Donna Frazier, MA, BS, OTR/L
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 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.
Richard Watt, BS, OTR/L, ATP
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
Kimberly Jordan, OTR/L
Kimberly began teaching as an adjunct instructor in the OTA department in the Fall semester of 2022 and will be teaching OT in Pediatrics/Developmental Disabilities. Kimberly received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University in 1998. Her specialization is in pediatrics and she has worked in early intervention, preschool, and with school-aged children as an evaluator, interventionist, and supervisor of Occupational Therapy Assistants. She is currently the supervising OTR at Sunny Days Consulting Services in Middletown, NY Kimberly also has certifications in the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) and in Infant Massage.
Tarah Miller, BA, COTA/L, MA
Tarah Miller began teaching as an adjunct instructor in the OTA department during
Fall 2021 semester. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from SUNY New
Paltz that she earned in 2005, an AAS degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant from SUNY Orange that was received in 2016, and most recently, a Master of Professional Studies degree in Social Justice Educational Studies from SUNY New Paltz in 2021.
She teaches Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy I and Occupational PerformanceII. Her specializations are in adolescent and adult mental health and developmental disabilities.
Tarah is also the Assistant Director for an inclusive post secondary education program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities at SUNY Orange. This program was established through a pilot program that was developed by the OTA department several years before the program launched in 2016. This non-traditional OT setting serves as both a clinical fieldwork site for the OTA program and an integral shared learning experience for students in both programs.
David Lewis, OTD, OTR/L
Dr. Lewis began teaching as an adjunct instructor in the OTA department in the Fall of 2022 and will be teaching the OT in Geriatrics and OTA Skills Lab. In 2020, he earned his Doctorate in Occupational Therapy for the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences at their San Diego, California campus. He currently practices at Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital and Middletown Park Manor Rehabilitation and Healthcare. Dr. Lewis also has dual Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Criminal Justice, and a minor in Communications from the State University of New York Oneonta.
Dr. Lewis’s occupational therapy specializations are in the hospital and sub-acute rehabilitation settings. He is also the creator of Access Outdoors Occupational Therapy, an online resource and consulting service focusing on accessibility, adaptability, and networking in outdoor recreation and education. Prior to beginning his OTD program, Dr. Lewis worked in nonpublic school settings for students with disabilities at The Sierra Academy of San Diego and The Center for Spectrum Services.