Monday, July 5, 2010

New Book by the President of Sinergia's Board

The Double Life of a Snowbird
by Sally L. Romero Ph.D

Dr. Sally L. Romero, who up until her untimely death last week was President of the Board of Directors of Sinergia, Inc., left behind a wonderful gift in the shape of a new book of personal memoirs, aptly named “The Double Life of a Snowbird.”  In it, as a "Nuyorican," she described the full life she led in Puerto Rico during the winter months as a commuting retiree and in New York for the remaining months of the year.

Her short stories and poems are prefaced by the poignant descriptions written by both her parents prior to their deaths about their own memories of an impoverished childhood on the island and subsequent migration to New York as young adults, an experience shared by many other Puerto Ricans who left seeking a better life for themselves and their families in the mainland.

For a copy of the book please contact Sinergia at 212-643-2840.

Sally Lebron Romero, CSW, PhD, is a native New Yorker of Puerto Rican parentage who is sometimes referred to as a "Nuyorican," since she was not born on the island. She has worked in New York City and in Puerto Rico as a social worker in medical settings and in private agencies that provided mental health and social services to children and their families. She also worked for the Board of Education as a school social worker and supervisor of other social workers in the South Bronx and elsewhere before her retirement in 1991. During her tenure with the Board of Education, Sally earned her PhD in Educational Administration and Supervision in 1989 at Fordham University.

Since then she spent five years advising graduate students at the New York University School of Social Work until 1995. Currently she does occasional consulting regarding educational and social welfare issues on a volunteer basis and serves as President of the Board of Directors of Sinergia, Inc., a non-profit agency for developmentally disabled and mentally challenged children.

Sally has always been interested in writing ever since her fourth grade teacher told her she wrote well. Now she feels she has something to write about. Being in a writer’s workshop over the past 9 years has enabled her to stretch herself and try her hand at poetry as well.  She enjoys the best of two worlds by spending several months of the year in Puerto Rico and the rest of the time in New York City or in Philadelphia visiting her daughter Norma, and her two grandsons, Marcus and Justin.

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