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2009 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

   Presented at the Brooklyn Campus Commencement
May 14, 2009


A passionate and highly skilled public health advocate, Lorna E. Davis-Robinson has long been committed to the well-being of her community. Growing up in East New York, she attended Brooklyn’s Clara Barton High School, which prepares students who are interested in the health professions for college and for entry-level positions in the health care industry. She pursued an undergraduate degree in psychology at the State University of New York at Binghamton and continued her education, earning and M.S. in Community Health with a concentration in health management form the Brooklyn Campus School of Health Professions.
Even while completing rigorous graduate coursework, Ms. Davis-Robinson tackled the toughest community health issues. As a New York City health research and training program intern the Brooklyn Perinatal Network, Inc., she helped to develop a comprehensive plan that reduced the high infant mortality rates in Brooklyn. While attending the Brooklyn Campus, she also coordinated care and discharge planning for HIV/AIDS patients at University Hospital, the teaching hospital of SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Ms. Davis-Robinson went on to serve as a consultant for the Brooklyn-based Haitian Women’s Program, where she worked to improve the management of HIV/ADIS programs and later became a board member. In 1996, she joined Safe Space, a nonprofit agency that assists 20,000 at-risk children and their families in New York City. At Safe Space, she developed programs that addressed community health issues including HIV/AIDS; maternal, infant and reproductive health; asthma; and health care access. In 2002, after a brief stint as a consultant at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, she joined the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as director of the New York City Asthma initiative.
Today, Ms. Davis-Robinson oversees citywide programs that deal with asthma. Under her leadership, childhood hospitalization rates have declined. She is responsible for fiscal and operational oversight of the Asthma Initiative and co-chairs the New York City Asthma Partnership. She also advises the Brooklyn Campus on promoting its free asthma education, resources and services, which are delivered through the recently launched Brenda Pillors Asthma Education Program, to the community at large.
In 2000, the New York Women’s Agenda, a diverse coalition of over 100 women’s organizations, honored Ms. Davis-Robinson with its Woman of the Future Award for her professional contributions and her exemplary community service as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Beyond her professional contributions, this dynamic public servant has enhanced her own Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, where she resides with her husband, Andrew, and her daughter, Olivia, by helping to create a community garden and by establishing a block association.


Daniel Fisher learned about his family’s jewelry business from the ground up – he began sweeping the office at the tender age of five. In 1967, when his father retired, he and his late brother, Ronald, took ownership of Fisher Brothers Manufacturing Jewelers, located in the heart of Manhattan. While running the business, Mr. Fisher earned a B.S. in business management from Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus. He credits this acquired knowledge with helping him manage his company - a highly successful purveyor of jewelry.

Long Island University has become an educational tradition for Mr. Fisher’s family. His father-in-law, Leonard Lane, graduated from the Brooklyn Campus, and both his children graduated from the C.W. Post Campus. His son, Jeffrey, earned a B.A. in political science in 1998, and his daughter, Sharon, earned a M.A. in speech-language pathology in 2002. Upon their daughter’s graduation, Mr. Fisher and his wife, Arlene, gave a generous donation to C.W. Post to establish the Fisher Family Wing at the J.M. Ladge Speech and Hearing Center. The Wing provides students in the Speech-Language Program with access to a clinical education facility that utilizes the very latest technology.

Mr. Fisher retired from his business in 2004. For many years, he has been involved in numerous causes and has traveled the world. He has been a passionate supporter of Israel. Mr. Fisher has served on the National Council of American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and is a trustee of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He has traveled to Israel many times and has met with top Israeli government officials on various occasions.

A member of Temple Beth Sholom in Roslyn Heights, N.Y., he has been chairman of its day camp committee for the past 15 years, and in 2002-2003, he served as the synagogue’s president. For their caring and generosity, the Fishers have received many honors. In 1992, Mr. Fisher was honored by Israel Bonds. He received the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Eternal Light Award in 1997 and the Chairman’s Award from the United Jewish Appeal (UJA) in 2005.
The couple has been married for 36 years. They reside on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

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