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Zahl Elected to National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification Board

Melissa Zahl, an assistant professor in recreational therapy in the OSU College of Education, has been elected to the board of directors for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC).
NCTRC is the premier credentialing organization for the profession of Therapeutic Recreation, granting the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) designation to qualified recreational therapists.

Zahl joined the OSU faculty in 2014 and has more than 12 years of experience practicing as a CTRS in a variety of populations (long-term care, mental health, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and youth in the foster care system). She has a Ph.D. from the University of Utah and served as an assistant professor at Illinois State University before coming to Oklahoma State. Zahl’s areas of expertise include community integration and spinal cord injury, community reintegration in physical medicine and rehabilitation and clinic supervision of recreational therapists.

NCTRC’s board consists of nine individuals, including seven CTRS member and two appointed members, a Consumer Representative and an Employer Representative. Zahl is one of three newly-elected board members and her term is from 2016-2019. Board members play an important role in governance of the Council and the Board of Directors is responsible for all policy and fiscal decisions regarding NCTRC, directing the work of staff and committees, as well as monitoring all Council activities.