Welcome to the New York State Black Occupational Therapy Caucus Website


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  • June 26, 2020 2:19 AM | Clover Hutchinson (Administrator)
    Unfortunately due to operational costs, we no longer will provide membership to students for free.  Effective July 1st, new and renewal of student membership will be $10 annually.  We will continue to provide mentor-ship and professional updates. 
  • June 13, 2020 5:04 PM | Clover Hutchinson (Administrator)

    In loving memory of our beloved friend and colleague Dr. Yves Roseus, the Department of Occupational Therapy at York College of the City University of New York, in collaboration with his family, announce the Dr. Yves Roseus Citizen’s Award for Outstanding Service and Advocacy in Occupational Therapy.

    As a York College alumnus and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dr. Roseus inspired and mentored many towards a life dedicated to service and advocacy. In addition to his dedication to the York College OT community, he was Senior Occupational Therapist at Brookdale Hospital. He served on the Roster of Accreditors for ACOTE and as a Board Trustee for NYSOTA and NYSBOTC. Dr. Roseus’s commitment to service and advocacy also helped to develop an occupational therapy program in Haiti.


    To honor his legacy, we invite you to contribute to the establishment of the Dr. Yves Roseus Citizen’s Award. The award will provide financial support for a York College occupational therapy student who demonstrates outstanding service and advocacy in occupational therapy.

    If you would like to make a contribution, the website can be found by using the following link:


  • June 03, 2020 6:48 PM | Clover Hutchinson (Administrator)

    NYSOTA and NYSBOTC stand together with the black community against social injustice and systemic racism! NYSOTA acknowledges the many challenges faced by Black Occupational Therapy practitioners and students both statewide and nationally. As occupational therapy practitioners, we also recognize that systemic racism oppresses and harms the occupational development and functioning of individuals, families, and communities.

    In an effort to understand and increase awareness, NYSOTA has nurtured a long-standing relationship with NYSBOTC. Our partnership has driven our commitment to creating an environment in which diversity and inclusion are encouraged, supported and embraced.

    These are unprecedented times. Blacks and people of minority communities have been disproportionally affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. And now, the hurt and inequity have been compounded by the senseless murder of George Floyd. The ensuing outrage and cry for justice is a result of racism in America and we must take action now. Actions may include promoting a diverse workforce; voting and participating in all elections to ensure representation (local through national); and acknowledging that "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." (MLK)

    NYSOTA and NYSBOTC encourage you to stand in solidarity with the black community in the condemnation of oppression, hate, violence, and racism.

    Let’s all be the change we want to see.


    The NYSOTA Board of Directors

    Flo Hannes, MS, OTR, FAOTA, President
    David Melchionne-Martinez, MA, COTA/L, Vice President
    Donna Frazier, MA, OTR, Treasurer
    Margaret Frye, MA, OTR, Secretary
    Jeff Tomlinson, OTR, MSW, FAOTA, Trustee, Legislative & Governmental Relations Chair
    Clover Hutchinson, OTD, MA, OTR/L, Trustee
    Mildred Consolo-Melchionne, BS, COTA/L, Trustee
    Mary Devadas, MS, OTR/L, Trustee
    Debbie Major, Member at Large
    Michelle Scanlon, Executive Director

    The NYSBOTC Board of Directors

    Clover Hutchinson, OTD, MA, OTR/L, President
    Paula Stewart, MS, OTR/L, Vice President
    Jacquelyn Browne, MS, OTR/L, CHT, Treasurer
    Chesler Fleurant, OTA, Corresponding Secretary
    Carla Mathis Malcolm, MS, OTR/L, Recording Secretary

  • April 17, 2020 10:29 PM | Clover Hutchinson (Administrator)

    Gone too soon, but not forgotten. Dr. Yves Roseus was an occupational therapist and our beloved friend, colleague, co-worker, mentor, and advocate. For over 20 years he was passionate about our profession and sought to have the world know about what we do. He gave his all and served in many capacities; he was a member of AOTA, an ACOTE evaluator, NYSOTA Trustee, member of NYSBOTC and the recipient of the Celeste Pasley Merit Award. He fought to establish an OT program in Haiti and desired to have students participate in study abroad both in the US and his beloved country Haiti.

  • August 05, 2019 10:03 PM | Anonymous

    Wimberly Edwards, retired OT, co-founder of the CUNY, York College OT program and founding member of NYSBOTC was acknowledged for her being named a Legacy Honoree by the National Association of University Women, Brooklyn Branch, on June 8, 2019 through Senate Resolution initiated by Senator Kevin Parker of Brooklyn NY. 

  • August 05, 2019 9:37 PM | Clover Hutchinson (Administrator)


    Michele Mills was awarded the Celeste Pasely Merit Award for being a practitioner who demonstrated significant contributions in clinical Experience, community involvement, education and mentorship.  She has been an occupational therapy practitioner for over 34 years and an academician for over 30 years. Currently Michele is an Assistant Professor and the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator at LaGuardia Community College.  

  • June 21, 2019 12:18 AM | Clover Hutchinson (Administrator)

    Trustee: Clover Hutchinson, OTD, MA, OTR/L

    Trustee: Yves Roseus, OTD, OTR/L

  • October 07, 2018 5:13 PM | Anonymous

    See website for extension of discounts.

  • June 07, 2018 10:58 PM | Anonymous

    Do you know an OT practitioner that has mentored, or is engaged in the profession?  Well, you can nominate them for the Celeste Pasely Merit Award.  This will be presented on July 13, 2018 at our dinner and dance. See website for details and forms.

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