BERNICE BELL JORDAN

Originally a musician, Bernice Bell Jordan decided to switch courses and become an educator so she could provide a better life for her daughter. She wanted to lead by example and show her the value of academia. Ms. Jordan proceeded to join the Alum Rock Union Elementary School District as an elementary teacher in 1959. She quickly garnered a reputation for her passion and dedication to her work and became a beloved member of the community. She remained at the school until her retirement in 1999. Outside of the classroom, Ms. Jordan enjoyed connecting with her peers. She is affiliated with organizations like the National Education Association, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the California Elementary Education Association, the

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SHEILA ROBERTSON SMITH

Although Sheila Robertson Smith didn’t intend to pursue hematology, she is thrilled with how her career ended up. She started her journey as a physical education major at the University of Miami, but found she didn’t enjoy the work. While she was trying to figure things out, she decided to travel to North Carolina to visit a friend. The two of them went to an employment office to help her see what other options were available, and a position in a hematology lab at Duke University Medical Center caught her attention. Ms. Smith ended up getting the job, and the rest is history. She remained there for six years before advancing to become a hematology technician at North Arundel Hospital

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LINDA SUZANNE MASON

When Linda Suzanne Mason was young, she loved participating in sports with her brother and the other boys in her neighborhood. She also really valued education, thanks to the influence of her parents. This made becoming a physical education teacher a natural choice; it combined both of her passions into one career. To help her achieve her goals, she earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from Indiana University in 1968 and 1977, respectively, as well as certification as a physical education teacher for grades K-12 in the state of Indiana. Degrees in hand, Ms. Mason set out to make her mark on the field. Her first professional position was physical education teacher at Woodview Junior High

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PHYLLIS C. ADAMS

Inspired by the nurses who cared for her after a childhood medical procedure, Phyllis Adams has dedicated her life to the field. She told her parents she wanted to be a nurse right after the surgery, and they were completely supportive. From that moment on, her path was clear. Ms. Adams never wavered from the pursuit of her goal and, in 1969, she earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Dillard University. She got her first professional position, charge nurse at The Methodist Hospital, that same year. Ever since then, Ms. Adams has steadily grown within the industry. She moved through roles like faculty coordinator at the Columbus Technical Institute, practitioner and assistant manager at The Methodist Hospital, coordinator

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LOUISE FAY DESPRES

When Louise Fay Despres was young, her mother began giving her French lessons and opened the door to a world of possibilities. Ms. Despres fell in love with the language almost instantaneously; she found it beautiful and compelling. She pursued the subject all through her childhood, from home to the classroom, and even then she wanted to know more. She proceeded to complete coursework at the American School of Music in Fontainebleau, France, and to earn a Bachelor of Arts in French from Connecticut College for Women (now Connecticut College), and a Master of Arts in French from Middlebury College in Paris, France. Another one of Ms. Despres’ passions was academia. Both her father and her aunt were teachers, and

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MARIE A. LANGAN

Hardworking and dedicated, Marie A. Langan is proud of her professional successes. Her path wasn’t easy; she struggled to make ends meet early in life, but she persevered. After attaining her GED, Ms. Langan enrolled in an environmental training course, came out third in her class, and was one of two selected to participate in fieldwork identifying polluted waters for the government. Ms. Langan excelled in the role and was promoted to code enforcer and housing code enforcer in Enfield, Connecticut, a few years later. She then transitioned housing specialist in the Judicial Department of the State of Connecticut in 1983. This move was especially notable because housing specialists usually need at least a bachelor’s degree. The quality of Ms.

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LAURA BALATBAT CORPUZ

Born in the Philippines, Laura Balatbat Corpuz grew up with a deep appreciation for academia and the arts. She knew she wanted to contribute to the fields herself, so she obtained a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from National Teachers College in Manila, Philippines, in 1966. Ms. Corpuz spent the next three years as a teacher at Philippine Public School. She really liked her work, but she was looking for something more. When her friend suggested she move to the United States and find a job there, she decided to give it a shot. Ms. Corpuz proceeded to take U.S. history and library courses and completed tests to become a certified teacher in the state of Illinois. She also

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MARGARET DALY HAYES

Renowned as an expert in Latin American politics and security issues, Margaret Daly Hayes can trace her interest in the field back to her study abroad program in Spain. She went during a time when the country was transitioning to a democratic government, and found the whole situation fascinating. Dr. Hayes proceeded to apply for and receive the National Defense Foreign Language Title VI fellowship, propelling her to a fulfilling career in political science. The first job Dr. Hayes obtained in the industry was senior associate in the Political Science Division of CACI, Inc. She then transitioned to roles like associate director of the Center of Brazilian Studies at the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies, senior professional

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KATHERINE JEAN HUBBELL DOMNING

A service-driven professional, Katherine Jean Hubbell Domning spent the majority of her career with nonprofit organizations. She started out as an information system engineer at the Mitre Corporation and a design engineer at General Electric, but transferred to the American Red Cross National Headquarters after five years. It was at the American Red Cross that Ms. Hubbell Domning discovered her passion for budgeting work; she had a gift for looking at a budget and figuring out the numbers and the plan behind it. She eventually left to join the Dominion Group as a marketing consultant and the National Foundation of Women Business Owners on a part-time basis. She retired in 2002 so that she could focus entirely on volunteer activities.

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ELLEN DORINDA SHELLEY

Although Ellen  Dorinda Shelley had long wanted to pursue health care, she didn’t decide on dermatology until college. Her professor, Philip C. Anderson, encouraged her to build her career in the field, and she took his advice. Dr. Shelley’s first professional position was assistant professor of dermatology at Stanford University, followed by assistant professor of dermatology, associate professor, and professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also served the latter school as the chairman of the College of Medicine at Peoria. In 1983, Dr. Shelly transferred to the University of Toledo, where she remains to this day. She started at the institution as a professor and the chief of dermatology, and became a clinical professor of dermatology in

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