Listee Features — October 2019

Jeanne Plitt


Always having a strong love for reading, Jeanne Given Plitt is retired from her former position as director of the Alexandria Public Library in Virginia, which she maintained from 1970 to 1992. She previously served the library from reference librarian to assistant director between 1967 and 1970. She began her professional career as a library assistant in the Special Services Division of the U.S. Army in 1949, remaining in this role for two years before teaching at various secondary schools in Maryland and Virginia from 1951 to 1967. In addition to this tenure, Ms. Plitt chaired the librarian’s technical committee of the Council of Governments in Washington, DC, from 1971 to 1972 and from 1980 to 1981. Prior to the

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Martha Lepow


The daughter of a primary care doctor, Martha Lipson Lepow, MD, became involved in her profession because her father, Harry Aaron Lipson, graduated from the Ohio State University in 1926. Both of her parents were immigrants. When she was 16 years old, she thought she was going to be a nurse because she did not know any female doctors. She went to her father and he told that she would be a doctor, and they supported her financially so she was never in debt. Dr. Lepow began her professional career as an assistant professor of pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland in 1958, remaining in this position for nine years before serving the University of Connecticut in Farmington

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Lee Goscin


Supported by decades of practiced industry experience, Lee A. Pletts Goscin, MD, PhD, currently works as an endocrinologist in Largo, Florida. At the beginning of her career, she completed an internship for Mount Sinai Medical Center, a residency at the Natick Medical Center and a fellowship at the University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital. Over the years, Dr. Goscin has found much success in education with the University of Miami, as well as in endocrinology through the Palm Beach Diabetes and Endocrine Specialists. Dr. Goscin is the first of three children born to very smart parents, and her son is fifth-generation medical doctor on her father’s side. Her father got in to medical school after World War II, but there was

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Having built a career spanning five decades, Beth Fouse, PhD, is currently the president of Ark-La-Tex Shredding Company, Inc., since 2000. Now retired from teaching, she previously spent almost a decade of her career at the University of Texas at Tyler, where she held the positions of an instructor from 1990 to 1991, assistant professor from 1991 to 1996, educational consultant from 1995 to 2007 and associate professor from 1990 to 1999. Prior to her association there, Dr. Fouse lent her skills to the Region VII Education Service Center in Kilgore, Texas, as a special education director from 1985 to 1991. She held the same title within the Paris Independent School District in Texas from 1977 to 1985. Dr. Fouse

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Vicki Edwards


An expert in reading and teacher education, Vicki A. Edwards, EdD, was influenced to into her field by her upbringing. She originally thought she would be a nurse, but realized very quickly that she could not follow that path when she fainted at the sight of blood. Thus, she became a language arts teacher within Arlington Public Schools in 1972, remaining in this position for four years before transferring to the Glendale Elementary School District from 1977 to 1980. She then served the Deer Valley School District in Phoenix as a reading specialist from 1980 to 2004, principal from 1980 to 2004 and director of assessment from 2004 to 2010. Currently, she serves Arizona State University as student-teacher supervisor since

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Yvonne Johnson


Backed by more than 40 years of professional experience in elementary education, Yvonne A. Johnson stumbled upon the profession, but has developed a fond love for teaching since she began in 1951. She graduated with a Bachelor of Education from Northern Illinois State Teachers College, now called Northern Illinois University, in DeKalb in 1951. That same year, Ms. Johnson began her first teaching job at Love Rural School in DeKalb County, where she remained until 1953. Following her departure, she commenced teaching at West Elementary School in Sycamore, Illinois. In 1960, Ms. Johnson attended school once more, studying education at Northern Illinois University, from which she attained a Master of Science. She was likewise bestowed with an honorary PhD from

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Gail Gross


A family and children development specialist and human behavior expert, Gail Gross, PhD, EdD, always loved children and was always emphatic. As a young woman in high school, she knew that she was interested in education and psychology. She always followed the path that she knew she was interested in. There were three sections in her life: finding her passion, raising her family and doing service. Dr. Gross is in the service period now, and she wants to keep her life very orientated towards that. Since 1975, Dr. Gross has served as a private practice family and child development expert and educator. Additionally, she has been a parenting, education and human behavior blogger for The Huffington Post, Thrive Global and

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Always interested in science, Diane M. Vanderwalker, PhD, eventually went into material science in school, and chose to work on dislocations of precipitation and materials. There were different problems she was able to work on over the years, and it wasn’t just one problem. She liked having different types of publications. Dr. Vanderwalker began her professional career as a NATO fellow at the University of Oxford in England from 1981 to 1982 before serving as an assistant professor at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook from 1983 to 1985. She then served as a materials research engineer at the U.S. Army Materials Technology Laboratory, now known as the Army Research Laboratory, in Watertown, Massachusetts, from 1986

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Judi Combs


When Judi Combs’ father passed away, she began spending more time with her mother. Her mother would attend art classes that she would drive her to, and she became very interested and began creating art of her own. A friend of hers encouraged her to begin selling her work. Prior to that, she had not done art to make a living or sold any of her pieces. She was a stay-at-home mother and her husband was “the bread-winner.” Ms. Combs somewhat fell into a business through the encouragement of her friends. Fudgico Marchant was her late friend, who originally encouraged her to begin selling her art and eventually became the spark that caused her to begin her business. She feels

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Mary Good


Adept in the field of technical management, Mary L. Good, PhD, has served as a managing member of the Fund for Arkansas since 2005. She began her professional career as an instructor at Arkansas State Teachers College, now known as the University of Central Arkansas (UCA), in Conway in 1949, later transferring to Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge where she moved up the ranks to assistant professor between 1954 and 1958. She then served from an associate professor to Boyd professor at the University of New Orleans from 1958 to 1978 before returning to LSU as Boyd professor from 1978 to 1980. Leaving her vocation in education, Dr. Good joined Reserve R. UOP Inc., as vice president and

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