DENISE LYNNE MONTGOMERY

Passionate about books, Denise Lynne Montgomery dedicated more than three decades to advancing library science. She started her journey at Sweet Briar College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1975. Ms. Montgomery then furthered her knowledge by obtaining a Master of Science in Library Science from Florida State University in 1981 and by joining prominent organizations like the American Library Association and the Georgia Library Association. Degrees in hand, Ms. Montgomery set off to make her mark. Her first professional position was in the reader’s services library at St. Leo College, followed by associate professor and head of interlibrary loans at Valdosta State University. She really felt at home at the latter school; she remained there from 1984

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MARION THORPE MARK

Inspired by her aunt, Marion Thorpe Mark was determined to become a teacher. She started her journey at Boston College, where she became a diagnostician and teacher of the Donald D. Durrell Reading and Writing Clinic in 1951 and earned a Bachelor of Education in 1952. Upon obtaining a Master of Education from the institution in 1953, she advanced to become a teacher and director of remedial reading educational testing and diagnosis at Natick Public Schools and private tutor and home teacher in California. Dr. Mark then garnered experience in roles like reading instructor at McKinley Continuation High School, chair of the English Department at Ravenswood High School, honors English teacher in the San Mateo School District, reading specialist in

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MARIA ELVIRA SUMPTER

Attracted to the idea of imparting knowledge, Maria Elvira Sumpter felt education was the perfect career for her. She worked hard to achieve her goal, first earning a Bachelor of Arts from Texas Woman’s University and then earning a Master of Arts from Texas A&M University. She also completed postgraduate coursework at Sul Ross State University and obtained certifications in history, Spanish, and principalship. These degrees propelled Ms. Sumpter to her first professional position as a high school teacher. She stayed in that role for 14 years before making the switch to administration. Her subsequent positions include secondary curriculum coordinator at Eagle Pass Independent School District, assistant principal, and principal. Ms. Sumpter also developed the Summer School Now! Program and

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GLORIA D’ANGELO INGRAO

Coming from a family long involved in the fashion industry, Gloria D’Angelo Ingrao felt a strong desire to keep the legacy alive. Her grandfather was the first to join the world of fashion, when a men’s coat he designed won a competition in Paris in the late 1800s. Her father then took up the trade, opening a suits and coats company, D’Angelo’s, in the early 1900s. Ms. Ingrao joined her father’s business as an administrator in 1975 and fell in love with the work. She had been brought up to be creative, so fashion was a perfect fit. She advanced to become the president of D’Angelo’s Originals Ltd. in 1978. Then, in 1981, Ms. Ingrao decided to branch out. She

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PAULETTE DENISE MARTIN

When Paulette Martin learned to type, a world of career opportunities opened to her. The skill was in high demand; she started out helping other people learn the keyboard, and after scoring well on a civil service test, she began to work as a secretary to the comptroller at Woodruff Hospital. Ms. Martin spent six years at the institution before leaving to join Ohio Bell as a district office personnel clerk. From there, she advanced to roles like secretary at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, secretary at Sinclair College, mortgage loan processor at Citfed Mortgage Corporation of America, and legal assistant to the Office of the General Counsel. Although Ms. Martin enjoyed her work, she wanted more. She learned how

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BARBARA ELOISA MAI

Growing up, Barbara Eloisa Mai was always told how approachable she was and how comfortable she made people. This inspired her to pursue psychology and nursing; she felt it was only natural to expand upon her affable nature for the benefit of others. Dr. Mai proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Georgetown University in 1978, a Master of Science in nursing from Catholic University of America in 1982, and a PhD in transpersonal psychology from the Dove Center at Howard University in 2006. She also became a certified Reiki master and obtained certifications in bio-energy, therapeutic touch, clinical hypnosis, and behavioral medicine. Since the start of her professional journey, Dr. Mai has worked hard to build

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KATHLEEN OVERIN SLOBIN

A genuine seeker of knowledge, Kathleen Overin Slobin has incorporated a wide variety of interests into her career. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Pomona College during the turbulent 1960s, she felt called to become a painter. Her mother was a practicing artist. As she grew older, however, her focus shifted to sociology and public administration.  Today, Dr. Slobin holds numerous degrees across those fields. She is presently leading a seminar for family caregivers at California Pacific Medical Center. Additionally, she has been a storyteller at the Asian Art Museum since 2010, a docent at the California Academy of Sciences since 2009, and a professor emeritus at North Dakota State University since 2007. Dr. Slobin has

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BRENDA GAIL JONES

Confident and knowledgeable, Brenda Gail Jones felt that pursuing education was a natural choice. She grew up with a strong support system that placed an emphasis on learning and development, which led her to join the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls. This organization was transformative for Ms. Jones; it gave her the experience of leadership, organization, working with others, and being a role model. Ms. Jones carried what she learned with her as she pursued her dreams at San Francisco State University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the school in 1972 and became a teacher at the Lakeport Unified School District the next year. Ms. Jones loved working with children, but after only nine years in

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JAN SOLTIS TUTTLE WHITE

An expert in information technology and management, Jan Soltis Tuttle White continues to make strides in her field. She is currently parlaying decades of knowledge into her role as the medical systems manager at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, which she’s held since 1990. Prior to this, Ms. White garnered experience in roles like marketing development manager for banking and investment groups, artificial intelligence market development manager, multiprocessing programs manager, and VAX product marketing manager at the Digital Equipment Corporation, and assistant to the director of information processing services at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also served as a systems engineer at IBM Corporation and at Harvard University and as the program manager of “Robots and Beyond: The Age

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LINDA R. GAY

Skilled at solving problems, Linda R. Gay thrived in human resources for more than two decades. She started her journey as an assistant manager of affirmative action at the Raytheon Company in 1974, and quickly garnered a reputation for her fairness and her willingness to listen to her peers. This led Ms. Gay to advance to roles like senior human resources representative of Wang Laboratories, Incorporated, recruiter of the Zayre Corporation, and director of human resources for Cablevision. Over the years, her responsibilities came to include managing safety, wages, training, hiring, benefits, uniforms, and event planning, and representing both employees and companies. She retired in 1996. Ms. Gay credits much of her success to the female managers she worked with,

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