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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 orthotic fittings of pre-fabricated UE/LE splints for SNF, Home Care and OP settings 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, biking and boating and is a devoted Grandma to two boys. She is excited about leading ConnOTA and working with such wonderful professionals on the board in supporting the membership! 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 Doyle, 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 husband Tim and enjoys family time, running, and reading. Stephanie is utilizing her organizational skills and attention to detail in doing a fantastic job with maintaining the organizations books! Contact Stephanie

 

SECRETARY -   Gus Schlegel Contact Gus

Gus is currently working towards a Doctorate of Philosophy in Public Health with Concentration in Community Education, received his Master of Professional Studies with Humanitarian Services Administration Concentration in 2016 , his Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1995 and is OTA certificate in 1988.  Gus currently works in home care and is an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University. He was previously the owner of a therapy company, and worked as an academic fieldwork coordinator for LaGuardia Community College .  He served with the US Army as a staff OT and Director of OT Detachment Commander, Company Commander, Occupational Therapy Assistant deployed to Persian Gulf during Operations Desert Shield/Storm as the first occupational therapy assistant in a combat environment to assist in developing combat stress doctrine. Gus has been involved with    Bon Samaritain School and Clinic, L’Acul, Haiti, WI March 2008 – Present

Participated in 10 trips to Haiti since 2008 to consult and collaborate with community leaders and healthcare providers in the rural community of L’Acul in Northern Haiti. Collaborated with the community to reopen a medical clinic in the region in November 2009, which operates weekly to provide medical services to the local community of 12,000 people. With another occupational therapist, began an occupational therapy clinic in May 2010 and has provided occupation-based interventions for over 100 adults and children with disabilities. Co-leads service learning and mission trips to Haiti including groups of graduate occupational therapy students. Provides ongoing support and consultation at the Bon Samaritan School, which has grown from K-5 to Pre-K to secondary school, which commenced in 2016. Provides consultation on various projects including a lunch program, an after-school program, construction and computers, and a reforestation program. Writes grants and conducts fundraising for ongoing support of a weekly medical clinic and the school operating budget. Grants written include school and clinic reconstruction, computers, and reforestation. Provides ongoing support for community members entering the medical field including two nurses who have completed their training and one current medical student. Planning support of occupational therapy student beginning in 2017.

Gus is excited to volunteer his time with ConnOTA in the capacity of secretary.

 

MEMBER FOR GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS-Joan Sauvigne-Kirsch Contact Joan

Joan Sauvigne-Kirsch received her BS/BA from Rutgers College, MS from Columbia University, and Ed.D. from SCSU.  She has worked at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation and Overlook Hospital in MJ, Shenandoah University and Winchester Medical Center in VA, a variety of school district in CT including Guilford Public Schools and ACES.  Was recently the Director of Fieldwork/Experiential Education at Western New Englan University’s new entry level OTD program in Springfield, MA.  And is currently employed at Sacred Heart University.  Her docoral dissertation in Educational Leadership was on “Examining OTs as Potential School Leaders”.  Her dissertation has increased her interest in government affairs, as she has gained appreciation for the intersection of policy and practice within OT.  Her academic positions also requires much policy understanding and writing to develop the program and meet accreditation standards.  She is excited to address the government affairs needs of ConnOTA and its legislative needs at the state capital.


MEMBER AT LARGE - Maggie Moriarty

 

Maggie Moriarty, MS, COTA/L is a graduate of MCC’s OTA Program, Maggie holds a Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Education, both from Central CT State University. Since 2011, she has been both a Professor in, and Program Director of, Manchester Community College’s  Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. Prior to assuming the role of Program Director, Maggie was the program’s Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for twelve years. She has worked extensively within the mental health practice area on inpatient behavioral health units, serving children, adolescents, adults and geriatric populations as well as in day treatment and partial hospitalization programs.  A former member of ACOTE’s Roster of Accreditation Evaluators and ConnOTA’s Board (role of Secretary), Maggie is thrilled to have this opportunity to serve the ConnOTA membership as a Coordinator of Membership Outreach!

