LIVINGSTON, NJ - West Orange's Golda Och Academy (GOA) will celebrate the school’s accomplishments and honor three individuals who have made an indelible impact on the school—Dr. Alison Grann, Dr. David Gutstein and Principal Gloria Kron–during its annual Spring Gala on Thursday, May 22, at Temple Beth Shalom in Livingston.

Drs. Grann and Gutstein have been dedicated parent leaders, supporters and ambassadors for the school for the past 14 years. Lower School Principal Gloria Kron has made GOA her home for the past 34 years. 

Dr. Alison Grann is the Chair of the Radiation Oncology Department at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston and serves on its Medical Executive Committee, the Cancer Committee and the Institutional Review Board. Dr. Grann has also been a long-time advocate of community efforts to support cancer patients. She has been recognized for her contributions to the community, as an honoree at the American Cancer Society Diamond Ball and with an award from the Doctors Division of Israel Bonds. At Golda Och Academy, Dr. Grann has been a strong parent leader and ambassador for the school, serving as a member of the Development Committee and as an annual campaign volunteer.

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Dr. David Gutstein is a cardiologist and Executive Director at Merck, where he heads cardiovascular early drug development. He also maintains a volunteer practice in cardiac imaging at the NYU Medical Center. At GOA, Dr. Gutstein served as a member of the Board of Trustees for eight years, Treasurer of the Board, and he was a valued member of a number of Board committees including the Executive Board, the Head of School Support Committee, and the Finance Committee. During his career as a full-time faculty member at the NYU School of Medicine, he opened his lab to several summer high school interns. He greatly enjoys visiting as a guest lecturer in life sciences at the Upper School.

For the last 34 years, Ms. Gloria Kron, GOA's Lower School Principal, has made GOA her home. Now, at the end of the 2013-14 school year, she will be retiring to spend time with her grandchildren. She began at GOA as a third, fourth and fifth grade teacher and moved on to administration as General Studies Curriculum Coordinator, Assistant Principal, and, for the last nine years, Principal. During her time at GOA, she has significantly impacted academic excellence—especially in the areas of mathematics, science, social studies, and language arts. She made GOA's Lower School a center for learning beyond the walls of the classroom, expanding opportunities for recess enrichment clubs, Funtracks after school program, musical instrument instruction, and the GOA Band. She also added new academic competitions including the Math League and Scripps Spelling Bee. Most recently, she was integrally involved in every aspect of the renovation of the Wilf Lower School campus.

“The GOA community is fortunate, and excited, to be honoring Dr. Alison Grann and Dr. David Gutstein, school parents, leaders and ambassadors, along with, Gloria Kron, our beloved principal of the Wilf Lower School, who will be retiring at the end of this year,” Board Chair Sheryl Pearlstein said. “They each have made a major impact on the success and future of our school. The excitement is building as our Gala committee is hard at work planning a wonderful, celebratory evening for our school community.”

The theme of the evening will be STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. Funds raised will support academic excellence and provide critical financial aid to students at Golda Och Academy.

To RSVP or for more information about the Gala, the honorees, or Ad Journal opportunities, visit or call Stephanie Bash-Soudry at (973) 602-3612.