Listee Features — August 26, 2019

NADIRA S. DREPAUL

Presently working in the intensive care unit (ICU), Nadira S. Drepaul, RN, knew at 17 years old that she wanted to be a nurse. There was a group of female students at her high school who weren’t sure what they wanted to do, and there was a wonderful counselor who suggested they go into nursing. Ms. Drepaul knew she always wanted to help people. At first, she wanted to be a social worker, which was still in the same line of wanting to help people. She truly believes that being a nurse touches the lives of not just so many patient, but their families as well. Sometimes, she has had to be with a family and patient when they take

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Bonnie Zindel

BONNIE ZINDEL

After attending a professional children’s school and studying dance, Bonnie Zindel decided to move into something else. She worked in public relations at the Cleveland Playhouse as the public relations director from 1969 to 1972. Following this, she had her own radio show titled the “Intermission Feature” on Station WCLV-FM in Cleveland from 1970 to 1972, where she would interview people in the arts such as the Boston Symphony. She met her husband Paul Zindel, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and began to write plays, including one where she had a reading with actress Julie Harris as the lead. Ms. Zindel found that her direction was going toward the arts, so she continued writing books and plays. She then decided she

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Mercedes Walters

MERCEDES B. WALTERS

Committed to helping people in need, both locally and globally, Mercedes B. Walters is an overachiever. Growing up, her father always challenged her. When she was in high school, she was third in her class and her father asked her, “Why can’t she be number one?” She took that as a challenge and the following year, she became second, eventually going on to graduate as the first in her class. Her father always made her feel that if others can do it, she can do it better. Ms. Walters reads about things that she wants information about, and she prepares herself whenever she is tasked with something. While Ms. Walters had been practicing as a registered nurse for a decade,

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Shirley Henry

SHIRLEY A. HENRY

Adept in the areas of government auditing for public colleges and universities, Shirley A. Henry, CPA, CGFM, CGMA, initially planned to become a teacher, but realized that may not work out for her. She than began to think back on her high school years when she took bookkeeping classes and how much she loved them. She then changed her major to accounting with a business minor, and continued to follow the path her career would take her. Since 2013, Ms. Henry has served the Division of State Audit in Nashville, Tennessee, as assistant director. She first joined the division in 1977 as a junior legislative auditor, quickly moving up the ranks to the roles of senior legislative auditor from 1977

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Rebecca Vigil

REBECCA D. VIGIL

Drawing influence from her parents, Rebecca D. Vigil’s father was a small businessman in Taos, New Mexico. He was her inspiration in showing people to respect a person the way that you would want to be respected. He also influenced her that no one is better than her in the world and she is no better than anyone, so Ms. Vigil had an equal foundation when she started creating her life, learning the rules on how to live her life. Her mother and father were very instrumental in giving her the talents that she was able to explore and create. Ms. Vigil began her professional career as a secretary, project monitor and customer service representative for the Public Service Co.

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Joan Marter

JOAN M. MARTER

Especially knowledgeable on women American artists, Joan M. Marter, PhD, had never studied art history until she discovered it whilst attending Temple University. She quickly realized she had a passion for it, and decided to pursue teaching art history instead of art classes. Her studies coincided with the transformative feminist movement, and she is very gratified to be running the Women’s Art Journal since 2006, which has touched on the works of female artists all over the world. Dr. Marter began her professional career as an instructor at Pennsylvania State University in 1970, remaining in this position for three years before serving as an assistant professor at Sweet Briar College in Virginia from 1974 to 1977. She then joined Rutgers,

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Carolyn Owen-Towle

CAROLYN S. OWEN-TOWLE

With a well-known artist for a father, Rev. Dr. Carolyn S. Owen-Towle grew up in the art world. She was surrounded by beauty and those who created it much earlier than most children. In college, she studied art at Scripps College in Claremont, California, earning a Bachelor of Arts in art and art history in 1957. After getting married and becoming a mother, Rev. Dr. Owen-Towle found a new home inside of the church. She volunteered there for years and eventually decided to become a minister. As she was already married to a minister, the four-year program to become one came easily to her. Once she was officially ordained, she and her husband Thomas were called to their church in

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Sarah Gallardo

SARAH GALLARDO

Sarah Gallardo’s story goes beyond being a survivor. Her message is about overcoming adversity, defying the odds and staying positive when the world feels like it’s crashing down around you. Her charity, Sarah Speaks Up, supports women, children, men and families living free of every kind of abuse since 2015. In a society where discussions of domestic violence, intimate partner violence and spousal abuse are not supposed to be openly reviewed, she speaks up. After surviving 10 years of domestic violence at the hands of her ex-husband, Ms. Gallardo managed to get back on her feet and become a certified domestic violence counselor at the Prudence Crandall Center in New Britain, Connecticut. A single mother to her daughter Avalese, she

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CAROL BENNETT

Having been an English and theatre major in college, Carol Bennett found herself at an employment agency when she graduated. The agency sent her to a library job in the reference department at the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University in New Orleans. Her boss had traveled extensively working with U.S. Army Libraries and encouraged her to get a degree and do the same. Ms. Bennett subsequently traveled to Germany with the U.S. Army, where she was responsible for several military libraries. Ms. Bennett holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and a Bachelor of Library Science from McGill University in Montreal, obtained in 1960 and 1962, respectively. From 1962 to 1964,

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