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The MOTA board typically meets on the second Monday of the month gathering at 5:15 PM at the Rocky Mountain College (Fall) or University of Mary (Spring) campus in Billings, meeting starts at 5:30 PM, all members are welcome to attend.  Dates and times are subject to change, please contact a board member to confirm. You can join us virtually!

MOTA Meeting Credentials

Dial-in Number:(605) 313-5111

The host and participants call the dial-in number to begin. Have an international caller?Provide their local in-country dial-in number.

Access Number:104-495

When prompted, enter the access code the join the conference.

Online Meeting ID:motameeting2019

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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: Paula Kitzenberg


Paula has held many clinical and leadership positions including lead therapist, program manager, and clinical director.  She has also owned and operated her own private occupational therapy practice.  She has worked in a wide variety of clinical settings but has specialized in pediatrics since the spring of 2001 with an emphasis on sensory integration dysfunction and autism.   In the past, she has served as an adjunct professor in the health administration program at MSU-B and on the national executive committee of Pi Theta Epsilon, the OT honor society.  She is currently employed by the University of Mary and serves as an assistant professor and site coordinator for the Billings occupational therapy program.  In her “free time,” she still sees pediatric patients in a clinical setting two evenings a week.

Paula is married and has two children who are 20 and 16.  She enjoys running and family time in the mountains.




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:  Mary Krenik


Mary Borgrud Krenik earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, in 1984. She sat for the inaugural examination of the Hand Therapy Certification Commission and earned her certification in Hand Therapy in 1991. Mary has worked in private practice (Greenville, SC) and a hand surgeon’s office (Billings, MT). She is currently employed by the Billings Public Schools and serves as the OT / PT Department Chair. Mary is married and has two children. She enjoys family time and volunteering at the Moss Mansion.

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