Listee Features — September 9, 2019

Marsha Schroeder

MARSHA SCHROEDER

Keeping aware of human behavior since the third grade, Marsha Schroeder, LPC, PLLC, has always had a natural normal way to relate to people and to help people. She feels very comfortable in the job, and she loves it. The first to graduate from college in her family, she sees her career not as a job, but as a vocation. Ms. Schroeder began her professional career as a staff member at St. Helen Catholic School in 1993, remaining in this position for one year before transferring to St. Peter and Paul Catholic School from 1994 to 1999 and St. Stephen Catholic School in Saginaw, Michigan, from 1997 to 2000. During this time, she served as an adjunct faculty member at

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Jacqueline Wert

JACQUELINE I. WERT

Interested in social services, Jacqueline I. Wert, LCSW, recalls becoming involved in her career as early as her college years. She had plans for graduate school after receiving a position at a psychopathic hospital, but was not sure if she truly would want to endure more schooling. She began job hunting further, and developed a serious interest in psychosocial issues and helping others. Ms. Wert began her professional career as a nursing aide at the Iowa State Psychopathic Hospital in Iowa City in 1964, remaining in this position for a year before becoming a caseworker in public assistance for the Cook County Department of Public Assistance in Chicago from 1965 to 1968. She then served as a child welfare worker

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Beverly Miller

BEVERLY MCDONALD-MILLER

Accruing 27 years of professional experience to her credit, Beverly McDonald-Miller, RN, GNP-C, APRN, became involved in her profession because she always knew that she wanted to be a nurse since she was a child. She began her career as a staff nurse at Veterans Affairs Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1981, remaining in this position for four years before moving up the ranks to numerous other roles including clinical specialist from 1986 to 1988, clinical specialist in staff development from 1988 to 1989, patient health education coordinator from 1988 to 1995 and geriatric nurse practitioner from 1995 to 2008. In addition to this tenure, Ms. McDonald-Miller has presented her research at the International Nursing Conference. Prior to the start

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Gwyn Picerne

GWYN R. PICERNE

Encouraged by her mother, Gwyn R. Picerne really wanted to effect change in the eyes of an adoptive family. She wanted to focus on children 12 and older. It is the most unwanted group in the world to adopt, and she wanted to change that. Ms. Picerne began her professional career as the owner of Ultimate Swimwear in 1995, where she remained for a decade before co-founding and serving as president of another company, Embraced by Grace, in 2006. Since then, she has been the owner of P&P Hospitality and Sterling Trade Services, as well as the chief executive officer of Diversitas Enterprises LLC. The company helps and trains athletes not to lose money. Prior to the start of her

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Iulia Taranu

IULIA A. TARANU

An expert in many areas of law including employment and labor law, commercial and business litigation, complex commercial litigation and national insurance coverage, Iulia A. Taranu, JD, recalls doing an internship at a law firm during her senior year at Arizona State University. Prior to the experience, she never considered going into law before. She originally had aspirations to work for the FBI, which is why she choose criminology as an undergraduate. Once she got to the stage to apply, she realized that was not the path she wished to continue to pursue. Ms. Taranu knew that she did not have many options with a degree in criminology, so she decided she would seek higher education. The firm that she

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JUDITH E. HICKS

Specializing in administration telehealth, Judith E. Hicks, RN, became involved in nursing because of an aunt who was a nurse and had gone to a baccalaureate program. She was really impressed with her and was her favorite person growing up. Once Ms. Hicks got into nursing, she was doing bedside nursing and found a number of HUD nurses who really made a difference in terms of what kind of care was given at bedside. She was attracted to the leadership role and pursued that almost immediately, and ever since, she has loved working with staff. Ms. Hicks began her professional career as a staff nurse at Mercy Hospital in Chicago in 1969, remaining in this position for one year before

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JUDITH E. DAY

A second-generation Irish immigrant, the family of Judith E. Day, PhD, valued education, which prompted her to pursue a career in education as a teacher. It is her belief that education is the most important thing in the world. She had encouragement not only from her mother, but from her kindergarten teacher who would take the time and sit with her one-on-one reading so she could always be ahead. Her second-grade teacher also helped her know the importance of education. Dr. Day began her career as a special education teacher in Hampton, New Hampshire, in 1978, remaining in this position for a decade before teaching reading and working in student support services at the University of New Hampshire. Years later,

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Cynthia Blodgett-Griffin

CYNTHIA BLODGETT-GRIFFIN

Learning firsthand the advantages and drawbacks of distance delivery in the early years of online delivery, Cynthia Blodgett-Griffin, PhD, became involved in distance education when her graduate assistantship included the first distance delivery of teacher training via satellite. Since then, she has served as an online adjunct professor and online course materials editor for the Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca University in Alberta, Canada, for the past 14 years. Dr. Blodgett-Griffin chose online distance education because the students are a different sort, motivated and purpose-driven, and trying to balance full lives with graduate school. Their lives include a dream of attaining a graduate degree and moving on to achievements that are currently out of reach. The opportunity to be

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Patricia Smith

PATRICIA J. SMITH

Growing up in a very small Swiss/German-speaking Mennonite community in Kansas, Patricia J. Smith, PhD, was always interested in things abroad that she did not have access to. She was a debater in high school, and her school had one of the best debate teams in the state. Debate was one of the things that triggered her interest in foreign things. Since 2009, Dr. Smith has been the sole photographer of her own business, Patricia Smith Photography, in Seattle. Many of the photographs in her galleries come from Ocean Shores, Washington, a small beach community with six miles of beach on northwest Washington’s Pacific coast. A passionate traveler and student of cultures and places, she has lived and worked in

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