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Service and Leadership

Anne Zachry

Anne Zachry, PhD, OTR/L
Department Chair and Associate Professor

  • American Occupational Therapy Political Action Committee Tennessee Ambassador (2023–Present)
  • Co-Chairperson, Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association West Tennessee District, Nashville, TN (2021–Present)
  • Creator and moderator of the “Occupational Therapy Research: Networking & Collaboration” Facebook group, which has over 2.6K members (2019–Present)
  •  Creator and moderator of the “Occupational Therapy Educators” Facebook group, which has 1.3K members (2019–Present)
  • Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association Pediatric Community of Practice Member (2019–Present)
  • Committee Member, American Occupational Therapy Association Academic Leadership Council (2016–Present)
  • UTHSC College of Health Professions Dean’s Council Member (2015–Present)
  • External Reviewer for Tenure and or Promotion, East Carolina University (2023)
  • Academic Education Special Interest Sector Faculty Mentor of two mentees (2021-2023)
  • External Reviewer for Tenure and/or Promotion, University of Alabama at Birmingham (2019)
  • Chairperson, Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association West Tennessee District, Nashville, TN (2015–2021)
  • Member, American Occupational Therapy Association Pediatric Community of Practice (2013–Present)
  • Urban Child Institute Support & Community Organization Policy Group (2022-Present)
  •  Guest Speaker, Porter Leath Teacher Training, "Issues in Early Childhood Development" (2019–Present)
  • Volunteer Consultant, KnowledgeQuest Literacy Mid-South (2017–Present)
  • Volunteer, St. George's Independent School, Memphis, TN (2017–Present)
  •  Board Member, Maternal League of Memphis (2013–2019)
  •  Volunteer, Porter Leath, Memphis, TN (2016–2018)
  • ·Guest Speaker, Exchange Club First Steps Parenting Program (2013–2018)
  • Faculty Advisor, UTHSC MOT Student Occupational Therapy Association (2013–2016)
  • Advisor, UTHSC MOT Student Occupational Therapy Association, Memphis, TN (2013–2016)
  •  Secretary & Board Member, Camp Conquest, Memphis, TN (2013–2014)
  • Deacon, Idlewild Presbyterian Church (2007–2009)


Stephanie Lancaster

Stephanie Lancaster, EdD, MS, OTR/L, ATP, CAPS
Program Director and Assistant Professor

  • UTHSC Department of Occupational Therapy Curriculum Planning Committee Chair, January 2016 to present
  • Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association (TNOTA): President, Jan. 2024 to present; President-Elect, 2023; co-facilitator of the TNOTA Pediatric Community of Practice, May 2019 to Dec. 2023
  •  American Occupational Therapy Association Representative Assembly representative for the state of Tennessee, July 2019 to December 2023
  •  Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD): Chair of the Communications Committee, November 2022 to present; Vice Chair, July 2020 to October 2022; Secretary, July 2017 to June 2019; Co-chair of the Education Committee (COTAD-ED), May 2017 to December 2019
  • UTHSC Diversity and Inclusion Officers Council, May 2021 to present
  • UTHSC Diversity and Inclusion College Officers' Support Group, representative of the COHP, May 2021 to present
  • Tennessee Association for Assistive Technology Executive Board Member and Academic Program Liaison, Dec. 2016 to present
  • UTHSC DEI workgroup (part of the UTHSC campuswide strategic plan update), committee co-chair (Sept. 2022-May 2023)
  • UTHSC Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation (CHIPS) Advisory Board, June 2019 to Dec. 2022
  • Guest co-editor of a special edition of peer-reviewed journal WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation (2019)
  • Social Media Coordinator for Serving the Underserved (May 2019 to present)
  • UTHSC Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA), 2015 to present
  • Faculty Advisor, UTHSC Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD) Chapter, 2017 to present
  •  Faculty Advisor, UTHSC Rachel Kay Stevens Therapy Center, 2015 through June 2022
  • Merge Memphis volunteer, 2017 to 2022
  • Vice President of Community Relations, Shelby County Regional Special Education PTA, 2013 to 2014


Anita Mitchell

Anita Mitchell, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

  • State of Tennessee Board of Occupational Therapy, Nashville, TN (2015 - 2018)
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Occupational Therapy Education (2017 - Present)
  • Editorial Review Board Member, American Journal of Occupational Therapy. (2010 - Present)
  • Reviewer/Referee, Critically Appraised Paper reviewer for the American Occupational Therapy Association Evidence Exchange. (2014 - Present)
  • Reviewer/Referee, Australian Occupational Therapy Journal (2020)
  • Editorial Review Board Member, Occupational Therapy International. (2015 -2016)
  • Editorial Board Member, Annals of International Occupational Therapy. (2016 - 2021)
  • Corresponding secretary, Beta Gamma chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Beta Gamma chapter (2020 - 2023)
  • Volunteer, Latinos United for Children’s Educational Support (LUCES), Memphis, TN (2016 - 2020)
  • Volunteer, QEP - Community Engaged Care, Memphis, TN (June 25, 2020)
  • Volunteer, Room in the Inn, Germantown, TN (February 5, 2020)
  • Assessor, Project Transformation, Memphis, TN (2019)
  • Volunteer, Project Transformation, Memphis, TN (2018)


