Listee Features — May 2020

VICTORIA M. SHEFFIELD

A certified ophthalmic medical technology, Victoria M. Sheffield has been the president and the chief executive officer of the International Eye Foundation (IEF), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eradicate preventable and treatable blindness worldwide by way of affordability and accessibility, since 1990. She has also served as a consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development since 2020. Ms. Sheffield was formerly affiliated with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) between 1980 and 2020, with which she notably chaired the partnership committee, co-chaired the North American region and worked as the vice president. Additionally, Ms. Sheffield flourished as the director of technical, educational and scientific services for Helen Keller International in 1984, during which time

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MI LU

Dr. Mi Lu is a registered professional engineer, who specializes in educating students at Texas A&M University. In 1987, she joined the faculty at the university as an assistant professor. Through the years, she has moved into roles of an associate professor and professor. At the university, she focuses on training students in computer engineering. Dr. Lu’s research interests include parallel computer, distributed processing, computer architectures, computer networks, computer arithmetic, computational geometry and VLSI algorithms. Dr. Lu became involved in her profession because she came from an engineering family; her father and mother are also both in engineering. One is into hydo-electronic power, which is a very prestigious service. They designed many important projects that are still in use today.

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Virginia Kinney

VIRGINIA L. KINNEY

With nearly 55 years of professional experience, Virginia L. Kinney excelled as a librarian with the Miami County Public Library from 1978 to 2011 and the Newton Local School from 1984 to 2002. In addition to her primary roles, she worked as an instructor of GED preparation for Troy Continuing Education from 1988 to 2009, an instructor of English as a Second Language from 2004 to 2009 and an instructor in the Newton Local School Chapter 1 program from 1978 to 1988. She previously served as a teacher with Barnesville Elementary School from 1961 to 1962 and with Union Local Head Start in 1965. Ms. Kinney began her career as an instructor with the Ohio State University County Extension agent

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JENNIFER A. SUTTON

Jennifer A. Sutton, DVM, initially decided that she wanted to focus on veterinary medicine as an undergraduate at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. In the years since, her career has expanded exponentially to engulf a variety of wellness endeavors that relate not only to animals, but to her community at large. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in biology at the aforementioned school in 1992, she continued her studies with a DVM from the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. In 2019, she obtained a Master of Business Administration from Louisiana State University. While she practices as a partner and a veterinarian at Gulf Coast Veterinary Emergency Hospital and Beach View Veterinary Hospital, LLC, Dr. Sutton considers

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Frances Simms

FRANCES “FRAN” BELL SIMMS

Having accrued more than 35 years of experience as a reading and language arts elementary teacher, Frances “Fran” Bell Simms retired from her position at the Arlington Public Schools in Virginia in 1999. Prior to becoming a certified teacher, she served as a reading clinician for Mills Center Inc., in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Ms. Simms likewise maintained activity as a playroom attendant in the Department of Neurology at the Children’s Hospital in Boston. Among the projects Ms. Simms developed during her teaching career, she devised a formatting and editing of a program titled “The DaVinci Project,” which focused on improving and connecting academic concepts to diverse populations within elementary schools. This was developed by local staff and is changing and

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Pamela Pedego

PAMELA PEDEGO

After becoming the sole supporter of her two children in 1978, Pamela Pedego decided to shift her focus from teaching to a more lucrative career in real estate. Subsequently, she has gained valuable expertise as a realtor and director for the California Association of Realtors. In the latter role, Ms. Pedego represents Orange County, California, at quarterly meetings with realtors throughout the state, and remains aware of new laws and relevant issues that affect California real estate. Additionally, Ms. Pedego has worked as a broker/partner of Regency Real Estate Brokers since 1995, a position in which she provides training in contract writing and assists with dispute resolution. In the late 1960s, she initially earned a Bachelor of Arts in English

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EMMA N. JACKSON WISDOM

A publisher at Post Oak Publications, Emma N. Jackson Wisdom has been writing in Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the last eight years. She began her professional career as a program coordinator at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1980, later moving up the ranks from assistant to president between 1980 and 1984, executive assistant between 1984 and 1986, and executive director between 1986 and 1989. Serving as the features editor at Metropolitan Times Newspaper for one year, she then became an instructional aide at Tennessee State University from 1990 to 1993. Later on, Ms. Wisdom instructed at the Nashville Urban League from 1997 to 1999 and wrote for the Nashville Pride Newspaper from 1996 to 2003. In addition to this

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Joyce Hagel-Silverman

JOYCE S. HAGEL-SILVERMAN

While coming of age, Dr. Joyce S. Hagel-Silverman, ABDA, NCC, CPC, was recognized for her talent and intelligence. While pursuing her academic efforts, she was mentored by teachers and professors, who noticed her potential and took the time to nourish her growth in school. In college, one professor in particular allowed her to grade papers and tutor international students, and another professor convinced her to join the American Association of University Women. Dr. Hagel-Silverman proceeded to receive a Bachelor of Arts in business and German from Baldwin Wallace College, a Master of Arts in psychology and counseling from Case Western Reserve University, a Master of Arts in educational management from John Carroll University, and a PhD in psychology analysis from

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TINA L. BENNETT-KASTOR

Highly accomplished in her respective field, Tina L. Bennett-Kastor, PhD, is now retired from a tenured position at Wichita State University after 38 years on campus. Acquired in 1978 as an assistant professor, she later made full professor between 1998 and 2016. Teaching various courses such as the history of English, she also taught dialectology, language and culture, Irish American literature, the Bible as literature and more. Some of Dr. Bennett-Kastor’s other noteworthy roles at the university included serving as the director of the Master of Arts in liberal studies program and as the interim writing program director. Leveraging her expertise, Dr. Bennett-Kastor spent time abroad as a visiting scholar at the Linguistics Institute of Ireland in Dublin in 1995,

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Mary Platt

MARY F. PLATT

Mary F. Platt, Esq. has served of counsel at Fineman, Krekstein & Harris, PC since 2014, and has represented corporate clients in a variety of matters involving contract claims, shareholder and partner disputes, attorney malpractice claims, toxic tort claims, product liability claims, antitrust claims, intellectual property, trade secrets and restrictive covenants. She has extensive experience working on individual cases, as well as class actions pending before state and federal trial and appellate courts, and has represented individuals and companies across many industries including pharmaceutical, software, chemical, oil and gas, and real estate. Ms. Platt also has experience serving as a mediator. As a judge pro tem in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Commerce Court program, she is often requested

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