Kelly spent the first ten years of her career in elementary education where
she honed skills vital to her role today as a health coach at Monmouth
Medical Center, Southern Campus. These include patience, kindness and
empathy while also clearly articulating lesson plans to achieve academic
goals and drive student performance. After leaving education, she worked
in a customer service role for a major health insurance company, developing
skills in customer service while also learning about issues relevant to
When Kelly is able, she makes mission trips to Haiti, providing medical
outreach and health education to those in need. She is truly committed
to helping others and in her role as a health coach has developed an appreciation
for the health struggles aging adults face.
Kelly is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in health education and
promotion. She lives in Manchester with her husband and three sons.
For Claire Verruni, R.N., C.H.P.N., education isn’t dry lesson plans.
Her job as a community health educator at Monmouth Medical Center, Southern
Campus (MMCSC), gives her a chance to help older people shatter the rocking-chair
stereotypes and live actively, making each day count.
“I enjoy promoting health and wellness in the communities we serve,”
says the Sea Girt resident, a married mother of two who has lived in New
Jersey for 25 years and has been part of the RWJBarnabas Health family
for the past 15.
Verruni’s duties include promoting the medical center, its Center
for Healthy Living and the Better Health program by providing health education,
screenings, wellness programs and other nonclinical services. She helps
with the day-to-day operations of the Center for Healthy Living and all
of MMCSC’s geriatrics programs. Verruni also assists the diabetes
education program by working with Lauren Dorman, certified diabetes educator,
in performing glucose screenings and educating seniors about diabetes.
Healthy seniors stay engaged with friends and the community, and Verruni
sets an example with her own active community life, serving on many hospital
and community related committees. In keeping with her broad definition
of education, she helps to develop programs that put the latest scientific
knowledge to work helping seniors maintain health and apply recommended
best practices to the Center for Healthy Living, community organizations,
geriatrics, on-site MMCSC programs and senior communities.
In her spare time she enjoys the beach at Sea Girt – and at Florida’s