Q

 

My Cart

Student Representatives

Mallory Preston

Mallory Preston

ISU MOT Program Co-Representative; Term 2023-2024

Mallory is a first year student in the Master of Occupational Therapy program at Idaho State University. She graduated from Brigham Young University Idaho with a bachelors in exercise physiology in December 2022. Mallory loves being involved and growing her leadership experience. She has leadership experience as a past President and Treasurer of Health Occupation Students of America for the Canyon Ridge chapter. As a co-student representative for IOTA she looks forward to learning more about occupational therapy, specifically advocacy and making connections with current practicing therapists that will help her be a better therapist. She also holds the position of treasurer on the executive board of directors for the Masters of Occupational Therapy Student Association. When Mallory is not studying and participating in other school related activities she loves to spend time with her family outside, camping, skiing, hiking and paddle boarding. She also loves to bake, embroider and read.

Renee Phillips

Renee Phillips

ISU MOT Program Co-Representative; Term 2023-2024

Renee is a student at Idaho State University’s Masters of Occupational Therapy Program. Renee also serves on ISU’s Masters of Occupational Therapy Student Association’s Executive Board as Treasurer and is a co-delegate for AOTA’s Assembly of Student Delegates. Her favorite thing about Occupational Therapy is how client centered it is and hopes to help the profession grow and reach more people.Her other interests are quilting, cooking, and taking care of her dog, Oreo.

Morgan Miller

Morgan Miller

ISU OTA Program Co-Representative; Term 2023-2024

“Hello! My name is Morgan Miller, and I am so happy to attend Idaho State University and to have the opportunity to be the student co-representative in the OTA program. I am from Twin
Falls, and I already have an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from the College of Southern Idaho. I love outdoor recreation, especially hiking, skiing, mountain biking, river rafting, and all
types of physical exercise. I was a river guide for three summers in northern Idaho. Another summer I led kids on hiking and camping trips, worked on environmental projects, and taught
groups about the wilderness. I earned three Wilderness First Responder badges last year during spring break. After completing my observations for the program, I realized that what I really
have a passion for is helping people, and the occupational therapy assistant program seemed a perfect fit! I look forward to serving others in my role as student representative. I will do my best to help other students succeed in this program by encouraging them to never give up and to learn and grow in this developing field. I’m excited to share with the community and my fellow classmates what I learn from this opportunity.”

Shantae Sparrow

Shantae Sparrow

ISU OTA Program Co-Representative; Term 2023-2024

“I am Shantae Sparrow, I was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho. I am currently attending the OTA program at Idaho State University. I have always had a huge passion for helping others. My junior year of high school I learned about Occupational Therapy. I was instantly drawn in by how unique OT was compared to other health fields. I have grown to love this field and all the amazing opportunities it provides to help others. I have recently grown an even bigger passion for advocating. This is one of the biggest reasons I decided to be a Student Rep. for IOTA. Being a Student Rep. will help me grow a larger understanding for this unique field as well as how to be a better future practitioner. While filling this position I am also excited to get hands-on experience with advocacy. I am delighted to have the opportunity to be a Student Rep. and serve alongside amazing people.”

Bekah Giffin

Bekah Giffin

CWI OTA Program Co-Representative; Term 2023-2024

Bekah Giffen is in her first year of an Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at the College of Western Idaho and is in the graduating class of 2025. She discovered Occupational Therapy through an administrative position she held at an outpatient pediatric clinic. This discovery led her to learn more about Occupational Therapy through shadowing and meeting with occupational therapists at this clinic. Her favorite part of Occupational Therapy is the focus on client centered care, allowing the client to communicate what is meaningful to them and working towards a goal that aligns with what the client desires. Bekah just completed her level one fieldwork at The Mud Kitchen, an outdoor occupational therapy program run by an OTR in the Boise area. In her free time, Bekah enjoys drawing, going to coffee shops and spending time with friends and family. She is proud to be a co-representative for CWI’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program alongside her peer, Brittany Fuit.

Brittany Fuit

Brittany Fuit

CWI OTA Program Co-Representative; Term 2023-2024

My name is Brittany and I am a student at CWI. I was born in Phoenix, Arizona and moved to Hailey, Idaho when I was 11. I attended CWI’s sister college CSI after I graduated highschool and got a technical certificate in baking and pastry. I lived in Florida for a few years before returning to Idaho and settling in the Boise area. I met my husband at a Dojo doing martial arts and we got married in 2017. I decided I was ready for a change and it was time to return to school. That is when I got a flier in my mailbox for CWI’s new OTA program! From that moment on I began working on prerequisites and was accepted into the program in the fall of 2023. I am so excited to begin this journey and utilize every opportunity available. I am honored to have been selected to be a student co-representative, I am passionate about promoting OT in the community and I hope to be a resource for new OTA students. I love seeing people reach their goals and achieve their dreams.

Kaden Stimpson, COTA/L

Kaden Stimpson, COTA/L

OTA Representative; Term 2023-2025

My name is Kaden Stimpson. Currently I am a COTA working for Pocatello/Chubbuck school district 25 and Teaching in the OTA program at Idaho State University. I began my journey into the fun that OT is with Applying to the physical therapy assistant program. Now you may be thinking, “wait a minute, did I read that right?” The answer is yes you did. I had no idea what OT was and I happened to not get into the PTA program on my first try. My advisor at the time approached me and asked if I knew anything about occupational therapy? I responded to her absolutely not. She gave a very brief description and let me know that ISU was opening an OTA program and asked if I wanted to try. So long story short is that I got in and graduated in 2017-2018 in the first cohort. I then worked and specialized in pediatrics with being PRN in skilled nursing and acute care, where I worked for 5 years before being asked to join ISU to teach in the same program I graduated from, where I continue to love what I do and enjoy expressing why COTA’s are important and how we can help and assist with the success in Occupational therapy.