Listee Features — February 2018

ALISON WHITNEY

Always looking to be in touch with culture, Alison Whitney has dedicated her career to the creative arts. She grew up with a deep faith in God and a music school in her home, inspiring her to write scripture to music. These were eventually published as “Happy Little Scripture Songs.” Ms. Whitney has also written more than 2000 poems over the course of her journey, and spent 52 years on a self esteem series for women. Her publications include “Women and Esteem,” and “Valued and Loved.” ​ Ms. Whitney’s professional journey initially began at Campus Crusade for Christ, where she was a staff member from 1966 to 1978. During this time, from 1974 to 1976, she authored and taught “The

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ANNA A. YODER

Driven by her love for reading and education, Anna A. Yoder started her academic career in seventh grade, when her teacher gave her his materials so she could help other students. She loved the work, and decided then that she wanted to pursue it on a more professional level. Her dream was realized in 1966, when she obtained a teaching position with Garrett County Public Schools in Maryland, and she never looked back. In 1970, Ms. Yoder advanced to become the principal of the elementary school in the district, and in 1974, she transferred to East Holmes Local Schools in Ohio as a teacher. There, she was responsible for reading, writing, and math, although her favorite subject was reading. During

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KARON UZZELL-BAGGETT

Wanting to do her part in serving the nation, Karon Uzzell-Baggett decided to follow in her father’s footsteps and join the military. She started as an executive officer in the U.S. Air Force at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia in 1986, and fell in love with all of the opportunities offered to her. Her talent and dedication led her to rise rapidly through the U.S. Air Force ranks, becoming an operations training officer at the Murted Air Force Base in Turkey in 1988, a command and control officer in Spangdahlem AB, Germany, in 1989, a SENEX mission director and the deputy chief of classified control for the Office of Secretary Defense at the Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland

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DEBORAH REESE POTTS

Believing in a mission greater than herself, Deborah Reese Potts set out to make the world a better place as a mental health therapist and a school counseling coordinator. She specialized in guiding adolescents, and is particularly proud of having individuals come back to her and tell her that they are doing well and following their dreams. Her most recent role was that of mental health therapist for Baylor Scott & White Health, which she held from 2010 until her retirement in 2016. ​ In addition to her health endeavors, Ms. Potts also connected with others through writing. She authored the children’s book, “Ocean Surprises,” in 2009, and is currently working on a more adult book, “Three Forks.” The former

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VALERIE J. MOREHOUSE

In love with books and reading for as long as she can remember, Valerie J. Morehouse has never regretted pursuing library science. She started by obtaining an Associate of Arts from Taft College in 1966, a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1968, and a Master of Science in library science from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Science in 1977, and continued on to become a certified professional librarian in the commonwealth of Massachusetts. Degrees in hand, Ms. Morehouse joined Plymouth Public Librarians as an assistant librarian and director, and she advanced rapidly from there. Other positions include assistant executive director of the Southeastern Librarians Cooperative, librarian automation consultant for the North Dakota

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KATHRYN B. HULL

A veteran in her field, Kathryn Hull has demonstrated continued excellence in her roles as an independent music teacher and composer, which she’s been since 1949, and as an arts consultant, which she’s been since 1986. She started her journey by earning a Bachelor of Arts from Pasadena City College in 1949 and by becoming a certified piano teacher, and she never looked back. Over the years, she has accrued experience as a teacher of music theory at the College of the Desert, the chief development officer at ArtScope, the executive director of the Glendale Regional Arts Council, the managing director of the Guild Opera Company, and a music teacher for Mount Olive Christian Elementary School. She has also been

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RITA M. BARREDO

For more than four decades, Rita M. Barredo faced every day with perseverance, hard work, and a determination to succeed. She wanted to be able to do things on her own, so she set her own goals and paved her own path through the financial field. Her efforts paid off, as, after nearly 10 years as a timekeeper for Timex Group USA, Inc., she finally became an auditor with the Defense Contract Audit Agency in Lowell, Mass. Ms. Barredo held that position from 1985 until her retirement in 2016. ​ Proud of her achievements throughout her journey, Ms. Barredo considers one of the highlights of her career to be getting certified with the CPA in the state of Connecticut. She

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IRENE BORUM

Recognized amongst her peers as an expert in financial reporting and financial analysis, Irene Borum has thrived as the Chief Financial Officer of The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority and as the president of Abacus CPA LLC. The former company works to promote health and support the care of health care needs of the Atlanta, Ga., community, and the latter provides full tax services. Ms. Borum was encouraged to enter the field by a professor, who saw her potential. Prior to her current positions, Ms. Borum gained experience as a finance manager at Boston Medical Center, a finance and accounting manager at Turner Broadcasting Philips Arena, a regional audit and financial reporting manager for the American Cancer Society, and a senior manager

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BERTINA IOLIA WILSON

Motivated by her aunt, a teacher who insisted that all of her nieces and nephews attend college, Bertina Wilson began her professional journey at Newark State College. She hoped to follow in her aunt’s footsteps and, after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts from the institution in 1960, immediately found a job as a teacher for the Newark Board of Education. She spent 17 years in the role before being promoted to project coordinator, and another 18 before advancing to vice principal of Newark Public Schools. During her time there, Ms. Wilson implemented a program in the 1980s that allowed computers in the classrooms; she went to various companies in the community and asked them to donate computers that would have

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NANCY ELLEN PAULSEN ASKINS

From the time she was a young Girl Scout patrol leader to now, the current CEO of the Askins Learning Institute, Nancy Ellen Paulsen Askins has been focused on helping people become the best they can be. She was drawn to a field of work where she could create a climate in which people could develop their own skills, and in college, she realized she was better suited to training adults than children. Dr. Askins proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Science in home economics in 1970, a Bachelor of Science in education in 1971, and a Master of Education in 1972, all from the University of Cincinnati, and to complete postgraduate work at Temple University, the National Institute of

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