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
Volunteering in the office, Minnie M. Cassell has served as the coordinator of the Cure d’Ars Catholic Church since 2010. As its ministries grow, the church, a multi-ethnic community of Catholic Christians rooted in African American spirituality, continues to be a beacon of hope, a sign of the healing and reconciling presence of Christ to all. In addition to this professional role, Ms. Cassell contributes much of her time to her local community. Having served as choir counsel chair and member on the board of directors of the Spirituals Project Choir for over two decades, she was active with the Denver Hospice in 2007 and the Denver Place from 2010 to 2011. She has also participated with the Metropolitan Organizations
Specializing in principle reports and distributed medical software, Kathleen A. Hodge became interested in automation due to her love for mathematics. Since 2012, she has been a reporting analyst for Compulink Health Solutions, previously serving the company as an electronic data interchange supervisor from 2008 to 2012. The company provides specialty-specific medical software that incorporates what clients need to run their practices smoothly. Prior to this role, Ms. Hodge began her career as the executive director of the Feminist Women’s Health Center of Orange County in 1981, remaining in this role for two years before becoming a network administrator for Pacific West from 1986 to 1993. She then worked as a programmer and support technician for Santiago in Newport Beach,
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 seven years. She then 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
Backed by expertise in engineering, Jennifer J. Ingmire has thrived at the Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWCAD), a subsidiary of the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). She joined the organization as an aerospace engineer for human systems in 2000, and advanced to become a mechanical engineer and the deputy assistant program manager of systems engineering in 2003. Over the years, Ms. Ingmire has worked on a wide number of programs and projects for the organization. The one that really stands out to her, however, is the International Instruction for Air-to-Air Refueling (ATP-56) program. She was part of a great team, which was comprised of experts from the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force, as well as various international partners.