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Bringing together care and research in service to families in need

Spring 2013

Faculty & Staff Updates

A symposium in honor of the late Dr. Edward Handelsman, a distinguished pediatrician, teacher, and researcher who worked at Downstate from 1992 until 2005, entitled "When Worlds Collide – Adolescents and HIV" was held at the 2013 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) meeting in Atlanta, GA in March 2013. A webcast of this symposium can be accessed at

Katie Magoon joined the HEAT Program as a Nurse Practitioner. Prior to joining HEAT, she was a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at The Door and a Research Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Columbia University's School of Nursing. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from Yale School of Nursing and is currently working on her MPA degree at New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Sanna Moore, LMSW, Care Coordinator, received her social work license and can now conduct psychotherapy.

Christine Rucker, MA, Director of the Adolescent Education Program, and Tracey Griffith, MHA were nominated as "Extraordinary Women of Downstate."


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Shaena Davis received the STAR Staff Recognition Award for the fourth quarter of 2012. Ms. Davis is a Medical Administrative Assistant/Referral Specialist and has been with STAR since October 2008. During her tenure, she has become an invaluable employee whose referral scheduling and tracking skills have greatly aided us in providing exemplary patient care. Her bright and sunny disposition as well as her willingness to go the extra mile have made her a pleasure to work with. She recently completed the MPA program at Metropolitan College of New York.

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Christina Sferruzzo received the STAR Program Recognition Award for the first quarter of 2013. Ms. Sferruzzo started work as an Administrative Assistant in the STAR Program in 2008. Prior to that she had a long work history in research grants administration with the CUNY Research Foundation at Brooklyn College. She has an MS degree in Early Childhood Education. We appreciate Ms. Sferruzzo's sunny disposition and can-do attitude as she juggles Main Office scheduling and grant duties.

In Memoriam

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The STAR Program lost two dear colleagues in recent weeks. Genevieve Jeanbart, MSW had been with STAR for 17 years and was an extremely hardworking and excellent supervisor for the Treatment Adherence Program. Ms. Jeanbart began her tenure with the STAR Program as a social work intern in 1994 as an undergraduate in human services. In 1996 she was employed by STAR as a recruiter/interviewer with a CDC funded study examining the variables that affect HIV test taking in pregnant women and was promoted to Coordinator of this study. In 1999 she received a Master's degree in social work and assumed the position of Adherence Coordinator for the STAR Health Center (SHC). Since that time, Ms. Jeanbart provided leadership to the SHC's peer education program. Her peaceful nature, reassuring smile and genuine kindness were apparent. She made an impact not just on the STAR patients she served, but also on her colleagues and friends. Her dedication to helping others extended beyond STAR as she was an active member of her church and community. Even while battling a challenging illness she stayed positive and as active as she could. She lived an exemplary life. Genevieve is survived by her 11 brothers and sisters and daughter, Falone.

Elaine Kleinman was with the STAR Program for nearly 20 years until her retirement at the end of 2011. Elaine started in STAR in March 1992 as a data entry person. Shortly thereafter she began to assist the clinic staff by answering phones, making and confirming appointments, greeting the patients at the trailer door who came for PPD readings, scripts, etc. She transitioned to the Women's AIDS Cohort Study (WACS, the precursor to WIHS) and then to WIHS to work as an interviewer. WIHS patients still ask for her and remember her fondly. Elaine is survived by her partner and her extended family.