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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.

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.

Tarah Miller, BA, COTA/L, MA

Instructor
tarah miller@sunyorange.edu 

Tarah Miller began teaching as an adjunct instructor in the OTA department during the
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.