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Faculty & Staff

The faculty and staff members for the Occupational Therapy Department are listed below.

  • Academic Year 2017-2018
    Academic Year 2017-2018

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  • Pedro Ashford, MS, OTR/L
    Pedro Ashford, MS, OTR/L
    Lecturer, Occupational Therapy
    Health Sciences Building 270P
    Phone: 509-828-1409

    Pedro Ashford is a Lecturer supporting the areas of adult physical and cognitive impairments, activity analysis, and occupational therapy interventions for the Department of Occupational Therapy. Pedro has been a practicing rehabilitation therapist for the past 18 years with experience in various practice settings including acute and outpatient rehabilitation, adult day psychiatric program and home health services. His interests and expertise are in the areas of intrinsic motivation and occupational engagement, and physical conditioning as a method to optimize occupational performance. Mr. Ashford received his AAS in Physical Therapy Assistant in 1999, from Essex County College in Newark, NJ, BS in Occupational Therapy in 2005, from Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA., and earned his MS degree in Exercise Science and Rehabilitation in 2009 from California University of Pennsylvania in California, PA.

  • Lucretia Berg, EdD, MSOT, OTR/L, cNDT
    Lucretia Berg, EdD, MSOT, OTR/L, cNDT
    Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy
    Health Sciences Building 239
    Phone: 509-828-1405

    An experienced pediatric clinician, mentor, and lecturer, Lucretia completed her doctorate in 2016 in educational leadership with a focus on the role of occupational therapy for postsecondary students with intellectual disabilities. She remains passionate about fostering the growth of students and clients with varying abilities to attain optimal life independence or co-independence and competitive wage employment. Lucretia joined the Eastern Washington University Occupational Therapy Department as an Assistant Professor August 2017.

    In her spare time, Lucretia enjoys time with family and friends sharing outdoor experiences in hiking, biking, kayaking, walking, and camping.  Mindful reflection and creative writing help to re-focus and restore her energies especially in relation to issues of social justice.

  • Susan Burwash, Ph.D., MSc(OT), OTR/L, OT(C)
    Susan Burwash, Ph.D., MSc(OT), OTR/L, OT(C)
    Chair and Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy
    Health Sciences Building 215H
    Phone: 509.828.1349

    Dr. Susan Burwash has practiced both in mental health (with adolescents and adults; in inpatient and outpatient settings) and in vocational rehabilitation (return-to-work programs in Canada and Puyallup, WA). She has taught at the University of British Columbia, Texas Tech and University of Alberta. She has a strong interest in the use of online technologies for practice and professional development and is one of the founding members of OT4OT (Online Technologies for Occupational Therapy). Her research interests include using narrative inquiry to explore practice and to better understand our clients lived experience, the use of creative and expressive media in OT, and community engaged learning. Susan is also a practicing artist and teaches a jewelry class at a local homeless women's drop-in center.  Her leisure interests include lampworking, jewelry design and fabrication, photography, walking, singing, camping, and staying current with online technologies.

  • Elizabeth (Diane) Levad, MOT/L
    Elizabeth (Diane) Levad, MOT/L
    Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
    HSB 215G
    Phone: 509-828-1366

    Diane has practiced primarily in adult acute care and inpatient hospital settings. She has gained evaluation and treatment skills in orthopedics, neurology, cardiovascular, ICU, mental health and general surgery with a special interest in orthopedics. In Fall 2017 she joined the EWU OT faculty as a part time lecturer and continues to practice in acute care as time allows. She has been involved with Aphasia Camp Northwest assisting in the planning and coordination of summer camp for those diagnosed with aphasia and their loved ones.  Begining in  Summer 2018 Diane is the department's Academic Fieldwork Coordinator.  As a former personal trainer, exercise in general is a priority for Diane with yoga being at the heart of her fitness routine.  She always opts for the stairs over the elevator. Much of the time you can find her visiting with friends, family and caring for her faithful canine companion Betty. Travel is always on the agenda whether US or international and is best when it's done her bicycle!

  • Donna Mann, OTD, MEd., OT/L
    Donna Mann, OTD, MEd., OT/L
    Associate Dean, College of Health Sciences and Public Health and Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy
    EWU Center Building 232
    Phone: 509.828.1348

    Dr. Donna Mann has been a practicing occupational therapist for 30 years and brings diversity of experience to the program. A graduate of Loma Linda University, Donna moved to the Spokane area in 1981, where she has focused on adult rehabilitation, pediatrics and industrial rehabilitation. She was among the first group of occupational therapists to receive board certification in pediatrics from AOTA, completed NDT training in pediatrics, and has completed certifications in therapeutic listening, Group Lifestyle Balance Coach, CHIP, and functional capacity evaluator. Most recently she has focused on Lifestyle Medicine as an approach to health and wellness. As owner and operator of a pediatric private practice for 10 years, Donna has been active in many community agencies and programs. Accomplishments include presenting at local, regional and national levels, numerous grant awards, and development and establishment of new programs.

