Master of Health Administration from Pfeiffer University. She has also served on the NCOTA Board as Education and Research Chair for two years.

Amy is passionate about education and uniting OT practitioners across North Carolina. Her current research interests are Constraint Induced Movement Therapy and education. Prior to her career in OT, she worked in social services and was also a local small business owner for 7 years. She is married, has two grown children, and a new grandson.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, baking, gardening, and trips to the mountains.


Special Interest Section Coordinator



Legal/Political Chair

Kimberly Godwin, OTR/L

Kimberly Godwin is currently an Occupational Therapist for UNC Health Care.  Kimberly graduated with a MS in Occupational Therapy from Winston Salem State University in 2014. Since becoming an Occupational Therapist, her primary work experience and focus has been in Mental Health and Skilled Nursing Facilities. Prior to graduate school, Kimberly worked in a pediatric occupational and physical therapy clinic in policy and insurance coverage. Currently Kimberly is Chair for the Psychiatry Quality Council at UNC Health care as well as an active member of the Public Policy Committee for the National Alliance for Mental Illness NC Chapter. Kimberly has been actively involved with NCOTA with presentations as well as participation in special interest groups. She enjoys learning about policy, legislature, and lobbying efforts in order to improve the future for Occupational Therapy



Lisa Pierce, COTA/L 
OTA Liaison

Lisa Pierce graduated from the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Stanly Community College in 1998. She is a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist (CEAS) and Certified in Lymphedema (LLCC). Her skills and certification in Lymphedema made her instrumental in the development of the Lymphedema programs. Lisa has co-presented at the NCOTA Fall Conference and assisted with the AOTA conference in Charlotte, NC.

She has worked in settings such as Home Health, SNF and Long Term Acute Care [LTAC]. Lisa’s experience as VP and President of Randolph County Home Health Council demonstrates her leadership and cooperative efforts toward program growth.

She has been a member of the NCOTA since 1998 and has been a speaker at NCOTA conferences. Her active involvement in representing the field of occupational therapy over her career provides her the skills to be a strong OTA representative.

Heide Dorfman, OTR/L
NCBOT Liaison

Heide is currently the Co-owner and Financial Manager for Total Rehabilitation, Inc. She currently serves NCOTA as the NCBOT Liaison. She has previously served NCOTA as the Administration and Management Special Interest Session Chairperson. She has been a practicing Occupational Therapist in North Carolina for over 18 years. Her specialty areas included administration/management including third party billing, home health, and geriatrics.

Karen Kitchens-Law, OT/L
Membership Co-Chair

Karen is currently the Rehab Manager at Heritage Healthcare in Winston-Salem. She received her Masters in Science in Occupational Therapy from Springfield College. Since becoming an OT/L in 1993, she has worked in 3 different states and many different areas of practice, specifically home care, rehabilitation, and acute care. She is excited for the opportunity to share her enthusiasm for state membership in the effort to increase NCOTA membership for all Occupational Therapists and Assistants. 



Robbin Newton, MA, OTR/L, BCP, C/NDT
Membership Co-Chair

Robbin is currently the Outpatient Coordinator of Pediatric Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy at Duke University Medical Center where she has worked for the last 27 years. She received her Occupational Therapy degree at East Carolina University and a MALS from Duke. She is NDT certified and holds a Board Certification in Pediatrics from the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Robbin has a special interest in assistive technology and coordinated the South Central Assistive Technology Resource Center for 17 years. She is a past recipient of NCOTA’s Nova and Scullin Awards. Robbin has held many different positions on the NCOTA Board over the years including Vice-President, Bylaws Chair, Pediatric SIS Co-Chair, Awards Chair and Public Relations Co-Chair. Robbin is excited to be involved with the board again and looks forward to the challenge of increasing our membership. She lives in Raleigh with her husband Jeff and has two children in college.


Katherine DeWitt, OTR/L
Continuing Education Co-Chair

Katherine has been an occupational therapist with Carolinas Rehabilitation since graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2011.  Her professional interests include physical disabilities, neurological injuries and conditions, and aging in place.  In her free time she enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.  Katherine lives in Charlotte with her husband, Matt.

Her professional interests include physical disabilities and neurological conditions as well as aging in place, and in her free time she enjoys running, playing the violin, and spending time with family and friends. She is excited to become more involved with NCOTA in the role of Continuing Education Co-Chair.

Anna Walls, OTR/L

Continuing Ed Co-Chair

Anna Walls is the founding Program Director and Chair of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Southwestern Community College in Sylva.  Her clinical experience includes 15 years of occupational therapy practice serving the needs of rural NC treating pediatrics and adults. She is certified in lymphedema treatment and has coauthored research in the area of constraint induced movement therapy.  She earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University.  Anna is passionate about education and expanding the role of occupational therapy in the community.  She enjoys living in the mountains of western NC with her husband and two sons.  In her free time she enjoys hiking, snow skiing, biking and traveling.  


Social Media Co-Chair

Lauren Jones, MSOT


Lauren is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill's Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program. She views herself as a “change agent” who is passionate about using her skills and talents to serve occupational therapy practitioners, students, and clients to the best of her ability.  Lauren is active in her state and national professional associations as well as local programs related to occupational therapy. She is currently a Board Member and Social Media Co-chair for NCOTA, and she uses social media to educate OT practitioners and students across the state about issues and opportunities affecting the profession. Lauren has also served AOTA in multiple capacities as a representative to the Assembly of Student Delegates, Education SIS intern, and Special Interest Section Internship Program Working Group member. Additionally, she was part of the 2016-17 AOTA Emerging Leader and co-presented an AOTA-sponsored session on developing leadership potential at the 2017 AOTA Conference. Lauren also works with the Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD) as the Secretary and Editor, where she helps support COTAD's mission by contributing to website design, communications, and outreach efforts. She is active in promoting diversity and inclusion through social media and in her community, Lauren also blogs about occupational therapy and shares valuable information for potential OT/A students as well as practicing clinicians on her blog, Gotta Be OT.


 When she is not working for one of these organizations, Lauren enjoys reading, writing, bellydancing, and spending time with friends and family.

Marcie Gardner, OTR/L
Awards Chair

Marcie Gardner completed her MSOT at Tufts University in 2003 and has practiced in a variety of settings and areas. She came to North Carolina in 2007 and has been actively involved with the NCOTA since that time. Marcie is a home health therapist with Carolinas Health Care System. When not working, she focuses her time on activities with her 2 children engaging in Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and competitive gymnastics


Nancy Green, MHA, OTR/L, CIMI, YRT 200

Bylaws Chair