East coasting with Alison and Ed: Saybrook’s Board of Trustees Chair and the VP of Institutional Advancement connect with right coast alumni

Saybrook University Board Chair, Alison Bonds Shapiro, and the Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Ed Patuto, recently completed a trip to five East Coast cites: Richmond, Virginia; Washington, D.C.; New York; and Norwalk and Westport, Connecticut. The goal of this trip was to connect with alumni in the area and to promote Saybrook’s new College of Mind Body Medicine.

In Richmond, alumnae Stephanie Davidson and Vicki Saunders hosted an event at Vicki’s home featuring Dr. Jim Gordon, Dean of Saybrook’s College of Mind Body Medicine, and Alison Shapiro. Approximately 40 guests attended the event, including many colleagues of Stephanie at the Bon Secouers Hospitals, which is exploring establishing an integrative medicine program. Several alumni were present. Many attendees expressed their interest and enthusiasm for Saybrook’s new program.

In Connecticut, alumna Renee Levi hosted a luncheon at her home for five of her friends who are interested in joining in the Advisory Board for the College of Mind Body Medicine. Renee also set up a meeting with Ed and Norwalk Hospital, which has just established an integrative medicine program, to discuss possible future collaborations

In Washington and New York, Alison and Ed hosted dinners with alumni to better acquaint our alumni with the new university and to get to know them. Alison gave all alumni who attended copies of her new book, Healing into Possibility: Transformational Lessons from a Stroke. During this trip, Alison also meet with hospitals and rehabilitation centers about her work and Saybrook’s new college.