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Christine Achenbach, M.Ed, OTR/L
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
achenbachc@etown.edu | 717-361-1146

Ms. Achenbach joined the department in January 2001 where she first shared the position of Fieldwork Coordinator. She now holds that position full-time. She earned a B.S. in O.T. from Elizabethtown College, and a Master of Education in Health Education from Penn State, Harrisburg. Certified in Sensory Integration, Ms. Achenbach also has a private practice treating children of all ages with developmental problems, sensory integration issues, etc. She is an active guest speaker on the topics of Autism, fieldwork supervision and Sensory Integration for various organizations locally and nationally. Ms. Achenbach is an AOTA trainer for the Fieldwork Educators' Certificate Program.


Nancy Carlson, Ph.D., OTR/L
Associate Professor
carlsona@etown.edu | 717-361-1995

Dr. Carlson served as Department Chair from August 2002 until June 2010. During that time, she led departmental efforts to build the graduate program and maintain the program's accredited status, collaborated with Trustees in formation of the "Friends of OT" that provided matching funds for the KidZone, developed working relationships with community agencies and vendors in support of learning experiences for students and new equipment for labs, and initiated a curricular redesign with updated mission and core values statements. Dr. Carlson is committed to the departmental vision of preparing exceptional occupational therapists who are empowered with the tools for the next generations of occupational therapy practice. She joined the Elizabethtown College faculty in 1998. She has taught several courses throughout the baccalaureate and master's curriculum including: Life Skills, Pathology I & II, First Year OT courses, Activities & Media, and Practice II & III lecture, lab, and seminar. In the graduate program she has taught Master's Project I and mentored graduate projects. Her most recent graduate projects served the department by informing curricular evolution through thorough program outcome assessment. She also pursues professional research with graduate students in the areas of spirituality and occupational science.

Clinically, Dr. Carlson has an extensive array of practice experience across all areas of pediatrics. She was a pediatric clinical practitioner for over 15 years working with all types of pediatric disability across practice settings. Her educational qualifications include a BS in Occupational Therapy from Elizabethtown College, a MS in Occupational Therapy from Towson University, and a Ph.D. in Human Development from University of Maryland, College Park

 Nancy is active professionally presenting papers and presentations at local, national, and international OT conferences. In 2009 students who worked under mentorship presented their work at the 15th World Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists in Chile.

Terri Reichley Dennehy, M.Ed., OTR/L
Lecturer
dennehyt@etown.edu | 717-361-4753

Terri originally joined the department in the spring of 1995 as an adjunct. She has since continued to fill adjunct and part-time lecturer positions over the years. This fall she will join the team in a full-time capacity. Additionally, she has instructed within the Penn State System at Berks. From an educational standpoint, Terri holds occupational therapy degrees from Mount Aloysius College (A.S.) and Misericordia University (B.S.). Her graduate work in teaching and curriculum design is from The Pennsylvania State University, Capital College (M.Ed.). She is currently a doctoral student in Adult Education at Penn State University. Her research interests include collaborative teaming of therapists and assistants, and intraprofessional academic course construction. She has over 25 years of clinical experience and has worked in the areas of regional trauma, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, community practice, home health, and long term care. Her specializations include adult neurology, low vision, and education. Terri is passionate about bringing dynamic, experiential, clinical dimensions of occupational therapy to the forefront of her instruction.

Jean Dietrich
Administrative Assistant
dietrichj@etown.edu | 717-361-1174

Jean started working at Elizabethtown College in September 2006 in the Event Scheduling department as a part-time employee. Four years later, in December 2010, she joined the Mail Services Center as a full-time employee. In April 2012 she transitioned to the OT department as the Administrative Assistant.


Judy Ericksen, Ph.D., OTR/L
Associate Professor, Department Chair
ericksenj@etown.edu | 717-361-4751

Dr. Ericksen joined the Elizabethtown College Occupational Therapy faculty in August 2007 from Burke, Virginia where she served as an administrator of Fairfax County Public Schools' occupational and physical therapists. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree here at Elizabethtown in the OT department. She continued in her education at George Mason University earning a M.Ed. in Special Education/ Assistive Technology and earning a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Education. Her master's thesis was titled: A comparison of computer input devices as used by a young child with spastic quadriparesis and her dissertation titled: Developing a theory about how special education teachers of students with significant disabilities approach early literacy learning. She has presented on numerous topics in local, national, and international venues. In addition, she is a faculty member of AMPS International and teaches the AMPS (Assessment of Process and Motor Skills): School Version nationally and internationally.

Dr. Ericksen has an array of clinical experience across multiple practice settings and age groups. She has a strong passion for and experience in mental health practice, in addition to substantive school-based practice experience. She even served as clinical Educational Coordinator. Her research interests focus on top-down assessment measures and social participation in children and adolescents.


