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Laura Spincola Moore `93

Laura Spincola Moore

Since graduation (almost 20 years ago...GULP!!), I've completed a Doctor of Education degree in Health & Behavior at Columbia University Teacher's College.  I feel so blessed to have spent my entire career doing something I really love - providing education and support to children and adults experiencing health issues (primarily long term and chronic illness).  I've worked as Child Life Specialist, Health Educator, and Director of Education for hospitals and non-profit organizations.  Currently, I am consulting for several health education and marketing organizations, volunteering at a local children's hospital in the Child Life Department, and teaching as an adjunct professor of Psychology and Health at local colleges including (best of all) Manhattanville!

Personally, life has been an interesting adventure too!  My husband and I (after being set up on a long-distance blind date) have been blessed with two amazing children (almost 9 and 6 years old) and we live nearby in Pleasantville.

The graduating class of 1993 was very small and we really had an amazing opportunity to get to know all of our classmates and develop so many great friendships.  Most of us are still connected - sometimes in person and in some cases virtual. I love driving on to campus when I teach - it is an amazing (and at times very surreal) experience.   It is so much fun to watch the students grow and develop friendships; I often find myself wondering if 20 years later they will be thinking of each other and be fortunate enough to still call each other friend. Renee and I signed on early to be class chairs and we have had a great time reaching out to our classmates over the years. 

Manhattanville is such a special place and even after all this time, the thrill of seeing the castle with leaves changing around it in the Fall, watching the first snow fall on the quad, and seeing trees bloom in the Spring doesn't get old.  Running into professors I had in class as a student who after all this time recognize me (and can recall my classmates whom they taught) is really fun.  Manhattanville has changed in as many ways as it has remained the same and I cannot wait for the class of '93 to get back on campus and see the old and familiar mixed with the new and exciting. 

Being on campus also reminds me of why it is so important to give back.  We were the beneficiaries of the generous giving of those who had gone before us and I think it is so important to continue on that legacy.  We have a unique opportunity to guide how our gift be used so that it not only benefits the current Manhattanville Community but also honors the things that were so special about Manhattanville to our class.