Hi everyone, my name is Marlene and I am a COTA. I have been a COTA for 25 years and graduated from Sacramento City College. I have worked in all settings from pediatrics to geriatrics. My current position is the Disease Management Coordinator. I’ve been with Advanced Home Health for a little over a year, and I’ve been an instructor at Sacramento City College in the OTA program for 22 years. Previously I was the admission manager and program manager for Rehab Without Walls a brain injury community program. I received my bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the online program at the University of Phoenix in Healthcare Administration and Health Education.
I am originally from Buffalo NY but moved to Sacramento in 1988. When I lived in Buffalo and going to high school, my plan was to go to school for computer programming but I figured out quickly and am more of a people person than a computer person. I am the Region 5 Director for the Occupational Therapy Association of California. Did you see the float in the Rose Bowl Parade? If so, you probably saw that OTAC / Occupational Therapy was represented with a float. In my downtime I love to travel and do adventurous things. I have done skydiving, parasailing, swung from a trapeze, rappelling down a cavern and hang-gliding. I have traveled to Europe and saw 8 countries in 16 days. My next vacation is to Maui in May of 2018. Even though I am very busy I do try and balance my life between work, play and leisure.