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President:   Lisa Lowery


Lisa Lowery has been elected as President of MOTA from 6/2017 to 6/2019 term. She has been a COTA/L for 18 years, graduating with her associate’s degree from the MSU College of Technology in Great Falls.  Lisa has graduated with her Masters of Occupational Therapy from the University of Mary: Billing Campus.  She became an OTR in January 2018.   Lisa has served on the MOTA board for several years at different times, most recently Lisa has served as the MOTA Secretary from 2013-2017.  Lisa has worked for most of her career at St. Vincent Healthcare Hospital and inpatient rehab in Billings, MT.  Lisa is dedicated and committed to the promotion of the great profession of Occupational Therapy!


Vice President: Trent Gahl

Trent is an Occupational Therapist working in Belgrade/Bozeman, MT.  He started his medical career as a Medic in the Montana Air National Guard while completing his undergraduate degree at Montana State University-Bozeman.  He continued his education, receiving is OTD degree from Creighton University in Omaha, NE.  Since graduation he has worked primarily in an outpatient setting, with a specialty in upper extremity musculoskeletal dysfunction.  He has served on the Save the Brain Concussion Board at Kalispell Regional Medical center, providing education and lectures throughout the western portion of Montana.  Outside of work he is spending time in the Montana outdoors with his wife and two children, on the golf course, or studying for his CHT exam.  




Secretary:  Shirley Leo


Shirley was born and raised in Montana and became a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant in 1994 through the program in Great Falls.  She worked at Orthopedic Associates in Billings (which later became Montana Orthopedics & Sports Medicine) for almost 14 years.  It was at this time that she worked hard to achieve the AOTA Advanced Practitioner degree in Hand Therapy specialty area.  She has been with St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings for the past 9 years splitting her time between acute care and in-patient rehab departments.


Shirley has been active and involved with her local chapter and with MOTA in previous years (MOTA newsletter, MOTA conference presenter) and is excited to reconnect with fellow OT's/COTA's throughout the state. 


Shirley is married with 2 teenage daughters (a senior and a freshman in high school).  She enjoys playing and watching volleyball, camping, and most importantly spending time with her family.


Treasurer:  Madyson Klapmeier

Madyson has been elected to serve as the MOTA treasurer for the 2020-2022 term. Madyson was born and raised in eastern Montana, growing up in the rural town of Forsyth. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Montana in Missoula and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Mary. Madyson has also completed a year-long training for leadership, cultural competence, interdisciplinary practice, and family-centered care with the Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program. Madyson currently works as a pediatric occupational therapist at Wild Roots Therapy in Billings, MT, specializing in trauma-informed practice and sensory integration. Madyson has been involved in MOTA for the past three years and has served on both the scholarship and conference planning committees. Madyson is a life-long Montanan who is passionate about the advancement of OT practice in our state, particularly in rural areas. She is especially looking forward to serving the members of MOTA and working together to advocate for our profession. 

Maddy enjoys spending time with her fiancé and their two-year-old Brittany spaniel, Simm. In her spare time, you can find her fishing, hiking, camping, hunting, visiting family, or reading a good book!


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