Orli Weisser-Pike

Orli Weisser-Pike, OTD, OTR/L, CLVT, SCLV, CAPS

  • Abstract reviewer, WFOT Congress 2022
  • Board member, Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP)
  • Co-Chair, Subject Matter Expert Committee in Low Vision Therapy, ACVREP
  • Guest editor, Occupational Therapy in Health Care
  • Applicant reviewer, Specialty Certification in Low Vision, AOTA



Lee Williams

Lee Williams, OTD, OTR/L
Assistant Professor & Professional Service

  • Parkinson’s Disease, television interview for Best Times magazine, 2018   
  • Function Based Activity Programs, 2018 
  • TNOTA invited speaker, 2018  
  • Baptist Desoto Hospital: Arjo Training Specialist/ Coordinator, 2012-2014  
  • Ergonomic Assessments of Clinical Lab Services Department at BMH DeSoto, 2008   
  • Presenter at Baptist DeSoto hospital quarterly meeting "Servant Leadership", 2006 
  • Clinical Specialist -Outpatient Therapy training, 2006-2014  
  • Clinical Specialist- ICU training, 2004-2014  
  • Fieldwork Educator- Baptist DeSoto Hospital, 1999-2014  
  • Corporate Compliance Committee for outpatient billing regulations, 2008- 2009  
  • Organized and coordinated a system wide ICU training course for PT, OT, and SLP. 2008 Performance Improvement Committee, 2002-2004  
  • Healthcare screenings at Heart Health Fair at BMH DeSoto, 2011 
  • Ergonomic Assessments of Dietary and Kitchen Services at BMH DeSoto, 2009   
  • Health Screenings for NMCC Football and Basketball players, 2009   
  • Health Screenings for City of Olive Branch, Mississippi, 2009 



Lauren Woods

Lauren Woods, PhD, OTR/L
Admission Chair and Assistant Professor

  • Journal Reviewer/Referee, Premier Publishers, December 17, 2020 - Present
  • TNOTA Mentorship Committee Member, January 2023- Present
  • ·TNOTA Mental Health Community of Practice Member, October 2022- Present
  • Board Member of Merge Memphis, Memphis, TN, June 2020- Present
  • Member of PT Faculty Search Committee UTHSC PT Department (2022)
  • Chair of Faculty Search Committee, UTHSC Occupational Therapy Department (2022)
  • Invited to create booth & participate in virtual career fair, Junior Achievement of the Mid-South, May 18, 2021 - May 19, 2021
  • Qualitative Inquiry Circle (QUIC) writing group, Fall 2018 to December 2019
  • Intention: Interconnection via Intersectionality.  Art-Based research piece displayed at Memphis College of Art December 2017
  • Supervised a UTHSC Level I student, September 5-16, 2016
  • “Circle of Friends” support group at Shrine School, Presented on fine motor and positioning activities. November 19, 2015 
  • Supervised Level I OT student, June 2015           
  • Supervised two Level I OT students, June 2014
  • Supervised Level II OT student, January- March 2008



Pamela Lewis-Kipkulei, PhD, OTD, OTR/L
Associate Professor & OTD Capstone Coordinator

  • Co-chair for the Southern District, and Medicare Legislative Chair, Arkansas Occupational Therapy Association (AROTA)
  •  Political Action Committee Ambassador for the State of Arkansas, American Occupational Therapy Association Political Action Committee
  •  Committee Member, American Occupational Therapy Association Volunteer Leadership Development Committee
  •  Committee Member, Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association Mentorship Committee—
  •  Co-Chair, Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association Diversity Committee
  •  Continuing Competency Project Development Committee Volunteer, National Board for Certification in Occupational therapy (2015-2023)
  •  Reviewer, Teaching and Learning Inquiry Journal (ISSOTL)
  •  Reviewer, Occupational Therapy Journal of Research (OTJR)
  •  Mentor, American Occupational Therapy Association Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Program
  • Committee Member, American Association of Blacks in Higher Education Research Committee
  • Member, National Black Occupational Therapy Caucus
  • Committee Member, Arkansas Occupational Therapy Association Motivate Conference Planning Committee (2022)
  •  Reviewer, AOTA Education summit proposals (2022)
  •  Reviewer, AOTA Annual Conference & Expo (2020)


Feb 19, 2024