We regularly hear from alumni that Millbrook's motto, Non Sibi Sed Cunctis, continues to inform how they live their lives.
Dr. Erin Stuckey, Millbrook class of 2000, is an epidemiologist and program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. While she continues her work on the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, she is also pivoting to use her expertise and network with COVID-19 preparedness and response in vulnerable communities around the world. Erin was recently featured in an interview on the Gates Foundation site, and she concluded with the perfect Non Sibi Sed Cunctis sentiment, “This pandemic is highlighting the extent to which we are all connected — and it underscores the need to invest in health systems that can prepare and respond to routine needs and epidemics when they occur, including in the most underserved populations. It’s a good lesson — when we strengthen a health system to fight one disease, we strengthen that system to fight all disease. Whether the challenge is polio or COVID-19, every person deserves to live a healthy and productive life."
Just a year behind Erin at Millbrook, Caroline (Hettinger) Foss '01 is determined to make certain that families in her area, Tampa, FL, have what they need to live healthy and productive lives. Caroline is the co-chair of The Junior League of Tampa's Diaper Bank. Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, some parents have struggled to afford basic necessities, like diapers, and have to make heartbreaking decisions about how to spend the money they have. Since there is no state or federal child safety-net program to allocate dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers, Caroline's organization has stepped up and already distributed more than 90,000 diapers to Tampa Bay area families through partnering organizations. Working through the Junior League, she is asking for the Tampa community to step in and support these efforts.
Other alumni using their skills and knowledge to improve the lives of those in their communities include two graduates from the class of 2010, Laurel Greenfield and Augie Lehrecke. Laurel is an artist living in Boston, and she has been hosting a free “learn how to paint quarantine cakes” tutorial on her Instagram page. Every morning, those who need a pick-me-up or who want to learn a new skill can join Laurel and craft some beautiful food paintings. Augie partners in an industrial art installation company, Pneuhaus. Since the pandemic hit, he and his partners have shifted their business to producing personal protective equipment for first responders.
Working on the front lines of the pandemic is Brandon Pecchia ’11. While his clinical responsibilities have been put on hold at New York Medical College, Brandon has been volunteering on the COVID-19 lab results team at Westchester Medical Center. He has been helping process lab results and communicating those results and next steps with patients.
And behind the scenes of The New York Times Tweed Roosevelt ’60, great grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt, is a contributing op-ed author. Back in March The Times published his piece, “Captain Crozier is a Hero,” an opinion on the handling of the COVID-19 cases on the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt. Tweed credits Mr. Pulling, "The Boss" for instilling a sense of community spirit that is alive and well.
Epidemiologists, artists, medical students, and authors – all doing what Millbrook graduates do best, serving the greater good. Thank you to any and all members of the Millbrook community who are making contributions, large or small, and living our school motto every day.