Executive Board


Kari Thompson, OTD, OTR/L, BCP, CAS

Kari Thompson is a pediatric occupational therapist and the owner of The Children’s Therapy & Learning Center in Eagle, ID. She holds a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy, is AOTA Board Certified in Pediatrics, is Sensory Integration (SIPT) Certified, holds an Advanced Practice Certificate in Swallowing, and is a Certified Autism Specialist. Kari has been practicing for 21 years and has extensive experience working with children in acute and out-patient rehabilitative settings, sensory integration clinics, school and home-based settings and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Kari has lectured extensively at educational the association conferences, professional and teacher in-service trainings, and parenting groups locally, nationally, and internationally.

Vice President

Kelly Smith, MS,OTR/L

Kelly Smith has been an occupational therapist for over ten years. She has worked in a variety of practice backgrounds ranging from acute care to outpatient with an emphasis on work rehabilitation, but has found a deep love for pediatrics since having her own children. She is also passionate about the academic sector and has been teaching for Mount Mary University's OT graduate program for over five years, while focusing on teaching Medical Terminology and Introduction to Occupational Therapy to perspective OT students. Additionally, she focuses on helping perspective students decide if occupational therapy is the right career for them and helping students prepare for the graduate application process. She is excited about serving as IOTA's Vice President and helping to strongly advocate for the profession in the state!

President Elect

Currently Vacant



Angela Zaugg, MS, OTR/L

Angela graduated from the Idaho State University Occupational Therapy Program in 2002 – the second graduating class from the program. Her emphasis in graduate school was pediatrics. However, after graduating, she found employment in the skilled nursing sector working with the geriatric population and never left. She greatly enjoys working with this demographic and has received additional training in dementia-capable care, lymphedema management, cardiac rehabilitation, wheelchair positioning, and splinting/contracture management, in order to better serve this population.


Erika Neff, COTA/L

Erika has been a certified occupational therapy assistant for 20 years and has worked in a variety of pediatric and geriatric settings. Over the years, Erika has gained invaluable clinical, leadership, and teaching experience and it was a combination of all these that recently led her back to school to earn a degree in healthcare business management. Erika also volunteers her time on two non-profit boards. For the past 1.5 years, she has served as secretary for the Idaho Occupational Therapy Association. Currenry she is serving as the treasure for IOTA. Additionally, she is the treasurer for The Pebble Project, an organization that seeks to provide school and sports equipment to very poor and underserved children in Third World countries.

OTA Representative

Beki Baxter, COTA/L

Beki Baxter graduated with an AAS from Brown Mackie College. She has been working as a COTA/L for 7 years and currently works in a Transitional care facility that includes short stay rehab, long term care and assisted living facilities. She facilitated and helped to developed Kick Start program for OTAS to gain a better understanding of how OTP roles are beneficial in the geriatric setting with her center as the clinical site. Her passion is music of all kinds.

Continuing Education/SIS Chair

Caitlin Jensen

Catlin attended Northwest Nazarene University where she played D2 soccer until 2015. She completed her Master's in Occupational Therapy at Boston University in 2017. In addition to her work as an occupational therapist and contributions to IOTA, she also coaches competitive soccer for a local club.

Legislative, Reimbursement, & Membership Chair

Karla Brown

I have practiced as an Occupational Therapist in Idaho for over 21 years and have worked in nearly every practice setting (public and charter schools, home health, inpatient /outpatient rehabilitation, acute rehabilitation, rural practice, and travel practice) Currently, I independently contract to 4 schools, and work PRN in acute care. I have seen a lot of changes in 24 years of practice as our health care and education systems continually evolve. IOTA has been my foundation for resources, advocacy, and opportunities for leadership and professional growth. As Legislative and Reimbursement Chair- I hope to advocate for Occupational Therapy issues to our lawmakers and reimbursement sources by attending relevant meetings, sponsoring outreach activities, and educating our community about the practice of OT.

OT Student Representative, MOT

Heather Hoob

Heather is a 2nd year MOT student at Idaho State University. She has enjoyed a ten-year career with the National MS Society as a Programs and Services Manager in NC and ID. This is where she met many Occupational Therapists and began to consider a career change. After some time as a stay at home mom and as a military spouse while stationed overseas, Heather decided to pursue OT upon her return to the States. Heather lives in Boise and commutes to Pocatello during the week. She's married with a 10-year-old son. She's excited about serving as the IOTA student representative and will work to connect the current students to the state organization.

OTA Student Representative

Brooke Rupe, OTA/S

Brooke grew up in Eastern Idaho, in the town Idaho Falls. Currently she is attending ISU as an OTA student. All of her life she wanted to help people, and debated between nursing and speech therapy until her mom mentioned occupational therapy. After doing research on OT, she has been excited to get into the field and be apart of such a unique and caring community of practitioners. She is happy she is now apart of IOTA and helping with telling others about the importance of OT, and how amazing the field is.

OTA Student Representative

Cathy Hanks, OTA/S

Cathy is a long time Idaho resident and is a student in the Idaho State University Occupational Therapy Assistant program. She currently lives in Ammon with her husband and three children. She enjoys baking, hiking, being outdoors, and spending time with her family as much as she can. Cathy is thrilled for the opportunity to positively impact the lives of those she interacts with through occupational therapy. She is eager to begin her OTA career as a student IOTA representative and to encourage students to engage with the state organization of the field that they will be a part of.

Outreach Coordinator

Christina Warn, OTR/L

Christina Warn holds a master's of science in occupational therapy. She graduated in December of 2016 from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. Originally from Miles City, MT, she moved to Boise in December of 2017. Christina is currently working at The Lotus Tree Sensory Integration Center since February 2017 as a pediatric occupational therapist. She absolutely loves working with kids and they bring her joy everyday. She enjoys camping, hiking, playing sports- especially soccer and football, and just staying active. Christina also really enjoy arts and crafts and continuously look for new ideas for home improvements as well as crafts for work. She has a 1.5 year old chiweenie puppy named Penny Ann who is her constant companion.

Outreach Coordinator

Rebecca Giumento, OTR/L

Rebecca has been an occupational therapist for 8 years with the majority of that time spent in the pediatric world. Although she does love using play as a primary treatment method, she sometimes enjoys having an adult conversation which is rewarding when working in acute care and inpatient rehabilitation settings. Rebecca recently spent a year working as a traveling occupational therapist covering open positions in Northern California. While she enjoyed the beautiful scenery California has to offer, she missed her quiet home in the state of Idaho.

Past President

Mel Henderson, MOTR/MBA

Mel has been a registered occupational therapist for 22 years and has worked in a variety of inpatient, outpatient, and educational settings. He currently works with adult patients in outpatient neuro. Mel holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in occupational therapy, as well as a master's degree in business administration with a focus in management. Mel has served as the president of the Idaho Occupational Therapy Association and is currently serving as the AOTA RA Representative for the state of Idaho. He is the founder and executive director of The Pebble Project, a non-profit organization that seeks to provide school and sports equipment to very poor and underserved children in Third World countries.