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Meet the Nurses

Rita Lourie-Galena, a former president of the Philadelphia Nurses Council, moved to NYC in 2008 and became the president of the Lillian Wald, NYC Nurses Council in 2009. She joined Beverly Goldsmith in 2011 as the co-chair of the National Council for Nursing Centers and now works with Dianne Gottlieb in that same capacity.

Rita has a BSN from Alfred University, Alfred, NY; an MSN from U of Texas, El Paso and a MPH from Temple University in Philadelphia.

She had worked as a med-surg nurse in Rochester Strong Memorial and in Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, teaching med-surg nursing in El Paso & Cleveland and then becoming the Head Nurse of the Cleveland Free Clinic. Her Community Health career began as a graduate student at U of Massachusetts. She went on to teach Community Health Nursing at Temple University, being one of the founding faculty of the Temple University Academic Nursing Center, a Nurse-Run, Nurse Managed Health Center where she served as the Director of Community & Academic Outreach.

She has over 70 videos of Public Health Nurses' research and projects on YouTube and was given the Arnstein Award in 2009 at the American Public Health Association meeting for her outstanding contributions to Public Health Nursing.

She is the proud mother of four children.


Dianne Gottlieb began her involvement in Hadassah in 1997 when she was asked by a co-worker to join a group of Jewish nurses who were forming a Nurses Council. In 1999, while President of that council, Dianne traveled to Israel with Hadassah's sixth Young Women's Mission. Inspired by seeing Hadassah's mission up close and personal, Dianne subsequently held many leadership positions in that region, including that of Region President from 2009 to 2012. She is currently on National Service for Hadassah's National Board and the co-chair of Hadassah's National Center for Nurses Councils along with Rita Lourie.

Dianne is also a graduate of the Florence Melton Mini-School for Adult Jewish education. She is a member of Temple Beth Am in Pinecrest, FL and last May, had her bat mitzvah with 4 other adult students.

Dianne is a Certified Nurse-Midwife. She received a B.S. in Nursing from Rutgers University in NJ and a M.S. in Nursing with a specialty in Nurse-Midwifery from the University of Miami in Florida. Dianne and her partners, formed the first private nurse-midwifery practice, Childbirth Associates, in Miami and were the first allied health professionals to obtain admitting privileges at a hospital outside of the university. Although now on hiatus from that career, Dianne's involvement with Hadassah has enabled her to use her professional skills as an educator and a health-care provider to promote Hadassah's mission of healing, teaching and research to improve healthcare in the world, in particular, in the area of women's health.

Dianne's husband, Stuart, is a retired physician and a Hadassah Associate. Dianne is a Chai Keeper of the Gate for Nursing and they are both members of the Society of Major Donors. They reside in Coral Gables, FL but spend part of the year in Lyons, CO.

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