I believe we all have a responsibility to help improve our communities. If everyone did a little volunteering, our world would be a little brighter.
Cynthia resides in Asbury, NJ and has spent most of her life in The Garden State. She attended Cedar Crest College in Pennsylvania, where she studied Psychology and Elementary Education. While teaching, she went on to receive a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from The College of St. Elizabeth.
Cynthia and her first husband, Lance, were raising two daughters when Lance was killed in the 9/11 attacks. Cynthia is now re-married to Tom, and they have a third daughter together. Tom will accompany Cynthia on the cruise.
This dynamic, hardworking volunteer is certainly no stranger to Cabot. Cynthia was first honored as a Cabot Community Celebrity in 2014 for her work as a Docent at the 9/11 Tribute Center in New York City. Since then, she was a 2015 Celebrity Cruise Alumnus and will be joining us once again as a 2019 Alumnus.
Cynthia began volunteering in seventh grade for the Special Olympics 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, tutoring hospitalized children.
Cynthia also volunteers her time in children’s schools and the community, along with leading her daughter’s Girl Scout troops. She believes it is important to teach her children the value of volunteering.
“I believe we all have a responsibility to help improve our communities,” she says. “If everyone did a little volunteering, our world would be a little brighter.”
Cynthia volunteers with several organizations, each somewhat related and relevant to her life. She has volunteered for the 9/11 Tribute Center in New York City and also volunteers for the New Jersey 9/11 Memorial. 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 titled "We Were There" in partnership with the Tribute Center.
During the 2014 Celebrity Cruise, Cynthia met Adam Cook, President of Operation Standing Tall For American Troops (S.T.A.T). Realizing they shared a common bond in valuing our Veterans, they worked together, and she has since begun a chapter of Operation S.T.A.T in New Jersey.
“I feel that all my volunteer work is relevant to my life and helps me give back to my community the way people have given back to me after I lost my husband on 9/11,” she says. “My work with veterans helps me thank those who protect our freedom. And my work for the 9/11 Memorial helps me to honor my husband who is no longer with us.” Cynthia was also 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.“I am the event coordinator, helping to organize our race every September to help raise funds and awareness to complete the memorial,” she says.
As if all of her volunteering with 9/11-related organizations isn’t enough, Cynthia recently became an End of Life Doula (Caregiver). “Cabot’s very own Roberta MacDonald encouraged me to take the course,” she says. “Doula is a rigorous course that trains and certifies people in the art of providing critical end-of-life care to those who are terminally ill,” Cynthia says. She plans to use her Doula skills to work with veterans.
In her spare time, Cynthia enjoys being with her family, traveling, going to the Jersey Shore, boating, and going to the theater. She loves Cabot Sharp Cheddar – the sharper, the better!