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Four Named to March of Dimes Board of Trustees
Date:7/29/2008

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., July 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Four leaders from the worlds of medicine, research, consumer publishing and corporate America have been elected to the national Board of Trustees of the March of Dimes Foundation, it was announced today.

March of Dimes trustees, who serve as volunteers, represent the public in governing the organization and advancing its mission and serve five-year terms.

The new trustees are:

Miriam Arond, Director of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute at Hearst Magazines, and former Editor in Chief of Child magazine as well as American Health magazine. Ms. Arond has also worked as an Adjunct Professor at New York University, Contributing Editor at Bride's magazine, staff feature writer at the New York Daily News, and on the editorial staff at Doubleday Books. Ms. Arond and her husband, psychiatrist Samuel L. Pauker, MD, are co-authors of The First Year of Marriage: What To Expect, What To Accept, and What You Can Change.

Harvey J. Cohen, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chairman of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Cohen is a long-time volunteer for the March of Dimes, serving, among other posts, as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee and Prematurity Research Initiative Committee. His research lab focuses on biomarkers of disease in children; he also studies new and better ways to treat blood disorders and various cancers, particularly leukemia, in children. Dr. Cohen has held a number of academic positions at Stanford, as well as at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif.; Cancer Center University of Rochester and the University of Rochester School of Medicine, New York; and Harvard Medical School in Boston. Dr. Cohen lives in Los Altos, Calif., with his wife, Ilene. They have two sons.

Donald J. Germano, Senior Vice President/General Manager of Kmart Stores. Mr. Germano joined Kmart in 2001 and has held several positions within Sears Holdings and Kmart Supply Chain organizations. He previously held senior management and logistic positions with Kozmo.com, e-tailer and delivery company; Nabisco; North American Van Lines; and UPS. Mr. Germano also served in the U.S. Marine Corps. In his current post, Mr. Germano is responsible for the financial performance, operations and management, team development and customer experience of all Kmart's 1,382 stores. Kmart customers and associates helped raise more than $70 million in the past ten years for the March of Dimes. Mr. Germano and his wife, Karen, live in Wilmette, IL with their three children.

Roger C. Young, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Vermont School of Medicine. Dr. Young has reviewed scientific grant applications for the March of Dimes for six years, and has been a member of the organization's Scientific Advisory Committee since 2006. His academic and research career previously included appointments at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; Medical University of South Carolina; and Duke Medical Center. Dr. Young is a leader in the field of uterine physiology of pregnancy, and has a long-range goal of decreasing the rising rate of prematurity in the United States -- also a component of the mission of the March of Dimes. He has published 41 peer-reviewed articles and dozens of abstracts, and has co-edited one book.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies(R), the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.

Miriam Arond Elected to National Board of Trustees of March of Dimes

Miriam Arond, Director of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute at Hearst Magazines, has been elected to the National Board of Trustees of the March of Dimes Foundation, it was announced today.

March of Dimes trustees, who serve as volunteers, represent the public in governing the organization and advancing its mission and serve five-year terms.

"Miriam Arond has a long relationship with the March of Dimes and has served as an advisor with great distinction," said Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, President of the March of Dimes. "We welcome her to the Board as she deepens her commitment to our mission."

Ms. Arond's career has been devoted to family, health and consumer advocacy issues. As Director of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, a state-of-the-art product evaluation laboratory, Ms. Arond oversees a staff of engineers, chemists, nutritionists and other scientists, with the goal of educating and informing consumers about products, safety and advocacy issues. She was Editor-in-Chief of Child magazine from 2000-2007 and, before that, of American Health magazine. In addition, she has been Contributing Editor to Bride's magazine, a staff feature writer at the New York Daily News and has also worked at Doubleday Books. Ms. Arond and her husband, psychiatrist Samuel L. Pauker, M.D. are co-authors of The First Year of Marriage: What to Expect, What to Accept, and What You Can Change, which is based on a nationwide study of newlyweds. Ms. Arond has made frequent appearances on national television talk shows, including Today, Good Morning America, The CBS Early Show, CNN American Morning, and many others. She is also a member of the March of Dimes National Communications Advisory Council.

