Spotlight Spring 2012
Linda Mundy recognized in high school that she was service oriented, which naturally led her to the field of nursing. She received a New York State Regents nursing scholarship and went to Ulster County Community College - the only college she applied to, for her two-year AAS degree. She then received a scholarship from Pace. She says, “Pace was great. I still have notebooks and textbooks from that era. One course that I took allowed me and another student to design a nursing project at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining. That was really a great opportunity. I worked on their medical unit. I tried to create an educational program for the men who had lifetime terms of incarceration and who were diabetic. It was inspirational in giving me the opportunity to create something that did not exist within the prison infirmary system.”
Dr. Mundy started out in critical care nursing, then worked in refugee healthcare on the Thai-Cambodian border after the Khmer Rouge regime. She says, “I met a variety of infectious disease physicians and fellows, medical students, and really dynamic nurses who worked in the field to deliver health care to people who had survived years of living through a genocide in Cambodia. That experience was informative in helping me really think about the opportunities we have as Americans and enhanced my enthusiasm for continuing my education. I thought long and hard about what those opportunities would be, and I decided to go back to school and do pre-med education at the City University System of New York while working as a nurse at New York Hospital to support myself along the way.”
Throughout her career, Dr. Mundy has worked across disciplines. Currently she has her own healthcare business working primarily in the pharmaceutical industry on the design of innovative antibiotic treatment therapies. She says clinical trials require her to be able to facilitate discussions with a variety of people working across disciplines, from statisticians to research nurses. She has also worked across disciplines in her infection control work, as an HIV practitioner, and in work involving medication adherence.
When asked what advice Dr. Mundy has for College of Health Professions students she said, “Be fully engaged in the educational process; work really hard. It’s a luxury to have a great education and to be around strong professors.”
Dr. Mundy recommends current students take advantage of the coaching, networking, and mentorship opportunities Pace offers. She says, “Also, spend some time in introspection and contemplation about what your strengths are - what you’re good at and what you can contribute - either individually or as a member of a broader team.”
She also advises recent graduates and other alumni to stay in touch with friends. She maintains lifelong friendships with two colleagues from Pace - Marilyn Marinaccio (now Albanese), who was a fellow nursing student, and Joan Cangialosi (now Nelson), who studied accounting. She says, “The three of us have maintained a friendship through college. It’s been great to watch each other as families grow and careers evolve.”