Leadership. Advocacy. Solidarity.


Meet our Board Members

President
Konah Bernard MS, OTR/L, CMT, president@dcota.org

Konah Bernard is the president of the District of Columbia Occupational Therapy Association. She was elected as president at the 2013 general election in Washington February 2013. As the president of DCOTA , Bernard serves as the chairman of the Executive Board to oversee the association’s objectives of , advocacy for the profession in the general public, advancing academic standards , engaging in community outreach programs and upholding the scope of practice. Since the start of her tenure she has worked tremendously on the restructuring of the organization including placing systems that will facilitate the objectives.  Bernard earned a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 2008, Board Certification in Therapeutic Massage and Body Work in 2009 and a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2006. She has a unique relationship with academic institutions and medical facilities in the District of Columbia. A native of Liberia West Africa, Bernard has a strong interest in Global Health Research and the Impact of Occupational Therapy in Third World Countries. She published and presented her ground breaking field research Kpoto, K., Banks, F.M., Jackson, and S.  Dennis, R.H. 2008. “Rehabilitation Post Civil War: Experience of Adult Males with Upper Extremity Amputations in Liberia. National Medical Association Conference Journal: 2008. She was inducted into the Pi Theta Epsilon honor society for occupational therapy 2008 and has been a key note speaker at several academic events.  She is the first lady of Jesus way International Ministries located in Baltimore Maryland; a devoted wife and mother of two precious jewels.  Bernard has mentored several individuals toward career advancement including passing the NBCOT board exam on the first trial. She has a passion for fostering professional development, global networking and diversity in meeting society’s occupational needs.

Vice President

Kaitlyn Conaboy, MS, OTR/Lvicepresident@dcota.org






Secretary

Zena Warren, MS, OTR/L

Zena Warren is Clinical Manager for Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy services for Progressus Therapy, LLC. In this role, Zena manages a team of fifty school-based Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, and Occupational Therapy Assistants in District of Columbia Public Schools. A lover of all things pediatrics, Zena has spent over 15 years working with families and children as an occupational therapist, camp director, tutor, community program coordinator, and certified educator of infant massage. Zena holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Howard University and is currently licensed in Washington, DC and Maryland. Magna Cum Laude graduate, Zena excelled in her courses and graduated top of her class. As a student she achieved many accomplishments including award-winning research for her submission to Association of Minority Health Profession Schools entitled “Physical Activity in Older Americans”, which profiled senior citizens in Washington, DC. 

 
Treasurer

Frank Gainer MHS, OTR/L, FAOTA, CAE, treasurer@dcota.org

Frank Gainer is the Director of Conferences at the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) in Bethesda, Maryland.  He has been an occupational therapy practitioner for thirty-eight years.  He served for 14 years in the US Army with clinical assignments in West Germany, Washington, DC and the Republic of Panama.  For 8.5 years he was the Director of Rehabilitation Services for a large health care system in Washington, D.C. prior to joining AOTA in 2001.  He retired from the United States Army Reserves, as a Lieutenant Colonel, in 2003 after serving for 24 years. He is an adjunct instructor at Howard University, the Chairperson of the District of Columbia Board of Occupational Therapy, a long-time surveyor for CARF-the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission, and a member of ASAE's CAE Exam Item Writing Committee.  He has done numerous presentations at both international and national conferences and has been published extensively.

Frank Gainer is the Director of Conferences at the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) in Bethesda, Maryland.  He has been an occupational therapy practitioner for thirty-eight years.  He served for 14 years in the US Army with clinical assignments in West Germany, Washington, DC and the Republic of Panama.  For 8.5 years he was the Director of Rehabilitation Services for a large health care system in Washington, D.C. prior to joining AOTA in 2001.  He retired from the United States Army Reserves, as a Lieutenant Colonel, in 2003 after serving for 24 years. He is an adjunct instructor at Howard University, the Chairperson of the District of Columbia Board of Occupational Therapy, a long-time surveyor for CARF-the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission, and a member of ASAE's CAE Exam Item Writing Committee.  He has done numerous presentations at both international and national conferences and has been published extensively.

Membership Chair

Tiana Nguyen, OTD, OTR/Linfo@mydcota.org

 Tiana Nguyen moved to DC from California, after completing her OTD program at University of  Southern California. She currently works at Inova  Fairfax Hospital, and teaches adjunct at Howard  University. During her free time, she enjoys playing flag football, watching the food network and  exploring DC. Tiana is very excited to be a part of the DCOTA board.


 


Advocacy Chair  
Delvin Champagne, MSHE, CHES, COTA/L advocacy@dcota.org



Communications Chair
Tosin Ogunkoya, MS, OTR/L  



Nominations Chair
Robin Baker, MS, OTR/L

 Robin Baker is a recent graduate of Howard University Master of Occupational Therapy program.  Upon graduation, Robin found joy in working in  the acute care setting within numerous  prominent hospitals within the metropolitan area and a particular interest in neurosciences.  Robin also has  a passion that extends beyond the beside for medical mission work, global health  initiatives and advocating on the importance of occupational  therapy and rehabilitation services  in developing nations. This passion has lead Robin to volunteering and training local rehabilitation  clinicians in  Port- A-Prince, Haiti; Monrovia, Liberia and Cape Coast, Ghana.  Robin enjoys traveling,  riding four wheelers, spending time with family and friends,  as well as participating and creating  professional development opportunities locally and internationally. Robin is excited about the                                  opportunity to serve as DCOTA nominations chair.



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