Listee Features — September 3, 2020

Dale Coudert

DALE COUDERT

Dale Coudert is the founding director of the Coudert Institute, a non-partisan, non-ideological organization designed to discuss ideas and promote positive change in the world. Embracing open dialogue and the opinions of its members and world leaders, the institute, established in 2001, offers unique opportunities to discuss and debate various topics via lectures, seminars, discussions and debates, as well as attend private dinners with guest speakers. Over the years, some of the subjects covered have included “The Effects of Genetics and Medicine in the 21st Century,” “Religious Reconciliation,” “The War on Terror,” “Restoring Investor Confidence in Equity Securities” and “Spirituality and Health in the Age of Science.” Besides overseeing operations at the institute, Ms. Coudert has earned distinction as the

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PAULA R. CAPLINGER

Having led a successful career of over 35 years as a schoolteacher, Paula R. Caplinger garnered a laudable reputation as a teacher on behalf of the Sacramento City Unified School District. Hired by the district in 1973 as a traveling instrumental music teacher, she later began teaching full time in 1974 and maintained activity in this role until her retirement in 2008. During the course of her tenure, Ms. Caplinger co-coordinated the Pacific Telesis Shared Decision Making Project at Will C. Wood Middle School and was a member of the restructuring committee of the Sacramento City Unified School District. A talented musician, Ms. Caplinger first played the trumpet for the Sacramento Valley Wind Ensemble between 1986 and 1991. She also

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NANCE LYNCH MINCHIN

A seasoned real estate broker in the Greenwich, Connecticut, area for more than two decades, Nance Lynch Minchin recently retired from her role with Sotheby’s. She became involved in her profession since her children were of age and it allowed her the freedom to pursue a real estate license. Before joining the real estate conglomerate, she gained valuable expertise with David Ogilvy & Associates and Sally O’Brian Associates Real Estate Firm. Throughout the course of her professional journey, Ms. Minchin successfully orchestrated a wide range of deals utilizing her personal knowledge of the area and her vast network of attorneys, mortgage brokers, home inspectors and contractors. During an earlier stage of her career, Ms. Minchin maintained involvement with Lord and

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ANA P. PINNEL

Ana P. Pinnel, PhD, is a director and regional partner at Penrhyn Voyer, a leading executive search consultancy that provides full search, evaluation and hiring services for clients. Founded in 1979, they have 33 offices around the world, providing services on five continents. An expert in corporate strategy and talent management, Dr. Pinnel focuses her attention on executive search in pharmaceutical, finance, hospitality, energy and information technology. Believing that managing talent is something that is challenging, yet also a responsibility that can drive organizations to success or bankruptcy, she is committed to executive maintenance and adding real value to both businesses as well as people. Earning a PhD in political science at the University of Belgrano in 2009, Dr. Pinnel

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Katherine Musat

KATHERINE G. MUSAT

Initially, Katherine G. Musat wanted to pursue a career in medicine as a doctor. However, in the summer between her sophomore and junior years of high school, she realized her father wouldn’t be able to afford medical school. She was a great musician and she just pressed forward with that. A graduate of Baldwin Wallace University, she initially earned a Bachelor of Music in education in 1966. She concluded her academic efforts with a Master of Education from Mount St. Joseph University in 1988. A certified teacher in the State of Ohio, Ms. Musat has most recently excelled as a part-time music educator at Baldwin Wallace University since 1985. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Musat served as the director of

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PEGGY J. MUELLER

Peggy J. Mueller attended the University of Texas at Austin, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in home economics and child development in 1974. From 1972 to 1980, she garnered experience as a dance teacher at numerous schools, including the Shirley McPhail School of Dance, Texas A&M University, Sul Ross State University and the Jean Tarlton School of Dance. From 1980 to 2010, Ms. Mueller held a position as a dance teacher at her alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin, and, since 1980, she has worked as a dance teacher at the Jean Mueller School of Dance. Since 1972, she has dedicated her time as the recreation chairperson of the St. Martin’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and a

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DONNA D. TORRES

Inspired by a professor, Dr. Fred Keller, Donna D. Torres pursued a career as a medical technologist, working with Omega Laboratories West Diagnostics between 1992 and 1994. From there, she joined Renny Hospital as a medical technologist, where she remained for almost 25 years between 1994 and 2020 before being laid off due to COVID-19. Since 2016, she has channeled her drive into building her brand with Mary Kay Cosmetics, through which she serves as a beauty consultant. In terms of career highlights, Ms. Torres recalls one patient who had a rare case of leukemia and she had the jurisdiction to get her treated immediately. A month or so later, her pathologist thanked her for saving her life. Hearing that

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BELVA ANN NELSON

An expert in construction, Belva Ann Nelson has excelled as the president and chief executive officer of R.L. Nelson Construction & Foundation Repair, Inc., since 1979. R.L. Nelson Construction & Foundation Repair, Inc., notably fixes the structural foundations on many residential and commercial buildings. A company she started initially with her husband, Ms. Nelson is currently responsible for managing three crews of contractors who provide a number of home improvement services in the Houston area. Additionally, she inspects structural damage due to foundation movements that is caused by tree roots, rotting wood or drainage. More often than not, she will advise her clients to perform general maintenance on their properties to avoid an array of issues. She has become very

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VALERIA A. FORD

After gaining 40 years of valuable expertise in the field of education, Valeria A. Ford, PhD, retired from her role as an assessment and accountability specialist for the U.S. Department of Education. In this role, she is responsible for reviewing all state assessments plans and giving approvals to them. Over the years, she gained valuable expertise in the industry as director of testing for District of Columbia Public Schools, testing specialist in Norfolk, Virginia, director of testing at Norfolk State University, and assessment specialist with the Maryland and Virginia State Departments of Education. Dr. Ford began her work in educational testing assessments because she was concerned with how test results would limit opportunities for Black individuals. Realizing the disparity between

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Tiffany Parker

TIFFANY L. PARKER

Having accrued nearly 20 years of creative and professional excellence, Tiffany L. Parker has garnered a laudable reputation as an entrepreneur, designer and media communications expert. A graduate of Howard University, she completed a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1999 and subsequently earned a Master of Public Administration in media policy from Columbia University in 2001. Ms. Parker attributes her success to her entrepreneurial nature, innate work ethic, and market experience in networking and building relationships across industries. She also had the opportunity to make great relationships with very successful and prominent people. Prior to opening Parker Interiors in 2009, Ms. Parker enjoyed a decade long career in foreign services and marketing. From 2001 until 2004, she distinguished

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