The Board

Kira Hanßmann – President

Hi everyone! My name is Kira, I am from Germany and currently in my fourth year of my dual studies of occupational therapy at the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrueck and OT-School Osnabrueck (ETOS).
My family moved around a lot when I was younger, therefore internationalisation, especially connecting with people from different countries and cultures, has  been a big part of my life from an early age.
During an internship abroad I got to know SPOTeurope and was immediately keen on joining the board! I wanted to use this opportunity to be involved in connecting OT students across Europe. Through this, I believe we can all strengthen our therapeutic role, support professionalisation and gain intercultural skills by broadening our horizons. After 2 years in SPOTeurope, I took on the role as president.

Megan Zina – Outreach Coordinator

Hi guys 😊 My name is Megan and I’m at my thrid 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 (ou******@sp********.eu), I will be more than happy to help you through this fun journey!

Angela Lumpert Palacios – Student Board Member ENOTHE

Hi everyone!😊 My name is Angela, I am 21 years old and a second-year Occupational Therapy student at the Miguel Hernandez University in Spain. I am also from the US, which might be the reason behind my interest in internationalization, as it has always been part of my family though different generations. In my spare time, I like to catch up with friends, dance and play piano.

I got to know about SPOT Europe through my university and from that moment on I looked forward to a chance of becoming a member, since I saw my needs and wants for connecting with other OT students across Europe and gaining knowledge around how OT practice looks like in different countries. With this, I am more than thrilled to take on my role as a Student Board Member in ENOTHE. I look forward towards the rest of this journey ahead of me. 

Aleyna Kayım – Events Coordinator

Hello everyone! My name is Aleyna, and I am from Turkey. Currently, I am a Masters Occupational Therapy student at Hacettepe University. In my spare time, I love reading, writing, and drawing, and keen on both analog and digital photography. Also, I have a special interest in learning different languages. I grew up in a multicultural environment, and the things I watched and read while I was growing up, and the people I met, always increased my desire and curiosity to communicate with people from different cultures. Ever since I was little, I knew that no matter what department I was in I would prioritize interculturalism.
My paths crossed with SPOTeurope when I was a part of the Mini Spot team at my university and
when I realized how much its mission and vision fit with my life philosophy, I had a great motivation
to be included in the team. My adventure, which started in the Sounding Board and becomingBlogger, now continues with Events Coordinator. The idea of reaching and connecting with the occupational therapy community in the world continues to excite me. 

Victoria amoako- General Board Member

Hi everyone, my name is Victoria Amoako. I am 22yrs and I currently attend the University of Southampton in England studying Occupational Therapy. I heard about SPOT Europe through my lecture, and I was immediately drawn to the mission and vision of SPOT Europe. As a general board member, I am super excited to embark on this journey with my amazing colleagues to ensure the collaboration of OT students to create and manage impactful projects worldwide. I love to swim, and play basketball, football and volleyball when I am less busy :). With my creative and empathetic nature, I look forward to advocating and promoting OT internationally.


Gaëlle Van Liefferinge – Blogger

Hello everyone! My name is Gaëlle. I am a 22-year-old student from Belgium, currently in my first year of the European Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. This programme brings me into contact with occupational therapists from different countries. This has increased my interest in internationalisation. In addition to my studies, I work part-time in the rehabilitation department where I help rehabilitate patients in the polytrauma and amputation ward. This hands-on experience is invaluable and allows me to apply what I have learned and make a tangible difference in patients’ lives.  

During my studies, I discovered SPOTeurope. I’m thrilled to be part of this community, which fosters the exchange of knowledge, ideas, and experiences. I believe that blogs can be a powerful tool for connecting occupational therapists worldwide. 

Katerina Tsanaktsi – Social Media Lead

Hello guys! My name is Katerina Tsanaktsi, I’m 20 years old and I’m an Occupational Therapy student from Greece. I study at the University of Western Macedonia in Ptolemaida. I love poetry and writing because it makes me feel like travelling through the paper to another worlds. 

I heard about SPOT on my first year of university and after two years of being member to the Sounding board as a helper for SPOT, I became Social Media Lead. It’s really exciting for me to meet all these people and learn all these things. SPOTeurope is really giving me the opportunity to talk about what I’m interested in about ot and what I can do with my occupation.  I’m always here to post new things and promote OT! 

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