Meredith Gronski, OTD, OTR/L, CLA launched the first Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program in North Carolina at Methodist University in 2018. She has been an occupational therapist for over 15 years, practicing in early interventions home care, public schools, a private school for the deaf, and now supports the eligibility evaluation process for the Early In program at Cumberland County Schools in addition to her full-time faculty appointment. She earned the academic leadership credential (CLA) as a member of the inaugural cohort of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Academic Leadership Institute. She is currently serving as President (2019-2021) of the North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association (NCOTA). Dr. Gronski’s most recent peer-reviewed publications and textbook chapters address occupational therapy interventions for young children to support self-care skills and sleep. She currently serves the larger Fayetteville community as Vice-Chair of the Board of the Partnership for Children of Cumberland County and as a religious education catechist and lector for St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Catholic Church. She is the mother of 5 boys and her occupational balance includes nature hikes and “ice cream Sunday” with her family.