Kerri Hample, OTD, OTR/L
Assistant Professor
hamplek@etown.edu | 717-361-1172

Dr. Hample first began teaching as an Adjunct Instructor at Elizabethtown College in January of 2009. She joins the faculty as a Visiting Assistant Professor for the 2010-2011 school year. She has guest lectured in many of the OT and COTA programs throughout southeast Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the faculty at Elizabethtown she was the Director of Placement with Austill's Rehabilitation Services, Inc. in Exton, Pennsylvania. Her role there included development of the online continuing education program as well as recruiting, mentoring and placing therapists in school based and preschool settings. She received her bachelor's degree from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania after completing pre-requisite work here at Elizabethtown College. She earned her clinical doctorate in occupational therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah in 2006. Her capstone work focused on the use of occupation as the evaluation and treatment medium of choice in school-based practice. She has presented locally and at the state level using a variety of real time and virtual platforms.

 Dr. Hample has and continues to work clinically with children in their natural occupational settings: community preschools, homes, schools and recreational programs. She has worked with adults in hospital settings and adults with developmental disabilities in their homes and leisure activities. She currently services on the PA State Licensure Board and is the Executive Officer of Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association, District 1.


Tam Humbert, D.Ed, OTR/L
Associate Professor
humbertt@etown.edu | 717-361-4750

Dr. Humbert joined the Elizabethtown Occupational Therapy Department in August 2007. She previously served as the Program Director and Faculty at Pennsylvania State University, Berks Campus Occupational Therapy OTA program. Dr. Humbert traversed a very unique path through occupational therapy. She began her affiliation with occupational therapy as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, and then pursued a Registered Occupational Therapist practitioner role through AOTA's Career Mobility Program. Upon this clinical foundation, she earned a M.Ed. in Training and Development and a D.Ed. in Adult Education from the Pennsylvania State University Capital College. Her master's thesis was entitled Using Computer-Based Training with Occupational Therapy Assistant Fieldwork Students; her dissertation was entitled The Use of Clinical Reasoning Skills by Experienced Occupational Therapy Assistants. In addition, she completed a Master of Arts in Religion Degree in 2010 from Lancaster Theological Seminary.

Dr. Humbert has a breadth of clinical experience across multiple practice areas including children, adult physical rehabilitation, mental health, and acute care. She has worked both in facility based settings and private practice. She has served as a clinician, administrator, and fieldwork educator.

Dr. Humbert is known in OT circles as clinician, scholar, and education. She has presented at local, national, and international conferences and is known for her global excursions.


Jacqueline L. Jones, Ph.D., OT
Professor Emerita

Dr. Jones received a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Milwaukee-Downer College, an M.S. in Psychoeducational Services from Florida International University, and a Ph.D. in Adult and Continuing Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. She joined the Elizabethtown College faculty as Program Director and Department Chairperson in 1987, a position she held until 1997. Since 1997, Dr. Jones has continued to serve as a full-time senior faculty member.

Prior to her arrival at Elizabethtown, Dr. Jones served from 1969-1987 on the faculties of Palm Beach Junior College, Florida International University, the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Rush University. Prior to her academic positions, and following her certification as an occupational therapist, Dr. Jones served in the Medical Specialists Corps of the U.S. Air Force and was Director of Occupational Therapy and Assistant Principal of the Children's Division of South Florida State Hospital.

Dr. Jones has been active in state associations in Florida and Illinois and is currently a member of the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association (POTA), the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT). She has presented posters or papers at the WFOT meetings in London, England; Montreal, Canada; and Stockholm, Sweden.

Dr. Jones is a certified Instructor and Evaluator for the Delta Society Pet Partners program that provides animal assisted activities and therapy (AAA/T) teams for various facilities in the south central Pennsylvania area., including providing services to Hospice of Lancaster County and the Reading Education Assistance Dog (R.E.A.D.) program at a Lancaster elementary school, among others; she also gives talks on the human/animal bond and the benefits of animals to human health. Dr. Jones works with both her Border collies in obedience, agility and herding. She is also interested in all varieties of handcrafts, especially fiber arts, including spinning, weaving, knitting, and other needlework.


Linda Madden Leimbach, Sc.D., OTR/L, C/NDT, CCRC
Assistant Professor
leimbachl@etown.edu | 717-361-1421

Dr. Leimbach joined the occupational therapy faculty in August 2004. She was previously Research Program Manager at Sinai Hospital, Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics in Baltimore, Maryland. Her education includes a BS in Occupational Therapy and Psychology from Towson State University, a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy with a concentration in Health Care Administration and Pediatrics from Towson University, and a doctorate in Occupational Science from Towson University. Her research initiatives have focused upon the relationship between gender and occupation, the role of occupational therapy in overweight and obesity, and outcomes of a local, community-based fall prevention program.

