A L U M N A E / I   S P O T L I G H T

CNR graduates have made their mark in every field of endeavor!

The Gerontology Program at CNR, and especially Ken Doka, helped me to understand my first years working with hospice patients and ultimately prepared me for my careers I have now in hospice and theater. I have wonderful memories of my years at CNR and am very grateful for the support of the staff with whom I worked, especially Dorothy Valle. I meet many people interested in gerontology and tanatology and tell them all about CNR. I am a proud alum indeed!” 

Taren Sterry GS’02
Manager of Volunteer Program Services
Visiting Nurse Service of New York
Hospice Care 

Taren Sterry is currently the Manager of Volunteer Program Services at the largest hospice program in metropolitan New York City, The Visiting Nurse Service of New York Hospice Care. She is also a writer and performer and currently has a one-woman show called 180 Days about her first six months working with hospice. These first six months were part of her undergraduate studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz, which led her to CNR and ultimately to the work she does today with VNSNY. 180 Days is a one hour "drama-comedy" where Sterry plays 22 characters as she follows the stories of five hospice patients. Hoping to help them find meaning at the end of their lives, with poignancy and humor Sterry tells how they end up teaching her a few things about her own. 180 Days is a celebration of the individual’s journey in caring for the dying and has received rave reviews from hundreds of theater lovers, hospice staff and volunteers. It was recently selected as the official entertainment for the 2010 30th Annual Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State Conference.

For more information about Taren Sterry, click here.

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