The Texas Society for Hand Therapy has several ways for our members to get involved with our organization.  One such way is by volunteering on a committee.  These committees work to advance the field of hand therapy through education, research, communication, and legislative advocacy.  If you are interested in getting involved, please email the committee chair for more information.


Advocacy Committee

Committee Chair: VACANT

The advocacy committee is responsible for educating and promoting the value of hand therapy to others throughout Texas.  This committee is responsible for communicating with educators, philanthropic businesses, and legislators to share the message of the Texas Society for Hand Therapy.  Each year, the advocacy committee helps coordinate "Day at the Capitol" in conjunction with the Texas Occupational Therapy Association.


Awareness Committee

Committee Chair: Jarrod Maddox, OTD, OTR, CHT

Email: [email protected]

The awareness committee is responsible for promoting the hand therapy profession for both our members and the general public.  Each year, this committee plans events during Hand Therapy Week held the first week in June. 




Communications Committee

Committee Co-Chair: Alex Hussey, OTR, MOT, CHT

Email: [email protected]

The communications committee is responsible for promoting TSHT by creating content and sharing it across all of TSHT's social media platforms.  They are also responsible to creating virtual and physical advertisements for the organization. 



Committee Co-Chair: Kelsey Tzobanakis, OTR, CHT

Email: [email protected]






2025 Annual Educational Conference Committee

Committee Co-Chair: Cara Smith, PT, DPT, CHT, MSHA

Email: [email protected]





Committee Co-Chair: Kay Youngblood, MBA, MOT, CHT, CLT-LANA

Email: [email protected]