 Dr. Leimbach has over 30 years of clinical experience in working with adults and children with a wide variety of conditions in acute care, rehabilitation, community-based, long-term care, and home-based settings. She currently sees patients on the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit of Sinai Hospital on a per diem basis. She is certified in Neuro-Developmental Treatment (Pediatrics), and has worked in the capacity of clinical specialist, administrator, and clinical researcher for such facilities as Sinai Hospital, the Kennedy Institute for Handicapped Children, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, and the Maryland VA Health Care System. Dr. Leimbach has also had an active role in the occupational therapy professional community, including serving as vice chairperson of the Maryland State Board of Occupational Therapy Practice and presenting at local, national and international professional conferences.

Daniel Panchik, D.Sc., OTR/L
Associate Professor
panchikd@etown.edu | 717-361-1366

Dr. Panchik joined the OT department in August 2003. Prior to coming to Elizabethtown, Mr. Panchik was an Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at Saint Francis University, Loretto, Pa. He has a BS in Rehabilitation Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a MS in Occupational Therapy from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Panchik received his Doctorate of Science degree in Occupational Therapy (hand rehabilitation track) at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah.

Clinically, Dr. Panchik had worked 11 years at the Penn State University Hospital, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pa. He is certified in lymphedema by the lymphology association of North America and is also certified in adult neurodevelopmental techniques. Dr. Panchik has research interests in hand therapy, lymphedema, and neuromuscular re-education. He is co-author of the Hand Assessment Tool (HAT) published in the Journal of Hand Therapy. He has presented nationally and internationally on its development and is currently working on a fine motor control assessment in collaboration with the Engineering Department here at Elizabethtown College.


Ann Marie Potter, MA, OTR/L
Lecturer
pottera@etown.edu | 717-361-1175

Mrs. Potter joined the OT department in August 2002. Prior to coming to Elizabethtown, Mrs. Potter was a Clinical Assistant Professor and Clinical Education Coordinator at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami FL. She has a BA in psychology from Luther College and a MA in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California. While at FIU, she was enrolled in coursework toward a doctorate in Comparative Sociology. She plans to resume her doctoral studies in the near future.

While at FIU, Mrs. Potter developed several fieldwork programs to provide OT services to community agencies. These included a program for homeless women at a day drop in center, a clubhouse for individuals with psychiatric illnesses, and a health promotion program in public housing apartments for seniors.  Additionally, her clinical experience includes working with individuals with high level tetraplegia, skilled nursing, providing transition services to students in elementary, middle and high school, home health and outpatient therapy. Mrs. Potter's research interests include the use of narratives in understanding life in the context of living with a disability.


Angela Salvadia, Ed.D., OTR/L
Lecturer
salvadiaa@etown.edu | 717-361-1171

Dr. Salvadia has served the Elizabethtown College Occupational Therapy department in many capacities throughout her professional career. She joins us most recently in August 2007 as a Visiting Professor with a three-year term appointment. She is an Alumni of our Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy program, received her MS in Occupational Therapy from Boston University, and her doctoral degree from Penn State University, Harrisburg. Her master's thesis is titled Manual laterality in hearing impaired and hearing children; her doctoral dissertation is titled a phenomenological study of mentoring in the lives of distinguished occupational therapists.

Dr. Salvadia has a vibrant clinical career mostly in pediatric practice settings. She has worked in medical and educational model settings. She has served on the Board of Directors for Downtown Daily Bread ~ a community based soup kitchen in Harrisburg and as the President of the Paxtang Historical Society, also located in Harrisburg.


Deborah Waltermire, MHS, OTR/L
Part-time Clinical Lecturer
walterda@etown.edu | 717-361-1173

Ms. Waltermire joined the faculty in 1997 as full-time fieldwork coordinator. She graduated from Elizabethtown with a Bachelor's degree in OT and earned a Master of Health Science Degree in Health Finance and Management from The Johns Hopkins University - School of Hygiene and Public Health (1995). Ms. Waltermire has been part-time since January 2001 when she began job-sharing the Fieldwork Coordinator position. In August 2005, Ms. Waltermire's role in the department changed to clinical lecturer.

Her clinical experience includes working with adults who have psychotic disorders and schizophrenia at the Sheppard Pratt Health System in Baltimore, MD and also some management/consultation for OT at the Sinai Hospital and Rehabilitation Center (also in Baltimore). She actively volunteers with the Johns Hopkins Children's Center with the Family Advisory Council for family-centered care and also with their family network in the dept. of Pediatric Cardiology. Her research interests include health policy and sensory processing in adults with schizophrenia. She is also involved in promoting awareness of public health on campus.

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