Leslie Marriott


Leslie Marriott Honored with Illinois OT Association’s Mentor Award


Leslie Marriott, master occupational therapist and education program manager, Academy, received the Illinois Occupational Therapy Association’s (ILOTA) 2023 Mentor Award on November 17.

The award presentation was part of the 2023 ILOTA Annual Conference, held at the NIU Naperville Conference Center. The Mentor Award is one of several new awards that has been created by ILOTA in 2023.

“It's really hard to articulate in words, but I am just very grateful. This was a complete surprise to me,” said Leslie. “I love teaching, and my passion is in helping others learn and excel in their careers, so it doesn’t take much to snag my time to mentor or help other team members. I am very passionate about building the pediatric program throughout our organization. Any time I can help a coworker out, professionally or personally, it is very rewarding to me. To be recognized for that is just really the icing on the cake.”

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Presentations at ILOTA Annual Conference


  • Marissa Dastice and Lauren Adrian
    “Integrating Health and Wellness Promotion into Practice”

Marissa Dastice and Lauren Adrian

  • Jenna Zander
    “The Dynamic Role of Occupational Therapy in Evaluation and Treatment of Adult Clients Following Concussion”

Jenna Zander

  • Eileen Brodecki and Sarah Zera
    “Building a Connection with your Clients through Occupation”

Eileen Brodecki and Sarah Zera

  • Katy Abplanalp
    “Comparison of performance-based assessments within individuals with tetraplegia”
  • Lauren Adrian 
    “A Descriptive Analysis of Acute Occupational Therapy Services Following a Lung Transplant from COVID-19: A Case Report”
  • Kerry Ball and Emily Harstad 
    “Evidence-Based Practice of Upper Extremity Motor Recovery After Acquired Brain Injury: Translating Research Into Practice”
  • Kelsey Watters 
    “It starts with a cue: Using effective cueing strategies to optimize patient outcomes”
  • Piper Hansen 
    “Supporting Student Wellness During Fieldwork Experiences AND”
  • Nicole Karabas 
    “Occupational therapy’s role in supporting the implementation of The Age Friendly Healthcare System's 4Ms framework: Primary care and beyond...”
  • Jennifer Richert 
    “A Call To Action: OT Leadership, Management and Driving Change in Healthcare Leveraging the Unique Perspective of Occupational Therapy”

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