The 911 Memorial is very personal to me. During the Tribute Center tours,
we tell our own stories, and that touches people deeply.
2014 Celebrity Cruise Honoree
Cynthia has spent most of her life in New Jersey but attended Cedar Crest College in Pennsylvania, where she studied Psychology and Elementary Education. While teaching, she went on to receive her masters in Educational Leadership from The College of St. Elizabeth.
She and her first husband, Lance, had two children when Lance was killed in the 9/11 attacks. Cynthia is now remarried to Tom, whom she describes as "a great father and husband," and they have a third child together. Tom works in law enforcement and will join Cynthia on the cruise.
Cynthia started volunteering at the age of thirteen and has never stopped. She was involved in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program in college and, as a teacher, she tutored children through the "Stay Smart University" program. There she tutored children with long-term illness who were in the hospital for extended periods of time.
Cynthia has three daughters and has been a Girl Scout leader for the past 10 years. She also volunteers her time in her children's schools and the community, and she believes it is important to teach her children the value of volunteering.
Last year, aboard the 2014 Celebrity Cruise, she was fortunate to have met Adam Cook, President of Operation Standing Tall For American Troops (S.T.A.T). Realizing she shared a common bond with Adam in valuing our Veterans, they worked together and she has since begun a chapter of Operation S.T.A.T in New Jersey. "Being able to thank our veterans first-hand is another piece of the puzzle for me after 9/11."
Cynthia's passion has primarily been volunteering as a tour guide at the 9/11 Memorial, through the 9/11 Tribute Center. After 9/11, people in her community banded together in a way she had never seen before. She knew that one day she would like to share her story to teach and inspire other people. As a docent at the Tribute Center, Cynthia shares not only information about 9/11 and the memorial on her tour, she also describes her personal connection to that day. This helps visitors gain a better understanding of the tragedy of 9/11 and highlights the caring and compassion of our nation at the same time. As a tribute center tour guide, she also shares her story at the 9/11 National Museum in a program entitled "We Were There" in partnership with the Tribute Center.
Most recently, Cynthia has been named to the board of the New Jersey 9/11 Empty Sky Memorial – a memorial dedicated to New Jersey’s 749 innocent loved ones who lost their lives in the September 11 attacks at the World Trade Center.