Ellen Kolodner is known as a mentor, collaborator and innovator in Occupational Therapy practice and education. Her areas of practice include education, adult psychiatry, adult rehabilitation, geriatrics and administration. Most recently, she has been providing consultation services in leadership, curriculum design, accreditation preparation, and faculty development to human services organizations as well as OT and OTA educational programs.
Mrs. Kolodner's service to OT began in 1970 when she was elected to the Board of the Eastern Pennsylvania OT Association and continues through to the current day when she serves as the Founding President of the OT Leaders and Legacies Society. Over the years, she has served in a variety of local, state, and national leadership OT positions including multiple terms as the Pennsylvania Representative to the AOTA Representative Assembly, terms as Chairperson of the Bylaws, Policies and Procedures Committee and Secretary of the AOTA and Chairperson of the AOTA Gerontology Special Interest Section and Chair of the Pennsylvania State Board of OT in Education.
Mrs. Kolodner has received numerous honors in recognition of her leadership and service including the POTA Award of Outstanding Achievement and the AOTA Award of Merit. In 2017, in conjunction with the celebration of the centennial of Occupational Therapy, she was named one of the 100 Influential People in the history of the profession.