Kathryn Melin Eberhardt

Name and Contact

  • Kathryn Melin Eberhardt, MAEd, COTA/L, ROH

  • Keberhardt@ssc.edu

Training and Advanced Certifications

  • Masters of Adult Education, National-Louis University, Evanston Illinois 1996

  • Bachelor of Arts, Governors State University, University Park Illinois 1987

  • Associate in Applied Science, South Suburban College, South Holland, Illinois 1980

Area(s) of Expertise

  • OTA education specifically in the areas of adult physical dysfunction, activity analysis, ethics, credentialing, examination preparation

  • OTA fieldwork education, Level I & Level II

  • OTA role delineation & advocacy at both the state & national levels

  • Occupational Therapy credentialing related to state licensure, NBCOT examination & certification, as well as continued competency

Awards and Honors

  • AOTA

    • Award of Excellence for Excellence in Education, Professional Service, & Regulation in OT

    • Roster of Honor Award, for OTA advocate in education, regulation, & clinical excellence

    • Recognition of Achievement Award, for exemplary dedication to the education & development of OTAs

    • Terry Britelle OTR/COTA Partnership Award

    • Service Awards, 2006-2016

    • Retired Educator’s Commendation

  • Illinois Occupational Therapy Association (ILOTA)

    • Honorary Lifetime member

    • Board Award of Merit

    • COTA of The Year “1984”

  • “Who’s who among American Teachers” 1996 & 1998, 2004-2006

  • Inducted into the AOTF Inaugural Leaders & Legacy Society

Leadership Accomplishments and Passions

  • AOTA

    • Director position, Board of Directors

    • IL representative to the Representative Assembly

    • Technical Academic Educator Representative to the Commission on Education

  • Illinois

    • OTA member of the Illinois Occupational Therapy Advisory Board of the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation

    • Director of Advocacy & Vice President for the ILOTA


    • Vice-Chair of the Certification Examination Development Committee (CEDC) & member of the CEDC as Content Expert

  • L&LS

    • Member of the OTA honors society development committee and national coordinator for Alpha Omega Tau

  • ALL OTA issues

  • Licensure, Ethics & Credentialing

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