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MONICA F. GERARD-SHARP

Backed by nearly four decades of experience with print, television, and digital media, Monica F. Gerard-Sharp is well-known throughout the communications industry. She started her career by redesigning The Chemical Engineer, the publication of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, after which she became the youngest sub-editor of the TV Times. Her success in these roles propelled her to positions like press officer at the United Nations, editor of “Everyone’s United Nations,” board representative of The USA Network, and business manager, financial analysis manager, officer, and assistant treasurer of Time Inc. (now Time Warner Inc.). During this time, Ms. Gerard-Sharp also set strategies for new media and digital ventures for HBO and ATC, and tested new technologies and cable services in

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CAROLYN GRACE VANASDALE BORDELON

Carolyn Grace VanAsdale Bordelon got into her profession by accident. She started her career as a journalist with a professional newspaper called “The Lineman Is,” and while she was writing a story on the campus of Ohio Northern University, she saw a large bulletin board with “Teacher Vacancies” written on it. She thought it must be outdated since it was the end of August and school started the day after Labor Day, but then she was approached by the superintendent of one of the districts in Allen County. He was on campus trying to find teachers he could hire and asked if she was interested. Mrs. Bordelon explained why she was there, and he told her he could give her

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ZEMA L. JORDAN

Ever since she was young, Dr. Zema L. Jordan has loved English, writing, and language. She was driven to help others find that same passion, and found education to be the perfect way to do so. Her first position in the field was instructor of English at Liberty High School, followed by instructor of English and part-time guidance counselor at Wilson Junior High School and instructor of English at Southwestern High School. She then advanced to become the head of the English Department at Farwell Junior High School and the administrative unit head at Richard Middle School. Today, Dr. Jordan holds the positions of part-time English instructor at Wayne County Community College, administrative unit head at Von Steuben Middle School,

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MARIE LOIS MAXWELL

When Marie Lois Maxwell was young, she knew she wanted to help people, but she wasn’t sure exactly how. She got a job working in a hospital, and was inspired by the student nurses, who would talk with her about the profession. Ms. Maxwell decided to pursue nursing further, so she obtained a Master of Science in nursing from Boston College in 1975. She found she enjoyed interacting with patients and seeing the impact had. Ms. Maxwell eventually started gravitating to mental health, culminating in becoming a clinical nurse specialist at the Green County Mental Health Clinic. She served there for more than two decades before retiring in 2015. She received a Plaque of Appreciation for her efforts. One of

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SUZANNE MCCULLAGH

Passionate about art for as long as she can remember, Suzanne McCullagh continues to thrive as the director of the Gray Collection Trust. She joined the group in 2016, and loves the freedom of working with such a small company. In her role, she is in charge of a collection of more than 300 works of art, although her main focus is a core group of 161 works that Richard and Mary Gray acquired over the past 50 years. Dr. McCullagh helped them acquire, select, and integrate these works by researching each piece and learning how they relate to one another. She is currently working with her colleagues to plann an exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago that will

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CAROLYN PERRUCCI

Encouraged to pursue sociology, Carolyn Perrucci quickly found the field to be the perfect fit. It combined her passion for helping people with her interest in human relationships and cultures, and allowed her to be part of the fight to lessen inequality in the world. She started by earning a Bachelor of Science at Middle Tennessee University, after which she was offered a 3-year fellowship at Purdue University. Dr. Perrucci proceeded to obtain a Master of Science and a PhD from the school, where she really found a home. She was asked to stay and join the staff when she graduated, and has been there ever since. During her time at Purdue University, Dr. Perrucci has served as an assistant

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PAMELA J. KRUSE

Always interested in being in business for herself, Pamela J. Kruse is thrilled with the continued success of Village Bike Shops. She got into the niche because of her husband, who owned a couple of bike shops in town. When they married, they formed a partnership that brought her into the fold. Now, each of them runs and manages a couple of the stores under their umbrella. Ms. Kruse loves the excitement people have when they come in; physical fitness has always been a big part of her life and seeing that same passion reflected in others makes her happy. Looking to the future, she hopes to be remembered for her honesty and for putting her clients first. Prior to

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MARY VAIL

Coming from a family of attorneys, Mary Vail developed an interest in politics and public service at a young age. She didn’t want to pursue law for personal gain, however; she wanted to use it toward charitable or governmental service to help her community. To make her goals a reality, Ms. Vail obtained a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1971 and a JD from the University of the Pacific in 1974. That year, she also became admitted to practice in the state of California. With the conclusion of Ms. Vail’s academic journey came the start of her professional one. She joined Volunteers in Service to American Attorneys and the San Francisco

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SHEILA D. ARDS

Focused on ensuring inclusive environments for minorities, Sheila D. Ards is an expert at developing communities. She began her journey at the University of Texas at Austin as an accounting major, but discovered a passion for public policy during a summer program at Carnegie Mellon University. The institution offered her a full ride to earn a PhD from the School of Urban and Public Affairs, which she did in 1990. Her dissertation was on child abuse and neglect. She also wrote a major paper that looked at poor communities and ways to rebuild them. ​ Dr. Ards’ first professional position was with the University of Maryland, where she taught in the School of Urban and Public Affairs. She then joined

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NANCY PLACEK PUFFER

Driven by her entrepreneurial spirit, Nancy Placek Puffer has headed a number of business-related projects over the years. She started by buying a Christmas tree farm, the Swan Creek X-mas Tree Plantation, in 1976 because she wanted her sons to have a piece of the earth. Her mentor, a tree farmer from Michigan, taught her all about the business and about the trees pay for the land. This really paid off, as Mrs. Puffer still owns the company today. Mrs. Puffer has also served as the owner and manager of the Wheels of Fountain Hills Transportation Service in Arizona since 1988. Additionally, she has experience as the owner of a parking lot in Arizona, as the chief executive officer of

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