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Since 1995 Mary Lou has taught in the Department of Occupational Therapy at The College of St. Scholastica. As an Assistant Professor, her teaching responsibilities include course work related to gerontology, leadership, documentation, research and the department’s capstone.
Mary Lou graduated from the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus with a Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy in 1978. Her early years of working as an OT were with the pediatric population. She taught in the OT Assistant Program at what is now known as Lake Superior College in Duluth, MN for portions of 1981-85, attaining a Minnesota Vocational Teaching License in 1984. Also during this time she transferred her practice focus to working with the adult population.
From 1985 to 1991 Mary Lou was hired as the Director of the Courage Center Duluth Sports and Recreation Programs, and was responsible for the day to day operations, development and administration of community based recreation programs for people with physical disabilities, speech, vision or hearing impairments. During this time Mary Lou acquired a Master of Education degree from University of Minnesota-Duluth with an emphasis in Exercise Science for People with Disabilities. Mary Lou continued practicing as an occupational therapist in a variety of contexts from home health, hospital, and school settings until being hired by The College of St. Scholastica in 1995. In 2006 she acquired a Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Post-secondary, and Adult Education from Capella University.
Mary Lou's primary area of interest for practice is gerontology, and the policy and procedural actions that support philosophies of healthy aging, older adults aging in place, and healthy communities supporting people throughout the entire age span. Mary Lou’s expertise is working with people who have dementia, and their caregivers, and she is trained to instruct other providers in the use of the Allen Cognitive Model tools.
Mary Lou enjoys travelling and has had the opportunity to practice her OT skills in Haiti, as well as served as the faculty person for the Study Abroad Program in Cuernavaca, Mexico during Fall Semester, 2008.
She's a beekeeper, fly fisher, gardener, and loves the outdoors.
Nancy has been an Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy Program at The College of St. Scholastica for 19 years. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, and her Master of Science degree in Therapeutic Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 2000 – 2008 Nancy worked as a consultant for the Fetal Alcohol Diagnostic Program in Duluth, MN. Prior to working at St. Scholastica, Nancy worked for 12 years as an occupational therapist with the Duluth Public Schools. Nancy’s teaching responsibilities have focused primarily on pediatric occupational therapy. In addition, Nancy has taught for four years in St. Scholastica’s Dignitas Program. Nancy’s scholarship and research interests include: the role of occupational therapy in addressing the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure, occupational therapy intervention for children with handwriting needs, and occupational therapy intervention for children with sensory processing disorders.
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Diane joined the College of St. Scholastica (CSS) faculty in Fall 2013 as Assistant Professor. Diane offers 28 years of diverse experience in the occupational therapy profession and experience in healthcare delivery systems development, business development, medical rehabilitation, medical research and grant writing in health care, health plan and educational settings. Diane earned her Master of Science degree from the College of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois, Occupational Therapy certification from the College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN and Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN. Prior to joining the CSS Faculty, Diane worked in Clinic Administration, overseeing primary care clinics, retail pharmacies, therapy programs and a home health agency in urban and rural Minnesota communities. Course accountabilities in the CSS Occupational Therapy program include: Foundations of OT, OT across the Life Span, Psychosocial OT, Administration, Supervision and Leadership in OT. Diane's professional areas of interest include: aging services, rural health care delivery, population health and behavioral health services.