Driven to make her parents proud, Wendy W. Smith originally planned to follow their example and become a college professor. However, during the course of her studies, she decided to pursue a career in the financial industry instead. Today, she excels as the vice president of insights planning analytics and technology for Amazon, where she began in 2019. Though her career has been suffused with highlights, Ms. Smith is most proud to have served as a leader for Amazon’s consumer division and operations team with a global scope of more than $100 billion in costs. Additionally, she is satisfied to have worked internationally in locations such as Ireland and Singapore. Additionally, Ms. Smith serves as the vice president of finance
A devoted public school teacher of over 40 years, Rebecca L. Lane-Jergentz began her career as a teaching assistant at the Cincinnati Public Schools in 1980 and a student teacher at White Oak Junior High School in Cincinnati in 1982. Acquired by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in 1983 as a science teacher, she likewise served as a curriculum advisor between 1988 and 1989. Relocating to San Jose, California, Ms. Lane-Jergentz has since been aligned with the John Muir Middle School as a seventh and eighth grade science teacher. Outside the classroom, Ms. Lane-Jergentz has played an instrumental role with various relative organizations. She served on the San Jose Unified School District’s science task force and was involved with numerous science
Inspired to make the world a better place, Kye Kilpatrick Fox serves as a community activist, the president and the chief executive officer of Urban Advisory Services, specializing in health, education, and women’s and children’s issues on a local, statewide and national scale. Growing up in a household that was very community driven and active, her father, Charles Kilpatrick, encouraged her to participate more on the civic front, as he worked as journalist and interacted with several important local figures. Eventually, her father began preparing for retirement and suggested she assume some of his board positions. Ms. Fox subsequently became involved on the board of the San Antonio Public Library, which inspired her to advocate on behalf of her community.
With a natural affinity for sales and meeting new people, Tabitha Kucharczyk is uniquely qualified for her work as a real estate agent. In 2015, she accepted a position with Keller Williams Realty, with which she currently excels as the head of an eponymous team of agents. In this capacity, she focuses on real estate sales, specifically dealing with the listings that others will not. Prior to her present post, Ms. Kucharczyk gained valuable expertise in the field as a broker and realtor with ERA Real Estate, as well as the lead coordinator assistant for Tropical Realty & Investments of Brevard Inc. Earlier in her career, Ms. Kucharczyk served as a real estate advertising sales executive for Florida Today Communications.
As a child, Patricia Kagemoto’s father had a 35mm camera, which he would always take pictures of her and her sister with as they were growing up. She later took a photography course and just loved when the photos would come out in the darkroom; it was like magic in black and white. She eventually bought her own camera and went from there, learning to truly love photography. Ms. Kagemoto began her professional career as a printmaking workshop assistant at the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz in 1974, remaining in this role for one year before moving up the ranks to print shop assistant. She then consulted in printmaking for Communications Village, Ltd., in Kingston, New
Supported by more than five decades of professional experience, Judith A. Wightman has been designated as the historian of the Town of Avoca, a village located in upstate New York, since 2010. Involved in the crafts business from 1993 to 2005, she previously found success at the Avoca Insurance Agency from 1971 to 1992. Ms. Wightman began her career as a secretary between 1965 and 1970, and a town clerk from 1970 until 1971. Ms. Wightman became involved in her profession because people from the town felt the previous historian was not doing his job well. She was further encouraged by several others to apply for the position and later accepted the entry position as an assistant to the historian.
Following her immigration to the United States in 2003, Brenda Castellanos received a degree in business administration and studied courses at the Culinary School of New York. Eventually, she and her sister sought out better food options in their area and decided to open their own restaurant, Antojitos Del Patron Mexican Grill, which became the first Mayan Guatemalan restaurant in New York. At their restaurant, they served Guatemalan coffee from their hometown and soon saw much success in their business. They soon established a second Mexican restaurant and IX, a coffee shop where traditional Mayan dishes are served. In these roles, she is responsible for keeping inventory, managing accounts and payroll, and coordinating staff. As a respected voice in her
After graduating from high school at the age of 15 and college at the age of 17, Jane Douthitt embarked on successful careers in various fields, including contract negotiation. Although her career has been filled with highlights, she is especially proud of the work she conducted with MBM International as a contractor in the Middle East. Along with her late husband of 60 years, she also maintained a manufacturing space of one million square feet and 3,500 employees in Fort Worth, Texas, before relocating to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ms. Douthitt was often recognized as an employer who was kind to her employees and had several offices in many countries across the globe. Prior to establishing her current businesses, Ms.
Backed by 65 years of professional experience, Anne Pruitt-Logan, EdD, LHD, has served as professor emeritus with the Ohio State University since 1995. Earlier in her career, she joined Howard University as a women’s counselor. Subsequently, she held a number of educational roles with Albany State College, Fisk University, Case Western Reserve University and the Council of Graduate Schools. Over the course of her career, she has honed her expertise in educational administration, counseling and teaching. Additionally, Dr. Pruitt-Logan has lent her expertise to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on post-secondary education, the National Science Foundation and the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. Dr. Pruitt-Logan was inspired to become involved in her profession after
Teaching has been a lifelong goal for Rose M. Redmon-Holliday, having recalled spending childhood summers playing school with her younger sister, teaching her songs and games. Subsequently, she earned an Associate of Arts at Midway Junior College in Kentucky in 1972 and a Bachelor of Science at the College at Brockport, a part of the State University of New York system, in 1973. Ms. Redmon-Holliday concluded her education with a Master of Science from Emporia State University in 1981. A teacher for the Kansas City Public Schools from 1974 to 1981, Ms. Redmon-Holliday worked as an instructor at the University of Minnesota at Morris from 1981 to 1982 and a special education teacher for Minneapolis’ Special School District 1 from