Board of Directors
Roger O. Smith, PhD, OT, FAOTA and RESNA Fellow is the Director of the R2D2 (Rehabilitation Research Design and Disability) Center at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and Professor of Occupational Science and Technology within the College of Health Sciences. Dr. Smith is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association as well as RESNA, with his major contributions to these fields primarily in the area of measurement and outcomes of assistive technology and accessibility interventions. Dr. Smith has been Principal Investigator or Director of more than 30 grant funded projects to develop and promote more effective measurement instruments to improve the documentation of outcomes in the field and to create new and better resource materials to support practice. He has led five national training projects to improve the skill level of assistive technology and universal design practitioners. Dr. Smith’s more than 25 years of active teaching in the field of assistive technology continues with a focus on interdisciplinary practice and with a major commitment on training the next generation of Assistive Technology Practitioners and Rehabilitation Engineers. Dr. Smith has authored many dozens of interdisciplinary publications on these topics and hundreds of national/international presentations and workshops to advance assistive technology and universal design. A key to Dr. Smith’s contributions to the field are his interdisciplinary backgrounds in psychology/communications, occupational therapy, and industrial engineering, which offer a broad perspective when tackling problems. In RESNA he has served as Chair of the Special Interest Group on outcomes and measurement, the Quality Assurance Committee during the early development phases of the RESNA certification processes, and the Ad Hoc Committee or Rehabilitation Engineering. He has also served on national level committees in the AOTA, including on the charter Special Interest Section standing committee on Technology and has been inducted into the American Occupational Therapy Foundation Academy of Research.
Maureen Linden is a research engineer at the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA) at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). She received a Master of Science in biomedical engineering from the University of Virginia in 1993, and has since managed clinical programs and research projects both in seating and wheeled mobility within the medical model, and job accommodations through the vocational rehabilitation model. Her current research interests include job accommodation use and related employment barriers, seating support surface development and characterization, mobility device use characterization, and facilitators for post-secondary education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for students with disabilities. Within RESNA, Linden has served on the Meetings committee and Standards board, and has chaired the Student Design Competition committee. In 2012, she received of the RESNA Distinguished Service Award.
Barbara Crane PhD, PT, ATP/SMS is the coordinator of the Wheelchair Assessment Service at Gaylord Hospital in Connecticut. She has been a Physical Therapist for ten years and has worked in the rehabilitation field specializing in seating and wheeled mobility for much of that time. She earned a Master of Arts degree in 1994 in the field of Gerontology. She has lectured in and coordinated many local conferences focusing on Assistive Technology and its use with people with many different disabilities. She also has been an adjunct faculty member for several of the Physical Therapy programs in Connecticut and has lectured to students on assistive technology and wheelchair and seating evaluation.
Anne Cronin is an occupational therapist and a medical sociologist with special interests in communication technologies across the lifespan. At WVU she is an Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy and a co-founder of the Center for Assistive Technology Education at WVU. Her focus has been on applied and translational research is in resolution of barriers to implementation of evidence-based care, including assistive technologies, into community health practice and wellness initiatives. Dr. Cronin has clinical expertise in pediatric rehabilitation and have demonstrated leadership in this area both nationally and internationally. Trained as a medical sociologist, has extensive experience in gaining access to and building liaisons in diverse communities. Dr. Cronin collaborates with the West Virginia Department of Education in planning and providing services at their summer Camp Gizmo project that addresses assistive technology needs for children from rural areas in the state. Dr. Cronin has been practicing as an occupational therapist for more than 35 years and has been broadly involved in many aspects of assistive technology including seating and mobility, augmentative communication, and computer applications. Dr. Cronin has been involved in inter-professional assistive technology education project at several institutions and has been instrumental in developing continuing education opportunities for assistive technology service providers in West Virginia. NA biosketchDr Anne Cronin has recently authored multiple chapters for a new edition of Human Development and Performance across the lifespan, edited by Dr. Cronin and Dr. Mandich. Dr. Cronin has developed research projects and applied for funding in the use of telehealth to address cancer treatment related cognitive impairment and to explore the impact of touch technologies on children’s play.
