Listee Features — June 17, 2019

Debra Meneely

DEBRA K. MENEELY

Skilled in pediatric nursing case management, specifically the areas of complex discharge planning and community resources, Debra K. Meneely, BHSE, RN, CPN, has provided opportunities to support, educate and care for large number of children and adults from all socioeconomic levels and in multiple arenas. She served as a staff nurse III, coordinator of the pediatric mock code program, and womens and children’s services case manager at Wishard Memorial Hospital, now Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, in Indianapolis, as well as a pediatric clinical manager for Interim Health Care. She was also a pediatric case manager for the Community Health Network, a financial coordinator for the Clarion/IU Health Solid Organ Transplant Center, LPN instructor for J. Everett Light Career Center.

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Ellen Averill

ELLEN C. AVERILL

Abreast in the field of biological sciences, Ellen C. Averill, EdS, is a humanitarian who has maintained a lifelong goal to help other people. Working in laboratories throughout her career, she began her career as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, in 1966, remaining in this position for two years before becoming a science teacher within Decatur City Schools from 1971 to 1972. She then transferred to Kendrick High School in Columbus, Georgia, from 1980 until her retirement in 2004, also serving as department chair. In addition to this tenure, Ms. Averill was a research assistant on the Wassau Island Caretta research project with the Savannah Science Museum in 1985 and participated in the

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Joy Dyer-Raffler

JOY A. DYER-RAFFLER

An expert in special education and competitive tennis player for a decade, competing in singles, mixed doubles and girls team, Joy A. Dyer-Raffler was aware of what her father was doing growing up and saw that he really enjoyed his career very much. She feels she was influenced in that way. Her family is very much into education, and her brother graduated from college when he was just 19. He was a huge influence and a very good example of many things. Ms. Dyer-Raffler most recently worked as a teacher of exceptional education within the Tucson Unified School District from 2003 to 2005. She first joined the district as an art educator in 1970, remaining in this role for five

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LAURIE ZALESKI

Growing up with many animals in her house, Laurie Zaleski’s mother rented a home for 28 years while working for an animal control service. After her mother’s passing, she founded Funny Farm Rescue in her honor, serving as its CEO since 2000. The longest-running animal rescue in the northeastern U.S., the animal sanctuary has created a home for unwanted farm animals, domesticated animals and animals with created a home for unwanted farm animals, domesticated animals and animals with special needs to live out their natural lives. Another part of their mission is to prevent the cruelty to animals by increasing the awareness of animal abuse through education. Their knowledge, expertise and facilities make them truly unique in southern New Jersey

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Deborah Potts

DEBBIE REESE POTTS

A doyen in adolescent guidance and counseling, Debbie Reese Potts became involved in her profession because of her desire to give back. Her father served in World War II and was sent to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for classes, so education was always very important in her household. Both of her parents believed in giving back. From 2010 to 2016, Ms. Potts served as a mental health therapist at Baylor Scott & White Health in Dallas. The largest nonprofit​ health care system in Texas and one of the largest in the country, Baylor Scott & White Health was born from the combination of Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare in 2013. Today, Baylor Scott & White

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MARTI WATSON GARLETT

Focusing on K-12 and higher education, as well as consulting, Marti Watson Garlett, PhD, EdS, has directed the Department of Elementary Teacher Education at Azusa Pacific University since 1992. She began her professional career as an elementary teacher in St. Louis in 1968, remaining in this post for two years before teaching reading in Hillsboro, Kansas, from 1973 to 1975 and elementary school in Nashville, Tennessee, from 1975 to 1977. She then served as an associate professor in education at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, from 1977 to 1989, also teaching in Korea in 1986, and became a teaching specialist within Wichita Public Schools for one year. Following this, Dr. Garlett was a national curriculum consultant for Econo-Clad Books in

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Lorraine Avery

LORRAINE AVERY

Working across various business lines with key executives, as well as business line leaders, Lorraine Avery recently retired from her positions as senior vice president, strategic director of bank operations, and diversity and inclusion consultant with Associated Banc-Corp in 2017, previously serving in these positions since 1976. During this time, she also served the company as senior vice president and director of contract center operations from 1998 to 2014, in which she was responsible for all aspects of customer service and contact center operations, strategic directions and interface with all business lines. In addition to this tenure, Ms. Avery was on the board of directors of the Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals (SOCAP) International, a trade organization that represents the

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NAOMI FARRELL

Distributing her skills among many fields, Naomi Farrell, RN, became involved in her profession because of her father, the Rev. Louis Farrell, who was very scholarly and inspired her a lot. He used to write poetry, and it was the background of her father who made her love learning and stay curious. Currently, she has served as a Middle East correspondent for the UN Observer and International Report since 1993 and a feature writer for the Jerusalem Post since 1995. Ms. Farrell began her career as a TV performer in Canada from 1959 to 1963 before becoming an administrator with Health Insurance Plan in New York for one year. She then served as a nurse and researcher at Cornell Medical

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S. KAY ROCKWELL

Teaching people to be accountable for their outcomes, S. Kay Rockwell, RN, PhD, most recently served as a professor in agricultural leadership in the Department of Education and Communications at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) from 1990 to 2003. She began her professional career instructing at Lincoln General Hospital in 1962, remaining in this position for five years while also serving as assistant director of nursing education from 1965 to 1966. She then joined UNL as an evaluation technologist from 1979 to 1984, and moved up the ranks to numerous other roles such as advisory board member of the Department of Adult Education and Social Foundation, professor in the Cooperative Extension Division, and evaluation specialist. In addition to this tenure,

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