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TWIN Women Honored

Bonner is a Princeton name that suggests wealth,


and the elegant Colonial mansion at 10 Mercer Street that houses the

Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation. But the real story of the

Bonners is more intriguing than that, as the annual Princeton YWCA

Tribute to Women and Industry program suggests.

Corella Bonner is among six women the YWCA is honoring this

week at its annual TWIN awards dinner. Bonner was born in poverty

in a coal mining town in West Virginia. As a teenager, she traveled

north to Detroit with her mother, and worked as a cashier in a


while attending Wayne State University at night. Remaining with the

cafeteria, she rose to the position of manager and was transferred

to New York, where, in 1938, she met Bertram Bonner. By that time

Bonner, who had grown up penniless in Brooklyn, had made a fortune

in real estate, lost everything in the Great Depression, and was in

the process of building another fortune.

The two were married in 1942, and, as their wealth grew, made


service an integral part of their lives. They provided food to


families in Fort Lauderdale when they lived in Florida, and then,

when they moved to Princeton in 1956, they began a broad-based


crisis ministry program housed in the Nassau Presbyterian Church.

Bertram Bonner died in 1993, and Corella Bonner has carried on the

couple’s philanthropic work. In the last 11 years, the Bonner


has provided $9.5 million in grants to thousands of religious,


hunger relief programs across the country and has awarded more than

$12 million in scholarship support to more than 2,500 students at

24 colleges. In addition, the foundation has created a $5 million

endowment at seven schools to carry out the Bonners Scholars Program,

which has become a nationally recognized service scholarship program.

Bonner and her fellow TWIN honorees will be presented at the annual

YWCA Princeton’s TWIN dinner at the Princeton Marriott on Thursday,

May 10, at 5:30 p.m. Call 609-497-2100.

Now in its 18th year in Princeton, the TWIN program was established

nationally by the YWCA to honor women who have made significant


to their professions and community in executive, entrepreneurial,

educational, and professional roles. Candidates are nominated by


colleagues, and peers in the workplace and in the community, and are

carefully reviewed and selected by an independent YWCA committee.

Among the other 2001 honorees:

Nancy W. Kieling, executive director, Princeton Area


Foundation, has built a viable community foundation for the greater

Mercer County area in her seven years at the helm. At the end of 2000,

PACF had $20 million in assets. That year it had addressed the needs

of the disadvantaged citizens across the county through more than

$900,000 in grants.

Prior to become PACF’s first executive director, Kieling worked on

Wall Street as a corporate lending officer, for Princeton University,

and the Newport Music Festival. A West Windsor resident, she is a

graduate of the University of Wisconsin and received a master’s degree

from Old Dominion University (

Catherine A. Knupp D.V.M. is vice president of chemistry,

manufacturing, and controls, regulatory science at Bristol-Myers


Her group ensures that regulatory requirements for new chemical


and marketed products are met, and creates global regulatory


for the development and biopharmaceutic assessment of formulations


Kupp joined BMS in 1987 after obtaining a bachelor’s degree in


and veterinary biosciences, a master’s degree in bioanalytical


and a D.V.M. from the University of Illinois. She lives in Skillman.

Susan N. McCoy M.D. is in private practice in gynecology

and infertility in Princeton. She chairs the board of the Martin House

Community for Justice Foundation in Trenton and was awarded the


Award for leadership in her profession by Womanspace last year. She

lectures at the Medical Center at Princeton through the Women’s Health

Advisory Committee.

McCoy, a Princeton resident, holds a bachelor’s degree from


State College for Women and an M.D. from the University of Alabama

Medical School.

Christy Stephenson is chief administrative office of RWJ

Health Care Corporation, an organization consisting of an acute-care

hospital, medical adult day centers, child day care centers,


care center, home care, physician practices, and a management service


Stephenson joined RWJ in 1989 after holding management positions


the nursing profession. A Pennington resident, she holds an RN and

a bachelor’s degree from Rider University and an MBA from Temple


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