Cel Hamant, MS, OTR, FAOTA - American Occupational Therapy

Pi Theta Epsilon
Ballot for Election of National Officers – Spring 2014
The following have been nominated to serve as officers of Pi Theta Epsilon for a
term of 2 years, ending 2016. Candidate statements are below.
Each chapter has one vote. Chapters may use their own strategies for reaching
consensus on a vote for each of the two offices. Ballots shall be returned to the
PTE National Coordinator at [email protected] no later than June 23, 2014.
Write-in candidates are permitted.
Vice President
Kimberly McClung
Zachary Scott
Write In:
Cathryn Breutzmann
Myrtyce Courtright
Write In:
Chapter name:
President’s Name:
President’s signature:
or Lifetime Member Name:
Lifetime Member’s Signature:
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Pi Theta Epsilon
Candidate Statements -- Election of National Officers – Spring 2014
Candidate for Vice President: Kimberly McClung
Education: Creighton University, Alpha Iota Chapter of PTE
Hello, my name is Kimberly McClung. I am in my final year of the OTD program at Creighton University.
I earned my BS in kinesiology with a minor in psychology at California Polytechnic State University. I
am currently president of the Alpha Iota chapter. This role has challenged me in ways that have defined
and developed my leadership style. I lead with the aim of focusing on present matters while maintaining
a vision for the future. For example, I worked to increase current involvement of distance students,
while constructing prospective changes to accommodate alterations in our OTD curriculum for future
members. I want to continue my involvement in PTE by running for national VP. As VP, I aim to
facilitate growth while preserving our mission. If nominated, I will strive to develop personal
relationships with individual PTE chapters to help your voice be heard. I envision alumni involvement
and collaboration in each chapter’s scholarship and research endeavors. By encouraging each PTE
member and alumnus to strive for excellence, our organization can contribute to the advancement of the
OT profession. Please consider me as a candidate for your National PTE executive team.
Candidate for Vice President: Zachary Scott
Education: Brenau University, Beta Xi Chapter of PTE
I received my Associates degree in Occupational Therapy from Georgia Northwestern Technical College
in May 2007. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from Covenant College
where I graduated with Cum Laude Honors in May 2012. I am currently in my second year at Brenau
University pursuing a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy.
In May 2007, I completed the NBCOT exam to practice as a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant.
Since that time, I have had the opportunity to experience a wide variety of settings, treat clients with a
broad spectrum of diagnoses, and start a business (which was my dream). In 2010, I partnered with an
occupational therapist to create Aspire Therapy, and in 2011 to form Keystone Therapy; companies that
provide occupational, physical, and speech therapy to home health companies in multiple counties
throughout southeast Tennessee.
The businesses, coupled with aspirations for more, led me back to Brenau University in January 2013.
However, it is my passion to advance the profession of occupational therapy that makes me fully
qualified for the vice president position of Pi Theta Epsilon. I am confident that I possess the required
skills to be successful in this organization and will strive to add to my skill set beyond what is expected.
Candidate for Treasurer: Cathryn Breutzmann
Education: Creighton University, Alpha Iota Chapter of PTE
I am in my third year of the occupational therapy clinical doctorate program at Creighton University in
Omaha, Nebraska and hold a B.A. in Psychology from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter,
Minnesota. I am a motivational leader and serve as president of Creighton’s Student Occupational
Therapy Association where I manage a $7,000-plus budget. I am historian of the Alpha Iota chapter of
Pi Theta where I create awareness of OT scholarship to students, faculty, and healthcare practitioners. I
promote scholastic achievement through scholarly publications and conference presentations. I thrive on
making and completing to-do lists, and this attention to deadlines and details makes me the ideal
candidate for treasurer.
I want to serve on the PTE executive board to coordinate increased student and alumni involvement. I
want to make officer transitions more successful for local chapters and build a foundation for postprofessional and distance program students’ involvement in Pi Theta based on Creighton’s program.
Networking with other chapters at the annual business meeting provided me with new friendships and
ideas, and I want to facilitate this rewarding experience for others. I am a resource for Pi Theta
members as we collaborate to promote occupational therapy scholarship!
Candidate for Treasurer: Myrtyce Courtright
Graduate: University of North Dakota, Kappa Chapter of PTE
My name is Myrtyce Courtright, I am the current treasurer of the PTE executive board, serving since
January 2014. Throughout my short term, I have worked to help define the PTE budget and initiate
creating a clear layout so that funds are transparent to all members and are being allotted to most
effectively work toward the PTE mission. I would be honored to continue a full term in order to finish
what I have started and help the board to financially run more efficiently. I graduated from the University
of North Dakota in May of 2013 with my Master of Occupational Therapy and now live in the
Minneapolis area of MN working full-time in a TCU/SNF setting.
I value the leadership opportunities I have experienced through PTE and other campus organizations
during my collegiate years. I believe my strong organizational skills, personal ambition and enthusiasm
for research and scholarship in OT are assets that are currently and will continue to benefit the PTE
Executive Board. I look forward to continuing on to serve the PTE board and chapters and assist in
furthering our impact both nationally and internationally developing leaders in scholarship and research.