 

 

MEMBER AT LARGE:  Lisa Marie Patanaude

 

 

Lisa Marie Patanaude 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 as a Pediatric COTA in both the clinic and school system.  At MCC, Lisa Marie was the President of the Student Occupational Therapy Association.  As President of SOTA, Lisa Marie and her classmates raised funds for nonprofit organizations including Bead for Life and Free Wheel Chair Mission.  She also organized classroom food drives and represented MCCs OTA Program at the MS Walk and the Inequality Conference.  Lisa Marie’s passion, enthusiasm, and leadership skills as Member for Public Affairs and was named co-recipient of ConnOTAs Emerging Leader Award.  She firmly believes that participation and membership in ConnOTA is of utmost 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. she is beginning her second term in supporting and promoting active membership in ConnOTA!  Contact Lisa Maria

 

 

SIS CHAIR - Donna Reed-Oliver

 

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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.

In her role as SIS Chair, Donna coordinates and communicates with the section Liaisons to develop SIS events and supports their role in communicating with members . Contact Donna

 
SIS Liaison -  Technology: Karen Majeski

 

Karen Majeski, OTD, OTR/L received her Bachelor Degree (1995) in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University and her OTD (2017) from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  Karen has 23 years of experience working in many areas including mental health, hospital and sub-acute care, however, the majority of her work (18 years) has been with the pediatric population where she has worked in early intervention, clinic and home services, and school-based practice. Karen is currently a district Occupational Therapist for Cheshire Public Schools where she services students ages 4-22.  After receiving her competency certificate in Assistive Technology from the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (2005) Karen became the Assistive Technology liaison for Cheshire Public Schools providing education and training to the district therapists. She also sits on the district instructional and technology committees. In addition, Karen is a part-time faculty member of Quinnipiac University where she has lectured and teaches lab courses in Assistive Technology. She is a faculty advisor for Best Buddies CT and is a member of the Cheshire-Quinnipiac Transition Collaborative team.  

Karen is available to ConnOTA members who have questions in the area of Technology.  She is open to suggestions for topics and invites members who have an interest in sharing their knowledge to present as a speaker at an SIS session.  Contact Karen

 

SIS Liaison:  Pediatrics:  Donna Sweeney        Contact Donna

 

Donna Sweeney, M.Ed., OTR/L holds a Masters degree in Educational Technology from American College of Education and a Bachelors degree in Occupational Therapy from Utica College (of Syracuse University). Donna has had over 30 years of clinical practice, with the primary area of practice being in the area of Pediatrics in both private and school-based practice.  Donna currently is an Associate Professor and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for Manchester Community College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program.  She received ConnOTA’s 2018 Award of Service in recognition of her leadership and facilitation of a Community of Practice for school-based practitioners.

As the Pediatric SIS Liaison, Donna wants to hear from you if you would like to share your knowledge on a specific topic or if you have an idea for an SIS session.

Donna is available to ConnOTA members who have questions in the area of Pediatrics. 


 

SIS Liaison: Mental Health: Dennis Aptaker    Contact Dennis

 

Dennis Aptaker has been an occupational therapist since 2008 when he graduated from Quinnipiac University. Following his education, Dennis worked for the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services as part of Young Adult Services. Within this role, Dennis worked with adolescents and emerging adults as they gained the necessary life skills to live independently in the community.  Additionally, Dennis provided consultation and group programming at two transitional residences. Dennis then transitioned to Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital where he gained experience working in acute psychiatry across the life span. In 2015, Dennis completed his post-professional occupational therapy doctorate degree to focus on becoming a practitioner-scholar. At this time, Dennis also become the Mental Health Special Interest Liaison for CONNOTA. Since 2016, Dennis has been a full-time faculty member at Quinnipiac University in the Department of Occupational Therapy. His primary teaching responsibilities include mental health theory, health conditions, evaluation, and intervention. Additionally, Dennis oversees the psychosocial and behavioral fieldwork components. Dennis continues to practice per diem at Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital and is an active advocate for the profession in mental health practice.  

 
 Dennis is available to ConnOTA members who have questions in the area of mental health.  He is open to suggestions for topics and invites members who have an interest in sharing their knowledge to present as a speaker at a SIS session.

SIS Liaison: Administration and Management: Tara Glennon   Contact Tara

Tara J. Glennon, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA is the Owner of the Center for Pediatric Therapy with offices in Darien, Fairfield, and Wallingford, and Professor of OT at Quinnipiac University.  Tara is currently part of AOTA’s CPT Coding Initiative Task Force and the Habilitative Workgroup.  She has also served as the AOTA Administration and Management Special Interest Section (AMSIS) Chair, AOTA Private Practice Subsection Coordinator, and multiple roles within ConnOTA.  Dr. Glennon has published and presented on a variety of topics related to management and administrative issues.

