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Alumni Society: Lifetime Achievement Awards 2021

The Haddonfield Alumni Society will hold its annual meeting and awards ceremony on Saturday, November 27, 2021 in the auditorium at Haddonfield Memorial High School. The Society will honor recipients from both 2020 and 2021. 

The awards ceremony will begin at 10am and will be preceded by a breakfast reception at 9am. All alumni are invited to attend the ceremony and reception.  

Among those being honored for 2021 are:

Bruce Lindsay ‘69 

Dr. Lindsay earned his BS degree from Eckerd College ’73 and graduated from Jefferson Medical College in 1977. He completed a residency at the University of Michigan. 

Dr. Lindsay pursued a fellowship in cardiology and studied arrhythmias, at Washington University School of Medicine in 1983. He became an expert on the subject.  His mentor, Michael E. Cain, M.D., Dean of the College of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Buffalo described Bruce as “… a superb clinician and highly respected at national and international levels as an authority on heart-rhythm abnormalities and their treatment.” 

Dr. Lindsay’s research interests focused on identification of patients at risk for sudden cardiac death, indications for Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators, and the development of advanced technologies for ablation of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias. Bruce has served as the Director of Electrophysiology at Washington University Medical Center before moving to the Cleveland Clinic in 2008 where he was the Section Head for Electrophysiology and Pacing. He served as Vice Chair of Cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic from 2016 to 2019 and was a member of the Executive Committee for the Heart and Vascular Institute. He retired in 2019.

During the course of his career, he has been involved in leading edge research including the implantation of defibrillators without opening a patient’s chest, the use of ablation to treat arrythmias, and treatment strategies for atrial fibrillation. Bruce has worked with Steretotaxis Inc. to develop the Magnetic Navigation System (MNS), which enables heart-rhythm experts to use magnetic fields to guide catheters to treat arrhythmias.  As a result of his indefatigable work, he has co-authored more than 150 peer reviewed publications and lectured at meetings throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, India, and China.  

Donald Chew ‘69

Don attended Lafayette University graduating summa cum laude with a BA in English. He spent the next six years doing graduate work at the University of Rochester, earning a Ph. D. in English and American Literature focusing on his three “favorites”, Melville, Conrad and Faulkner.  He later earned an MBA in finance at the Rochester’s Simon School of Business.   

In 1979, Don moved to New York City to work with the Financial Policy Division of the Chase Manhattan Bank.  Unable to find his niche as a consultant, he was instructed by his boss—Joel Stern—to start a publication called The Chase Financial Quarterly.  That publication later became the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, which Don has edited for the past 40 years.  Made up mainly of articles written by finance academics for practicing corporate executives, the JACF aims to explain the workings of capital markets and how the executives can use the principles and methods of finance to increase the long-run efficiency and value of their organizations, whether they be for-profit, non-profit, or part of the public sector.

Linda Riefler, Chief Talent Officer at Morgan Stanley has known Don for some twenty years.  She supervised Don in his role as Chair of Client Services. She said about Don and JACF, “His journal is unique in the quality of its content and its ability to take fresh looks at market issues and in bringing academics and practitioners together to discuss and explore long term value creation. I am a deep believer in markets, but markets are not perfect, and Don’s work is seminal in helping practitioners and academics learn and focus on what matters.” 

In addition to his work at the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, Don has edited and published some ten collections of articles, two of which—The New Corporate Finance:  Where Theory Meets Practice (McGraw-Hill) and (with Joel Stern) The Revolution in Corporate Finance (Blackwell)—continue to be used in business schools throughout the world.  

Don’s leadership and influence in the world of corporate finance is not hard to discern.  His writing, editing and sharp insight have led managers, CEO’s and corporate board members to rethink their conventional wisdom on topics as diverse as communicating with investors, private equity, sustainable financial management and integrity.  His academic writings and publications for the graduate student of finance have influenced a generation of future and current business leaders.  

Laura Iavicoli ‘89

Dr. Iavicoli graduated from Boston University, earning a BA in Psychology, Summa Cum Laude in 1993.  In 1997, Laura received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Robert Wood Johnson, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.  She served as resident in Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City from 1998-2001 and Chief Resident from 2001-2002.

A board certified Emergency Medicine physician with special expertise in Emergency Management, her career includes twenty years as an emergency room physician at Elmhurst General Hospital in the borough of Queens.  Over those twenty years, she has served as an Associate Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Her leadership responsibilities have included Associate Director of Emergency Management, Senior Assistant Vice President Emergency Management for Health and Hospitals, and most recently, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for NYC Health and Hospitals/Elmhurst.   She has been at the forefront of disaster preparedness in NYC.  Since 2017, Dr. Iavicoli has given over 20 invited lectures and/or presentations on emergency management and authored or co-authored some 17 journal articles related to her field of expertise. 

During the peak of the pandemic, Dr. Iavicoli worked as an emergency medicine expert on the NYC Health and Hospital COVID-19 action team and on the front lines in the emergency room at Elmhurst General Hospital. She was involved in that included coordinating emergency efforts for Elmhurst Hospital and for the entire NYC health system as whole. Her emergency medicine experience had previously brought her face to face with several earlier crises including SARS, H1N1, and Ebola but none that matched the scale of Covid-19 pandemic.

