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Beth Israel alums welcome new president


Celebrating the group’s 108th year, members of the Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing Alumni Association gathered Oct. 28 for its annual luncheon at the National Arts Club on Gramercy Park South.

PBISN Alumni President Rochelle Bokow-Bronson, RN, MA, MEd, Class of 1956, who has headed the organization for more than 10 years, presented the Dorothy Burrill Lindner Alumnus of the Year Award to Virginia Klunder, RN, MA, CMQ, OE, Class of 1976, the incoming president. Klunder has served as alumni treasurer the past two years.

“Our alumni members are grateful that Ginny has agreed to take the helm of our organization,” Bokow-Bronson said in a news release. “She is passionate about nursing and her leadership will be particularly inspiring to our new members.”

Klunder is director of compliance analytics in the worldwide safety and regulatory organization of Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. She began her career as a med/surg RN at Beth Israel Medical Center then transferred to pediatrics, advancing to pediatric critical care, nursing practice and clinical education. She worked as a clinical nurse specialist at Long Island College Hospital and as an adjunct faculty for Phillips Beth Israel before starting a consulting business.

Several classes were honored at the gathering, including graduates from 1952, 1962, 1972, 1982, 1992 and 2002. Despite the impending Superstorm Sandy, Evelyn Sussman and Charlotte Elwin showed up from the Class of ’52; Phyllis Handler represented the Class of ’62, and Trudy Dittiger attended from the Class of ’92.

The Class of ’72, whose members came from as far away as Florida and California, was the largest delegation and included Meredith Altman, Christina Baer Arter, Susan Avila, Judy Shaiman Fleischman, Elizabeth Callery Lavery, Annie Corto Carroll, Paula Greenberg Kutner, Ellen Milan, Nanette Palermo Power, Sheila Ditchik Rosenthal and Joyce Cohen White. Milan volunteers in Uganda several months at a time every year, and a few continue to practice, such as Kutner, who is an ambulatory care nurse in Queens. •


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