Listee Features — July 17, 2017

THE REV. DR. ARLENE MAZAK

Fueled by her passion for helping others, the Rev. Dr. Arlene Mazak parlays more than three decades of professional excellence into her career in personal training, life and career coaching, and interfaith spiritual direction. She is currently the owner of Mazak Global Management, a professional training and coaching company that provides transnational management training, leadership coaching, and consulting services for organizational development and transformation. The firm specializes in developing a global mindset, unleashing human potential, developing gender intelligence, emotional intelligence, social intelligence, spiritual intelligence, and managerial psychosynthesis. She is also the owner of Innercall: Personal and Transpersonal Development, which has offered transpersonal psychotherapy as well as life coaching, career coaching, recovery coaching, transition coaching, dreamwork, and interfaith spiritual direction. During her illustrious

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SUZANNE DICKSON

Best known for her reading/language arts program, “Sing, Spell, Read and Write,” Suzanne Dickson has led a long, illustrious career as a primary school educator. She believes strongly in teaching basic skills through song, which is why she developed the program. It is designed for students in preschool through second grade, and includes phonetic full-color storybooks that cover 36 steps to provide immediate, rewarding reinforcement for decoding phonetic skills. Two workbooks include grammar and creative writing as well as letter recognition, phonics practice, reading, comprehension, and spelling. “Sing, Spell, Read and Write” uses phonics songs, interactive charts, and games to teach the alphabetic principle, phonemic awareness, sound/letter correspondence, short vowel sounds, and blending  in a fun and meaningful way. The songs

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LEONORA P. WHILDIN

Initially, Leonora P. Whildin began her distinguished career during World War II at the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps., a program where cadet nurses took the place of nurses who joined the military, at Boston City Hospital from 1943 to 1946. Seeing her natural ability, surgeons recruited her in the department of neurology, where she became assistant head nurse and a scrub nurse for the next two years. In 1948, the U.S. Army wanted people to go overseas to help with dependent children and she signed on and worked as a civilian nurse at the army hospital in Bremerhaven, Germany. ​ Ms. Whildin continued her career when she returned to the United States as a public health nurse at the Brooklyn

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LINDA DAVEY-TOTT

A business-savvy entrepreneur, Linda Davey-Tott owned a highly successful spice and herb business that started from her kitchen and blossomed onto the shelves of retailers across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. She is now extending her business skills as an independent consultant for Arbonne, an international company that has developed world-class products in skin care, bath and body care, sun care, makeup, and nutrition. The products are naturally inspired and scientifically tested, and integrate the most beneficial botanical ingredients from nature. Arbonne crafts its products with integrity and innovation and strives to be as eco-friendly as possible. ​ Ms. Davey-Tott handles marketing, sales, and training in her role as an independent consultant, and thus is able

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FRAN E. KAISER

Specializing in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, Fran E. Kaiser has led a distinguished career in medicine for 43 years. She is noted for her research in hormonal changes with aging, studies of therapy of erectile dysfunction, testosterone, estrogen and frailty, osteoporosis, and women’s health and sexuality. Dr. Kaiser is also known for using her vast knowledge and experience to contribute articles to professional journals like “Geriatric Review Syllabus,” and to serve as an ad-hoc reviewer for “The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society,” and “Endocrinology.” Further, she lent her expertise to the editorial boards of the “Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism” and “International Medicine Bulletin.” ​ Originally, Dr. Kaiser began her career at Beth Israel Medical Center in New

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MARIA DESOUSA

Noted for her long and distinguished career as an immunologist and educator, Maria DeSousa has dedicated her life to the service of others. She began her career as a research fellow at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in London from 1964 to 1966, and continued as a research assistant at the Gulbenkian Science Institute in Oeiras, Portugal from 1966 to 1967. She then became a lecturer at Glasgow University in Scotland from 1967 to 1976, and was an associate member of the Sloan Kettering Institute in New York City from 1976 to 1984. Her subsequent positions include associate professor at Cornell University Graduate School, where she has been since 1984, and visiting associate professor at Harvard University Medical School, where

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MARY ANN WISE WIGGINS

Well-known throughout her community for her passion and drive, Mary Ann Wise Wiggins has dedicated her life to helping others. She started her journey as a teacher at U.S. Army Schools in Nuremberg, Germany, from 1964 to 1966, and as a teacher within the Mineral Wells Independent School District from 1967 to 1970. During that time, Ms. Wise Wiggins supplemented her career with a position as a bookkeeper with the Wise Department Store and found she really enjoyed it. She proceeded to transition more into the business world, serving as the owner and manager of Mary Ann’s Furniture and Hardware from 1977 to 1997 and opening a tax preparation business in 1992. In 1994, Ms. Wise Wiggins returned to her

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CHARLOTTE MCGOWAN

The moment Charlotte McGowan stepped into her anthropology courses at San Diego State University, she knew she was hooked. After earning a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts with honors in 1967 and 1969, respectively, she pursued her passion in the field as a Fulbright Scholar in Taiwan in 1996 and in Peru in 1982. ​ During her distinguished career, Ms. McGowan held the positions of teaching assistant and director of the physical anthropology laboratory at San Diego State University, where she was a professor of anthropology from 1967 to 1969. She also served as professor of anthropology at San Diego Evening College from 1969 to 1971, at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif., from 1971 to 1999,

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MILDRED CLEMENTINA SAWYER

Dedicated and hard working, Mildred Clementina Sawyer spent her long career with the real estate and insurance sectors of the business industry. She started as a clerk for the Prudential Insurance Company in Brockton, Mass., from 1947 to 1957, and became a clerk for Clark Brothers in Olean, N.Y., in 1957. Then, between 1958 and 1987, she worked as a typist in both Rhode Island and New Jersey. In 1984, Ms. Sawyer also joined the Massachusetts Indemnity Life Insurance Company in Cranston, R.I., as an insurance sales agent, and JLC and Home Realty in Chepachet and North Scituate, R.I., as a real estate sales agent. She remained with the former until 1989 and the latter until 1997. She also garnered

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BARBARA CROYLE

Over the years, Barbara C. Croyle has built a strong reputation for excellence in the fields of health management and law. She started on track with a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in sociology from the College of William and Mary in 1971, at which time she became certified in corporate tax and securities law by the Institute of Paralegal Training. In 1975, she earned a JD from the University of Colorado, and then received certification in program management development from Colorado Women’s College in 1980. Ms. Croyle went on to earn an MBA from the University of Denver in 1983 and a master’s in gerontology from St. Joseph University in Pennsylvania in 2012. ​ Skilled in facility administration and

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