Meet the SIS Liaisons

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 at an SIS session.  Contact Karen

 

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Mental HealthDennis Aptaker

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 an SIS session.  Contact Dennis

 

Administration and Management - Tara Glennon

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.  Contact Tara

 

Productive Aging:  Tracy Van Oss

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.  Contact Tracy

 

 Rehabilitation, Disability and ParticipationElizabeth Kloczko

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.  Contact Elizabeth

 

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