OTA Faculty

Melissa Porras-Monroe, faculty, OTA

Melissa Porras-Monroe, OTR/L Program Director, Full time Faculty

Melissa started at Green River College in Winter of 2013 as the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and full time tenured tract faculty position. She has a Bachelors in Occupational Therapy, Master’s in Leadership Studies with a specialty in Organizational Leadership. Prior to joining Green River, Melissa worked at Harborview Medical Center for 20 years, in a variety of roles. Beginning as a staff therapist on inpatient rehabilitation, Melissa gained a variety of experiences with many diagnoses; she later became the Manager of the Acute Care Therapy Team, OT/PT/TR and SLP team. Her specialty areas include student supervision, Leadership studies, Neurology and Geriatrics. After resigning to venture into part time work, Melissa worked at her alma mater, University of Puget Sound, assisting the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and Clinical Instructor for the Adult Onsite Clinic. Melissa became the Program Director in 2016, she continues to teach in the classroom and maintain her clinical skills working in patient’s homes and clinic. Her favorite part of teaching is watching students grow and do the best they can be. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

  • M.A. Leadership Studies, Concordia University Chicago
  • B.S. Occupational Therapy, University of Puget Sound

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Lisa Finnson, faculty, OTA

Lisa Finnsson, OTR/L Add Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, Full Time 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

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Rose Evans, adjunct faculty, OTA

Rose Evans, OTR/L Mental Health Adjunct Faculty

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 eleven plus 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.

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Roberta Kim, adjunct faculty, OTA

Roberta Kim, OTR/L, Pediatric, Adjunct Faculty

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

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  • Location: SC 124
  • Phone: 253-833-9111, ext. 4556
  • Fax: 253-288-3413
  • Email: RKim@greenriver.edu
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Billie Otter OTR/L, Pediatric, Adjunct Faculty

In addition to teaching as an adjunct professor at Green River Community College COTA program, Billie co-owns Maple Valley Pediatric Therapy, a private outpatient clinic that provides occupational therapy services to children with disabilities and their families. Billie graduated with a master’s of occupational therapy degree from University of Washington in 2013.  Prior to becoming at OT, she worked at Oregon Health Sciences University department of neurology, aging and Alzheimer’s clinic as a research assistant and program coordinator. As well as providing OT services at the clinic and local private schools, she provides aquatic therapy with a focus on water safety, sensory processing and motor skills. Billie’s passion for working with children on the spectrum is driven by her personal experience raising a child diagnosed with autism. She understands the importance of identifying and building on a child’s strengths to deal with daily challenges. She strives to help families create an atmosphere that allows them to celebrate their child and enjoy spending time together.

  • MOT, University of Washington
  • B.S. Biology, George Fox University

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Tomi Johnson, adjunct faculty, OTA

Tomi Leigh Johnson, MA, OTR/L, 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.

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Sarah Jensen OTR/L, Adjunct Faculty

Sarah Jensen began teaching as an adjunct faculty member at Green River in the summer of 2018. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology in 1995 at the University of Montana. After working as a home health aid, she gained interest in the field of occupational therapy. She continued her education and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in OT from the University of Puget Sound in 2000. Since graduation, she has worked in a variety of settings in a variety of roles including inpatient rehabilitation, hand therapy, industrial rehabilitation and outpatient practice management. She has completed advanced training in the treatment of the hand and upper extremity and in performing functional capacity evaluations. She is currently working in the school district setting and enjoys sharing her perspective and teaching OTA students about human development through the lifespan.

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The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). 

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    Bethesda, MD 20814-3449.
    (301) 652-AOTA (2682)
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