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 ;)”

Natalie Pickering – Vice President
“Hi, I’m Natalie, I’m a second year OT student at the University of Worcester in the UK.  I’m excited to be part of SPOT to share new perspectives and opportunities for us as students! I have been on 2 Erasmus placements in the past and believe in the benefits of internationalisation to promote our profession! I have an interest in the Arts and anything creative, especially if its combined with improving wellbeing 🙂 We are on the lookout for different stories and news of student activities from anywhere in the world! Please get in touch if you would like to write a guest blog or share some of your experiences to represent the diversity of our profession 🙂 Look forward to hearing from you!”

Emma Rodrigues – Outreach Coordinator
“Hi there 😀 My name is Emma, I am from England and I am studying on the European Master of Science in Occupational Therapy programme! I am so passionate about connecting internationally and creating strong support networks together! I am hoping with my role as the outreach coordinator for SPOT, I can use this as a platform for us to connect, support and inspire each other! Feel free to contact me any time if you are interested in setting up a mini SPOT within your university, being a student representative for SPOT or if you wish to be in the sounding board! I also love to hear what everyone is up to across the globe so please let me know about your activities and achievements! I very much look forward to interacting with you – Emma xxx”

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.”

Julie Valckx – Event Coordinator
“Hi there everyone! My name is Julie, I am from the Netherlands and study at the Zuyd University. I’m currently starting my 4th and final year of my OT education. 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 Event Coordinator in the SPOTeurope board. Since I was 12 I was educated bilingual and at this point my passion for internationalization started.  Another thing I love to do is organize events, I’ve been in many event comittees and organized a lot of different events. I’m very excited to be able to combine these two passions of mine in SPOTeurope. If you have ideas for events I would love to hear from you!”

Bruna Bastos – Social Media
“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!

Emmanouela Kanetaki – Blogger
“Hello everyone, I’m Emmanouela (or Emma for short) from Greece 😀 I’m a third 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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