Listee Features — April 2018

KRISTIE L. BOWERMAN

Seeing a need for compassionate and skilled immigration attorneys, Kristie L. Bowerman decided that she wanted to both provide personal legal representation and assist younger attorneys in doing the same. She worked toward that goal by earning a JD from Tulane University in 1999 and a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from GVSU in 1995, and by becoming admitted to practice in the state of Louisiana. Now, Ms. Bowerman is living out her dreams as the founder and senior attorney of the Immigration & Nationality Law Group. She opened the firm in 2004, and focuses on the benefits side of immigration and employment-based immigration. One of her main responsibilities is filing proactive applications for people who want to come

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MARIA LOURDES BANAAD-OMIOTEK

Encouraged by her parents to pursue medicine, Maria Lourdes Banaad-Omiotek has dedicated more than 25 years to the field. She determined early on that she didn’t want to do surgery, and discovered family medicine while looking into alternatives. She quickly realized she had found her niche. Now, Dr. Banaad-Omiotek is using her expertise in her role as an attending physician at Family Doctor-Family Healthcare, a subsidiary of Presence Health, in Illinois. She has been there since 2004, and is responsible for meeting with and treating patients on issues related to family preventative care. Additionally, Dr. Banaad-Omiotek recently added the position of director of the scholarship program at Ateneo de Manila University to her resume. Previous positions include research assistant in

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SUSAN D. ZIMMERMAN

Torn between pursuing history or biology, Susan D. Zimmerman ultimately chose the latter at the encouragement of her freshman college biology teacher. She loved being able to learn about how life works and felt inspired to continue in the field. She proceeded to become a certified secondary teacher in the state of California in 1985 and earned a Master of Science in cellular and molecular biology from the University of California, Riverside, in 1986. That year, Ms. Zimmerman obtained a position as an instructor at Williston State College, and she hasn’t looked back since. She remains with the school even today, as a full professor of biology and astronomy. ​ Ms. Zimmerman considers one of her greatest achievements to be

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JO ANN JONES-BURBRIDGE

After years in a variety of management positions, Jo Ann Jones-Burbridge decided to branch out on her own. She started an eponymous consulting firm to offer management and human resources services in 2013, and is thrilled to be able to use her skills in strategic planning, organizational development, and training to help people. Some other ways she meets her goals is through community involvement. She is active on the board of trustees of the American Leadership Forum, the Right2Justice committee of the Texas Organizing Project, the planning committee of Sunnyside Neighborhood, and the board of the Gulf Coast Trades Center and Raven School. ​ Prior to her current endeavors, Ms. Jones-Burbridge garnered experience as a juvenile probation officer, a training

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NATALIA ZUNINO

Hoping to have a positive impact on other people’s lives, Natalia Zunino has dedicated nearly six decades to her career as a psychologist. She started out as a researcher at Time-Life Books, and proceeded to obtain positions as a staff psychotherapist at the Metropolitan Center for Mental Health and the Washington Square Institute. The experiences spurred her rapid advancement through the field, including to roles like supervisor and staff psychotherapist at the Eating Disorder Resource Center, faculty member at the Center for Study of Anorexia and Bulimia, family and couple psychotherapist at the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy, and participant in the Intensive-External Program at the Family Institute of Westchester and the Eastern Group of the Psychotherapy Training Program. Now, Ms.

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ANN E. MACPHERSON-SÁNCHEZ

Passionate about both nutrition and education, Ann E. Macpherson-Sánchez was thrilled to have the opportunity to combine the two over the course of her long and fruitful career. Her first professional position was home economics teacher at James Monroe High School, followed by positions as an instructor of food chemistry at the Hotel School at Cornell University, a senior research aide at the Graduate School of Nutrition at Cornell University, and a extension associate and research technical associate in the Department of Human Nutrition and Food at Cornell University. ​ Then, in 1974, Dr. Macpherson-Sánchez moved to Puerto Rico and assumed the role of science teacher at the Southwestern Educational Society. She has lived on the island ever since, and

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SANDRA K. GODDARD

Motivated by her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher, Sandra K. Goddard spent 37 years in the field before retiring. She loved her students, and had a fantastic relationship with parents. Her reputation led her to rapidly advance through the field and to accrue experience in a variety of roles. Ms. Goddard’s most recent positions were spelling bee co-coordinator for the Edison Local Spelling Bee, Praxis III assessor for the Ohio Department of Education, media club adviser for Springfield Middle School, and elementary grades teacher at Springfield Middle School. Other notable jobs were cooperating teacher at Franciscan University, textbook committee member at Jefferson County Schools, presenter at the Ohio Regional Teachers Workshop, and teacher at Gregg Elementary School. To prepare

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JEAN BARLOW NUNES

With expertise in the fine arts, particularly pastel and India oil painting and drawing, Jean Barlow Nunes has spent decades sharing her passions. Her first one-woman show was at the Jenet Gallery in 1965, and her first group show, an invitational pastel drawing at Scripps College, was that same year. Since then, she has exhibited in group shows at Orlando Gallery in Los Angeles, Santa Monica City College, the Living Room Gallery, Bergemot Station T2, the Brentwood Park Group Art Exhibit, the Plaza de la Raza Art Gallery, and Mount Saint Mary’s College. ​ On the academic side of the spectrum, Ms. Nunes has been an instructor at Santa Monica City College since 1969. She also served as an instructor

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CONSUELO GARCIA

Dedicated to making her customers feel comfortable, Consuelo Garcia is excelling as the owner of Ameri Tax. She opened the income tax and bookkeeping services company in 2010 after many years in her family’s businesses, and is proud of stepping out on her own. Ms. Garcia is thrilled that her company continues to grow, believing that “you grow when you give.” Notably, since its start, Ameri Tax has earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Ms. Garcia loves having the opportunity to help her largely Hispanic clientele and make their lives easier; she finds it extremely rewarding. She attributes her success thus far to the support of her mother, who gave her strength and faith. Ms. Garcia’s professional

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NANCY L. CORNISH

Inspired by music, Nancy Cornish has spent nearly five decades sharing her passion with the younger generations. She started out as a music teacher at Leavenworth West Junior High School in 1970, and maintained that position at Chanute High School, Allen County Community College, and Neosho County Community College between 1972 and 2000. During that time, Ms. Cornish also served as the director of the St. Cecilia Choir, the music director of the First United Methodist Church, and the president of the Neosho Valley Arts Council. She joined the University of Kansas as a graduate teaching assistant from 2001 to 2003, the Historic Governor’s Mansion Foundation as a secretary from 2003 to 2005, and the St. Mary’s Cathedral Choir as

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