graduate program: Occupational Therapy

Class of 1997 Newsletter

CONGRATULATIONS ON 10 YEARS of being an O.T.

Classmates celebrated at Jill Noel Fulton's house on Friday, November 30th 2007 for a fantastic meal and great conversations.

Stephanie Bautista lives in Florence, Kentucky, and has three children, Emily, 11, Mark, 8, and Elisabeth who is 5. Stephanied works at VillaSpring of Erlanger in long term care.
Teri Braun Kruse is a manager for Carrington Health Systems.
Laura Anderson Colliflower works in the Cincinnati/Dayton areas for Carrington Health Systems.
Jenn Durie O'Brien

Jennifer is working in pediatrics. Jennifer has two daughters: Brynna is 7 & Maeve 2 1/2.

Dottie Fallat works for COTI.
Olga Fitzsimmons works in the driver eval program at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.
Julie Forbeck Heitz works at the HealthSouth Hand Center of Dayton and lives in Beavercreek with husband Eric and baby girl Caroline Grace, who was born on Feb 22, 2003.
Shari Gerold lives in Fairfield and is working for the Ft. Hamilton Memorial Hospital currently.
Heidi Gilbert works for Meridia Hospitals in Cleveland and has a daughter.
Marie Ha no information available.
Jason Hayes works at the Veteran's Hospital in Cincinnati.
Sharon Helton

Sharon works part time in pediatrics at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, and has a son Justin, a daughter Heather, and a son Andrew Jordan or A.J. "We are doing well" This picture of the Helton's is from Christmas 2010. Sharon had a serious upper extremity injury in 2010 and is still recovering with a slow return to work in early 2011.

Amanda Rainey Hibbard

Update on 3-15-11: "I am still working through First Steps in Indiana. The kids are great! Joseph is in the second grade and turned 8 in November. Elizabeth is in the first grade and turned 7 in January. They are both very active....I am LOVING to watch them play Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Football, and Swim Team....NEVER a dull moment but I ENJOY every moment of it so much!! So thankful I became an OT and it has afforded me the opportunity to work sooo flexibly and be able to be here for all that my kids do!
The pictures I have attached are from the New Year's Day Polar Bear Dip in our community...Yes, my kids are crazy enought to want to dress up and jump in the lake in the dead of winter :)
Amanda
PS...I just started selling Creative Memories...in case know anybody who has scrapbooking to do :)"

Shannon LaEace MacDonald

Shannon lives in Denver, Colorado and is now a stay at home mom with three daughters, Morgan , Taylor, and Riley Skye.

Jenn Lintern Osborne lives in Cincinnati and works PRN at Ultimate Rehab/Rehab Resources. She also has started her own jewelry business as an independent contractor.
Erin Macejko Pitock update 11-20-07: I am still working at Tampa General, but only part time. I have a young son now, Alex, who is almost 18 mo. I wanted to spend more time with him, so I quit full time. I am also pregnant with girl due in April. So, life has gotten very busy for me. I have been married for a little over two years, but it's a ton of fun.
Linda Mae is a certified hand therapist in San Diego, California. Update fall 2004: I would like to share with the alumni that I have opened my own hand therapy clinic in San Diego, California- Advanced Hand Therapy, 9855 Erma Road, Suite 104, San Diego, CA 92131.
Mary Beth McMahon is a school-based therapist working full time in the Washington D.C. area.
Brian Moore

Update12-20091: Benjamin is 6 Luke Samuel Moore is now 3 years old.. We are all doing great and enjoying life. I'm still working at Greene Therapy Services in Xenia, OH. I'm lymphedema certified by the Vodder School of Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Complete Decongestive Therapy, and I started a lymphedema clinic for them. We live in Cedarville, which is about 20 miles east of Dayton.

Jill Noel Fulton "I am now Jill Fulton, as of January 2005. We were married in Chicago during the 15 inch snow storm, it was truly memorable! We moved to Cincinnati in March. I am now working for Cincinnati Public Schools." Update on 6-11-07: "Here is a picture and the news of our new little man. William Albert "Billy" was born on May 24, 2007. We are all doing well despite the shortage of sleep, but we are really enjoying him." Update on 2-20-08: Jill is teaching one class as an adjunct faculty for OT at Xavier in her "spare time" , and is expecting baby number two in the fall.
Suzanne Opbreck lives in Cincinnati and works for Childrens Hospital Medical Center. She is also a licensed massage therapist.
Jodi Sunderman Noble

update 2011: Jodi, Marc, and the kids live in Northern Kentucky. "The kids, Grady, Sydney, and Colin are beautiful and keep us very busy, I work at Boone County Schools now. This picture is from Christmas 2011.

Kara Paget Brogan

update on 8-31-11:.  I have started in a new position as the clinical director for the Galvin Therapy Center, a private pediatric practice in Cleveland.  I love it!  I have a 6 1/2 year old daughter Maeve and 4 1/2 year old son Finn, oh and a husband Michael who is a special education teacher.

Michelle Pelletier Riechman

update on 1-3-07: We just had #2, Ellie Llanier Riechman on Nov. 30, 2006. Update on 1-09-06 "We moved from D.C. to Cleveland this past summer due to my husband taking a job transfer to his company's head office. I have decided to try the full time stay at home mom thing but have to admit it is by far the HARDEST job I have every had!!! Michael Ryan just turned 2 and is doing great. Being in Cleveland has allowed me to reconnect with Kara and Heidi. Both have adorable little girls and are doing well.

Stephanie Ryan

 

Update 1-22-11: Stephanie and son Jacob attended the Alumni Reunion Tailgate party on Jan 22, 2011. Jacob shows his Xavier spirit. Stephanie lives in Ft Thomas Kentucky, works for St. Elizabeth Health Care in along term care setting. She has three children, Hannah, who is now a teenager, and a two sons, Jacob and Seth..

Michele Vinson Knab

update on 8-9-11 Maddy is 11 and will be going to Covington Latin School this year as a Prep. Mikey is 9 and starting 4th grade at Immaculate Heart of Mary. I'm working for the Boone County public schools so we now have 3 schools schedules to coordinate!

(this picture is several years old)

Stacey Walsh  received the Jacob E. Davis Volunteer Leadership Award in Education from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation on October 27, 2005. Stacey is a tireless fund-raiser for the Cooperative for Education, a local nonprofit that promotes literacy in Guatemala. As volunteer media coordinator, she arranges press coverage and is currently creating a promotional video for marketing purposes. She is the co-creator of the organization’s annual fund-raiser which is projected to bring in $40,000 this year. Since the early 1990’s, Stacey has volunteered for the Orton Dyslexia Society, Easter Seals, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Wheelchair Games at Sycamore High School, American Red Cross, Stroke Club, Mercy Hospital, American Parkinson Disease Association, and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Stacey has a master’s degree in educational administration and a post baccalaureate certificate in Occupational Therapy from Xavier. She works as a full time occupational therapist in the Lakota School District and part time at Episcopal Nursing Homes. Stacey has extended her volunteer efforts in far reaching parts of the world, having spent one summer in Ireland working with a neurosurgeon to provide healthcare services to underserved populations, and will return again to Guatemala in the summer of 2006 to promote the literacy program. Stacey is pictured here (second from left in top row) at the awards presentation with winners in other volunteer catagories.
Mary Zachlin Harley March 2006, Mary writes this update: "Matt and I are both fine; still living in Lakewood (outside Cleveland). We had a baby girl, Ruth Yvonne Harley on 1/12/06!. Our other 3 kids - Grace (5), Clare (4) and Matthew (2) keep us on our toes and happy as anything. I'm working twice a week at MetroHealth in stroke research. Still loving the work. We just started a new multi-center study with the Drake Center in Cincinnati! Here's a picture of the kids. "

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