Supported by more than five decades of professional experience, Judith A. Wightman has been designated as the historian of the Town of Avoca, a village located in upstate New York, since 2010. Involved in the crafts business from 1993 to 2005, she previously found success at the Avoca Insurance Agency from 1971 to 1992. Ms. Wightman began her career as a secretary between 1965 and 1970, and a town clerk from 1970 until 1971. Ms. Wightman became involved in her profession because people from the town felt the previous historian was not doing his job well. She was further encouraged by several others to apply for the position and later accepted the entry position as an assistant to the historian.
Following her immigration to the United States in 2003, Brenda Castellanos received a degree in business administration and studied courses at the Culinary School of New York. Eventually, she and her sister sought out better food options in their area and decided to open their own restaurant, Antojitos Del Patron Mexican Grill, which became the first Mayan Guatemalan restaurant in New York. At their restaurant, they served Guatemalan coffee from their hometown and soon saw much success in their business. They soon established a second Mexican restaurant and IX, a coffee shop where traditional Mayan dishes are served. In these roles, she is responsible for keeping inventory, managing accounts and payroll, and coordinating staff. As a respected voice in her
After graduating from high school at the age of 15 and college at the age of 17, Jane Douthitt embarked on successful careers in various fields, including contract negotiation. Although her career has been filled with highlights, she is especially proud of the work she conducted with MBM International as a contractor in the Middle East. Along with her late husband of 60 years, she also maintained a manufacturing space of one million square feet and 3,500 employees in Fort Worth, Texas, before relocating to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ms. Douthitt was often recognized as an employer who was kind to her employees and had several offices in many countries across the globe. Prior to establishing her current businesses, Ms.
Backed by 65 years of professional experience, Anne Pruitt-Logan, EdD, LHD, has served as professor emeritus with the Ohio State University since 1995. Earlier in her career, she joined Howard University as a women’s counselor. Subsequently, she held a number of educational roles with Albany State College, Fisk University, Case Western Reserve University and the Council of Graduate Schools. Over the course of her career, she has honed her expertise in educational administration, counseling and teaching. Additionally, Dr. Pruitt-Logan has lent her expertise to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on post-secondary education, the National Science Foundation and the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. Dr. Pruitt-Logan was inspired to become involved in her profession after
Teaching has been a lifelong goal for Rose M. Redmon-Holliday, having recalled spending childhood summers playing school with her younger sister, teaching her songs and games. Subsequently, she earned an Associate of Arts at Midway Junior College in Kentucky in 1972 and a Bachelor of Science at the College at Brockport, a part of the State University of New York system, in 1973. Ms. Redmon-Holliday concluded her education with a Master of Science from Emporia State University in 1981. A teacher for the Kansas City Public Schools from 1974 to 1981, Ms. Redmon-Holliday worked as an instructor at the University of Minnesota at Morris from 1981 to 1982 and a special education teacher for Minneapolis’ Special School District 1 from
As a high school student, Lisa Antalik began working with her aunt and uncle in the hair styling business. When she was eventually presented with the opportunity to purchase the business, she leapt at the opportunity and became her own boss. Since 1987, Ms. Antalik has excelled as the owner of and a hair stylist with Lamberti Hair Designers in Murrysville, Pennsylvania. An expert in color, she attributes her success to a great clientele, working hard, personality and being good at her trade. Although her career has been filled with highlights, Ms. Antalik is especially proud of successfully operating her business for the last 30 years. In pursuit of her career, she became licensed as a cosmetologist and a manager.
Accruing nearly 40 years of industry experience to her credit, Barbara Ewer Jones worked as a school psychologist in the Monroe County Community School Corp in Bloomington, Indiana, retiring in 2004. She was a Star trainer for in-house teacher training and has been noted for her achievements, qualities, credentials and successes she has accrued in her field. Ms. Jones began her educational career as a primary teacher in Marion, Indiana, and in Decatur Township Schools in Indianapolis, and a contact substitute teacher in San Bernardino City Unified School District in California. Her experience in California led her to a Master of Education in special education. Ms. Jones developed and directed the University Preschool for children ranging from 18 months to
Capt. Laura Einsetler is a renowned commercial airline pilot, who has shared her passion for aviation with the public as a writer, speaker and media consultant for more than 25 years. Her interest in aviation began as a child, when she began flying as an unaccompanied minor following her parents’ divorce. As a teenager, Ms. Einsetler decided to become a pilot and saved money to begin taking flying lessons at the age of 15, despite the lack of support from her parents. In 1989, Ms. Einsetler earned an Associate of Arts in general studies from San Joaquin Delta College. She continued her education at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, graduating in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in aeronautical science, aviation and
Jessica L. Artz, SPHR, is a human resources professional celebrating more than 15 years of business development through creative and efficient personnel management. Her interest in the field began after a summer job search brought her to a local staffing agency, who immediately recognized her interpersonal skills and placed her in a short-term position as a recruiter. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Wheeling University in 2003, Ms. Artz found work as a health care industry recruiter for Independence Air & NRI Healthcare. She excelled at the position and after only a few months, she was offered the opportunity to assume leadership and development of an employee team. In 2005, Ms. Artz joined Computer Science Corporation as
An acclaimed model and actress, Sharon Kwok Pong performed in a number of movies prior to the turn of the century, including “The Fortune Code,” “Outlaw Brothers,” “Red Fists,” “Lethal Panther 2,” “Fist from Shaolin” and “Two of a Kind.” Now active as an activist, she excels as the executive director of AquaMeridian Conservation and Education Foundation, which dedicates itself to sea turtle conservation and general wildlife protection. As a celebrity in Hong Kong, Ms. Kwok Pong utilizes her status to shine a spotlight on shark finning and illegal wildlife trade at events, as well as through media campaigns, school appearances and her unique artwork. Ms. Kwok Pong’s father was the founder of Ocean Park, which she explored with her