Occupational Therapist, Planner, Administrative Assistant, Environmental Health Specialist

Arlington, SD

Yvette Donovan

710 S 3rd Street

Arlington, South Dakota 57212

605.983.4631 or 308.258.1411




Professional Knowledge, Skills, and Experience


Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant                                                           May 2011 to April 2015

Select Rehabilitation, Inc.

550 Frontage Road – Suite 2415

Northfield, IL  60093

Per contract with:

Tiffany Square Rehabilitation and Care Center

3119 West Faidley Avenue

Grand Island, NE  68803

Traci Gudenrath, M.S. CCC-SLP



  • Understood, followed and implemented effective and creative therapy techniques, methods, and evidence-based practices to assist patients in achieving occupational therapy goals.
  • Communicated and collaborated with supervising occupational therapist, patients, patient advocates and family members about progress, therapy goals, and plans for discharge.
  • Wrote and maintained patient medical records and legal documentation to support billing and reimbursement of therapy services.
  • Understood and followed federal, state and facility standards of professional practice.
  • Worked as a member of a broader patient care team including other therapists, health care professionals and administrators to achieve successful patient care and outcomes.
  • Participated in continuation education training workshops to classes to update practice skills and to meet the requirements of professional state licensure and national certification status.
  • Performed duties in a safe, courteous and professional manner.


Limited English Proficiency Student Program Coordinator           October 2008 to August 2010

Central Community College

3134 West Highway 34

Grand Island, NE  68802-4903

Dr. Marcie Kemnitz, Dean of Health Sciences



  • Developed curriculum for informative and orientation courses to the Medical Assistant, Dental Assistant, and Occupational Therapy Assistant programs to specifically target minority students.
  • Collected data and prepared reports to support project goals and budget expenditures.
  • Presented classes to prospective students about allied health career programs, enrollment in college, and the academic requirements of the programs.
  • Responsible for advertising and recruiting students within the multicultural community of the Central Community College service area to enroll in these courses.


Environmental Health Specialist                                                                                 July 2006 to December 2007

Central District Health Department

1137 South Locust Street

Grand Island, NE  68801

Jeremy Collinson, Environmental Health Supervisor



  • Worked as part of a team with other divisions within the Health Department, the NE Department of Agriculture, and municipalities to ensure the implementation and maintenance of all levels of environmental public health program standards.
  • Code enforcement and inspection of permanent and temporary food establishments and vendors, public swimming pools, campgrounds, tattoo/body art establishments, and refuse collection vehicles.
  • Knowledge, understanding, and interpretation of complex policy, regulations, and ordinances.
  • Conduct food safety classes, training food service professionals, and informing the public about general public health issues and concerns.
  • Trained to recognize the symptoms and causes of food borne illnesses and investigate complaints.
  • Completed course to attain state license to apply pesticides as a government agent for the mosquito abatement program.
  • Performed associated administrative tasks including issuing, suspending and revoking health department issued permits, maintenance of document files and electronic databases, and website and other forms of public information media.


Administrative Secretary                                                                                                       October 2005 to July 2006

Central District Health Department

1137 South Locust Street

Grand Island, NE  68801

Teresa Anderson, Director



  • Served as receptionist and initial public contact to public visitors and clients via personal and electronic communications.
  • Operated multi-line complex phone system and responded to public inquiries about general information, procedures, references and referrals.
  • Set appointments and registered clients upon arrival on computerized appointment system.
  • Reviewed immunization documents and interpreted health documents originating in foreign countries.
  • Maintained electronic and paper form files and databases, reports, and client charts.
  • Wrote and digitally prepared public news releases, brochures, and miscellaneous publications.
  • Performed a wide variety of supportive administrative tasks including word processing, preparation of correspondence, reporting, faxing, copying, Spanish-language interpretation, and writing/editing.
  • Performed accounts receivable duties in computerized accounting program.
  • Assisted with payroll information including benefits and HR documents.
  • Operated and maintained immunization database system IMMUNET to maintain Department electronic records, reports and Department website.

Outdoor Recreation Planner                                                                                                                January 1999 to June 2005

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex

PO Box 457

Ridgefield, WA  98642

Tom Melanson, Project Leader (ret.)



  • Administered all aspects of the recreation program for five national wildlife refuges in the Ridgefield NWR Complex including volunteer management, facility maintenance and management, commercial contract management, budget management and coordination, strategic planning, refuge management and resource protection, environmental education, information and outreach, recreation fee program, waterfowl hunt program and visitor use data collection and annual reports.
  • Served as liaison with the Friends of Ridgefield NWR non-profit, refuge support group.
  • Designated as the primary contact for the public and the media on many refuge use issues, including special use permits and regulations related to public use.
  • Prepared news releases, articles, and official documents and materials for the media and the public including brochures and press kits.
  • Wrote, edited, and designed refuge publications, website, telephone hotline, maps, graphics, signs, and other outreach materials and recreational facilities.
  • Responsible for submitting developing and writing cooperative agreements for refuge partnerships related to public use.
  • Experience in grant writing and successful in acquiring several grants for the purpose of enhancing public recreational opportunities on refuge lands.

Additional administrative work experience prior to January 1999 may be provided upon request.



Central Community College

Grand Island, NE

Credit Hours Earned:  32

Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Degree Earned:  A.A.S. May 2011


University of Texas at Brownsville

Brownsville, TX

Credit Hours Earned: 4

University of Texas at San Antonio

San Antonio, TX

Credit Hours Earned:  79

Degree Earned: B.S. Biology May 1992


 Texas Southmost College

Brownsville, TX

Credits Earned:  65

Job Related Skills

General office administration skills – phone, fax, copy, filing, word processing, customer service, accounts receivable, purchasing, preparation of databases and reports
Copy editor and writer with accuracy and high aptitude for comprehension of written text and verbal instructions
Computer/Typing Skills – Typing – 40+ wpm; proficient in MS Word, Excel, Macromedia Freehand, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe PageMaker, PowerPoint, Dreamweaver & Fireworks
Audio/Visual Equipment – operation & maintenance of slide projector, overhead projector, computer projector, 35mm & digital camera, DVD, video/tape recorder, film projector, scanner, plotter
Public speaker and program presenter/designer, meeting facilitator, training coordinator, and agenda planner, organizer of cooperative working groups
Bilingual – Spanish/English speaking, writing, reading

Other Qualifications/Accomplishments

·       03/03 – U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center Course – Public Outreach & Education: Overview & Planning (40 hr)

·       03/02 – Refuge Compatibility Training (16 hr)

·       12/01 – Visitor Services Workshop – components in recreation planning, outreach, interpretation and media relations (16 hr)

·       05/00 – Refuge Management Academy – components in natural resource management, wilderness, personnel, budget, and recreation (120 hr)

·       09/10 – PAMS (Physical Agent Modalities – Superficial) Training/Certification

·       Star Performance Awards: 10/00, 11/01, 01/03

·       U.S. Department of the Interior Cooperative Conservation 2005 Award – Cathlapotle Plankhouse Project Steering Committee

·       SD State driver’s license



Tom Melanson, Project Leader, USFWS (ret.)

PO Box 1195

Woodland, WA  98674-1101


Marcie Ross

4207 Nordic Road

Grand Island, NE  68803


Rebecca Young, Refuge Planner, USFWS

2717 NE 148th St

Vancouver, WA  98686-1576



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