Cathy Mabry

CATHY D. MABRY

Cathy D. Mabry is renowned as a retired elementary educator with more than 30 years of service to her profession and students. Inspired by her fifth grade teacher, she decided early in her life to pursue a career in education. She initially pursued an education at the University of Georgia, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and psychology in 1975. Completing education licensure coursework at Oglethorpe University in 1983, she continued her studies at Oglethorpe University in 1990, earning a Master of Education in elementary education. Ms. Mabry concluded her academic efforts with a Master of Arts in educational administration at Georgia State University in 1997. Prior to her career in education, Ms. Mabry worked as a member

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LIQING ZHANG

The daughter of a very accomplished cardiologist, Liqing Zhang, DDS, knew she would become a doctor since she was 7 years old. Her father was known for helping many people, and she wanted to feel the same feeling of fulfillment. She is also very skilled with her hands, so she felt dentistry was the best way for her to be creative, use her hands and help improve people’s lives. Dr. Zhang has served as a dentist at A to Z Dental in Illinois since 2008, previously serving as an associate dentist from 2006 to 2008. Dr. Zhang has been practicing dentistry for the past two decades. She has treated tens of thousands of patients in China, Canada and the United

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JOAN HULL-PYLE

Counseling first responders’ post-traumatic stress, Joan Hull-Pyle became involved in her profession because when she was in the second grade, her brother got sick and they could not find nurses to take care of him. Thus, her mother took turns in the hospital taking care of him and she thought, in that moment, that becoming a nurse was what she wanted to be. From that moment on, that was her desire and, although she took music classes, she was determined to be a nurse. The current president of Quality Trac in Orlando, Florida, since 1994, Ms. Hull-Pyle began her professional career as the head nurse at Huntsville Hospital in Alabama in 1962, remaining in this role for three years. She

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CARLENE M. KARAVITE

Leading a diversified career throughout the state of Michigan for more than 30 years, Carlene M. Karavite held various secretarial, bookkeeping and real estate positions in Royal Oak, Oak Park and Birmingham, Michigan. In 1994, she became a limited licensed psychologist at the Midwestern Education Resource Center in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She later worked in the same capacity at Evergreen Counseling Centers in Farmington Hills, Shelby and Sterling Heights, Michigan, and at Advanced Counseling Services, P.C., in Southfield, Michigan, before retiring from the field of psychology in 1997. Additionally, Ms. Karavite excelled for 30 years as a real estate property manager for Leota Dunham in Royal Oak between 1976 and 2006. Ms. Karavite became involved in her profession because of

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LUCILLE M. ROSA

Working part-time in the library as an undergraduate student, Lucille M. Rosa decided to pursue the field after she enjoyed it so much. She began her professional career teaching at St. Bernadette’s Elementary School in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1970, remaining in this role for two years before cataloging at the Rhode Island Historical Society in Providence from 1976 to 1980. She then served as a rare book cataloger at Brown University’s John Carter Brown Library from 1980 to 1984 and catalog librarian at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, from 1984 to 1986, later becoming the head of cataloging at the State Library of Massachusetts from 1986 to 1988. Transferring as the associate head of cataloging at the Massachusetts

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ANGELICA MUNOZ MERCADO

After working as a physical therapy technician at a hospital for many years, Angelica Munoz Mercado shifted her mindset toward preventative actions, especially as it pertained to injuries and accidents. Subsequently, she received an opportunity to become a safety coordinator, which allowed her to witness how people could prevent injuries at the workplace. Since 2016, Ms. Mercado has excelled as a safety specialist for Plains All American Pipeline, where she conducts quarterly safety training, supervises meetings, facilitates contractor orientations, spot checks employees’ work and liaises with workers’ compensation experts. In order to remain aware of changes in the field, Ms. Mercado is affiliated with the National Society of Leadership and Success and Phi Beta Kappa. During her spare time, she

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Melanie Freese

MELANIE L. FREESE

As a student, Melanie L. Freese attended Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, where she earned a Bachelor of Education in elementary education in 1967 and went on to earn a Master of Education in elementary education in 1969. She became a certified teacher from nursery to sixth grade in the State of New York, and worked as an elementary school teacher in Roosevelt and Massapequa, New York, until 1971. She started working for the Swirbul Library at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York, serving in various capacities, including assistant to social work librarian, assistant to acquisitions librarian and biographical searcher, and circulation assistant before her departure in 1983. In 1977, Ms. Freese earned a Master of Library Science

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Barbara Justice

BARBARA J. JUSTICE

Barbara J. Justice, MD, ABPN, ABFP, is a general surgeon, forensic psychiatrist and double board-certified general psychiatrist who specializes in psychopharmacology, general psychiatry, forensic psychiatry and psychodynamic psychotherapy. Providing psychopharmacology treatment to adults, children and adolescents in therapy that require the additional healing of medication to maximize their health, Dr. Justice relies on providing conservative and appropriate measures that are tailored to each patient’s individual needs. She also handles workers’ compensation and civil cases, does evaluations and assessments for defendants in civil suits, and provides evaluations and treatment for criminal defendants found incompetent to stand trial not guilty by reason of insanity or mentally disordered offenders. Furthermore, Dr. Justice provides assessing treatments and court reports. Employed at the Center for

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Patricia Hayes

PATRICIA THORNTON HAYES

As a lifelong music educator, Patricia Thornton Hayes gained a passion for music when she was a little girl. She began playing the piano between the ages of 3 and 4 after watching her older sister play. She recalls being put in another room while her sister practiced, and she was forbidden from entering the room and interrupting. When her sister had finished her lesson, Ms. Hayes would enter the room and play exactly what she had heard her sister play. In doing so, she had demonstrated a fantastic ability to play by ear, a talent that few musicians have. Though she does not consider her grasp of musical theory to be strong, Ms. Hayes’ talent as a musician is

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BERNICE L. FRAZIER

Inspired by the example of her mother, Bernice L. Frazier was encouraged to pursue a career in community service, culminating in her current work as the president and chief executive officer of the Southern Christian Leadership Foundation, Inc. An experienced executive with considerable expertise in nonprofit organization management, philanthropy, policy analysis, volunteer management and more, she gained valuable expertise in the field as the vice president of L&B Enterprises between 1996 and 2011. Moreover, Ms. Frazier is certified as a grant writer. Before entering the nonprofit industry, Ms. Frazier worked as a manager of transportation for Dayton Public Schools, where she served between 1996 and 2000. Additionally, she excelled as a student advisor for Senegalese students attending universities in the

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