The New York Times print edition on Sunday, 12/6/20 documents how a corner of the borough of Queens became the epicenter of the pandemic.  The article features the stories of coronavirus patients and their treatment at Elmhurst Hospital in late March 2020 in compelling detail.  Dr. Iavicoli figures centrally in this narrative.  She described her safety-net hospital as “the most magical place on earth,” with a skilled, committed staff and a diverse mix of patients who offer fresh challenges every day. At the height of the pandemic, her emergency room was seeing 400 patients per day, double its usual number.   

Laura’s extraordinary efforts did not go unrecognized. In July, 2021 she was “recognized for heroic contributions to the five boroughs during the COVID-19 pandemic with tireless dedication to New York City” and was given the Hometown Hero Essential Worker Award.  In September, 2020, she was honored with the Schneps Media Healthcare Heroes Award “for          dedication and service to the healthcare community”. She also received the NYC Health and Hospitals, Elmhurst Emergency Department, Healthcare Hero Award, for dedication and leadership at Elmhurst Hospital during the COVID pandemic.  

Lisa Weissenberger Woslchina ‘89

Ms. Wolschina graduated from Princeton University ’93 where she majored in history.  She later completed her MA in education at Rutgers New Brunswick, graduating with Honors in 1995. 

After graduation, Lisa returned to her alma mater to teach high school social studies, coach cheerleading, advise the freshman class and moderate the Interact Club.  She served at HMHS from 1994-2000.  During her tenure, she was much loved by her students and appreciated by her colleagues for her extraordinary empathy and compassion. 

 In 2000, Ms. Wolschina made some life changing decisions about balancing career and motherhood.  She chose a career in real estate where she has exemplified exceptional achievement over the past twenty years. Professionally, Lisa manages her own branch of Keller Williams Real Estate, and she has been honored with the  very highest level of achievement per the New Jersey Association of Realtors.  Lisa earned the NJAR Circle of Excellence Award  consistently from 2007-2020. She has been the perennial leader in sales production and dollar volume for all of Camden County and the leading female realtor as well.  She is nationally ranked in the top 100 realtors in Keller Williams; an organization that has over 500,000 realtors.   She is also among the top 8 realtors in the tri-state region (New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware).   Shas been a platinum level producer every year since 2013 and is on track to sell over $100 million dollars of real estate by the end of 2021.  She employs a staff of 10 real estate agents, and her branch agents have consistently been recognized for their volume.  In the past calendar year, her agency has outperformed her nearest Haddonfield competitor by a more than two to one margin. 

Ms. Wolschina is among that very special group of businessmen and businesswomen of Haddonfield who are dedicated to giving back to the community.  She serves as a board member of the Haddonfield Educational Trust and the Haddonfield Outdoor Sculpture Trust.  For both of those organizations she has volunteered to host fundraising events in her home on multiple occasions. She supports these events by both her personal contributions as well as her significant network of friends and colleagues. 

During the past year, Lisa’s philanthropic efforts also included sponsoring the Healthy Running Series for Kids 2021, co-sponsoring the Ndotto sculpture for HOST, and supporting the HMHS Drama Club livestream event.   She has been involved in myriad volunteer activities including cooking for the Ronald McDonald house; collecting prom dresses for high school students in need; shopping for, donating and delivering food to needy families during the pandemic; and sponsoring “Women in the Arts” for the Haddonfield Fortnightly.  Recently, she organized a fundraiser to collect school supplies for local children in need.  She does this annually working directly with school administrators so that the identities of the children are kept confidential.  Her efforts in this area are tireless and her impact enormous in our small community.

Lynn Green

Ms. Green began her teaching career as a special education teacher at Haddonfield Memorial High School in 1988.  From those earliest days she showed the compassion and empathy to high school students that would become the hallmark of her thirty-three year teaching career.

Lynn truly found her niche in the district as a Kindergarten teacher at Elizabeth Haddon.  Dr. Heather Stambaugh, a parent whose three children had Lynn as their kindergarten teacher,  wrote:  “…we realized how lucky our son was to have Lynn as a teacher.  She gave careful individualized attention to the academic and emotional needs of each of her students.  She was always at the ready with a kind word or warm hug for them.  She gave her students the foundation and tools to be successful learners.” 

As a teacher, Lynn was an advocate for developing a curriculum that was engaging yet challenging for the students. As a reading and writing specialist, she was an integral part of the Reading Recovery program at Elizabeth Haddon and was deeply involved in creating a curriculum that insured her students thrive and make smooth grade level transitions. She speaks passionately about the Reading Recovery program as she felt she made a difference in her students’ education, understanding the importance of early recognition of reading and writing difficulties in students.  Lynn was also a valued member of the School-wide committee that helped Haddon earn status as a “Blue Ribbon School”.

Dr. Stambaugh added, “At her core, Lynn is thoughtful, caring, genuine, and selfless.  Raising three talented, strong, independent daughters while both she and her husband worked full time, her dedication to her family, work and her students is unparalleled.  We have come across very few teachers over the years that have made such profound, lasting impressions on our children.  Lynn is one of those teachers that our kids speak of fondly when reflecting on grade school.”