Ellen L. Kolodner is the Founding President of the OT Leaders and Legacies Society. A graduate of both the University of Pennsylvania (BSOT) and Bryn Mawr College (MSS), she is trained as both an OT and a social worker. During her lengthy career, Ellen has worked as a clinician, manager, and administrator in the areas of mental health, physical rehabilitation, geriatrics, and academia. She views education and healthcare delivery from systems, environmental, and sociopolitical perspectives. Throughout the past 50 years, she has excelled in identifying unmet needs of individuals or communities and creating and implementing carefully tailored specialized programs that meet those needs.
Ellen has served the profession in leadership roles in local, state, and national organizations as well as in clinical practice, research and education. She is the Founding Fieldwork Coordinator of the Thomas Jefferson University OT Program, the Founding Program Director of the Philadelphia University MSOT Program, and the founder of the Pennsylvania OT Association. An AOTA Fellow since 1977, Ellen received the AOTA Award of Merit in 1997 in recognition of “outstanding global contributions as a mentor, collaborator, innovative educator and administrator".