GOTA Annual Conference








September 27-29th, 2019 


Join us at

Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

In Young Harris, GA



Bring your family and join GOTA in the Mountains for our 2019 Annual Conference. Nestled in the North Georgia Mountains is the beautiful and relaxing Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa, home to this year's GOTA Conference. GOTA is excited to present a wonderful array of presentations for this year's meeting.

Attendees can earn up to 14 continuing education contact hours.

Sign up by August 27th, 2019 to receive early bird pricing!



A full copy of the conference brochure and schedule is available HERE!

Member Pricing:

Non-Member Pricing:


GOTA is excited to announce that this year's conference will be completely digital! Download the GOTA conference app to access handouts early, plan your schedule, checkout what activities are available in the area, find local restaurants, and much much more!

Download the app now and find out what attendees are saying on our "Wall"

App is only available to those who have already registered.  

How do you get the app?

1. Search and Download the Socio Event App for Android or iPhone 
2. After the app is installed, tap Sign Up and create your Profile.
 Important: please use the same email address that you used to register.
3. Under Looking for an event? tap Search for events...  
4. Search for and find GOTA 2019 Annual Conference & Business Meeting
5. Tap Join


You are welcome to print and bring any materials you would like. 


Having issues downloading or accessing the app?

Please double check that the email address you are using with the app is the same email address you used to register for conference. Still can't access the app, please email [email protected] with details of the issues you are experiencing. 




Looking for something fun to do while at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa?

Check out some of these options:


Horseback Trail-Riding Experience

o To Schedule call 706-379-9900


o Book a Tee Time call 706-379-4613


o View Services online or call 706-379-2336



o 9.2 miles of wilderness trails


o On-site fishing with complimentary equipment 

o Fishing license required:


o Additional activities for children and families are available throughout the year. Activities listed online at


o Onsite

o The Dining Room; Brassies Grill; Fireside Lounge

o Offsite

o Brothers at Willow Ranch; Mary’s Southern Grill; Enrico’s Italian Restaurant; El Cancun Mexican Restaurant



Exhibitor and Sponsorship



 Thank you to all of our 2019 GOTA Conference Sponsors 



Booking Your Room:

Special rates have been secured for GOTA at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa. 

Book by August 5th to take advantage of the discounted rates.

Room rates start at $199*

(tax and resort fees not included)

To book a room with one of the following features, please call 1-800-201-3205





Click Here to book your room now: GOTA 2019

OR Call 1-800-201-3205 

*Let them know you are part of GOTA


GOTA Annual Conference Special Guests:


Keynote Speaker
Dr. Ginny Stoffel


Dr. Ginny Stoffel earned her Ph.D. in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service from the Cardinal Stritch University in 2007, a Master of Science in Educational Psychology, Counseling at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Bachelor of Arts at St. Catherine University. She worked as an occupational therapist in a community organization for aging persons, and developed recovery-oriented programs for adults and adolescents and their families affected by substance use disorders and mental health issues at DePaul Hospital from 1978- 1990. After teaching several occupational therapy courses at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she became an assistant professor of occupational therapy in 1987, was promoted to associate professor in 1993, and a research scientist with their Center for Addiction and Behavioral Health.  Her research interests include military veteran reintegration, particularly in higher education, leadership development, and lived experiences of persons recovering from mental health concerns, using participatory action approaches and photovoice. She is licensed as an occupational therapist in Wisconsin and enjoys balancing her work with students, veterans, community and professional leadership, and her growing family (with Bob, her husband of more than 42 years, she has 3 sons- Brian, Eric and Adam, and 3 amazing daughter-in-laws-- Ali, Youmna and Nicole, and two grandchildren, Lucy and Oliver). Ginny has served the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association across her lifetime, from representing student perspectives to the AOTA Commission on Education in 1977, to chairing the Mental Health Special Interest Section in the mid-90's, to chairing the SIS Council in the late 1990's/early 2000's, as AOTA Vice President, then AOTA President from 2013-2016. She is currently representing AOTA members who live outside of the United States to the Representative Assembly and as first alternate delegate with Moses Ikiugu representing the AOTA to the World Federation of Occupational Therapy. She has represented the voice of occupational therapy to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Recovery to Practice program, the National Quality Forum Serious Mental Illness Action Team, and is currently involved in several projects for WFOT on mental health, innovation and advocacy. She is an invited speaker across the United States and internationally, has authored numerous chapters and articles, and is co-author of Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: A Vision for Participation, 2nd edition, 2019, with Catana Brown and Jaime Munoz, a text used worldwide in occupational therapy education programs. Ginny swims almost daily, enjoys biking, hiking and kayaking, reads with two book clubs, and spends time with her large extended family. She makes stained glass windows and you might see evidence of this in her slides.


Guest Speaker
Dr. Rachelle Dorne


GOTA is excited to announce that Dr. Rachelle Dorne, M.Ed., Ed.D., OTR/L, CAPS will attend the 2019 GOTA Annual Conference and Business meeting September 27th-29th.

Dr. Dorne is serving a 3-year term as the Region II Director on the Board of the American Occupational Therapy Political Action Committee (AOTPAC). Region II includes Georgia, Florida, Maryland, N. Carolina, Pennsylvania, S. Carolina, Virginia, Washington, DC, W. Virginia. In this role, Dr. Dorne advocates for political action for AOTPAC and AOTA members at the state and national level, and educates members about political issues facing the occupational therapy profession. She has a passion for civic engagement and professional advocacy. Dr. Dorne has participated in AOTA Capitol Hill Day for 5 years with students from Florida and Virginia. Since August 2018, she has served as the Director of the Occupational Therapy Program (MOT) at James Madison University. Her practice interests include productive aging, home modification using universal design and hoarding by older adults.

Donate to the Political Action Group's Silent Auction 


The Political Action Group will be holding a silent auction at the 2019 GOTA Annual Conference and needs your support and donations to ensure a successful auction. If you have any items or services you are interested in donating, please complete this form by September 13th, 2019

Contributions to the OT PAG fund can be a dollar (and up) and will be thoughtfully utilized to support issues, people and activities that contribute positively to the OT profession in Georgia. The OT PAG is a political action committee and is not fiscally tied to GOTA. Contributions or gifts to GOTA PAG are not deductible as charitable contributions for income tax purposes. Any tax questions regarding this item should be directed to your tax advisor.

Click Here to complete the online form