Listee Features — April 2020

Catherine Casale


Catherine Casale is renowned as a certified senior real estate sales agent and a certified commercial agent with over 14 years of expertise. In these capacities, she is dedicated to helping clients find and purchase or rent their dream homes or commercial properties. Furthermore, she is a firm believer in honoring each client’s individuality, which sets her apart from many of her peers. Ms. Casale attributes her career success to her mother, who helped her become independent and set mature goals from a young age. Prior to beginning her real estate career, Ms. Casale worked as a bookkeeper and the owner of a child care center. Having sadly lost her parents during her mid-20s, she suddenly became responsible for the

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Having accrued over 25 years of expertise as a tenured professor, Lynda Henley Walters, PhD, was bestowed with the eminent title of a professor emerita in 2008. She had taught human development and family science on behalf of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences for the University of Georgia since 1982, and concurrently served as the aforementioned college’s associate dean. Throughout her career, she has taught various courses in adolescent development and research methodology. Before her appointment to the staff of the University of Georgia, she lectured at the University of Guelph in Canada. Additionally, Dr. Walters found success as a staff development specialist for the Cooperative Education Service Agency in Atlanta. Extensively studying adolescent development, families and the

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Patricia Forde


Having accrued more than 40 years of experience in the field of nursing, Patricia A. Forde, RN, has garnered a laudable reputation as an executive director of nursing LHC Group DBA Life Care at Home in Cranston, Rhode Island, since 2014. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Rhode Island in 1975. Ms. Forde proceeded to obtain a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland in 1977 and a Master of Business Administration from Providence College in 1985. Previously, Ms. Forde served as the director of clinical services at Pinnacle Home Care in Warwick, Rhode Island, from 2011 to 2014. She was likewise a registered

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Lorraine Peoples


Lorraine Peoples is a retired elementary school educator with more than 55 years of specialization in reading instruction. She attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, earning a Bachelor of Science in elementary education in 1962 and a Master of Science in education, curriculum and instructional design in 1967. Ms. Peoples completed further postgraduate coursework at Drake University in 1978. Ms. Peoples initially served as a primary teacher at Glick Elementary in Marshalltown, Iowa, from 1962 until 1963, and at Grant Elementary in Des Moines between 1963 and 1965. She joined Fisher Elementary School in Marshalltown as a primary grades teacher from 1965 to 1978 and excelled as the interim principal for the 1978 academic year. From 1978 until 1988,

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Saundra McGuire


An experienced chemist and educator with 50 years of experience, Saundra Y. McGuire, PhD, serves as the founder and the owner of SYM Educational Consulting LLC. She has further flourished as an assistant vice chancellor, a professor of chemistry and the director emerita for the Center for Academic Success at Louisiana State University, where she formerly worked as a chemistry professor, an adjunct professor and the director of the Center for Academic Success. Additionally, Dr. McGuire has found success with the National College Learning Center Association, the University of Michigan, Howard University and Grambling State University in numerous executive roles. Prior to establishing her consultancy, Dr. McGuire was active with Cornell University in a variety of positions, including the acting

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Rose M. Bowers-Chew, PhD, is renowned as a physical education educator with more than 50 years of innovation in her field. An active child, she participated in track and field and played several sports, despite the limited availability of organized women’s sports in schools at the time. She initially pursued an education at Grambling State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in 1966. She continued her studies with a Master of Education at Lincoln University of Missouri in 1971. Dr. Chew completed further postgraduate coursework at the University of Missouri, and earned a PhD at Texas Women’s University in 1982. From 1967 to 1971, Dr. Chew worked as a teacher for Jefferson City Public Schools in Jefferson City, Missouri.

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Jo Ann Soule


Determined to provide for her family, Jo Ann Soule relocated from Iowa to Las Vegas with her 13-year-old daughter. She worked hard throughout her career in community development. Notably, Ms. Soule excelled as a senior management analyst for the Clark County Department of Finance. In the aforementioned position, Ms. Soule has assisted in the renovation, building and funding of community buildings in her area. She has worked closely with builders and architects to develop a valuable community center in an outlying area. Additionally, she was responsible for reviewing payroll and ensuring that local government workers were being paid fairly for their work in accordance with the Davis-Bacon Act. Prior to this, Ms. Soule pursued a formal education at the University

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A leader in her field, Alka Manaktala has excelled as the vice president of the Insurance Office of America since 2015. Servicing and handling an almost $2 million book of business in revenue, she takes care of over 80 large clients with commercial insurance needs, which includes, but is not limited to,  property, liability, workers’ compensation, EPLI, directors and officers, and more. Prior to beginning her career, she pursued an education at Delhi University, where she earned a Master of Arts in 1981. Civically engaged as well, Ms. Manaktala contributes to homeless shelters and Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In light of her exceptional undertakings, Ms. Manaktala was honored as the Top Producer by Insurance Business America from 2017 to

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Meri Goyette


With the intent to bolster her community’s impact and reputation as a whole, Meri R. Goyette ventured into the arts after receiving a degree from Lasell Junior College in 1946. For years, she has been a dedicated art patron, striving to highlight and uplift the arts and artists. She also co-founded the Nashua International Sculpture Symposium, where sculptures are donated to the city of Nashua, New Hampshire, for public display, and is a founding member of the international Women’s Review Board. For her professional achievements, Ms. Goyette has been recognized throughout her career. To wit, she has been named Citizen of the Year, Remarkable Woman and Woman of the Year. She received awards as the Best Humanitarian from the Greater

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Betty Carrington


Retiring in 1998 after nine years on the staff of Harlem Hospital Center in New York, Betty Watts Carrington, EdD, FACNM, has had a rewarding career as a nurse and midwife research associate. Working in the field for close to 30 years, she also found success in academia as the director of the graduate program in nurse-midwifery at Columbia University School of Nursing in New York and as associate professor of nurse-midwifery at State University of New York Health Science Center in Brooklyn, New York, between 1979 and 1991. Earlier in her career, Dr. Carrington excelled as a director of the nurse-midwifery service for the Maternity Infant Care Project and Brookdale Hospital affiliation in Brooklyn between 1972 and 1979. Pursuing

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