Kathleen Hodge


Specializing in principle reports and distributed medical software, Kathleen A. Hodge became interested in automation due to her love for mathematics. Since 2012, she has been a reporting analyst for Compulink Health Solutions, previously serving the company as an electronic data interchange supervisor from 2008 to 2012. The company provides specialty-specific medical software that incorporates what clients need to run their practices smoothly. Prior to this role, Ms. Hodge began her career as the executive director of the Feminist Women’s Health Center of Orange County in 1981, remaining in this role for two years before becoming a network administrator for Pacific West from 1986 to 1993. She then worked as a programmer and support technician for Santiago in Newport Beach,

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Ruth Brennan


Not wanting to stay in education for the entire duration of her career, Ruth A. Brennan most recently served as an arts columnist for the Rapid City Journal for one decade, previously serving the journal as an arts-staff writer from 1968 to 1983. She began her career teaching at Edison Junior High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in 1954, remaining in this position for one year before becoming a registrar/veterans adviser at the University of Colorado Denver extension from 1955 to 1956. In addition to this tenure, Ms. Brennan served on the board of the South Dakota Arts Council from 1988 to 2011, for which she secured funding and programming, and as an arts consultant in planning, building and

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Lillian Ackerman


Focusing her practice on plateau Indian culture, Dr. Lillian Ackerman was raised in an Armenian community and was always interested in how Americans lived. Having friends already involved in the field, she switched to anthropology after reading books that explained questions she had about the differences between the two cultures. To date, her main contributions to the industry are her studies on gender equality on the plateau and clans of extended families. Dr. Ackerman has served Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, as a researcher in anthropology since 1982 and adjunct professor since 2001, previously serving as an instructor in anthropology from 1963 to 1965. She began her professional career as a Russian translator at the Arctic Institute of North

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Debra Meneely


Skilled in pediatric nursing case management, specifically the areas of complex discharge planning and community resources, Debra K. Meneely, BHSE, RN, CPN, has provided opportunities to support, educate and care for large number of children and adults from all socioeconomic levels and in multiple arenas. She served as a staff nurse III, coordinator of the pediatric mock code program, and womens and children’s services case manager at Wishard Memorial Hospital, now Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, in Indianapolis, as well as a pediatric clinical manager for Interim Health Care. She was also a pediatric case manager for the Community Health Network, a financial coordinator for the Clarion/IU Health Solid Organ Transplant Center, LPN instructor for J. Everett Light Career Center.

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Elizabeth Bogan


Deciding that economics said more about how people work rather than just its theory, Elizabeth Chapin Bogan, PhD, has been a senior lecturer in economics at Princeton University in New Jersey since 1992. She began her teaching career as an assistant professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey, in 1971, remaining in this position for 11 years. During this time, she also served the university as chairman of the merit scholarship committee from 1981 to 1982. Dr. Bogan then moved up the ranks to full professor of economics for a decade, also serving as chair of the Department of Economics and Finance Department from 1984 to 1992, before taking her current post. Prior to the start of her

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Ellen Averill


Abreast in the field of biological sciences, Ellen C. Averill, EdS, is a humanitarian who has maintained a lifelong goal to help other people. Working in laboratories throughout her career, she began her career as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, in 1966, remaining in this position for two years before becoming a science teacher within Decatur City Schools from 1971 to 1972. She then transferred to Kendrick High School in Columbus, Georgia, from 1980 until her retirement in 2004, also serving as department chair. In addition to this tenure, Ms. Averill was a research assistant on the Wassau Island Caretta research project with the Savannah Science Museum in 1985 and participated in the

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Joy Dyer-Raffler


An expert in special education and competitive tennis player for a decade, competing in singles, mixed doubles and girls team, Joy A. Dyer-Raffler was aware of what her father was doing growing up and saw that he really enjoyed his career very much. She feels she was influenced in that way. Her family is very much into education, and her brother graduated from college when he was just 19. He was a huge influence and a very good example of many things. Ms. Dyer-Raffler most recently worked as a teacher of exceptional education within the Tucson Unified School District from 2003 to 2005. She first joined the district as an art educator in 1970, remaining in this role for five

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Adroit in the areas of consumer and community relations, Felicia Boillot Muftic began writing as early as the age of four, but began in the public relations field around 1960 working in New York. When she moved to Denver, although she had already been involved in political affairs, her political involvement became even stronger. Ms. Muftic serves as a partner at Melem USA Import Distribution since 2004 and a political columnist at SkyHi Daily News since 2007. She began her career as the executive director of the Metro District Attorney’s Consumer Office in Denver in 1973, remaining in this position for six years before hosting her own talk show on KNUS in Denver from 1981 to 1983. She then was

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Lally Weymouth


Influenced by her family to start her career, Lally Graham Weymouth’s mother was publisher for The Washington Post from 1969 to 1979, taking the reins from her husband Philip after his passing. Following in her mother’s footsteps, she herself has served as senior associate editor of The Washington Post since 2009. Ms. Weymouth began her career as a reporter for The Boston Globe in 1965, remaining in this role for one year before adding on freelance work for the next decade. During this time, she joined the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, aided by Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, from 1968 to 1969. She then worked as a freelance journalist and contributing editor of The New York Times magazine from 1977 to

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Growing up with many animals in her house, Laurie Zaleski’s mother rented a home for 28 years while working for an animal control service. After her mother’s passing, she founded Funny Farm Rescue in her honor, serving as its CEO since 2000. The longest-running animal rescue in the northeastern U.S., the animal sanctuary has created a home for unwanted farm animals, domesticated animals and animals with created a home for unwanted farm animals, domesticated animals and animals with special needs to live out their natural lives. Another part of their mission is to prevent the cruelty to animals by increasing the awareness of animal abuse through education. Their knowledge, expertise and facilities make them truly unique in southern New Jersey

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