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Cyndi Bullis Vasco ‘83

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Cyndi Bullis Vasco ‘83
Cyndi Bullis Vasco ‘83

What grades did you attend Bullis? What year did you graduate?
11th & 12th grades, Class of ‘83

Where did you attend college and what is your occupation?
University of Vermont - Bachelors of Science in Nursing. University of Massachusetts- Masters of Science in Nursing. Certificate in the Business of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business 2007

What activities or classes were most memorable for you as you reflect on your time at Bullis?
I enjoyed English and the sciences at Bullis. Most memories revolve around people. Some amazing  faculty - General Lazzell, Doug London, and Larry Klinger - to name a few.

How did Bullis best prepare you for college and beyond?
I was beyond prepared in college regarding writing papers, presentations and public speaking. I was surprised how many people in college could not write a paper.

Please tell us about what you have been doing since graduating from Bullis.
Following graduation from UVM I moved to Boston and worked as an RN at a large Harvard teaching hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. I got my Masters degree in 1998, sat for my boards and have practiced as a Nurse Practitioner since. The last 22 years I have worked at MedStar Washington Hospital center in DC in cardiac surgery and currently Interventional Radiology. I’ve raised two daughters, with my husband Kevin (class of Bullis 1984) that both attended Bullis. My youngest just graduated in ‘21.

Which part of your journey has been most rewarding?
In my career it has been all of the patients I have connected with over the years. There’s something to learn from everyone. And I’ve experienced so many life gifts from different patients over the years. As well as some opportunities working with some amazing leaders in the healthcare field. I worked for Dean Ornish in the early 90’s in preventive medicine. Amazing experience.

And of course raising children has been an incredible part of my life journey so far. Humbling.

What would you say to Bullis students who are currently on their journey to finding purpose?
Experience as much as you can as early as you can. Always say yes to educational opportunities - especially if free! I have never walked away from a free educational opportunity. And be honest with yourself. Knowing who you are and what’s a priority in your life is crucial. I care most about relationships.

Who is someone that inspires you and how?
My cancer patients inspire me. I’m in awe of their spirit to make the most of each day. Living their best lives for as long as they can. I hope I have learned to embrace this.

What is the best book or production that you have read, watched, or listened to lately?
I’m in a neighborhood book club with some dynamic women, ranging in age from 40’s to 100!!  We read a lot of WWII novels, Unbroken about Louis Zamperini and Boys in the Boat, and the Wolf at the Door about the female spy Virginia Hall. Loved all the books but our conversation was so fantastic with perspectives from our multigenerational group. I am also, addicted to true crime stories. Enjoyed American Nightmare Series podcast about local unsolved crimes.

What global challenge would you like to see tackled and how do you see yourself contributing to the positive change that you desire?
Now, as an empty nester, I am interested in joining in stewardship for Mother Earth. Not exactly sure what angle, but a local group that can be impactful for my community.

Why would you tell a prospective family to choose Bullis?
Bullis is a caring community with many opportunities and experiences to help figure out who you are, find your passion, and grow.

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