Melissa Porras-Monroe, Program Director
Melissa is currently completing her Master’s in Leadership Studies with a specialty in Organizational Leadership from Concordia University, Chicago with Bachelors in Science in Occupational Therapy from University of Puget Sound. Prior to joining the OTA program, Melissa worked for the University of Puget Sound assisting the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and as a Clinical Instructor for the Adult onsite clinic. She worked at Harborview Medical Center for 20 years, which provided her with a wide range of clinical and management experience. Her specialty areas are student supervision, management and she has a strong interest in Neurology and Geriatrics. She also has experience with inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient and long term care. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Lisa Finnsson, Faculty
Lisa began teaching as an adjunct faculty member in Fall of 2011 and was offered a full-time, tenured faculty position in Fall of 2012. She has a Bachelor of Arts in both Psychology and Speech & Hearing Sciences graduating from University of California at Santa Barbara in 1987. While taking a year off of school before pursuing her Master's Degree in Speech Pathology, she discovered occupational therapy while working as a program assistant in the Rehabilitation Department at Harborview Medical Center and quickly changed courses. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Washington in 1994 and has spent her career working primarily with the adult physical disabilities population in both acute care and inpatient rehabilitation settings. She continues to work as an occupational therapist at a local hospital. Her specialty areas include geriatrics, inpatient rehabilitation and acute care services with particular interest in orthopedics and intensive care. Lisa passed her certification exam toward becoming a board-certified gerontology specialist, and spent the 2016-2017 academic year earning her Master in Science in Occupational Therapy from Mount Mary University. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering, reading and traveling.
B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
B.S., University of Washington, Seattle
M.S., Mount Mary University, Milwaukee
Location: SC 130
Phone: (253) 833-9111 ext. 4341
Fax: (253) 288-3413
Rose Evans, Mental Health Adjunct
Rose Evans is an AOTA Board Certified Mental Health (MHBC) occupational therapist who practices in a large Veterans Affairs hospital. She's been an Occupational Therapy practitioner since 1982. She trained initially as an occupational therapy assistant and graduated from the Green River Occupational Therapy Assistant program and then later continued her education and graduated from the University of Washington Occupational Therapy program. Over the course of her career she has worked in a variety of settings. For the first 25 years of her career, her patient demographic was largely comprised of patients who were being treated for physical and cognitive diagnoses. She has been at her current position, working with a military veteran population, for the last ten years treating patients with mental (behavioral) health diagnoses. She's had further training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for insomnia (CBTi) and Sensory Modulation for trauma focused care. In 2016 and 2017 she presented on the Role of the Occupational Therapy Practitioner on Insomnia at the annual WOTA conference. She's been an adjunct instructor of psychosocial dysfunction at Green River College since 2013.
Roberta Kim, Pediatric Instructor
Roberta’s specialty area is in pediatrics and she has worked in a variety of practice settings including early intervention, school, clinic and community-based settings. She works with children from birth to 21 years of age who have a wide range of physical, cognitive and/or sensory processing deficits. Roberta graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy. In addition, Roberta has a Master’s Degree in Education and has direct teaching experience implementing assessments and lessons and that are based on state and national educational standards and has also been involved in curriculum planning. Roberta has provided trainings for educators, therapists, and other health care professionals and has also presented at international and local conferences on multisensory teaching methods. Her administrative experience includes program development, managing program budgets and grant implementation. Roberta currently enjoys working with students who are pursuing occupational therapy and education degrees while continually expanding her skills in private pediatric clinic and school settings.
MAEd. University of Phoenix
B.S., University of Puget Sound
Location: SC 124
Phone: 253-833-9111, ext. 4556
Tomi Leigh Johnson, MA, OTR/L, LMP, CHT
Tomi Leigh is an occupational therapist, massage therapist, and certified hand therapist (CHT) which is the highest credential awarded to a practitioner in hand therapy. She began treating patient though massage in 2000. She obtained her Masters in occupational therapy from the University of Puget Sound. Prior to becoming an OT, she studied human fossil anatomy at the University of Washington. Tomi prides herself on maintaining and engaging teaching environment that focuses on functional anatomy and palpation skills.
Contact & Location
For more information or to make an appointment, please contact us at:
- Health Occupations Admissions
Career and Advising Center
Student Affairs & Success Building, 104
253-833-9111, ext. 2641
Degrees & Certificates
The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). For more information about our accreditation, please visit: OTA Accreditation.
- They are located at:
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200,
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449.
(301) 652-AOTA (2682)
Application and Forms
2018 OTA Spring Hybrid Program is now accepting applications.
Application Due Date: March 9, 2018 to Assessment and Testing Center, SA 148
- OTA Info Sheet
- OTA Prerequisites & Application Information
- OTA Job Shadowing Form
- Health Sciences Programs Student Handbook
- January 17, 2018, 4 - 5 p.m., SA 149
- February 15, 2018, 4 - 5 p.m., SA 149
OTA Application Workshop for Spring Hybrid Program
- January 29, 5 - 7 p.m., SC 134
This workshop is highly recommended for students planning to apply to the OTA Hybrid program starting Spring 2018.