Meet Miss MidState 2016 – a.k.a. Marla Peiffer, OT Graduate Student


Marla Peiffer, Miss MidState

Marla Peiffer, Miss MidState 2016

Last year we told you about a senior O.T. student who was named Miss York County for 2015.  Well, she’s done it again…but in another scholarship pageant.  Congratulations to current graduate student, Marla Peiffer, who was crowned Miss MidState in January 2016!

Marla represents the Mid-State region by participating in various service activities such as events at the Penn State Children’s Hospital at Hershey (part of the Children’s Miracle Network) and also reading with local elementary school students.  Marla continues to promote her advocacy platform, “Inclusion Revolution – Best Buddies Moving Forward” with the goal of promoting participation in social and leisure activities as well employment opportunities for adults with disabilities.

2016 Marla Peiffer Miss MidState best buddies platform


In June, Marla will compete in the Miss Pennsylvania Scholarship pageant, a precursor to the Miss America pageant. We wish her all the best in this endeavor and in her future career as an Occupational Therapist!

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About Debbie Waltermire

As an Assistant Professor in the O.T. Department, I have taught courses in Group Process, OT Administration/Management & Supervision, and Psychosocial Interventions. My clinical background is in adult psychiatry, esp. schizophrenia. My research includes sensory processing in schizophrenia and sensory factors in vocational environments, and the impact of congenital heart defects on occupational performance in children and adolescents/young adults. Family centered care, health care policy, and public health are also within the realm of my professional work.

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