Flo Hannes,MS, OTR, FAOTA*
Flo Hannes is the Chairperson of the Program. She received a BS in Occupational Therapy from New York University and an MS in Education form Long Island University. Flo has been with the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at SUNY ORANGE since 1978. Her teaching responsibilities include: Fundamentals of OT I and Principles of Occupational Therapy in Mental Health.
Flo has been an active supporter of many community programs and agencies within Orange County, and has been especially involved in promoting community-based occupational therapy programs. "Weaving the Community: the Orange County 9/11 Quilt", an Occupational Therapy Assistant Program initiative involving 1600 members of the Orange County community, has been her most ambitious and rewarding project to date. In addition to her academic, professional, and community activities, Flo maintains her own mental health by performing a one-woman evening of comedy, "Conversations with a Jewish Mother" and more recently "When Did I Become My Mother" which has raised over $30,000 for not-for-profit agencies. Flo has been recognized by the YWCA Orange County and Girls Scouts Heart of the Hudson, as the 2011 Woman of Achievement in Education; the Jewish Family Service of Orange County as a 'Shining Community Star'; and Elant, Inc. as the recipient of the 2013 Community Signature Award.
Among her professional accomplishments, Flo is a *Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Emeriti Accreditation Specialist for the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education and a member of the New York State Board for Occupational Therapy. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Orange County Office for the Aging and the ZYLOFONE Performing Arts Center Advisory Board.
Mildred Consolo-Melchionne, BS, COTA
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
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 promotes the OT/OTA team approach as a co-teacher in Pediatrics and Medical Conditions. She also serves on the Executive Board of the NYS OT Association as the COTA/OTA liaison.
Donna Christensen, AAS, COTA
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).
Donna Frazier, BS, OTR/L
Donna Frazier 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. She teaches the Principles of OT in Geriatrics & Gerontology, Principles of Occupational Therapy in Physical Disabilities and Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy II courses.
Donna is presently the Corporate Rehabilitation Director for Elant Inc. Her responsibilities include, oversight, supervision and scheduling for the delivery of all rehabilitation services including physical, occupational and speech therapy services for five skilled nursing facilities, and a growing community based program. Donna is as car-fit certified trainer, and actively involved in regional and statewide Occupational Therapy associations and serves on the Advisory Boards of SUNY Orange OTA program and is on the board of Hudson Valley Senior Source a local chapter of National Aging in Place.
Michael Gawronski, MS, OTR/L
Michael has over 15 years of experience serving as a leader, instructor and practitioner in Occupational Therapy and Post-secondary Education. Michael currently serves as the Associate Vice President for the Health Professions Division at SUNY Orange. He teaches Medical Conditions and delivers lectures in Assistive Technology in the OTA Program.
Prior to his current position, Michael was Assistant Director and Instructor of Occupational Therapy Assistant and Graduate students at Mercy College. His clinical experience as an Occupational Therapist and Assistive Technology Practitioner was at Helen Hayes Rehabilitation Hospital, where he implemented treatment programs for individuals in a specialty outpatient setting. Michael has particular expertise in computer accessibility, environmental/home modifications, seating/wheeled mobility and augmentative/alternative communication systems.
Michael has a B.S./M.S. in Occupational Therapy from D’Youville College, and a B.S. in Health Services Administration from SUNY Institute of Technology. Michael is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Colorado State University's School of Education where he is studying College and University Leadership. His research interests focus on higher education experiences of underrepresented groups, particularly students with disabilities, and Universal Design for Instruction.
Mary Beth Gleason, BS, MS, OTR/L
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.
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Flo Hannes, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, Chair
115 South Street Middletown, NY 10940
Margaret Boyle, Department Secretary
Mildred Consolo-Melchionne, COTA
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator