MCC OTA Program Director Receives State Award

(Bradenton, Fla., Nov. 30, 2005) - Debra Chasanoff, director of the Manatee Community College (MCC) Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program, received an Award of Recognition for her outstanding contribution to occupational therapy at the recent Florida OTA Fall Conference held in Fort Myers. In 1997,

Chasanoff developed MCC's OTA program in 1997 and has been instrumental in the successful graduation of six classes, whose members boast a 100 percent pass rate on the national certification exam and 100 percent employment.

Chasanoff has a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from Quinnipiac College, Hamden, Conn., and a master's of education in allied health education from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. She is board certified in pediatric occupational therapy and completed the Academy of Leadership and Development Program for community colleges. A therapist for 28 years, she has been an educator for 18 of those.

Other awards include a National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Award, and a President's Award and Award of Merit from the New Jersey OTA. She is an active member of the American OTA, Florida OTA, National Board for Certification in OTA and South Bay OT Forum.

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