Listee Features — November 2017


Focusing on personal injury, medical malpractice and social security and disability, Gayle Gerling Pettinga has served as the owner and managing attorney of Gerling Law since 1994. The firm operates under a set of core values, including integrity, civility, and respect, that ensure the client comes first. Under that mindset, Ms. Pettinga has become a well-respected figure in both her personal and professional lives. She is lauded as engaged, empathetic, and compassionate, all assets in her endeavors. ​ One of the things Ms. Pettinga is most proud of is her community involvement. She believes it’s important to use her abilities to give back in whatever way she can, and her firm does too. Thus, she has founded programs like the

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Marion Fremont-Smith


A pioneering woman in law, Marion R. Fremont-Smith has been excited to see women’s effective presence in the field grow through the years. She initially became interested in law after studying political science at Wellesley College, which she believes was an excellent foundation. With the support of her husband, she earned an honorary Bachelor of Arts form the school in 1948, and went on to obtain an LLB, cum laude, from Boston University in 1951. After being admitted to the Massachusetts Bar, Ms. Fremont-Smith was set to make a difference and change the field for the better. She furthered her education by being admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States in 1979. ​ Ms. Fremont-Smith’s connection to nonprofit

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According to the Boca Raton Magazine, Patricia Nix’s art is “the right kind of crazy.” A Texas native with roots in New York City and France, Ms. Nix draws from the rich cultures and styles she has encountered to create her masterpieces. Her extraordinary collection includes paintings and sculptures full of beauty, mystery, and magic unlike anything else in the art world; it challenges viewers to respond. Ms. Nix’s first taste of the field came while growing up as an only child, and, loving it, she devoted herself to developing her skills. After completing first solo exhibition in New York in 1977, she knew she was in it for life. ​ Now, at 80, Ms. Nix shows no signs of

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As Marie E. Dunstan goes through life, she becomes more confident and content with who she is and where she is in life. She has been in a position she loves, laboratory coordinator for the York College of Pennsylvania, since 1981, and she relishes the opportunity to teach future health care professionals. Some of her responsibilities include acting as a clinical liaison between York College and hospital clinical program coordinators, teaching chemistry and intro to allied health courses, and serving as an academic adviser. The highlight of Ms. Dunstan’s time with the institution, however, has been promoting the growth of the medical science lab major. She believes that scientists are underappreciated, and feels privileged to work with the people who

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Passionate about literature, Elizabeth Carroll Foster has long worked to make her mark on the field. She started as a feature writer and editor for Southern Maryland newspapers, like The Maryland Independent and The St. Mary’s Beacon. She really loved the opportunity journalism brought to produce articles of importance. Ms. Foster also wrote for regional magazines like Chesapeake and Maryland Magazine, where she wrote profile articles and met a variety of interesting people.  She is most proud of this accomplishment. ​ After her journalistic endeavors, Ms. Foster turned to focus more on books and novels. Notably, she authored “Southern Winds A’ Changing” in 2008, “Follow Me: The Life and Adventures of a Military Family,” in 2010, and “Musings, Mutterings, and

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With expertise in government, academics, social welfare, and mental health, Delores L. Parron-Ragland was a highly-regarded figure in her communities. She championed the concerns of the underrepresented, fought for the rights of those who couldn’t fight for themselves, and was genuinely devoted to using her position to help others. Initially in child welfare as a social worker for the Spence-Chapin Adoption service and an adoption selection social worker for the Child Welfare Division of the District of Columbia Department of Human Resources, Dr. Parron transitioned to the role of psychiatric social worker with the Hillcrest Children’s Center in 1969. ​ The hands-on experiences gave Dr. Parron a wealth of new knowledge, which she sought to share with her peers as

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Endowed with a knack for mentoring, Paula Henderson Setters has always loved helping people understand difficult concepts. She decided to pursue her interest professionally, and after considering her options, broke into the education field as a teacher at the Warren Central High School in Kentucky 1970. A year later, she transferred to Homewood High School in Alabama, and four years after that, she joined the staff of LaRue County High School in Kentucky. Ms. Henderson Setters remained with the institution for 23 years before advancing to the collegiate level, with positions as an adjunct instructor and physics instructor at Campbellsville University. ​ To enhance her knowledge and standing in academia, Ms. Henderson Setters obtained a Bachelor of Science in physics

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Determined to spend her life helping others, Jan Klosterman set her sights on being a nurse at a young age. She worked hard to achieve her goal, earning a nursing diploma from the Jewish Hospital School of Nursing in 1979 and eventually becoming a certified nurse life care planner. After decades of clinical experience, her journey brought her to a new niche: medical and legal consulting. She fell in love with the work, and to bolster the knowledge gained from hands-on experience, obtained certification in life care planning in 1999 and Medicare set-aside consulting in 2005, and became a certified brain injury specialist in 2014. ​ Ms. Klosterman used her unique background to open Klosterman & Associates in 2006, and

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Fulfilling her childhood dream of becoming an artist, Judith Gwyn Brown has made a name for herself as a talented author, illustrator and painter. Since starting as a private illustrator and instructor in New York in 1958, she has illustrated more than 40 books, including “Lavender-Green Magic” by Andre Norton, “Mandy” by Julie Andrews Edwards, “Butch Elects a Mayor” by Helene Hanff, and “Mr. De Luca’s Horse” by Marjorie Paradis. She both penned and illustrated “The Mask of the Dancing Princess,” “Alphabet Dreams,” “Muffin,” and “Bless All Creatures Here Below: A Celebration for the Blessing of the Animals.” ​ Ms. Brown started her career right out of college, when she got a job at a printing house. She created illustrations

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When Jill Mayo was four, she went to see the school nurse and decided she wanted to be one too. She intended to pursue pediatrics up from that point up until undergraduate school, when she completed a special study in critical care and loved it. Ms. Mayo then applied and was accepted to a critical care nurse internship at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, which officially changed her focus. During a rotation, she was asked to do a post-conference presentation and they thought she did well enough to do it again, sparking her interest in teaching. She realized she had finally found her niche, and, today, she continues to advance the field as an assistant professor of nursing at the Mississippi

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