Building Evidence to Improve Practice & Health

Scott Campbell, PhD

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Scott Campbell began his tenure as Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation in May 2015.  Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Campbell served as a Scientific Advisory Board member for Temptime Corporation and served as Executive Director and CEO of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.  He was responsible for overall leadership of the FNIH and was involved with many of the collaborative research projects funded through the FNIH including the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI), the Biomarkers Consortium, the Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership (OMOP), Grand Challenges in Global Health, the US-Russia Scientific Forum and the mHealth Summit.  He also represented the Foundation on the Health Research Alliance and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Forum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation.  

From 2001-2010, Dr. Campbell served as National Vice President of Research Programs at the American Diabetes Association.  In addition to overseeing all research-related programs at the ADA, he also was responsible for helping acquire major donations to the ADA Research Foundation.  He was a trustee on the Board of Trustees, Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC); member of the IOM Clinical Research Roundtable; and served on the Board of Directors of the Health Research Alliance.  He also represented the ADA on several federally related committees, including the Diabetes Mellitus Interagency Coordinating Committee (DMICC) at the National Institutes of Health.  Before beginning his non-profit scientific administration career, Dr. Campbell spent 16 years in academia with academic appointments at the University of South Dakota, University of Missouri, and Michael Reese Hospital.

Scott received his PhD in Basic Biomedical Sciences from the University of South Florida.  He is the author of 40 peer-reviewed articles, 9 invited reviews, and 14 book chapters related to cardiovascular disease.



Carol Bradwell, MLS


Carol Bradwell joined the AOTF staff in September 2016.  She works in the Wilma L. West Library, cataloging and indexing materials for OT SEARCH, the bibliographic database covering the literature of occupational therapy and related subject areas. Prior to joining AOTF, Carol was a librarian at the National Library of Education, U.S. Department of Education and for the D.C. Public Libraries. She comes to AOTF with over 30 years of library technical services experience. In her spare time, Carol is studying to be a museum docent at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. She is also on the Board of Directors of Dance Place in NE Washington, DC.

Carol is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and she received her Master's in Library Science from the Catholic University of America. 


Natasha Bragg, BA
Member and Program Coordinator

Natasha Bragg joined the AOTF in July 2018 as the Member & Program Coordinator. She coordinates activities of Pi Theta Epsilon and the St. Catherine Challenge, and supports the work of the Development Department.  

She has a background in fundraising and development, and has worked for a variety of nonprofit organizations and companies, including an older adult services nonprofit and home health care agency. 

Natasha has a BA in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Denver. She belonged to the Golden Key International Honour Society and was a member of the University’s Chancellor’s Scholars and Leaders applied leadership program. In her free time, she enjoys pre-Columbian studies, gardening, and travel. Natasha resides in Washington, D.C.

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Jeanne Y. Cooper

Chief Operating Officer

Jeanne Cooper serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the Foundation.  She is responsible for overall operations and works with Pi Theta Epsilon, the Planning Grant Collective Program, and Scholarships.

Jeanne joined the Foundation in July 2008 as executive assistant to the Executive Director and became manager, executive office in May 2016. 

Prior to joining AOTF, Jeanne was the director of chapter relations at a trade association and has worked with other associations and foundations in professional advancement, chapter relations, membership, and certification.

Jeanne majored in psychology at the George Washington University.

  Gabrielle Garcon, BS
Executive Assistant

Gabrielle Garcon joined AOTF in July of 2018 as the Executive Assistant, providing high-level administrative support to the company and CEO. Gaby has a background in office management where she worked closely with not only occupational therapists but also physical therapists and speech language pathologists for over six years . Working with individuals in an inpatient setting at Genesis Rehab as well as an outpatient setting at Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital, she has been able to gain knowledge in the field of occupational therapy and all that it has to offer. 

Gaby received her BS in Exercise Science at North Carolina Central University.

Mindy A. Hecker, MBA, MLS

Director of Information Resources and the Wilma L. West Library

Mindy Hecker retired as Associate Executive Director for Administration in June 2018.  She currently serves as the Director of Information Resources and the Wilma L. West Library. She holds a Bachelor's of Science in Human Ecology from Cornell University, a Master's of Business Administration from the University of Miami, and a Master's in Library Science from the Catholic University of America.

Mindy began her employment at the AOTF in September 2004 as a reference librarian and became the director in 2006. In addition to her responsibilities with the library she also works with the Fellowships in Leadership Development, Pi Theta Epsilon, DocNet, Scholarships, and Awards.

Prior to becoming a librarian and beginning her work with the Foundation, Mindy served as the director of membership for the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

In addition to her work at AOTF, Mindy volunteers at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum archives.


Lawrence Liff, MA
Chief Development Officer

Lawrence Liff joined the AOTF in October 2017 as Chief Development Officer. In this role, Lawrence promotes the philanthropic priorities of the Foundation, engages people, companies, and organizations that wish to support the AOTF mission, stewards donors, and manages the AOTF Development Council. 

Prior to coming to AOTF, Lawrence worked at the University of Maryland, College Park. From 2012-2017 he was the Director of Development at the College of Information Studies and from 2004-2012 he was the Associate Director of Development for the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences. 

Lawrence earned his BA in American History and Political Science in 2001 from the University of Maryland and earned his Master of Public Policy in 2010. 

David Robertson, MA
Office Assistant

David Robertson joined the Foundation in July 2017 and assists the development and program heads as needed as well as supporting the office manager. 

He joins the Foundation having previously worked in the educational sector as a program coordinator with Learn It Systems. Prior to that, he worked for several years as the Assistant Director, Family Relations and Special Events at the Washington International School in D.C. 

David has a BS and Master's of Education from Springfield College where he was the grad assistant to the Sports Information Director before working in the sports industry.  David lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, son, and Labrador, Luna. 

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Helene Ross, BA

Communications Associate

Helene Ross has been an AOTF staff member since 1999. She is currently communications associate and is the voice behind the AOTF social media sites, Research Resources, the Annual Report, many of AOTF graphic and design needs and provides support to the Scientific Research Officer as well as other AOTF initiatives.

Prior to joining AOTF, Helene was a researcher and fact checker for the health and anatomy book series of US News and World Report and for Science 82-86 of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She also served as a freelance researcher for the book division of the National Geographic Society, the American Chemical Society, and the Foundation for Biomedical Research.

Helene holds a BA in history from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook with a minor in secondary education. Additionally, she completed coursework in the MBA program of American University as well as many classes in social media, Adobe Creative Suite, editing, grant writing, and outcomes management. Helene enjoys spending her free time quilting and knitting and going on visits with her therapy dog, Happy.


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