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PRESIDENT - Judith (Judi) Sheehan











Judith Sheehan is a 1983 magna cum laude graduate of Utica College of Syracuse University. She hails from the Ocean State but made her home in Connecticut after graduation where she gained experience in acute, subacute, long-term care and home care settings. She held supervisory positions as an Occupational Therapy Supervisor and Regional Rehabilitation Director for 15 years and was the lead team member in achieving simultaneous CARF and JCAHO accreditation in two physiatry -directed subacute rehabilitation programs/facilities before starting her own business in 2002. She has achieved successful accreditations/re-accreditations of her company from the American Board for Certification for Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC) and is a Certified Orthotic Fitter (CFo) She has guest-lectured on Orthotics at Manchester Community College and Sacred Heart University and is a part time faculty member at Quinnipiac University as a Level I Fieldwork Instructor for Spring Semester Graduate Students. She and her husband also recently purchased an established commercial HVAC company where she will utilize her organizational management skills in her roles as the Chairman of the Board, Treasurer and Secretary.

Judi has extensive experience with ConnOTA as the Historian since 2000 and has served two terms as Vice President, (2010-2014) where she was instrumental in facilitating many major organizational improvements. She has assisted or held the chair position for the annual Spring Conferences for over 13 years. ConnOTA has awarded her with both the Award of Merit and the President’s award. Judi presented at the 2014 AOTA conference on Orthotics and enjoys mentoring new OT students in Orthotics in the SNF and Home Health Settings. She has a passion for ConnOTA and ensuring that the organization continues to remain a strong and innovative organization where the state’s Occupational Therapists can share their ideas and skills and utilize its growing resources to further their work in the state. In her spare time, she enjoys running and boating in Narragansett Bay and is a very young ;) Grandma to two boys. Contact Judi.

VICE PRESIDENT - John Pagano, Ph.D., OTR/L 











John works as an occupational therapist at an adolescent psychiatric hospital, and in private practice presenting FAB Strategies® workshops.  He is a member of the AOTA School Mental Health Working Group, and posts his blog at www.fabstrategies.orgContact John.

TREASURER - Stephanie Madonna, MS, OTR/L








Stephanie is an occupational therapist at Rehabilitation Associates, Inc., specializing in treating conditions of the upper extremity.  In addition to her full time job, Stephanie also works as a per diem therapist.  A 2014 graduate from Sacred Heart University, Stephanie is thrilled to be returning to her alma mater as an adjunct anatomy tutor in the fall of 2016.  Stephanie firmly believes in the work ConnOTA does to enrich, promote, and represent occupational therapy both in Connecticut and beyond; she is honored to be joining the ConnOTA board and hopes to serve her fellow OT’s as best she can.  A Connecticut native, Stephanie lives in Wallingford with her fiancé Tim and enjoys family time, running, and reading. Contact Stephanie


SECRETARY - Maggie Moriarty, MS, COTA/L     










 Maggie Moriarty, MS, COTA/L received her Associate Degree in Occupational Therapy from Manchester Community College in 1976, Bachelor of Arts (1982) and Master of Science (1992) from Central CT State University. Maggie has worked primarily within the practice area of Mental Health, on inpatient, partial hospital and day treatment programs, treating individuals across the lifespan. Having been an adjunct instructor at Manchester Community College for a number of years, Maggie left full time practice in 1997 to assume the role of Academic Fieldwork Coordinator at MCC, remaining in that role until 2011 when she was appointed the OTA Program Director. She has been the longstanding COTA Liaison for ConnOTA’s as well as an "expert witness” for the CT Department of Health relative to AOTA’s Code of Ethics. Maggie was appointed to AOTA’s Roster of Accreditation Evaluators (RAE) 2005-2008, conducting paper reviews and on site reaccreditation visits around the country. Since October 2013.  Contact Maggie






SIS CHAIR - Donna Reed-Oliver




Donna earned a Masters of Occupational Therapy from American International College in Springfield, MA in 2012.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2002 from Central Connecticut State University. Donna has worked in adult home health, aquatic therapy, and geriatric short/long term care (including treatment of patient’s with intellectual disabilities, orthopedic diagnoses, neurological impairments, and dementia with behavior issues).  Donna has a passion for being creative, which she loves to incorporate in her. Contact Donna




Valerie Strange (Spring Conference Co-Lead)










Valerie has a wealth of pediatric experience and is a faculty member at Quinnipac University where she obtained her Post Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2013.  Contact Valerie


 Terese Betts (Spring Conference Co-Lead)









 Terese Betts graduated with her Master of Science degree in 2012 from Howard University, in Washington, DC.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Towson University in MD in 2009.  Ms. Betts has worked primarily with the geriatric population in skilled nursing settings.  She has participated in research in areas of low vision, physical dysfunction, and mental health.  She has gained experience working in a mental health inpatient  hospital as a Level II fieldwork student at Butler Hospital in RI.  Prior to becoming an Occupational Therapist, she worked as a Paraprofessional in the District of Columbia Public  School system with children on the autism spectrum, ages 3-8.    Contact Terese



Morgan graduated from Suffolk University in Boston with a joint degree in Public Administration and Political science in 2009.  She had a fellowship through UMASS Medical School and the Eunice Shriver Center in Waltham MA, the Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disorders fellowship with a focus in policy development, policy implementation, funding, legislative mechanisms and advocacy within the healthcare arena with a focus on neurodevelopmental and related disorders.  Her undergraduate degree is a B.S. in Occupational Therapy with a minor in Psychology from Quinnipiac College in 1998.  Morgan has brief lobbying experience with the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. She has also had advocacy experience associated with her fellowship. She has independently provided written and oral testimony regarding block grant funding for people with disabilities to federal representatives in 2001.  Professionally Morgan currently works in the home health industry. 
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Lisa Marie Tarchini, COTA/L received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Exercise Science/Human Performance with a Minor in Public Health/Wellness from Southern Connecticut State University in 2013. She also received her Associates Degree in Occupational Therapy from Manchester Community College in 2016. Lisa Marie currently works in a Skilled Nursing Facility, but has interest in gaining experience in all practice settings! At Manchester Community College, Lisa Marie was the President of the Student Occupational Therapy Association. As President of SOTA, Lisa Marie and her classmates raised funds for Non-Profit Organizations including Bead for Life and Free Wheel Chair Mission. She also organized classroom food drives and represented MCC’s OTA Program at the MS Walk and the Inequality Conference. Lisa Marie’s passion, enthusiasm, and leadership skills were recognized and she was awarded the Lisa Poirier Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Occupational Therapy. She firmly believes that participation and membership in ConnOTA is of upmost importance for Students and Practitioners so we can all come together to share ideas and promote OT! In her spare time Lisa Marie enjoys living a healthy active lifestyle and spending time with loved ones. contact Lisa Marie




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