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Standing O is sending out a big welcome to the newest member at Bishop Kearney High School, Renee Hartofelis. She will be heading the Fab Lab in the Math Department.

“It is with great pleasure that we announce that Mrs. Renee Hartofelis will be joining Bishop Kearney as a member of the Math Department in the fall,” said Margaret Lacey-Berman, head of the school. “I welcome Renee Hartofelis to the teaching staff at Bishop Kearney High School.”

Renee has a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University and a Masters in Business Administration from St. John’s University.

“Renee has the ability to facilitate instruction in a project based learning environment,” said Lacey-Berman. “This skill set will enable her to take full advantage of our new Fab Lab, which we believe will elevate instruction to new heights at Bishop Kearney.”

Standing O also gives a rousing round of applause to alumna Donna Panteleo Murphy, class of ’78, who is a Bishop Kearney board member and global chief executive officer of Havas Health & You.

At the June graduation, Donna shared her time at Bishop Kearney High School and said, “If never getting that RN degree, I would not be able to do my part to keep people out of the doctor’s office.”

Donna marshals some of her 4,000 employees to promote the health of children globally.

The firm of Havas Health & You is a leading a marketing organization numbering some 4,000 employees globally that handles marketing for both pharmaceutical companies and insurers as well as consumer wellness companies like FitBit and Weight Watchers.

“It’s a continuum — it’s staying healthy,” Murphy said.

In mid-June, Donna rallied more than 100 Havas Health & You agencies to raise funds to furnish support for 100 kids living in poverty, throughFairfield-based Save the Children.

“What better than to focus on children that are healthy?” Murphy said.

In speaking to the students she shared a tip she learned on her very first job when she was new at a McDonald’s restaurant here.

“As I tell my two children, ‘When you think you are finished — do one more thing,’ ” Murphy said. “Never forget that no one — absolutely no one — gets anywhere in life without someone else’s help.”

Standing O says “Thank you, Donna Murphy, for all you do for children, and welcome aboard to Renee Hartofelis, may all your triangles be equal.”

Bishop Kearney High School [2202 60th St. at Bay Parkway in Bensonhurst, (718) 236–6363].

Borough Park

Congrats to the vollies

Maimonides Medical Center honored its student volunteers with a special Recognition Ceremony and Breakfast in May. Yes, the O is a bit behind, but better late than never.

Opening remarks were presented by Kenneth Gibbs, president and chief executive officer at Maimonides; Dominick Stanzione, executive vice president and chief operating officer at the hospital; and added remarks by guest speakers Barbara Tremblay from Roy Campanella OTC; and John Dormer, director at Xaverian High School.

The volunteers hailed from local schools including Bishop Kearney High School; Brooklyn College Community Partnership; Brooklyn International High School; DYCD Work, Learn & Grow Program; El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice; Expeditionary Learning School for Community Leaders; FDR High School; International High School at Lafayette; International High School at Prospect Heights; Magen David Yeshiva High School; New Dawn Charter High School; New Utrecht High School; Peter Rouget Middle School 88; Roy Campanella OTC; Sunset Park High School; The Brooklyn Studio Secondary School; Union Square Academy for Health Sciences; West Brooklyn Community High School; and Xavier High School.

Standing O says “Thank you to all the volunteers, you are truly the unsung heroes at the healing center.”

Maimonides Medical Center [4802 10th Ave. at 49th Street in Borough Park, (718) 283–6000].

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Updated 1:34 am, July 10, 2018
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