FDU 2022 PINNACLE Award Recipient Bonnie Krentzman, BA’73, Educator and Community Volunteer.
The FDU PINNACLE Award is the highest honor awarded to our most outstanding alumni at FDU. Our PINNANCLE recipients demonstrate success or distinction in one’s chosen field of endeavor, significant contributions to society and humanity through public or humanitarian service and outstanding service to the University or reflection of the unique character of FDU in one’s life.
Krentzman spent 29 years as an educator, accruing, along the way, the N.J. Governors Teacher Recognition Award and recognition by the White House as a part of the “Thousand Points of Light” program. In 2012, she switched her professional focus to preparing the next generation of teachers as a trainer and as a clinical supervisor in FDU’s School of Education. Krentzman’s resume of service and volunteer efforts is long and varied. She and her husband built a twin of Elvis Presley’s 1955 pink Cadillac, which is used to raise money for breast cancer research. For the American Cancer Society, she has led or served on many committees and is currently co-chair of the Northern New Jersey Volunteer Leadership Council. She is active in the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and has lobbied on Capitol Hill for increased funding for cancer research numerous times. In 2018, the Krentzmans provided the seed money to start N.J. Friends of Memorial Sloan Kettering, which is committed to supporting projects at M.S.K.’s N.J. sites. Additionally, Krentzman spends time with patients each week as a volunteer at the M.S.K. Montvale facility.