She and her husband have two grown children and live in Scarsdale, New York.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies(R), the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchodimes.com or nacersano.org

Dr. Harvey Cohen Elected to National Board of Trustees of March of Dimes

Harvey J. Cohen, M.D., Ph.D., the Arline and Pete Harman Professor and Chairman of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine at Stanford University, has been elected to the national Board of Trustees of the March of Dimes Foundation, it was announced today.

March of Dimes trustees, who also serve as volunteers, represent the public in governing the organization and advancing its mission and serve five-year terms.

"As a dedicated, ten-year volunteer for the March of Dimes, no one is more qualified to serve on the Board than Dr. Cohen," said Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, President of the March of Dimes. "His commitment and passion for the March of Dimes and its core mission is truly remarkable."

Dr. Cohen is a ten-year volunteer for the March of Dimes serving, among other posts, as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee and Prematurity Research Initiative Committee. Dr. Cohen is the Principal Investigator at the Harvey Cohen Lab at Stanford. His lab focuses on biomarkers of disease in children; he also studies new and better ways to treat blood disorders and various cancers, particularly leukemia, in children. He has held a number of academic positions at Stanford, as well as at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif.; Cancer Center University of Rochester, Rochester, New York; University of Rochester Medical Center; and Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Dr. Cohen is a graduate of Brooklyn College and Duke University. He lives in Los Altos, Calif. with his wife, Ilene. They have two sons.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies(R), the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.

Donald J. Germano Elected to National Board of Trustees of March of Dimes

Donald J. Germano, Senior Vice President/General Manager of Kmart Stores, has been elected to the national Board of Trustees of the March of Dimes Foundation, it was announced today.

March of Dimes trustees, who serve as volunteers, represent the public in governing the organization and advancing its mission and serve five-year terms.

"Kmart is one of the top corporate sponsors and partners of the March of Dimes, and Mr. Germano has played a crucial role in making the relationship grow. We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Mr. Germano and Kmart for all they've done to help babies be born healthy," said Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, President of the March of Dimes.

Mr. Germano joined Kmart in 2001 and has held several positions within Sears Holdings and Kmart Supply Chain organizations, including Vice President, Inventory Management & Replenishment for Sears Holdings. He previously held senior management and logistic positions with Kozmo.com, e-tailer and delivery company; Nabisco; North American Van Lines; and UPS. Mr. Germano also served 5 1/2 years as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.

In his current post, Mr. Germano is responsible for the financial performance, operations and management, team development and customer experience of Kmart's 1,382 stores. In 2002, he was named "Family YMCA Volunteer of the Year" by his local YMCA.

Mr. Germano is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He and his wife Karen live in Wilmette, Ill. with their three children.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies(R), the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.

Dr. Roger Young Elected to National Board of Trustees of March of Dimes

Roger C. Young, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Vermont School of Medicine, has been elected to the national Board of Trustees of the March of Dimes Foundation, it was announced today.

March of Dimes trustees, who serve as volunteers, represent the public in governing the organization and advancing its mission and serve five-year terms.

"Dr. Young is committed to the core mission of the March of Dimes. We look forward to working with him over the next five years," said Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, President of the March of Dimes.

Dr. Young has reviewed scientific grant applications for the March of Dimes for six years, and has been a member of the organization's Scientific Advisory Committee since 2006. During his career, which also has included academic appointments at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; Medical University of South Carolina; and Duke Medical Center, Dr. Young has conducted basic and translational research, culminating in a five-year National Institute of Health-sponsored research project on the physiology of the uterus. He is a recognized leader in the field of uterine physiology of pregnancy, and has a long-range goal of decreasing the rising rates of premature birth in the United States -- also a component of the mission of the March of Dimes. He has published 41 peer-reviewed articles and dozens of abstracts, and has presented at numerous national and international meetings. He has also co-edited one book.

Dr. Young is a graduate of McDaniel College, Western Maryland College, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He and his wife, Dr. Kathryn Schwarzenberger, have three children and live in South Burlington, Vermont.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies(R), the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.


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