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.
Donna Christensen, AAS, COTA/L
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).
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
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.
David Melchionne Martinez, MA, COTA/L
David joined the OTA Department as an Adjunct Instructor in the Fall of 2019. He earned a Bachelors of Arts in Theater Arts from LeMoyne College in 2010, an AAS degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant from SUNY Orange in 2013, and a Master of Arts in Applied Theater from CUNY School of Professional Studies in 2019.
David teaches Clinical Reasoning Skills and Principles of OT in Mental Health, as well as lab skills.
David's occupational therapy specializations are in mental health, geriatrics, and physical disabilities. He also has years of experience working in theater and has most recently been using theatrical exploration as a means to enhance OTA curriculum and higher education programs.
David is a sort after presenter at the annual New York State Occupational Therapy Conference.