The Board


Cassandra Christianen- President
“Hi guys 😀 I’m Cassandra a fourth year OT student at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS). One of my interest is traveling and I love the fact I can combine this with OT. The international perspective really makes me curious and excited about all of you. This started when I attended my first mobility week in Sweden. It was just amazing to see so many OT students from different countries. I love to interact with other students and share thoughts about OT.
Besides my passion for OT and traveling I like to read, this also helps me to relax for a moment when I am stressed. Usually I read thrillers or detectives but from time to time I like to educate myself as well, so I read also books about psychology, neurology and non-fiction about mental diseases.
I am proud to be your president and hope together we can let the SPOT community grow.
p.s. meet my lovely dog Spot ;)”

Julie Valckx- Vice President
“Hi there everyone! My name is Julie, I am from the Netherlands and study at the Maastricht University. I’m currently starting my master Global Health and have just graduated my OT bachelor. In my spare time I love to dance, cook, travel, read books and letting my creativity on the loose. I will be fulfilling the position of Vice President in the SPOTeurope board. Since I was 12 I was educated bilingual and at this point my passion for internationalization started.”


Megan Zina – Outreach Coordinator
Hi guys 😊 My name is Megan and I’m finishing my first year as an OT student in Leiria, Portugal. I was born in Canada, and I guess this is when my interest in internationalization started and my urge to travel. With this, besides travelling and my love for OT, my interests are reading young fiction books, having fun with my family, friends, and pets, listening to music and cooking!
Ever since I entered university, I was fulfilled with everything about SPOTeurope, and it always captivated me to join the SPOT community and to help it grow. That’s what I will be fighting for in my position as the Outreach Coordinator: captivate other universities across the world and help other universities create their own MiniSPOT. If you have ambition for sharing the OT profession and connect with other OT students while having fun, I will gladly talk to you! According to your desire, we can settle a MiniSPOT in your university or you can also join the SPOTeurope’s Sounding Board! Any questions about these topics feel free to contact me (, I will be more than happy to help you through this fun journey!

Vanessa Röck- Student Board Member ENOTHE
“Hi everyone! 😊 My name is Vanessa, I’m from Tyrol/Austria and currently in the first year of the European Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Already during my Bachelor studies at the Health University of Applied Sciences Tyrol my passion for internationalization got ignited and I’ve tried to use every possibility. Through that I got inspired by students all over the world and now I’m really happy to represent you within ENOTHE as student board member. I truly believe in the value of a good collaboration between students and lecturers and will try to do my best that your voices will be heard! 😊 So please feel free to contact me ( and I look forward to hearing from you.”

Bruna Bastos – Event Coordinator
“Hi everyone! 😊 My name is Bruna, I am from Portugal and I just finished my second year in occupational therapy. I am part of a student community in my school, and I have enjoyed it so much in the last year! When I knew there were vacaciens for the board in SPOTeurope I decided to apply, because I think it is so important and great to be part of associations that care and can improve our student life. 
In SPOTeurope I am now the social media lead so I will updated the Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, I will also be able to be in touch with all of you!
Anything you think is worth sharing with our followers, please be my guest to share it with me through social media.
I am looking forward to join all of you in this amazing journey!

Vanessa Rozalina – Social Media

Emmanouela Kanetaki – Blogger
“Hello everyone, I’m Emmanouela (or Emma for short) from Greece 😀 I’m a fourth year OT student at the Metropolitan College in Marousi, Athens.  I first got in touch with the SPOT during the annual ENOTHE conference in Greece which was being hosted by Metropolitan College. I had the chance and the honor to volunteer there and meet a lot of wonderful and interesting people that made me realize that I wanted to do more with Occupational Therapy than just study and pass my exams. Being able to volunteer there made me keen on internalization and especially communicating with students, just like me, from all around Europe that have unique stories to tell. I had never had a greater urge to be involved in something so creative than I do now, so please feel free to contact me and share your experiences and stories (or pretty much anything OT related) with me and I’ll share it on my behalf as the SPOT blogger! I’m looking forward to talking with each and every one of you!”

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