Meet the Faculty
Rebbecca Fenton, DHPE, MHA, COTA/L
Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Assistant Program
Office: (660) 248-6366
Fax: (660) 248-6377
Employee since 2015
D.H.P.E., Logan University
M.H.A., University of Missouri
B.H.S., Distinction in Leadership Studies, Drury University
A.A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistant, Ozarks Technical Community College
Rebbecca Fenton serves as the Program Director for Central Methodist University's Occupational Therapy Assistant program. Her teaching responsibilities include Introduction to Occupational Therapy, OTA Integrated Labs, Interventions and Tools in Behavioral Health, Health Sciences for the OTA: Ethics, Management, & Leadership, and NBCOT Preparation.
Prior to entering Occupational Therapy professional education Rebbecca practiced for 5 1/2 years in an Acute Care setting. Rebbecca worked with patients across the lifespan from pediatrics to the elderly. She has experience working with multiple diagnoses such as, stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, orthopedic conditions, addictions, cancer, and trauma. In addition, she worked with expecting mothers in the perinatal unit where she contributed to a multi-disciplinary approach to caring for the mother on bedrest. Rebbecca is an active member in the community, currently she serves as a board member for the Howard County Health and Wellness Council.
Fenton, R., Popescu, M., & Moxley, D. (2016). Hospital Personnel Attitude Toward Utilization of Depth Imaging Technology in Hospital Rooms. Missouri medicine, 113(1), 79-84.
Rebbecca completed her Doctorate degree in Health Professions Education at Logan University. Rebbecca is passionate about preparing tomorrow's healthcare practitioners and leaders. It is her ambition to weave OTA educational experiences into the fabric of the communities where students learn and live.
Kelly Rohrbach, OTR/L
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
Instructor of Occupational Therapy Assistant Program
Office: (660) 248-6652
Employee since 2016
B.S. in Occupational Therapy, University of Missouri-Columbia
Kelly Rohrbach serves as the Fieldwork Coordinator for Central Methodist University's Occupational Therapy Assistant program. Her teaching responsibilities include Foundations in Therapeutic Media and Design, Fundamentals and Practice in Adult Development and Physical Dysfunction as well as OT practice in Variety of settings and Professional skills and transitions. In addition to teaching she coordinates and supervises all fieldwork experiences for Level I and Level II students.
Prior to entering Occupational Therapy professional education Kelly practiced for 13 years in a variety of settings working mostly with the older population. She has experience working with multiple diagnoses such as, stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, orthopedic, hand therapy, and trauma. Kelly has experience in the ICU/Acute setting, rehab setting, skilled nursing and home health. She remains an active clinician and participant in wellness activities in the community.
AOTA, MOTA, GOTEC, BTEC advisory member
Kristin Ainsworth, COTA/L
Adjunct Professor of Occupational Therapy Assistant Program - Principles of Neuroscience
Employee since 2017
A.A.S in Occupational Therapy State Fair Community College
B.S. in Health Science Central Methodist University
Kristin Ainsworth is an adjunct professor with the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Central Methodist University whose teaching responsibilities include Principle of Neuroscience and OT Fundamentals and Practice I:Early Development.
Kristin continues to provide pediatric occupational therapy services, primarily in school-based settings but also in early intervention. She has provided services in various settings, including home health, private practice clinic, and urban and rural school districts.
Jacque M. Sample
Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics
Employee since 2019
DrOT, Nova Southeastern University
M.Ed., Masters of Special Education with Emphasis in Autism, University of Missouri-Columbia
BHS OT, University of Missouri-Columbia
Dr. Jacque Sample works as an adjunct professor for pediatrics in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. Prior to this position, Dr. Sample was the Program Director for the Missouri Health Professions Consortium (MHPC) OTA program.
Dr. Sample has been an occupational therapist for 20+ years. She has experience in mental health, acute orthopedics, in-patient physical rehabilitation, and pediatrics. Dr. Sample is passionate about patient advocacy, developing a Hill Day event for the Missouri OT Association and participating in development of legislation important to OT and persons served by OT. Most recently, Dr. Sample has announced her candidacy for the Missouri House of Representatives District 44.
Dr. Sample has served in many leadership positions with the Missouri OT Association (MOTA), most recently serving as MOTA President.
AOTA, MOTA, Commission Member on City of Columbia Disabilities Commission
O’Brien, C.W., Anderson, R., Ayzenberg, B., Chute, P., Farnsworth, T., McLaughlin, R., Romig, B., Samonian, Y., Sample., J., Tynsky, T., Wallace, B., Weinstein, M., & O’Sullivan Maillet, J. (2017). Employers’ viewpoint on clinical education. Journal of Allied Health, 46 (3), 131-137.
Sample, J. (2016). Planning a successful State OT on the hill day: Lessons learned from legislative experiences in Missouri. OT Practice, 21(15), 12-17.