Flo Hannes

Name and Contact

  • Flo Hannes, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA

  • Professor Emeritus, SUNY Orange Community College OTA Program (1978-2018)

  • SUNY Orange Community College, Board of Trustees (2018-Present)

  • President, NYSOTA – Fieldwork Coordinator (2019 - Present)

  • otflo@aol.com (personal) / president@nysota.org (professional)

Training and Advanced Certifications

  • Master of Science in Community Mental Health, Long Island University (1981)

  • Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, New York University (1970)

  • Initial certification in occupational therapy (1970)

  • NYS License #1627

Area(s) of Expertise

  • OTA Education: Problem-based Learning Curriculum Design

  • Non-traditional Level II Fieldwork Development

  • Inspirational Mentoring and Leadership

  • Conference and Event Planning

  • Advocacy Lobbying for OT Awareness/Enhancement

  • Community Programming

  • Private Practice Business Owner

Awards and Honors

  • AOTA Service Commendation 2021 - Affiliation of State Association Presidents

  • Professor Emeritus, SUNY Orange County Community College (2018)

  • AOTA Retired Educator Award (2018)

  • President’s Award for Dedication, Commitment and Outstanding Contributions, NYSOTA (2016)

  • Community Signature Award for Enhancing Health Care and Quality of Life for our

  • Communities through Service, Philanthropy & Communication – Elant, Inc. (2013)

  • Shining Star Honoree for Community Outreach – Jewish Family Service (2012)

  • Woman of Achievement in Education –Orange County YWCA (2011)

  • AOTA Roster of Fellows (2003)

  • Outstanding Individual Contribution to the Orange County Community-United Way (2003)

  • Listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 4th Edition: Volume 1

  • Award of Merit from the Hudson-Taconic District of the NYS OT Association (1997)

  • Certificate of Recognition: Promoting Continuing Education for COTAs, NYSOTA (1987)

Leadership Accomplishments

  • Student and Faculty mentorship

  • Developed the SUNY Orange Center for Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology (CART)

  • Vice-Chair, State Licensure Board for OT (NYS)

  • Initiated BRIDGES, a post-secondary academic/life skills program for individuals with

  • Intellectual and developmental disabilities.

  • Chair, Planning Budgeting for Institutional Effectiveness Committee

  • SUNY Orange Board of Trustees. Board Secretary, Policy Committee Chair,

  • WFOT Presenter, WFOT, London, England, 1994

  • Presenter, OT Conference -Trinity College Quadricentennial, Dublin, Ireland, 1992


  • OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY! Celebrating 50 glorious years as an OT... and continuing...

  • Teaching/Mentoring/Developing Non-traditional/Emerging Practice Fieldwork Programs

  • Stand-up Stage Performance/Story Telling

  • Officiating at Marriage Ceremonies

  • Grandkids, Photography, Collage, Kayaking, Traveling, Meeting New People

  • Creativity... in a plethora of applications

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