For more than 45 years, S. Elaine Thomas has enjoyed a fulfilling career as a music educator. She has been the director of fine arts at the Dallas Independent School District since 2007, and she loves having the opportunity to bond with students over a passion for music. Previously, Ms. Thomas has pursued her interests in roles like supervisor of elementary fine arts at the Lincoln Instructional Center, and music teacher at Pleasant Grove Elementary School, Kleberg Elementary School, Lenore Kirk Hall Elementary School, and Winnetka Elementary School. She has also held positions as a presenter and staff developer at the Dallas Independent School District, and a workshop presenter at the Texas Arts Council in Austin. When Ms. Thomas
An award-winning psychiatrist, neurodegenerative researcher, and educator, Dr. Corinne Eleanor Fischer has served as the co-director of neurodegenerative research at St. Michael’s Hospital since 2013. She first developed an interest in science and the brain during childhood, and, after years of reading and researching, she became dedicated to making her own mark on the field. When the time came for her to select her specialty, she settled on psychiatry because it appeared ripe for discovery, especially compared to other fields of medicine. Dr. Fischer proceeded to earn an MD from the University of Toronto in 1993, a Royal College specialty certification in psychiatry in 1998, and a Royal College sub-specialty certification in geriatric psychiatry in 2013. In addition to
Coming from a family of culturally deep-rooted West Indian government employees and doctors, including her parents, the late Governor and Mrs. Cyril E. King, Lillia King grew up learning the importance of hard work and education. Since then, she has spent more than 43 years thriving in the field of technical and health care administration, and has become known as an expert in histopathology. She began her career with a Bachelor of Arts in biology from the College of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station, N.J., after which she became certified as a paralegal through the Washington Online Learning Center. Although Ms. King is now retired, she leaves behind a legacy of excellence in a variety of positions. She served
With an impressive professional history dating back more than 40 years, Dorothy Wiswall has trained and educated many students in language. She was most recently an adjunct professor at Buffalo State College from 2001 to 2015, though she garnered prior experience in the role at Canisius College from 1991 to 1993 and at Niagara University from 1981 to 1991. She has also served as a teaching fellow at the University of Michigan and as an instructor at the School for International Training in Vermont. A community-minded person, Dr. Wiswall enjoys using her expertise for the benefit of others. She has been the treasurer of the Grand Island Community Chorus since 2006, a docent of the Buffalo Museum of Science since
Encouraged by her husband to pursue her passions wherever they took her, Barbara Lang Betts has led a long and varied career as a lawyer, real estate agent, and rancher. Her main goal in life is to help people, and she is proud that each of her professions has allowed her to do so. At the moment, she is focused on her role as of counsel to the Hayes Law Firm in California, where she’s been since 2004, and on her private practices in Sacramento and San Diego, where she’s been since 1962 and 1960, respectively. Prior to her current endeavors, Ms. Betts was the vice president of Isle and Oceans Marinas, a city attorney of Carlsbad, Calif., and a partner
Passionate about helping others, Patricia Highcove became involved in her profession as a vocational consultant after gaining experience working with developmentally disabled children. She started out by earning a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in rehabilitation counseling from Syracuse University in 1981 and 1982, respectively. Ms. Highcove also became a certified ergonomic assessment specialist, as well as a certified case manager, certified rehabilitation counselor, and certified vocational evaluator. Now, Ms. Highcove is flourishing at the head of Highcove Consulting in Baltimore, MD, which is a vocational consulting company for individuals with disabilities who need help getting back into the workforce. She provides counseling services that include resources for developmentally and physically disabled individuals, workers’ compensation, and
Driven by a lifelong interest in nursing, Annemarie Theodore has spent nearly two decades advancing in her field. She is presently the supervisor of Presentation Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center, a 110-bed, Medicare- and Medicaid-certified facility that offers short-term and long-term custodial and intermediate nursing care, with a special focus on the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. As an expert in health care administration, Ms. Theodore is responsible for administering care to patients, overseeing the long-term care facility, assessing patients, interacting with their families, scheduling procedures, and supervising four units, including four licensed nurses and 10 certified nursing assistants. Her caring and peaceful nature has served her well in her endeavors, as it has allowed her to create bonds
Noted for her work as a plant biologist, Haruko Kazama has led a long and exciting career at the International Christian University (ICU). Her first position with the institution was assistant professor, and she rapidly moved up the chain, becoming assistant professor, full professor, and, as of 2009, counselor. She continues to serve in these roles to this day. During her distinguished career, Dr. Kazama was a fellow at both the Australian National University and the University of Liverpool. She was also a part-time lecturer at the University of Tokyo and a lecturer in the science program at the Nippon Hoso Kyokai Japan Broadcasting Corp. In addition, she received a grant from the Ministry of Education, Science, and Culture
Born to be an artist, Sherry Blanchard Stuart was always drawing, even as a child. She was inspired by her sister, also an artist, and says that the creative gene runs in the family. Ms. Stuart was recognized for her talent at a young age, earning scholarships for art school that helped her obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and graphic art from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1964. Her acclaim has grown steadily since then. Working in a mostly traditional style, Ms. Stuart paints with a richness of color that illuminates the intensity of sunlight on her subject matter. She enjoys painting landscapes and still life, and experimenting with representational and figurative styles.
Coming from a family of medical professionals, Claudette Collier grew up learning the power of research. Although she initially started as a nursing student, she chose to enter the pharmaceutical industry because of the great opportunities it offers and the expansion it allows professionals. Most recently, Ms. Collier used her experience to thrive as the senior manager of global learning for AbbVie Inc., a biopharmaceutical research and development company responsible for discovering, developing, and marketing biopharmaceuticals and other drugs. She loved the job, and, moving forward, she plans to continue her efforts to advance her field in new and innovative ways. Ms. Collier has garnered more than a decade in her profession, almost half of which she spent with AbbVie.