AOTA Representative

The AOTA Representative Assembly (RA)  

Better Together: ConnOTA and AOTA partnering for power

In partnership with all members of the AOTA, all states have an elected representative who serves on the Representative Assembly (RA). The RA is the body of the Association which establishes professional policies and standards. It is your link to action on issues and concerns and concerns affecting occupational therapy. We strongly encourage all members to Get Involved in the many opportunities available to you - See more

Become active participants in AOTA by telling the RA about your ideas for solving issues facing the profession. Please give thought to the professional issues you encounter, and your representative will help you draft motions to be considered by the RA – See more


Meet your State Representative


Joan Sauvigne-Kirsch Ed.D., OTR/L
Asst. Academic Fieldwork Coordinator/Clinical Assistant Professor
Graduate Program in Occupational Therapy
Sacred Heart University


Michael Urban, OTD, MBA, OTR/L, CEAS

Mike has been an Occupational Therapist for over ten years with advanced residency in the area of work capacity evaluation, cognitive work capacity evaluations and as an ergonomic assessment specialist. He has lectured and onsite with Yale University  Occupational and Environment Medicine Department and assisted with research on firefighter health with Yale university School of Medicine Section of Emergency  Medicine. Michael is dedicated to serving an protecting the profession of Occupational Therapy through his service to AOTA as a past member of the Commission on Practice and has served as the Alternative Representative of the State of Connecticut to the AOTA Representative Assembly.  He most recently served as the State President of the Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association (ConnOTA 2012-2014)