Board Member Bios

PRESIDENT: Corrin Campbell (Term 2020-2022)

 

PAST PRESIDENT -  Judith (Judi) Sheehan, OTR/L, CFo (Term 2020-2021)

Judi has extensive experience with ConnOTA as the Historian since 2000 and has served two terms as President (2016-2020), and 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 17 years. ConnOTA has awarded her with  the Award of Service, the Award of Merit and the President’s award. 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. She will work to mentor the incoming President for one year.

VICE PRESIDENTAmy Burton, OTD, OTR/L (Term 2020-2022)

 

TREASURER - Kristina Krsiak, OTD, OTR/L (Term (2019-2021)

Kristina M. Krsiak, OTD, OTR/L has been a practicing occupational therapist since 2009. She completed her master’s degree in occupational therapy in 2009 and her post-professional occupational therapy doctorate in 2017 at Quinnipiac University. Kristina primarily works with older adults in several practice settings including skilled nursing, long term care, and homecare and has several years of experience in leadership and management in these settings. In January of 2014, Kristina was invited to participate in AOTA’s Cultivating Your Power & Influence: The AOTA Leadership Development Program for Managers. She also is part-time faculty at Quinnipiac University where she assists in teaching lectures and labs. Kristina is excited to use this role to help increase promotion of occupational therapy throughout our state and nation and promote the occupational therapy profession.

 

SECRETARY - Gus Schlegel, MPS, OT/L (Term 2020-2022)

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

Gus has 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 - Kate Keefe, OTD, OTR/L (Term 2019-2021)


Kate  Keefe, OTD, OTR/L has over 20 years of experience as an occupational therapy practitioner. In 2016 she achieved a post-professional doctor of occupational therapy degree with a focus in aging and education. Dr. Keefe has taught continuing education courses nationally to over 500 therapists on dementia specific models of care and service delivery. She has also taught as an assistant professor at the in both MSOT and OTA programs. In her role as Occupational Therapy Practice Lead, Dr. Keefe serves as the lead on an Alzheimer’s disease initiative in the  development of a new post-diagnostic support program that utilizes evidence-informed and evidence-based therapy interventions to support person living alone in the community with dementia and persons living with dementia and their caregivers.

She is excited to address the government affairs needs of ConnOTA and its legislative needs at the state capital. 

 

MEMBERSHIP CHAIR - Maggie Moriarty, MS, COTA/L (Term 2020-2022)

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  Membership Chair.

MEMBERSHIP CHAIR - Donna Sweeney, M.ED, OTR/L (TERM 2019-2021)

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.Donna is excited to share her enthusiasm for ConnOTA as a Membership Chair.

  

Committee Member Bios

SIS CO-CHAIR

Morgan Rachel Villano, MPA,MSPS, OTR/L



Morgan  graduated from Suffolk University in Boston with a joint degree in Public Administration and Political science in 2009.  She completed a fellowship through UMASS Medical School and the Eunice Shriver Center in Waltham, MA: Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, with a focus in policy development, policy implementation, funding, legislative mechanisms and advocacy within the healthcare arena. Her undergraduate degree is a B.S. in Occupational Therapy with a minor in Psychology from Quinnipiac University in 1998. Morgan served on the ConnOTA Board as the Member for Government Affairs between 2014-2018.  Professionally Morgan has practiced as an occupational therapist in mental health, pediatrics, acute care, skilled nursing and home care.  Morgan supports Sacred Heart University’s Masters of Occupational Therapy program as an adjunct instructor as well as Yale New Haven  Psychiatric Hospital in the role of per diem O.T.

 

SIS CO-CHAIR

Donna Reed-Oliver, OTR/L

 

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 . She would love to hear your SIS session ideas or facilitate having you share your expertise at an upcoming session!   

 

MEMBERS FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

Amy Burton, OTD, OTR/L



Amy Burton, OTD, OTR/L is a school based occupational therapist and an OT / PT Supervisor .  She received her doctorate from Quinnipiac University in 2015, focusing her research on Inter professional 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. 

 

Sarah Guariglia, Dr. OT, OTRL



Sarah Guariglia, Dr. OT, OTR/L  is an occupational therapist and regional director for a geriatric private practice. Sarah earned her post professional doctorate in 2019 completing her capstone on dementia and caregiver education.  Sarah is also an inaugural member of CALA’s Purple Flag for Dementia program. She has loved assisting with Fall and Spring Conference planning for over a year!

  

 

MEMBER FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS  Alicia Collazo

Alicia graduated from Western Connecticut State University Summa Cum Laude in May 2014 with a BA in Psychology shortly after graduating cum Laude from Naugatuck Valley Community College, earning an AA Liberal Arts and Science in January 2013. She went on to earn a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy From Dominican College in 2017, graduating Magna Cum Laude with Program Honors. She was also President of the Phi Theta Epsilon, Gamma Alpha Chapter; and member of the Student Occupational Therapy Association, Student-Faculty Advisory Council, and Student Leadership Committee during her time there.  

She was in the field of supply chain management as a project manager for a global logistics company for almost 15 years before following her calling and returning to school to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy. She has worked in various settings with the geriatric population; including acute care, post-acute care, long-term and short term rehabilitation, and outpatient therapy.

In her role as the member for public affairs, Alicia looks forward to sharing ConnOTA events on social media and looks forward to your active participation!