Meet Your OT Leaders That Shine Subcommittee Co-Chairs

Barb Phillips, MS OTR/L, OTD
has worked as an OT for almost 25 years. She received her Master’s of Science from Columbia University in 1988, and just completed the OTD from the University of Southern California. The majority of her professional experience includes working with individuals who are living with physical disabilities. Barb has had a lifetime of volunteer experiences including the development of a program called “Simple Wishes”. This program matches volunteers with Persons living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (PALS) to help them complete a final “wish” for themselves or their families. Although she won the Presidential Point of Light award for the development and implementation of this program, she gleaned most satisfaction from the relationships that were formed between the volunteer OTs and the PALS.

Kecia Coker, MA OTR/L (OTD Candidate)
has worked as an OT for more than seven years. She is currently working in an administrative position with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. Kecia’s professional experience has primarily focused on community-based psychosocial rehabilitation with a particular emphasis on supporting employment and educational goals of persons labeled with psychiatric disabilities. Kecia completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in occupational therapy at the University of Southern California (USC), and has recently returned to USC to pursue the OTD.

Bill Wong, MA, OTS (OTD Candidate) is currently finishing up his second level 2 fieldwork assignment at a private hand clinic in Beverly Hills.  He is planning to take his NBCOT exam in fall of this year.  His specialty area of interest is in autism, as he is one of the few members of the OT community who is also on the autism spectrum.  He has made two OTAC presentations in the area of autism and served as a member of a family discussion panel in the 2011 AOTA Autism West Specialty conference.  Bill has also served as the student committee chair for the Association of Asian Pacific Occupational Therapists in America (AAPOTA) in 2010-2011.  Bill has earned his bachelor's degree in Statistics at the University of California, Riverside, and his master's degree in occupational therapy at the University of Southern California (USC).  He will return to USC this fall to pursue his OTD.