From an early age, Kathi knew she wanted to be a nurse. Kathi received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Nassau Community College, Bachelor of Science from Molloy College and an MPA (Master of Public Administration) from CW Post University. She worked at multiple hospitals (Nassau Community Hospital (now called NYU Langone-Winthrop) and Long Island Jewish Medical Center) and still managed to raise a family and make a difference in her community.
Kathi’s spirit of giving and caring lives on through this foundation. Both at work and off duty, Kathi loved those around her with all of her heart. As a nurse Kathi gave 110% to ensure all patients and their families were treated with respect and received the best care. Off duty Kathi took care of her family, friends and neighbors faithfully.
Baby Rosie was a beautiful little girl who was abandoned on the steps of a home near Long Island Jewish Medical Center (LIJMC) where Kathi worked. Kathi was instrumental in ensuring Rosie received great care while also advocating for more adoptive parents in the area. At a visit to LIJMC Commissioner Scoppetta said, “Giving a child the gift of a secure and loving home not only provides permanency in the life of that child, but also enriches the life of the adoptive parent as well. Please consider opening your heart and home to one of New York City’s foster children and receive love in return for many years to come, as our children need families for life.” Read more about this great story HERE
Breast cancer was a challenge that Kathi faced head on. She asked questions, advocated for herself and her family and made the most of her days. In the end breast cancer took Kathi too soon but the world is a better place for having known her.
Our goal is to ensure Kathi’s fighting spirit continues to live on through everyone she knew and also in the people that benefit from this foundation. Being a nurse was not just a job to Kathi, it was a calling. That is why we are focused on providing endowed scholarships to nursing students at Molly College every year. Nursing school is tough and our goal is to make the journey easier so the recipients can graduate and make a difference in the world, just like Kathi did.