Listee Features — September 2020

Barbara Marcks

BARBARA A. MARCKS

As a child, Barbara A. Marcks suffered from ADD and did not do very well in school. She took a test given by a guidance counselor, and realized that she tested very high in logic and reasoning. She was then taken to a program, which helped develop her skills. That is where she came across information technology and realized she found something she loved. For the last 15 years, she has ran her own consulting program, Barbara Marcks LLC, of which she also serves as project manager. In her current role, Ms. Marcks works with companies who are looking to automate or acquisition integrations. She looks at current business processes and tries to normalize and make them more efficient, apply

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Rebecca O'Mahoney

REBECCA A. O’MAHONEY

Initially, Rebecca A. O’Mahoney joined the U.S. Army because she wanted something to do; this was pre-9/11 and she wanted to be adventurous. She fell in love with it and became really good at it. She had to transition into the real world, so she decided to get a coaching and psychology degree not only to help herself, but her fellow military and enforcement. Ms. O’Mahoney was a master sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1998 until her retirement in April 2020. Since 2015, she has also been an internal investigator with the New York State Justice Center. In this role, she is responsible for questioning/interrogation, and investigating allegations of abuse and/or neglect for those vulnerable people. Additionally, as

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KATHERINE BONINCONTRI

After serving in the U.S. Air Force as a medic for many years, Katherine Bonincontri was recruited by the U.S. Department of Defense to work as a translator. From there, she earned an undergraduate degree and became an English teacher before returning to a health care-related role. Between 2005 and 2013, she excelled as executive director of the Anne Arundel Crisis Response System. Since 2013, Ms. Bonincontri has overseen operations at Robert A. Pascal Youth and Family Services’ Pascal Crisis Stabilization Center in Crownsville, Maryland. Before Ms. Bonincontri went into college and joined the Air Force, her first job was as a medic, and she was training as one because she wanted to be in health care and she knew

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BERNICE M. NARVAEZ

With more than 40 years of professional experience, Bernice M. Narvaez has been a principal systems engineer with the Raytheon Company since 2017, having formerly been the IT program manager and principal systems engineer from 2015 to 2017. Prior to obtaining these roles, she was the lead systems engineer for software development with Praxis Engineering Technologies LLC from 2009 to 2015 and she previously held a number of positions with the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), including senior business process consultant from 2004 to 2006 and business process reengineering specialist from 2000 to 2004. From 1994 to 1997 and again from 1999 to 2000, Ms. Narvaez was a senior consultant with Comsys Information Technology Services, Inc., and, from 1997 to

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Peggy Edwards

PEGGY P. EDWARDS

With many years of professional experience in bilingual education and immigration services, Peggy P. Edwards serves as the founder and the president of the Publishing Club of Laguna Woods, which was established in 2013. Over the years, she has authored a number of books regarding English and Spanish education, including “Alfabeto Crossover Alphabet” and “Lalalandia.” Additionally, through the aforementioned publishing company, she has released five editions of “Village Stories,” an anthology of stories, memoirs and poems written by members of the Village Publishing Club. As a child, Ms. Edwards taught English to a friend, which inspired her love of teaching and, as such, the entirety of her career. Prior to her tenure with the Publishing Club of Laguna Woods, Ms.

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Carla Lee

CARLA A. BOUSKA LEE

Prior to embarking upon her professional journey, Carla A. Bouska Lee, PhD, APRN-BC, pursued a formal education at Marymount College, from which she earned a Registered Nurse certification and Bachelor of Science in 1964, later named a Distinguished Alumnus in 1987. Varied in the scope of her academic path, she subsequently attended the University of Kansas, where she attained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1967, and Wichita State University, where she attained a Master of Arts in 1972, an Education Specialist degree in 1975 and a Master of Arts in nursing in 1984. Dr. Lee then earned a PhD from Kansas State University in 1988 and an additional Master of Arts from Holy Names University in 2002. As

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Laura Maresca-Sanatore

LAURA MARESCA-SANATORE

Laura Maresca-Sanatore is renowned as an interior designer with more than 15 years of creating thoughtful and modern residences for clients in New York and Connecticut to her credit. Prior to entering the design industry, she pursued an education at Capella University, earning a Bachelor of Science in hospital administration and health care management. Subsequently completing coursework in nursing at the State University of New York at Farmingdale, Ms. Maresca-Sanatore has been certified as an EKG technician and phlebotomist. Ms. Maresca-Sanatore ended up going into interior design after she moved, wanting to take a break from health care. From 2005 to 2017, she found much success as the lead designer for Hampton Design Interiors Inc. Initially hired to do their

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JEANNETTE L. RINCON

Lt. Jeannette L. Rincon has earned distinction as a Communications Command Operations Department head and lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard. Eminently qualified in her field, she is also a contracting officer and project manager for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Having scored highly on her test to join the Coast Guard, Lt. Rincon initially enlisted at the age of 17 and served within the armed forces for more than a decade, during which she received an Associate of Arts in technology with specialization in electromechanical instrumentation from Excelsior College. While coming of age, Lt. Rincon drew a wealth of inspiration from her mother, who worked hard as a single mother of two children. Though her school did not

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NATALMA “TAMI” MCKNEW

Natalma “Tami” McKnew, JD, is an esteemed attorney with more than 40 years of distinction in franchise law, antitrust, intellectual property and trademark litigation. Her path to the legal field was not immediately apparent, as her first love was English literature – having initially earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California Santa Barbara, and a Master of Arts in linguistics and literature from the University of California Los Angeles. By the late 1970s, she was living in Boston with her husband, a doctoral candidate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and working at Massachusetts General Hospital. She decided to return to academia, but struggled to find a suitable doctoral program in the area. At a friend’s

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DENISE ANDRESEN

Denise Andresen is renowned as a self-made entrepreneur and investor, specializing in real estate acquisitions and funding. A certified private money broker, she is additionally well versed in the Lee Arnold System of Real Estate Investing. She became involved in her career as a means to help others while achieving financial independence. Prior to this engagement, Ms. Andresen excelled in the construction industry, and worked with several large companies and even a school district. In 2019, Ms. Andresen established Andden Investments LLC with the help of her husband and her sister in the basement of her rental condominium, utilizing every cent available of her savings and credit. In just under a year, the business has grown to include an investment

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