 

Tara is available to ConnOTA members who have questions in the area of Administration and Management .  She is open to suggestions for  topics and invites members who have an interest in sharing their knowledge to present as a speaker at an SIS session.


SIS Liaison: Productive Aging: Tracy Van Oss  Contact Tracy



Dr. Tracy Van Oss is a clinical professor in the Occupational Therapy Department. Tracy has earned a Doctor of Health Science degree, a Master in Public Health degree, a Bachelor of Science degree in Corporate Communication and a degree in occupational therapy from QU. She is a Community Health Education Specialist (CHES), and has an AOTA Specialty Certification in Environmental Modification.  She also serves as a board member for the Columbus House, a homeless shelter in New Haven and is a Fellow with the American Occupational Therapy Association. She has also earned a certificate in experiential education from the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) and works to engage her students into real world scenarios. She works full time as a professor at Quinnipiac University and work per diem in home care for 20+ years.

 Tracy is available to ConnOTA members who have questions in the area of Productive Aging.  She is open  to suggestions for topics and invites members who have an interest in sharing their knowledge to present as a speaker at a SIS session.

 

SIS Liaison: Rehabilitation, Disability and Participation: Elizabeth Kloczko                                                                                                                                           Contact Elizabeth

 

Elizabeth Kloczko, OTD, OTR/L received her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from University of Scranton and her post-professional OTD from Quinnipiac University. For 10 years Elizabeth worked with the adult neurological population at NYU Langone Medical Center Rusk Rehabilitation. Elizabeth is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Quinnipiac University. She has presented both locally and nationally on topics including neurological visual assessment and intervention, spinal cord injury, physical rehabilitation, and adaptive sports. Elizabeth is actively involved with a CT based adaptive water and snow ski program.

 

Elizabeth is available to ConnOTA members who have questions in the area of Rehabilitation, Disability and Participation.  She is open to suggestions for topics and invites members who have an interest in sharing their knowledge to present as a speaker at a SIS session.

 

MEMBERS FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:  

               

Valerie Strange

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valerie Strange, MS, OTR/L received her Bachelor Degree (1986) and post professional Master’s Degree (2013) in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University. With greater than 30 years’ experience, Valerie has worked in a variety of practice settings along the life span continuum, with the last 17 years concentrated in pediatric practice; from early intervention, clinic based, and school based practice. Valerie is currently a full time clinical assistant professor at Quinnipiac University and continues to provide consultative services to a local school district.  She has presented both locally and nationally. Valerie also serves on the Best Buddies Advisory Board and is a member of the advisory committee for Clifford Beers Clinic.  Valerie is an energetic and committed member of the conference team and generously offers her time to ConnOTA to ensure our events run smoothly!   Contact Valerie

 

Meagen Barton

 

 

 

Meagen E Barton has been a practicing occupational therapist for 12 years. She received her education at Springfield College (MEd in OT ‘06) and Quinnipiac University (Post-Professional Doctorate ‘15). Meagen currently works for Constellation School- Based Therapy in both a supervisory and clinical role in Greenwich public schools. In addition, she has the honor to share her passion for OT and education as an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University. She is thrilled to serve ConnOTA to supprt her profession in a new, meaningful way! Contact Meagen.

 

Amy Burton: Contact Amy

 

 

Amy Burton OTD, OTR/L is a school-based occupational therapist and the OT and PT Supervisor for Constellation Health Services in Fairfield County. She received her doctorate from Quinnipiac University in 2015 focusing her research on interprofessional collaboration and training between OT and ABA practitioners. Amy was a contributing author to the Guidelines for Occupational Therapy in Connecticut Schools (2017) and is part-time faculty at Sacred Heart University. Amy is excited to assist with conference planning and eagerly lends her organizational skills with the team !Contact Amy 



MEMBER FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS - Lisa Marie Patanaude, COTA/L  

Lisa Marie Patanaude, 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 as a Pediatric COTA in both the clinic and school system. 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. In 2017 she was recognized for her commitment and leadership skills as Member for Public Affairs and was named Co-Recipient of ConnOTA’s Emerging Leader Award. 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.

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