Four Named to March of Dimes Board of Trustees 2008

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New York City | Tuesday, July 29, 2008

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Four leaders from the worlds of medicine, research, consumer publishing and corporate America have been elected to the national Board of Trustees of the March of Dimes Foundation, it was announced today.

March of Dimes trustees, who serve as volunteers, represent the public in governing the organization and advancing its mission and serve five-year terms.

The new trustees are:

Miriam Arond, Director of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute at Hearst Magazines, and former Editor in Chief of Child magazine as well as American Health magazine. Ms. Arond has also worked as an Adjunct Professor at New York University, Contributing Editor at Bride’s magazine, staff feature writer at the New York Daily News, and on the editorial staff at Doubleday Books.  Ms. Arond and her husband, psychiatrist Samuel L. Pauker, MD, are co-authors of The First Year of Marriage: What To Expect, What To Accept, and What You Can Change. 

Harvey J. Cohen, MD, PhD, Professor and Chairman of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine.  Dr. Cohen is a long-time volunteer for the March of Dimes, serving, among other posts, as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee and Prematurity Research Initiative Committee.  His research lab focuses on biomarkers of disease in children; he also studies new and better ways to treat blood disorders and various cancers, particularly leukemia, in children.  Dr. Cohen has held a number of academic positions at Stanford, as well as at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif.; Cancer Center University of Rochester and the University of Rochester School of Medicine, New York; and Harvard Medical School in Boston.  Dr. Cohen lives in Los Altos, Calif., with his wife, Ilene.  They have two sons.

Donald J. Germano, Senior Vice President/General Manager of Kmart Stores.  Mr. Germano joined Kmart in 2001 and has held several positions within Sears Holdings and Kmart Supply Chain organizations.  He previously held senior management and logistic positions with Kozmo.com, e-tailor and delivery company; Nabisco; North American Van Lines; and UPS.  Mr. Germano also served in the U.S. Marine Corps.  In his current post, Mr. Germano is responsible for the financial performance, operations and management, team development and customer experience of all Kmart’s 1,382 stores.   Kmart customers and associates helped raise more than $70 million in the past ten years for the March of Dimes.  Mr. Germano and his wife, Karen, live in Wilmette, IL with their three children.

Roger C. Young, MD, PhD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Vermont School of Medicine.  Dr. Young has reviewed scientific grant applications for the March of Dimes for six years, and has been a member of the organization’s Scientific Advisory Committee since 2006. His academic and research career previously included appointments at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; Medical University of South Carolina; and Duke Medical Center.  Dr. Young is a leader in the field of uterine physiology of pregnancy, and has a long-range goal of decreasing the rising rate of prematurity in the United States – also a component of the mission of the March of Dimes.  He has published 41 peer-reviewed articles and dozens of abstracts, and has co-edited one book.

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