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Prof. Georges Joins AARP Board of Directors

May 6, 2010

Professor Catherine Alicia Georges

Professor Catherine Alicia Georges, chair of Lehman College's Department of Nursing, has joined the Board of Directors of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

"My work in the Bronx and in the New York health system—as well as my experience growing up in the U.S. Virgin Islands—has underlined the importance of organizations like AARP in helping alleviate health disparities and making sure that everyone has access to affordable, quality healthcare as they age," said Professor Georges, who will serve on the board until 2016. "It is an honor to join the board of directors and I look forward to helping ensure that everyone over 50 ages with dignity and, purpose."

The all-volunteer Board of Directors is the governing body of AARP and approves all policies, programs, activities and services for the group's millions of members. The Board's responsibilities include approving the budget, monitoring finances, and setting AARP's state and national legislative policy agenda. Besides her teaching and chair responsibilities at Lehman, Professor Georges teaches at the CUNY Graduate Center and is president of the National Black Nurses Foundation, chairperson of the Westchester Area Health Education Center and a board member of Family Care Services in the Bronx.

Previously, she has been a supervisor and district manager of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York; a board member, and later president, of the National Black Nurses Association; a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Nursing; and an officer of the International Society on Hypertension in Blacks. She has received fellowships from the American Academy of Nursing and the New York Academy of Medicine and was awarded the Mary Mahoney Award by the American Nurses Association in 1998.