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2017 Statewide Elections
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2017 Elections

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Cast your vote here! Elections are open from May 2nd, 2017- June 20th, 2017. 

Current Election of Officers:

President 7/1/2017-6/30/2019

Candidate: Gloria Lucker, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA

Position Statement:

With sincere appreciation for having served one term as NYSOTA President and with optimism for the future of our professional organization, I hereby submit my letter of intent to serve a second term as President of NYSOTA and do declare my intention to complete that term of office.

Vice President 7/1/2017-6/30/2018

Candidate: Donna Frazier

Position Statement

I am interested in running for another term for the position of Vice President of the New York State Occupational Therapy association.

I have worked as an Occupational Therapist for the past 23 plus years and have a proven successful track record with my work and volunteer history.

I am the corporate rehabilitation director for 5 Skilled Nursing facilities, and a large community based therapy program. My job and responsibilities include oversight including regulatory and reimbursement for the deliver of all therapy services. We take pride in what we do and provide a great service for those in need in our services.

I am also an adjunct faculty at SUNY Orange County Community College since 2004 and continue as an adjunct faculty now teaching 3 courses.

I am an active member of professional advisory boards including SUNY Orange, the National Aging in Place Council for Hudson Valley.  I work with the office of the aging on many community partnership activities like Car fit events, senior expos, and we are in the process of developing a resource center for seniors living in the community in partnership with the SUNY orange center for assistive and rehabilitation technology (CART).

Through the years I have been an active member and leader of the New York state occupational Therapy Association and currently hold the position of Vice president. I really enjoy working with the office staff the board and all the members of this great organization.

Thank you for this opportunity and if I do get elected into this position I would continue to work with the past Executive board to assure we continue to move in the positive direction we are going.

Secretary 7/1/2017-6/30/2019

Candidate: Margaret Frye

Position Statement

I have been an OT clinician and educator in NYS for over 30 years. Having previously served on the NYSOTA Board, I am familiar with the important work this organization does on behalf of the OT Practitioners and consumers in NYS. I am currently completing my second term as one of NY State’s representatives to AOTA’s Representative Assembly and look forward to becoming reconnected with NYSOTA.  I would be honored to be given another opportunity to serve on the NYSOTA Board, as Secretary, to advocate for my OT colleagues, the recipients of our care, and the profession of occupational therapy.



Trustee 7/1/2017-6/30/2019

Candidate: Clover Hutchinson

Position Statement

I am submitting my name for consideration to become a member of the Board of Trustee.  I am interested in this opportunity as I believe in the mission and goals of NYSOTA. 

My name is Clover Hutchinson and I have been an OT for 25 years.  I obtained my BS in OT from York College, an MA in Ergonomics and Biomechanics from NYU and most recently my OTD from Chatham University.  I currently work at Brookdale Hospital & Medical Center and have been the chief OT for 19 years.  My employment at Brookdale has made me a rounded clinician and manager and I enjoy and appreciate all the opportunities afforded me.  Since working at Brookdale I developed the inpatient/acute care program, facilitated OT in the NICU and our former preschool.  Additionally, I was an adjunct professor at LaGuardia Community College (OTA program)

My career as an OT has been fulfilling and consequently, I am a staunch advocate.  I am a long-time member of AOTA, NYSOTA, NBOTC (National Black Occupational Therapy Association) and NYSBOTC (New York State Black Occupational Therapy Association).  As a NYSBOTC member, I served four years as the vice president and is currently the President.  As a leader in NYSBOTC, I have worked to facilitate a collaborative relationship with NYSOTA as an attempt to bridge and improve diversity within NYS while advocating for the profession.  Since becoming an engaged member of NYSOTA, I am more aware and appreciative of their purpose in protecting, sustaining and advancing our profession.                                                                                                                              

To this end, I am committed to the mission and goals of NYSOTA and is willing to provide my time and talents as a member of the board.

Trustee 7/1/2017-6/30/2019

Candidate: Cristina Dumitrescu

Position Statement

My name is Cristina Dumitrescu and I have been an occupational therapy
practitioner for almost 20 years. Living in New York and participating almost at every
single Lobby Day and NYSOTA’s conferences I’ve seen the growth of our professions
and legislative achievements that no one could have dreamed of.  Many of us remember
the days when we really had to educate the senators, and assembly members of what an
occupational therapist really is or does.  
These experiences taught me few things about leadership and the profession I
love. Building relationships and continuing to grow professionally is required for
leadership.  I have participated in the AOTA Leadership Development Program for
Middle Managers at AOTA headquarters in Bethesda, MD. September 13-14, 2011
training. It was a great experience and it provided me with the drive and opportunities to
serve, lead and mentor. 
I am from Romanian descent and moved to the US in 1992.  My mother was a
physiotherapist and I always dreamed to follow in her footsteps. After volunteering at
local hospital’s Outpatient Hand Clinic, I have learned about occupational therapy. I
decided to pursue this and while working as a certified nursing assistant at night, I
completed the full-time OTA program at Mercy College.  At that time, I went to class full
time, managed a full-time night job and cared for my 7-year old daughter and three
month old son. Being very focused and determined, after graduation I got involved with
New York State OT association (NYSOTA) serving diligently as the Westchester’s Co
Chair with Izel Obermeyer. Part of my duties were to prepare the newsletter and ensure
all deadlines were met.  
I graduated with my masters in occupational therapy in 2008 from Touro College
while continuing to work and taking care of my growing family. My educational journey
lead me into completing my specialty level II fieldwork with NYSOTA. In those 12
weeks, I’ve traveled to Albany few times a week. One part of my assignment was to
organize the archives and the artifacts stored in the basement of the office building. That
was an extraordinary experience that took me though all the years of our founding
members. I was mesmerized by the original letters, board meetings writing styles and
pictures. To pay it forward, I created a PPT and digital story presentation that I provided
the association with and continue to teach my students about it.
After graduation, I was offered to teach one course in the OTA Program at Mercy
College- the Interaction Skills class. I discovered this new love for teaching and
mentoring students. Teaching full time now, I also teach about the history of NYSOTA,
AOTA and its official documents, I get students involved in the state lobby day and other   
state professional activities.  I am interested on building effective leaders for our
profession, leaders that will not shy away from promoting and advocating occupational
therapy, researchers, and confident clinicians. I do use interactive approach to teaching,
case studies and role play.
As I have been interested in serving and advocating for our profession, I believe I
can be a great asset to the association in promoting and supporting its growth. We live in
a diverse society in which the only constant is change. Advocating through leadership
and evidence is a very dynamic and complex process.  

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