Working toward goal of becoming an occupational therapist, Ms. Hoagland attended Loma Linda University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in occupational therapy in 1975 and became registered in the field. She continued her education later in her journey, earning an Associate of Science in industrial drafting technology from Mount San Antonio College in 1985 and becoming a certified brain injury specialist in 2008. Additionally, Ms. Hoagland joined prominent professional organizations like the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Occupational Therapy Association.
Ms. Hoagland’s first hands-on experience as a professional was at the Yuka Mission Hospital in Zambia, Africa, from 1976 to 1977. She returned to the U.S. that year, taking on a variety of positions throughout Illinois, California, and Colorado. Ms. Hoagland was a staff occupational therapist for the Hinsdale Sanitarium and Hospital, the Glendale Adventist Medical Center and the Corona Community Hospital, and a floating staff occupational therapist at the Hilltop Rehabilitation Center, St. Mary’s Rehabilitation Center and the Grand Junction Community Hospital. She also served as a re-entry occupational therapist at Rancho Los Amigos, an occupational therapist and independent living skills trainer supervisor at Interim Home Health Care, an industrial drafter for Amerex Co., and a staff occupational therapist coordinator at Grand Junction Community Hospital. She retired in 2013.
When Ms. Hoagland wasn’t working, she enjoyed being active in her community. Notably, from 2006 to 2010, she was a board member of the Brain Injury Trust Fund. She also held memberships with the Colorado National Museum of Women In the Arts and Western Colorado Center for the Arts.
As a testament to her hard work and dedication, Ms. Hoagland has been listed in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who of American Women, and Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare.