Retired Christiana Care nurse Moonyeen Klopfenstein joins elite company on March 22 when she becomes one of only 117 women from the state of Delaware inducted into the Hall of Fame of Delaware Women.
Inductees are known as trailblazers in their field and have made a lasting impact on community service. Klopfenstein, known by colleagues and friends as Kloppy, blazed a trail as a childbirth educator and nursing administrator at Christiana Care for 44 years.
Kloppy initiated or expanded many programs and support groups over the years related to maternal and child health and end-of-life issues. They testify to her compassion and commitment to educating pregnant women and their families in all aspects of the perinatal experience. One such group, Loving Arms Support Group, is one of the longest continuously running programs in the country for parents grieving the loss of a child.
She has led a number of professional nursing organizations, task forces and committees. Kloppy is the recipient of several honors and awards and is highly respected in her field by both the state of Delaware and the federal government. Last fall she was among a select group of individuals invited to the White House to meet with President Obama to discuss various health care issues.
Since 1981, the Delaware Commission for Women has formally recognized the varied and outstanding ways women contribute to the well-being and progress of the state by inducting outstanding women leaders into the Hall of Fame of Women.
The 2011 celebration takes place at the Christiana Hilton Hotel, 100 Continental Drive, Newark DE 19713. For more information on the event, visit Delaware Commission for Women.