Faculty

Donna Frazier, MA, BS, OTR/L

Program Chair

donnafrazier@sunyorange.edu

Donna Frazier is the OTA Department Chairperson. She is a 1993 graduate of the SUNY Orange Occupational Therapy Assistant Program and joined the program as an Instructor in September 2004. Donna received her BS in Occupational Therapy from Dominican College in 1998 and her MA in Social and Public Policy and an advanced certificate in Health Care Management from SUNY Empire in 2018.

She teaches the  Principles of OT in Geriatrics & Gerontology, Principles of Occupational Therapy in Physical Disabilities, Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy II and Documentation in OT courses.

Donna has held the position of Corporate Rehabilitation Director for Sapphire/Elant Inc. Her responsibilities included oversight, supervision and scheduling for the delivery of all rehabilitation services including physical, occupational and speech therapy services for four skilled nursing facilities, and a growing community based program.  Donna is a car-fit certified trainer, and serves as a Trustee on the Board of the New York State Occupational Therapy Association. Donna also serves on the Advisory Board of Orange County Office of the Aging and she is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist.


Mildred Consolo-Melchionne, BS, COTA/L

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

mildred.consolomelchionne@sunyorange.edu

Mildred Consolo-Melchionne is the program’s Academic Fieldwork Coordinator. She received an AAS in Occupational Therapy Assistant from SUNY Orange in 2001 and a B.S. in Psychology from SUNY Empire State College in 2012.

Mildred joined the OTA faculty in November 2003. She is responsible for the organization and implementation of the fieldwork components of the program. This includes the selection and evaluation of field sites to ensure diverse learning experiences for our students. Mildred teaches Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy I and Medical Conditions courses. She also serves as a Trustee on the Board of the New York State Occupational Therapy Association and as Trustee on the Board of the Mamakating Library. Mildred is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist.

 

Donna Christensen, AAS, COTA/L

Instructor

donnachristensen@sunyorange.edu

Donna joined the staff of the OTA department in the fall semester of 2008.  She received an AAS in  Occupational Therapy Assistant from SUNY Orange in 2001.

Donna teaches Occupational Performance I, Occupational Performance II and Clinical Reasoning Skills. She brings a wealth of experience in the field of school-based Occupational Therapy. Donna provides OT services to the Warwick, NY School District.  In addition she is the Coordinator of the Center for Assistive and Rehabilitative Technology at SUNY Orange (CART).

 

Richard Watt, BS, OTR/L, ATP

Instructor

richardwatt@sunyorange.edu

Rich joined the OTA Department as an Adjunct Instructor in 2015. He received a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy with Distinction in 1998. He also obtained an Associate of Sciences Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant form the Community College of the Air Force in 1994. Rich obtained his certification as an Assistive Technology Practitioner from the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America.

Rich has an extensive background in occupational therapy and assistive technologies. He serves as the Coordinator of both Occupational Therapy and Assistive Technology Services at the Northeast Center for Rehabilitation and Brain Injury in Lake Katrine, NY


Mary Beth Gleason, BS, MS, OTR/L

Instructor

marybethgleason@sunyorange.edu

Mary Beth Gleason began her teaching career in 1992 as an early childhood educator (grades K-4).  She decided to pursue a career as an occupational therapist after completing five years as an elementary educator.  A 1996 graduate of the SUNY Orange Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, Mary Beth received her BS in Occupational Therapy from Dominican College in 2002.  She joined the program as an Instructor in September 2004 and teaches Principles of Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics and Developmental Disabilities.

Mary Beth specializes in Early Intervention, Pre-school and School-based occupational therapy services.  She has developed innovative sensory integration workshops for elementary and secondary grade teachers.  These highly sought experiential seminars focus on the utilization of innovative strategies to adapt the classroom environment to promote opportunities for student success.


Trish Mahan, OTR/L, OTD

Instructor

patriciamahan@sunyorange.edu

Trish joined the OTA Department as an Adjunct Instructor in the Fall of 2018. She earned an AAS degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant from SUNY Rockland in 1998, a BS/MS in Occupational Therapy from Dominican College in 2003, and a Doctoral degree in OT from Chatham University in 2011. 

Trish joins us to teach Occupational Therapy in Mental Health course.  Trish has taught various courses as an Adjunct Instructor in the Dominican College OT BS/MS program and in 2013 joined the developing OTA program at Eastwick College in Ramsey, NJ.  In 2016 Trish accepted a position as Program Director of the Eastwick College OTA program and restructured the design of the program to meet the demands of accreditation, administration and student/faculty needs.

She has recently worked as a Subject Matter Expert for the NJ Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training Grants for the NJ-Prep Project. Trish has also reviewed the curriculum of a newly developed OTA program at Raritan Valley Community College and a newly developed Massage Therapy program at Brookdale Community College.

 


 

 

 

Occupational Therapy Assistant Program:

(845) 341-4323

Donna Frazier, Chair
(845) 341-4323
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Margaret Boyle, Department Secretary
(845) 341-4291
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Mildred Consolo-Melchionne, COTA
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
(845) 341-4322
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