Listee Features — February 2020

Vera Matty

VERA A. MATTY

A born humanitarian, Dr. Vera A. Matty is currently self-employed, devoting her time and attention to writing a book about creating happier lives, which she plans to publish in the near future. Previously, she worked as an advocacy and communications officer for the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for Middle East Peace Process for two years. Even though her career has been filled with highlights, her most notable achievement was speaking before the United Nations regarding the attacks on September 11, 2001. Additionally, Dr. Matty has studied nine languages throughout her life. Before her tenure with the United Nations, Dr. Matty gained valuable expertise in the field as the assistant to the president of the New York Unemployment

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JANET SASSOON

Having accrued over 45 years of inimitable experience on stage as a ballerina, Janet Sassoon retired from her position as the associate director of the Academy of Ballet in San Francisco in 1997, having previously the role of the director from 1974 to 1989. Initially known as the Pacific Ballet Company, the institution offers training for students on the verge of launching their professional careers and those who are merely beginning to immerse themselves in the art. Moreover, the Academy of Ballet boasts programs specially focused on children and adults, with a more rigorous curriculum available for professional dancers. Born in Indonesia, Ms. Sassoon attended a ballet at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco at the age of

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Natalie Salins

NATALIE SALINS

Natalie Salins is renowned as a branch manager and a senior loan officer at Movement Mortgage, LLC. A gifted student, she was enrolled in calculus classes by the age of 14, and describes herself as a “high communicator.” Ms. Salins initially pursued an education at New York University, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in music and psychology in 2004. Following her graduation, Ms. Salins was introduced to the loan industry by a friend and quickly realized it would be a good fit for her professional strengths. From 2009 to 2014, she began her career as a senior loan officer at Prospect Mortgage, LLC. Since 2014, Ms. Salins has excelled with Movement Mortgage, LLC, with which she specializes in

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Nichelle Hayes

NICHELLE M. HAYES

Since 2016, Nichelle M. Hayes has excelled as the leader of the Center for Black Literature and Culture at the Indianapolis Public Library. Additionally, she has flourished as the chief executive officer to her successful business, Hayes Consulting, since 1989. Moreover, she has blogged for “The Ties That Blind” since 2014 and has been an invited guest speaker at the Indiana School of Education since 2018. For those unfamiliar, The Indianapolis Public Library’s Center for Black Literature & Culture is dedicated to celebrating the vibrant and resilient heritage and triumphs of those born of African roots. The aforementioned center serves as a space for those interested in exploring the rich heritage that has influenced nations across the globe. Ms. Hayes

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Patricia Schumaker

PATRICIA H. SCHUMAKER

With more than 40 years of practiced experience in management, strategic and operations planning, and quality assurance, Patricia H. Schumaker excels as the president of Schumaker and Company, a management-consulting firm that frequently works with government entities and utility organizations. Prior to establishing her company, she worked in numerous executive roles for ADP Network Services, including as the director of national accounts, the director of the professional services division, a PSD senior manager and consultant, and a PSD technical manager. During the earliest years of her career, Ms. Schumaker gained valuable expertise as an auditor and a consultant for Arthur Andersen. Due to her considerable expertise as a project management professional, Ms. Schumaker has utilized her knowledge as a lead

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Heidi Loewen

HEIDI LOEWEN

Heidi Loewen has found success as a distinguished curator, gallerist and sculptor with many years of experience in the New York, Boston and Santa Fe, New Mexico, art worlds. She attributes her success to her parents, who encouraged her to approach the world with kindness and creative authenticity. Loewen grew up in Rochester, New York, in an artistic, musical and scientific family. Music and her love of the outdoors continue to be a source of inspiration. As an avid skier, the snow-covered moguls greatly influence her porcelain and metal sculptures. She discovered that the business of art is just as rewarding as creating sculpture in metal and clay, also evidenced with her numerous high-level corporate team-building classes. Ms. Loewen attended

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Dorothy Ebert

DOROTHY E. EBERT

An expert on the elections process, Dorothy E. Ebert began her professional career as a receptionist/secretary at Household Financial Corporation in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, in 1958, remaining in this role for nine years before becoming the deputy county clerk for Dodge County in Juneau, Wisconsin, from 1967 to 1982. Moving up the ranks to county clerk from 1983 until her retirement in 2003, she had an opposition the first time she ran, but none after that. She was required to run every two years for election as county clerk. Ms. Ebert also served on the board of directors for the Dodge County chapter of the American Cancer Society. In preparation for her career, Ms. Ebert graduated with a diploma from

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KIMBERLY CARGILE

Drawing upon an Associate of Arts in university studies at the College of the Redwoods in Eureka, California, and a Bachelor of Science in liberal studies, psychology and social justice from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, Kimberly Cargile quickly became involved in the advocacy for the medical use of cannabis from her undergraduate studies. Learning that cannabis has been used as a medicine for thousands of years until the United States’ prohibition act in 1937, she found a passion for social justice and utilized her education to fight for the civil rights of those who are largely oppressed. Subsequent to her college graduation, Ms. Cargile relocated to Sacramento, California, where she began her journey of advocacy for medical cannabis

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Christine De Zeeuw

CHRISTINE E. DE ZEEUW

For just over three years, Christine E. De Zeeuw has excelled as an electrical engineer with SeaLandAire Technologies, where she designs and tests circuit boards for defense applications and the marine industry. She also dedicates her time to designing and testing sonobuoys. Although her career has just begun, she is especially proud of the work she has conducted on her first off-site field test on a naval base on San Clemente Island in San Diego. She was able to go along and test the hardware she had been working on for a long time, put all the pieces together and actually see it function in the field. It was satisfying for Ms. De Zeeuw to see the culmination of all

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BETH E. HURNY

With considerable expertise in public relations, mental health and social services, Beth E. Hurny excels as the executive director of the Onondaga Council on Alcoholism and Addictions Inc., which does business as the Prevention Network. Previously, she worked as the director of youth and parenting services for the Prevention Network between 2007 and 2014. Since the late 1940s, Prevention Network has implemented and supported strategies that prevent addictions and address related concerns in the Onondaga County area. Before affiliating with the Prevention Network, Ms. Hurny gained valuable expertise in the field as the director of the evaluation center at HelioHealth from 2005 until 2007, as the clinical supervisor for Family Counselor Services between 1999 and 2005, and as a temporary

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