Sherrill L. Kilpatrick was born to be a teacher. Her mother told her that when she was 2 years old and her brother was a baby, she would frequently find her in the crib, attempting to teach him whatever she had just learned. Ms. Kilpatrick has carried that enthusiasm for sharing knowledge throughout her life. She thinks she got it from her great-grandmother, who was a teacher. Ms. Kilpatrick has fond memories of sitting at her feet and learning to read. Now, Ms. Kilpatrick is celebrating 38 years as teacher at Converse County School District #1 in Wyoming. She considers her tenure at the school to be her crowning achievement. She knows the students and their families inside and out.
Leading a staff of about 95 people, Najat El-Ayi Badriyeh became involved in her profession because she has passion for the electronics industry. She grew up with the goal in her head that she was going to start her own business. As she grew up, she found herself surrounded by electronics. She was working with a company that she knew was going to be sold, so she stepped in and took it over herself. What inspired Ms. Badriyeh along her professional journey was her passion for what she is doing in the industry. Since 1995, Ms. Badriyeh has served as the CEO and president of Naprotek, Inc., located in the heart of the Silicon Valley. The company stands out as
Particularly interested in French and Italian furniture of the 18th century and Renaissance furniture, Helen Costantino Fioratti was inspired by her mother Ruth, who was the first female fine arts dealer of antiques in the United States. Because of this, she was bought up with antiques all around her. Ms. Fioratti had her first solo show when she was six or seven years old with a clay sculpture exhibit in the lobby of Hunter College Elementary School. Today, she serves as the president of noted art gallery, L’Antiquaire and the Connoisseur, Inc., in New York since 1988. She has also done interior design for the Royal Family of Kuwait, decorating multiple homes for them during the invasion of their country.
Providing rejuvenating laser, collagen-building laser, and all anti-aging services, Lori Alessandrini has served as the owner and a licensed esthetician at Essential Aesthetics and Laser in Charlotte, North Carolina, since 2014. The medical spa is a full-service clinic specializing in non-surgical cosmetic treatments and results-oriented beauty therapy that rejuvenates appearances and boosts confidence. Using a wide range of state-of-the-art light and radio frequency technologies and treatments such as Botox®, chemical peels, and dermal fillers, the providers create personalized treatment plans for precise needs. Notably, media personality Kim Kardashian has visited Ms. Alessandrini’s spa to film an episode of the reality TV series, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” Prior to this role, Ms. Alessandrini began her career as a surgical assistant
Selected as one of the four-member 2019 class of Great Living Cincinnatians by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Rose Ann Fleming, PhD, JD, SNDdeN, has dedicated her life to serving others. She became a certified member of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1954 because of their commitment to helping the poor, and she based much of her career on education because she felt it was one of the best ways to contribute to her community. Sister Fleming’s first professional position was at Mount Notre Dame High School, where she taught Latin, English and social studies from 1954 to 1960. She then became a member of the faculty and a supervisor at Summit Country Day School and the
Knowledgeable in reading, leadership and educational history, Mary Lou Ederer, EdS, often saw children that couldn’t read and felt like she needed more information to figure out the way they learned. After working with them, she realized that children needed individualized help. Thus, she has made it a mission throughout her career to make herself available to children as a helpful resource who would always accept them. Ms. Ederer began her career as a teacher at Shields Elementary School in Saginaw, Michigan, in 1960, remaining in this position for 40 years. She also taught reading, consulted and was a Title I coordinator with Swan Valley Schools from 1967 to 1971. She further served the district as principal of Robert B.
Interested in health care since she was a child, Rosemary C. Ciullo began her professional journey with the goal of becoming a nurse. Upon taking some psychology classes in college, however, she fell in love with the subject and knew it was what she was meant to do. Dr. Ciullo particularly wanted to help children, so she got a job at St. Ann’s Hospital, a state mental institution for kids. She found the work to be very rewarding and stayed until the hospital closed more than a decade later. This experience propelled her to the Henry Horner Children’s Center, where she worked from 1987 to 1993, and to her own private practice, which she ran out of her home from
Growing up, Julia Stovall Howard, BSN, RN, used to accompany her father, who was a country doctor in Jefferson, Georgia, to house calls and pretend to be his nurse. She started out studying quantitative analysis, and decided that getting married would get in the way of her dreams. She worked two summers in a small hospital near her home, and felt she could be more involved with the patient as a nurse. She felt that nursing was the way to get that one-on-one connection, like her father had with his patients. Specializing in home and public health, Ms. Howard has been a staff nurse at the University of South Carolina Upstate (USC Upstate) Health Services in Spartanburg, South Carolina, since
Books have been part of June Fleming’s life for as long as she can remember. She has always been a reader, which made her decision to pursue library science an easy one. Her first position in the field was branch librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library, followed by high school librarian at Little Rock Public Schools, associate professor at Philander Smith College, and library director for the City of Palo Alto in California. Eventually, however, Ms. Fleming’s time in the local government system inspired her to leave her library position. Although she had enjoyed her career up to that point, she wanted to do more to help her community. She became the assistant city manager of the City of Palo
Focusing on a career she truly loved, Carolyn J. Else retired in 1994 after a long tenure as director of the Pierce County Library’s Summit branch in Tacoma, Washington, beginning in 1965. In this prestigious role, one of her most prominent accomplishments included funding $3 million to expand the library. The library system circulates 6.9 million items annually, hosts seasonal youth story times, teen clubs, events for youth and adults, classes for skills development and technology, an active summer reading program, and connects with social media. Ms. Else began her professional career as a librarian at the Queens Borough Public Library in New York in 1957, remaining in this position for two years before transferring to the U.S. Army Special