Listee Features — May 2018

URSULA M. CHIRICO-ELKINS

Passionate about literature and poetry, Ursula M. Chirico-Elkins is thrilled to have spent her career surrounded by what she loves. She started her professional journey as a library assistant at Princeton University and at the David Sarnoff Research Center, and was promoted to senior library assistant of the latter in 1983. Ms. Chirico-Elkins then became the principal assistant at Rider University from 1987 to 1989 and again from 1990 to 1993, and a librarian at the St. Francis Medical Center from 1993 to 1996. She really appreciated the opportunity to aid library patrons seeking vital information in their field of occupation. ​ Over the years, Ms. Chirico-Elkins decided to contribute her own work to the field. She authored “Falling Snow,”

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MARILYNN J. SMILEY

Motivated by her tremendous love of music, Marilynn J. Smiley has dedicated more than 60 years to advancing the field. She started as a public school music teacher in Indiana in 1954, and joined the staff of the Music Department at the State University of New York at Oswego in 1961. Over the years, she served the institution as a distinguished teaching professor and as a department chairperson, and was responsible for music history and literature courses for all eras and at all levels. Dr. Smiley’s area of expertise ranged from Ancient Greek to current music history and literature, which made her an invaluable resource for students. One of her favorite parts of the job was presenting subjects to students

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FRANCES P. MAINELLA

Recognized as a leader in her field, Fran P. Mainella attributes her ongoing success to the three C’s: courage, connections, and communications. She has spent more than four decades as a certified parks and recreation professional, steadily working her way up the chain. She jumped at every opportunity she came across and, over the years, built a vast network of colleagues and peers. Ms. Mainella’s journey culminated with her appointment as the 16th director of the National Park Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior in 2001. She was the first woman to hold this position, and was nominated by then-President Bush. Previous employers include the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Recreation and Park Association, the Tallahassee

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HONEY KURLANDER

Drawing and painting all her life, Honey Kurlander has garnered experience in a wide variety of subject matters and styles. She is inspired by what she sees and where she is, so for a while she focused on New York scenes. Ms. Kurlander would visit places throughout the city and sketch them, and then go home and paint. Her work also features a lot of flowers and people. Her preferred mediums are oil and acrylic, and her style encompasses a mixture of impressionism, surrealism, abstraction, and realism. ​ Over the years, Ms. Kurlander has built a strong reputation for her showings in art exhibitions and juried competitions. Some of her most notable solo exhibitions were at the Kaigado Gallery in

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PATRICIA E. MUIR

Celebrating more than five decades of professional excellence, Patricia E. Muir continues to thrive as a professional association administrator. She is currently lending her knowledge to her peers as a consultant and as a reading educator on the Social Justice Committee of the St. Andrews Church. In the past, Ms. Muir has garnered experience as a reading tutor at Fairview Elementary School, an office manager at the Federal Documents Clearing House, an assistant at the Independent Telephone Pioneer Association, and a traffic manager at the American Storage Company. She has also held numerous positions with the American Library Association; between 1977 and 1998, she served as the staff liaison of the Government Documents Round Table, the Armed Forces Library Round

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ANNIE TRUONG

The pharmacist manager and owner of Biocare Pharmacy since 2008, Annie Truong is proud of her place in the industry. She and her husband, Chau Hong Phan, opened the independent company with the intention of serving the Vietnamese community regarding “specialty compounding medication formulations that are not readily available in the market.” Now, after a decade in business, they also offer consulting, medical prescriptions, beauty care supplies, food, and over-the-counter products. Ms. Truong attributes her ongoing success to the relationships she has built with her clientele and employees. She loves being able to use her passions to help others. ​ As a testament to her hard work and dedication, Ms. Truong was honored as Pharmacist of the Year by the Trademark Women of Distinction Honors

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DIANE ELAINE PIRLOT

Although Diane Elaine Pirlot didn’t initially want to be a teacher, she is thrilled that her path led her to education. She started out working at her family’s Michigan resort, Welker’s Lodge, Inc., and loved having the opportunity to meet all kinds of people. When Ms. Pirlot’s granddaughter was diagnosed with dyslexia, however, she saw that the teachers didn’t understand how to handle it and knew she had to do something to help. Now, Ms. Pirlot is thriving as a special education teacher and elementary teacher at the OUSD Ivey Ranch. Her main responsibility is to work with severely handicapped children and enable them to participate more in the world. ​ One of the highlights of Ms. Pirlot’s career was

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SHEILA D. ARDS

Focused on ensuring inclusive environments for minorities, Sheila D. Ards is an expert at developing communities. She began her journey at the University of Texas at Austin as an accounting major, but discovered a passion for public policy during a summer program at Carnegie Mellon University. The institution offered her a full ride to earn a PhD from the School of Urban and Public Affairs, which she did in 1990. Her dissertation was on child abuse and neglect. She also wrote a major paper that looked at poor communities and ways to rebuild them. ​ Dr. Ards’ first professional position was with the University of Maryland, where she taught in the School of Urban and Public Affairs. She then joined

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ARLEEN EVANS O’REILLY

Always striving to be the best she can be, Arleen Evans O’Reilly has dedicated her career to ensuring that people have the tools needed to succeed at life. She abhors knowing that others are being taken advantage of, personally or professionally, and decided at a young age that she had to do something about it. She proceeded to obtain a Bachelor of Science in social work from California State College (now the California University of Pennsylvania) and a Master of Science in human services and gerontology from Capella University, and to become certified as a social worker. ​ Over the years, Ms. Evans O’Reilly has become familiar with several different aspects of the field. She started as a medical social

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NANCY COLLINS

When Nancy Collins was a child, her father showed her the value of finding a profession she could love. She has carried that vision throughout her entire life, and continues in that vein even to this day.  Over the years, Ms. Collins has mostly chosen to work for nonprofit organizations because that was where she felt she could make the greatest contribution, see the greatest change, and have the most fun. Some of her more notable roles include executive director of The Marconi Society, assistant to the chairman of Novo Holdings A/S, assistant to the president of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and assistant director of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. She has also served as the corporate development

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