  • Diane Norell, MSW, OTR/L
    Diane Norell, MSW, OTR/L
    Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, Occupational Therapy
    Health Sciences Building 225D
    Phone: 509.828.1346

    Diane Norell, a registered and licensed occupational therapist, is an Academic Fieldwork Coordinator half time with a focus on Level II fieldwork. Diane has a master's in social work and was employed in the role of a Faculty Field Instructor and adjunct faculty for the School of Social Work at EWU for 16 years. She previously worked as a Clinical Research Associate with the Washington Institute for Mental Health Research and Training, WSU-Spokane for 10 years.

    Diane received a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Dakota in Occupational Therapy in 1974 and a Masters in Social Work from Eastern Washington University in 1982. She has been a certified psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner with the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association for 15 years.  Ms. Norell has worked in the field of mental health and chemical dependency as both a psychiatric social worker and occupational therapist for 40 years with 33 of those years in Washington State. Her special interest in the area of family psycho education has afforded opportunities in research, clinical supervision, consultation, and training regionally and nationally.   She has been the senior clinical supervisor in four research studies funded by the National Institute of Mental Health; the National Institutes of Disability Rehabilitation Research and the United States Department of Defense. She has co-authored seven peer-reviewed articles and one book chapter related to family psycho education with families and their members experiencing a chronic condition including mental illness, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury or post traumatic stress disorder. Currently, Ms. Norell teaches courses in group process, mental health, leadership and management; and fieldwork readiness.

  • Roberta (Bobbie) Snover, DrOT, OTR/L
    Roberta (Bobbie) Snover, DrOT, OTR/L
    Director of Admissions and Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy
    Health Sciences Building 237
    Phone: 509.828.1347

    Dr. Bobbie Snover teaches mainly the core sciences within the Department of Occupational Therapy. She will be teaching the courses on anatomy and physiology, neuroscience, biomechanics, assessment, and research during the first year of the Program in preparation for the theory and practicum classes. She has been a practicing occupational therapist for the past 20 years with experience in rehabilitation, hand therapy, pediatrics, school systems, autism, and sensory integration. Additionally, Dr. Snover served in the United States Air Force as an aerospace physiologist for 20 years with experience in instructional systems, human factors research and equipment design, and hyperbarics. She received her BS in Occupational Therapy in 1996 from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and a MS degree in Physiology and Biophysics from Colorado State University. Dr. Snover completed her doctorate of occupational therapy at Nova Southeastern University in May 2010.   Her research focus centers on evidence-based practice for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families.

  • Rachel Stankey, OTD, OTR/L
    Rachel Stankey, OTD, OTR/L
    Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy
    Health Sciences Building 239
    Phone: 509-828-1352

    Rachel Stankey joined the OT faculty as an assistant professor in August, 2017.  Dr. Stankey graduated from the University of Washington in 1995, and has been a practicing occupational therapist for over twenty years.  She received her doctorate from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2011, and has served as faculty in entry-level and post-professional OT programs.  Dr. Stankey has extensive clinical experience, primarily in pediatrics, and has expertise in feeding and swallowing, rural health, early childhood development, and assistive technology.  Her research interests include feeding and swallowing assessment and intervention, early childhood power mobility, culture and diversity in occupational therapy, and assistive technology.  When she's not working, Rachel enjoys a wide variety of outdoor activities, chilling with her dog, gardening, reading and writing, cooking, seeing live music, and traveling.


  • Ms. Lee Knous
    Ms. Lee Knous
    Secretary Senior
    Health Sciences Building 225B
    Phone: 509.828.1344

    Ms. Lee Knous joined the Occupational Therapy department as Secretary Sr. in January 2016. Lee has been employed in the educational administrative support arena for over 20 years and brings with her a wealth of experience, including recent experience with EWU and WSU. She received her BA in Gender Studies from the University of La Verne in southern California in 2011. Lee's interests include genealogy research and scrapbooking. She is active in fellowship and outreach with Garland church in Spokane and 3rd Day Riders, a local chapter of the Christian Motorcycle Association. Lee is married to a retired high school science teacher and has two daughters, one of whom is a jewelry designer and animal caretaker and the other an clinical data management director and a published researcher in the psychological field.

  • Margarita Vera
    Margarita Vera
    Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Support
    Health Sciences Building 225C
    Phone: 509.828.1353
    Fax: 509.828.1387

    Margarita Vera serves in a split position: 50% for Occupational Therapy and 50% for Physical Therapy.

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