Listee Features — October 2019

FLORENCE BATT MUNUZ

With more than 20 years of experience in education and consulting, Florence Batt Munuz has become an authority in her industry. Embarking on her career with the School District of Philadelphia, she first served as a teacher from 1957 to 1961 and a dental hygienist from 1961 to 1975. In 1977, she became a professor at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Illinois, a position she would hold until 2002. Ms. Munuz concluded her career in 2004, after 27 years as a consultant on child development at the Childcare Network of Evanston. What attracted Ms. Munuz to her profession as an educator was her family and upbringing because she was influenced by her grandmother, Ida, who was a teacher. Her

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Phyllis Brighton

PHYLLIS M. BRIGHTON

An expert in health care administration, education, clinical nursing and long-term care, Phyllis M. Brighton, RN, MSHCSA, CLNC, is the daughter of a registered nurse mother and an orthopedic surgeon father. She began her professional career as the nursing manager in the specialty surgical units at Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver, eventually moving up the ranks to administrator of the hospital as well as Kremmling Memorial Hospital, now known as Middle Park Health. She then served as associate director of ambulatory and clinical services at AMI Rocky Mountain Healthcare Systems in Denver and vice president of the U.S. Nursing Corp. in Denver. Ms. Brighton retired as a nurse administrator in 2017. In addition to this tenure, she served in

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CHERYL D. TRAVIS-JOHNSON

An expert in financial services for wealth management mortgage-related services, Dr. Cheryl D. Travis-Johnson was inspired by her mother, who held leadership positions in the banking business. She held positions in college introducing her to the business as well. Dr. Travis-Johnson was eventually given a scholarship, which came with an opportunity to work in marketing, where she learned different parts of the business. She enjoyed the work and decided to pursue a career in the field upon graduation. Her career continued to take a natural progression from there. Since 2008, Dr. Travis-Johnson has co-chaired the CIFS section and served as chief operating officer of VRM Mortgage Services in Carrollton, Texas. She has also been the co-founder of the Council for

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Shirley Pritchett-Hilton

SHIRLEY PRITCHETT-HILTON

Inspired by America’s first female state Supreme Court justice, Justice Juanita Kidd Stout, Shirley Pritchett-Hilton, DD, ThD, PhD, is a global pastor, teacher, Christian counselor, professor of foundational hematology, oncology, neurology and biology, typist and editor, roles which she believes were chosen for her by the Lord. A retired public school teacher of the Philadelphia Board of Education, she served as an administrative judicial secretary for Hon. Judge Stout in Pennsylvania from 1974 to 1984. She was also president and senior pastor of Glory International University and Ministries in Philadelphia, and international chief executive officer of the International Warriors for Equality and Justice (IWEJ). Serving as an associate pastor in numerous churches, Dr. Pritchett-Hilton’s excellent Sunday school and university teachers

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LOIS J. LAMB

An expert in English education, Lois J. Lamb’s mother was a school teacher, as well as her grandmother, and she felt that teaching was something she needed to do. Everybody told her that she should be a teacher. Her own English teacher, Ann Clarke, inspired her and motivated her because of her kindness, bringing English to life. Ms. Lamb began teaching within Kalamazoo Public Schools in Michigan in 1955, remaining in this role for one year before transferring to Niles Public Schools from 1956 to 1960 and Caledonia Community Schools from 1962 until her retirement in 1996. In addition to this tenure, she served on the steering committee for development with the North Kent Career Technical Center, representing Caledonia. Ms.

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SANDRA COBB GRADY

Living a truly joyful life, Sandra Cobb Grady, ThD, was proudest of helping people get to places they did not think was possible when she taught them. Based in Fairfax, Virginia, she currently serves as the owner and an instructor at Grady Studies since 1975, and the founder and director of the Virginia Prayer Network since 1990 and the Master’s Keys since 2002, as well as a consultant for StarZone. She previously served as a schoolteacher and counselor in the States of California, Connecticut and Arkansas from 1965 to 1994. In addition to this tenure, Dr. Grady is an international speaker and biblical counselor since 1990, the prayer coordinator of Well Builders in Aledo, Texas, since 1991, and intercessional counselor,

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Tara Ryan

TARA RYAN

An expert in interior design, construction documents, and managing a purchasing and procurement team, as well as her own warehousing and delivery system, Tara Ryan has served as the president and owner of Ryan Young Interiors since 1991. It started with just her and originally, she had a business partner for the first 20 years. He was the financial partner and she was the day-to-day manager. He was a businessman who wanted to expand into the business industry. After starting the company, they had a very rough time to start during the recession. It was a very slow start, but they continued on. They originally worked on model homes, which was the majority of their business of a few years,

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JOYCE MCBRIDE

Possessing a knack for numbers from a young age, Joyce McBride began her professional career as the assistant controller at Hampton Court Knits in Los Angeles in 1967, remaining in this position for 11 years before owning and managing her own business, the McBride & Associates Bookkeeping Service, which she has continued to do ever since. During this time, she was also part of the staff at Wallace & Wallace Accountancy Corporation from 2008 to 2019. Ms. McBride has had very great people that she has worked with over the years. Prior to the start of her career, Ms. McBride pursued a formal education at the College of Business of Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, graduating

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Damaris Peters-Pike

DAMARIS PORTER PETERS-PIKE

Originally intending to be a public school music teacher/choral director, Damaris Porter Peters-Pike became and educator because she wanted them to have a full, well-rounded education, as well as their musical training. She feels they could make a greater impact on our culture if they are intellectually acute, as well as musically proficient. Ms. Peters-Pike taught a sixth-grade class with 80 children on the south side of Chicago, and started a chorus that traveled around and sang at other schools. At their rehearsals, she had a platform she would stand on so they could all see her. When she stepped down for a break, the students could visit with each other, but when she stood back up on the platform

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ELIZABETH BYAM

Elizabeth Byam has served as chief operating officer at Advisory Platform Solutions since 2009 and managing partner at BeneTechs since 2018. In these roles, she gets her finger into every little pie and it’s wonderful to experience, learn more about and be able to direct every aspect of the company, whether it comes from development strategies, priorities or social media. Ms. Byam makes sure the company is run with very strong and high ethics. They are a group that has a lot of fun and, at the same time, work very hard. They help companies find their own bottlenecks and things that would prevent them from moving forward. They also do a lot of messaging strategy work, swat analysis and

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