Divisions & Committees

Education Division

The Education Division develops, implements and coordinates ASHT's education activities. This includes initiatives identified in ASHT's strategic plan, developing new educational products and courses and revising existing educational products and offerings. Projects that currently fall under the Education Division include webinars, Hand Therapy Review Course, workshops and regional courses.

Education Division Director: Kimberly Masker, OTD, OTR/L, CHT
Education Division members

Practice Division

The Practice Division implements initiatives identified in the annual strategic plan; monitors industry, legal and regulatory trends; and provides up-to-date information to members.

Practice Division Director: Danielle Sparks, DHS, MOT, OTR, CHT
Practice Division members

Research Division

The Research Division identifies, implements and coordinates ASHT's research activities as defined in the strategic plan. Projects that currently fall under the Research Division include identifying new research grant opportunities, Journal Club chat, reviewing and grading abstracts submitted for ASHT Annual meeting, vetting requests for research surveys to be distributed to ASHT members, promoting submissions to the Journal of Hand Therapy and mentoring prospective researchers.

Research Division Director: Cindy Ivy, M.ED, OTD, CHT
Research Division members

Annual Meeting Committee

The Annual Meeting Committee is responsible for planning and implementing all aspects of the Annual Meeting program, including session planning, scheduling and coordination of topics, speakers and planned activities.

2020 Annual Meeting Chair: Kim McVeigh, MBA, OTR/L, CHT
Annual Meeting Committee members

Awards Committee

The Awards Committee is responsible for selecting award recipients according to established criteria for the following: Nathalie Barr Lectureship Award, Paul Brand Humanitarian Award, Honorary Membership Award, Lifetime Fellowship Award and Joy MacDermid Lifetime Scientific Achievement Award. Upon completion, the committee will note any proposed process changes and submit to the Board of Directors.

Awards Committee Chair: Tara Ruppert, OTR/L, CHT
Awards Committee members

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee develops and recommends to the board financial policies, plans and courses of action that accomplish ASHT's mission and contribute to the organization's financial well being. The committee reviews the annual budget and oversees issues related to financial policies, cash management, investments, risk management, financial monitoring, reporting, etc.

Finance Committee Chair: Melissa “Missy” Thurlow, MBA, OTR/L CHT (Secretary/Treasurer)
Finance Committee members

International Committee

The International Committee responds to member questions, moderates the international e-Community discussion group and conveys salient information. The committee also liaises with International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy (IFSHT).

International Committee Chair: Courtney Retzer Vargo, OTD, OTR/L, CHT
International Committee members

Nominations Committee

The Nominations Committee is responsible for reviewing applications for vacant board positions and recommending the final slate. Upon completion, the committee will note any proposed process changes and submit to the Board of Directors.

Nominations Committee Chair: Mo Herman, MA, OTR/L, CHT (Board Liaison/Immediate Past President)
Nominations Committee members

Technology & Communication Committee

The Technology & Communication Committee promotes recognition of the relevance of ASHT and its products within the healthcare community and facilitates member engagement utilizing the most current technology available.

Technology & Communication Chair: ​Stacy A. Baker, MOT, OTR/L, CHT
Technology & Communication Committee members

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