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VICTORIA GRESH, CAE
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Victoria currently serves as the Executive Director of the Ohio Physical Therapy Association where her primary responsibilities include board/staff relations, legislative and regulatory issues and association operations. Prior to joining OPTA, Victoria was the executive director of the Academy of Senior Health Services (formerly the Ohio Academy of Nursing Homes), and served as a liaison and lobbyist between the long-term care profession, state government and regulatory agencies, and the public to promote and maintain the general welfare of Ohio's most vulnerable citizens.

Before advocating for long-term care, Victoria was the director of operations with the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio (BX). She was responsible for all of the association's human resources practices and procedures, including staff recruitment and retention, and effectively managed six departments within the association.

 

Victoria began her career in association management as the associate director/lobbyist for the Ohio Association of School Business Officials (OASBO), and served as president of the organization's political action committee (PAC). She helped develop the first formalized legislative beliefs statement for the association, and testified before the legislature on various education issues.

She initially pursued her interest in politics and government as a legislative aide in both the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate, and worked on policy issues affecting women and children as staff representative for the then House Children & Youth Committee.

A graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, Victoria majored in international studies with concentration on foreign policy, and participated in a National Work-Study Program in Hamburg, Germany.

In her free time, she likes to run, bike (and now) swim and travel to her favorite destinations. She resides in Westerville with her family.


Primary Areas of Responsibility: Chief of staff, board of directors liaison, legislative and regulatory affairs. Contact Victoria at vgresh@ohiopt.org

 


MARIE RUSKIN
MEMBER ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST 

As the Member Engagement Specialist for OPTA, Marie is busy keeping active and engaged with the OPTA members and student members through various social media outlets,
webinars, e-blasts, and other marketing campaigns.

Marie is a graduate of Franklin University where she received her Bachelors in Marketing.
She brings several years of marketing, content creation, writing and public relations experience to the OPTA team. 

In her free time, and when the weather permits, you can find Marie soaking up the sun outdoors, usually by a pool or some other body of water, and spending time with her friends and family. 

Some of Marie's favorite things to do are traveling, shopping, trying new "hidden-gem" restaurants around Central Ohio, listening to Podcasts, and reading a good book.
She currently lives in Canal Winchester with her husband. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Primary Areas of Responsibility: Membership services, communications/social media strategy, public relations, and Student SIG. Contact Marie at mruskin@ohiopt.org

 


 

 

 

LORI PEFFLY
CONFERENCE & EDUCATION MANAGER

As Conference and Education Manager for OPTA, Lori is busy planning the Annual Conference and other OPTA events as well as coordinating the continuing education application process. Lori is a graduate of Otterbein College and has several years of experience in training and development. 

When the weather cooperates, Lori can be found on her stand-up paddle board at many of Central Ohio’s lakes. She also enjoys yoga (sometimes on the paddle board) and golf.

Lori also likes to travel and recently checked "whale watching in Hawaii” off her bucket list. She lives in Worthington with her husband and two children.

 
 

Primary Areas of Responsibility: Event logistics, continuing education, conference and Political Action Committee (PAC) liaison. Contact Lori at lpeffly@ohiopt.org.

   

  TEAM MEMBERS

Vicky Humphrey, PT, CE Reviewer
Kristen Blatt, PT, DPT, CE Reviewer
Amanda Sines, OPTA Lobbyist
Mikayla Pollitt, OPTA Lobbyist
Bob Swinehart, Payment Policy Specialist
Ruth Garner, CPA




 
     

 

 

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