Listee Features — October 31, 2018


Renowned amongst her students for her nurturing nature, Bette S. Nelson worked hard to balance her roles as a coach, friend, and disciplinarian. She wanted to be whatever the students needed her to be and was determined to help them succeed. Ms. Nelson’s journey into academia began in childhood. She was born into a military family, which meant she was on the move constantly. She attended 16 different schools, and saw the effect both good and bad teachers could have firsthand. This inspired her to want to join the field herself and make a positive difference in the world. With her mind made up, Ms. Nelson set out to make her dreams a reality. She started by earning a Bachelor

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Growing up, Renee Gucciardo always wanted to be a lawyer like her grandfather. She found the idea of helping people to be very fulfilling, and was awed by the impact her grandfather had on the others. There was no question in her mind that this was what she was meant to do. Ms. Gucciardo decided to pursue her passion at Michigan State University and at the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law, which propelled her to her first role, intern at the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, in 1991. She quickly garnered a reputation for her compassion and zeal, and was promoted to assistant prosecuting attorney at the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office in 1993. Ms. Gucciardo spent five years in the

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