Listee Features — December 2019

FRANCES MANN LOCKWOOD

After accruing more than four decades of experience in psychology, Frances Mann Lockwood, PhD, retired from her private practice in Jackson, TN, in 2015 after maintaining it for eight years. Prior to working in private practice, she worked as a staff psychologist for the Lakeside Behavioral Health System from 1999 until 2007 and for Pathways Inc., from 1993 until 1999. Earlier, she maintained private practices in clinical psychology in Tennessee and Virginia between 1981 and 1993. In the 1970s, Dr. Lockwood started her career in psychology as an intern for the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the staff psychologist for the children’s youth program at the Helen Ross McNabb Center, and the assistant director of psychology for Commonwealth Center for

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Sara Bertka

SARA BERTKA

Possessing a natural talent for art, Sara Bertka’s high school, Bluffton High School in Ohio, had a well-developed art program that exposed her to many different options, forms and mediums of art. She started off on the path of fine arts, but she began to desire to make art a career after graduating in 2016. That was when Ms. Bertka found a school for graphic and digital design, pursuing a formal education at the School of Advertising Art, now known as the Modern College of Design, in Kettering, Ohio, where she graduated as valedictorian and attained an Associate of Arts in 2018. Prior to earning a degree, Ms. Bertka was a contact graphic designer for BMoore Connected in Bluffton and

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MARSHA GRUNBERG POLLACK

An expert on the subject of English language arts, Marsha Grunberg Pollack initially wanted to be a psychologist many years ago. Her mother talked her out of it, helping her realize that she loves to teach and likes children. When she was a child, she would take the other kids outside, open a little school and teach them. Ms. Pollack wanted to be so many different things, but it all surrounded some form of teaching. At one point, she even wanted to work with convicts. Ultimately, teaching was the best, safest kind of profession with summers off. Ms. Pollack began her professional career as a teacher with the New York City Department of Education in Brooklyn and Queens in 1968,

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Maria Matlack

MARIA T. MATLACK

Maria T. Matlack is renowned as an educational administrator with more than 35 years of service to her field. Since childhood, she knew she wanted to be a teacher, and positively remembers her time peer-tutoring other students. She subsequently pursued an education at La Salle University in Philadelphia, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1982. Ms. Matlack concluded her studies with a Master of Education at the College of New Jersey in Ewing Township in 1988. From 1982 to 1993, Ms. Matlack worked as a resource program teacher at F.L. Walther School in Lumberton, NJ. She served at Lumberton Middle School as a resource program teacher from 1993 to 2004, at which point she refocused her career

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Susan Leclair

SUSAN J. LECLAIR

Susan J. Leclair, PhD, CLS, has been a hematologist, clinical laboratory scientist and chancellor professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth since 2015. A professor of medical laboratory science who taught at the university for 35 years, she has focused much of her career on clinical hematology and oncology, as well as human genetics and bioethics. During her career in academia, Dr. Leclair has also served as president and secretary of the faculty senate and as the coordinator of the faculty senate Brown Bag Lecture Series. Prior to her work in academia, Dr. Leclair spent 12 years in the field. A hematology technologist for the Rhode Island Hospital in Providence between 1979 and 1980, she was also an education

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Carol Booth

CAROL M. BOOTH

A talented writer of both songs and freelance features, Carol M. Booth has garnered a laudable reputation alongside many of the most notable luminaries in the fields of art and entertainment. Born in Tennessee, she came of age in Louisiana, and eventually relocated to Texas and Tennessee. During the 1970s and through the mid-1980s, Ms. Booth served as a public relations coordinator for McDonald’s and maintained activity in advertising management and marketing for Liberty Vindicator. Between 1985 and 1989, she owned and operated Carol Marie’s Music, for whom she wrote and published many of her songs, and between 1988 and 1991 worked as country singer Tim McGraw’s talent manager in Nashville, TN. Upon returning to Louisiana, she created her own

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Wendy Weiner

WENDY L. WEINER

Now retired, Wendy L. Weiner excelled as a teacher with Milwaukee Public Schools for 25 years until 2012. Working in a primarily poverty-stricken community, she dedicated her life to the children of the inner city by not only providing them with an effective education, but also with a safe and loving environment. Additionally, Ms. Weiner established her own business in 1990 as the owner of W.L.W. Presentations. Ms. Weiner became involved in her profession because at first, she did not know she would be an educator, but she did know from the experiences she had as a student that she wanted to make a better educational system for children. Although she did not have the best educational experience with the

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Susan Levitzky

SUSAN E. LEVITZKY

An acclaimed medical professional with many years of experience in her field, Susan E. Levitzky, MD, FAAP, has found success as the medical director of the foster care agency for the Jewish Child Care Association and as a pediatrician operating out of her private practice. Cited as a Leading Physician of the World by the International Association of Healthcare Professionals, she has been additionally active as a pediatrician with the NYU Langone Medical Center and the Mount Sinai Medical Center. In her present post, Dr. Levitzky offers comprehensive care services that include advocacy for children’s physical, emotional and educational health. Previously, Dr. Levitzky gained valuable expertise in the field through a residency in pediatrics at Beth Israel Hospital Medical Center,

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Samantha Benigno

SAMANTHA BENIGNO ORPAZ

Samatha Benigno Orpaz has garnered a lauded reputation as the chief executive officer and founder of Mynd Mvmt LLC, a company using an innovative approach to the treatment of mental health and substance abuse issues. Their primary mission is to help others realize their power to live the lives they want most. Specializing in biopsychology, which is how the mind and body work together to create our experience, her company helps people make lifelong changes by effectively changing how the body and, as a result, the mind operates. “We help people create new neurological habits and patterns in the brain that stand up under stress and over time,” Ms. Benigno explains. Run by career mental health professionals and employing a

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