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NYSBOTC Receives the Yvonne Flowers Service Award 4th Year in a Row

Congratulations to our friends and colleagues at the New York State Black Occupational Therapy Caucus! For the fourth consecutive year, they have been awarded the prestigious Yvonne Flowers Service Award. Ms. Flowers was one of the founding members of the National Black Occupational Therapy Caucus and the OT program at York College in Jamaica, NY. The award is given to a caucus that is consistent and active in their support for the profession of occupational therapy.

NYSBOTC is a not-for-profit organization comprised of Black OT practitioners and students who live/work or attend an accredited Occupational Therapy Educational program in New York State. They provide mentorship and support to their members; perform community outreach and award the Delores B. Chandler scholarship annually to one OT and OTA student at their Kwanzaa Celebration. 

Clover Hutchinson is the President of NYSBOTC, as well as a NYSOTA Trustee. With her guidance, the two organizations have forged a professional relationship. We continue to work closely together to increase membership and advocate for our profession. For more information, visit the NYSBOTC home page at


Cristina Dumitrescu Receives AOTA Service Commendation Award

Cristina Dumitrescu, MS, OTR/L is the OTA Program Director at Mercy College and a NYSOTA Board Trustee. In September 2011, Cristina was invited by AOTA's President, Florence Clark, to participate in the first AOTA Leadership Development Program for Middle Managers. As she continued on her personal leadership trajectory, she remained involved with AOTA's Community of Leaders Committee serving in various positions.

In 2013, she was invited to become an AOTA Reviewer for the Leadership Developmental Program for Managers, a position she holds to this day. Annually, 18 - 20 candidates apply for this program. Applicants, who are AOTA members, are mentored by key leaders who share their most effective leadership behaviors and strategies. A Community of Leaders (CoL) creates a well-lit path, challenges the status quo, and provides ongoing support/mentoring to all attendees.

This year at the AOTA Annual Conference, Cristina was honored with the Service Commendation Award as a Reviewer for the Leadership Development Program. Congratulations, Cristina! And thank you for your dedication and support of our profession and its practitioners.





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