Widener Law administrator and overseer make history on Delaware Academy of Medicine Board of Directors
Public Relations - Published: May 7, 2012
Widener Law Dean Linda L. Ammons today congratulated two distinguished members of the law school community on making history with the Delaware Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Kathleen McNicholas, an alumna and member of the school’s Board of Overseers, and Eileen Grena-Piretti, assistant dean and executive director of institutes on the school’s Delaware campus, were each recently installed to the academy’s board.

McNicholas will serve as the board’s first female president. Grena-Piretti is its first nurse member. Both women are also the first board members to hold law degrees. They were installed at the Delaware Academy of Medicine’s annual meeting on Thursday, April 26 at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington.

The nonprofit Delaware Academy of Medicine is dedicated to enhancing the community’s well being through education and the promotion of public health. The collaborative organization works with Delaware hospitals, the state Division of Public Health and other groups on initiatives that provide consumer health education, continuing medical education opportunities and symposia.

McNicholas is a cardiac surgeon. She earned her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in 1973 and a law degree from Widener in 2006. She went on to get a master of laws degree from Widener in 2010. She is the medical director of Performance Improvement and Surgical Utilization Management within the Christiana Care Health System.

Grena-Piretti earned her law degree from Widener in 1992 and her registered nurse and bachelor of science in nursing degrees in 1997 from the University of Delaware. She worked as a neonatal intensive care nurse at Christiana Hospital before she first came to work at Widener in 1999. She started as an adjunct faculty member for the Legal Education Institute.

“I congratulate Kathleen and Eileen on their new positions with the Delaware Academy of Medicine board,” Ammons said. “Their participation is nothing short of historic and their appointments demonstrate the commitment to service and leadership beyond traditional law practice, which is a hallmark of a Widener Law education.”