Carmen P. DiGiovine, PhD, ATP/SMS, RET, has been working in the fields of rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology for over 20 years. Currently he is a Rehabilitation Engineer and Clinical Associate Professor in the Occupational Therapy Division-School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at The Ohio State University. He is also the Program Director for the Assistive Technology Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, where he is developing a state-of-the-art and comprehensive program to expand existing assistive technology and rehabilitation technology services. Dr. DiGiovine’s current research and development interests include assistive technology commercialization, manual wheelchair propulsion biomechanics, power wheelchair driving and pressure ulcer development. He is an active member of RESNA, where he has served as Chair of the RESNA Professional Standards Board (PSB), and holds RESNA certifications as an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP), Seating and Mobility Specialist (SMS) and Rehabilitation Engineering Technologist (RET). He is also a member of the IEEE Engineering and Medicine and Biology (EMB) Society and the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). Dr. DiGiovine was recently recognized by RESNA with the 2015 Samuel McFarland Memorial Mentorship Award, for his past and continuing efforts to mentor emerging professionals and students.
Rajesh Pagadala, MSBME, ATP, RET is the Director of Assistive Technology Services for the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency where he manages a team of rehabilitation engineers, occupational therapists, rehabilitation technologists and rehabilitation technicians. He has over 22 years of experience in the field. Raj also serves on the boards of the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) and the Georgia Chapter of National Rehabilitation Association (NRA). He is the RESNA Special Interests Committee Chair and has also been the Chair of the Accommodations Special Interests Group. Raj was the recipient of the RESNA Distinguished Service Award in 2014. His current interests include ergonomics, vehicle modifications, worksite accommodations and assistive technology service delivery policy.
Ms. Pichler is an Assistive Technology Specialist at Independence First, a community-based non-residential Independent Living Center in Milwaukee, WI. She served most recently as chair of the organization’s Accommodations Special Interest Group.
Julie Piriano, PT, ATP/SMS is Director of Rehab Industry Affairs at Pride Mobility Corporation. She graduated with Honors from The University of Illinois in 1984 with a B.S. in Physical Therapy. She worked at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheaton, IL for 10 years and began their seating clinic in 1986. She then worked for a manufacturer of pediatric positioning products where she was responsible for the design, development, marketing and sales of the product line. Julie joined the Rehab division of a large, a national DME provider from 2003-2008 where she was primarily responsible for managing their Medicare operations and compliance. Julie has been a member of RESNA for over 20 years, served on the Professional Standards Board from 2007 – 2014 and is an active participant in the Wheeled Mobility and Seating SIG and the PT PSG. She is a Friend of NRRTS, a member of the AAHomecare Complex Rehab and Mobility Council, serves on the NCART Medicaid Committee and the User’s First Alliance Advisory Board. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Great Lakes Association for Medical Equipment Services and the Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services and is an active member of the 4 DME MAC Advisory Councils. Julie is a highly proactive industry resource on legislative and regulatory issues that impact the complex rehab industry and is actively involved with the coverage, coding and standards work groups as part of the Complex Rehab Separate Benefit Initiative.
Immediate Past President
Ray Grott, MA, ATP, RET is the Director and Head Technologist of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology (RET) Project at San Francisco State University. He has over 20 years of experience working directly with hundreds of people with a wide range of disabilities and is nationally known for his unique equipment modifications and custom design work for workers, students, and parents with disabilities. Grott has taught classes in assistive technology at San Francisco State University since 1992 and has made numerous formal presentations, led workshops, and taught conference courses on various aspects of AT. He has previously served as RESNA President-Elect, Board Secretary and Chair of the Membership and Meetings Committees. He has been honored with RESNA’s Mentor, Distinguished Service, and Fellow Awards and his program was presented with the W. F. Faulkes Award by the National Rehabilitation Association for "a contribution of national importance to the increase of knowledge in the field of rehabilitation."