Legal Committee Chair

L. Diane Parham, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Professional Affiliations: Professor and Chair in the Occupational Therapy Graduate Program at the University of New Mexico

Position Statement: Because I was at the table (literally) when SSO:USA was founded, it has a special place in my heart. I wish to support members in building a strong base of knowledge on occupation, developing and studying applications of this knowledge to occupational therapy, and flourishing as a community of scholars.

SSO Email: [email protected]



Charles Christiansen, Ed.D., OTR, FAOTA

Professional Affiliations: University of Texas Medical Branch

Position Statement: I am passionate about the science of occupation and deeply committed to this society. As a founding member of SSO:USA, and an experienced board member in several organizations, I recognize the vital necessity of effective governance and the importance of having aspirational, energetic, engaged and dedicated committee chairs and board members. I have served as a member of the Legal Committee for many years and would greatly welcome the opportunity to continue my service in the capacity of Legal Committee Chair-Elect. If elected, I pledge to perform my duties and responsibilities diligently. I will work hard to assist the board in continuing to advance SSO:USA as a respected, sustainable,  and influential scientific society.

Past Board Legal Chairs

2018-2020: Kristine Haertl, St. Catherine University 

2016-2018: Beth Ekelman, Cleveland State University

2013-2016: Beth Ekelman, Cleveland State University

2009-2013: Moses Ikiugu, University of South Dakota

2007-2009: Kristi Heartl, St. Catherine University

2005-2007: Terry Peralta-Catipon, Cal-State University

2003-2005: Esther Huecker, Loma Linda University

2002-2003: Charles Christiansen, University of Texas - Medical Branch