Lauren Stanley-Alpert, MS, OTR/L, C/NDT
Executive Director, Founder
Lauren has been an occupational therapist working in Houston for eight years. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and Spanish from the University of Michigan in 2008, followed by a master of science degree in occupational therapy from Rush University Medical Center in 2010. Her professional experience spans pediatric outpatient clinics, schools, and home health. Lauren specializes in working with children who have cerebral palsy or other neuro-motor disorders, and she is certified in Neuro-Developmental Treatment. Over the years, she has combined her passions for traveling and occupational therapy by completing volunteer trips to provide her services to children with disabilities in orphanages around the world. She has traveled to 39 countries and in doing so, realized the significant need for an organization like Therapists Without Borders. Thanks to the support from people following her Instagram account (@properjetiquette), she finally mustered up the courage to start the organization and has never been more excited.
Tera Robinson, OTR/L
Director of Communications
Tera is a pediatric occupational therapist who graduated in 2001 from Colorado State University’s OT school. She has primarily worked in pediatrics, but has experience with clients of all ages who present a wide variety of OT concerns in medical, school, and home settings throughout Utah. Today, Tera owns a private practice to treat patients in their own homes and communities. She still relishes her time in Costa Rica, where she served as a Peace Corps volunteer and simultaneously practiced her Spanish-speaking skills. Visit Tera’s blog, yumstheraplay.com, or follow Yums Theraplay on Facebook and Instagram for insight into her OT brain.
Lyndsay Fait, MOT, OTR/L
Director of Student Programs
Lyndsay has been an occupational therapy practitioner for the past 10 years. Although she has worked in many different settings throughout her career, she specializes in school-based practice/pediatrics. Lyndsay currently works as a fulltime assistant professor and academic fieldwork coordinator for Salt Lake Community College’s occupational therapy assistant program. She also provides occupational therapy services to a local charter school. She loves teaching and considers it a privilege to share her passion and knowledge with future practitioners. Not only is Lyndsay committed to the profession of occupational therapy, but the concept of occupational justice: She is constantly seeking opportunities to provide services to underserved populations. As a South African native, she believes strongly in the Ubuntu philosophy – the idea that a universal bond connects all of humanity.
Brian is an aerospace engineer who has worked for NASA in Houston since 2009. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor of science in aerospace engineering and a minor in mathematics. In 2016, he earned a master of science degree in aerospace engineering sciences with a focus in bioastronautics from the University of Colorado. He also received a certificate of leadership and ethical decision-making. Brian is as passionate about his work with astronauts as he is about helping others. He volunteers with an alumni service organization in Houston and a youth leadership seminar for the Texas Gulf Coast region. He is eager to provide his support to Therapists Without Borders and apply his mathematical skills as the organization’s treasurer.
Ally McNamara, LCSW
Director of Case Management
Ally is a licensed clinical social worker from Chicago. She graduated in 2012 with a master’s degree from Loyola University, and has worked in both the public and private sectors of pediatric therapy. Among her specialties are crisis intervention and trauma and special needs. Ally is passionate about working with kids because she believes they are our future, and that investing time and resources into our children will make the world a better place. She is thrilled to connect with kids from all over the world, expand her horizons, and be a part of a larger global community.
Elizabeth DeBlasi, MS, OTR/L
Director of Occupational Therapy Programs
Elizabeth has been a pediatric occupational therapist in New York City for 10 years. She double-majored in psychology and dance at Adelphi University, where she received her bachelor of arts degree. She later earned her master of science degree in occupational therapy from Columbia University. Elizabeth currently works fulltime as an OT at an elementary school. She is also an adjunct professor at Long Island University, where she has taught undergraduate and graduate-level OT students for the past four years. In addition, she performs home-based therapy and evaluations for the early intervention population. She is currently writing a book about the importance of caregivers’ role of in the therapeutic process. You can follow her blog and Instagram account at @the.ot.movement.
Director of Development
Carrie is an award-winning journalist turned public relations pro living in Chicago. She graduated in 2007 from Winona State University in Minnesota, earning a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications (journalism) and Spanish. Her experience ranges from reporter and editor to agency executive, grant writer, and media relations director. No matter the job title, her passion of telling stories for the betterment of communities shines through. Most recently, Carrie served as the associate director of public relations and social media for Adler University, a nonprofit graduate school in downtown Chicago dedicated to social justice and leveling the playing field for people in marginalized populations.
Maureen Dykinga, MS, CCC-SLP
Director of Speech-Language Pathology Programs
Maureen has been a practicing speech-language pathologist for over 18 years, for much of that time owning and operating her own private practice. After earning a bachelor of science degree in speech and hearing from the University of Arizona, she graduated with a master of science in communication disorders from Arizona State University. Maureen’s professional experiences include supporting families of infants and children with special needs to develop skills in feeding, communication and cognition. In addition to clinical work, Maureen has used her passion for supporting diverse populations by implementing programs and conducting training domestically and internationally in Zambia, Mongolia, Ethiopia, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Russia, Mauritius, and Bulgaria. She has also contributed her clinical expertise to co-develop a web-based app to screen for and offer interventions to infants and children with feeding difficulties living in orphanage settings. Maureen believes that collaboration within the global community elevates clinical practice and is essential for promoting improved outcomes.