Jennifer Fultz, MA, CTRS

Jenn is a graduate of Central Michigan University. She began her career at Memorial Hospital of South Bend in Indiana before moving to Ohio to work for the Department of Veterans Affairs where she currently serves as a supervisory recreation therapist. Her clinical background includes physical medicine and rehabilitation, mental health and long-term care. Her passion is adaptive sports.


Valerie Lazzara Mould, MA, CTRS

Valerie started her career at the University of Toledo Medical Center providing TR services in both the inpatient physical rehabilitation and psychiatry departments.  After relocating to Columbus, Valerie worked at both The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital as a contingent member of both TR departments.  During her career, Valerie has maintained an active role at the University of Toledo teaching online classes and supporting the Recreational Therapy Club.  Valerie is now employed full time at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in the Inpatient Psychiatry Unit.


Katie Basford, CTRS

Katie began her career working in coordination with the Highland Co. Board of Developmental Disabilities providing RT services, including physical fitness, exercise, and aquatic programming to individuals with developmental disabilities.  Katie then moved on to became full-time employed at Adena Greenfield Medical Center, where she still remains, providing RT services on the inpatient physical medicine & rehabilitation unit, and occasionally covering on the psychiatric unit


Tamara Cole, CTRS

Tamara graduated from North Central Technical College with her Associate Degree in 1993 and from Ashland University with her Bachelor's Degree in 1995. She obtained her CTRS certification that November, beginning her career as a Recreational Therapist at Ohio Health Mansfield Hospital, known at that time as Mansfield General Hospital (and later MedCentral Mansfield Hospital). She has been a primary Recreational Therapist on the Inpatient Physical Rehab Unit since April 2006.  During the last few years, she has also provided treatment to Transitional Care patients at a rural Ohio Health hospital in Shelby.  She has served on many committees in the hospital and mentored several TR Internship and Clinical students over the years.  She currently facilitates a monthly stroke support group at Ohio Health Mansfield for stroke survivors and their caregivers. 


Sydney Froelich, CTRS

Sydney woks at Columbus Springs East- inpatient psychiatric hospital, and at their outpatient location, Changes Pickerington - working with the PHP Adult and Adolescent Programs. Sydney also is contingent at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Sydney graduated from The University of Toledo with a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Therapy where she held the treasurer’s position on the Recreation Therapy Club for 3 years, helped create/find volunteer opportunities for members, and helped organize the UT conferences, among other miscellaneous jobs. 

Member at Large

Wendy Maran, MA, CTRS, CDP

Wendy was the Ohio state representative for ATRA for 3 years prior to joining the ORTA Board of Directors but felt she really had no opportunities for action. Recreation Therapy needs a rebranding in Ohio and elsewhere in her opinion. Wendy feels that acting as board member may give the opportunity to help Ohio and other states see how valuable TR is to individuals with health threats and help us become more recognizable and valued. She also teaches full time at the University of Toledo, the only program for Recreation Therapy in Ohio. This gives her access to students that are up and coming professionals that could be of great benefit to this organization. 

Member at Large

Past Presidents

Mike Sutherland (2017-2018)

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