April 23, 2007
Nursing Students in green clinic vests
with Farmingdale State College's Professor
Maria Nikolaiddou, RN, APN-C, Little Flower
for Rehabilitation & Nursing Director of Nursing,
Anne Tashlien,MHA, BS, RN, Theresa Santmann, RN,
Farmingdale State College's Vice President
of Institutional Advancement, Henry Sikorski , PhD and
FSC Department Chairperson, Dr. Kathleen Walsh,
RN, BSN, MSN, EdD Farmingdale State College alumna Theresa Santmann believes in giving back. She gives back both to her community and to her alma mater.
Learning that funding was unavailable to purchase headwall units for the College's nursing labs, she volunteered to donate the $16,200 needed.
On Monday, April 16, students and professors from Farmingdale's Department of Nursing gathered at Little Flower for Rehabilitation and Nursing to formally thank Santmann for her continued support.
Why does she do it? Santmann, a resident of Babylon , has built her career and thriving businesses on the foundation provided by the nursing education she received at Farmingdale.
A highly successful entrepreneur, inventor and business woman, Santmann is the founder and executive director of two Nursing Homes: the Little Flower for Rehabilitation and Nursing in East Islip and the Petite Fleur Nursing Home in Sayville . Additionally, she opened a respite center in Yaphank for the Suffolk County Girl Scouts Council called "In Katie's Care," named for her granddaughter.
She is active in her community, having served as president of the Babylon Village School Board, vice-president of the Babylon Village Chamber of Commerce, and president of the Babylon Village Youth Project.
She has received many awards. Having been named one of Long Island 's Top 50 Women three times, Santmann was inducted into the "Hall of Fame" by Long Island Business News . In 2005, she was named Farmingdale's Alumna of the Year. She was also honored in 2006 by the Suffolk County Clerk and the law firm Siben and Siben at a fundraiser to benefit Hospice Care Network.
Her interest in education and children is reflected by the fact that she sponsored 35 students at St. Luke's School in the Bronx from 1998 to present. Knowing the difference books can make in a child's life, she donated 200 pounds of books to Reader to Reader which distributes books throughout the country to children in need and, in the spring of 2006, donated approximately 11,000 children's books to LI Cares.
A member of the Farmingdale State College Foundation since 2004, she created the Theresa Santmann Nursing Faculty Development Award to acknowledge the exceptional efforts of faculty who have demonstrated scholarship and provided significant service to the College.
In 2005, she donated a 9/11 Memorial Garden in front of Horton Hall which features an 8-foot sculpture of a rescue dog by noted NY State artist, Liza Todd-Tivey. Further, she has donated thousands of dollars to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for the nursing lab, including new headwall units.
A resident of Babylon , she is the mother of two grown children.