graduate program: Occupational Therapy

Class of 1996 Newsletter

Tina Baum Russell works at Good Samaritan Hospital and has two young sons, Eric and Ian.
Ollie Buckley is working for the Hamilton County Office of Education.
Ronda Christopher is the Executive Director for Post Acute Care for Mercy Health Partners Long Term Care, and co-authored, with Rebecca Rogers, a recently published article in the book "Ordinary Miracles" regarding our Level Two Fieldwork experience. She also has an article titled "Reducing Falls Takes Teamwork" in the April Nursing Homes Magazine
Cindy Murphy Robertson Update on 12-11-08: Cindy got married about last year and has a new last name. This is a picture of her new husband, his two sons (on the left) and Cindy's son, Quinn (blond hair on the right) Cindy is still working part-time at a Flower Hospital outpatient clinic in Toledo. " I mainly treat patients with lymphedema. I also do craniosacral treatment at the hospital and at a private practice clinic in town.
Leann Debanto Massa writes: "Currently I am working and living here in Mason, with my husband Gordy (who everyone from our class probably knows!) and my two daughters, Jordan - 4 years and Payton - 1 year. For the past several years, I have been working in long term care. I am currently working for RehabCare at Mason Health Care Center. It is literally ~2 minutes from my house, with my babysitter literally living 2 doors down! Can't ask for a better set up than that! I work 2 days a week, which is ideal for us. I would love to hear from other classmates. I have only seen a few since school!"
Tracy Deutch

Tracy is working I work full time for Hamilton County DDS Services Adult Centers and Community. Update on 10-25-12 .  My youngest Aviva just got married in August.  I am also attaching a picture of my husband, 2 daughters, 2 sons in law, and 4 grandchildren from the wedding so you can see what we look like.

Shannon Eckert Scott works for Nova Care in Dayton.
Jim Falk has a young son and is working for ATS, Inc.
Tricia Freyer

UPdate on 1-22-11: Tricia attended the Alumni Reunion Tailgate Party on Jan. 22, 2011. Tricia also went to Guatemala with the Xavier OT department in June 2010. Tricia is now working at Children's Hospital in Cincinnati as a full-time pediatric occupational therapist.

Maureen Gerrity recently left her job at Mercy Fairfield Hospital.
Paul Godfrey works for Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown, KY.
Becky Greer Rogers is now working as a coordinator for Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center at their outpatient satellite on the Drake Center Campus.
Kevin Harpring lives in Sarasota Florida. He worked for 5 years in the school system, then spent one year as a traveling OT, even working in Hawaii for one summer before returning to Florida. He works for a contract company and does PRN on the weekends at various places. His younger sister Jamie is also a XUOT grad (class of 99) and works in the Sarasota area.
Joann Haynes Joanne Haynes is married.  She works as a senior therapist in North Carolina and her son Tyler is now 21.
Shannon Holman has a young daughter, Sophie who is four years old, and is working at Drake Center in Cincinnati. She lives in Loveland, Ohio.
Melinda Jermer was at last report working in Norfolk, Virginia.
Karen Koetzle has her own company, KG Koetzle Co, Inc., and is contracted by home health and DME companies.
Debbie Munafo Henning was last reported to be in Ft. Huachuca, Arizona.
Julie O'Leary Julie O’Leary lives in Auburn Maine, and works in the Auburn Public Schools.
Jane Orth works for Hamilton County Office of Education. She is pictured here in a news article about her dog "Max" who is part of a pet therapy intervention program Jane uses in her classrooms.

 

Laura Perlich Fyfe update on 1-3-07: "I am currently living in Salt Lake city, Ut and have been since '99. I am married and just had a baby! Elliot is 3 months old and doing great! I'm returning to work at Healthsouth rehab outpatient dept part time and spending the rest enjoying being a new mom."
Mary Rohs is an administrator at TriHealth Senior Link in Norwood. Both of her children are in college…Anne is in medical school, and Jon is at Ohio State. Mary served a two year term on the XU OT Alumni Association Board as Treasurer.
Diane Salzl

works at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

Christine Smith Update 11-07: "I am living in northwest Ohio--3 miles from Indiana and 15 from Michigan. I work in a HHA that covers six counties. I love the therapists I work with and being out and about all day."
Jennifer Smith McKinniss

is now back in Cincinnati and working at The Christ Hospital.

Liz Sudberry

Steve and I started our own Home Care Assistance office in the Shoppes of Kenwood.  Our home care business provides non-medical home care services including Cognitive Therapeutics and Balance Training for fall prevention.  Here is how you can reach me:
HOME CARE ASSISTANCE  |  Changing the Way the World Ages
7712 I Montgomery Road Cincinnati OH 45236 lsudberry@homecareassistance.com
513.348.8521, mobile 513.891.2273, office

Joni Sweeny Jordan update on 11-16-07: "I left Coastal Rehab in Wilmington in 1998 and moved back to my beloved state of Kentucky. I got married in 1999 and now have 2 kids, Madeline is 5 and Josh is 3. We live on a small farm of 14 acres south of Lexington. I have quite a drive to work but it’s worth it coming home!. We have a few horses and actually a few cows along with the dogs and cats of course – I can’t believe I’m a farm girl that formerly from Newport!! I have been working since 1998 with Fayette County Public Schools in Lexington. I took it for the challenge and got that and more after I got bored with rehab. And I was one of those that never thought I would work in the school systems – here I am. Glad to read all the entries and see how everyone is doing. Hope all is well with all!!!"

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